Blackfoot Dog Training

TRAINING

Any specific behavioral issue you would like to address, or skill(s) that you would like your canine companion to learn?

Our one on one training program is completely customizable to meet you and your dog’s needs.

I like that they get to know me for me here. I'm more than just a really ridiculously adorable face.

TRAINING Programs & Calendar!

At Dogtopia Blackfoot, we believe that training classes with your canine companion is a great first step in developing a lifelong relationship with your dog. Our methods are based on humane principles. As well as all classes are taught using positive reinforcement methods.

 

We are also proud to be on The Best Calgary for their 2020 list of Best Dog Training in Calgary. Feel free to visit their site at https://www.thebestcalgary.com/best-dog-training-calgary/

 

We are currently running Private Lessons in all categories and private Drop Ins from 10am – 5pm on weekdays.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT [email protected] THANK YOU, STAY SAFE & TAKE CARE!

Our programs

** ALL CLASS START DATES & TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE **

A pre-requisite for all new clients is our one time only, 2 hour Orientation Seminar for $40.00 + GST Our orientation includes canine communication, learning theory, leadership habits, destructive behaviour solutions, house and crate training tips, and so much more.

 

UPCOMING ORIENTATION DATES:

November
  • Monday, November 2nd at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, November 8th at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, November 15th at 7:30pm
Please contact [email protected] for all inquiries & to register!

Training your pup can be both exciting and daunting. It’s best to begin teaching proper behavior in your pup as soon as possible to prevent any bad habits from forming. Early training and socialization will instill good behavior that will stay with your dog all their life and affect how they interact with others in the future.

MEET OUR TRAINING TEAM:

Carly Zeleny, Dogtopia Trainer

Carly has been working with dogs for over 13 years. Wanting to be a veterinarian when she was younger she volunteered with multiple rescues in high school and this is when her passion for training started. Working with behaviourally difficult dogs was always a challenge she enjoyed and excelled at. Teaching agility at Dogtopia for 3 years now, she attended seminars and has stayed current on new research and training techniques.

Carly works with you to build a truly strong bond with your dog. Using games, fun, and positive training methods, she enjoys watching humans and dogs learn together.

Carly and her dogs enjoy preforming for the Canine Stars and also do small shows at retirement communities around Calgary where they show off their skills in agility and free style dancing!

When she isn’t training dogs, she works as a Primary Care Paramedic and part time veterinary assistant. She enjoys hiking and spending the warm months at the lake with her dogs.

Nikita Peddle, Dogtopia Trainer

My name is Nikita, and I’ve been working with dogs for 16 years. I started my career at a small-town animal shelter as a behavioural assessment assistant. For 10 years I fostered and trained shelter dogs to help them find new homes. In 2008 I moved to Calgary, became an accredited dog training instructor, and started teaching classes. In 2014 I started working at the Superdog Spectrum as a lead obedience trainer, I continued to teach classes as we transitioned into Dogtopia of Blackfoot. I recently graduated from Mount Royal University as an RMT, and plan on taking a canine RMT course in the future.

I use force free, positive reinforcement methods. I am a neuro nerd, and in my spare time I like to read scholarly journals on human and animal behaviour. I teach orientation, all levels of obedience from puppy to advanced, recall, basic agility, brain games, private and zoom sessions, and more. If you want to see how I train, check out my videos on our Instagram, DogtopiaBlackfootTraining

Rebecca Champagne, Dogtopia Trainer

My name is Rebecca and I have been working with dogs and their owners for over fifteen years! My love of animals began as a small child, as far back and I can remember, and I always knew I would have a career that involved them somehow.

In my teens I began my dog training career by apprenticing with a wonderfully talented trainer who taught me techniques I still use to this day. She introduced me to clicker training and positive reinforcement and taught me the science behind those methods.

Nine years ago I began working as a lead trainer with Superdog Spectrum and stayed with the company during the transition to Dogtopia. I teach a wide variety of classes including puppy, basic obedience, advanced obedience, recall, loose leash walking, tricks, beginner agility, reactive rover, private classes and more! I have a special affinity for rescue dogs and those with behavioural issues and last year was given the title of Calgary Dogtopia’s Behaviour Consultant. I have also written or re-written several of our curriculums.

At home I have one dog, a large mixed breed rescue named Oona who keeps me busy with her unique training needs, we are currently working our way through Dogtopia’s agility training program. I also have a six year old daughter who is already a little dog trainer and shares her mother’s love of all animals, especially canines. In my spare time I enjoy reading, writing, walking, swimming and spending time with my daughter. I also enjoy furthering my education by reading books and articles, researching canine sciences as well as attending seminars.

Bischon Frise Running in Dogtopia
Big Doggie on Slide
Pup with Tongue Out in Bath