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PET STORE & GROOMING SALON & DOG TRAINING FACILITY

​            296 BROCK ST E, THUNDER BAY ONTARIO  P7E 4H4

Class Descriptions


PUPPY PLAY & LEARN
This puppy class is designed to take advantage of a puppy’s primary and most important window of socialization which is during the first three months of life. The goal of this class is to teach you how you can provide a safe and organized means of introducing your puppy to a variety of socialization experiences while teaching your puppy to follow simples cues such as sit, down, come, and give.
Prerequisite: Puppies must be no older than 12 weeks old/ no younger that 8 weeks of age and have their required vaccinations.


PUPPY KINDEGARTEN

This class is designed to help your new puppy fit in with its new family. The sooner you start your training, the less chance problems will develop. Puppies must be at least 10 weeks old  and have had at least 2 sets of puppy shots that include the “Parvo” vaccination. Owners will learn how to mark and reward desirable behavior, gain effective leadership and build a relationship with their new family members. Through several games and 'play', and positive reinforcement our team will help you to achieve your goals.
The class will cover play time, obedience, puppy health and diet, socialization, focus/ attention, name response, loose lead walking, lay down, targeting (for re-call), behavior generalization, sit stay & down stay, doggie zen (aka leave it), re-call exercises, basic grooming, toys, chews, housebreaking, sleeping places, equipment, playing tug & drop it and much more.
Obedience exercises taught help address common “nuisance” behaviours like pulling on leash or jumping up on house guests, and also condition calmness, stillness, and impulse control.
*** Your dog must be 10 weeks of age to attend this class and have their required vaccinations.

The class will cover obedience, puppy health and diet, socialization, basic grooming, toys, chews, housebreaking, sleeping places, equipment, and much more.
It is slightly more advanced than Puppy Kindegarten


PUPPY GRADUATE

Puppy Graduate builds on the skills learned in Puppy Kindergarten and develops new skills including loose leash walking, handler focus, recalls, object targeting, and self control games. Dogs will be exposed to scaled-down agility equipment, a variety of surfaces, and lowered full-sized agility contacts. 

The focus is on continuing to develop the relationship between the handler and the puppy using positive reinforcement and fun challenging play.

This class helps puppies with socialization skills, obedience skills, flexibility and body awareness. Puppies will get a chance to learn teamwork and build confidence through positive reinforcement.  Included in the curriculum are sit and stay exercises and leadership tips for handlers all in a fun-filled practice environment.
**Prerequisite: Puppy Kindegarten**


BUILDING THAT BOND
Learn how to build a successful relationship through focus & drive. This course will give you the tools needed to achieve your goals from the bottom up.
Your future goals, no matter what they are, will benefit greatly from  this exciting and inspiring class.
It gives dogs and their owners a chance to experience some of the basic aspects of agility, and a chance to find out if they are interested in pursuing this exciting new dog sport with their canine partners. Our Building Bond class is a great class to get you going with Performance Foundations.
The sooner you start your training, the less chance problems will develop. Owners will learn how to mark and reward desirable behavior, gain effective leadership and build a relationship with their family members. Through several games and 'play', and positive reinforcement our team will help you to achieve your goals.
Prerequisite: Please contact us to see if you are ready for this class.


RESCUE DOG RE-START
This class has been developed for those that have acquired a rescue or an older puppy/ dog that requires extra attention or for dogs that require some re-training. It is open to accommodate all ages. It is a good class for reinforcing previous training, or for the occasional “tune up” to keep you and your dog in good mental shape. Our team knows that every dog is unique and grows at their own rate so they will tailor the class to fit each dog. Your dog will be introduced to distractions and a more advanced level of training.​ We will be working on creating a bond between dog & owner to ensure a rewarding outcome and a future full of success.​



PERFECT PET 1
Perfect Pet 1 is designed for those that wish to have that 'well behaved pet.' We teach the dog owner how to better communicate and create a life long bond with their canine friend. Through positive training methods, we try to find the best way to create a happy and confident dog who understands what is expected of him in real life situations. Our program builds on a week by week basis to teach the necessary skills to accomplish these important goals.
There will also be discussions of general problem solving. If you took a puppy class from us this will be a continuation and reinforcement of those skills.
Prerequisite: Puppy Kindegarten or Puppy Graduate


PERFECT PET 2
You will learn how to become an effective leader by rewarding good behavior through positive reinforcement and gaining the respect of your pet. A positive relationship/ bond between handler and dog is a key element of this class. This class is a continuation of Perfect Pet 1. It is a good class for reinforcing previous training, or for the occasional “tune up” to keep you and your dog in good mental shape. Our team knows that every dog is unique and grows at their own rate so they will tailor the class to fit each dog. Your dog will be introduced to distractions and a more advanced level of training.
This class covers all the basic obedience commands necessary for our other training courses. We emphasize the importance of positive reinforcement and continue to cover reliable recalls, loose lead walking, stays and manners while learning the Sit, Down, Heel On Leash, Come When Called, Emergency Drop, and other important life issues.
Prerequisite: Perfect Pet 1


PERFECT PET 3
This is a level up from Perfect Pet 2


THERAPY DOG 101/ 102/ 103
You will be working on more advanced obedience training. Throughout the levels, you will be learning how to make FIDO be a great therapy dog or this is a stepping stone for him/ her becoming a service dog. Do you want a dog that loves to be with you, enjoys being taught new things and that is just a joy to be around, then this is the class for you.  We'll be working on continuing to build that bond through individual and group exercises. You'll be taught a couple of key elements that can be used as a stepping stone. The majority of the exercises will reinforce your recall but most importantly build that special bond with a dog that will be welcomed anywhere! By the time you are in Level 3, we will be working on the key areas needed in attaining your Canine Good Neighbor certification. We will also be covering all aspects of the test and helping you to achieve success by working on the key components of what is required for certification of the CGN and what makes your dog a valuable & trusted Therapy Dog.
Prerequisite: Perfect Pet 2 or call the store to see if you are ready for these classes


RELIABLE RE-CALL
This is a high energy class that's focus is just that..."FOCUS!" Teaching your dog to come when called and to do so in a swift and efficient manner. We will be working to have your dogs WANTING to listen to you by building a great bond with them!
Although we will be working on focus & obedience, this class is all about building a relationship between you and your dog and we will be doing several different re-call exercises!
Prerequisite: Perfect Pet 1


CROSS OVER TRAINING
This a great chance to dabble in a little agility, a little Rally and a little obedience without all the formality.  It will build confidence in your dog, help with self control, and build two way trust and communication.  Having the start of a stay, the ability to heel a bit or loose leash walk and maintain a bit of attention together with some success in recalls will be required. A playful attitude is a must!



DETECTOR DOG
This class focuses on games to introduce scent exercises!

Your dog will learn how to use what he was born to use! His nose! 


AGILITY FOUNDATIONS
This class is designed for young dogs and their owners.  It provides a safe and controlled introduction to the fundamentals of agility. 
Prerequisites: Perfect Pet or Building that Bond


AGILITY NOVICE
This is a level up from our "agility foundations' class. Handlers and dogs will be further exposed to more advanced equipment such as weaves, tunnels, A-frames, dog walks, tire jumps, and a pause table. We will teach you the importance of safety around the equipment and correct techniques. We will also begin instructing you on the importance of distance, speed and accuracy.



AGILITY INTERMEDIATE

This is the third level of our agility program. More intense moves and control will be worked on. This class will prepare you for trials etc.


AGILITY ADVANCED
A level up from 'intermediate' agility.


AGILITY-ADVANCED COURSEWORK
For the advanced enthusiasts. This is a competition level class.
*** You must be at competition level to enroll in this class.


RALLY OBEDIECE
This class will introduce you to the world of Rally! We will be concentrating on learning novice signs in a unique and easy manner. This is the perfect class for anyone that is starting in Rally or anyone that wants to hone their skills. If you are looking for a great class to help you achieve that "X" in your Grand Champion title, then this is the class for you!
*** It is recommended that you have attended the Perfect Pet series before enrolling in this class.


RALLY OBEDIENCE 2

This class is a level up from Beginners Rally.
*** It is recommended that you complete Beginners before enrolling in this class.


RALLY OBEDIENCE ADVANCED
We will be concentrating on more advanced signs in a unique and easy manner.
*** It is recommended that you have completed Level 2 before enrolling.


TRIAL READY RALLY (CKC)
This class is for teams at any level that want to work full courses.  This is not only run through's but instruction as well.  Through courses and independent work we will improve station performance, learn rules and regulations for trialing and learn tips and tricks for the ring.  This class will be fun and motivational, so bring treats and toys.

Rally Obedience is a fun sport that is really obedience with a twist of agility! Rally provides a fun, fast paced way to work your dog through stays, heeling, various turns, stands, recalls (come when called), finishes and exercises such as jumping, sidesteps and a moving drop.

It is a great way to work on focus and control around other dogs and build your dog up to a more advanced level obedience but in a more natural manner than formal obedience. You can talk to your dog as you work. I find Rally is a great way to build a working bond with your dog and the exercises are quite practical in real life as we all have encounter situations with our dogs where we need them to do a 360 degree turn on a walk perhaps to avoid something or come to us or switch sides when walking or move into heel position.

The dog and handler work as a team navigating through a course with numbered signs. Each sign indicates an exercise to perform ranging from sit and stay, come when called then swinging into heel position, dropping into a down in heel position to turning a 360 degree circle to turning a sepentine or figure 8 to asking your dog to go over a jump or drop on a hand signal.
Rally Obedience is open to all dogs - mixed and purebreds.


REACTIVE DOG CLASS
This class is designed to help your new dog fit into your family. Whether your dog is young or older, Owners will learn how to mark & reward desirable behaviors, gain effective leadership and build a long lasting relationship with their dog. We will work with you to help stop the unwanted behaviors.

This class is a great tool for rescues or older dogs that require further training & guidance. It is also a great class for re-training or rebuilding the bond between you and your dog!


SHOW HANDLING
Whether you are looking to have mat time in a "class" setting or you want someone going over your dog ...this class is for you.
Becoming a winning team has to start somewhere and being a part of this class is just the place.


OPEN
Open Class Instructor – help handlers to use play as foundation for exercises such as heel off leash, retrieving on flat and over jump, drop on recall, stays out of sight, etc.
 These classes will assist with building the dog’s confidence, proper drive recognition, maintaining control while dealing with layered distractions.  Handler and dog will learn the tools for building mutual respect, while enhancing the dog’s desire to work in a distracting environment while maintaining and enthusiastic desire to work.
 The student will learn “to speak dog”!!!


UTILITY
Utility Class Instructor – help handlers to use proper foundation work learned from Trial Ready and Open classes to work as a team with their dogs in exercises such as scent discrimination, directed jumping, signal work, working away from handler while retaining focus, etc
These classes will assist with building the dog’s confidence, proper drive recognition, maintaining control while dealing with layered distractions.  Handler and dog will learn the tools for building mutual respect, while enhancing the dog’s desire to work in a distracting environment while maintaining and enthusiastic desire to work.
 The student will learn “to speak dog”!!!



TRICK CLASS
Teach your dog to Play Dead, Speak, Roll- Over, Shake hands, High 5 and every other pet trick you may have seen! Learning Pet Tricks with your dog is without a doubt a lot of fun! But besides the fun part there are endless benefits. Your dog(s) will become more confident and aware of every part of their bodies while You will learn how to take the time to enjoy the process of dog training. Your dog will be mentally and physically stimulated, it will get a very different satisfaction and enjoyment of its accomplishment at a level far beyond your basic Obedience Class and you will experience first hand the amazing level of animal and human commitment.



REACTIVE DOG CLASS

This class is designed to help you understand why your dog is reactive towards other dogs. We will be working on fixing these issues.

Prerequisite: A muzzle & training collar

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