Are your training classes indoors
Yes! We train in comfort year round. Our modern, bright training halls are fully climate-controlled for a cool experience in the summer and warmth in the winter. Our rubberized flooring provides a great, non-slip training surface and all of our training halls are equipped with stereo systems so you can easily hear all of the instructions. Check out our virtual tour for a better look at our facility.
I think my dog would love agility! When can we start?
That’s great! Most dogs love the excitement, challenge and speed of agility training. The thing that will make it a great experience for both the handler and dog is a solid foundation of obedience training. Dogs have to be able to listen off-leash in a very exciting environment in order to participate. It’s no fun for the handler if their dog is running after other dogs rather than playing with them. Because of the inherent risk of injury to dogs not listening in agility classes, we must insist that dogs and their handlers complete obedience classes with us before they will be allowed to enjoy agility. Once you have control of your dog off-leash, agility will be all about fun for you and your dog!
What kind of equipment do you recommend?
For class, you will need a 6-foot leash and a regular flat collar (we recommend a metal buckle). You’ll also need some training treats and a bait pouch or accessible pocket to put them in. For your convenience we have a small store at our site where we carry these products. Over the years, we’ve settled on equipment that we like and that very effectively suits the purposes and needs of our training programs. We’d be happy to help in recommending products to you.
What if my dog has aggression issues?
Our family dog classes are for dogs who are friendly with people and other dogs. If you are experiencing aggression, fear or undesirable reactivity from your dog, either toward people or other dogs, we recommend you contact your Veterinarian for a Behavioural Referral in your area.
This is my child’s dog. Can they train in class?
If kids are part of your family, we want to help you teach mutual respect between them and your canine addition. This means teaching the dog to have good manners around both adults and kids. We encourage the entire family to attend classes, however for safety reasons, all handlers must be a minimum of 16 years of age. We know through experience that often kids aren’t able to take charge of the dog and this leads to even less respectful behaviour from the dog going forward. We recommend that an adult take the time to teach the dog all of the necessary skills before any children in the family start to ask the same of the dog.
What if I can’t make it to my class one week?
No problem! We can offer you a make-up class on another day and time so you won’t fall behind. As long as we have room in another class, we are happy to have you attend an alternate class that week. Please call our office to book your make-up spot.
What if i take a vacation?
If you are gone for the whole week, it’s not a problem! Space permitting, we’ll book you two lessons when you get back so we can get you caught up on the lesson you’ve missed.
I’m a shift worker and can’t make the same class every week. Can I still attend lessons?
Yes! We’re happy to accommodate shift workers or anyone with a busy schedule. Talk to our office about rearranging your classes so you still get all of your lessons in!
What vaccinations does my dog need?
We follow a core vaccination schedule. Dogs attending classes must be up-to-date on all core vaccines including Parvovirus, Distemper and Rabies. Up-to-date is dependent on the age of the dog. We require the following:
- Dogs 10 - 12 weeks of age must have one vaccination including Parvovirus and Distemper
- Dogs 12 - 16 weeks of age must have a second vaccination including the above
- Dogs 16 weeks and older must have the two previous vaccinations plus we look for Rabies vaccination between 4 - 6 months of age
What age can my puppy start classes?
Good news! Puppies can start classes once they are 10 weeks of age! Puppies 10 - 15 weeks of age (on the first day of classes) can start in our Puppy Head Start program. Puppies 4 months of age and up can start in Grade 1.
My dog is not a puppy. Where should I start?
We always have adult dogs in Grade 1! We recommend classes based on skill level, not age. If you need to build some foundation skills on an older, friendly dog, check out our Grade 1 program.
Do you offer private lessons?
Yes - we offer private lessons for individuals who require a personalized training program. All private lessons are conducted at our facility in Flamborough. We do not go into people’s homes.
How often do classes start?
Classes start every month! Check out our schedules for exact dates and times.
How many dogs are in classes?
This depends on the availability of instructors. We have a ratio of one instructor for every 4 dogs in class. The bigger the class, the more instructors there are to help out.
Can I come and watch classes?
We love to have spectators, anytime! Please leave your dog at home and come by for a visit! Watch a class and get a tour of our amazing facility.
Do you offer a guarantee?
We have a money back offer. Sign up for classes risk free. If you are not happy for any reason, call us within 48 hours after your first lesson for a full refund.
Can I bring my family to watch?
Absolutely! We highly recommend everyone in the family attend classes. They can sit in the training hall to watch and learn so that they can join in the training at home.
How many hours of training is Grade 1?
Grade 1 is 14 hours of instruction spread out over 9 weeks.
Is there a training manual?
All classes in the family dog program (Puppy Head Start, Grade 1, 2 & 3) include a full comprehensive training manual that compliments the in-class lessons.