Seminars

We are finishing off the year with single classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays. These are divided into three categories: Back to the Basics, which are an hour dedicated to that certain skill your dog needs more practice with, Mind Your Manners, which start working on the skills your dog needs to behave both at home and out in public, and the Try It! classes, which gives you a chance to try the different dog sports we offer. 

Back to the Basics

Back to the Basics – Recall

A solid “come” command can save your dog’s life, and this class will help your dog get there! We will be covering common pitfalls and mistakes, working around people, dogs, and other distractions, and discussing various scenarios and how to practice in different locations. 

Prerequisites: Dogs must have completed Puppy Kindergarten OR Beginner Obedience

Cost: $20.00

 

Saturday, November 27th 11:00am – 12:00pm with Kylie 

OR

Wednesday, December 15th 7:15pm – 8:15pm with Kylie 

Back to the Basics – Stay and Heel

These two skills are ones that dog owners underestimate – learning them is fairly simple, but mastering them is a different story! This class will focus on improving your dog’s ability to stay focused while practicing these skills, working in different locations and situations, and how to continue improving after the class.

Prerequisites: Dogs must have completed Puppy Kindergarten OR Beginner Obedience

Cost: $20.00

Saturday, November 20th 1:30pm – 2:30pm with Kylie 

OR

Wednesday, December 15th 6:00pm – 7:00pm with Kylie 

Back to the Basics – Working with Distractions

Distractions are the bane of every dog owner’s existence – our dogs would all be perfect without any sights, scents, dogs, people, or anything else to distract them! Unfortunately we cannot remove all of the above, so instead we will use this class to work with them and how to keep your dog’s focus on you when you want it.

Prerequisites: Dogs must have completed Puppy Kindergarten OR Beginner Obedience

Cost: $20.00

Saturday, November 27th 12:15pm – 1:15pm with Kylie 

OR

Wednesday, December 8th 7:15pm – 8:15pm with Kylie 

Mind Your Manners

Mind Your Manners – Out and About

People are always amazed at how well behaved our service dogs are, and this is the chance for a pet owner to learn these skills! This class will cover skills you can use while out in public, how to have your dog greet people, and will give you the chance to sign up for a discounted private lesson to practice your new skills at a dog friendly store!

Prerequisites: Dogs must have completed Puppy Kindergarten OR Beginner Obedience

Cost: $20.00

Saturday, November 20th 12:15pm – 1:15pm with Kylie 

OR

Wednesday, December 8th 6:00pm – 7:00pm with Kylie 

Mind Your Manners – Homebody

 Some common questions for dog trainers is what house rules they should set for their dog, how to get a dog they can trust, and how to go about it. This class covers door and entrance problems, teaching an automatic leave it, and more!

Prerequisites: Dogs must have completed Puppy Kindergarten OR Beginner Obedience

Cost: $20.00

Wednesday, November 24th 6:00pm – 7:00pm with Kylie 

OR

Saturday, December 4th 11:00am – 12:00pm with Kylie 

Mind Your Manners – Help for the Holidays

Remember big family get togethers? Hopefully we can have them again soon, but the real question is does your dog know or remember what they should do when people are over? This class goes over some skills that will keep them and the guests safe, how to tell when your dog is getting overwhelmed or needs your help, and easy ways to keep your guests from giving your dog bad habits!

Prerequisites: Dogs must have completed Puppy Kindergarten OR Beginner Obedience

Cost: $20.00

Wednesday, December 1st 7:15pm – 8:15pm with Kylie 

OR

Saturday, December 4th 1:30pm – 2:30pm with Kylie 

Try It!

Try It – Rally

Rally is great as an introduction to dog sports as it has a course like agility, but uses obedience commands instead of equipment. It is a great way to not only improve the bond between you and your dog, but also helps with their reaction time to commands and their focus on you! Usually dogs are not allowed to sign up for Rally until they have completed Novice Obedience, so this is a great opportunity to get early access!

Please note that the December 4th class is full. Registering for the class will put you on the waitlist and if there is enough interest, we will run another class.

Prerequisites: Dogs must have completed Puppy Kindergarten OR Beginner Obedience

Cost: $20.00

Saturday, November 20th 11:00am – 12:00pm with Kylie 

OR

FULL – Saturday, December 4th 12:15pm – 1:15pm with Kylie 

Try It – Tricks

Tricks are always a favourite, along with a good way to improve your dog’s confidence and even get your dog postnominals (letters after their name)! Usually dogs are not allowed to sign up for Trick Training until they have completed Novice Obedience, so this is a great opportunity to get early access!

Prerequisites: Dogs must have completed Puppy Kindergarten OR Beginner Obedience

Cost: $20.00

Wednesday, November 24th 7:15am – 8:15pm with Kylie 

OR

Saturday, December 11th 11:00am – 12:00pm with Kylie 

Try It – Canine Conditioning

We all want our dogs to live happy and healthy lives, and, like humans, staying in shape will help with both the quality and quantity. This class will introduce some exercises that will help with your dog’s ability to remain fit and prevent injuries!

Prerequisites: Dogs must have completed Puppy Kindergarten OR Beginner Obedience 

Cost: $20.00

Wednesday, December 1st 6:00pm – 7:00pm with Kylie 

OR

Saturday, December 11th 12:15pm – 1:15pm with Kylie 

The Tricky Tricks

This class is a great chance for you to start working on tricks that, while not hard for you to learn, often take dogs some time to work through the steps involved. This class will get you started on the ever popular hold, teaching your dog to read, and more!

Prerequisites: Dogs must have completed Puppy Kindergarten OR Beginner Obedience 

Cost: $20.00

Saturday, November 27th 1:30pm – 2:30pm with Kylie 

Class Information

Training Methods

We train with a dedicated focus on engagement: when your bond with your dog is mutually rewarding for both dog and owner, it is incredible what you can accomplish. From fun tricks to life saving safety skills, this type of training can achieve it all. Engagement training effectively creates a strong drive in your dog for what he loves most…YOU! This is a process and results in a deep connection between you and your dog that makes skill development easier, more fun and deeply seated.  We use treat rewards, toy rewards and the reward of partnership to achieve this deep bond that results from engagement. Our classes are fun for owners and dogs and we celebrate the progress of each team on their own merit. All of our training is based on whole science, is not compulsory or permissive.

 

 

What To Bring

  • 6 foot leash
  • Bait / treat bag with your dog’s favourite treats cut into small pieces
  • Indoor shoes are mandatory (sandals, open toed shoes, or open back shoes are not allowed due to safety concerns)

 

Missed Classes

If you miss a class, we rarely have an issue getting you caught up during the next class. If you prefer to have a private catch up class, it can be arranged on Saturday afternoons at $25.00 (plus GST). Please contact your instructor as soon as possible to book one.

     

     

    Cost & Payment

    All classes are $225.00 (plus GST) and payment is required to hold your spot. Sessions are refundable up to  10 days before classes begin. A $50.00 administrative fee will be charged. Payments can be made by cash, cheque (made out to Twilla Boyce), or e-transfer (please contact for information).