Young adult training
4 - 12 Months Old
The first year is the toughest. Just like us, dogs go through a few phases as young adults. They become confident and begin to test how they may be able to control their pack members. It is essential to stick to routine and hold them accountable for behaviours the family doesn’t like.
Too much affection and slacking leadership at this stage will come back to bite you later. Sometimes, literally….
Obedience training is the foundation of all dog training. It is what teaches the dog patience, impulse control and focus. Without those three skills, any dog is going to have a really hard time listening around distractions.
As balanced trainers, our staff is able to provide multiple solutions to help with common problems. Our trainers know how to use many different tools on the market and can recommend the best tool for your dog’s temperament.
No 2 dogs are the same, and we do not force any training tools or concepts on our clients. That never works.
We respect our clients enough to be honest and open with them, to provide education on all options available, understanding that the client will ultimately pick what works best for their unique situation.
No Previous formal Training?
Start Here By building a solid foundation
Before we get into sports and brain games, it is important to build a foundation of impulse control, patience and focus. Without these three skills, dogs act out when they experience emotions such as, boredom, frustration, fear or excitement.
Our basic obedience program focuses on teaching first time response on commands around distractions, and building healthy coping mechanisms in our dogs to handle stressful or exciting situations.
We do this by coaching the dog through situations using the commands they have learned, and holding them accountable when they choose to ignore us.
It is essential that dogs learn how to respect healthy boundaries to avoid reactivity/aggression issues, destructive behaviours, nuisance barking, separation anxiety, and other unwanted behaviours.
But most of all.. to keep your dog, your family, and your community safe!
We have private lessons and group class options available.
Private lessons provide 1-on-1 training and customized training that focuses on your dog’s weaknesses.
This is the best option for clients with busy schedules and cannot commit to a 6 week class schedule.
Our group class option is more budget friendly and provides a socialization aspect.
6 Weeks $250+hst
Obedience training usually starts around 4-5 months old, but can be taught at any age. It’s never too late to add structure.
Our 6 week obedience class covers all the basic commands and helps address the most common behavioral problems. Each class is an hour, builds on the last to slowly challenge your dog in more situations.
In 6 weeks, you will learn a complete a basic obedience program on leash, to ensure safety and the ability to properly exercise your dog. Class focus is on building first time response to commands around distractions and building communication skills between you and your dog.
Prerequisite: Basic obedience training
6 Weeks $250+hst
Starting June 8
Prerequisite: Basic Obedience Training
$40/class + hst
What is Rally Obedience?
This is a sport to help you continue to challenge your dog’s obedience while improving your teamwork skills. There is a circuit set up with signs for the dog and handler to follow and practice different exercises.
Handler and dog teams walk through the course at a brisk but normal pace with the dog under control and within 2 feet of the handler. A perfect heel is not required. Constant communication from the handler is encouraged to motivate the dog and build those teamwork skills we were talking about. Treats and toys are not allowed on the course to motivate, just as corrections and harsh commands have no place here. Improving communication and teamwork requires patience and understanding. This is a great way to see how much your dog enjoys working with you… instead of for the treats.
additional training activities
Already Have basic Training and Looking to Level up?
We have an assortment of enrichment activities available that satisfy breed instincts and give your dog a sense of purpose. These activities will all build confidence in your dog and strengthen your bond together by learning to work as a team. Participating in fun activities with your dog will reduce their anxiety and greatly improve their focus on you. Dogs that have self esteem issues or reactivity issues can really come out of their shell in the positive and mentally challenging environments.
These activities are great for dogs that are high energy, intelligent, athletic, or bored with their daily routines.
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