Blackfoot Dog Training

ONE ON ONE 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.

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 and all classes are taught using positive reinforcement methods. With that, pet parents will learn proven techniques to help communicate with their dogs and understand them better in everyday life.

A pre-requisite for all new clients is our 2 hour, one time only 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:

  • Saturday December 14th at 2:00-4:00pm
  • Sunday January 5th at 1:00-3:00pm
  • Friday January  17th at 5:30-7:30pm

Please contact [email protected]  for any questions or concerns in regards to training!

Our programs

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:

Lori Boyle, Director of Training & Professional Animal Trainer

I have trained dogs for the past 45 years, professionally for the last 30. During this time I extensively studied canine psychology and communication on my own as well as through the CAPPDT & APDT. For the past 20 years I have worked as a Professional Animal Trainer in the film and television industry, you can see a list of the productions I have been a part of on the IMDB (International Movie Data Base) website. I have been a guest speaker on this subject at the CAPPDT in 2005 and the Calgary International Film Festival in 2016.

I was the owner/operator of the Superdog Spectrum Inc. for 20 years until I decided to team up with Dogtopia in November of 2016. During the past 30 years I have developed several specialty canine training courses. They span from Puppy obedience and tricks to problem solving classes such as Radical Recall, Hello Fido (dog aggression) and Movie dog training.

I have been an active member of different canine sports teams including the international Superdogs for over 25 years. My dogs & I enjoyed taking part in and playing; Flyball, Scent Hurdle, Agility, Rally O, Conformation, Dock Diving, Freestyle, K9 Nose Work and Dog Sledding.

I have worked with several rescue organizations over the years and continue to do so today. My goal is to help people understand and gain the ability to communicate with this amazing species.

“The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.”

Samuel Butler (1835-1902).

Rebecca Champagne

Rebecca has over 13 years of experience working with dogs and their owners. Starting at the age of 17 she apprenticed with several experienced trainers and grew her skill set with hands on experience. With Dogtopia she enjoys leading exciting classes in puppy obedience, basic obedience, loose leash walking, recall and more! She is pet first aid and CPR certified.

Rebecca has a special affinity and passion working with rescue dogs and those with reactivity and behavioral issues. She volunteers as a consultant with two Alberta rescue foundations to assist foster homes with their dogs.

Lisa Lamothe, KPA-CTP

Lisa is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP), holds an Animal Welfare Certificate from Thompson River University/British Columbia SPCA, and is working towards her Tellington TTouch Practitioner accreditation. Prior to teaching classes, Lisa was a behaviour counselor at the Calgary Humane Society where she worked with shelter dogs in several capacities including behaviour assessments and behaviour modification programs.

Nikita Richards

Nikita’s passion for helping canine companions started at an animal shelter when she was 14 years old. For many years she assisted with the behavioral assessments of the dogs, and she fostered the ‘problem’ dogs who had a difficult time settling into the shelter environment. She would build the dog’s confidence, teach them basic manners, and help them find their forever homes. Nikita has been teaching puppy and obedience classes for 10 years. Her goal is to help create confident, happy families through positive reinforcement training and fun bonding games. She has three rescue dogs and one rescue cat sharing her home.

Annie Strangward

I have been in love with dogs since before I could speak.  I was promised a dog at age 4, once I turned 10.  I named this dog Bob. I enrolled in Puppy Obedience and was hooked.  I knew, without a doubt, what my career path would be. Bob and I took many obedience, agility and flyball classes.  We participated in the demo team at Superdog Spectrum and competed on the Tailwind Flyball Team.  I was the youngest handler beginning at age 10. Sadly, Bob had pulmonary fibrosis and his career was cut short.  After Bob left me, I made the decision to embark on my dog training career full time.  I completed the ICS dog training course and was certified. I have had employment in various aspects of the canine industry from daycare and grooming to Puppy Obedience classes.  I believe with absolute conviction; good people make good

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