Building partnership
together

Ottawa Valley Dog training

All ages and stages

Classes suited for all ages, all skills
Taught by certified trainers, each with specialty skills
Same classes that Fire Team K9 Service Dogs attend!
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
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Polite Puppy

Introductory Level Class
Age: 2 to 4 months
Cost:$175+HST
Duration: 4 weeks, 1 hour per week
Requirements: on schedule, age appropriate vaccinations, flat collar and 4-6 foot flat leash (no harness or retractable leashes please)

Take advantage of those crucial first weeks of development and learn all about setting up routines and habits that will set the stage for eager and focused learners. Being a “new puppy parent” can feel overwhelming. Even before we teach our puppies English and give commands our 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 includes everything you need to know the first weeks with your new puppy, including potty training, puppy routines, at home grooming care, avoiding destructive behaviours, introducing a leash, puppy’s first commands and so much more.

Puppy Social

Introductory Level Class
Age: 3 to 7 months
Cost:$175+HST
Duration: 4 weeks, 1 hour per week
Requirements: on schedule, age appropriate vaccinations, 9 weeks to 7 months, flat collar and 4-6 foot flat leash (no harness or retractable leashes please)

Socializing a puppy is crucial for a confident, polite and social dog later in life. Puppy Social introduce puppies to the complex human world with age appropriate developmental activities to stimulate the brain and human-bond.

This class includes play with other dogs in an instructor-led setting. Pups are gently introduce new sights, sounds, objects and experiences to encourage curiosity and confidence. You'll learn how to navigate "fear periods" and positively introduce your pup to alarming things like fireworks, sirens, and construction noises.

Puppies attending Polite Puppy and Junior K9 are welcome to attend this class concurrently or consecutively all the three classes build on and compliment each other.

Junior K9

Introductory Level Class
Age: 4 to 8 months
Cost: $175+HST
Duration: 4 weeks, 1 hour per week
Requirements: flat collar, 4-6 foot flat leash

That sweet puppy that followed you everywhere has now grown more independant and opinionated! The tween and teen months can be a challenge for any puppy parent. This class emphasizes essential commands for a successful and safe transition from puppyhood to the "teen" stage. 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 learn in a safe and guided environment, learning appropriate greeting and play behavior. This class features games and activities for the whole family, designed to help build your teen pup's confidence and guide them through new experiences.

Introductory commands are used for learning manners, meeting new dogs, meeting friendly strangers, ignoring distractions, and building confidence for pup and handler alike!

Basic Obedience

Introductory Level Class
Age: minimum of 8 months
Cost: $175+HST
Duration: 6 weeks, 1 hour per week
Requirements: flat collar, 4-6 foot flat leash, a previous Introductory Level class is recommended for maximum success

You pup may know to "sit" at home, but can she do it in a group of her peers? Can she hold that sit even when you're not looking? Can your pup stay still while you meet a stranger?

Our Basic Obedience class teaches all the fundamental commands such as sit, down, wait, stand and recall, while introducing heel work. This class is completed on leash, with an escalating level of distractions intended to help build endurance and patience.

Intro to Scent Detection

Skill Building Class
Age: minimum 12months
Cost: $175+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
Age: minimum 6 months
Cost: $175+HST
Duration: 4 weeks, 1 hour per week
Requirements: any previous class recommended, but not required, flat collar, 6 foot leash (clip or martingale) lots of treats!

Dog Games is a skill building "practice" 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 Junior K9 or Basic Obedience are ideally suited for participation. Humans 13+ will also enjoy this class.

K9 Parkour

Skill Building Class
Age: minimum 12 months (physically mature muscle tone recommended for safety)
Cost: $175+HST
Duration: 4 weeks
Requirements: any previous class recommended, but not required, a hiking leash, and a secure harness along with a flat collar are required for this class (your instructor will guide you on fit and selection)

NEW for Spring 2023!

K9 Parkour is the hot new dog sport for dogs of ALL ages. Upgrade your walk with your dog with more exercise in less time, increased brain work and lots of fun.

In this class humans and canines work together to explore their environment creatively (and safely). Learn all new commands and build your partnership as you work through new challenges together.

This class will take place indoors and outdoors and is suitable for dogs 9+ months old. Activities are modified for Senior Dogs and juvenile dogs. Low to moderate fitness level required for humans (ability to be on your feet and walking for 45 mins).

K9 Fitness

Skill Building Class
Age: minimum 8 months and Basic Obedience recommended
Cost: $175+HST
Duration: 4 weeks
Requirements: flat collar and 6 foot leash are required for this class

NEW for Spring 2024!

K9 Fitness is an active class for your dog’s body and mind! Dogs aged 8 months+ with their Basic Obedience completed should be well prepared for this class.

K9 Fitness challenges handlers and dogs to seek new ways to work their mind and body both indoors and outdoors. This class is adaptable for dogs of all sizes, and fitness levels. Low to moderate fitness level required for humans (ability to be on your feet and walking for 45 mins).

Explore body position commands, movement puzzles and isometric exercises to build body confidence and challenge your dog’s problem solving skills.

Intermediate Obedience

Skill Building Class
Age: minimum 10 months
Cost: $175+HST
Duration: 6 weeks, 1 hour per week
Requirements: successful completion of Basic Obedience, flat collar, 4-6 foot leash (clip or martingale) lots of treats!

Ready to take your pup's obedience to the next level? Intermediate Obedience builds on the skills introduced in Basic Obedience and helps you fine-tune all the core obedience commands in a high distraction environment, while building endurance and patience.

This class introduces several new body awareness and position commands to help build the foundation for dog sports. This class also sets the foundation for working off-leash in safe indoor settings.

K9 Confidence

Advanced Class
Age: minimum 12 months
Cost: $175+HST
Duration: 6 weeks
Requirements: successful completion of Basic Obedience, flat collar, 4-6 foot leash (clip or martingale) lots of treats!

K9 Confidence is an advanced obedience class that builds towards working off-leash in a group of other dogs. Dogs practice ignoring visual, audio and scent distractions along with long duration commands, distance command changes, navigating crowds, leash-free recall and out of sight commands.

Completion of our Basic Obedience is required and completion of our Intermediate Obedience class is also highly recommended for most dogs before enrolling in K9 Confidence.

Workshops

Short classes and specific topics of interest to Handlers and their canines

Talking K9

Workshop
Cost: $175
Duration: 2 hours
Requirements: flat collar, 4-6 foot flat leash,

Have you ever wondered what your dog is thinking? Have you wished you could know what your dog dreams? Have you seen the viral "talking dog" videos and wondered if your dog could do that too?

This workshop introduces you to augmented canine communication or "talking buttons" for dogs. You'll leave this workshop with the knowledge AND supplies to get started with your pup right away (you'll go home with your first button!)

This is not an active workshop, therefore it may not be suitable for all children. Dogs who are comfortable in a group setting may enjoy attending with their humans.

Topics covered in this workshop include:
- what is augmented communication with canines, and how is it being used today
- step by step instructions for introducing button communication with your dog
- video examples of the instructor's work with canine communication buttons
- live demos of how to begin
- resources to continue your learning
- practice with your first button!

Leash Peace

Workshop (with your dog)
Age: minimum of 6 months, Basic Obedience class is recommended
Cost: $45
Duration: 2 hours
Requirements: flat collar, 4-6 foot flat leash,

This two hour leash handling workshop focused on teaching Handlers Fear Free and positive reinforcement leash handling techniques that lead to more peaceful walks. This class includes:

tools to use for better walks
how to use your leash for effective communication
the importance of consistency
engage your pup before the walk
foundation commands used in successful loose leash walking
practice drills to practice before starting a walk off property

Leash Manners

Workshop (with your dog)
Age: minimum of 6 months, Basic Obedience class is recommended
Cost: $45
Duration: 2 hours
Requirements: flat collar, 4-6 foot flat leash,

This workshop can be taken as Part 2, following "Leash Peace".

This two hour leash handling workshop focused on teaching Handlers Fear Free and positive reinforcement leash handling techniques that lead to more peaceful walks. This class includes:

engage your pup before the walk
foundation commands used in successful loose leash walking
ignoring distractions
the role of a walk in a dog's life, and what their job is on a walk
pack walks with peers

Forever Family: bringing home a new rescue or rehomed dog

Workshop (WITHOUT your dog)
Cost: $45
Duration: 2 hours
Requirements: pencil and notpad

This 2 hour class is for humans and includes everything you need to know about integrating a rescue or rehomed dog into your home. This class includes topics like:

rescue dog psychology, what's happening in their head
importance of routines
setting up the household
why you may want to set up a crate
what to expect during transition periods
signs of success
when to call the experts

Picking a Puppy

Workshop (WITHOUT your dog)
Cost: $45
Duration: 2 hours
Requirements: pencil and notpad

Thinking about adding a puppy to your household this spring? This 2 hour class for humans all about bringing home a new puppy, including:

importance of routines
setting up your household
crate training
the brain and psychology of a puppy
introducing a puppy to children
introducing a puppy to older dogs in the house
signs of success
when to call the experts

Doodle Grooming

Workshop (with your dog)
Age: any age
Cost: $45
Duration: 2 hours
Requirements: flat collar, flat 4-6 foot leash, your at home grooming kit, and lots of treats!

Do you want that signature fluffy Doodle look seen all over social media? Achieving that fluffy teddy bear look is possible! This class will provide you with all the info you need to communicate the look you want to your groomer, AND to maintain your pup's coat in top shape in between professional grooms. This class includes:

tools to effectively maintain your Doodle at home
professional brushing and combing techniques
cooperative care training to teach your pup how to work with you for their care
how to survive snow season, mud season and summer swim season
customized recomendations for your dog's specific coat

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