Kindergarten Puppy Training
Start your puppy right, avoid inadvertently teaching your puppy the wrong behaviors and get them started early. Class is recommended for pups 10 – 20 weeks and it has been 10 days after having at least their first set of vaccinations to start class. Topics covered are: handling of puppy to prepare for vet visits and grooming whether done by yourself or a groomer, house training, crate training, what and how is the right kind of socialization, confidence building, mouthing/biting, avoiding food bowl & possession issues, grooming, jumping, settle/relax, and information on health and nutrition is also covered. Skills taught are attention (look or watch me), name-game (foundation for come), sit, down, stand, touch, meet & greet politely, sit for exam, recall-come (recall games), wait, off, give/drop it, follow me to walking politely on the end of the leash.
Class is to build on the above foundation skills from puppy classes and learn: holding positions of sit, down, stand, stand for exam, wait (owner to go through all openings first plus no bolting out of crates, gates, car doors or doorways), strengthening recalls ‘come’, stay, walking politely on the end of a leash, heel, manners of leave it (meaning dog never gets it), go to (bed, mat, kennel) and out (example-getting out of whatever area owner is in). Teaching you how to understand dog body language and proper dog park etiquette. Is your dog suitable for the dog park or even more important is the dog park suitable for your dog? What are other options?
This class is for those that want to take their working partnership to higher levels, possibly getting better prepared for other dog sports. Basic level must have been completed prior as the Advance is to build and strengthen skills already learned plus challenged with new skills and to work towards passing a Canine Good Neighbor test (available to all dogs) if you would so choose. Proofing sit, down and stand stays, new skills of drop-on-recall, heeling with automatic sits, heel off-leash, back-up, high and broad jump. This is a great class as a prelude to many dog sports such as Rally, Drafting, Agility and competition obedience.
Rally Obedience is a fun dog obedience sport available to all dogs as well as physically challenged dogs and/or handlers. It goes beyond basic heeling integrating over forty obedience movements and only requires a positive attitude and a desire to work and have fun with your dog. It is also a great sport for dogs that have tired of one sport or due to age need to stop a sport like agility but still want a challenge. Handler and dog are required to move through a numbered course of different directional signs; handler directing dog with verbal and hand commands and encouragement throughout the course. Dog has to be at least 6 months of age but should also have a grasp of the Basic skills.
General Class Information
All Obedience classes are 6 weeks, an hour a week for a total cost of $180.00, with class size of 6 dogs maximum. I encourage families to come to classes together but only have one person on the floor at a time working with pup/dog, although handler/owners may switch working with pup/dog during the class hour.
Private lessons at your home are also available with first session being 1.5 hours for a total of $110.00
RALLY Novice classes are 6 weeks for a total cost of $180.00.
RALLY Advance and Excellent classes are 4 weeks for a total cost of $115.00
Class Schedule 2019
Held in central Maple Ridge:
Thursday, Sept 12th: 6:15pm – Kindergarten Puppy Training
Dates are: Sept 12th, 19th, Oct 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th
Thursday, Oct 3rd: 7:30pm – Basic Obedience/Manners
Dates are: Oct 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, Nov 7th and 14th
Wednesday, Oct 2nd: 6pm – Rally Novice
Dates are: Oct 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, and Nov 6th
Wednesday, Oct 9th: 7:15pm – Rally Advance/Excellent
Dates are: Oct 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th