It will be fall soon and the kids will be going back to school. And fall classes begin for just about everything that you can think of. So why not take the family dog to a class.
For the first time ever, we are offering group classes through the winter in Peterborough.
These classes are great for any dog of any breed or mix. In the class you will learn a lot of skills that make it easier to walk your dog on a loose leash. Your dog will learn to be responsible for some of his own behaviour like staying in one spot in the face of distractions. Distractions are an important part of dog training and we use them in a variety of ways.
Classes of this nature also help to prepare owners and dogs for upcoming obedience competitions, if you have an interest in doing something more with your dog. This class lays down the foundation for a “Companion Dog” title and most of the exercises for Novice Rally. It will also prepare dogs for the Canine Good Neighbour test, if you need to do this for any therapy dog course.
In addition to the Novice Obedience Class, we are also offering competition level classes for Open and Utility classes. This class will lay down some very simple basic skills that will prepare you to go on to the higher levels in dog training. We will transition from heeling on a leash to off leash heeling and begin to include drops on recall and retrieving exercises.
If this seems like something you may be interested in, please give me a call at 705-652-0682 and we can discuss your dog’s training.
Of course, we still do private lessons at our location north of Lakefield so if you need help with a particular problem please call to book a private lesson.
You may have bought a puppy over the winter and now that it is summer and you want to go for some long walks, you realize that no matter how far you walk, you can never tire your dog out. And on the walk your dog is pulling like crazy. The walks are getting more and more unpleasant for you. It seems that every time your fully grown puppy sees another dog, the pulling and the barking are getting worse and worse. And you dare not ever let him off the leash because he never comes when he is called.
Believe it or not all these problems can be fixed with good solid common sense dog training. And that is exactly what we do. Good Solid Common Sense dog training….no magic and no gimmicks.
This summer we are offering several classes at DueNorth. We will begin in early June with our basic dog training classes. In this class we will focus on teaching dogs to walk on a loose leash. And that includes distractions. Now when you go on walks with your dog you can start to use your walks as training opportunities. Teaching your dog to come will also be introduced. There are so many things that we do that inadvertently teach dogs not to come. We address these in our classes. We use a balanced approach of corrections and praise. Dogs can learn to have self control. It is simply common sense!
In addition to this we have weekly group competition obedience classes for those owners who have a dog that they wish to compete with. We will work with you to solve any problem that you may have. We prefer to use some food in this training class but balanced with some kind corrections to help your dog to understand the exercises and what you want him to do. Here at DueNorth we have produced 4 Utility level dogs, more than anyone else in the Peterborough area.
One of our most popular classes are our private e-collar lessons. This is the most effective way of all methods to train your dog. It gets a bad reputation from those that have never used it before but after one free lesson it is easy to see how soft and gentle this method can be. And the results are stunningly reliable.
We also do puppy consultations. We feel that puppies are best socialized with stable adult dogs. In one lesson we can give you lots of choices to socialize your puppy safely and without spending a fortune on puppy lessons. And with that lesson we will also provide grooming tips and fun obedience lessons.
If you feel like walking your dog is more of a chore than a pleasant experience, think about training your dog. It will be more enjoyable for both of you.
Do you own one of those extra special dogs? I know they are all special! But I mean one of those dogs who seems to do everything perfectly. Or one of those dogs that can find the ball when you have no idea where it is. Or perhaps you have a dog whose favourite thing to do is to taking a running leap off of your dock.
All of these things are dog sports. Dock diving is a huge new sport open to any dog that loves to run off of a dock and jump in the water. Usually they jump in after their favourite toy but whatever it takes will work. It is a refreshing summer activity for your dog.
And for the dog that can always find that ball…why not try Nosey Dogs? This is a sport that encourages the dog to use its natural talents in a very fun and constructive game loosely based on area searches. The dog eventually learns to find a particular scent. You would be amazed at what they can find and how little it takes. We do this sport at DueNorth and it is a very popular class.
If you are the kind of owner that loves to train your dog and it walks perfectly on a leash….you are half way there….to a Companion Dog title. A Companion Dog title is a title that you can earn through the Canadian Kennel Club….and it is the Novice class.
This level is considered the basic level that any companion dog should be able to do to be a companion dog….hence the name. We do this here at DueNorth….in fact we do a lot of it and it is our favourite thing to do.
If you have a retriever who drives you insane all the time because he just has to have something in his mouth to carry around….you might take a look at retriever training.
This is a huge big game to the dogs….they love it. Bring your ear plugs though because once they find out how much fun it is they’ll be screaming for more of it.
If you want a less formal type of obedience competition….there is the new sport of Rally Obedience which encourages an ongoing dialogue with your dog while still focusing on obedience.
If your ears can handle the noise, your dog is fast and loves balls there is always fly ball. If your not too sure about it….why not go and watch. I hear there is a big tournament on in Norwood soon.
Herding dogs have their sports as well You can start out with herding ducks and then move on to the bigger livestock like sheep. And cattle dogs of course herd cattle.
There are folks in Lakefield that do carting with Newfoundlands and other giant breeds. A lot of these dogs were the poor man’s horse and actually worked for their keep.
Indeed almost all dogs were bred to do a job and no matter what it is I can assure you that someone out there is still doing it. There are sled dogs, lure coursing dogs, scent hurdling dogs and tracking dogs….the list is long and varied. And nothing bonds you to a dog more than working with it. So get up, get the leash and do something fun with your pooch….there are lots of people around to help you get started. And fall is such a great time for dog sports. Enjoy it!