The CANINE ESSENTIALS group class is suitable for dogs as young as 4 months old, adolescent and adult dogs.
Dog training isn’t about trying to correct, inhibit or STOP behaviours. Dog training is about TEACHING and growing the skills that allow our dogs to accompany us wherever we go and enjoy life TOGETHER! This class is all about teaching your dog how to behave in real life everyday situations.
• Focus on yourself instead of distractions.
• Greet other dogs with grace and avoid leash tension.
• Polite greetings – 4 on the floor and stop jumping on you and guests.
• Sit, down, and stay, even when there are distractions.
• Loose leash skills among distractions.
• Come when called.
• Leave it and impulse control.
• Fluency and reliability.
• Canine enrichment and building a bond with play.
• Proper use of food and how to avoid treat dependency.
Our online education is where we teach you about how dogs learn, and the theory behind the lessons, in the comfort of your home instead of the classroom where you are already multi-tasking. The Canine Essentials is much more than a 6-hour obedience class and it begins with a training plan that you can start with your dog today!
Each week we send you step-by-step training guides of the class topics that you can start teaching your dog at home as well as weekly training goals so you get the most out of the class. You can download, save, and share these handouts with your whole family so everyone is consistent and training becomes a lifestyle in which every moment is a teaching moment.
In the CANINE ESSENTIALS class there are dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages, who are learning basic obedience skills, working towards making those skills reliable among distractions such as other dogs and people. Maximum of 8 dogs in each class.
Can you get your dog’s attention when other dogs are near? Will you dog respond to you and take a treat in the proximity of other dogs in a social environment? If your dog is too distracted in the proximity of people and other dogs to want to engage with you, or your dog barks at people or dogs, then the classroom can be a frustrating environment and can cause behaviours such as barking, pulling on leash, and ignoring you to worsen as frustration accumulates. In order to learn a new skill, your dog needs to be able to focus on you to understand the lesson.
We offer private training options to prepare you and your dog for learning in a group environment and we offer the Canine Essentials class in a private training package for dogs who are highly distracted in the presence of other dogs and social settings.
If you are unsure if the group class is suitable for your dog contact a trainer to find out if the group class or private class would be best for your dog.
If the current class schedule does not work for you please join our NOTIFICATION LIST and we will notify you as soon as the next class opens for registration.
CANINE ESSENTIALS class open based on demand. New classes open every one to three weeks to ensure that we have enough space for every dog.
12 to 20 weeks – DAAP Booster (parvo and distemper combo) 20 weeks and older – DAAP, bordetella (kennel cough), and rabies.
Our team of knowledgeable trainers are committed to positive reinforcement training based on compassion and respect. Group classes are instructed by two trainers. Our head Instructor Kaoru, brings her teaching expertise to the K9 Kind classroom. Kaorus’ ease of delivery of the class exercises ensures every dog and person have the tools they need to achieve their training goals. Assisting her are Katie, (bio coming soon) who is there to assist each and every human and dog team on a personalized level. They observe each individual dog’s behaviour and provide guidance to overcome challenges.
Our peer reviewed class curriculums are developed by Applied Animal Behaviorists, Professional Trainers, as well as professors and teachers of human education. Our values are grounded in evidence-based principles that prioritize animal welfare. We promote non-confrontational and humane solutions to living successfully with our canine companions.