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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 (250-929-1400) 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 (250-929-1400) or email [email protected].

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What Clients Are Saying:

Hero has been making lots and lots of progress. His only setbacks have been when I have pushed him too far. I am on summer break from teaching and have been dedicated hours each day to his training. Too many great stories to share, but I do have to share this one, for me it was his "graduation." Ever since our sessions with you at the house, I have been working with Hero on an "away" command, where he keeps away from being right in front of doors. For the last months, I drop treats on the floor at the end of the hallway by my living room as I go in and out the front door. I do it 100% of the time. A few weeks ago, high winds blew open the front door at 7:30 a.m. while I was sleeping. I heard Hero pacing in the living room and then whining. I got up to investigate and found Hero waiting patiently in his "away" location, waiting for his treat, rather than go out the un-supervised wide open front door and into mischief. It was worth every treat I had spent!!!!!

Becky & Hero
Duncan

Wanting to be new dog owners, we got 16 weeks old puppy, named Pepper. Shortly after bringing Pepper home, she was attacked by much larger dog and seriously injured. After consultation with the vet, we came to understanding that Pepper maybe traumatized by the horrible experience. We soon realized this was the case, Pepper was scared of other dogs and continuously barking. We contacted Lisbeth at Cowichan canine, who came to our home and gave us one on one lessons. We found Lisbeth to be very knowledgeable , professional and patient with novice dog owners. Lisbeth invited us to the Cowichan canine facility, where we were introduced to the staff and other dog owners. Being so impressed with the dedication of the staff and variety of classes, we enrolled Pepper immediately. Whenever we have any concerns or questions, Lisbeth is always quick to respond. Pepper became much calmer dog after reactive dog classes, so I am enjoying walking with her. To Lisbeth and the stuff, Thank you for everything.

Natsuko and Gary Chaperon
Duncan, BC

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