Canine Manners Course

Have you ever wondered why your dog pulls on leash, jumps up to greet people and won’t do as you ask? Have you ever said “she has a mind of her own?” The Canine Manners Course may just be the class you need!

This course will teach you how to effectively communicate with your dog. You will learn the skills necessary to teach your dog basic manners using reward-based training methods. We will build reliable behaviors such as sit, down, stay, wait, come, leave it, tug and much more! The class is limited to 10 dogs, age 18 weeks or over when the course begins (if your dog is under 18 weeks of age, please sign up for the Puppy Kindergarten class).

* 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 classes, held one hour per week for six weeks from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM on the following dates: Saturday July 27 , August 3, 10, 17, 24, & September 7 with a scheduled cancellation on August 31 or unless otherwise stated by trainer.

This class will take place at the Asheville Humane Training Center (800 Fairview Road, Suite C1). Please go to the BACK of the building to enter through the back training center door.

**Important – If your dog is reactive on leash to other dogs, please contact Pia at before signing up.


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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Canine Manners Course


Jul 27 2024


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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