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Barn Hunt Workshop for Beginners

HUMANS AGE 16+ and DOGS 6+ MONTHS*, BEGINNERS

Introduce your dog to the popular new sport of Barn Hunt.  One at a time and in a fully fenced area, dogs use their instincts to search bales of straw for tubes containing rats.  The dogs love it, the rats are unharmed and unruffled and you learn how to become your dog’s hunting partner.  This 4-hour workshop* will cover all the basics to give you and your dog a good head start in what might become your new favorite sport. Limited space, register early. Learn more at www.barnhunt.com.

No previous training required. Must provide evidence of basic vaccinations. Dogs must be able to jump on and off straw bales.  Dogs must wear a non-restrictive collar.  The workshop will be in a covered area but outside, so dress for the weather.

Location: Community Park picnic shelter, 5495 Maxwelton Road, Langley

Instructor: Victoria Farrington took her unruly terrier to a seminar in 1995 and became an early adopter, explorer and explainer of positive reinforcement dog training.  She has volunteered in shelters, done rescue and foster work, and taught classes at large clubs, small facilities and as private lessons.  She wrote for and later became editor of The Clicker Journal, earning the respect of the field’s top professional dog trainers.  Her dogs have earned titles in 10 dog sports and at all stages of life; at the age of 14, her dog Hotspur was the first terrier in the country to earn the Master Barn Hunt title.

Min 10/Max 15

Sat | Mar 17 | 1-5:00pm* | $25**

*Class may be shorter **Fee is per dog.

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Canine Sports Sampler

Old dogs, new tricks.

HUMANS AGE 16+ and DOGS 6+ MONTHS*, BEGINNERS

Dogs, like people, love to learn new things at any age of their lives, with all the same benefits: mental stimulation, physical exercise, increased confidence and the joys of cooperating with a valued partner.  This is the golden age of dog sports with more ways than ever before to deepen your bond, have fun, and earn titles and ribbons. This class will give you a taste of Parkour, Rally, Agility, Barn hunt, Tracking and Tricks training.  Activities will be safe foundation behaviors suitable for dogs and people at all levels of physical fitness.  Included for each sport will be information on how to follow up on your new interests.

Must provide evidence of basic vaccinations. Mixed breeds and rescues are welcome.  No previous obedience training required but dogs will sometimes be working near each other.  You must be able to control your dog on leash and get its attention with food. Class will be tailored to weather conditions and dog temperament. Depending upon the activity, dogs may be worked one at a time.

Bring to Class: Treats, a buckle collar and a 6-foot leash are required. A harness and portable crate or mat are recommended and will be discussed in class. Toys will be used.

Location: Outdoors at Community Park, and indoors at the Crow’s Nest.

Instructor: Victoria Farrington took her unruly terrier to a seminar in 1995 and became an early adopter, explorer and explainer of positive reinforcement dog training.  She has volunteered in shelters, done rescue and foster work, and taught classes at large clubs, small facilities and as private lessons.  She wrote for and later became editor of The Clicker Journal, earning the respect of the field’s top professional dog trainers.  Her dogs have earned titles in 10 dog sports at all stages of life.

Min 2/Max 6

Tue | Feb 6-Mar 13 | 11am-12:30pm | $100*

Sat | Feb 10-Mar 17 | 11am-12:30pm | $100*

*Fee is per dog.

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Canine Good Citizen

Charm school for your dog!

Do you wish your dog were more courteous?  Or better behaved in public?  Learn how to teach your dog good manners using the power of positive reinforcement and games you’ll both enjoy.  We’ll work on polite greetings, loose leash walking, being handled, and meeting strangers, with an emphasis on self-control, patience and cooperation.  Prepare your dog to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, learn how to address problem behaviors and teach a few cute tricks along the way.

This class is for dogs who are rude, not for those who are aggressive or fearful.  Dogs will sometimes be working near each other, so you must be able to physically control your dog on leash and get its attention with food.

Bring to Class: Treats, a buckle collar and a 6-foot leash are required. A harness and portable crate or mat are recommended and will be discussed in class. Toys will be used.

Location: Outdoors at Community Park, the Crow’s Nest, and nearby locations

Instructor: Victoria Farrington took her unruly terrier to a seminar in 1995 and became an early adopter, explorer and explainer of positive reinforcement dog training.  She has volunteered in shelters, done rescue and foster work, and taught classes at large clubs, small facilities and as private lessons.  She wrote for and later became editor of The Clicker Journal, earning the respect of the field’s top professional dog trainers.

Min 2/Max 6

Tue | Feb 6-Mar 13 | 10-11:00am | $100*

Sat | Feb 10-Mar 17 | 10-11:00am | $100*

*Fee is per dog.