Its All Tricks -Saturdays @ 10:00 a.m.

This class will cover over 30 Novice and Intermediate Tricks including but not limited to: Shake a Paw, Play Dead, Roll Over, Dance, Peek-a-boo, Tell me a Secret and Leg Weaves. Students who learn more than 15+ tricks, will be eligible to get their Novice Trick Dog Title.

All ages of dogs are welcome in this class. We routinely have puppies and seniors. All tricks can be tailored to age or special needs.

Advanced Nosework -Saturdays @ 3:00 p.m.

For graduates of Intro to Nosework. Whether you’ve just graduated from Intro to Nosework, or are much further along in your nosework journey, come join us to continue your training!

Advanced Nosework functions as a working group. This means it spans students new to Advanced Nosework and students who have been training in nosework for quite some time. It includes both skills, drills, confidence building and competition hides. Advanced Nosework is a 1.5 hour class.

Your dog will be taking a few breaks throughout this time and you will learn to help others set hides if needed (when you are not running). You will have many opportunities to study dogs and how they work odor.

We will be taking your Nosework to new heights and skills. Competing Odor, Inaccessibles, Alerts, Elevations, Convergance, Multiple Hides, Distance, Corners, Swirling Airflow and more will be introduce or made more complicated.

Always with a concentration on balancing confidence with skill for both the handler and canine, let’s continue playing this awesome game. Whether you’d like to continue to play Nosework for fun, to give your dog a mental outlet through the cold winter, or to eventually compete, every personality is welcome here as long as you’re kind to your dog.

If you’ve been through Intro to Nosework and your dog knows these three things, they are ready!

  1. Ability to Search for 2+ minutes (with a couple search cookies is fine) without giving up on the search or checking in with you.
  2. Know what they are searching for: Smelly Tree or other odor/visual combination.
  3. Know to stay with their scent for 2-3 seconds.

Bonus: Multiple hides and/or the ability to continue searching (for food or to clear) after finding a single hide.

Agility Working Group -Saturdays @ 8:00 p.m.

*This class takes place at The Playground Training Location.

For students who have taken at least two agility classes and want to continue their agility journey, this class  will be work on sequencing, breaking down courses, commitment, cues, crosses and light distance. Exercises will be tailored to individuals to challenge each team.

Vet Prep Workshop -Wednesday February 26th

Have a dog who is difficult to handle at the vet’s or groomer’s? Too excited? Worried? Out of control? Might bite? Simply want to start your puppy off with great vet manners?

With both Working Spots (with your dog) and Audit Spots (without your dog), this two-hour workshop is here to help you and your dog have more successful vet visits.

We’ll cover the following topics:

  1. Cooperative Care -giving your dog choices in handling
  2. Calm Restraints -holding your dog for procedures
  3. Vet Set-Ups (vaccinations, ear checks, nail trims and more)
  4. Leash Handling for Small Spaces
  5. Dealing with the Waiting Room
  6. Muzzle Training
  7. Three Useful Tricks!

There are 6 working spots available.

Is your dog ready for a working spot?

Working spots are best suited to dogs comfortable working around other dogs and humans, who quite enjoy their food and are able to spend time not working quietly on a mat or in a crate in their working station. Excited dogs are fine as long as they can concentrate on task between moments of excitement.

Ideally each working dog will be accompanied by two handlers (one who will pose as “the vet” and one who will pose as “the handler” in a variety of training set-ups).

Dogs who are reactive towards people or dogs are not suitable for a working spot, but their humans are encouraged to come audit as they’ll certainly be a lot of material you can work on at home.

A working spot is $50.

Auditing spots are $20.  If you wish to audit simply enter the coupon code “AUDIT” and hit ‘apply coupon’. This should take your total down to the $20 audit spot.

Nosework Mini Mock Trial -Tuesday Feb 25th

Thinking about trialing in Nosework? Trialing but would like further experience?

Join us our for evening mock trial, Tuesday Feb 25th from 7-9:30.

We will be offering Container and Interior runs at the Started and Advanced levels.

2 Runs for $10.

Small prizes for Q’s, as well as placement prizes per level will be awarded. Scoresheets will also be provided.

Bonus: There will also be a single known exterior hide to work, should participants wish to include a self-paced exterior search. Please note it will not have a mock judge in attendance or be included for placement prizes.