Events

Reactive Dog Clinic

Adults

Work with your dog to gain confidence in social interactions.

Join us for this opportunity to work with others who also own reactive dogs, to gain confidence, calm, and capability. Teach your dog (and yourself) the self-confidence, and the skills needed, to relax, focus, and enjoy being around others – people, dogs, other animals and activities. We reserve the right to restrict any dog’s participation for any reason, for the safety of other dogs and participants.

***  Please bring the Fight History Questionnaire and Waiver to class, along with documentation of your dog’s current vaccinations.  ***

Prerequisites:  Participants must be able to keep physical control of their dog.

Supplies: Bring a harness with chest-pull D-ring, treat bag, treats your dog loves, good stout leash (recommend waist belt), and water.

Location: Meet at the South Whidbey Sports Complex picnic shelter (5598 Langley Road, Langley) the first day.  Other possible nearby “field trips”.

Instructor: Mark Helpenstell has been training his own dogs for 50+years. Mark began training dogs at about age 8, and has worked with hunting/retrieving dogs, stock dogs, and people’s pets. In the past 5 years, he has become an advocate of Positive Reinforcement Training, and is working with dogs, donkeys, mules, and cats. Mark volunteers at WAIF, and one of his dogs is a WAIF “Ambassadog” at most of their events. Mark is largely self-taught. In addition, he has completed Animal Behavior Certification course, and has been a participant in many on-line and in-person courses. Mark got involved in donkey and mule rescue about 9 years ago, and has been Click’r Training to rescue/recover frightened, confused, difficult animals. Visit the Facebook page: “Come on, Let’s Train” https://www.facebook.com/Come-On-Lets-Train-1982421625305571/ markhelpenstell@gmail.com

Min 4/Max 8

Sundays | Jun 3 – Jul 8 | 10:00am-11:00am | $100

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Canine Games in the Park

Summer Games in the Park
HUMANS 16+; DOGS, 6+ MONTHS, BEGINNERS

Try a fresh approach to training and entertaining your dog: playing games in the park. How fast is your dog’s recall? Can you call it away from a caged ham? Interested in teaching your dog to negotiate an obstacle course? Want to improve its public manners? We’ve designed a variety of games to educate and entertain while embracing the best practices of positive reinforcement dog training: short sessions, high rate of reinforcement, measurable criteria, and record keeping.

Some of our games have serious goals, based on important life skills like reliable recalls and greeting strangers. Others are centered on dog sports skills for agility, barn hunt, and rally. Some are just plain silly. We’ll offer as many as we can fit into an evening; you chose the ones you want.

For most games, you and your dog will be alone in a fully fenced ring, then move onto the next. For some, like public walking and greeting behaviors, we’ll slowly create a crowd your dog can successfully negotiate. Most games will take no more than a minute, and we’ll measure or time your accomplishments, keeping records so you can track your progress.

You’re strongly encouraged to use anything and everything you need to succeed: praise, treats, toys, dinner bowls and applause. We want you and your dog to find that training’s just a walk in the park!

Bring to Class: Treats and toys, a non-restraining collar and a 6’ leash are required.  A harness and portable crate are recommended.

Location: Outdoors in the small field immediately inside the north entrance of Community Park, and indoors at “The Doghouse” at Community Park.

Instructor: Victoria Farrington howsofdogs@gmail.com

Min 2/Max 8

Tue | May 15-Jun 26* | 6-7:30pm | $75**

*Except May 29.

**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: The “Doghouse” at Community Park and outdoors

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.  Email – howsofdogs@gmail.com

Min 2/Max 6

Tue | Apr 3-May 8 | 11:30am-1:00pm | $100**
OR Sat | Apr 7 – May 12 | 11:00am – 12:30pm | $100**
OR Tue | May 15-Jun 26* | 11:30am-1:00pm | $100**
OR Sat | May 19-Jun 30* | 11:30am-1:00pm | $100**

*Except May 26 or May 29
**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.  Email – howsofdogs@gmail.com

Min 2/Max 4

Tue | Apr 3-May 8 | 10-11:00am | $100**
OR Tue | May 15-Jun 26* | 10-11:00am | $100**
OR Sat | May 19-Jun 30* | 10-11:00am | $100**

*Except May 26 or May 29
**Fee is per dog

Canine Nosework

HUMANS AGE 16+; DOGS AGE 4+ MONTHS (OR ALL VACCINATIONS COMPLETED)

This fast–growing dog sport teaches you how to encourage and develop your dog’s amazing natural scenting ability by using its desire to hunt and its love of food, toys, and exercise. This exciting detection style activity is appropriate for dogs of any age, breed, or physical ability and handlers of all ages and abilities. Each dog works separately, one at a time, so this is a class for dogs unsuited for a group setting. Classes are offered at all levels, from beginning to advanced dog handler teams. Ongoing sessions are held Sundays OR Wednesdays. Times vary by level.

Location: Varies but generally at the Community Park ‘Dog House’, 5495 Maxwelton Road, Langley; classes meet in classrooms and outdoors; advanced classes may be held off-site on “field-trips.”

Instructor: Georgia Edwards is a nationally-Certified NoseWork Instructor. A retired cancer physician, she first became interested in canine scent discrimination 25 years ago when her hospital therapy dog was able to identify patients with metastatic breast cancer. k9nosework@whidbey.net

K9 Nosework 2A/Introduction to Odor:
Wed | May 16 – Jun 27 (no class May 23) | 10-11:30am | $150*

K9 Nosework 2A+/Introduction to Four Odors, Continued:
Sun | May 13 – Jun 24 (no class May 20) |4–5:30pm | $150*
Wed | May 16 – Jun 27 (no class May 23) |4–5:30pm | $150*

K9 Nosework 2B/Intermediate Nosework:
Sun | May 13 – Jun 24 (no class May 20) | 12–1:30pm | $150*

K9 Nosework 2B+/Working with Odor:
Sun | May 13 – Jun 24 (no class May 20) | 2–3:30pm | $150*
Wed | May 16 – Jun 27 (no class May 23) |12–1:30 pm | $150*

K9 Nosework 3/Advanced Nosework:
Sun | May 13 – Jun 24 (no class May 20) | 10–11:30am | $150*
Wed | May 16 – Jun 27 (no class May 23) | 2–3:30 pm | $150*

**Fee is per dog. Additional $10 materials fee paid directly to instructor provides odor kit containing 4-6 tins of the target odors, rare-earth magnets, gloves. Drop-ins by appointment $25.