Puppy Socialization -Mondays @ 6:00 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.

Puppy Socialization is the class for the BRAND NEW puppy. We focus on setting up positive social experiences to people, other dogs, environments, and more, while keeping the fun with the handler. This early learning will set puppies up to navigate the world well and “learn how to learn”.

Please note puppy Socialization is not a obedience class. Although we will be introducing some core training concepts, the focus of the course will not be on sits/downs/recalls/etc.

Puppies MUST be under 16 weeks at the start of this class and must have their first set of shots.

Advanced Puppy -Mondays @ 7:00 p.m.

COVID Information!
  1. This class is offered indoors @ the RHS Training Facility (2640 Victoria Ave E)
  2. Indoor classes have a maximum of five canine participants.
  3. Indoor classes have a maximum of two handlers per dog in class.
  4. Participants are asked to provide their own chairs, to reduce contact points.
  5. Facility contact points are sanitized between each class

For Puppies who are 4-8 months old and have been through RHS Puppy Socialization RHS Puppy Play to Learn or equivalent class. Our Advanced Puppy class further grows the self-control, focus, fun, and skills of our young teenage dogs. With your early learning on board, now we’ll be looking at various nuisance behaviors and develop games to protocols and combat them, along with learning practical tricks, games, and strategies for surviving -and thriving- through adolescence.

We’ll cover the following topics:

  • Developing a thinking relationship on both sides of the leash
  • Working through Adolescent Jumping
  • Working through Adolescent Resource Guarding
  • Games for dealing with guests
  • Games for annoying yard behaviors
  • Preventing Leash Reactivity
  • Reducing Excitement
  • Putting Excitement on Cue -there’s a time and place for your energy!
  • Training Loops
  • 10+ Practical Dog Tricks
  • A host of thinking games!

Please note this class is ONLY for RHS graduates. If you have not recently gone through a puppy course with us, you will want to check out Focus and Control or Leash Reactivity. If you are having problems with difficult on-leash reactivity, you will want to start in that class.

Puppy Play to Learn -Tuesdays @ 6:00 p.m.

COVID Information!
  1. This class is offered indoors @ the RHS Training Facility (2640 Victoria Ave E)
  2. Indoor classes have a maximum of five canine participants.
  3. Indoor classes have a maximum of one handler per dog.
  4. Indoor class participants are asked to provide their own chairs, to reduce contact points.
  5. Facility contact points are sanitized between each class.

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.

 

Intro to Nosework -Tuesdays @ 8:00 p.m.

No prior training required! No obedience -no problem!

Using our dog’s natural abilities, this fun sport is great at building confidence in shy and reactive dogs, building purpose in working bred dogs and giving your dog a job you can play anywhere. From young puppies to hyperactive adolescents to seniors with mobility issues, all dogs can enjoy playing this low-impact, highly addictive game.

For this class your dog will require a harness or other “nosework exclusive” piece of working equipment.

Foundation Fun 101 -Wednesdays @ 6:00 p.m.

COVID Information!
  1. This class is offered indoors @ the RHS Training Facility (2640 Victoria Ave E)
  2. Indoor classes have a maximum of five canine participants.
  3. Indoor classes have a maximum of a single handler per dog in class.
  4. Participants are asked to provide their own chairs, to reduce contact points.
  5. Facility contact points are sanitized between each class.
  6. 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 beginners four months of age and older. Encourage focus and partnership by playing. Learn sit, down, come, stay, loose leas 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.

 

Loose Leash and Recall -Wednesdays @ 7:00 p.m.

COVID Information!
  1. This class is offered indoors @ the RHS Training Facility (2640 Victoria Ave E)
  2. Indoor classes have a maximum of five canine participants.
  3. Only one handler is allowed per dog. If restrictions open up, we will up the number to two humans per canine.
  4. Participants are asked to provide their own chairs, to reduce contact points.
  5. Facility contact points are sanitized between each class.

This class will cover foundations and advanced training skills for Loose Leash Walking and Recall. With over 20 games to play, let’s get you enjoying your dog with two of the argubably most needed dog training skills.

Dogs of all ages, including puppies are welcome at this class.

Students will need a long-line for this class.

Focus and Control -Wednesdays @ 8:00 p.m.

COVID Information!
  1. This class is offered indoors @ the RHS Training Facility (2640 Victoria Ave E)
  2. Indoor classes have a maximum of five canine participants.
  3. Only one handler is allowed per dog. If restrictions open up, we will up the number to two humans per canine.
  4. Participants are asked to provide their own chairs, to reduce contact points.
  5. Facility contact points are sanitized between each class.

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!

 

Agility 101 -Fridays @ 6:00 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.

Tunnels, jumps and frames -oh my! Start on your agility adventure with the RHS. This class will introduce you to agility equipment such as contacts, tunnels and jumps, as well as basic handling. Handlers need no prior agility or obedience experience, however dogs should be able to work on a loose leash in a group environment. Leash reactivity or overly disruptive behaviour is not a good fit for this class.

Dogs need to be a minimum of 6 months of age to enroll.

Puppy Play to Learn, Foundation Fun 101 or equivalent from another facility is highly recommended.

Nosework for Reactive Dogs -Fridays @ 7:00 p.m.

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

COVID Information!
  1. Only one handler is allowed per dog. If restrictions open up, we will up the number to two humans per canine.
  2. Participants are asked to provide their own chairs, to reduce contact points.
  3. Facility contact points are sanitized between each class.

This is a group for Leash Reactivity graduates who would like to explore the world of Nosework.

Nosework is the most natural sport to go along with our Leash Reactivity behavior modification. At it’s root, Nosework is all about breathing regulation, focused searching and clear mental management. It is extremely draining on the brain and is a fantastic outlet that directly aligns with the work we’re already doing. Many of our higher level Nosework dogs in class (whether they are competing for ribbons or only for fun) started out reactive or fearful! So Nosework is truly accessible to all dogs who enjoy their food! Plus, almost everything can be practiced inside on a cold winter day -extra bonus! Whether your dog is high-energy and needs their brain focused in on a task, or needs to build confidence because they shut down from time to time, Nosework is the great equalizer. Like Leash Reactivity, dogs will take turns, however in this class will often have 3-6 dogs out on the floor at a time.

Puppy Play to Learn -Saturdays @ 1:30 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.