Classes & Workshops
Learn how to harness your dog’s natural instinct to sniff and channel it into fun games that will burn physical and mental energy. Nose games helps dogs learn to problem solve, focus their energy and build confidence. Classes are suitable for any dog, young or old, fearful, reactive or disabled. Stay warm and tire your dog out all at the same time with our Nose Games class.
Canine musical freestyle falls under the “do more with your dog” category in dog training. Great for that brain drain in combo with building connection, confidence, physical endurance, and work ethic, freestyle is a wonderful activity that intermixes on-switches (dynamic behaviours) with off-switches (stationary behaviours).
The result? Improved connection and self-regulation in real-life. Plus, why simply walk when you can strut around doing walking leave weaves and flicks!? If you’re more fun, your dog will definitely be more into you than anything else!
Chasin’ Tails currently offers two levels of our Freestyle Foundations course: the beginner friendly “Elements” course and, for teams who have completed Elements, the “Performance” course.
Freestyle Foundations – Elements
This is a next level course for those who have completed the Elements class. In this course, the individual behaviors learned in The Elements will be combined into a 2-3 minute routine set to music, over the length of the 6-week course. You’ll learn more about putting together behavior chains of considerable length. More importantly, you get to have a blast and dance with your favourite furry partner. No dance experience required. However, my own labbie girl certainly adds an enthusiastic groove to her own heel walk and grins huge when I throw in my “Moves Like Jagger”.
Dogs must be UTD on vaccines, not have shown aggression towards people or dogs and should have some foundation in “mark and reward” based training/foundation skills. Dogs will need to be on a regular flat collar or harness with a standard 6 foot leash. No choke chains, prong collars, flexi leads allowed. Owners will need a treat pouch with lots of bite sized delicious treats, clicker (if you intend to use one), non slip mat big enough for your dog to stand and lie down on comfortably (rubber backed bath mat or Yoga mat can work great), a fun attitude and willingness to learn!
(Dates to be determined)
Can You ‘Here’ Me Now?
Good! Developing a dependable recall with your dog opens new doors for adventure and gives you an added layer of safety everywhere you go. Join us at Chasin’ Tails for this two-class workshop where we will explore the fundamental steps to teaching your dog a recall that will work!
“Walk ‘This Way’”
Loose leash walking is very often the most challenging behaviour to teach your dog. It’s built upon a number of foundation behaviours in a dog’s repertoire. Moreover, all the smells, sights, and sounds of the environment present a challenge, since environment impacts behaviour.
Join us at Chasin’ Tails for this two-class workshop where we will go over the shaping process involved in teaching your dog to walk with you!