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Day Training

Day Training

If you have special training requirements, or if for some reason you are unable to train your dog yourself – perhaps you’re just too busy? – we can train your dog for you.

This service is 100% customized. The process includes regular “hand-over” sessions and a limited guarantee.

How does it work?

The trainer will work with the dog for between 30 minutes – 1 hour, usually 3-5 times per week. You can also, if you prefer, drop your dog off at our Training Centre. (It is not, however, a pet sitting service!)

What training methods are used?

The trainer will use Positive Reinforcement training, which is part of established learning science (‘operant conditioning’). The method builds up a desire in the animal to perform the behaviour. Positive reinforcement means that we reward the behaviours that you want and remove any rewards associated with the behaviours that you wish to extinguish. There is no punishment involved in this training. Punishment has been found to obstruct learning, reduce reliability and interfere with the human-animal bond. For more information, see Training Methods.

How much does it cost?

The process begins with an in-depth Behaviour Evaluation with the client’s family and the dog. This evaluation is necessary in order that the trainer may be able to get to know the dog and estimate the training time required, as well as discuss the project in detail.

It is not possible to predict with any certainty how much a training programme will cost, as this is dependent on the dog's age, personality, previous training, etc. For example, a dog with a history of unsuccessful past training, particularly if aversive training methods have been used will have a “baggage” that will make training to a reliable standard more complicated and time-consuming. At the opposite end of the scale we may have a young puppy with little or no training.

For dogs with fear, aggression or other reactivity and behaviour issues, a behaviour modificiation programme for these particular issues will be necessary, , as the underlying causes for these issues may contribute to problems also in other areas.

Regular handover sessions will transfer the new behaviours from the trainer to the owner and ensure that the owner can see that progress is being made.

What is the payment schedule?

Payment is required in advance of each training session. Discount packages are available. The fees are the same as for our behaviour modification services (http://cowichancanine.ca/behaviour-modification)

How long does it take?

Again, this depends on the dog and its background in training. A day training project can consist of anything from a single, simple behaviour that can be taught in less than a handful of training sessions, to a series of complicated behaviours, or behaviour modifications, that may require several months or more.

What is required from the owner?

  1. Be committed to the training process.
  2. Be available for the hand-over sessions, at the times agreed.
  3. Make the dog available to the trainer at the times agreed.

Contact us today for a private evaluation session, to find out if a Day Training Programme is right for you and your dog!

E-mail [email protected] or telephone 250-929-1400.

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What Clients Are Saying:

To Everyone at Cowichan Canine: Cyrus & I have just finished the Foundation program and passed with Honours - phew! Along the way we were fortunate to sample several of the other courses that you offer, including private lessons for my other dog, Ricco. It was a real treat to be able to do that . I learned soooo much about my dogs; from how they react to each other, how to understand their body language, to be more patient and even what treats to provide for success. I was very impressed from the start with your on-line registration, the class sizes, the ability to work at our own pace, and even the individual water bowls. And on top of all that, each instructor offers a unique view of training so that you can get different perspectives. And of course, Andrea keeps the ship running smoothly. The time the three of us have spent with you has definitely been a worthwhile Thank you from Sherie, Ricco & Cyrus.

Sherie Robb
Maple Bay

We have taken two dogs through Puppy Playgroup & Foundation. We are so pleased with how socialized our dogs are and well behaved. The methods that the trainers use at Cowichan Canine are amazing and we have to admit when we first started we didn’t think it would work with Siberian Huskies, not only did it work but one graduated with honours and the other was pretty darn close! Far exceeded our expectations of when we started the course. The Foundation class with Stephanie was absolutely brilliant and the dogs adored her. She was a wizard in convincing our very stubborn girl to actually want to play to learn! We wished they offered an advanced Foundation class to keep us coming back! We have signed up for the beginners scent detection so we are very excited to start a new chapter with our girls J January 20, 2018

Dee & Terry
Duncan, BC

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