Brain Games for Small Spaces -Mondays @ 6:00 p.m.

Winter getting you down? Have a bored pooch? Looking to use your dog’s brain for good instead of mischief? You’re in the right spot!

Brain Games is a 5 weeks class, full of games to play indoors. Brain Games is just ticket for high-energy young dogs, senior dogs, puppies and any dog in between. Instructor Karlie Butler will pull lots of different games from lots of different avenues in training -Nosework, Tricks, Fitness, Concept Work and more to create 30+ games you can play even on the stormiest of days.

Buckle up and register now for your winter boredom busters!

Leash Reactivity -Mondays @ 8:00 p.m.

Does your dog bark, snarl, lunge, growl or become aggressive on a leash towards dogs, people or vehicles? Is he difficult to walk in public because of his poor behaviour towards others? Leash Reactivity can stem from any number of problems: too much excitement, fear, frustration, protection, lack of canine social skills or sometimes aggression. Regardless of the root cause, this Behaviour-Modification class will help you understand your dog, how to advocate for him and start you on the road to teaching your dog to control himself around others. Part private one-on-one lesson and part group class, Leash Reactivity will arm you with the knowledge and skills to work with your unique case.

Our first class is information only, to get you a step ahead of your dog. 

Important details: Please note Leash Reactivity is not designed as a socialization class. We will not be working on greeting, meeting or playing with other dogs. We are strictly dealing with being able to see and pass by dogs/people/other triggers without reaction. In the early weeks dogs will be taking breaks in the vehicle throughout the hour. In cold or hot weather you may leave your car running. You are always welcome to have someone stay with your dog on their down-time.

Focus and Control -Wednesdays @ 6:00 p.m.

Is your dog too friendly for his own good? Kind of (happily) out of control? Hard to manage? Seems to have bricks in his ears? Maybe he knows some skills, but can’t seem to show those good behaviors out in public? Are you kind of embarrassed about his behavior?

If you have a dog that’s difficult to control, but isn’t generally leash reactive (barking, snarling, growling at others) -this class is for you! This class is all the good things of our Leash Reactivity class -shifted to owners with dogs that aren’t quite Leash Reactive, but need to learn to control their big, wild feelings too.

Why? Growing skills like sit, down, stay and come aren’t going to be enough if your dog is out to lunch -you both need to learn focus and control. Without those two things, the rest of your communication gets lost out in the world. Some teams just need more focus and control than others and if typical training hasn’t got the manners you need -you need a new approach!

So, let’s get you working, learning and listening to one another. Come join us this session for our new Behavior class offering: FOCUS AND CONTROL!

 

Foundation Fun 101 -Wednesdays @ 7:00 p.m.

For beginners four months of age and older. Encourage focus and partnership by playing. Learn sit, down, come, stay, loose leash walking and more with games-based training. Play your way to a well-trained dog.

For this class you will need to bring a mat or station for your dog.

 

Leash Reactivity -Wednesdays @ 8:00 p.m.

Our first class is information only, to get you a step ahead of your dog.

Important details: Please note Leash Reactivity is not designed as a socialization class. We will not be working on greeting, meeting or playing with other dogs. We are strictly dealing with being able to see and pass by dogs/people/other triggers without reaction. In the early weeks dogs will be taking breaks throughout the hour, most typically in the vehicle. In cold or hot weather you may leave your car running and/or stay with your dog on their down-time.

Puppy Play to Learn – Thursdays @ 6:00 p.m.

For puppies under five months of age. Our Puppy Play to Learn class is tailored for the young puppy mind. Bridging socialization exercises and teamwork exercises with more traditional curriculum like sit, down, stay, leave-it, come, baby leash manners and every day handling, this class begins a lifetime of connection and good manners work -all through playing games.

Toy Development and Cooperation -Mondays @ 7:00 p.m.

Are you interested in using your tug toy, ball, disc or other toys in your training? Does your dog get a little too high when their toy comes out and is unable to think? Come join us for a special five week class that will dive into games and exercises that will help you use your toys more effectively, whether in day to day training, or in competition.

We will mostly be working on one-to-one turns, off-leash. Dogs will need to be crated or in the vehicle between turns. You will need to bring at least 3 separate toys (ideally with at least two that are identical), that are able to be tugged on. We can work with balls, but the big preference is for tugs. Discs also work. So do balls on a rope.

We’ll dive into the following topics -and whatever comes out of our sessions too!

  • Arousal Curves
  • Think the Presence of the Toy
  • Switching Toys
  • Putting the toy on cue and stimulus control
  • Active Toys versus Dead Toys
  • Outs
  • Creating a system for finishing toy play.
  • Bring Toy to Hand
  • Working towards personalized goals

Whether your goal is reliably getting the toy back, switching reinforcement, impulse control or just cleaner mechanics to keep your play or training moving, lets develop your toy game relationship!

Obedience Games -Thursdays @ 7:00 p.m.

For students who have completed Foundation Fun 101, Puppy Play to Learn or have taken a basic class at another facility, Obedience Games will equip you with over 40 little games to keep your obedience strong and fun. Whether you’re looking to get into competition obedience, Rally-O, or simply have fun developing great manners, this a fantastic option.

We’ll be working on: positions on the move, behaviors at side, behaviors at front, sends, stays, side switches, targets, recalls, heeling, pivots, impulse control, proofing and more.

The stronger your basic behaviors are, the more you’re likely to get out of this fun class.

Please note this class combines both exercises where all dogs are working at the same time, as well as turn-taking. Dogs should be comfortable around other dogs and rarely reactive to either dogs or people.

 

 

Leash Reactivity -Thursdays @ 8:00 p.m.

Our first class is information only, to get you a step ahead of your dog.

Important details: Please note Leash Reactivity is not designed as a socialization class. We will not be working on greeting, meeting or playing with other dogs. We are strictly dealing with being able to see and pass by dogs/people/other triggers without reaction. In the early weeks dogs will be taking breaks throughout the hour, most typically in the vehicle. In cold or hot weather you may leave your car running and/or stay with your dog on their down-time.