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FOCUS

Focus On Calm - Unleash Success

In this class we will work on developing a focused relationship between you and your dog.

The class is tailored to dogs that are:

  • Easily distracted by their environment
  • Having trouble focusing on you
  • Wandering off during training
  • Overly interested in other dogs
  • Prone to leaving you as soon as the leash comes off (ie not suitable yet for agility class)

This class is NOT for dogs that are:

  • Fearful or aggressive towards dogs or people in the classroom environment (if that is the case, CLICK HERE and HERE!)

We will be increasing your dog’s motivation and desire to work with you through a series of exercises and games. Instead of struggling unsuccessfully to try and get your dog’s attention amidst distractions (causing frustration on the human’s part and an even more distracted dog), we teach your dog to choose to focus on you!

This class will involve weekly homework so please be prepared to dedicate at least ten minutes most days to training. Your dog will thank you for it!

 

Curriculum

Some of these behaviours are similar to those taught in Foundation, but are geared towards those dogs that are having trouble working through distraction.

  • Mat and targeting work for self control
  • Body awareness exercises to channel excited and scattered energy into focus
  • Crate games to work on impulse control  
  • Going from excitement to calm and back again
  • Turning over-­‐the-­‐top greetings into appropriate interactions
  • Recall games

Recommended Pre-­Class Homework

If you can, please work on having your dog happily enter a crate to eat a meal (door can stay open).

 

What to Bring to Class

  • Your dog wearing a flat collar or harness on a 6 ft leash
  • A crate (or use one of ours) and crate cover (ie a sheet)
  • A mat that your dog can use to settle on
  • Higher value (like meat) and lower value (like kibble) treats
  • Your dog’s favourite (non­‐squeaky) toy
  • A food bowl that is different from your dog’s regular dish
  • Something for your dog to do when taking a break (ie something to chew on or a stuffed kong)

Pre-Requisites

1. Parvo/distemper vaccination certificate no older than 3 years, or parvo/distemper titer certificate no older than 1 year.

2. Dog is over 8 weeks old and not reactive to other dogs or people. For dogs under 17 weeks of age, your veterinarian needs to countersign the registration form.

3. You have attended the Orientation Class for New Students

4. Discuss with us whether your dog is suitable for this class. If in doubt, call us (778-455-1985) and we may possibly arrange an evaluation.

 

CLICK HERE FOR OUR CURRENT CLASS FEES

 

CLICK HERE FOR OUR ONLINE SCHEDULE

Class times may vary depending on student demand.

 

Registration - New Students

New students can register online or via telephone (778-455-1985) or email info@cowichancanine.ca,  or by visiting us at the Training Centre. 

CLICK HERE to download your registration form.

You can also pick up the form and complete it and pay your fee when you come for your Orientation class.

Registration - Existing Students

Book yourself into class via our online schedule

If your dog's vaccination certificate (parvo & distemper) has expired since we saw it last, we will need to see the new one, please. Titer certificates neet to be renewed annually.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call (778-455-1985) or email info@cowichancanine.ca.

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Lisbeth -I just wanted to send a quick note to let you know that Lexy is doing great. We are so proud of her. In the last month it seems like she has realized that life is ok here and she doesn’t have to worry anymore. Resource guarding gone. No more worried looks. Even the door is ok now. When familiar people come she doesn’t even bother getting off the couch anymore and minimal barking with any other comings and goings. I have had her off leash a fair bit and she listens when I call her. And she regularly turns around to see where I am. Best of all, she loves to swim and she loves the sailboat. Thanks for all your help – Warm regards from us and Lexy !!

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