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Foster dogs from any rescue or shelter may attend our dog training class for free. Register at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com

PRIVATE IN-HOME SESSIONS
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MAR 4 6 week Obedience and Good Manners - Lakewood

MAR 11 Anxiety Fear Trauma P.T.S.D. Phobias Donation-based class – Lakewood

MAR 18 Puppy Socialization - Lakewood

MAR 18 Guarding: MY toy, MY food, MY human, MY home: donation based class – Lakewood

MAR 19 4 week Understanding YOUR Dog: individual behavior session - Littleton

MAR 23 6 week Obedience and Good Manners - Englewood

MAR 24-26 Animal Reiki Certification Part One – Lakewood
Offered only once in 2017!

MAR 31 4 week Understanding YOUR Dog: individual behavior session - Littleton

Apr 1 6 week Obedience and Good Manners - Golden

Apr 1 Relax… Chill Out…Slow down…De-Stress donation-based class in Lakewood

APR 7 Learn to facilitate a 6 week Scared & Scary (Reactive) Dog classes. FOR TRAINERS ONLY! 6 Spots – Lakewood

APR 8 7 week Intermediate Obedience: Canine Good Citizen Preparation - Lakewood

APR 8 Scared and Scary Dogs: 1 class – Lakewood

APR 8 Scared and Scary Dogs: 6 classes – Lakewood

APR 21-23 Animal Reiki Certification Part Two – Lakewood
Offered only once in 2017!

May 6 4 week Understanding YOUR Dog: individual behavior session - Lakewood

 

Classes

*Animal Communication
*Animal Reiki Certification
*Animal Rights
*Anxiety, Fear, Phobia and Trauma
*Barking & Digging
*Basic Obedience & Good Manners
*Behavior Training
*Canine Anxiety
*Canine CPR and First Aid
*Canine Massage
*Canine Nutrition
*Canine Sensory Management
*CATS: Understanding the Mysterious Creature
*Come Command
*Door Manners
*Families and Dogs
*Fear & How to Lessen It
*Finding Your Calling
*Flower Essences for People & Pets
*Food, Toy and Place Guarding
*I Can't Control Myself
*I'm Scared and Scarey on a Leash
*Introvert in an Extroverted World?
*KIDS: Earn an “I’m a Dog’s Best Friend” Certificate
*Leash Walking and Good Manners
*Obedience and Good Manners
*Off-Leash Protocol
*Proper Greetings:Who Me Jump up?
*Puppy Socialization
*Separation Anxiety
*Spirit Animals
*Understanding Cats
*Understanding Dogs
*Veg Life

*FREE Overview of our Dog Training Programs with Q&A: 6 week Obedience and Good Manners, Canine Good Citizen Certification, Single Theme Behavior, Dog Trainer / Behavior Specialist Certification, 4 week Understanding Dogs, 3 week Leash Walking, 3 week Off Leash / COME

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Sign up for any 1 class: $25 if paid 2 days before the class; $35 after.
Sign up for any 2 classes: $40 if paid 2 days before your first choice.
Sign up for any 4 classes: $75 if paid 2 days before the first class.
Sign up for any 6 classes: $100/ up to 2 days before the first class; when you register, you must choose the 6 classes

 

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Private In-Home Sessions

Private In-Home or Office Sessions
Performed by Lorraine May, M.A.
Executive Director of Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue
Voted Best Dog Training in Denver 3 years in a row!

Lorraine May has been training for over 15 years. The rescue has always accepted the hardest dogs that no one else wanted. Lorraine has fostered and worked with just about every breed and every issue successfully over the years.

In-Your -Home Sessions: Jeffco and Denver – day, evening, weekend
Office Sessions: Lakewood - day, evening, weekend

Philosophy: Misha May employs Learning Theory which is an educational approach. We communicate with the dog clearly establishing consistent rules. We set the dog up for success so that instead of punishing him for doing something wrong, we spend our time teaching and practicing what is right. Just like an athlete practices his skills, we coach the dog until he can perform correctly on his own. Why not be kind and compassionate to your friend rather than harsh and punishing?

Number of Sessions: Typically one session is adequate to help the owner change his or her behavior and learn how to proceed with changing the dog’s behavior. Follow-up training typically happens in one of our specialty classes (Understanding Dogs, Scared and Scary) which cost $150 for 4 weeks.

Prior to the session: complete a registration so that the trainer arrives prepared and ready to work
During the session: assessment of dog and situation, training of dog, coaching of humans, development of goal oriented treatment plan, follow-up suggestions such as classes
Following the session: delivery of educational handouts, clarification of any questions, suggested continuation in our specialty classes, additional appropriate referrals

The session will address:
*Behavior: to teach the dog what he or she needs to know to replace an unwanted behavior with an acceptable behavior that gets him what he wants or needs (play, self-confidence, safety, attention, great life)
*Emotions: to help the dog develop a more positive association with his world which leads to relaxation, manners and a great life

Pricing:
Initial consult / training session / treatment plan / handouts – 1.5 hours @ $350
Follow-up treatment session – 1 hour @ $250
Package of 3 one hour follow-up treatment sessions - $600
Follow- up classes if appropriate for your dog(s) - $150 for all 4 weeks
Understanding Dogs - for almost any issue
Scared & Scary - for dogs who fear, react to, or dislike other dogs, but are okay with humans

Foster dogs from any rescue or shelter may attend our dog training classes for free. However, we do not have the resources to offer private sessions for free.

 

MARCH

MAR 4 6 week Obedience and Good Manners - Lakewood

MAR 11 Anxiety Fear Trauma P.T.S.D. Phobias Donation-based class – Lakewood

MAR 18 Puppy Socialization - Lakewood

MAR 18 Guarding: MY toy, MY food, MY human, MY home: donation based class – Lakewood

MAR 19 4 week Understanding YOUR Dog: individual behavior session - Littleton

MAR 23 6 week Obedience and Good Manners - Englewood

MAR 24-26 Animal Reiki Certification Part One – Lakewood
Offered only once in 2017!

MAR 31 4 week Understanding YOUR Dog: individual behavior session - Littleton

Mar 4 6 week Obedience and Good Manners - Lakewood

MAR 4 (NO Dogs), 11, 18. APR 1, 8, 29 10:15am-11:15AM
Private Home near Alameda and Wadsworth
Address and details will be sent after registration.

This class covers all of the basics such as sit, down and stay plus lots more. Come and leash walking are also included, as well as calming techniques. We educate you about dog behavior based on science that works. Our approach is force free and positive. We respect you and your dog, and your loving relationship. The class is fun and stress-free, yet effective.

Misha May is Denver's Best Dog Training for the 3rd year in a row! Registration required at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com. Reserve your spot by paying the $125 fee using paypal or credit card with the donation button at www.mishamayfoundation.org or mail a check to Misha May, PO Box 151166, Lakewood, CO 80215-1166.

Mar 11 Anxiety Fear Trauma P.T.S.D. Phobias Donation-based class – Lakewood

Mar 11 from 10:15-11:15am
Private Home near Alameda and Wadsworth
Address and details will be sent after registration.
Donation Based Class – see below
Dogs do NOT attend


This class will be helpful for anyone living with or working with dogs with generalized anxiety, separation anxiety, histories of abuse or neglect or abandonment, and phobias such as to thunderstorms.

These conditions generally worsen over time and do not resolve by themselves. Learn how to help your pet relax and enjoy life more. Your whole family deserves it!

Many of the reliable treatments, tools and protocols are effective for each of these conditions. We will go over each of them and how to use them. There will also be some time for Q&A as well as some discussion of participants’ situations.

Handouts containing all of the material covered will be emailed following class.

Registration Required at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com. Reserve your space by making a donation using Paypal or credit card with the donation button at www.mishamayfoundation.org. Suggested donation: somewhere between $5 and $50 per person. (Value of class is $25 per person; $40 for 2)

Active fosters, who are currently fostering a dog and attending class to receive information for their foster dog (not their own dog), from any rescue or shelter, may attend for FREE, although Misha May is always appreciative of donations to help our educational programs.

Mar 18 Puppy Socialization - Lakewood

MAR 18 from 10:15-11:15am
Private Home near Alameda and Wadsworth
Address and details will be sent after registration.
FREE class; tax deductible donations appreciated
Proof of vaccines required.


Puppy socialization, playtime, relationship building, developmentally appropriate activities, and training foundations. Socialization is when a puppy experiences his world as a safe, positive and fun place, thus enabling him to grow into a confident, happy adult. Puppies with appropriate vaccines may attend between the ages of 8 weeks and 6 months - proof of vaccine required. RSVP preferred. Email mishamayfoundation@gmail.com to receive registration form ahead of time. Puppy handbook and many handouts included.

Mar 18 Guarding: MY toy, MY food, MY human, MY home: donation based class – Lakewood

Mar 18 from 12:45-1:45pm
Private Home near Alameda and Wadsworth
Address and details will be sent after registration.
Dogs do NOT attend
Donation Based Class – see below.


In dog world, it is normal for dogs to guard anything or anyone they believe is theirs. In human world this can cause serious problems from souring the relationship to aggression. Breed or mix, as well as a history of neglect and deprivation, can also contribute to this behavior.

Any one of the following behaviors can describe a resource guarder.
This class is for you if your dog:
*is unwilling to relinquish his favorite things to you
*seems uncomfortable with others around his food dish or bed
*dislikes other dogs or people giving his human attention or being close
*reacts when folks come to visit

Learn the tools and exercises to assess your situation and formulate a plan to change your dog’s behavior before it gets worse, which it most likely will.

Instead of confronting a dog, which can elicit more guarding and aggression, we believe it is important to teach our dogs our human rules. “If you do as I ask, there is a much better life for you!”

Instructor Lorraine May learned the hard way with her dog, Tara, many years ago. Tara had been starving on the street before being rescued. Food meant everything to her, and rightly so. Tara’s biting and guarding propelled Lorraine to become a trainer in order to first save her own dog. Tara lived out the remainder of her life bite-free!

Registration Required at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com Reserve your space by making a donation using our donation button with Paypal or credit card at www.mishamayfoundation.org. Suggested donation: somewhere between $5 and $50 per person. (Value of class is $25 per person; $40 for 2)

Active fosters, who are currently fostering a dog and attending class to receive information for their foster dog (not their own dog), from any rescue or shelter, may attend for FREE, although Misha May is always appreciative of donations to help our educational programs.

MAR 19 4 week Understanding YOUR Dog: individual behavior session - Littleton

March 19, 26, April 2, 9 from 11am-noon

Location: private home in Littleton near Arapahoe Community College (exact address will be sent after you register, just prior to class) Fee is $150 per dog and includes all 4 weeks. Family members welcome.

Your dog attends class one scheduled week where he receives the equivalent of an in-home private session. You attend all 4 weeks where you learn about dog behavior to help with your situation, while observing the individual sessions of others.

Behaviors which can be addressed are anxiety, fear, aggression, housetraining, puppy, reactivity, leash walking, recall, door manners, P.T.S.D., trauma, lack of socialization, meeting and greeting, etc. No problem is too big or too small. We will tailor each week to fit the dog’s needs.

We problem solve utilizing a positive, force-free, communicative approach which is respectful of dogs and their humans. We may include obedience, essential oils, flower essences, Tellington Touch, as well as other calming techniques and anxiety reducing approaches.

Often dogs develop undesirable behaviors to compensate for a past event which still troubles them. Sometimes they are afraid or just don’t know what is expected. We’ll help each dog change not only his behavior but his attitude and feelings about the world so that he feels safer and more relaxed.

Registration Required at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com. Reserve your spot by paying the $150 per dog fee using Paypal or credit card with the donation button at www.mishamayfoundation.org or mail a check to Misha May, PO Box 151166, Lakewood, CO 80215-1166.

Foster dogs, still homeless and not adopted, from any rescue or shelter, may attend for FREE. Please do not request a FREE spot for a dog who is adopted or spoken for (by the foster parent or other).

Instructor: Ruby Purdy
My name is Ruby Purdy and I have loved and had dogs all my life and have searched for the best way to help both dogs and their humans. Going through the Dog Trainer/Behavior Specialist Apprentice Program with Misha May Foundation has helped fulfill that dream. Positive reinforcement, learning about and paying attention to our dogs’ cues and showing them what we want of them in a force free way is the basis of all our training and leads to a lifelong bond with our four legged friends. My goal with these classes is to help clients understand what their dogs are trying to communicate to them through their behavior and actions, and determine ways in which their human can help.

Mar 23 6 week Obedience and Good Manners - Englewood

March 23rd (no dogs), 30th, April 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th from 4:00- 5:00pm
Location: a private residence in Englewood near Hampden and Broadway. Address and details will be sent following your registration.
Class Fee: $125 per dog for all 6 weeks

Tired of your dog standing still you when you ask her to sit? Think your dog is stubborn and bored of training? Come learn how you can engage with and teach your dog the meaning of general obedience cues and manners in a fun environment. In this 6 week course you and your dog will strengthen your bond using positive reinforcement training techniques. You will teach your dog the meaning of cues such as sit and down, stay and come, as well as loose leash walking and doggy manners. Become knowledgeable on canine behavior science and how dogs learn so as to continue to teach them outside of class in day-to-day life.

Misha May is Denver's Best Dog Training for the 3rd year in a row! Registration required at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com. Reserve your spot by paying the $125 fee using paypal or credit card with the donation button at www.mishamayfoundation.org or mail a check to Misha May, PO Box 151166, Lakewood, CO 80215-1166.

Foster dogs, still homeless and not adopted, from any rescue or shelter, may attend for FREE. Please do not request a FREE spot for a dog who is adopted or spoken for (by the foster parent or other).

Instructor: Skylar Schmidt has been working with dogs for 3 years now and started in grooming. She has moved into dog walking and training and is currently a Misha May Foundation Dog Trainer / Behavior Specialist Program Apprentice.

MAR 24-26 Animal Reiki Certification Part One – Lakewood
OFFERED ONLY ONCE IN 2017!

Fri Mar 24, Sat Mar 25, Sun Mar 26 from 10:30am – 4:30pm each day

This class will teach the students how to experience the world from the animal's perspective. Attendees will learn Reiki practices, as well as communication, handling strategies, physiology, psychology and more. Lorraine May is the creator of the class and the instructor.

Animal lovers, including rescue personnel, holistic practitioners and owners will find this class particularly useful. The course demonstrates a variety of specific techniques, with hands-on application. Each day includes hands-on practice.

Special attention is paid to trauma reduction and calming protocols. The result is often the alleviation of symptoms such as pain, fear and anxiety, as well as positive changes in behavior.

Reiki does not replace other kinds of medicine but collaborates with them, to create a multi-level approach impacting not only the physical body, but the emotions and the mind.

Day 1: Highlights of Traditional Reiki with demonstration and practice. Discussion of energy, crisis, healing, cleansing, preparation. Hands-on practice with an easy animal client. Exercises and attunement.

Day 2: Chakras – description, function, assessment, support. Demonstration of Animal Reiki Session. Hands-on practice with animal with chakra issue.

Day 3: How to use Flower Essences with all living things. Animal Communication. Hands-on practice using anxiety reduction techniques; choosing a flower essence for the animal. Homework to prepare for Part Two

Registration Required at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com. Reserve your spot by paying the fee using Paypal or credit card with the donation button at www.mishamayfoundation.org or mail a check to Misha May, PO Box 151166, Lakewood, CO 80215-1166.

$400 for each: Part One or Part Two paid separately at any time
$775 for both: Part One and Part Two paid together by Mar 14

Previous Graduates of Animal Reiki Certification:
Take Part One (will be somewhat different) for half price $200
If you take Part One, take Part Two for $350

MAR 31 4 week Understanding YOUR Dog: individual behavior session - Littleton

March 31, April 7, 14, and 21 from 6 - 7pm

Location: Location: Private Home near Chatfield Reservoir in Littleton, CO (exact address will be sent after you register, just prior to class) Fee is $150 per dog and includes all 4 weeks. Family members welcome.

Your dog attends class one scheduled week where he receives the equivalent of an in-home private session. You attend all 4 weeks where you learn about dog behavior to help with your situation, while observing the individual sessions of others.

Behaviors which can be addressed are anxiety, fear, aggression, housetraining, puppy, reactivity, leash walking, recall, door manners, P.T.S.D., trauma, lack of socialization, meeting and greeting, etc. No problem is too big or too small. We will tailor each week to fit the dog’s needs.

We problem solve utilizing a positive, force-free, communicative approach which is respectful of dogs and their humans. We may include obedience, essential oils, flower essences, Tellington Touch, as well as other calming techniques and anxiety reducing approaches.

Often dogs develop undesirable behaviors to compensate for a past event which still troubles them. Sometimes they are afraid or just don’t know what is expected. We’ll help each dog change not only his behavior but his attitude and feelings about the world so that he feels safer and more relaxed.

Registration Required at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com. Reserve your spot by paying the $150 per dog fee using Paypal or credit card with the donation button at www.mishamayfoundation.org or mail a check to Misha May, PO Box 151166, Lakewood, CO 80215-1166.

Foster dogs, still homeless and not adopted, from any rescue or shelter, may attend for FREE. Please do not request a FREE spot for a dog who is adopted or spoken for (by the foster parent or other).

Instructor: Alina Vazquez
My name is Alina Vazquez and I have a great love of dogs and animals. I have had dogs, both large and small breeds, as my best friends all my life. I was always intrigued by dog behaviors and wanted to better understand why dogs do certain things or react in certain ways in a varied set of circumstances and environments. Training with such a knowledgeable and skilled behavior specialist like Lorraine May and becoming a Dog Trainer/Behavior Specialist Apprentice with the Misha May Foundation has helped me work toward reaching that goal. I have learned many things but most importantly paying attention to our dogs’ body language and understanding what the cues mean helps bridge the gap of communication between our best friends and us humans. Working with our furry friends through positive reinforcement and force-free techniques is crucial to having a positive and strong bond with our dogs. Like people, not all dogs are the same and therefore the better we understand our dogs, the better equipped we will be to help them through their challenges. In this class I hope to help you better understand your dog and his needs and help you learn positive, force-free techniques to help your dog gain confidence and feel more secure.

APRIL

Apr 1 6 week Obedience and Good Manners - Golden

Apr 1 Relax… Chill Out…Slow down…De-Stress donation-based class in Lakewood

APR 7 Learn to facilitate a 6 week Scared & Scary (Reactive) Dog classes. FOR TRAINERS ONLY! 6 Spots – Lakewood

APR 8 7 week Intermediate Obedience: Canine Good Citizen Preparation - Lakewood

APR 8 Scared and Scary Dogs: 1 class – Lakewood

APR 8 Scared and Scary Dogs: 6 classes – Lakewood

APR 21-23 Animal Reiki Certification Part Two – Lakewood
Offered only once in 2017!

Apr 1 6 week Obedience and Good Manners - Golden

Apr 1 (NO DOGS), 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6 2:30pm – 3:30 pm
Rover Retreat, 17731 W Colfax Ave, Golden, CO 80401

This class covers all of the basics such as sit, down and stay plus a special emphasis on good doggie manners! This course will help you and your dog learn to enjoy training and working together with a positive and force free training approach. The manners portion of the class will teach your dog concepts such as leave it and wait, which are not only helpful for you as an owner, but also help to keep your dog safe. This class is taught in a fun and stress-free way, and will allow you to build an even stronger relationship with your dog!

The class will be taught outside so please dress for the weather!

Misha May is Denver's Best Dog Training for the 3rd year in a row! Registration required at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com. Reserve your spot by paying the $125 fee using paypal or credit card with the donation button at www.mishamayfoundation.org or mail a check to Misha May, PO Box 151166, Lakewood, CO 80215-1166.

Foster dogs, still homeless and not adopted, from any rescue or shelter, may attend for FREE. Please do not request a FREE spot for a dog who is adopted or spoken for (by the foster parent or other).

About the instructor: Erin Mahan

Hello! I am currently a dog trainer and behavior specialist apprentice with The Misha May Foundation. I have had a love and passion for working with dogs for years and I am so excited to take this next step as a dog trainer. I have a master’s degree from Colorado State University with an emphasis in animal welfare and I hope to be able combine this education and my dog training knowledge to work with rescue dogs to help find them homes. I currently work at Rover Retreat in Golden and I have worked in the dog industry for over two years and the animal industry for nine. I’m very excited to now have an opportunity to continue working with dogs in a training and behavior capacity. I have three dogs of my own and I’ve enjoyed watching them grow since I began training with them. I believe that obedience and good manners are the foundation for a great pet/owner relationship. I look forward to working with you and your dog to strengthen your already wonderful bond!

Apr 1 Relax… Chill Out…Slow down…De-Stress donation-based class in Lakewood

April 1 from 10:15am-11:15am
Private Home near Alameda and Wadsworth
Address and details will be sent after registration.
Donation Based Class – see below.


This class is for dogs who are easily overstimulated and can’t seem to calm down.
Dogs who are easily excited will learn to tolerate their surroundings better.
Owners will find their dogs paying attention more easily.
It will be helpful if your dog knows ‘sit’.
When a dog learns to tolerate his environment and become less stimulated, he can participate more fully in your life without 'getting in trouble':)

This class is NOT for dogs who have bitten (see Understanding YOUR Dog class) or dogs who don’t like other dogs (see Scared& Scary Dogs class).

We will teach you relaxation and calming protocols that are fun and support your dog in choosing to chill out.

Bring your dog on a buckle collar and/or harness (we love the Freedom harness), 6' or less leash, a blanket, an ACE bandage and loads of tiny treats. We'll teach you how to get your dog's attention and how to help him become more relaxed no matter what is going on around him. This can help with reactivity, prey drive, herding instinct, overstimulation, and general life chaos.

Registration Required at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com Reserve your space by making a donation using our donation button with Paypal or credit card at www.mishamayfoundation.org. Suggested donation: somewhere between $5 and $50 per dog. (Value of class is $25 per dog)

Foster dogs, still homeless and not adopted, from any rescue or shelter, may attend for FREE. Please do not request a FREE spot for a dog who is adopted or spoken for (by the foster parent or other).

Apr 7 Learn to facilitate a 6 week Scared & Scary (Reactive) Dog classes. FOR TRAINERS ONLY! 6 Spots – Lakewood

Theory: Apr 7, 28. May 5. June 2, 9, 16 from 6:30-8pm
Class Time with Dogs and Humans: Apr 8, 29. May 6. June 3, 10, 17 from 12:30 – 1:45pm
Class Observations & Discussions: Apr 8, 29. May 6. June 3, 10, 17 from 1:45 - 2:30pm
There will be one hour weekly homework assignments, including on the weeks we do not meet.
Misha May was voted Denver’s Best Dog Training 3 years in a row.

Does your heart go out to owners with dogs who are out of control and reactive on walks?
Do you want to help dogs who seem both frightened and frightening?
Are you sad and/or angry over the forceful, old-fashioned punishments that aren’t helpful?
Would you like to learn techniques which change not only the behaviors but the underlying emotions which cause them?
All of this can happen in Misha May’s calm, non-threatening, under-threshold environment.

In this class, you will:
Enjoy learning in this friendly, non-threatening environment surrounded by like-minded people.
Receive education as well as hands-on practice.
Learn soothing protocols and anxiety reduction techniques.
Practice management, desensitization, emergency and behavior-changing tools.
Witness the appropriate use of EMDR, Essential Oils, Flower Essences, Tellington Touch, etc.
Communicate with owners / fosters effectively and compassionately regarding this approach.
Help owners understand their dog, as well as natural dog behaviors.
Create a safe and trustworthy space for each dog as an individual.
Complete Behavior Analysis Worksheets to better understand each human / dog situation.
Experience a dog’s progress from the beginning to the end result.
Help supervise dogs during exercises and real-life situations as appropriate.
Employ Learning Theory, B.A.T., clicker, desensitization, counter conditioning, obedience, etc.
Observe the evaluation and assessment of class participants.
Have access to relevant cutting edge materials.
Be given all handouts and class formats / lesson plans free of charge.
Meet others who may want to collaborate with you and / or assist you.
Be taught how to facilitate a much-needed class successfully, calmly and compassionately.
Acquire marketing strategies to promote your classes.

Request an application at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com. Reserve your spot by paying the tuition (see below – early registration discounts) using Paypal or credit card with the donation button at www.mishamayfoundation.org or mail a check to Misha May, PO Box 151166, Lakewood, CO 80215-1166.

Instructor: Lorraine May, M.A.
May has been training for over 15 years. As founder, executive director and head trainer of Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue Support, established as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation in 2002, she has always accepted the hardest dogs that no one else wanted. Lorraine has fostered and / or worked with, just about every breed or mix, resolving a wide variety of serious issues successfully over the years.
Having developed and successfully implemented Misha May Foundation’s Dog Trainer / Behavior Specialist Program, May has decided to step away from this comprehensive approach to training. Instead, May will devote her time and expertise to share with established trainers these niche components which aid specific populations of dogs deemed difficult.
May has combined her Master’s degrees in elementary education and psychology with canine behavior science studies to become a courageous, forward-thinking dog behavior specialist. She consistently seeks to serve the misunderstood and under-served canine populations.
May is a Certified Integral Hatha Yoga Teacher, a Reiki Master / Teacher, the creator of the Animal Reiki Certification Program, and a graduate of the Bovine Metropolis School of Improvisation. She has studied and utilized flower essences, essential oils and Tellington Touch. May specializes in anxiety, aggression and their related emotions.

Philosophy: Misha May employs Learning Theory which is an educational approach. We communicate with the dog clearly, establishing consistent guidelines. We set the dog up for success so that instead of punishing him for doing something wrong, we spend our time teaching and practicing what is right. Just like an athlete practices his skills, we coach the dog until he can perform correctly on his own. We also take into account the underlying emotions, history and current triggers.

The full tuition for this program is $1200.

Early registration discounts:
Pay before March 31st: $1000 ($200 discount)
Pay after March 31st: $1200 (full tuition)

The class description for the public and (FREE) foster dogs follows:

Apr 8 6 week Scared and Scary Dogs - Lakewood
Apr 8 (NO DOGS), 29. May 6. June 3, 10, 17
From 12:45 – 1:45pm
Fee: $250 per dog

For dogs who are afraid of, worried about, reactive and/or aggressive toward other dogs. NOT for dogs who have bitten humans – see Understanding YOUR Dog class. Location: private home in Lakewood near Wadsworth and Alameda (exact address will be sent after you register, just prior to class)
Dogs do NOT attend the first week.
Fee is $250 per dog.

Does your dog act like he wants to attack the world? Does he bark or lunge or whine? Is he worried about and/or belligerent toward dogs? Are you embarrassed to walk him? Does whatever you seem to do only make it worse? This class is for you. Learn how to practice and prepare for these walks so that your dog and you can relax and enjoy.

We find that these dogs have often been hurt, intimidated or bullied by another dog. Sometimes they are undersocialized. These situations can cause them to become defensive and worried about many or all dogs. Dogs are initially separated and remain calm during class.

In week one, we demonstrate and teach you the tools to help desensitize your dog. You will have a strategy that is helpful for walking, for addressing emergency situations and for actually changing your dog's behavior. You and he will both feel more confident about how to handle situations. You will be able to help your dog change his negative emotional response to the world.

In weeks 2 and 3, we apply advanced desensitization and calming techniques, which align with a dog’s perspective of the world. Humans will observe their dogs and learn to interpret their behavior so that they can support them in making wiser, acceptable choices under stress.

In weeks 4, 5 and 6, we guide you and your dog through appropriate, individualized exercises, sometimes involving other dogs and real life situations.

We provide you with a multitude of educational handouts and a reading list to support you in continuing the work after class.

Registration required at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com. Reserve your spot by paying the $250 fee using paypal or credit card with the donation button at www.mishamayfoundation.org or mail a check to Misha May, PO Box 151166, Lakewood, CO 80215-1166.

APR 8 7 week Intermediate Obedience: Canine Good Citizen Preparation - Lakewood
April 8, (skip 15, 22) 29. May 6, 20. June 3, 10, 17 from 10:15-11:15am
Location is private home near Wadsworth and Alameda.
Includes practical application during a social event!

The CGC class builds on skills learned in Basic Obedience (pre-requisite). This 7 week class teaches you what is required to pass the CGC test and become certified. We train for mastery of 10 tasks which help your dog be a good citizen (description below). While the class and certification are great to have for traveling, renting, HOA's or as beginning therapy dog training, it is also a way to strengthen your bond with your dog and improve his or her skills.

Test is optional. You can simply enroll for intermediate obedience experience. Cost of test is approximately $25.

Registration required at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com. Reserve your spot by paying the $150 fee using Paypal or credit card with the donation button at www.mishamayfoundation.org or mail a check to Misha May, PO Box 151166, Lakewood, CO 80215-1166.

Instructor: Lorraine May, M.A. and Team of Assistants

Canine Good Citizen Test

Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger
This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation. The evaluator walks up to the dog and handler and greets the handler in a friendly manner, ignoring the dog. The evaluator and handler shake hands and exchange pleasantries. The dog must show no sign of resentment or shyness, and must not break position or try to go to the evaluator.

Test 2: Sitting politely for petting
This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to touch it while it is out with its handler. With the dog sitting at the handler's side, to begin the exercise, the evaluator pets the dog on the head and body. The handler may talk to his or her dog throughout the exercise. The dog may stand in place as it is petted. The dog must not show shyness or resentment.

Test 3: Appearance and grooming

This practical test demonstrates that the dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit someone, such as a veterinarian, groomer or friend of the owner, to do so. It also demonstrates the owner's care, concern and sense of responsibility. The evaluator inspects the dog to determine if it is clean and groomed. The dog must appear to be in healthy condition (i.e., proper weight, clean, healthy and alert). The handler should supply the comb or brush commonly used on the dog. The evaluator then softly combs or brushes the dog, and in a natural manner, lightly examines the ears and gently picks up each front foot. It is not necessary for the dog to hold a specific position during the examination, and the handler may talk to the dog, praise it and give encouragement throughout.

Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
This test demonstrates that the handler is in control of the dog. The dog may be on either side of the handler. The dog's position should leave no doubt that the dog is attentive to the handler and is responding to the handler's movements and changes of direction. The dog need not be perfectly aligned with the handler and need not sit when the handler stops. The evaluator may use a pre-plotted course or may direct the handler/dog team by issuing instructions or commands. In either case, there should be a right turn, left turn, and an about turn with at least one stop in between and another at the end. The handler may talk to the dog along the way, praise the dog, or give commands in a normal tone of voice. The handler may sit the dog at the halts if desired.

Test 5: Walking through a crowd

This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three). The dog may show some interest in the strangers but should continue to walk with the handler, without evidence of over-exuberance, shyness or resentment. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise the dog throughout the test. The dog should not jump on people in the crowd or strain on the leash.

Test 6: Sit and down on command and Staying in place
This test demonstrates that the dog has training, will respond to the handler's commands to sit and down and will remain in the place commanded by the handler (sit or down position, whichever the handler prefers). The dog must do sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay. Prior to this test, the dog's leash is replaced with a line 20 feet long. The handler may take a reasonable amount of time and use more than one command to get the dog to sit and then down. The evaluator must determine if the dog has responded to the handler's commands. The handler may not force the dog into position but may touch the dog to offer gentle guidance. When instructed by the evaluator, the handler tells the dog to stay and walks forward the length of the line, turns and returns to the dog at a natural pace. The dog must remain in the place in which it was left (it may change position) until the evaluator instructs the handler to release the dog. The dog may be released from the front or the side.

Test 7: Coming when called

This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler. The handler will walk 10 feet from the dog, turn to face the dog, and call the dog. The handler may use encouragement to get the dog to come. Handlers may choose to tell dogs to "stay" or "wait" or they may simply walk away, giving no instructions to the dog.

Test 8: Reaction to another dog
This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries, and continue on for about 10 feet. The dogs should show no more than casual interest in each other. Neither dog should go to the other dog or its handler.

Test 9: Reaction to distraction
This test demonstrates that the dog is confident at all times when faced with common distracting situations. The evaluator will select and present two distractions. Examples of distractions include dropping a chair, rolling a crate dolly past the dog, having a jogger run in front of the dog, or dropping a crutch or cane. The dog may express natural interest and curiosity and/or may appear slightly startled but should not panic, try to run away, show aggressiveness, or bark. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise it throughout the exercise.

Test 10: Supervised separation
This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain training and good manners. Evaluators are encouraged to say something like, "Would you like me to watch your dog?" and then take hold of the dog's leash. The owner will go out of sight for three minutes. The dog does not have to stay in position but should not continually bark, whine, or pace unnecessarily, or show anything stronger than mild agitation or nervousness. Evaluators may talk to the dog but should not engage in excessive talking, petting, or management attempts (e.g, "there, there, it's alright").

Apr 8 Scared and Scary Dogs: 1 class – Lakewood

Apr 8 (No Dogs) from 12:45 – 1:45pm

For people who have dogs who are afraid of, worried about, and/or reactive / aggressive, toward other dogs, not people. (Human aggression is addressed in the 4 week Understanding YOUR Dog class.)

Location: private home in Lakewood near Wadsworth and Alameda (exact address will be sent after you register, just prior to class)
Fee is $25 per person.


We find that these dogs have often been hurt, intimidated or bullied by another dog. Sometimes they are undersocialized. These situations can cause them to be defensive and worried about many or all dogs. Dogs are initially separated and remain calm during class.

We will demonstrate and teach you the tools to help desensitize your dog. You will have a strategy that is helpful for walking, for addressing emergency situations and for actually changing your dog's behavior. You and he will both feel more confident about how to handle situations. You can help your dog change his negative emotional response to the world.

We provide you with a multitude of educational handouts and a reading list to support you in continuing the work after class.

Does your dog act like he wants to attack the world? Does he bark or lunge or whine? Is he worried and/or belligerent toward dogs? Are you embarrassed to walk him? Does whatever you seem to do only make it worse? This class is for you. Learn how to practice and prepare for these walks so that your dog and you can relax and enjoy.

Registration required at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com. Reserve your spot by paying the $25 fee using Paypal or credit card with the donation button at www.mishamayfoundation.org or mail a check to Misha May, PO Box 151166, Lakewood, CO 80215-1166.

Current foster parents for any rescue or shelter may attend for FREE if this information is for your foster dog, otherwise please pay the fee if you are taking the class for your own dog. Donations are always appreciated to help support these FREE programs.

Apr 8 Scared and Scary Dogs: 6 classes – Lakewood

Apr 8 (No Dogs) (skip 15, 22), 29. May 6 (skip 13, 20). June 3, 10, 17 from 12:45 – 1:45pm

For people who have dogs who are afraid of, worried about, and/or reactive / aggressive, toward other dogs, not people. (Human aggression is addressed in the 4 week Understanding YOUR Dog class.)

Location: private home in Lakewood near Wadsworth and Alameda (exact address will be sent after you register, just prior to class)
The fee for the 6 week class is $250. The cost, if done as private in-home sessions, would be around $2000. This is a huge deal!


We find that these dogs have often been hurt, intimidated or bullied by another dog. Sometimes they are undersocialized. These situations can cause them to be defensive and worried about many or all dogs. Dogs are initially separated and remain calm during class.

We will demonstrate and teach you the tools to help desensitize your dog. You will have a strategy that is helpful for walking, for addressing emergency situations and for actually changing your dog's behavior. You and he will both feel more confident about how to handle situations. You can help your dog change his negative emotional response to the world.

We provide you with a multitude of educational handouts and a reading list to support you in continuing the work after class.

Does your dog act like he wants to attack the world? Does he bark or lunge or whine? Is he worried and/or belligerent toward dogs? Are you embarrassed to walk him? Does whatever you seem to do only make it worse? This class is for you. Learn how to practice and prepare for these walks so that your dog and you can relax and enjoy.

Registration required at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com. Reserve your spot by paying the $250 fee using Paypal or credit card with the donation button at www.mishamayfoundation.org or mail a check to Misha May, PO Box 151166, Lakewood, CO 80215-1166.

Current foster parents for any rescue or shelter may attend for FREE if this information is for your foster dog, otherwise please pay the fee if you are taking the class for your own dog. Donations are always appreciated to help support these FREE programs.

APR 21-23 Animal Reiki Certification Part Two – Lakewood
OFFERED ONLY ONCE IN 2017!

Fri Apr 21, Sat Apr 22, Sun Apr 23 from 10:30am-4:30pm each day

Day 1: Using Essential Oils and additional non-Reiki techniques. Distance healing.

Day 2: Participants’ pets will have the opportunity to attend and receive treatments.

Day 3: Exercises and final attunement. Final hands-on session. Business, clients, service, prosperity. Graduation – certificates presented.

This class will teach the students how to experience the world from the animal's perspective. Attendees will learn Reiki practices, as well as communication, handling strategies, physiology, psychology and more. Lorraine May is the creator of the class and the instructor.

Animal lovers, including rescue personnel, holistic practitioners and owners will find this class particularly useful. The course demonstrates a variety of specific techniques, with hands-on application. Each day includes hands-on practice.

Special attention is paid to trauma reduction and calming protocols. The result is often the alleviation of symptoms such as pain, fear and anxiety, as well as positive changes in behavior.

Reiki does not replace other kinds of medicine but collaborates with them, to create a multi-level approach impacting not only the physical body, but the emotions and the mind.

Registration Required at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com. Reserve your spot by paying the fee using Paypal or credit card with the donation button at www.mishamayfoundation.org or mail a check to Misha May, PO Box 151166, Lakewood, CO 80215-1166.

$400 for each: Part One or Part Two paid separately at any time
$775 for both: Part One and Part Two paid together by Mar 14

Previous Graduates of Animal Reiki Certification:
Take Part One (will be somewhat different) for half price $200
If you take Part One, take Part Two for $350

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May 6 4 week Understanding YOUR Dog: individual behavior session - Lakewood



May 6 4 week Understanding YOUR Dog: individual behavior session - Lakewood

May 6, June 3, 10, 17 from 11:30am-12:30pm

Location: private home in Lakewood near Wadsworth and Alameda (exact address will be sent after you register, just prior to class) Fee is $150 per dog with family members.

Your dog attends class one scheduled week where he receives the equivalent of an in-home private session. You attend all 4 weeks where you learn about dog behavior to help with your situation, while observing the individual sessions of others.

Behaviors which can be addressed are anxiety, fear, aggression, housetraining, puppy, reactivity, leash walking, recall, door manners, P.T.S.D., trauma, lack of socialization, meeting and greeting, etc. No problem is too big or too small. We will tailor each week to fit the dog’s needs.

We problem solve utilizing a positive, force-free, communicative approach which is respectful of dogs and their humans. We may include obedience, essential oils, flower essences, Tellington Touch, as well as other calming techniques and anxiety reducing approaches.

Often dogs develop undesirable behaviors to compensate for a past event which still troubles them. Sometimes they are afraid or just don’t know what is expected. We’ll help each dog change not only his behavior but his attitude and feelings about the world so that he feels safer and more relaxed.

Registration Required at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com. Reserve your spot by paying the $150 per dog fee using Paypal or credit card with the donation button at www.mishamayfoundation.org or mail a check to Misha May, PO Box 151166, Lakewood, CO 80215-1166.

Foster dogs, still homeless and not adopted, from any rescue or shelter, may attend for FREE. Please do not request a FREE spot for a dog who is adopted or spoken for (by the foster parent or other).

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Class Cancellation Policy: Generally, we do not cancel classes. If we do, we will contact you by email. Be certain you have registered with a legible, easy-to-read, correct email address. When weather may be an issue, the class will not be cancelled if the teacher will be attending. Fees are then used to pay class expenses. In the case of extenuating circumstances, we will do our best to work with you. If a class is cancelled, we will re-schedule the class. If you cannot attend a re-scheduled class, your fee may be transferred to another class or become a donation which is tax deductible.


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Lorraine May, Executive Director
PO Box 151166
Lakewood, CO 80215-1166
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