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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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What Clients Are Saying:

I sincerely want to thank all the trainers who worked with us on training our newest member of the family, Mila. Actually it was training us but we won't admit to that!! We had the privilege of working with Karen, Jody, Glenda, Bev and Lisbeth in our Foundation Classes. Every trainer took an active role in helping us achieve success. We felt that they were as excited with our small steps towards success as we were! The training program was so well laid out with the book, clickers, backpack and superb teachers that it made it easy to be successful if you were willing to put in the time. It also made it fun! There is a saying "it takes a village or community to raise a child". We think the saying could say "it takes Cowichan Canine to help raise a dog". We are now hoping to continue with agility classes and maybe even try the scent class. Thank you again

Mila, Marg, Andre, Sarah & Curtis
Cowichan Valley

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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