classes

Pre- requisite for all classes – one time only Orientation night (new clients only)– 2 hour seminar

2 family members are welcome and strongly recommended to attend for a one – time only fee of $40 + GST per family. This 2 hour seminar will include canine communication, learning theory, leadership habits, destructive behavior solutions, house training and crate training tips.

Puppy Classes

Fast Track Puppy Allstar (4 weeks)

In four evenings of instruction (1.5 hours each night), you will learn to teach your puppy to: pay attention, sit & down wait, come when called, leave it, drop it, walk on a leash comfortably without pulling. We will also introduce techniques to address typical puppy behaviour issues such as: nipping or biting, house training, crate training, resource guarding, toy & food bowl etiquette, leadership habits, grooming & nail trims, body awareness & coordination, trust building & confidence, socializing with new humans, and unfamiliar objects & noises.

Puppies must have a minimum of 2 sets of vaccinations, be in good health and be under 7 months of age.

Each class meets for four 1.5 hour sessions

$210 + GST

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Puppy Allstar (6 weeks)

As with the Fast Track Puppy All Star Class program, this program is designed to introduce your pup to the skills he will require in order to share your life. He will learn sit, down, wait, come when called, and leave it, as well as appropriate responses to daily happenings in his world. He will achieve all these basic skills in a stimulating atmosphere alongside puppies of a similar age.

Puppies must have a minimum of 2 sets of vaccinations and be under 7 months of age.

Each class meets once a week for six weeks

$210 + GST – includes 3 “YAPPY HOUR” EVENINGS!

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Puppy Einstein

Follow-up to the Puppy Allstar program with this advanced learning program! Don’t miss the window opportunity to push your puppy to excel to their full potential as a brilliant, problem – solving talented canine! They will learn object identification, body recognition, and highly developed targeting skills to name a few. This program is ideal for all puppies that love to learn and are always looking for something to do…

Pre-requisite: For puppies up to 8 months old and have completed the Puppy Allstar program

Each class meets once a week for six weeks

$210 + GST

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Obedience Classes

Basic Manners

Obedience skills for real life! This class is for dogs over 8 months of age who have not yet had the benefit of classes, or for older dogs who just need a refresher. Your dog will willingly learn his place in your “pack” as you demonstrate positive leadership in teaching him the basic manners necessary to share your life. We will teach you to train your dog to sit, down, stand, wait, stay, come when called, leave it, and walk nicely on a leash.

Dogs must be current on their vaccinations and in good health. Age is not a barrier in this class.

Each class meets once a week

$210 + GST

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Better Manners

This is the class that will help you polish the skills you and your dog learned in the Basic Manners Class. We will also add such things as heeling off leash, drop on recall, speeding up your dog’s response to a command, and longer sit stays and down stays. Emphasis will be on the 3 D’s…distance, duration, and distraction. Candidates for this class should have a solid stay, good focus on the handler, and have graduated from a basic obedience class.

Dogs must be current on their vaccinations and in good health. Age is not a barrier in this class.

Each class meets once a week for 6 weeks

$210 + GST

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Radical Recall

This class is designed to focus on having your dog COME to you the first time you call. Learn to remain calm while you use the skills you’ve acquired in this class to have your dog turn on a dime and return safely to you. This program is one of Dogtopia’s most popular and effective courses. By following the specific guidelines, and being consistent in your training, you can achieve the success you desire.

Dogs must, of course, be current on their vaccinations and in good health. Age is not a barrier in this class.

Each class meets once a week for 6 weeks

$210 + GST

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Loose Leash Walking

Is walking your dog a chore because he’s constantly pulling on the leash? Who’s walking who? Learn the skills needed to teach your dog to walk on a loose leash. The clicker training method will be the key to rapid learning with desired results. Finally! Enjoy walks with your dog instead of dreading them.

Each class meets once a week for 4 weeks

$140 + GST

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Let’s Go Walking

Have you completed our Loose leash walking program? Now it’s time to bring all of those skills outdoors! We will be training in pre-chosen destinations throughout the city of Calgary. You and your dog will further those skills and enjoy loose leash walking in real life environments.

Each class meets once a week for 4 weeks.

$140 + GST

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Agility Classes

Agility Foundation Class

This Foundation Class is for dogs of all ages and teaches the skills needed before moving on to the focused obstacle training in the Basic Agility Class (BA). This class will give your dog the right start in Agility or can also be a great refresher for dogs already active in Agility but needing to fix some “holes” in their foundation by going back to a few basics.

Agility Foundation training will teach your dog to focus and be attentive while other dogs are moving, playing or running. You will work with your dog to perfect the stay and recall work that is required for the Beginner Agility class. You will learn basic groundwork such as how to cue your dog to move and turn with you. Clicker training will be introduced and explained.

 

Dogs in this class will not be working on all the pieces of equipment but will become familiar with obstacles designed to promote balance and coordination skills. The Foundation Class will create an even stronger working relationship between dog and handler and will incorporate fun “training games” to promote learning through play. Have fun with your dog while teaching the basics of the sport of Agility.

 

Prerequisites: Dogs must have basic obedience skills in place. *This class is a pre-requisite to ALL other Dogtopia Agility Classes.

Each class meets once a week for 6 weeks

$200 + GST

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Basic Athlete

Developing a Strong Foundation: Dogs and handlers learn basic skills needed for success in Agility. “Flat work”, away from the obstacles, is emphasized in order to train basic moves and turns. Handlers learn how to keep the dog focused in the presence of other dogs, how to motivate their dog, and how to teach a reliable “wait” command needed for Agility.

You and your canine partner will begin the steps to developing a strong foundation not only for Agility but for other canine sports as well. During this class you will develop the groundwork necessary for jumps, weave poles, correct contact performance, target training and much more. Dogs will work on and off leash.

 

*Graduation from this class is a prerequisite for all agility classes.

Each class meets once a week for 6 weeks

$200 + GST

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Novice Athlete

Let’s Play! In this class dogs will learn to properly execute the individual agility obstacles. The goal is to have every dog negotiating the obstacles in a safe and happy manner. The skills taught will be shaping, proper use of rewards, targeting for contact work, games to build drive, and shadow handling.

 

We will focus on basic handling skills, learning the obstacles at low heights, contact training, weave pole training, start-line wait, short sequencing and continued building of your foundation work. More flatwork will also be highlighted. Dogs will work on and off leash.

 

Pre-requisites: Teams must have completed Basic Athlete Foundation or be able to show an understanding of targeting, work on the flat work, and working free from distraction.

Each class meets once a week for 6 weeks

$200 + GST

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Excelling Athlete

Putting It All Together: Dog/handler teams learn simple sequencing of obstacles. We will stress effective communication of commands from the handler and the development of focus and responsiveness in the dogs. The goal is to prepare the dog and handler for the more advanced levels of agility. Full courses will be run occasionally but the intent of these sessions is to help you perfect your execution of smaller sequences in order to facilitate your fluid handling when you get to run a full course.

Obstacle heights will be raised. Emphasis will be placed on handling skills and sequencing. Teams must be working contacts at full height, have a good start line wait and be able to work off leash without visiting others to advance from this class.

Pre-requisites: Teams must have completed Basic Athlete & Novice Athlete or be able to show an understanding of work on the flat, targeting, and knowledge of all obstacles at lower heights and be working free from distraction.

Each class meets once a week for 6 week

$200 + GST

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Master Athlete

Running the Course: It’s now time to get ready to compete. Handlers & dogs will begin to solidify their obstacle performance, particularly the weave poles and contacts. Longer sequences will be run. Handling exercises will be stressed. Teams must be working free from distraction and have a solid wait (while the handler is walking the course and at the start line) prior to advancing to the competition level. Foundation work will continue to be highlighted.

Pre-requisites: Teams must have completed Excelling Athlete or be able to show an understanding of work on the flat, targeting, have knowledge of all obstacles at full competition height and be working free from distraction.

Each class meets once a week for 6 weeks

$200 + GST

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Agility Handling

This class will focus on improving handling skills. Sequences will address varying topics each week such as crossing techniques, contacts, weaving, distance work, fast starts, and fast finishes etc.

We will help you evaluate your strengths as part of a team with your dog and improve on your weaknesses. You will work towards reinforcing the bond between handler and dog so that you are able to read each other’s progress on the course. This class is fast-paced and requires a high degree of interest and motivation from both the dog and the handler.

Pre-requisites: Teams must have completed Excelling Athlete and Master Athlete or be able to show an understanding all obstacles at full competition height, have a solid sit stay (at the start line and while the handler is walking the course) and be working free from distraction.

Each class meets once a week for 6 weeks

$200 + GST

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Advanced Handlers

Dogs must be ready for competition or already be competing. Dogs must be able to perform all the equipment including 12 weave poles. We will focus on such things as improving teamwork, commitment to directed obstacles and direction between obstacles, handling challenging multiple obstacle sequences, moving smoothly and quickly as a team, and dog/handler focus. We will help you evaluate your strengths as part of a team with your dog and improve on your weaknesses. You will work towards reinforcing the bond between handler and dog so that you are able to read each other’s progress on the course.

This class is fast-paced and requires a high degree of interest and motivation from both the dog and the handler.

 

Things to bring:

Remember to bring water for you and your dog.

Bring lots of tiny pieces of your dog’s favorite soft treats.

If you know how to use clickers, we encourage you to bring and use them.

Your dog to be hungry and motivated. We suggest that you don’t feed him before class.

Bring your dog’s favorite toy.

Please call Dogtopia at 217-8737, before 4 pm on the Friday afternoon prior, in order to register. We require confirmed registrations each week in order to hold this specialized class.

 

$280 + GST and Each class meets once a week for 8 weeks.

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Agility Competition Class

The Agility Competition class is an ongoing level of instruction aimed towards dog & handler teams that are competing or would like to further their training to a higher level of competition. All dogs entering this class must have completed the Dogtopia Agility Handling program or equivalent training as assessed by our agility instructor.

Dogs must be ready for competition or already be trialing. Dogs must be able to perform all the equipment including weave poles. Class topics include improving teamwork, commitment to directed obstacles and direction between obstacles, handling challenging multiple obstacle sequences. Moving smoothly and quickly as a team, and dog/handler focus.

Each class meets once a week for 6 weeks

$200 + GST

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Distance Handling Athlete

This program is designed for agility students/dogs that know the equipment well. And are looking at getting their dog to work further away from them. The class is an ongoing level of instruction aimed towards dog & handler teams that are competing or would like to further their training to a higher level of competition.

Each class meets once a week for 6 weeks

$280+ GST

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Dog Sports

Flyball

This class is an introduction for you and your dog to the fast-paced, ball-crazy sport of Flyball. Any breed or mix can compete in this relay race with tennis balls and dogs LOVE playing this game! Learn the skills necessary to set the foundation for a solid “swimmer’s turn” on the flyball box. Dogs will work off leash.

Graduation from Basic Manners, Radical Recall, or equivalent is a prerequisite for Flyball.

Each class meets once a week for 6 weeks

$210 + GST per level

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Flyball – Level 2

This class is a follow-up to introductory level. Put it all together …the jumps, the box, the tennis balls! Perfect timing, passing, and working as a team. This will get you prepared for exciting Flyball competition.

Graduation from Level 1 Flyball is a prerequisite.

Each class meets once a week for 6 weeks

$210 + GST

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Rally Obedience

Rally-O is a newly recognized event by the Canadian Kennel Club and is the fastest growing canine sport in North America! Learn the skills and challenge your dog in a fun, stimulating combination of Obedience and Agility.

The joy and uniqueness of this sport is that it is totally positive, fun interaction with your dog while building a strong relationship that can lead to successful competition in the ring. We offer 2 levels of Rally Obedience.

 

Minimum requirements for Rally- O are: can walk on leash without pulling, understands sit and down on cue and can work with the owner amidst the distraction of other dogs in a class setting (we should note that aggressive/reactive dogs are not suitable in this group class setting)

Each class meets once a week for 6 weeks

$210 + GST

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Novice Rally Obedience

Novice Rally Obedience is a continuation of Rally Obedience that will focus mainly on running through courses with your dog.

The first level of Rally-O is not a pre-requisite, however, minimum requirements for Novice Rally-O are: can walk on leash without pulling, understands sit and down on cue, can work with the owner amidst the distraction of other dogs in a class setting (we should note that aggressive/reactive dogs are not suitable in this group class setting) and full understanding of Rally-O signs

Each class meets once a week for 6 weeks

$210 + GST per level

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Specialty Classes

K9 Nose Work

The exciting sport of K9 Nose Work® has been designed to help you and your dog work together to use their natural desire to hunt with their nose. By providing a constructive outlet, K9 Nose Work® is a sport that challenges dogs both mentally and physically and is a very healthy way for them to release energy.

No previous experience or training is necessary for the teams involved since this wonderful sport is open to dogs and handlers of all breeds, ages and abilities. Human companions of reactive, shy or nervous dogs will be pleased to know that K9 Nose Work® is a very suitable sport for their dogs. Not only does nose work help to build confidence but each nose work sniffier is set up in a way that only one dog will work at a time therefore limiting any competing motivators or fear inducing stimuli present during the work. We are offering 3 levels of K9 Nosework®.

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Merely Scents Intro to K9 Nose Work

Does your dog love to sniff? K9 Nose Work® taps into your dog’s natural scenting ability. K9 Nose Work® was inspired by the training of scent detection canines. K9 Nose Work® is open to all dogs including dog-reactive or fearful dogs as there is only one dog in the search area at a time. It is also good for retired, injured, disabled, or elderly dogs. No previous experience or training necessary – for the dog or the handler! Classes are taught with the K9 Nose Work® philosophy of nurturing a dog’s natural talents and adjusting to the individual dog without the pressure of human expectations.

Pre-requisite: Orientation seminar

This is a 6 week program – 1.5 hours per session

$315.00 + GST

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Intro to Odor

Now that your dog is eagerly hunting for their primary reward (food or toys), they are ready for Introduction to Odor! In this class we teach your dog to identify and search for a target odor (birch or wintergreen). We focus on building dog/handler teamwork by improving the handler’s observation skills and the dogs’ communication skills to the handler when they find the target odor.

Note: Classes are taught with the philosophy of the National Association of Canine Scent Work. The scents of the Sporting Detection Dogs Association odors are also taught for those that are interested.

Prerequisite: Intro to NW class or an Intro to NW seminar.

This is a 6 week program – 1.5 hours per session

$315.00 + GST

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Beyond the Box (Continuing Nose Work)

Ready to challenge your dog? This class is focused on creating advanced nose work skills in both the handler and the dog. We will continue to work vehicle, interior, exterior and container searches. Take the basics of K9 Nose Work® and expanding how and where you can locate hides, teaching dogs to search large areas, extremes in elevation, patterns, thresholds, focus and drive. Increase handler skill for reading the dog when on odor, timing and placement of the reward for unpaired hides.

Prerequisite: Intro to Nose Work and Intro to Odor class.

This is a 6 week program – 1.5 hours per session

$315.00 + GST

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Freestyle

What can we do with our dogs’ that is above and beyond regular obedience and trick classes?

The answer is Freestyle! Dancing with your dog!

This international sport has become quite popular with the obedience crowd. Put together a dance routine using basic obedience skills and tricks. Learn how to pick a piece of music that works well with your dogs gate. In a short time you will be showing off to your family or entering the world of international competition. It’s all possible when you learn canine freestyle.

Your dog should have basic obedience skills

This is a multi-level class. Each level is a 6 week program

$210 + GST

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One on One Training

Do you have specific behavioral issue you would like to address, or skill(s) that you would like your canine companion to learn? Perhaps you cannot attend training classes and would like one of our training professionals to train your dog? Our one on one training program is completely customizable to meet you and your dog’s needs. Call us now to see how we can help.

*Our methods are based on positive humane principles and all classes are taught through positive training methods. The use of aversive methods and physical correction is not practiced.

 

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Saturday is Training Only.

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