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.
- Classes are kept small so each dog has ample play time.
- Dogs must be up to date on vaccination records, and wearing a flat buckle collar or harness and regular 6 foot leash.
- Proof of vaccination and payment required upon registration.
- Classes are 1 hour each and run on the same day/time for 5 consecutive 5 weeks with the exception of holidays/long weekends.
Dogs will be expected to settle in a crate or in their vehicle between turns. Alternate arrangements may be made at the discretion of the instructor. Please contact Chasin Tails should you have any questions about benching your dog between rounds.
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
At Chasin’ Tails, Freestyle Foundations covers four targeting foundation behaviors, nose touch targeting, following a moving target, paw targets, and mat stations, will be used to teach your dog a full smorgasbord of stationary and dynamic tricks to build their behavioral repertoire. Whether your intention is to continue on with Performance or just learn some sweet tricks, this course is great for dogs of any age. Moreover, you get an introduction to how behavior chains are built and the timing involved for cuing one behavior after another smoothly for a single reward at the end (2-5 behaviors). The goal behaviors on the menu: Stationary poses (sit, down, stand) in different orientations relative to handler, heel walks both sides of handler, different types of recalls (i.e., front, get-in or “swing”, finish right, peek-a-boo), legs weaves (sideways and walking), clockwise and counterclockwise spins, about turns, U-turns, and pivots, wrapping handler (“go round”), walking backwards/forwards (“cha cha cha”), side-stepping, pace changes in heel, and flicks (heel-turnout-heel).
Dogs must not be reactive or have shown aggression towards people 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, prong, 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!
Freestyle Foundations -Performance
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?
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!
We will focus on the following in this short course:
- Connection to handler independent of a leash: Teaching your dog to auto-check (i.e., offer attention) despite distractions, as well as teaching them a specific cue for attention.
- Precision recall behavior: Using the foundation skill of a nose-touch target to your presented hand, your dog will understand that their recall cue means to come right to you and stick around.
- Lowering response time and building speed: You don’t want a recall that dilly-dallies! You want an immediate response and speed, especially for an emergency recall.
- Layering in distractions to your emergency recall behavior: Once a behavior is learned, the only thing left to do is to proof your new behavior to distractions. You’ll learn how to layer in distractions (mild, moderate, to high) in a controlled environment.
- Putting it all together: Using all foundation skills, auto-check-ins, auto-recalls, learn how to handle your dog in an off-leash space with distractions.
Our certified trainers teach using only the most humane and up to date methods. Dogs must be wearing a harness with a six-foot leash. No choke collars, prongs collars, or Flexi-leashes in the classroom. Please bring a variety of bite-sized treats, a mat for your dog to lie on, and something for your dog to do between turns (i.e., a stuffed Kong.)
Classes run for 2 weeks and each session is 1.5 hours long. Proof of up-to-date vaccinations and payment are required upon registration.