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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:

I have taken my Pembroke Welsh Corgi through Puppy Classes, The Foundation Programme, Starters Agility and we are now in Advanced Agility. The overall results have been excellent. Reba is now competing at Agility Trials and will soon move from Starters there to Advanced. Lisbeth, Bev, and Karen helped immensely along the way, but Reba's Agility success is solely due to Jody. She is amazing in so many ways - knowledgeable, patient, able to adapt her communication to different clients at different levels beautifully, and so much more. She is encouraging and Reba runs to see her when we attend class. A big Paws Up to Jody and CC.

Brenda Burch
Duncan, BC

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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