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Foundation Programme

 

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FOUNDATION BASICS

Foundation Basics is an 8-week course (2 classes/week), aimed at dogs over 4 months of age that would like to learn their basic pet manners.

There is no maximum age - senior dogs are welcome!

Classes are offered most days of the week. For details, please see our ONLINE SCHEDULE. Our classes are held at our Training Centre at #106-3501 Chaster Road in Duncan. Click HERE for a map.

TO REGISTER

Rolling Enrollment
- No need to wait for a "course" to begin
!

Just come to the next available Orientation Class (CLICK HERE for schedule).
This FREE class introduces you to Cowichan Canine, what we teach and how we teach it. Then, you can decide which course is right for you!

WHEN YOU REGISTER, you need:

Registration form (click to download)
- Your dog's vaccination record
- Payment (Visa, MC, Amex or cash)
             or you can pay through our Online Shop

(Click here for current class fees)

If you register multiple dogs from the same household at the same time, you will receive 10% off your additional dog's registration fee.

Modular Schedule - Train when it suits you

Once you have attended the Orientation class, you can pick and choose your own class times from the schedule at your convenience.

1. First, book a Welcome Class, and then

2. TWO CLASSES PER WEEK for 8 weeks.

Instructor:Student ratio is 1:4.

CURRICULUM

This programme teaches the basic skills that all dogs and owners need, whether the dog is a companion or also aiming for a competitive dog sports career.

Behaviours included in the course

 

  • Come When Called
    (from 30' away)
  • Down
    (lie down on handsignal and on verbal cue)
  • Leave it / Take it
    (don't pick up the food/medication I just dropped!)
  • Name
    (pay attention, even in the face of distractions)
  • Polite Walking
    (loose leash, with distractions)
  • Settle
    (go to your mat and stay there despite distractions)
  • Sit
    (instead of jumping up!)
  • Wait
    (don’t rush out despite distractions on the other side of the door)

 

Attendance


Two classes/week for 8 weeks.



Selections of classes usually available

Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat

Graduation Certificate


>80%
passed
>90% passed: HONOURS
100% + special exam: DISTINCTION!

 

FAST-TRACK STUDENTS: Students who graduate very early from the Foundation Basics Programme may transfer credit to General Classes, if they meet the following  criterion:

- Complete 17 of 21 behaviour levels within 4 weeks

If successful, you will receive a 6-class General Class punch card, in addition to the one free class you receive upon graduation, in lieu of completing the remaining 4 weeks of the Foundation Basics Programme.

DETAILS

TIME OFF

You can take up to two weeks off, i.e. you have ten calendar weeks in which to use your 8 weeks of class time. If you need to take a hiatus for health or other reasons, please report your absence in advance, and we will put your attendance on hold.

TOP-UPS

In the unlikely event that you find that you need more time to complete the course, top-ups of one or several weeks are available for purchase.

TRAINING SHEETS

As you progress through the course, you will receive a full set of training sheets, which include complete, step-by-step instructions for all the behaviours that are included in the course.

HOME WORK

You WILL need to practice at home in between classes. THE GOOD NEWS is that, because of the positive training methods that we use, most students only need to practice on average 10-15 minutes effective training time each day!

You are likely to walk away from the Foundation Programme with a happy and obedient dog that you will be proud to take out in public, and you will also have gained a basic understanding of how to continue to teach your dog most basic skills and tricks. Our Foundation Programme is based on the curriculum developed by the Karen Pryor Academy.

If you have any questions or concerns about our programme, please do not hesitate to send an e-mail to info@cowichancanine.ca or call 778-455-1985.

WELCOME TO CLASS!

What's New?
What Clients Are Saying:

I had the good fortune and pleasure to take the Foundation Program at Cowichan K9 this winter with my lab cross puppy Cody. Cody just turned 8 months when we graduated with distinction from this awesome training experience. Bev, Karen, and Glenda were terrific and facilitated our learning with clear instruction, helpful tips, and much kindness and caring. I've worked with dogs all my life and was amazed at how much I learned participating in this program and now Cody and I get to benefit daily from our indelible experience with you. Training with such positive reinforcement, small class size, and expert facilitation enhanced our relationship beyond measure and will continue to do so now that we have the tools and understanding. Cody travels on rounds with me and is continually being complimented on his fine manners and keen willingness to please. I am so proud of him! Attending our classes at Cowichan Canine was the highlight of each week and will continue to be as we begin agility classes and scent games. I can't thank you enough for how your program has enriched our relationship and daily life together. I recommend all my clients take their dogs to Cowichan Canine. Every one can benefit! p.s. Your Christmas party was the highlight of the season, hands down! Class act: so many happy, well behaved dogs and their people, games and prizes, Santa and presents, incredibly delicious appies and meatballs galore for all. That was the best Christmas function I've ever attended! Thank you again -

Dr Brenda Bernhardt
Cowichan Veterinary HouseCall Services

Hi Bev – I thought I’d let you know that Cody’s behaviour has been absolutely stellar since we graduated Foundations. We’ve been doing quite a bit of off leash walking, and he is suddenly paying so much more attention, coming when he is called – even if he’s playing with other dogs – I can hardly believe it! Thanks again for all your help. Looking forward to seeing more info on Advanced Clicker and the other course you mentioned (good neighbor?) in October.

Joann Wilson
Duncan, BC

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