Take a deep dive into each of the classes and training opportunities available to you and your dog.
Puppy Experience is for puppies who are 16 weeks old and younger as of the first day of class. It is “continuous enrollment” which means you can start anytime - no need to wait for a new session and miss out on that precious socialization time. In class we work on skills to help your puppy grow to be confident and well mannered AND to help you retain your sanity during puppyhood - socialization exercises, polite greetings, impulse control, early leash skills, common puppy concerns such as biting and house training; plus basic cues such as sit, down, go to mat, wait, leave it, and recall.
This is a basic class similar to a basic obedience or manners class - but more than obedience, you and your dog will learn how to understand each other to happily share a home without driving each other bonkers! You will learn how to best communicate with your dog to build a better relationship, and will learn skills that will help your dog navigate the human world. Class covers cues such as sit/stand/down; hand and object targeting; stay; wait; recall; drop it; leave it; go to mat. Class also covers skills such as loose leash walking, polite greetings, door manners, and attention; and concepts that are essential to having good manners - such as calmness, focus, and optimism. We talk about how dogs communicate, how to meet your dogs’ needs through exercise and enrichment, and practice real life uses of manners / skills, playing games to make training fun.
This class is a “level 2” manners class that builds on the skills and concepts learned in your basic class; with a focus on attention and working through distractions. At the end of the class, humans and their dogs can take the Canine Good Citizen test (optional).
Scent work is a dog sport that is growing immensely in popularity. This class is geared towards owners who are either just starting out in scent work or playing scent work for fun (not yet competitively). In class we start out hunting for food - teaching the dog how to search, using something rewarding to make it fun; while at the same time teaching the human to learn how to read their dog’s body language to know when they are on the scent! As dogs and their humans gain experience, they can progress onto searching for the scents used in nose work - birch, anise, and clove. Everything we do in class can be played at home - which makes for great exercise and enrichment when the weather is yucky, or if the dog or human is unable to do much physical activity.
Scent work is a great class for dogs that are reactive to or nervous about other dogs, as each dog searches individually (just the dog and their human in the rink) while the others wait their turn.
Owning a dog that barks and lunges at other dogs or people while on walks can be incredibly stressful. There are many reasons for leash reactivity - but regardless the reason, this class will help your dog change your dog’s reactive behavior to something more pleasant for you and functional for them - from a dog who reacts to other dogs to a dog who comes and checks in with you their human, instead. Classes are small in size. In class, we will work to teach your dog alternative behaviors to reactivity and work on implementing them by setting up safe practice sessions with other dogs and decoys. During training, your dog will not only learn new behavior but their new experiences will change their underlying emotions about seeing other dogs. You will also learn some basic manners, and many other complementary techniques, skills, and practices to use at home to help your dog’s overall mental health and wellness.
In this class you will learn why your dog pulls, and learn ways to change their behavior while playing games to make training fun to keep your dog interested in playing (aka training) with you.
Classes in public places to practice manners in distracting environments. Classes will be drop in; the Urban CGC and Community Canine (advanced CGC) tests will be offered in later sessions! Dogs should be free from reactivity or aggression, and dog and human friendly.
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