About this course
About these classes
Tricks are a great way to bond with your dog and get out of the house to do something exciting and fun. A tricks class can help bored and destructive dogs become happy well behaved family companions. Learning tricks through positive reinforcement will help build your dogs confidence and teach them engagement skills that will help with overall obedience.
Humans have about 5 million cells devoted to smelling; dogs have 220 million! They can detect individual odours, making up what we would call “scent.”
Scent class is a great opportunity for dogs to use their natural instincts along with building deeper bonds with their humans.
Some benefits of scent work include:
- Mental stability for the dog
- Provides enrichment that helps to prevent and resolve behavioural problems
- No prior training is required
- Shy or fearful dogs build confidence and hyper dogs learn to focus better
- Creates a stronger bond between dog and handler
Heelwork is a class that focuses on the art of competitive heeling. Our comprehensive curriculum focuses on beginning, intermediate, and advanced obedience skills that are essential to any competitive obedience. This class teaches powerful, precise, and elegant heeling work. Through our heelwork class, you will be prepared for sports such as formal and rally obedience, IPO/IGP, PSA, heelwork to music, canine freestyle, and much more.
Dance with Your Dog
Do you love to move and dance? Does your dog move around the room with you when you’re dancing—and even tries to join in on the fun? Dance with your dog is a laidback, fun class that includes a mix of dance moves for you to try out that also incorporates tricks so your furry friend can dance with you. We will take your favorite dance moves and make a short dance to show your friends at your next get-together.
If you enjoy this class, you can then move on to a canine freestyle class and eventually win titles or compete against others!
All levels are welcome. You do not need dance or dog training experience to enjoy this class! You will be taught by a professional dancer from Alberta Ballet who is also a Karen Pryor Academy certified dog trainer!
Do you like to make up dances and do tricks with your dog? Musical canine freestyle is a choreographed dance performed by handlers and their dogs. Canine freestyle is a way for a handler and their dog to use their creativity, innovation, and originality to showcase teamwork, artistry, costuming, athleticism, and style in a themed dance.
Canine Good Neighbour
“The Canine Good Neighbour program is a 12-step test that, when completed successfully, will ensure that one of our most favoured companions, the dog, is accepted as a valued member of our communities right across the country. Canine Good Neighbours can be counted on to present good manners at home, in public spaces, and in the presence of other dogs.” — Canadian Kennel Club (https://www.ckc.ca/)
This course covers:
- Accepts a friendly stranger
- Politely accepts petting
- Appearance and grooming
- Out for a walk
- Walking through a crowd
- Sit / Down on cue, and stay in place
- Come when called
- Praise / interaction
- Reaction to a passing dog
- Reaction to distractions
- Supervised isolation
- Walking through a door / gate