aBOUT OUR CLASSES

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!

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Advanced Scent Detection

Advanced Scent Detection

Taught by:

Dr. Carla Simon

In this indoor group class you’ll learn how to search for scent in Interior, Exterior and Vehicle searches, including high hides (2-4 ft) and thresholds. (While there will be exterior and vehicle searches provided, if you prefer to stay indoors, that’s ok too.)

Practices and critiques will help build your confidence as a team. Watch Zahra’s Exterior Search at:

No cancellations/refunds, and class will proceed rain or shine. If public health measures change, class dates will be rescheduled. Watch students demonstrate at https://vimeo.com/huntersheart/blocking-and-barriers-proofing-advanced-scent-detection

Agility Level 2

Agility Level 2

Taught by:

Jenn Schielke

**Prerequisite: Level 1 Agility at any facility**

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 favorite motivator (treats, toys, etc)

Barn Hunt - Novice Course Prep

Barn Hunt - Novice Course Prep

Taught by:

Karen McLean

Barn Hunt is a relatively new and rapidly growing dog sport in which dogs search for and locate rats (gerbils in Alberta) hidden in straw bale mazes.  The sport replicates the traditional work of ratting terriers.  The sport is open to all breeds (from tiny to giant)  and mixed breeds .  Gerbils are safely secured in heavy-duty PVC tubes and are never harmed. In addition to locating rats, dogs must also navigate tunnels made of straw bales and climb at least one bale high.

This is structured a class aimed at helping you and your dog develop the skills needed to be successful in the sport.  Each week we will work on developing and strengthening key skills such as: building value for the rat, independent searching  systematic searching, developing a consistent and strong alert behaviour, recalls from a high value behaviour,  surrendering the tube on cue, climbing and tunnelling.  Handler skills include developing strong observational skills, learning to let the dog lead and understanding your dog’s reinforcement hierarchy.

Barn Hunt Foundations

Barn Hunt Foundations

Taught by:

Karen McLean

Barn Hunt is a relatively new and rapidly growing dog sport in which dogs search for and locate rats (gerbils in Alberta) hidden in straw bale mazes.  The sport replicates the traditional work of ratting terriers.  The sport is open to all breeds (from tiny to giant)  and mixed breeds .  Gerbils are safely secured in heavy-duty PVC tubes and are never harmed. In addition to locating rats, dogs must also navigate tunnels made of straw bales and climb at least one bale high.

This is structured a class aimed at helping you and your dog develop the skills needed to be successful in the sport.  Each week we will work on developing and strengthening key skills such as: building value for the rat, independent searching  systematic searching, developing a consistent and strong alert behaviour, recalls from a high value behaviour,  surrendering the tube on cue, climbing and tunnelling.  Handler skills include developing strong observational skills, learning to let the dog lead and understanding your dog’s reinforcement hierarchy.

Brain Teaser Time

Brain Teaser Time

Taught by:

Jennifer Council

Come on out for our Brain Teaser Class! This 4 week course is a mash up of scent; search; balance; body awareness; games and even painting! 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!

Canine Good Neighbour (CGN)

Canine Good Neighbour (CGN)

Taught by:

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.

DROP IN Conformation

DROP IN Conformation

Taught by:

Jennifer Council

This is a structured conformation handling class perfect for honing ones ring skills. You are welcome to bring one dog or switch dogs weekly/through out the night.  We will cover the basics if needed - how points work, what classes to enter, how to read a judging schedule, grooming, breed standard interpretation etc. - or we can jump right into the working function of your 2.5 minutes of fame! Each 6 week session will be tailored specifically to those attending as to optimize the time spent on the individuals' specific needs.

Find It! - Beginner Scent Detection

Find It! - Beginner Scent Detection

Taught by:

Dr. Carla Simon

Every dog can learn to find scent, and in just 6 classes your dog will recognize 6 new scents! We use 6 scents for scent detection competitions, or ask us about bringing your own scent (like teeth for search and rescue, your keys, or saliva for sniffer dogs to detect low blood sugar). Learn the secrets we use to motivate our professional detection dogs.

Your dog will learn:

To love finding target odor. Motivation is the key to all advanced skills!

How 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 like pawing and mouthing the scent.

Your instructor is Carla Simon, is a judge, and Alberta’s Sr. Representative on the CKC Scent Detection Council.

Watch Keata demonstrate at https://youtu.be/HxzBk1n6AJ4

Fit For Work

Fit For Work

Taught by:

Dr. Carla Simon

Our bootcamp style circuit training class will teach you help get your dog in shape for work/dogsports. You’ll learn low impact exercises to improve strength, balance, and functional fitness. Inspired by the PennVet Fit to Work program for dogs, it is not intended as a workout for the handlers. We start at a novice level and increase difficulty, as appropriate, so your dog maintains proper form to maximize the benefits. This class does not include sustained cardio like trotting or running. It is not appropriate for dogs with injuries, or veterans with rear leg weakness.
We rely on inexpensive equipment (like cinderblocks) placed in stations around the room, so you will be able to continue this workout at home, at minimal cost. When in doubt about whether your pup or dog can exercise safely, ask your vet or healthcare practitioner if your dog can exercise without limitations. Required equipment: lots of high value food rewards. Optional: mug full of peanut butter, frozen in your freezer (so your dog can lick the reward as long as they’re holding a position), and bring a perch or platform for pivots if you have one already.

Check out this demo video!

Focus For Dogsports

Focus For Dogsports

Taught by:

Dr. Carla Simon

Are you more interesting than the dirt or a gopher? Motivate your dog to want to work with you to improve performance in dogsports. Have fun playing together in a more rewarding, co-operative way so your dog focusses on you as a fully engaged partner, rather than scanning for environmental distractions. In this class, we’ll explore food play, toy play, naked play, games, and starting to proof distractions. Recommended equipment: 2-5 of your dog’s favorite toys and high value food rewards.

Intro To Agility

Intro To Agility

Taught by:

Jenn Schielke

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)

Intro To Barnhunt

Intro To Barnhunt

Taught by:

Karen McLean

Barn Hunt is a relatively new and rapidly growing dog sport in which dogs search for and locate rats (gerbils in Alberta) hidden in straw bale mazes.  The sport replicates the traditional work of ratting terriers.  The sport is open to all breeds (from tiny to giant)  and mixed breeds .  Gerbils are safely secured in heavy-duty PVC tubes and are never harmed. In addition to locating rats, dogs must also navigate tunnels made of straw bales and climb at least one bale high.

This is structured a class aimed at helping you and your dog develop the skills needed to be successful in the sport.  Each week we will work on developing and strengthening key skills such as: building value for the rat, independent searching  systematic searching, developing a consistent and strong alert behaviour, recalls from a high value behaviour,  surrendering the tube on cue, climbing and tunnelling.  Handler skills include developing strong observational skills, learning to let the dog lead and understanding your dog’s reinforcement hierarchy.

Intro To Flyball

Intro To Flyball

Taught by:

Megan Crane

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.

Lvl 1 Obedience "Street Smarts"

Lvl 1 Obedience "Street Smarts"

Taught by:

Jennifer Council

"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.

Lvl 2 Obedience

Lvl 2 Obedience

Taught by:

Jennifer Council

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:

https://www.amazon.ca/MayPaw-Training-Tracking-Outside-Backyard/dp/B07RGHMJNY

https://www.amazon.ca/HOMCA-Black-Extra-Training-Medium/dp/B07SXJN4LL

https://www.amazon.com/Hi-Kiss-100ft-200feet-Training/dp/B07Q2NWDL3?th=1

https://www.amazon.com.au/Mycicy-Training-Handle-Recall-Medium/dp/B07RJRR2L7

Here are some fun ways to make your own longline - for you craft types!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tla92F6MVWE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3qoTWS4XYY

Megan Crane's ADVANCED  Rally

Megan Crane's ADVANCED Rally

Taught by:

Megan Crane

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.

Megan Crane's BEGINNER  Rally

Megan Crane's BEGINNER Rally

Taught by:

Megan Crane

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.

Puppy Class

Puppy Class

Taught by:

Jennifer Council

The first 4 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 8-20 weeks old with proof of at least one vaccination. Your puppy will benefit from:

Exposure to new experiences, surfaces, sounds and objects.

Exposure to different people

Exercises to minimize stress during veterinary visits and grooming

An introduction to basic manners including sit, down, walk nicely on a leash and recall

Learn about house training chewing, jumping, crates and more!

Puppy Gymnastics

Puppy Gymnastics

Taught by:

Jenn Schielke

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!!

Redesign Your Recall

Redesign Your Recall

Taught by:

Jennifer Council

This is a one afternoon session - 4 hours of instruction on why your dog doesn't come when he is called; how to turn your recall into a game; finding your dogs focus when at a distance and ultimately giving you the tools to take your dogs recall to a level where you know you can call them and have the results you desire. There will be some breaks sprinkled in so pack a snack for you; lots little training treats for your dog - variety is fantastic; your dog's favourite toy; a flat 6 foot leash but longer is better if you have access to one.

Scent Detection Pretrial Preparation

Scent Detection Pretrial Preparation

Taught by:

Dr. Carla Simon

In this indoor group class you’ll improve your handling of more complex Interior, Exterior and Vehicle searches, to prepare you for competitions or deployments. Learn more about handling distractions, clear areas, distance and longer searches. Learn the secrets we use to motivate our professional detection dogs, to search even when no odor is present. (While there will be exterior and vehicle searches provided, if you prefer to stay indoors, that’s ok too.) This class is only suitable for advanced teams searching for odor. We provide 6 nosework scents. Ask us about bringing your own scent (like teeth for search and rescue, your keys, or saliva for sniffer dogs to detect low blood sugar). Watch Boo demonstrate at https://vimeo.com/282990333/44275c5477

Service Dog Foundations

Service Dog Foundations

Taught by:

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.

Show Me! Intermediate Scent Detection

Show Me! Intermediate Scent Detection

Taught by:

Dr. Carla Simon

Once your dog proficiently finds the source of target odor, our Intermediate Scent Classes will teach them to show you where scent is, using a Trained Final Response (aka indication behavior). We train the indication away from odor, using the dog’s favorite toy or a food stuffed ball. Our proven protocols harness natural prey drive, and create intense focus. This class is very popular for teams who haven't fully explored food play and toys, or don’t want to use food rewards in their training. Gradually we build drive and confidence, then teach the dog to ignore distractions around them e.g. handler motion, talking, etc. Prerequisite - our Beginner class, successful completion of Beginner scent detection title or equivalent experience. Watch Rickard demonstrate at  https://vimeo.com/huntersheart/backchainingscentdetectiontraining

Tracking

Tracking

Taught by:

Jennifer Council

Everyone knows dogs' noses are far superior to our own. This class will teach you how to help them use it and to lay out a track for them to follow. This is a great way to exercise the mind and a great team activity for the whole family! Because this is a more timely activity classes are 1.5 hours and will include for class sessions. You will need to bring treats that can be made quite small, lots of them! A body or tracking harness and flat leash preferably of longer length (12 ft), though if you cannot find one we can make a 6 foot leash work. This class is indoors for the first session and then outdoors following that so please be sure to dress appropriately. If mother nature is against us we will either reschedule or bring the class inside.

Tracking

Tracking

Taught by:

Dr. Carla Simon

Beginner-Intermediate level will start preparing you for CKC/AKC tracking tests and Search and Rescue (live finds). Motivational footsteps tracking relies on food rewards in every footstep (or toys where the dog strongly prefers). Depending on whether you do your homework, students have been able to start serpentines after a few weeks. ALL dogs must track on a buckle collar or tracking harness. We will set your dog up for success, but we will not use corrections to keep the dog on track. Once you get to the start of the track, pinch collars, e-collars, no-pull harnesses, and head halters are NOT appropriate on tracks because you want your tracking dog to pull ahead on leash, working independently. Every class is outdoors, and class will run as scheduled, rain or shine. Please dress you and your dog for the weather. We strongly recommend 15-49 ft longlines of biothane, but you may be able to start on a 6-foot leash. Please bring double the amount of high value food rewards you expect to use, and water for your dog. Highly visible, non-crumbling pieces are best. Optional: 2 cheap gloves or socks from the dollar store. 10 flags will be provided to get you started!

Click to watch a demonstration video.  

Trick Class

Trick Class

Taught by:

Jennifer Council

Want to come learn some tricks and do things maybe a little more fun than basic obedience?  Old or young, any dog can learn and there is no prerequisite, aside from a good attitude! We will explore very basic tricks to start and work our way up to more advanced things as each individual progresses. You will need to bring your dog on a leash and flat or martingale collar (no harnesses please); lots of tiny yummy treats; a favourite toy and be ready to enjoy yourself! We will also help you get your trick titles through Do More With Your Dog if that is your goal!

Tweens Class

Tweens Class

Taught by:

Jennifer Council

This class is specifically geared towards puppies that are a bit too old for puppy class, but not quite ready for a level 1 obedience. We will concentrate on focus and leadership to solidify your relationship and show you how to have fun while teaching your young dog. We will cover the basic commands and work them into some focus based games and drills; we will teach them a couple of tricks; show you how to teach where some behaviours are appropriate versus not; work on confidence, manners and troubleshoot any problems you may have had up to this point. This class is appropriate for dogs 6 months to 13 months of age.