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Foundation Programme

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FOUNDATION BASICS

Foundation Basics is an 8-week course (2 classes/week), aimed at dogs over 4 months of age that would like to learn their basic pet manners.

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 course

 

  • Attention
    (pay attention with distractions)
  • Come When Called
    (from 30' away)
  • Down
    (lie down on hand signal and on verbal cue)
  • Emergency Recall
    (for emergency situations!)
  • 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)
  • Polite Walking
    (loose leash, with distractions)
  • Settle
    (go to your mat and stay there despite distractions)
  • Sit
    (instead of jumping up!)
  • Wait
    (don’t rush out despite distractions on the other side of the door)
Attendance


Two classes/week for 8 weeks.



Selections of classes usually available

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun
Mornings and Evenings

Graduation Certificate


>80%
passed
>90% passed: HONOURS



 

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 10-15 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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My dog Evan is so lucky that I attended the Impulse workshop tonight!!! More knowledge was obtained by me in this fun and enjoyable class to help him live a happy and doglfull life with the humans. Thanks Lisbeth for sharing what you know.

Denise Williams
Malahat

Last week I had to take True to the vet because he had an ear infection. He bounced into the office with me as if he was going to the park, he was friendly with the girls at the front desk. We went in the examination room and he was fine, happily sniffing every square inch of the floor. He was happy to see the vet and even though his ear was sore he didn't do anything when she swabbed it. True didn't enjoy having his anal glands expelled but he didn't struggle or make a peep. I was so proud of him. The vet said she was amazed at how well behaved he was and how he had come such a long way, and she complimented me on my training. Thank you so much for all your help.

Wendy Neumann & True the Bouiver
Reactive Dog Programme student, Duncan, BC

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