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On Calm - Unleash Success

In this private, half-hour lesson, we will work on developing a focused relationship between you and your dog.

The curriculum 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 format 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-­Lesson 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 the Lesson

  • 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. 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.

The fee is $50 per 1/2 hour lesson, with discount packages avaiable (5% discount for a prepaid 5-pack of lessons, and 10% discount for a prepaid 10-pack of lessons).

Class times may vary depending on student demand.

 

Registration - New Students

New students can register via telephone (778-455-1985) or email [email protected],  or by visiting us at the Training Centre. 

CLICK HERE and HERE to download you the documents needed to register.

You can also pick up these documents from the Training Centre, or we can email them to you.

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 [email protected].

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Our little Frenchton, Blaze, graduated from the Foundations class today with Honours. The training we received was top notch, excellent quality, and fun. We appreciated the often humorous comments thrown into our training from Karen and Stephanie, as well as the clear, easy to understand aspects of this training program. We have already introduced Blaze to Scent Detection and Agility and will continue on with these in the fall. We truly appreciate the care and commitment our instructors gave in the training of our Blaze, and of ourselves! Who knew we had so much to learn, too! :) Thank you, Karen and Stephanie! We will definitely be referring others to Cowichan Canine.

Linda Batten (& Matt)
Duncan

We enrolled our dog Xena in the basic Foundations course. Cowichan Canine provided professional and usable training for us. Our trainer Stephanie is an amazingly patient and knowledgeable instructor. The small class size was ideal and we always were able to get the attention and training instruction we needed. I would highly recommend Cowichan Canone to any dog owner who wants to improve the behaviour of their dog. We will be enrolling Xena in more classes in the near future.

Patrick Doherty
Cobble Hill

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