Life Skills Class For Puppies, Adult dogs & Their Humans


VivaPaws is proud to be offering our first clicker training classes at Charleston Animal Society!

would you like to enjoy life with a calm, well-mannered & attentive dog by your side?

In our classes, both you and your dog will learn foundation skills as a basis for lifelong learning together.

Our emphasis is not on achieving specific levels of success in dog behavior but rather on human decision-making skills in real-life situations with your dog.

Our classes are designed to foster lifelong trust, learning, and communication between dogs and their people.

See below for more details.

Our class is like no other currently offered in Charleston! Come see for yourself…

The main objective and overall goal of this class is contextual learning & real-world decision making & problem solving.

YOU will learn to contextualize the skills you learn in class to your outside world. You will learn to observe your dog more closely and know what factors contribute to problem behavior in various real-life situations, and, most importantly, how to manage tricky situations positively and calmly.

By learning foundation skills like capturing, shaping, cueing behavior, and using reinforcement instead of correction, YOU will become a better observer of your dog’s behavior and by the end of the course, you will have learned how to be proactive in managing your dog’s behavior in the future and prevent problem behavior from developing.

Our life skills class is now available for both puppies & adult dogs:

  • PUPPY CLASS: Puppies can start when they have had their second shot of vaccinations (often listed as dhpp, dhlp or dapp), at least one administered by a veterinarian. Please provide written proof with dates. This class is for puppies under 16 weeks.

  • ADULT CLASS: Puppies over 4 months and older can participate in this class.

    Please note: If your dog is fearful or aggressive around other dogs or people, this class is not suitable. We recommend our private sessions instead!

    Receive one-on-one guidance in your home prior to class start:

  • our life skills class offers one private in-home lesson/consult prior to starting class (greater benefit than attending an orientation!)

What you get with your $225 class fee:

  • 90 minute Home Consult (worth $125): Get help right away with a private lesson at your home, followed by attendance at puppy class or adult class. For Puppies: Receive expert guidance on house training, socialization, crate training, preventing separation anxiety, and managing puppy biting. Start training your puppy in your home, then move on to puppy class after the second distemper/parvo vaccination. For adult dogs: Get focused attention on common problems like jumping on guests, barking, or any other issues you need guidance on.

  • 5 week class @ 1 hour

  • A free clicker

  • $20 discount for dogs adopted from Charleston Animal Society = $205 (please have proof of adoption ready at the home consult)

  • Through fun exercises, you will learn how to capture and shape behavior in your dog, using the clicker as your communication tool.

  • Lots of fun, rewards & positive reinforcement for both humans and canines.

how it works:

  • Class start: Postponed to a later date!

  • Update coming soon.

  • Location: Charleston Animal Society (education room), Remount Rd

  • You will enjoy our small classes (max 6 dogs) for more individualized attention

  • Min. of 4 students enrolled by April 14, or the start date will be pushed back to a later date.

  • Fee: $225 (Charleston Animal Society adoptees: $205)

  • Click on the button, Secure your spot, fill out our Initial Consult Intake form, and pay the fee applicable to you and your dog.

  • You will receive an email upon registration with information and details about the class and how to schedule a time for the home consult.

Ready for Life Skills class?

The class where both you & your dog will learn to communicate & understand each other better.

Requirements for Life Skills class:

Dogs must be at least 4 months old

Dogs must be current on distemper/parvo and rabies vaccinations. Please have proof of vaccinations ready at the home consult, or at the latest, on the first day of class.

Dog has lived in your home, without illness, for two weeks.

When bringing children under 8, please bring a second adult to help so you can focus on your own and your dog’s learning.

Any dog, who in the trainer’s opinion poses a potential risk to any person or dog, may be asked to transfer from group class to private lessons.

You will need to pay the fee ($225/$205) when booking your spot. Payment reserves your spot in the class. Your registration is confirmed when we have received your payment.

The fee is non-refundable unless a request is received at least 5 days prior to class start date.

If your dog must drop out due to injury or illness, please let us know. With verification, we may apply a partial credit toward future training.

If you have adopted your dog from Charleston Animal Society, your fee is $205. We request to see proof of adoption at the home consult.

A make-up class is offered monthly, at no charge, in case you have to miss a class.

There are no other make-up classes.

what to bring to class:

  • A hungry dog (avoid feeding your dog his evening meal prior to class)

  • Vaccination records, unless shown at the home consult

  • A 6 ft. leash (no retractable leashes please!)

  • A plain collar or harness

  • Treats and a treat bag (we sell treat pouches for $5 if you wish to buy in class)

  • Your dog’s mat (or a towel will work)

  • Water bowl

  • Please note: Prong/shock/choke collars are not permitted in class.

  • Questions? Email or call us at 843.560.0178