Beyond Basic Manners

Does your dog have selective hearing? Do you have to repeat yourself when your dog is near distractions? Well then, Beyond Basic Manners is the class for you! We will expand upon basic training to help you get reliability anywhere, anytime and at any distance. This includes teaching your dog to stop forward movement when running towards a distraction, sitting at a distance, and much more!

The Prerequisites for Beyond Basic Manners are:

1. Graduated from the AHS Canine Manners Course OR Successful completion of equivalent training including sit, down, stay, wait and come

2. Dogs MUST be able to work effectively in close proximity to other dogs and handlers without interfering with other participants

If you have any questions about your dog’s eligibility for the course, please contact Pia Silvani at

* All dogs must be current on the following vaccines distemper, parvo, Bordetella and rabies to participate in this course.

The cost of this course includes six one-hour classes from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM that will be on the following dates: September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 19, 26 with a cancellation on October 12 or unless otherwise indicated by the trainer.

Refund Policy:

Refunds up to 7 days before event

About the trainer:

Pia Silvani is an internationally-recognized dog trainer and lecturer with over 35 years’ experience. As VP of Training and Behavior at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ, she developed numerous courses focused on positive, reward-based techniques. In 2013, Pia began working for the ASPCA, eventually becoming the Director, Behavioral Rehabilitation where she led programs to educate shelter professionals in effective behavior rehabilitation techniques, as well as specialized socialization, enrichment, and shelter protocols. This cutting-edge program is featured in the award-winning Netflix documentary, “Second Chance Dogs”.


After 6 years at the ASPCA, Pia has decided to re-establish her consulting business here in the Asheville area specializing in rehabilitating fearful and aggressive behaviors in dogs. She is Director of Behavior and Training at Asheville Humane, offers private behavioral consultations in client’s homes as well as teaching classes for Asheville Humane Society.


Pia has been chosen as one of Bark’s 100 picks of the best and brightest people that changed the world of dogs. Her goal has always been to combine her love of dogs with her respect and affection for people. She enriches the lives of both through humane relationship work and training.


For more information on Pia, visit her website: and email her for more information.

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Beyond Basic Manners


Sep 14 2024


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


River Ridge Shopping Center
800 Fairview Road, Asheville, NC 28803