Intro to Disc Dog -Mondays @ 6:00 p.m.

This class is located at an acreage just north of the city. This acreage has horses. Dogs MUST be kept away from the horses and must not be livestock aggressive, human-aggressive/reactive or dog-aggressive/reactive for this class. 
  • Please note that even though this class is outdoors, we will ask participants to bring masks as we may sometimes be in close contact.
  • Please note that Intro to Disc dog will focus A LOT on the human and a lot on throwing. Dogs will take 1-2 turns throughout the lesson, on a long-line for added safety. When it is not your dog’s turn, your dog must be in your vehicle, ideally crated. A crate beside the vehicle (covered) is fine too. You will not be allowed to tether your dog to your vehicle.

Have you ever wanted to try throwing a disc for your dog? Or maybe you throw disc in the backyard and are wondering how to become a better team? Maybe you’ve even thought about trying you hand at some disc competition. Regardless your interest, RHS introduces our first Intro to Disc course!

In this class we will:

  • Get your dog interested in playing with a disc and bringing it back!
  • Learn drive-building exercises: Take, Tug, Chase, Multi-Toy
  • Learn to throw a roller -WELL
  • Learn to throw air-throws -WELL
  • Teach your dog a go-around
  • Lots of throwing practice for the handler. Learn your end of the game!

Before attending, you should have:

  • A dog that is eager to retrieve a toy (non-disc is fine)
  • Ability to work off-leash or on a long-line near another dog/handler team (please note in this class, we will all start on long-line, as the space is unfenced. We need to know your dog will return reliably before going off leash)
  • A minimum of two dog-safe discs to come to lessons with. Once registered, we’ll send you a list of options!
  • A dog who can wait their turn in the car, as we’ll be alternating between working dogs and working handler disc-throwing drills. A crate for the car is ideal!

Building Your Disc Dog (Level 2) -Mondays @ 7:15 p.m.

Please note this class requires instructor permission. After reading through the class, if you think this is a good fit for you and your dog, please send us a message with your dog’s disc history so we can be sure this is a good match!
This class is located at an acreage just north of the city. This acreage has horses. Dogs MUST be kept away from the horses and must not be livestock aggressive, human-aggressive/reactive or dog-aggressive/reactive for this class. 
  • Please note that even though this class is outdoors, we will ask participants to wear masks as we may sometimes be in close contact.
  • Please note that disc classes will focus A LOT on the human and a lot on throwing. Dogs will take 1-2 turns throughout the lesson, on a long-line for added safety if required. When it is not your dog’s turn, your dog must be in your vehicle, ideally crated. A crate beside the vehicle (covered) is fine too. You will not be allowed to tether your dog to your vehicle.

If your dog is a relatively good catch (rollers or in the air are fine) and can focus off-leash around other teams, it’s time to up the ante! In this more advanced group, students will learn the following.

  • Cueing the Drop
  • Return to Hand or Feet
  • Multi-Disc work
  • More advanced throwing techniques
  • Introduction to Two UpDog games: 4 Way Play, Spaced Out

Our last week will include a Mini-Trial for the games of 4 Way Play and Spaced Out.

For this class, you will need the following:

  • A dog who reliably comes -off leash or on a dragline
  • A dog who reliably brings their disc back
  • A go-around
  • Instruction permission! Please send us a message with your dog’s disc history so we can be sure this is a good match!

Prior disc instruction -through a club or set of lessons- is highly preferred.

Advanced Nosework Working Groups -Tuesday Evening

This semester, we return to TRAVELLING Nosework. Every week we’ll be at a different outdoor location to work on our skills.

Even though we are outdoors, we asked the participants mask for extra safety parameters.

Our two working groups for this semester are 6:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Groups will be sorted by level and skill.

For students who are preparing for Started/Advanced/Excellent Trialing. 

This group is for students who have been through a minimum of Introduction to Nosework.

We will be taking your Nosework to new heights and skills. We’ll be dealing with distractions, convergence, inaccessibles, multiple searches, clear areas, blind searches, multi-room hides, detailing rooms and more.

To balance new skills with keeping old skills tight, we will also give focus to alert behaviors, proofing skills like corners and whatever training holes our dogs show us.

Always with a concentration on balancing confidence with skill for both the handler and canine, let’s continue playing this awesome game. Please note that you do not need to be trialing for this level, but you do need to have the skills necessary for fairly confident Advanced-Level hides.

Students in this Class Should, At Bare Minimum Have

  1. Ability to Search for 2+ minutes.
  2. A strong understanding of the Pine and/or Wintergreen scents
  3. Have a Stay-at-Source Behavior started
  4. Have a Good Understanding of Using Your Leash in a Search Area

Assignments will be tailored to your general level, strengths and weaknesses.

NEW! 2nd Dog Pricing! You may work up to two dogs in working group (though it is ideal if you’re working two dogs, to have a second person with you).

First dog is $110. Second dog is $70. When you register your second dog, enter the coupon code “SECOND” and hit apply. You will see the subtraction on the page. You if want your dogs in the same session or different sessions, please let me know. If you absolutely can only attend one of the sessions, please send me an e-mail.

Intro to Rally-O -Mondays @ 6:00 p.m.

COVID Information!
  1. This class is offered indoors @ the RHS Training Facility (2640 Victoria Ave E)
  2. Facility classes have a maximum of five canine participants.
  3. Facility classes have a maximum of one handler per dog in class. If/when restrictions lift, we’ll bump it back up to two handlers maximum.
  4. Participants are asked to provide their own chairs, to reduce contact points.
  5. Facility contact points are sanitized between each class.

Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Heel -boring? Think again! Whether your goal is Rally competitions, continuing your obedience training or just spicing up the same old boring commands, let’s gamify your training.

We will be learning many Novice signs, but also the glue that holds them together. Rear-end awareness, heeling, focus, reward placement, enthusiasm building and more. This course is best for those with a little bit of basic training under their belt already. Having a sit, down and basic loose leash manners will ensure you get the most out of this class.

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 help teach him 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 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.

Agility Contacts and Weaves -Fridays @ 8:00 p.m.

 *Please note this class is offered at The Playground Training Location.

COVID Information!
    1. This class is offered @ the Playground
    2. Only one handler is allowed per dog. If restrictions open up, we will up the number to two humans per canine.
    3. Participants are asked to provide their own chairs, to reduce contact points. Participants will require a clean pair of indoor footwear, or be asked to run in socks.
    4. Facility contact points are sanitized between each class.
    5. If during the course of the class restrictions prevent in-person learning, classes will be paused and will re-open when restrictions lift.

Do you need to spend some extra time on your contacts and weaves? This is the class for you! We will have 2/3 contacts set up each week (A-Frame / Dog Walk / Teeter) as well as weaves poles -6, 12 and/or 2x2s.

We will only be building the pieces into short 2-3 piece sequence, so the majority of your time is spent polishing and perfecting pieces of equipment you likely don’t have access to at home.

Please note dogs are required to be crated or in the vehicle in between turns.

Dogs must have been introduced to pieces. We will not be building things from scratch. (Lower height teeter is fine!)

Minimum of Agility 102 or equivalent required.

Agility Working Groups -Saturdays @ 5:15 – 9:15

COVID Information!
  1. This class is offered indoors @ the Playground
  2. Only one handler is allowed per dog. If restrictions open up, we will up the number to two humans per canine.
  3. Participants are asked to provide their own chairs, to reduce contact points.
  4. If during the course of the class restrictions prevent in-person learning, classes will be paused and will re-open when restrictions lift.

For students who have taken Agility 101 + Agility 102 (or equivalent) and want to continue their agility journey, working groups  will be work on sequencing, breaking down courses, commitment, cues, crosses and light distance. Exercises will be tailored to individuals to challenge each team.

Working group dogs work one at a time and when it is not their turn are crated or in their vehicle.

This semester, we have four separate working groups, all on Saturday evenings.

Our four Working Groups are @ 5:15, 6:15, 7:15, 8:15.

To ensure we group students into appropriate levels, when you register, you will be asked to select at least two times that work for you. Once I have the full list of students, I will divide students into the best suited groups. Typically you will stay in the same group, although some semesters I may divide to conquer certain pieces or sequence difficulties.

Puppy Play to Learn -Saturdays @ 2:30 p.m.

Training During COVID information!

  1. A maximum of one handler per dog will be allowed. If/when restrictions lift, we will add another handler.

  2. Six feet distance between instructor/participants and within participants will be required.

  3. No communal items will be allowed. Chairs, water-bowls, etc will need to be family exclusive.

  4. In the event that classes can not continue under COVID restrictions, remaining classes will move online through facebook platform. No refunds will be given if we need to move online mid-semester.

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.

 

 

 

K9 Out and About -Sundays @ 10:00a.m.

Please note this class takes place in a park in the Uplands. There is a high likelihood of adding a second location for the last two lessons.

If you’ve graduated from Puppy Play to Learn, Foundation Fun 101, Focus and Control or similar class, K9 Out and About will take your training skills out into the real world. We’ll work on our sits, downs, stays, plays, recall and add other skills like side switches, control positions, tandem walking, crossing and more. Let’s take your training on the road where it counts!

For this class, your dog should have started training on most basic behaviors and not be reactive (excessive barking) towards people or other dogs. Students coming from other programs are welcome!

Focus and Control -Sundays @ 9:00 a.m.

 *Please note this class is offered outside at a park in the Upalnds.

COVID Information!
    1. This class is offered outside!
    2. Outside classes will allow up to two handlers.
    3. Participants must bring their own chairs (if wanted) and must still mask with social distancing

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!