The best place to work on your relationship with your dog in a higher distraction environment while still under the guidance of a trainer.
This class runs during the warmer months of the year (May - September) as we work outside in real life environments. Each registration includes a 1.5 hour private training session prior to the class start date, the goal of this session is to get you started before entering the high distraction setting of class and to address your specific questions and training needs. Following your private session, you will join us for 8 weeks of one-hour classes once per week. These classes will be held at various outdoor locations in Airdrie, a location schedule will be sent out prior to the start date.
This class is $450 and includes a one-on-one private training session, 8 group classes, homework notes, $10 drop in classes for life, as well as email/text support.
This class is ideal for all ages and skill levels. Puppies will benefit from the socialization, practicing basic and new cues, as well as learning how to focus and engage with their owner. Dogs who know the basics but are struggling with leash pulling, recall, distractions or anything else will benefit from the communication skills and relationship building that you will experience.
The topics covered in this class are above and beyond a regular obedience class. We strive to give you as much dog knowledge as we can in our 8 weeks together. We cover basic and advanced cues, recall, loose leash walking, urban agility, equipment types and their safe uses, proper greetings and introductions, confidence building, first aid, body awareness, games and activities for enrichment, hand signals, body language, socialization, working around distractions, patience, impulse control, prey drive, types of rewards, and more!
Yes! During your private session we will discuss strategies to create space and minimize stress so your dog can still learn and have a positive experience at class. We recommend booking your private session as far ahead of time as you can before class to ensure that you have lots of time to practice before working in a group setting.
Over the past 10+ years we have hosted classes as well as taken our own dogs to classes, and a lot of what we see is people not knowing how to effectively communicate with their dog. Group classes are a very high distraction environment and can be very tough for a lot of dogs to have any focus or engagement with their handler. Also, group classes also have a very structured curriculum with little room for addressing specific behaviors that you may not see at class. The private session gives us a chance to get to know you, your dog and your struggles. This way, we can create a more personal experience for you at class as well as teach you how to teach your dog in the best way possible. We can also address common behaviors that occur in the household (counter surfing, jumping on guests, barking, etc.).
Absolutely! We don't teach you how to teach a sit, down or shake a paw. However, we definitely can if you need us to! We don't have a strict curriculum for each class, meaning that if you have mastered what we are currently working on - we will give you a more challenging task! Our group class aims to teach you much more than basic obedience cues, we want you to leave class knowing how to motivate your dog, how to obtain consistent responses from your dog, and how to utilize your training in real life scenarios.