Our Puppy Preschool aims at the challenging aspects of rearing a puppy–because young pups can be a handful!
Many new guardians worry about training and obedience, but proper socializing for your new dog is most important at a young age. Puppy Preschool targets this most important development period, as a critical period to introduce your puppy to everything it will be exposed to in his life with you and your family. It is a key period to assert certain good manners and a calm demeanor in your pup. It is a short window of opportunity to properly socialize your dog that guarantees the avoidance of the many fear and anxiety-related disorders common in adult dogs who have not been properly introduced to other members of their species, people, places, or things.
Thankfully, we provide the arena for your pup to play, and for owners to learn about their pups play style and help to shape that into healthy play interactions.
Our trainers will coach you about the tricky balance of giving your demanding pup all she needs while maintaining your busy human lifestyle. If you’re interested in at home one-on-one instruction for your new pup, please head to our Private Classes page.
At K9 Leadership, students follow our Dog Leadership Training Program, by beginning at Level I, and working to Level 3 if desired. After graduating from Level 1 you may choose to move on to more advanced training programs such as Level II Intermediate Boot Camp and Level III Advanced Boot Camp. Other post graduate courses like tracking, followed by search and rescue are also available. Following is a basic break-down of our Dog Leadership Training Program:
Here we begin with the basics of leadership training which focuses on you, the leader, providing your dog with a new language, instilling security and a calm confidence in your communications with him. We educate you about the unique language of dogs, and how to read what your dog is saying. Level I is an indoor class on the North Shore.
In Level I we focus on real-world scenarios so that students may take their education out of the classroom and into their lives. Here of course, students are acquainted with the introduction to basic commands: sit, down, stand, wait, heel, recall, greeting (“go say hello”), this way, and behaviour modification techniques.
Course length is 6 weeks consisting of 6 evening classes, 1.5 hours in length, plus one theory/orientation evening without dogs. Maximum attendance is 6 dogs per instructor — an intimate number so that all pairs of paws get the adequate learning attention they deserve (this includes you, too!) Cost for Level I is $195.00.
Otherwise known as ‘Intermediate Boot Camp’, this is where you will generalize your Level 1 training to real life settings and situations in urban environments and parks. You will expand your dog’s attention and connections to you at greater distances with increasing distractions. Our goal is to create confident handlers with dogs who are welcome in public areas.
Evolve your basic commands:
. Introduction of new verbal commands
. Basics of commands at a distance
. Transitioning from one command to another in ‘drills’
. Advanced heeling techniques
. Advanced greeting exercises
. Generalized recall with distractions
Intermediate Boot Camp is ongoing and can be maintained or improved upon over time. Students must be approved to graduate to Level III.
Course length is 6 weeks (excluding civic holidays) consisting of 6 Saturday afternoon classes, 1.5 hours in length. Maximum attendance is 6 dogs per instructor – an intimate number so that all pairs of paws get the adequate learning they deserve (this includes you too!) Cost for this class is $195.00
Level III ‘Advanced Boot Camp’ is a demanding dog training class that is executed primarily for off leash training. It is a course for those looking for a higher degree of focused attention and responsiveness from their dog. The focus of Level III is to deepen the student’s understanding of training concepts and the human/dog bond with higher levels of reward events for greater actions achieved by the dog.
Explore new territory:
. Commands at a distance
. Off-leash heeling drills
. Recall from distractions
. Stop or drop upon recall
. Advanced greetings
. Distraction training
Course length is 6 weeks (excluding civic holidays), consisting of 6 Saturday afternoon classes, 1.5 hours in length. Maximum attendance is 6 dogs per instructor — an intimate number so that all pairs of paws get the adequate learning attention they deserve (this includes you, too!) Cost for Level III is $195.00.
Students who are enrolled in our Puppy Program / Dog Leadership Program / or Privates are invited to join our Group Walks with Instructor David Wagner. The purpose is to put into practice what we have learned, while having fun with our dogs and camaraderie with others who are working on the same issues.
During the walk the group will practice the Active Walk, Easy Walk and Heeling, work on redirections, reactivity, distractions, greetings, and address any other issues that may present along the way.
The walk lasts 1-1 ½ hours – usually along Grand Blvd. and adjacent park – sites that are safe and provide ample distance from traffic.
Cost is $20.00 Drop-in Fee
Evening Pack Walks April to October
Daytime Pack Walks November to March
Contact David Wagner directly at 604-816-8767 or email him directly
Urban agility, what we have named “Barkour”, introduces activities like jumping,
balancing, moving over, through, under, and around objects in the natural and built
environment. It is a fun way to build relationship with your dog, give your dog
conditioning exercises that go beyond the simple walk, refocus your dog’s attention and
energy in stressful situations, and challenge your dog’s mind and build his confidence. It
adapts moves from agility and adds some new moves to make every walk an adventure.
$120.00 incl. GST
You will need: Your dog should have a harness with a ring on the back and a 4-6 foot leash, and you should bring lots of high value treats.
Topics and activities include:
Gear and safety
Spin right, spin left
Two feet up on an obstacle
Four feet up on an obstacle (jump up)
Balance two feet on wobble board or moving obstacle
Back up on the flat
Walk along a low wall or other obstacle
Go through – pass between two obstacles that are just greater than the width of the dog
Go under – pass under an obstacle that is the height of the dog
Go around – move around an obstacle to the right or left
Jump over an obstacle (less than shoulder height of the dog)
Rebound off a board of up to 45 degree angle
This builds on Level I by:
Introducing different types of obstacles and surfaces
Working off leash if appropriate
Working at a greater distance than the length of the leash
Combining moves to create sequences
Increasing difficulty of moves:
Two feet up on an obstacle that moves slightly
Four feet up on an obstacle (jump up) – wait while handler moves around the obstacle
Balance four feet on wobble board or moving obstacle
Back up on an incline or up stairs
Walk along a low wall or other obstacle – increase/decrease height and width
Go through – pass between two obstacles that are the width of the dog or may be a passage or tunnel
Go under – pass under an obstacle that is lower than shoulder height of the dog
Go around – move around an obstacle to the right or left from a distance, in a figure eight
Jump over an obstacle (up to shoulder height of the dog)
Rebound off different surfaces, greater angles
Examples can be seen HERE.
One on One Private Sessions with Ellie Archer
Would you like your dog to have impressive obedience skills and engagement with you but your
schedule does not allow for classes? Or perhaps you would like your dog ‘trained’ but there is just no
time to do the training yourself? Go one on one with Ellie Archer
1.5 hour Sessions include Search exercises and social time $85
Curious to know more? Download Ellie's Engagement and Obedience Class Syllabus