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Monday, July 6, 2020

Reopening information

Welcome to everyone who has been inquiring about starting classes at WonderDogs and to all our current students whose patience and understanding has been phenomenal these past few months. 

We will be reopening on Monday, July 6th.  For the first week, hours will be somewhat different than usual:  Monday 10-6, Tuesday 10-9, Wednesday 10-6, Thursday 10-9, Friday 10-6, Saturday 9-4 and Sunday 11-5.  These hours will likely revert to our regular schedule the following week.

We will be calling and/or emailing all students whose sessions were interrupted to confirm their attendance as we resume their classes. We will not be giving refunds for any sessions that had to be postponed but we will issue credit for any unused classes for anyone who chooses not to resume class when it restarts.

Because we need to finish up all those interrupted classes, we will be posting tentative start dates for new sessions on Sunday or Monday.  Please remember that these may change as circumstances indicate.  You may sign up on line, by phone or by mailing a check.  If you are a new student, please fill out the enrollment form on line to help facilitate your registration.  All students, current and future, are required to agree to the following guidelines:

Here are the best practices we will be undertaking and asking for your compliance.

In general

Everyone must wear a mask when in the building.  No exceptions.

Please register online or by phone whenever possible to minimize traffic in the office.

We are asking that you not enter the building until a staff member indicates you may do so.  The class that may be taking place before yours must be allowed to exit safely before the next class enters.

Seating in the entry area will be placed a minimum of 6’ apart.  Please do not move the chairs.

Please bring water for your own dog if you choose to.  No individual waterers or communal water bowls will be available.

You may bring your own seating if you prefer. 

There will be no shared crates.  If you need or prefer to crate your dog, feel free to bring a crate with you or crate in your car.

We will have hands free soap dispensers and hand sanitizers in both rest rooms, the office and at the front door.

Entry area

A hand sanitizing station will be available.  We recommend you utilize it as necessary as you arrive and leave.

Chairs arms will be sanitized after each class.

Please respect the required 6’ distance between students at all times.

Store

Only 1 person may be in the store at any given time.  Paper bags instead of plastic will be provided for purchases. You will be asked to tell us your credit card information rather than handing you card to a staff member to swipe it.

Classes

Unless absolutely necessary, only 1 person/dog will be allowed in class.  One additional family member over 18 years of age may sit in the entry area during class.  Using Zoom or other virtual methods of sharing your lessons with other family members will be allowed and encouraged since we recognize that training your dog is a family affair.

Instructors will not be demonstrating exercises with students’ dogs in pet dog classes as we did in the past.  We will not be offering our supply of treats, toys and equipment to share with students.  Please make sure you bring everything you need each week.

Some classes may be held outdoors if and when appropriate.

Most handouts will be given at one time at the beginning of your session instead of doled out weekly as previously done. 

Any exercises considered impossible to execute under the current restrictions will be modified to make them safe and practical.

Please allow your dog to relieve itself before class to minimize unnecessary movement and distractions.

For members and graduating students, we will soon have an online way to take advantage of any discount to which you may be entitled.

We are doing everything we can to keep our pets, customers and employees safe and to keep our operations running at normal levels. In light of COVID-19, we’re increasing the frequency and extent of daily cleanings and taking extra operational steps to ensure that you & your pet can continue to enjoy the benefits of your time at WonderDogs.

The facility will be open on Monday, July 6 but please check the web site for information on new start dates.  www.wonderdogs.com

We are committed to doing what is right for our employees, guests & clients during this challenging time.

The first dog training school and canine activity center of its kind in South Jersey, WonderDogs was established in 1997 by Barbara Kahn in West Berlin, central to Gloucester, Camden and Burlington County and only a short distance from Philadelphia. With the most talented, experienced and authentically credentialed instructors, WonderDogs has been serving the South Jersey area with outstanding instruction in pet dog manners from puppy classes and beginner dog obedience classes through advanced levels of obedience and Canine Good Citizen prep classes and testing. We are pleased to offer the most effective and enjoyable sports and specialty classes taught by instructors who are actively competing at top levels of their sports.

Whether you want your dog to be a well behaved pet, a therapy dog or a star athlete, WonderDogs can offer you training from the start with our Puppy HeadStart and Puppy Agility classes, plus classes for adolescent and adult dogs, reactive dog classes and dog sports such as agility, flyball, musical freestyle, show handling, nosework, rally obedience, agility for fun and many new activities that are constantly being added.

Small group classes with experienced, effective instructors are conducted in our West Berlin, New Jersey location just off Rte. 73 South in the Berlin Business Park located behind WalMart, which is convenient to all South Jersey areas and within an easy drive from Philadelphia and Central New Jersey as well.

Since we believe in giving each student appropriate training techniques to match the needs of that student and dog, this is not a one size fits all program. Our aim is to solve your problems whether they entail jumping, stealing, pulling on leash, housetraining, not coming when called or any of the myriad issues dog owners deal with.

If you want to learn from really knowledgeable professionals who are competing in their fields, have honest credentials, are involved in handling or judging dogs in competition or who have simply raised many dogs successfully for many years, WonderDogs is the dog training school for you.

Purebred or mixed breed, young or old, bold or shy, we have dog training to meet your needs. We never use shock collars (sometimes referred to euphemistically as remote training) or choke collars, relying instead on teaching owners to understand their pets more fully and communicate with them in non-confrontational, easy to accomplish and effective ways. We are family friendly and entire families are welcome to attend as we want pets to respect each family member. We use motivational training techniques and while we are positive and motivational in our approach to training, we do stress leadership rather than permissiveness. This is often called a "balanced" approach to training. Most importantly, we make learning fun for both the dogs and their owners!

Whatever your learning style, we are here to help. With written handouts, demonstrations, supervised practice and explanations, we approach each dog/owner team with patience, understanding and, most of all, an ability to make developing a great dog easy and pleasant.

In addition to our great classes, WonderDogs also offers a variety of dog seminars, workshops and events at our West Berlin location. Many of these are free of charge and those that are not are very inexpensively priced.

WonderDogs is near many South Jersey neighborhoods. Our students come from Cherry Hill, Marlton, Voorhees, Atco, Berlin, Medford, Medford Lakes, Mt. Laurel, Mt. Holly, and Moorestown. We also regularly attract students from the South Jersey shore areas, Franklinville, Sicklerville, Mullica Hills, Swedesboro, Pitman, Haddonfield, Haddon Heights, Audubon and Oaklyn plus many other towns in South Jersey.

A premier dog training facility, our West Berlin, New Jersey location also houses a retail store that carries the best training equipment, the finest dog toys and the healthiest treats and dog foods available at reasonable prices.

Visitors to WonderDogs’ store and training facility are always welcome. We are open seven days a week and boast training classes going on every day. Located behind WalMart in the Berlin Business Park right off Rte. 73 North, we are a little hidden but well worth the search. Call us any time if you need directions.

Whether you are looking for basic obedience and pet manners dog training, advanced training, help with behavior problems, advice on training equipment, treats, toys and food or just want to have fun with your dog in any of our sports classes, WonderDogs is here for you.

We are recommended and attended by many area veterinarians, groomers, pet stores and, of course, by many other satisfied students. Our students who compete in a variety of dog performance activities have earned multiple advanced sports titles on their dogs. Please check our "Brags" page to see all the current successes.

Our "Testimonials" page will give you a idea of how highly our students think of us and value the lessons they’ve been taught here. We want you to be proud of having a dependable, reliable, well-behaved pet whether you choose to participate in a performance sport or simply want a dog that a joy to live with.

So isn't it time to make your dog a WonderDog?