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We ask that all clients use the training centre around the back doors only.

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 PREP SCHOOL

The first step in raising a well-mannered, educated dog is working on puppy manners and setting you and your puppy up with a good foundation. This class gives young dogs a chance to learn good behaviour at a critical time in their lives.

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. This class may appear on the scheduler as “Puppy Manners” when you go to book.

IMPORTANT NOTE – This class is not suitable for dogs who exhibit reactive or fearful behaviours. These behaviours could include, but are not limited to barking, growling, and lunging when seeing other dogs or people. If you are experiencing reactivity with your dog, please take a look at our Reactive Rover program!

Classes are approximately 60 minutes in length, run for 5 continual weeks, and are held in the Joyce Gauthier Training Centre.

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

Fee: $150

Class length: 5 weeks

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.

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

Registration for classes will close 5 days before classes begin, please email [email protected] for inquiries for classes that are about to start or to be put on a wait list for the next round of classes.

Schedule:

Sundays, starting June 2, 10:00am-11:00am with Hannah from Candor Canine Co.

June 2, June 9, June 16, June 23, SKIP JUNE 30, July 7

Mondays, starting June 3, 6:30pm-7:30pm with Hannah from Candor Canine Co.

June 3, June 10, June 17, June 24, SKIP JULY 1, July 8

 


PUPPY PLAYGROUP

Puppy Playgroup 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 45 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: $15/session

Schedule:

Saturdays
3:00pm-3:45pm

May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25

2:00pm-2:45pm

June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22


LEVEL ONE

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. This class may appear on the scheduler as “Family Dog 1” when you go to book.

IMPORTANT NOTE – This class is not suitable for dogs who exhibit reactive or fearful behaviours.  These behaviours could include, but are not limited to barking, growling, and lunging when seeing other dogs or people. If you are experiencing reactivity with your dog, please take a look at our Reactive Rover program!

Fee: $150

Class length: 5 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.

Registration for classes will close 5 days before classes begin, please email [email protected] for inquiries for classes that are about to start or to be put on a wait list for the next round of classes.

Schedule:

Sundays, starting June 2, 8:30am-9:30am with Hannah from Candor Canine Co.

June 2, June 9, June 16, June 23, SKIP JUNE 30, July 7

Mondays, starting June 3, 8:00pm-9:00pm with Hannah from Candor Canine Co.

June 3, June 10, June 17, June 24, SKIP JULY 1, July 8

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

 


LEVEL TWO

Previously known as “Family Dog 2: The Sequel”. Let’s get ready to up the ante!  Our Level Two program is here to increase criteria and generalize behaviours taught in our Level One program!

This progressive 5 week course is designed to help build upon engagement, leash skills, recall and more! To get the most out of this program, all participants must have successfully completed Level One, or an equivalent class at a reputable and certified force-free training facility.

IMPORTANT NOTE – This class is not suitable for dogs who exhibit reactive or fearful behaviours. These behaviours could include, but are not limited to barking, growling, and lunging when seeing other dogs or people. If you are experiencing reactivity with your dog, please refer to our Reactivity 101 program!

**IMPORTANT NOTE** Reactivity does not equal aggression and can be due to excitement or nervousness**

Also to note – Our system will put a hold on your card as soon as you register, when classes start you will see a reversal of that charge and then a new charge for that amount.

Fee: $150

Class length: 5 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.

Registration for classes will close 5 days before classes begin, please email [email protected] for inquiries for classes that are about to start or to be put on a wait list for the next round of classes.

Schedule:

Tuesdays, starting June 4, 6:30pm-7:30pm with Jamie from Candor Canine Co.

June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25, SKIP JULY 2, July 9

Sessions are updated on the website periodically. Please email [email protected] if you have difficulty booking a class.

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REACTIVITY 101

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. This class may appear on the scheduler as “Reactive Rover 1” when you go to book. The first class is for humans only — no dogs!

Fee: $200
Class length: 5 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.

Registration for classes will close 5 days before classes begin, please email [email protected] for inquiries for classes that are about to start or to be put on a wait list for the next round of classes.

Schedule:

Saturdays, starting June 1, 8:30am-9:30am with Hannah from Candor Canine Co.

June 1, June 8, June 15, June 24, SKIP JUNE 29, July 6

Saturdays, starting June 1, 10:00am-11:00am with Hannah from Candor Canine Co.

June 1, June 8, June 15, June 24, SKIP JUNE 29, July 6

Wednesdays, starting June 5, 6:30pm-7:30pm with Hannah from Candor Canine Co.

June 5, June 12, June 19, June 26, July 3

Wednesdays, starting June 5, 8:00pm-9:00pm with Hannah from Candor Canine Co.

June 5, June 12, June 19, June 26, July 3

Thursdays, starting June 6, 6:30pm-7:30pm with Hannah from Candor Canine Co.

June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27, July 4

Thursdays, starting June 6, 8:00pm-9:00pm with Hannah from Candor Canine Co.

June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27, July 4