Date(s) - 01/16/2016
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Dogs & Their People


Sharing your dog with others can be a fun experience. In order to be successful, you and your dog should both enjoy going new places and meeting new people. A good human-dog team has excellent verbal and non-verbal communication. WHN teams have basic obedience training and interact with each other and community members in a calm and friendly manner. WHN teams use human training and handling techniques, and do not rely on physical force such as pushing the dog’s hips into a sit position, using choke chains, nor jerking the leash for compliance.

To qualify for a screening:

  • Dog is at least 1 year old
  • Dog has been part of your family for at least 6 months
  • Dog displays exceptional behavior and personality traits
  • Dog enjoys interactions with other people
  • Dog is not easily overwhelmed by novel noises, sights, touch, or smells
  • Dog can perform basic obedience skills including sit, come, down, stay, walk on a loose leash, walk by food on the ground without taking it, work in the presence of other dogs, and easily engage with a stranger
  • Dog does not require choke chain, muzzle, or physical corrections
  • Dog responds quickly and accurately to cues in novel environments and with distractions
  • Person is attentive to their dog and knows their preferences for populations
  • Person can engage dog using calm voice
  • Person can predict or respond to dogs needs

If your team CAN demonstrate the above skills in familiar and unfamiliar environments with distractions present, select a screening date, contact the screening consultant for that date to make reservations. There is no charge for the screening. If the team does not pass screening, they may be referred for ongoing training, and must be rescreened prior to testing (see schedule for the year).

Contact: Dani Weinberg at

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