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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.

Agility (And Then Some!)

Agility is a fantastic activity to build your dog’s confidence, teach her to look to you for direction, and simply have fun. And this program does just that!

Agility (And Then Some!) is geared towards owners having fun with their dogs. The equipment is modified to meet each dog’s skill level, confidence and physical ability, including younger and older dogs. There’s no need for you or your dog to be a top athlete to join class!

In addition to the usual agility obstacles, this program also includes additional exercises and creative obstacles added to each level to make this class so much more than a typical agility class!

Requirements and Prerequisites:

  • 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 if owners/dogs have a solid understanding of clicker training and prerequisite behaviours. (note: see important prerequisite behaviours, 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’
    • Must be able to work off leash behind barriers and pass other dogs on leash in a controlled manner – all obstacles are completed off leash.
  • Refunds and credit are not available for Specialty Classes.

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

Level One: Schedule

Starting Monday Feb 24 2020, 8:45pm-9:45pm

Level One: Book Your Spot!

Smart Socialization Puppy Seminar

“Socialization: That just means having friends over and going to the dog park, right…?”

Think again!

You’ve probably heard about socialization, but do you really know what that means? Often, “common knowledge” approaches to socialization can do more damage than they do good.  Proper socialization is like a ‘behavioural vaccine’ that can protect your puppy from developing a multitude of behaviour problems as an adult.

  • Did you know that this “window of socialization” closes at a very young age?
  • Do you know what are you doing now that might be putting your puppy at risk as an adult?
  • Are you missing critical pieces of the socialization puzzle?

Come learn about Socialization, what it is, what you need to do, and what you need to avoid.

Upcoming Dates:

No planned dates at this time

This is a “people-only” seminar

Are you interested in joining Puppy Socialization Class with your puppy? Click here for more info!