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Puppy Fundamentals

Puppy Fundamentals

Training for dogs up to 6 months old

ADULTS

Have you just adopted a new adorable puppy?

Do you want help with:

  • Household manners – being okay in the house, stop nipping & biting, growing calmness, and house training.
  • Inspiring great behaviors.
  • On-leash behavior – easy walks, core concepts, and lessons that build the foundation for this before you step outside.
  • Off-leash behavior – how to be successful with your dog choosing you over the environment & choosing to hang out with you, instead.

All of these can be accomplished by playing games with your puppies in this class.

Pre-requisite: Participants must be able to keep physical control of their dog. We reserve the right to restrict any dog’s participation for any reason, for the safety of other dogs and participants. Evidence of current vaccinations required.

Bring:  Collar, leash, face covering, hand sanitizer, and warm clothes

Instructor:  Jan Shannon is a professional dog trainer certified by Karen Pryor Academy (KPA CTP), and Animal Behavior College (ABCDT) and the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA). For a full description of education, certification, and philosophy, visit www.modernk9training.com

Schedule:  Saturdays, January 8 – February 5 (*No class January 22), 11:30-12:30 pm

Fee:  $180  REGISTER HERE

Minimum 4/Max 6 students

Location:  Community Park ‘Dog House’, 5495 Maxwelton Road, Langley; classes meet indoors and outdoors. See map below:

Canine Good Citizen

Charm school for your dog!

Humans 16+; Dogs 6+ months*

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.  By arrangement, this class can be configured to include dogs who don’t do well around others.

*Must provide evidence of basic vaccinations.

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 (5495 Maxwelton Road, Langley) 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

Schedule:  TBA

 

Dog Sports Sampler

Old Dogs, New Tricks

HUMANS AGE 16+ and DOGS OF ALL AGES*

Try out some dog sports while having fun and learning the foundations of good dog training.  Dog sports provide mental and physical stimulation, build better relationships and have practical value.  They create confidence and trust as you mindfully coach your dog from one challenge to the next, and they enrich both your lives with creativity and variety.

In class you’ll get a taste of parkour, agility, rally, scent games, trick training and barn hunt with safe foundation behaviors suitable for dogs and people of all ages and abilities.  You’ll also learn how to apply those behaviors to everyday life, as just a single simple behavior can teach you ten lessons of training and be used in a handful of different ways.  Along with tips, treat recipes and plenty of examples, you’ll be given information on how to continue with your new interests whether you intend to compete or just play in the living room on a rainy day.  You can even earn your AKC Novice Trick dog title in class!

Mixed breeds, rescues and puppies are welcome.  No previous obedience training required but dogs will sometimes be working within 5-10 feet of each other.  You must be able to control your dog on leash and get its attention with food. By arrangement, this class can be configured to include dogs who don’t do well around others. Class size is limited, so you have plenty of time to play and learn.

*Must provide evidence of basic vaccinations.

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.

Location: Outdoors at Community Park (5495 Maxwelton Road, Langley) and nearby locations

Instructor: Victoria Farrington began training dogs with positive reinforcement in 1995 when she became an early adopter, explorer and explainer of clicker training.  She has volunteered in shelters, done rescue and foster work, and taught classes at large clubs and small facilities.  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.  She is an AKC Approved Evaluator for the STAR puppy program, all levels of the Canine Good Citizen and Tricks titles. howsofdogs@gmail.com

Schedule:  TBA

 

 

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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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Barn Hunt Workshop for Beginners – CANCELLED

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: The “Doghouse” at Community Park and outdoors, 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.  Email – howsofdogs@gmail.com

Min 10/Max 15