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Ottawa Valley Dog training

FTK9 Training Classes

Classes for all dogs

Classes suited for all ages, all skills
Taught by certified trainers, each with specialty skills
Same high quality training standards we apply to our Service Dogs
Unique classes developed exclusively for our program

Positive, reward based training

Trainers focused on positive reinforcement practices
Fear Free Certified Trainers
Continued support throughout your dog's development
Small class sizes

Introductory Classes

These classes are ideal for dogs (and humans!) who have not yet participated in group training. Introductory Classes focus on relationship building and strong foundation skills for continued training with your pup.

Skill Building Classes

Classes ideal for practicing existing skills, building your K-9 partnership and exploring new skills. You and your dog have likely participated in group classes, and your dog has some skills, but may need work on other skills. Our Training Coordinator can help you determine the best placement for your dog's skill level!

Advanced Classes

These classes are ideal for teams performing at a high level, with advanced skills. Completion of previous group training class is required. Successful completion of our Basic Obedience class is a pre-requisite.

Polite Puppy

Introductory Level Class
Cost:$150+HST
Duration: 6 weeks, 1 hour per week
Ideal for ages: 9 to 16 weeks
Requirements: on schedule, age appropriate vaccinations,
Topics covered: new puppy parenting, greeting other puppies, puppy play, and building your relationship
Commands practiced: go pee, sit, down, come, and let’s go

Being a “new puppy parent” can feel overwhelming. Your first step is to begin building your relationship together with positive and engaging techniques to welcome your puppy to his new home and routine. This class emphasizes engagement with your puppy, positive training methods, and coping strategies to help you and your pup be successful.

Junior K9

Introductory Level Class
Cost: $150+HST
Duration: 6 weeks, 1 hour per week
Ideal for ages: 4 to 6 months
Requirements: flat collar, leash
Commands practiced:

The “tween” months can be a challenge for any puppy parent. "Tween" pups may be experiencing their first "fear stage" of development where familiar things and new experiences alike are scary and strange. Learning to navigate new situations, socialization and confidence-building are key concepts explored in this class and can set the foundation for success in future training classes!

Puppies will socialize in a safe and guided environment, learning appropriate greeting and play behaviour. A variety of toys, objects and obstacles are introduced in class to help build confidence and guide pups through new experiences.

We will introduce manners, explore pack walks, leash walking, meeting (and ignoring!) new dogs, meeting friendly strangers, build confidence for pup and handler alike!

Basic Obedience

Introductory Level Class
Cost: $150+HST
Duration: 6 weeks, 1 hour per week
Ideal for ages: 5 months+
Requirements: flat collar, previous puppy class recommended, but not required
Topics covered: basic commands, building your relationship, encouraging patience and focus
Commands practiced: sit, down, stand, come, leave it, take it, break, focus, heel, let’s go

Basic Obedience helps build teamwork with your K-9 partner, setting the foundation for future classes in Scent Detection, dog sports, leash walking and tricks! Our Basic Obedience class reviews some of the introductory commands and teaches all the fundamental commands such as sit, down, and stand while focusing on heel work and recall.

Intermediate Obedience

Skill Building Class
Cost: $150+HST
Duration: 6 weeks, 1 hour per week
Ideal for ages: 6 months+
Requirements: flat collar, 6 foot leash (clip or martingale) lots of treats!
Commands practiced:

COMING SOON!

Adult Dog Social

Skill Building Class
Cost: $150+HST
Duration: 4 weeks, 1 hour per week
Ideal for ages: 8 months+
Requirements: flat collar, 6 foot leash (clip or martingale) lots of treats!
Commands practiced: leave it, focus, break, go see, calm, yes, off

Adult dogs who have missed early socialization opportunities can learn the etiquette, expectations, and polite social behaviours expected of adult dogs. Handlers will also learn to interpret dog body language and play behaviour, and how to better identify signs of fear, stress and anxiety in social situations.

This four week class equips both the Handler and K9 with the tools to more safely greet other people and dogs in public, how to initiate and monitor play between dogs of different ages, sizes and temperaments. The class will also cover how to deal with challenging situations in public and how to help your dog through frightening experiences like loud noises.

This class concludes with a personalized learning path and future training recommendations and a Temperament Assessment Test, a prerequisite for entrance in FTK9’s Daycare!

Loose Leash Walking

Skill Building Class
Cost: $150+HST
Duration: 4 weeks, 1 hour per week
Ideal for ages: 6 months+
Requirements: flat collar, 6 foot leash (clip or martingale) lots of treats!
Commands practiced: let’s go, heel, this way, leave it, wait

Walking as a team is an enjoyable exercise for you and your canine. Learn to deter pulling on the leash, avoid distractions and walk your dog with a loose leash and positive reinforcement.

A treat pouch is encouraged for this class. Treats and treat pouches can be purchased at K-9 Headquarters, if needed. Please note – harnesses and retractable leashes are not allowed for the course.

Intro to Scent Detection

Skill Building Class
Cost: $150+HST
Duration: 6 weeks, 1 hour per week
Ideal for ages: 6 months+
Requirements: flat collar, must be comfortable in a crate, completion of Intro to Scent Detection
Topics covered: scent detection searching
Commands practiced: search, show me, wait

Scent Detection is a dog sport derived from specialty canine units that detect bombs and illegal substances. This course is open to all dogs, is fun, challenging and builds teamwork. During this course your dog will learn to recognize, detect and “find” wintergreen scent and you will learn the strategies to box searching.

Dog Games

Skill Building Class
Cost: $150+HST
Duration: 4 weeks
Ideal for ages: 6+ months with basic commands
Requirements: flat collar, 6 foot leash (clip or martingale) lots of treats!
Topics covered: creative dog training, skills practice, relationship building,
Commands practiced: let’s go, heel, leave it, wait, come, sit, stand, up, down, side,

Dog Games is a skill building class intended to increase your dog's focus, patience and endurance. This class builds on your dog's love of play and is designed for adolescent and adult dogs to practice and build fluency of already learned behaviours and is ideal for humans who would like to shake up their training routine with some creative activities.

This can be a maintenance class, a skills reinforcement, and/or a fun activity class to sharpen skills. Dogs who have completed Basic Obedience are ideally suited for participation. Dogs will need to have been introduced to the concept of sit, wait, come, down, let’s go, focus and heel. Humans 16+ will also enjoy this class.

Dog Tricks

Skill Building Class
Cost: $150+HST
Duration: 4 weeks
Ideal for ages: 6+ months with basic commands
Requirements: flat collar, 6 foot leash (clip or martingale) lots of treats!
Topics covered: creative dog training, skills practice, relationship building,
Commands practiced: stand, center, over, through, up, pretty, paw, other paw (five, high five), touch, spin, roll,

Build your dog’s confidence and focus while developing your relationship together. Learn new tricks you can show off! This class is ideal for dogs who have completed a previous class with us.

This can be a maintenance class, a skills reinforcement, and/or a fun activity class to sharpen skills. Dogs who have completed Basic Obedience are ideally suited for participation. Dogs will need to have been introduced to the concept of sit, wait, come, down, and focus. Humans 16+ will also enjoy this class.

Cooperative Care

Skill Building Class
Cost: $150+HST
Duration: 4 weeks
Ideal for ages: 6+ months, basic commands
Requirements: flat collar, 6 foot leash (clip or martingale) lots of treats!
Topics covered:relationship building, targeting, Fear Free concepts and Cooperative Care Concepts
Commands practiced: stand, center, sit, side, chin, teeth, ears, wait, paw,

Dogs aren’t born knowing how to participate in grooming and medical care routines, yet all dogs will require such care during their lifetimes. Learn how to train your dog to help you, help them!

K9 Confidence

Advanced Class
Cost: $150+HST
Duration: 6 weeks
Ideal for ages: 8+ months, basic commands
Requirements: flat collar, 6 foot leash (clip or martingale) lots of treats!
Topics covered:
Commands practiced:

K9 Confidence is an advanced level course. All Basic Obedience commands will be applied so you can trust your dog on or off leash. This class refines manners and behaviour in public settings, in crowds, and when greeting others.

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