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**UPDATED AUGUST 31, 2021: PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE CURRENTLY OFFERING IN-PERSON CLASSES IN COMPLIANCE WITH COVID-19 GUIDELINES. ALL CLASS PARTICIPANTS MUST SHOW PROOF OF COVID-19 DOUBLE VACCINATION AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS.**

Check back often for new courses and offerings.

Puppy and Dog Classes

Note: The WHS follows puppy socialization protocol from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. Read its position statement on puppy socialization here.

Puppy Manners

The first step in raising a well-mannered, educated dog is puppy socialization. This class gives young dogs a chance to socialize and learn good behaviour at a critical time in their lives.

Pups will spend off-leash time playing with other puppies while learning how to behave with other dogs. You’ll help your puppy develop important skills such as listening during distractions, inhibiting play-bites, and feeling comfortable when humans handle their food, teeth and bodies. This class is for puppies up to 4 months old at the start of classes.

Classes are approximately 60 minutes in length, run for 6 continual weeks, and are held in the Joyce Gauthier Training Centre.

Want to get the most out of your puppy socialization class? Read this important information.

Note: Puppies are required to have had their first round of vaccinations and can attend class 8 days after that. In addition they will need Bordetella, which is not a core vaccination.

Fee: $135

$25 cancellation fee. Sorry, no refunds if cancellation occurs two weeks or less before classes start.

Schedule:
Saturdays: November 27th – January 15th9:00 – 10:00am (No classes December 25th and January 1st) (full)
Sundays: November 28th – January  16th, 11:00 – 12:00pm (No classes December 26th and January 2nd)

 


Puppy Play Group

Puppy Play Group is the perfect opportunity for extra socialization for your puppy in a safe, supervised, and clean environment. Giving lots of opportunities for your puppy to socialize with other dogs and people is critical at this age and it is the most important thing you can do to ensure your puppy grows up friendly and well-adjusted.

Off-leash play with other puppies is one of the best ways to help your puppy learn and practice effective dog-to-dog communication, which serves them well later in life! Knowledgeable staff and volunteers will monitor the playgroups and Behaviour staff will be available to answer questions you may have about your new puppy.

Puppy Playgroups are for puppies for 20 weeks and under.

Classes are held in the Joyce Gauthier Centre and run for 30 minutes.

Note: Puppies are required to have had their first round of vaccinations a minimum of 8 days before attending puppy socials. In addition, they will need Bordetella, which is not a core vaccination. **Proof of vaccination must be provided at the start of the Puppy Play Group.**

Fee: $10/session
Saturdays: (Ongoing) 1:00-1:30pm
Thursdays: (Ongoing) 6:15-6:45pm (No Play Group Session November 11th)


Family Dog I

Does your Canine companion need some basic manners training? Do you feel like you and your dog are speaking different languages? This is the class for you. Training dogs is all about communication and communication is a two way street. Dogs will act like dogs until we teach them what we expect to be a good family member. We work on the basics in this class: sit, down, stay, come, polite greetings, leash manners, go to mat, and leave it. The first class is for humans only — no dogs!

Fee: $135
Class length: 6 weeks
Note:
We do require that dogs attending classes are up to date on their Rabies, Parvo-Distemper, and Bordetella vaccinations. Proof of vaccinations is required.

$25 cancellation fee. Sorry, no refunds if cancellation occurs two weeks or less before classes start.

Schedule:
Wednesdays: December 1st to January 19th, 7:45 – 8:45 pm (No classes December 29th and January 5th) (full)

Sessions are updated on the website periodically. Please call 204-988-8808 if you have difficulty booking a class.


Family Dog II: The Sequel

Are you looking to spend some quality time with your dog? Are you looking for more enriching activities to help you enhance the skills you already learnt through basic manners or obedience class? This class introduces you to a variety of fun games and enrichment activities that you can do with your dog! To get the most from this class, we recommend that you and your dog have completed a basic manner or behaviour class such as our Family Dog. Please call us at 204-988-8808 to discuss whether this is the right class for you and your dog!

Fee: $135
Class length: 6 weeks
Note: We do require that dogs attending classes are up to date on their Rabies, Parvo-Distemper, and Bordetella vaccinations. Proof of vaccinations is required.

$25 cancellation fee. Sorry, no refunds if cancellation occurs two weeks or less before classes start.

TBD


Novice Tricks

Ever wished your dog could bring you a cold beverage from the fridge or be the entertainment that perks up a dull party?  If so, we have the class for you!  Our tricks class will teach you how to train the flashiest trick that you can show off to all your friends and relatives. Tricks taught in class are at the novice level using positive reinforcement, making it perfect for all activity levels and family members. We will even throw in a few intermediate/advance tricks to keep everyone on their toes!

At the end of the session, you will earn a fancy Novice Tricks Title that you can show off to all your friends!

Classes are 60 minutes in length, run for 6 continual weeks, and are held in the Joyce Gauthier Training Centre.

Fee: $140

Note: We do require that dogs attending class are up to date on their Rabies, Parvo-Distemper, and Bordetella vaccinations.  Proof of vaccinations is required.

$25 cancellation fee.  Sorry, no refunds if cancellation occurs two weeks or less before classes start.

Schedule:
TBD


Reactive Rover I

Do you walk your dog at odd hours because your dog barks and lunges when he sees another dog? A dog’s overreaction while on a leash is a common problem and traditional approaches using corrections and punishment only make it worse. Let us help you and your dog enjoy your walks together using proven dog and human friendly methods. Special equipment may be required, for example head harness and/or body harness. The first class is for humans only — no dogs!

Fee: $200
Class length: 6 weeks
Note:
We do require that dogs attending classes are up to date on theirRabies, Parvo-Distemper, and Bordetella vaccinations. Proof of vaccinations is required.

$25 cancellation fee. Sorry, no refunds if cancellation occurs two weeks or less before classes start.

Schedule:
TBD


Reactive Rover II

This class if for dogs and handlers that have completed at least one Reactive Rover I 6-week course. This class provides opportunities for Reactive Rover I graduates to practice the skills mastered during the Reactive Rover II class. The class is a drop in, $25 per single class.

Fee: $25
Class length: Drop In
Note: We do require that dogs attending classes are up to date on their Rabies, Parvo-Distemper, and Bordetella vaccinations. Proof of vaccinations is required.

Schedule:
TBD


Loose Leash Walking

Does your dog constantly pull on walks? This class may be for you! In this 4-week course, you will learn a variety of exercises and strategies that can be utilized to teach good leash manners. Walking your pet should be enjoyable and this class can help that happen. To get the most from this class, we recommend that you and your dog have completed a basic manners or obedience class, but it is not required. The first class is for humans only — no dogs!

Note: This class is not intended for reactive dogs; if you are struggling with a reactive dog then our Reactive Rover classes may be more suited for you.

Fee: $100
Class length: 4 weeks
Note: We do require that dogs attending classes are up to date on their Rabies, Parvo-Distemper, and Bordetella vaccinations. Proof of vaccinations is required.
$25 cancellation fee. Sorry, no refunds if cancellation occurs two weeks or less before classes start.

Schedule:
Fridays: November 19th to December 10th, 4:00 – 4:45pm
Fridays: November 26th to December 17th, 6:15 – 7:00pm