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Foundation Programme

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FOUNDATION PROGRAMME

Foundation is a comprehensive course (currently one Welcome Class followed by 2 classes/week for 10 weeks), aimed at dogs of any age over 4 months with owners that would like their dogs to be properly trained and are willing and able to put in the work to get there.

There is no maximum age - senior dogs are welcome!

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
- Your dog's vaccination record
- Payment (Visa, MC, Amex, cash or 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.

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 Foundation Programme

 

  • Attention
    (pay attention with distractions)
  • Come When Called
    (from 30' away, outdoors in the face of distractions)
  • Down
    (lie down on hand signal and on verbal cue, and stay while you walk away)
  • Emergency Recall
    (for emergency situations!)
  • Heeling
    (walk at your side past distractions, including other dogs)
  • Leave it / Take it
    (don't pick up the food/medication I just dropped!)
  • Meandering Loose Leash Walking
    (walk nicely on a relaxing sniffy walk)
  • Settle
    (go to your mat, lie down and stay there despite distractions)
  • Sit
    (sit at your side instead of jumping up, even with people and dogs coming up to greet you)
  • Wait
    (don’t rush out the door despite distractions on the other side)

Selections of classes usually available

Most days of the week,
mornings and evenings
See our online schedule

Graduation Certificate


>80%
passed
>90% passed: HONOURS

100% and a special test passed: DISTINCTION



 

DETAILS

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.

CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF WHAT TO BRING TO CLASS

HOMEWORK

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 10-20 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.

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.

Flexibility Comes With Responsibility

If you incur a NO-SHOW, that class still counts as attendance on your record.

If you have any questions or concerns about our programme, please do not hesitate to send an e-mail to [email protected] or call 250-929-1400.

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What Clients Are Saying:

Dear Lisbeth, With lots of practice through your guidence and instructions, I am beyond excited and pleased to inform you that Tina has conquered her fear of brooms and mops! It took about a month, slow consistent practicing and desensitizing, and I am now at a stage where Tina literally follows me around, tail wagging and smiles, while I clean the floors! Another fear checked off the list! Thank you so very much for your continued support throughout our journey. With the private training we took with you, then Confidence Class, and now Agility with amazing Glenda- Tina has turned into this confident, joyful, and content little dog that just loves life. School is Tina's absolute favorite thing and I am so glad to have found Cowichan Canine. Thank you for everything, to both you and Glenda for all fun we get to learn and experience. Tina's quality of life she so very much deserves just keeps getting better and better!

Hanna Quinn and Tina the Toy Poodle
Crofton, BC

I just wanted to drop a note and let you know that Jody worked with us and our puppy over the month of August, and she was absolutely excellent. The private training was the perfect choice to address our specific questions and learn about returning to Alberta with the pup, and how to help her adjust. We look forward to more training next summer at the lake! Jody has such a wonderful attitude toward the training, and we felt very confident with our plan for introducing our puppy to Alberta. The introduction to our neighbour dog (the one who charges and barks as his "greeting") was perfect. We did a parallel walk across the green space, then got closer and used treats from me for both dogs. There was no charging, and they are now well introduced and quite good pals already!

Happy Puppy Parent
AB

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