We have a wide range of classes in our line up that are carefully selected to complement your training goals.
If you aren't sure what would be right for you and your dog, please contact us!
Canine Good Neighbour
Dr. Carla Simon
Interested in training your dog to be a therapy dog for an organization like PALS? Want to learn how to start training an Owner Trained Service Dog? Or maybe you just want a well-behaved pet, that even your neighbours enjoy? Teaching your dog the skills required to pass the Canine Good Neighbour Test is the first step.
Our CGN classes will help prepare you for the CGN test, which evaluates a dog’s basic manners and obedience training. To receive your certificate requires a pass in ALL of these 12 skills/steps:
Accepting a Friendly Stranger – without jumping or barking
Politely Accepts Petting – while in a sit or down position
Appearance and Grooming – accepting brushing and demonstrating comfort when handled by a strange is helpful in many situations, like vet visits
Out for a Walk – politely walks on a loose leash
Walking Through a Crowd – loose leash walking around several people, which may include children
Sit/Down and Stay in Place
Come When Called – reliable recall in a distracting environment
Praise/Interaction – demonstrates the ability to settle down after enthusiastic play
Reaction to Passing Dog – demonstrating the ability to ignore the distraction of a friendly dog
Reaction to Distractions – tests comfort around everyday distractions such as a person with a cane or the sound of a vacuum cleaner
Supervised Isolation – dog must remain quiet and demonstrate comfort without jumping up when the owner is out of sight for 3 minutes
Walking Through a Door / Gate – shows that the dog won’t bolt ahead of the handler.
Your Instructor is Dr. Carla Simon, BSc, MD, MBA, who is a CGN evaluator. Carla has been a CKC member for 23 years, a former behavior assessor for the Calgary Humane Society, and organized Alberta’s first CGN test in 2002. She’s a professional sniffer dog trainer, whose dogs regularly demonstrate all of the CGN skills at work, including bed bug deployments in diverse environments. Carla has taught thousands of students around the world and is passionate about making evidence-based dog training both motivational and effective.
Please note that CGN classes will help prepare you to pass the CGN test but does not include the test. Watch for upcoming CGN test dates, as they are approved, on the Canadian Kennel Club website. While some service organizations require proof that the dog passed its CGN test, passing the test does not automatically mean the dog will qualify as a service dog or a therapy dog. Depending on your previous relationship with your dog and how much sustained effort you put into your homework, some teams may need to take the class or the test more than once to pass.
The CGN test welcomes mixed-breed and purebred dogs over 6 months of age. Encouragement and praise may be used throughout testing. Multiple commands are allowed. But training aids including pinch collars, food and toys are prohibited, clickers, etc. will not be allowed.
Training these foundational obedience skills is fun, rewarding, and useful for working dogs, service dogs and well-mannered pets. It will help you to build a richer bond with your canine partner and enjoy the freedom that comes with a well-trained dog.
Service Dog Foundations
Dr. Carla Simon
Improve your service dog candidate’s obedience skills, with an emphasis on settle down and relax at your feet, leaving your dog in a stay while you go out of sight, and introducing mitigating tasks. This class assumes your dog already understands basic obedience skills like sit, down, recall and loose leash walking. Note: If you mainly want to work on loose leash walking, Canine Neighbour Classes are a better choice. Students may use training aids like harnesses, and head halters. Equipment: please bring high value rewards, and a comfortable dog bed or low platform (like a bath matt or Klimb table) for your dog to go to and relax.
Dr. Carla Simon
Whether you want to start training scent detection for fun, you’re competing in nosework at the Elite international level, or your training a dog for deployments (e.g. Search and Rescue), we’ll help you to succeed with our proven protocols.
Every dog can learn to find target odor.
We’ll explain what to do at every step so it’s easy. Your dog will learn:
To love finding target odor. Motivation is the key to all advanced skills!
Obedience to odor
To search systematically
To find the precise location of source (the highest concentration of odor), within 2-6 inches
To move their nose as close to source as possible
To stay at source and receive multiple high value rewards, until cued to leave.
No previous experience is required. There are no prerequisites for this course. We start our puppies as young as 5 weeks, using motivation and games so every dog can succeed. Dogs of all ages can learn as long as they are motivated by food or toy rewards.
Our Beginner Scent Detection classes will prepare you to:
Pass an odor recognition test e.g. ORT, DOT, container search or lineup
Confidently search and find source (the precise location of a target odor)
Our protocols consistently prevent common undesirable behaviors that cause failures in advanced searches, deployments and nosework competition.
Dr. Carla Simon
Wonder if your dog would be good at Search and Rescue?
Want to train your dog to follow the evidence left on the trail behind a tracklayer?
Train your dog for CKC/AKC tracking tests at Barrett Dog Sports
All levels of trackers enjoy this class. Your in-structor is Carla Simon, a professional sniffer dog trainer with CKC field and urban tracking titles. Her approach is so clear and fun, a 4 month-old puppy demonstrates: https://vimeo.com/659900432/bdef3639de
Agility - Intro and Level 2
To love your dog and develop a fun, working bond in a safe environment while learning basic agility foundations which can be built upon.
Students will lean various agility equipment and the basic skills necessary to navigate small sequences, as well as building confidence in the dogs with a new environment & a new task.
*students to bring crates as needed, martingale style collar with flat leash preferred & your dogs favourite motivater (treats, toys, etc)
An intro to agility for puppies ages 6 months to 1 year. Come build your puppy's confidence while learning the basic skills, coordination and foundations to move into an agility class once your puppy is older! All of our activities have been designed to be low impact as to avoid any disturbance to developing skeletal structures. All puppies must have been through a regular puppy class prior to attending. You will need to bring a flat collar and leash, a favourite toy and lots of tiny treats. We are very excited to offer this and can't wait to see you!!
Lvl 1 Obedience "Street Smarts"
"Street Smarts" Level 1 Obedience is a foundation obedience class for dogs a year of age and up. In this class you will learn how to work with your dog through everyday life - using skills and building distraction training to make the basics like sit, down, wait, loose leash walking, heel, come etc easier to implement in real life. We will also discuss good leadership and work towards making you the focal point you need to be to help avoid distractions in the real world. This is a fun class and a recommended foundation for further training.
This is a drop in conformation handling class perfect for honing ones ring skills. You are welcome to bring one dog or switch dogs through out the night. We will we jump right into the working function of your 2.5 minutes of fame, but if you are new or needing a bit more assistance with the how to enter, count points etc. we will tackle that as well! Each session will be tailored specifically to those attending as to optimize the time spent on the individuals' specific needs.
The first few months of your puppy’s life is a critical time for socialization in a safe environment. Proper socialization will help prevent behaviour concerns in the future. We offer safe, indoor puppy classes for puppies age 8-24 weeks old. Your puppy will benefit from: exposure to new experiences, surfaces, sounds and objects. We also introduce the puppies to basic manners including sit, down, leash skills and recall; games you can play with them at home and any puppy troubleshooting requirements the class may have. Each class changes a little - we always include the basic curriculum but the needs of those attending will shape things in different ways. Give your puppy a great foundation before moving onto more classes.
Level 2 Obedience
Have you completed a Level 1 Street Smarts class and want to go a bit further? This is for you! This class is only offered in the warmer months as we will be taking what we have already learnt and ramping it up outside! Distractions, distance and team work will be the goal of this class. You will be required to bring your dog, a flat 6 foot leash and a stash of tiny tasty treats. Dress for the weather as remember, we will be outside! We would also recommend bringing a favourite toy, a bowl and some water, poop bags and a "long line". A long line can be purchased in many pet stores, online or built using some rope and quick attachments from the hardware store.
Here are a few links to some online options:
Come on out for our Brain Teaser Class! This 6 week course is a mash up of scent; search; balance; body awareness; games; tricks and more! The goal of this session is to give you and your dog some brain stimulation and get you working on fun tasks as a team all while partaking in activities that allow you to tire your k9 out in a less physical way! This class is great for dogs of all ages and all abilities and is extra fun when the weather keeps us locked up more than usual!
Are you the proud owner of a "tweens dog"? These guys are in the 6–12-month window where they are passed a puppy class but not quite ready for real structured obedience. This class is based on engagement, how do you become the most exciting thing in your dog's life? How do you stand out to them and become a real team? In this class we play games; discuss safety; build in some "switches" and cover some tricks that will help you to not only be the main focus in your dog's life - but give you something more fun to do than just sit and down.
Are you wanting to try Chase Ability, Sprinters or Lure Coursing but aren't really sure how to get your dog interested in chasing the white plastic bag? If that's the case - come on down! This class is NOT for the speedy dogs who already run, we are indoors and don't have the room for a real "practice" - it is a structured 1/2 hour session that will run for 6 weeks and help you get your dog interested in the bag so you don't have to run with them!!
Intro To Flyball
Flyball is a relay race in which two, 4-dog teams compete against each other: Dogs race, in Relay style, over a series of four hurdles, trigger and catch a ball, and return with the ball over the hurdles and across the finish line. This is a high-energy and very fun dog sport.
In this 6 week class you and your dog will learn:
The fundamentals of flyball
introduction to the equipment (jumps, flyball box, training props) some really fun motivational games to build that relationship and strong bond between you and your dog.
All breeds welcome! Ball obsessed and high energy dogs especially love this game.
Rally Obedience can be described as obedience exercises performed in a sequence format, with the emphasis on an upbeat relationship between handler and dog. It is made up of a compilation of many of the traditional obedience exercises, including heeling, sit, down, stand, and stay. Rally is a terrific sport to use to build a working relationship between dog and handler that will serve as a foundation for everyday life skills, other human-dog team sports such as agility and any type of dog assisted therapy programs.