Specialty Classes

 

Our specialty classes offer curricula quite unlike any other – Toronto's only reactive dog class, the first of its kind "Fear Free Handling" class, "Control Unleashed" - a program that builds focus and attention in high distraction environments, and scent detection classes. We have created specialty classes to meet the growing needs of Toronto’s dogs and we always set you and your dog up for success!

Specialty dog training classes in Toronto

Fear Free Handling

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One of our favourite classes! We love preparing dogs for the Vet and Groomer because it means our colleagues will be safe when handling our clients' dogs. 

If your dog is resistant to restraint, cranky with clippers, bonkers over brushing, or flat out stressed when it comes to vet visits or grooming sessions, this class is for you. 

Using the same techniques used in zoos, we will help your dog become a willing participant in their own care. It doesn't have to be stressful or dangerous - let's make it a game! 

Tuition includes:

  • A detailed handbook (value $35) 
  • Tool props (stethoscope, otoscope, etc) (value $40)
  • Daily support between lessons via a private Facebook group for feedback, accountability and video homework review 
  • Certificate of completion

Requirements: Dogs must be friendly toward dogs and people. Any bite history relating to handling or otherwise must be disclosed at time of registration. 

 

$TBD

6 classes in 6 consecutive weeks

Next course starts: Sun Jul 16 @ 12:00pm

This class is being taught in collaboration with Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Registered Veterinary Technician, Andria Gordon. Both instructors are Fear Free Certified Professionals


Scent Skills

Nosework dog training classes in Toronto

A dog's sense of smell is about one thousand times more sensitive than ours. We use a dog's keen sense of smell in many ways from Search and Rescue missions to detecting narcotics, bed bugs or diseases. In our Scent Skills program, we develop your dog's scenting skills to search and locate a target scent. These exercises burn off mental and physical energy, and reinforce the human-animal bond.  

If you wish to prepare your dog for Sport Detection Trials, a Canadian dog sport where the dog locates an essential oil scent within a search area, we will use specific essential oils. At the end of the Scent Skills classes, the teams have the opportunity to participate in a Designated Odour Test (DOT).  

Tuition includes:

  • A detailed handbook (value $35) 
  • Certificate of completion

Prerequisites: Basic level program (subject to assessment), handlers must be clicker-savvy. Recovering reactive dogs must be approved by our office in advance.

 

$300+HST

6 classes in 6 consecutive weeks

Next course starts: TBA - this class is temporarily unavailable