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Training Programs


We have something for everyone and every dog!

At Good Dog, we provide training that works!  Imagine no more embarrassing encounters caused by your dog's unwanted behaviour.  Imagine a dog that listens to you reliably.  Imagine enjoying walks with your dog again or for the first time.

Our group classes allow you the opportunity to work with your dog in a controlled setting, providing an environment that will help your dog learn to focus on you and ignore distractions.

Each class is limited to a maximum of 6 - 8 students.

See our group class offerings below to find out more and to register.

 





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 UPCOMING Class start dates

Part 1
Saturday, october 14 @ 9:00am - 1 spot
monday, October 23 @ 6:00pm
Tuesday, October 24 @ 6:00pm - 1 spot
thursday, november 9 @ 6:00PM
saturday, december 2 @ 9:00am
Tuesday, january 2 @ 6:00pm
sunday, January 14 @ 9AM

Part 2
thursday, november 9 @ 7:15pm - full
saturday, december 2 @ 10:15am - 2 spots
thursday, december 21 @ 7:15PM - FULL
saturday, january 13 @ 10:15am
Thursday, february 1 @ 6PM
 

Skills & Manners - Part 1 & 2

This class is for ALL ages, from puppy to senior.  

If you dog has some skills, but isn’t very reliable with distractions, or if your dog is brand new to training, start or re-start here.  This program is like no other program.  You get our entire foundation obedience program and the skills to have a well-mannered dog all in this 12 week program!  Our Skills & Manners Program is conveniently split into two 6 week sets, Part 1 and Part 2, to allow you to break up the schedule and complete it at a pace that works for you.  In each 6 week set we will meet once a week for one hour.

 In this program we teach the following 14 commands:

  • 7 Obedience Commands - sit, down, stand, come, loose leash, heel, distance commands
  • 7 Behaviour Commands - focus, leave it, out, place (bed/mat), settle, quiet, touch/target 

What are some things you can expect from this class?

  • All 12 classes are with the dogs and your orientation comes via video to watch at home, so we get right to work in the first class to get the best results from your dog!

  • Learn how to get your dog to focus on you instead of the environment!  No more Captain Distraction!

  • Learn how to teach your dog to leave your valued objects alone and only chew or play with toys that are meant for your dog.

  • Learn how to teach your dog not to jump up to great you or other people. 

  • Learn how to get your dog to LOVE returning to you when you say "Come!"

  • Learn how to enjoy walks with an introduction to loose leash manners.

  • Learn how to manage your dog's hyperactivity without adding more time exercising your dog to your already busy schedule, so you can relax and enjoy your dog more at home.  

  • Learn how to get consistent and reliable response from your dog, even around distractions.  

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UPCOMING CLASS START DATE(S)            

rocky point park
Saturday, November 18 @ 11:45am
Saturday, January 27 @ 11:45am

Lafarge Lake
Sunday, November 26th @ 12PM

mundy park
Sunday, October 15 @ 1PM
Sunday, December 10 @ 11:30am

Lions Park
Sunday, October 29 @ 1PM
SATURDAY, January 13 @ 11:45AM

Good Dogs in the City

Who should take this class? 

If your dog listens great at home, but acts like you haven’t taught them anything when there are other people, dogs or distractions around, then this is the class for you!  Join us for Good Dogs in the City - Training for real life!

This drop in style class is the next step for graduates of Skills & Manners - Part 2 or those who have equivalent handling skills and are ready to work with your dog in real life scenarios around all kinds of distractions.  Classes will be held at different locations and use exercises and games to practice and advance your training each week.  Drop in to all of them or just one or two.  Classes will rotate through 4 different locations, so if you miss a location or topic, you can always jump in the next time it is offered.

Topics that we cover in this class:

  • Manners training around other people and dogs
  • Pay attention to you around distractions
  • Stay with distractions
  • Come command around distractions
  • Leash manners
  • Socialization to new sounds, objects and places
  • Continuing your skills to Intermediate - Advanced level obedience.

Details:

Pre-requisite: Skills & Manners - Part 2, private lesson or assessment.  Register in advance, as space is limited.  No reactive dogs please.  If you are experiencing reactivity, contact us to tell us about your dog and we'll provide you with program options based on your goals. 

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UPCOMING Class START DATE(S):
returning 2018

This is an outdoor program so dress for the elements! We offer Agilty in May - September each year.

Pre-requisite: Skills & Manners - Part 2, private lesson or assessment

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Agility

Exercise and fun for human and dog while strengthening your relationship and building your dog’s confidence and listening skills. 

This class is designed for beginners and is a great introduction to the sport.  Agility is a fantastic way to exercise your dog’s body and mind, while building a great working relationship and having a blast.  Agility also helps to improve your dog’s confidence levels and teaches them to listen to you when they are excited! 

Agility equipment we introduce and practice on:

  • Weave poles
  • Tunnel
  • Dog walk
  • A frame
  • Hurdles
  • Tire jump
  • Teeter
  • Pause table




Private Lessons

Private Lessons are designed to have a completely custom approach to training you and your dog - whether you want to improve a behavioural problem, work on fine tuning obedience skills or just need some guidance in helping your dog along to be a good canine citizen, our experts can help.

Contact us today for a customized quote.  You can continue reading below for details on our Leash Manners or Reactive Dog private training programs.

Program length varies depending on your goals.





Leash Manners

Do you have a dog that pulls, chews or is frantic on leash?  Are your walks with your dog just not enjoyable?  Are you tired of having sore hands after your walks with your dog?  Does your dog drag you around?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then our Leash Manners Private Training Package is for you!

You will receive three and a half hours of one on one training with one of our Certified Professional Trainers. This package is split into three blocks and has been created to help you to enjoy your walks with your dog.  We will work both in our Training Studio and out in the real world with you to make your walks more enjoyable, and help you have better over all control.

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Reactive Dog
(with people or other animals)

Do you have a dog that growls, barks, lunges or erupts in the presence of other dogs or people?  Are your walks with your dog just not enjoyable?  Do you wait until late at night or early morning to walk your dog to avoid running into other people and/or dogs?  Does your dog growl when you ask them to move or try to take something away from them?  If you are experiencing any form of reactivity from your dog, this is the program for you

Topics that we cover in this program:

  • Common equipment safety
  • Understanding your dog’s body language
  • Knowing your dog’s limits and working within them
  • Getting and keeping your dog’s attention
  • Stay around doorways, gates and high traffic areas
  • Work around other dogs and people

Package Includes:

  • 90 minute in studio session to get your program started and create your plan
  • 60 minute in studio session, outside, in home or another location depending on progress and training goals
  • 60 minute real world session at a location dependent on progress
  • Sessions are set up with the same trainer through the program to ensure continuity from one session to the next, ideally 1 week apart to ensure time to practice without too much time between sessions. You let us know what time and day works for you and we’ll match you with a fantastic trainer that can work with your schedule.   

Once you have completed this program, the trainer may recommend the Reactive Rover Hour as an ongoing class for management and practice or further private sessions to help you reach your goals, if applicable.

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UPCOMING Class START DATE(S):
sunday, oct 22 @ 12:45PM - Ranch
Sunday, Nov 5 @ 1:00PM - Ranch
wednesday, nov 22 @ 6:00PM-Studio
tuesday, dec 12 @ 6:00pm - studio
ThursDAY, Jan 4 @ 6:00PM-STUDIO
Sunday, January 21 @ 10:15am - studio


Puppy Fun Hour

This one-hour class is designed for people who are either enrolled in Level 1 - Puppy Kindergarten class and want extra practice and exposure, or for people whose schedules do not allow for our current Level 1 - Puppy Kindergarten class.  This curriculum is different than the Level 1 - Puppy Kindergarten class!  You can never teach your puppy too much at this stage of life.

A few of the critical lessons we cover in Puppy Fun Hour:

  • Common “puppy problem behaviours” 
  • Greeting other puppies, adults dogs and people politely
  • Confidence building exercises
  • Puppy level obedience

Recommended age 3 months - 5 months*
*Small breeds are welcome in Puppy Fun Hour up to 8 months of age.
All puppies must be up to date on their vets recommended vaccination schedule for Parvo/Distemper and Rabies

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All dogs must be up to date on their vets recommended vaccination schedule for Bordetella, Parvo/Distemper and Rabies.

Your dog must be approved to attend this class


Reactive Rover Hour

For graduates of our Reactive Rover program who want extra practice with your reactive dog. 

What we cover in Reactive Rover Hour:

  • Develop and improve skills around other dogs and people
  • Practice with your dog in a safe environment with appropriate distance between dogs
  • Focus of this class is primarily exercises involving movement (walk by’s) between the dogs

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UPCOMING START DATE(S):
Sunday, October 22 @ 11:30AM - ranch
sunday, november 19 @ 10:15AM - studio
sunday, december 17 @ 10:15am - Studio
saturday, January 31 @ 6PM - studio

 

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Scent Work

Does your dog like to “follow his nose”?  

Do you want some fun and creative games to play with your dog at home and in the outdoors?
Do you have a reactive dog but want to try something new and fun to drain their mind and body?
 
All dogs (whether they are social and balanced or reactive and fearful) can learn to disengage from their distractions and become immersed in their work!

In this 6 week class, you will learn to:

  • Strengthen your relationship with your dog through communication and team work
  • Learn to “be a student of your dog” - learn to watch and listen for all of the ways your dog communicates with you!
  • Build your dog’s confidence and help them find their focus
  • Awaken your dog’s hunt drive and learn to play nose work games anywhere!
  • Have a positive and fun activity to help drain your dog both mentally and physically

All working participants will need to bring the following:

  • A crate for your dog (if it is to warm to keep them in your vehicle)
  • Water and a water dish
  • A selection of high value easy to eat treats
  • A pulling style harness
  • A 6 foot leash
  • Proof of your dog's current vaccinations

Reactive and fearful dogs can participate in Nose Work, as the “work” is done one dog at a time.


UPCOMING START DATE(S):
LEVEL 1                                                  
sunday, november 5 @ 9am - FULL
saturday, january 13 @ 9AM

LEVEL 2                                                    
wednesday, november 22 @ 7:15pm
wednesday, January 10 @ 7:15pm

Level 3
wednesday, november 15 @ 6PM                                                              

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Clinics


Clinics


We have something for everyone and every dog!

Don’t have a time to commit to a 6-week course? Want to brush up your skills? Interested in learning something new?
 
Good Dog is proud to offer Clinics as part of our training services. Clinics are a one-time group session and are based on specialty topics - sometimes with guest trainers!
 
Please check out our individual Clinics listings for further information and to register.

Check the calendar for updated class and service dates.





UPCOMING CLINIC START DATE(S): 
Saturday, December 30 @ 6:00PM


Recall Clinic

For a listing of our latest clinics and to enrol your dog, please click the REGISTER button.

Note: This will take you to our customer portal site where you will sign up for an account with Good Dog

If you have already created an account, please call us at (604) 726-5666 to book one of our training services.

$65 + GST

Per Handler Team

$35 + GST

Spectator

Does your dog only come back when he/she feels like it?
Does your dog run off when you call? 
Does your dog come back to you 100% of the time when called? 

This two-hour program focuses on teaching you how to get your dog LOVING coming to you when called!  You will have time to practice our techniques with your dog around plenty of distraction to prepare you for real world situations.

Limit of 6 teams

Pre-requisites:

  • Sit-stay at 6 feet
  • No reactive dogs in class (register for spectator spot if your dog is reactive)

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UPCOMING Clinic START DATE(S):
PLEASE CONTACT US TO BE PUT ON THE WAITLIST FOR THE NEXT EXCITING RELEASE OF THIS CLINIC


Tracking Through Drive

For a listing of our latest clinics and to enrol your dog, please click the REGISTER button.

Note: This will take you to our customer portal site where you will sign up for an account with Good Dog

If you have already created an account, please call us at (604) 726-5666 to book one of our training services.

$125 + GST

Working Spots

$80 + GST

SPECTATOR

Do you want to teach your dog how to track?
Interested in tracking for fun or sport?
Want to learn a fun new sport to keep your dog mentally & physically active?

Tracking through drive is a great, natural way to exercise your dog while building a great working relationship!  Our tracking seminar is a great launching point for anyone interested in the sport of tracking, or for anyone looking to do something fun and creative with their dog. 

Working teams will need to bring along:

  • A crate for your dog (if it is too warm to keep them in your vehicle)
  • A 30 foot training lead
  • A harness for your dog
  • Water for your dog
  • Writing materials
  • Appropriate clothing and footwear (we will track rain or shine!)
  • A toy or treats

 Working spots are limited, register early to avoid disappointment.

Spectator sports are also available.

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UPCOMING Clinic START DATE(S):
SATURday, JULY 8th @ 9:00am


Dog Talk

For a listing of our latest clinics and to enrol your dog, please click the REGISTER button.

Note: This will take you to our customer portal site where you can sign up or log in to your Good Dog account.

$70 + GST

SPECTATOR

Do you have a reactive dog that you can’t seem to understand?
Do you want to know if your dog’s play is friendly or appropriate?

Our Dog Talk clinic is designed to help bridge the communication gap between human and dog, creating the most effective training environment for your dog. 

In this 3 hour clinic, we will help you to learn:

  • What does friendly body language look like?
  • What are the signs you are missing that your dog is uncomfortable and/or stressed?  This will surprise you! 
  • When to interrupt dog-dog play
  • When is it safe to introduce your dog to other dogs

Spectator spots only.

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UPCOMING Clinic START DATE(S):                                                       Friday, June 16th, 2017


Dental Clinic

For a listing of our latest clinics and to enrol your dog, please click the REGISTER button.

Note: This will take you to our customer portal site where you can sign up or log in to your Good Dog account.

$179 + GST

Clean teeth. Fresher breath. Healthier gums.

Join us for one of our very popular Anesthesia Free Dental Clinics with dental cleanings performed by the amazing team at K9 Gentle Dental.  These Anesthesia Free cleanings offer the following benefits:

  • Anesthesia Free Dental Clinic
  • Help with bad breath caused by tarter build up
  • Less expensive option for continued oral health
  • Avoid the risks that come with sedation
  • Help your dog's future health, as mouth disease in dogs is a major cause of other health issues that occur later in life.
  • All in about an hour!

www.k9gentledental.ca

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UPCOMING Clinic START DATE(S):
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Exploring Rally-Obedience

For a listing of our latest clinics and to enrol your dog, please click the REGISTER button.

Note: This will take you to our customer portal site where you will sign up for an account with Good Dog

If you have already created an account, please call us at (604) 726-5666 to book one of our training services.

$125 + GST

Working SPots

$80 + GST

SPECTATOR

Do you want something fun and exciting to try with your dog?
Do you want to challenge your dog’s obedience skills and strengthen your relationship?

This clinic is designed for people who want to explore the sport of Rally-O and for novice participants that want to practice their skills.  Rally-O is a dog sport based in obedience that is done on a course with various stations that require different skills from the dog-handler team.  This is a fun and positive activity to partake in with your dog, whether it be with your pet dog for fun, or with your dog to compete and earn titles! All breeds and mixed breeds welcome.

This Full Day Seminar will include:

  • 2 Hours of theory - you will learn what Rally Obedience is, how it works, and how to compete with you dog.
  • 1 Hour Lunch Break
  • 3 Hours of Practical time - You and your pooch will be practicing the foundations that you need to run a course with your dog and then we will be setting up a course and have you run with your dog! “

*No reactive dogs please - connect with us if you would like to book a private Rally Obedience session with your reactive dog .
**All dogs must be current on vaccines

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Be a Tree Program

For a listing of our latest clinics and to enrol your dog, please click the REGISTER button.

Note: This will take you to our customer portal site where you can sign up or log in to your Good Dog account.

$10 + GST

PER Child

Dog bite prevention through education for school aged children.

Good Dog is proud to host Doggone Safe’s “Be a Tree” program.

The Be a Tree program is a dog bite prevention seminar program for children 4 - 10 years old.  This program focuses on fun and interactive activities to teach children how to read dog body language and how to act safely around their own dog and strange dogs.  Our licensed presenter, Jaime Kinna, leads this one hour presentation.

Your child will leave this presentation knowing what to do when approached by a strange dog, how to pet a new dog and how to spot a dog that does not want to be approached.  A must for any dog lover with little ones in their lives.

*Please note there will be no live dogs present during this program

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UPCOMING Clinic START DATE(S):
PLEASE CONTACT US TO BE PUT ON THE WAITLIST FOR THE NEXT CLINIC


Dogs + Babies -
Relationship Foundations Clinic

For a listing of our latest clinics and to enrol your dog, please click the REGISTER button.

Note: This will take you to our customer portal site where you can sign up or log in to your Good Dog account.

$50 + GST

SPECTATOR
 (no dogs, one-time fee for family to attend)

Do you have a baby or a toddler?  Is there a baby on the way?  Train your dog NOW!

This 2-hour lecture will provide you with the foundations to get started off on the right paw with your new addition.  Integrating your baby with your dog properly is crucial to avoid serious (and very common) problems between your fur-baby and human-baby.  

Topics in this clinic include:

  • Keeping your child safe: preventing unsafe situations by understanding your dog’s cues
  • How to address problem behaviours that could potentially be dangerous (jumping up, hyperactivity, etc)
  • The importance of structure and routine in your family
  • Does your dog share nicely? Tips for making sure Fido doesn’t start to guard toys, beds and food around your baby.
  • How to guide your dog and child towards a positive and healthy relationship
  • Environmental management - teaching your dog to be comfortable in safe zones
  • Food talk - manners and boundaries surrounding feeding your baby
  • Q + A

After attending this clinic, there will be opportunities to sign up for further training to address issues that are specific to your family!

*This clinic is for grown-ups with children 0-4 years old (got a 4+ child?  See our Be a Tree Clinic designed specifically for kids!)
**Please no dogs
***Please no toddlers (we want you to be able to concentrate!)

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