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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:

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K9 Nosework ®

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

This 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 class works for dogs unsuited for a group setting. Ongoing sessions are held Sundays and Tuesdays.

Bring: Cloth face coverings (for indoors) and physical distancing will be required at class. Bring hand sanitizer and use it upon arrival and departure. Sanitizing wipes recommended.

Pre-Requisite: Complete COVID-19 vaccination, including booster.

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.” Check your email the night before class for updates.

Map to The Doghouse

Instructors: Dr. Georgia Edwards is a nationally-Certified K9 Nose Work® 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. Georgia is an AKC scent work judge, NACSW ORT judge and certifying official, and USCSS judge and trial search designer, and the national scent work chair for the American Bouvier des Flandres Club. k9nosework@whidbey.net

Kristy Faure will be assisting Georgia with the Beginning Nosework classes on Sunday and Tuesday afternoons. She has been handling working dogs and farm animals her whole life and has coached triathletes and college swim teams.  She has been training in nosework with Georgia for eight years and trials with both a Nosework 3 Elite K-9 and Nosework 1 K-9.  Kristy is also certified as an AKC Farm Dog judge.

Schedule:  More K9 Nosework Classes coming soon!

Current Sessions: We’ve added an extension to our October session. The following programs are for students of the October ’22 session only. Others should check back for future classes.

  • Beginning Nosework (October Extension)
    • Sundays, November 27-December 11, 3:15-4:45pm
  • Intro to Odor (October Extension)
    • Tuesdays, November 29-December 13, 3:15-4:45pm
  • Advanced Nosework (October Extension)
    • *Intro to Nosework class must be completed before enrolling in Advanced Nosework
    • Sundays, November 27-December 11, starting at 10:00am, 11:45am, or 1:30pm
    • Tuesdays, November 29-December 13, starting at 10:00am, 11:45am, or 1:30pm

Fee:  $85 per dog for the October Extension

Note: If we don’t reach a minimum of 4 per session, classes may be combined.

REGISTER HERE!

COVID-19 Safety and Health Screening:

Pre-Requisite: Complete COVID-19 vaccination, including booster.

*       Stay home if you or anyone in your household have experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms (not attributable to another condition such as seasonal allergies) in the 14 days prior to the program such as: a fever of 100.4 or higher; cough; sore throat; chills; loss of taste or smell; muscle or body aches; respiratory illness or difficulty breathing; or headache. If you fall ill, please let us know. If you reply to one of our health screening questions in a way that needs more clarification, we’ll have you step to the side while we get the rest of the folks checked in, then chat with you.

*       Stay home if you or anyone in your household been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

*       Keep your distance and maintain at least 6′ distance from others.

*       Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer upon arrival and departure. Refrain from touching your face.

*       Cloth Face Coverings required when indoors, but not when outdoors.

*       Privacy Upon arrival we may ask you some basic health questions about symptoms and exposure. If you would like to discuss anything in a more private way, please call us or email before the program starts. If we are made aware that a participant, volunteer or staff person tested positive for COVID-19, fellow participants and staff who have been exposed will be notified, while maintaining privacy.

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Reading with Rover: Therapy Dogs

Is My Dog a Therapy Dog?

Handlers 12+ (youth must be accompanied by a parent/guardian); Dogs 4+ months (must provide evidence of vaccinations)

Reading with Rover is a therapy dog program which started out as a community-based literacy program volunteering in the schools and libraries of the Puget Sound area. They now offer the comfort of therapy dogs at local hospitals, assisting living homes, rehabilitation facilities and are very popular college stress relievers!  Visit www.readingwithrover.org for more info.

Instructors: LouAnn Hepp la@vistadx.net had a 25 year+ career in the public schools as a teacher, behavior specialist, and trainer. She left her school career to follow her entrepreneur calling, starting a business to help village women and children in SE Asia. She currently co-owns a business focusing on malaria and other tropical diseases. Missing the milieu of public education, she and her therapy dog, Ruby, have been volunteering in schools since 2015.

For the past 15 years, instructor Diana Trupiano has been an active member of Reading with Rover children’s literacy charity, where she currently holds the positions of volunteer, event coordinator, team evaluator, team protocol mentor, therapy team evaluator and therapy prep instructor.

Therapy Team Mini Evaluations
This evaluation will determine you and your dog’s readiness to enter the Animal Therapy Team Prep Class (below).

Bring to class: Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash. No retractable or “flexi” leashes allowed. No aggressive dogs allowed. Bring a cloth face covering and hand sanitizer.

Location: M-Bar-C Ranch, 5264 Shore Meadow Road, Freeland

Schedule:  Sat | May 22 | 10am – 4pm*  Contact LouAnn if you are not available to make this date, other arrangements can be made. LouAnn Hepp la@vistadx.net

*Participants will register for a 20-minute time slot and should arrive 5 minutes prior to their start time.

 

Animal Therapy Team Prep 
Reading with Rover

This class will help prepare you and your dog to successfully take the Reading with Rover therapy test (additional fee). Once you have passed the test, you will become a registered therapy team. Our teams volunteer in schools, nursing homes, hospitals and hospice (hospital and hospice visits require additional training).

Dogs must have basic obedience skills. In the class we will practice each test exercise using role play. Teams will receive coaching, as needed, to help pass the test, and to use in future visit situations. No aggressive dogs are allowed in class.

Prerequisite: Must successfully complete a “Mini Evaluation” above.

Bring to class: Blanket, treat pouch, treats. Bring a cloth face covering and hand sanitizer.

Location: M-Bar-C Ranch, 5264 Shore Meadow Road, Freeland

Schedule:  Thu | Jun 10 – 24 | 6pm-9pm

Fee:  $150 per dog**

** Additional $15-$45 for materials.

Students may join sign up for a 45-minute final evaluation July 10, sometime between 10-4pm.  Contact LouAnn at la@vistadx.net to sign up. Location TBD.

 

 

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Reactive Dog Clinic

Work with your dog to gain confidence in social interactions

Adults*

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, and other animals. The first meeting of each session is a humans-only orientation.

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, harness with chest-pull D-ring, treat bag, treats your dog loves, good stout leash (recommend waist belt), and water. Participants will need to bring printed evidence of current vaccinations, a signed Waiver, and a completed  Conflict History Questionnaire.

Instructor: Mark Helpenstell KPA-CPT has been training animals for 50+years, working with hunting/retrieving dogs, stock dogs, horses, donkeys, goats, and pets. He is an advocate of Positive Reinforcement Training, working with dogs, donkeys, mules, and cats. Mark volunteers at WAIF, and one of his dogs is a WAIF “Ambassadog.” Mark is largely self-taught, and has completed multiple Animal Behavior Certification and other courses. Mark got involved in donkey and mule rescue, and has been Click’r Training to rescue/recover frightened, confused and difficult animals. Visit the Facebook page: “Come on, Let’s Train.” markhelpenstell@gmail.com

Location: South Whidbey Sports Complex and nearby trails at 5598 Langley Road, Langley. The first session (without dogs) may be moved indoors location TBA.

Schedule: Sundays, October 2-November 6, Noon-1:00pm**

Fee: $150 per dog

*Teens welcome with a parent/guardian.

**If registration exceeds 10 dogs, we may split in 2 groups and add a 1:00-2:00pm session.

REGISTER HERE

 

 

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