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VIRTUAL Life Skills – All Ages

Dog training in the age of Social Distancing…
it CAN be done!

The COVID-19 pandemic has closed down our in-person classes, but we can achieve the same great results with the wonders of modern technology!

Virtual Life Skills is an all-ages manners and obedience program, appropriate for puppies and adult dogs alike.

Who says learning can’t happen on the couch?

We will cover topics such as:

  • Come when called
  • Settle and stay on a mat
  • Polite leash walking
  • Dealing with distractions
  • Polite greetings with people
  • Prevent running out the front door
  • Impulse control around food
  • Preventing “Counter surfing”
  • And more!

How Does Virtual Training Work?

Using a video conferencing program called ZOOM, we will meet in our “virtual classroom” at the designated start time.

Just like a regular training class, your instructor will introduce and demonstrate exercises, and you will work with your dog on each skill. ZOOM allows you to receive personal feedback in real time, and have questions about each exercise answered on the spot!

To join a virtual class, all you need to do is click the link that is sent to you by email. Easy as that!

Technology requirements are:

Read the FAQ for more important details, including what to have ready for class!

What are the Perks?

In addition to learning and feedback in the live ZOOM class sessions, this program also includes the following perks:

  • Free Orientation Webinar to watch before class starts
  • Become a member of a private Facebook group to receive instructor feedback on your videos of class exercises between ZOOM sessions
  • Receive a Program Manual including all the exercises introduced in class
  • If you miss a class, simply watch the recording of the session!
  • PUPPY BONUS: Puppies under 6mo receive FREE access to the Smart Socialization Webinar AND Puppy Socialization Manual!

Flexible Start Date

You can start class any time space is available! No need to wait for a new session. All you need to do is:

  1. Choose your start date with the office
  2. Submit full registration and payment within 24hrs to confirm your start date
  3. Attend 6 consecutive weeks of virtual training classes

Contact the office to find out the next available start date!

Register Here!

This program will launch SOON! Join our mailing list for an alert.

  • Wednesday 6-7pm
  • Saturday 10am-11am
  • * Additional classes may be added with demand!

Join class ANY TIME and attend 6 consecutive classes to complete your program. Access your program manual, webinar(s) and Facebook group any time.

Let’s get started…

  1. Read the FAQ before registration. Questions are welcomed any time!
  2. Submit registration below by clicking on the bold date (NOTE: the below date does not represent your start date)
  3. We’ll be in touch shortly with instructions!

This program will launch SOON! Join our mailing list for an alert.

Brain Training Series

All too often, “training the dog” is about dealing with the habits we don’t like. Isn’t it time to train for fun, for enrichment, and for relationship?

The Brain Training Series focuses on increasing your dog’s receptivity to you and capacity to learn in order to work through various stages of difficulty and complexity of FUN tricks and behaviours.

How it Works

The Series has five programs you can choose from, outlined below. In each program, we will introduce a Base Behaviour that we will then turn into a wide variety of tricks. Each program will also include an assortment of other tricks to add variety to the central theme.

These programs can be taken in any order, and you can also attend one program multiple times to learn additional new tricks! Check the bottom of this page to see which program is on the schedule next!

You will need to acquire your own props for some of these tricks, some props will be available to borrow for use during class time. Prop requirement will be reviewed in class.

“Boot-Scootin’ Back-up Challenge”
Base Behaviour: Back up to step on an object
Example of tricks: long distance reverse, karate kick, backward circle around you, weave through your legs backward, half-hand stand, and more…

“Snoot-Boop Challenge”
Base Behaviour: Nose touch to object
Example of tricks: close a cupboard, target stick, ring a bell, bowling, unroll a carpet, volley ball, put on your harness, and more…

“Snoot-Push Challenge”
Base Behaviour: Nose push (freeze in position)
Example of tricks: blowing bubbles in water, kiss like a seal, puppy dog eyes, finger-moustache, show your front teeth, “The Snoot Challenge”, and more…

“Hold My Beer Challenge”
Base Behaviour: Hold an object
Example of tricks: hold a sign, hold a flag, put your toys away, dunk a basket ball, throw out the garbage, get me a tissue, open the door/close the crate, and more…

“Stompin’ Paws Challenge”
Base Behaviour: Stand on object with front feet
Example of tricks: Feet up on a stool/chair, balance on a ball, press a button/door bell, file your own nails, skateboard, step up on your feet and walk with you, and more…

Additional Tricks
Each class will include an assortment of tricks in addition to the theme of the Base Behaviour. This includes ticks such as: stop punching yourself (dog paws at her face), stand under you, crawl, sit pretty, circle around you, yoga stretch, leg weave (stationary and walking), spin, twist, play dead, and more…

Pre-Requisites

  • Dogs must be up-to-date on all vaccines as recommended by your veterinarian
  • Completion of a foundation program at Scratch and Sniff Canine Services OR an equivalent from another school (note: see important prerequisites, below)
  • Owners who have not trained at Scratch and Sniff Canine Services previously will be required to view the Orientation Webinar session prior to class, and possibly attend a free assessment
  • Prerequisite training skills (taught with positive reinforcement/clicker):
    • Hand target (touch)
    • Basic skills in recall, sit, leash walking, leave it/’doggy zen’
  • Refunds and credit are not available for Specialty Classes.

Schedule

Boot-Scootin’ Back-up Challenge
$275+HST
Starting Wednesday March 4 2020, 8:30-9:30pm

Make up classes: Make-up sessions are offered at a discounted rate of $30/half hour and must be completed the same week as the class that is missed (subject to private session policy) – this is required only for the first half of the program and optional for the second half. This is to ensure that the class runs smoothly for all students.

Class will not be cancelled for routine winter weather or typical snowfall – students will be alerted if poor weather results in cancellation.

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