Training Opportunities, Activities from ARL

By on January 8, 2016

Animal Rescue League of Iowa is excited to bring new classes to you this Saturday, January 9, 2105! ARL is offering an array of classes for not only your pup, but you too!


New Training Classes:

From ARL website:

Puppy Play Groups:

Location: Activity Center

Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Cost: $8 per class

Registration is required.


“Puppy Play Groups are for puppies between 8 weeks and 6 months of age on the first day of class. Puppy Play Groups provide an environment for exercise and socialization with puppies of similar ages and sizes. Bring your pup to burn off that extra puppy energy!”


Different Categories:

Featherweight (Under 10 lbs.): 9:00-9:30 a.m.

Lightweight (10-19 lbs.): 9:45-10:15 a.m.

MIddleweight (20-34 lbs.): 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Heavyweight (35 lbs. and up): 11:15-11:45 a.m.

Featherweight and Lightweight groups are limited to 8 dogs. Middleweight and Heavyweight groups are limited to 6 dogs.


Visit ARL for more information.


Puppy Kindergarten:

Location: Training Center

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Cost: $100


“PUPPY KINDERGARTEN is for puppies between 8 weeks and 14 weeks of age on the first day of class. This class gets puppies off on the right paw using positive reinforcement techniques. The class meets for six weeks. Puppies do not attend the first week of class. Topics to be covered will include, but are not limited to:

  • Understanding canine behavior and communication.
  • House Training
  • Biting/Mouthing
  • Socialization
  • Introduction to basic manners: sit, down, come, stay.
  • How positive reinforcement works and why we use it.
  • Problem solving
  • Problem prevention
  • Training tricks for fun and to impress your friends

The first week of Puppy Kindergarten is orientation only – puppies do not attend the first week of class.”


For more information and to register visit ARL.


Adolescent Puppy: 

Location: Training Center

Time: 2 to 3 p.m.


Cost: $100


“ADOLESCENT PUPPY class is for dogs 15 weeks to 6 months at start of class. This class will give your puppy an opportunity to continue valuable socialization while at the same time providing you with the needed support and knowledge to teach your puppy the behaviors they need to live peaceably in your home. Whether your puppy has already been through Puppy Kindergarten or has reached the age of 15 weeks without having attended Kindergarten, this class will enable you to improve your pup’s skills such as:

  • Walking politely on a leash
  • Coming when called
  • Brief sits, downs, and stays
  • Games to help your pup absolutely love their crate
  • And other lessons

This class meets for six weeks. The first week of Adolescent Puppy is orientation only – dogs do not attend the first week of class.


No prior class is needed to attend Adolescent Puppy class.”


For more information and to register visit ARL.


Classes For You:


Volunteer Orientation is also going on this Saturday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Mapes Auditorium.


If you are interested in volunteering then click here for more information about orientation! It is required for all volunteers to complete orientation.


Interested in fostering? Foster Orientation is also taking place this Saturday from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Mapes Auditorium! Learn all about fostering and different programs. Click here for more information and to register!


Scrub-a-Dub Dog Wash will also be going on from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Canine Cleanup area!

“Bring your dog to our Scrub-A-Dub Dog Wash at Canine Clean (2311 Rocklyn Drive, Urbandale)! Each dog wash is $20 and we also offer nail trimming for $10. All money raised from this event directly helps the homeless pets at the ARL.”


Walk-ins are welcome! For more information and if you would like to register visit ARL!



About Eric Forrest

Eric Forrest is a student, teacher, writer and dad. He's had 5 dogs, 4 cats, two ducks and a cottontail rabbit he nursed back to health. When he's not writing about pets, he's writing essays, teaching literature, changing diapers and reading short stories.

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