Yes! We train in comfort year round. Our modern, bright training halls are fully climate-controlled for a cool experience in the summer and warmth in the winter. Our rubberized flooring provides a great, non-slip training surface and all of our training halls are equipped with stereo systems so you can easily hear all of the instructions. Check out our virtual tour for a better look at our facility.
That’s great! Most dogs love the excitement, challenge and speed of agility training. The thing that will make it a great experience for both the handler and dog is a solid foundation of obedience training. Dogs have to be able to listen off-leash in a very exciting environment in order to participate. It’s no fun for the handler if their dog is running after other dogs rather than playing with them. Because of the inherent risk of injury to dogs not listening in agility classes, we must insist that dogs and their handlers complete obedience classes with us before they will be allowed to enjoy agility. Once you have control of your dog off-leash, agility will be all about fun for you and your dog!
For class, you will need a 6-foot leash and a regular flat collar (we recommend a metal buckle). You’ll also need some training treats and a bait pouch or accessible pocket to put them in. For your convenience we have a small store at our site where we carry these products. Over the years, we’ve settled on equipment that we like and that very effectively suits the purposes and needs of our training programs. We’d be happy to help in recommending products to you.
Our family dog classes are for dogs who are friendly with people and other dogs. If you are experiencing aggression, fear or undesirable reactivity from your dog, either toward people or other dogs, we can still help you. Our staff behaviourist offers private lessons for individuals who require a specialized training program. They are private in that they are you and your dog, one-on-one with our behaviourist, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get the social and environmental stimulus you need to help work through your dog’s issues. In a private lesson, we’ll be able to control the stimulus at the level your dog needs to have success. For example, if your dog is showing aggression towards other dogs, our behaviourist will bring in her own, very well trained dogs one at a time in order to help you and your dog learn appropriate responses. Some things best dealt with in private lessons are:
- Dog Aggression
- Human Aggression
- Possessiveness (food or objects)
- Unruly behaviour
- Excessive barking
- Separation anxiety
- Specific skills
- Car chasing
- Multiple-Dog-in-Household issues
- Other specific isolated behavioural issues
If you think you'd like to book a private lesson, please call our office
If kids are part of your family, we want to help you teach mutual respect between them and your canine addition. This means teaching the dog to have good manners around both adults and kids. We encourage the entire family to attend classes, however for safety reasons, all handlers must be a minimum of 14 years of age. We know through experience that often kids aren’t able to take charge of the dog and this leads to even less respectful behaviour from the dog going forward. We recommend that an adult take the time to teach the dog all of the necessary skills before any children in the family start to ask the same of the dog.
No problem! We can offer you a make-up class on another day and time so you won’t fall behind. As long as we have room in another class, we are happy to have you attend an alternate class that week. Please call our office to book your make-up spot.
If you are gone for the whole week, it’s not a problem! Space permitting, we’ll book you two lessons when you get back so we can get you caught up on the lesson you’ve missed.
Yes! We’re happy to accommodate shift workers or anyone with a busy schedule. Talk to our office about rearranging your classes so you still get all of your lessons in!
We follow a core vaccination schedule. Dogs attending classes must be up-to-date on all core vaccines including Parvovirus, Distemper and Rabies. Up-to-date is dependent on the age of the dog. We require the following:
- Dogs 10 - 12 weeks of age must have one vaccination including Parvovirus and Distemper
- Dogs 12 - 16 weeks of age must have a second vaccination including the above
- Dogs 16 weeks and older must have the two previous vaccinations plus we look for Rabies vaccination between 4 - 6 months of age
Good news! Puppies can start classes once they are 10 weeks of age! Puppies 10 - 15 weeks of age (on the first day of classes) can start in our Puppy Head Start program. Puppies 4 months of age and up can start in Grade 1.
We always have adult dogs in Grade 1! We recommend classes based on skill level, not age. If you need to build some foundation skills on an older, friendly dog, check out our Grade 1 program.
Yes - we offer private lessons for individuals who require a personalized training program. All private lessons are conducted at our facility in Flamborough. We do not go into people’s homes.
Classes start every month! Check out our schedules for exact dates and times.
This depends on the availability of instructors. We have a ratio of one instructor for every 4 dogs in class. The bigger the class, the more instructors there are to help out.
We love to have spectators, anytime! Please leave your dog at home and come by for a visit! Watch a class and get a tour of our amazing facility.
We have a money back offer. Sign up for classes risk free. If you are not happy for any reason, call us within 48 hours after your first lesson for a full refund.
Absolutely! We highly recommend everyone in the family attend classes. They can sit in the training hall to watch and learn so that they can join in the training at home.
Grade 1 is 14 hours of instruction spread out over 9 weeks.
All classes in the family dog program (Puppy Head Start, Grade 1, 2 & 3) include a full comprehensive training manual that compliments the in-class lessons.