Early puppy socialization and training is essential to preventing behaviour problems and helping your puppy reach their full potential. Puppy Pre-school will set your puppy up for success by providing:
Class will be 4 WEEKS with an additional orientation session for human family members to prepare you for class. Sessions include supervised puppy play time and discussion on preventing & addressing common behaviour concerns.
Weekly Day & Time: Thursday’s from 7:30 to 8:30 pm
Orientation: Sunday, December 16th at 4:00 pm
Class Start Date: Thursday, December 20th at 7:30 pm
Location: MacTaggart Veterinary Clinic
Trainer: Erica Cheung, Revolution Animal Behaviour Consulting & Training, www.RevolutionAnimals.ca
Cost: $140 + GST
Please Note: Puppies must be up to date on de-worming and vaccinations. Puppies experiencing illness, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or coughing will not be able to attend the class until recovered.
Puppy Distraction Classes, Private consultations and drop-in agility classes also available – see more below.
Contact Erica at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
This 4 week force-free class will cover engagement, focus, self control exercises, generalizing skills in distracting environments, proofing cues, and reducing food reinforcement.
We will be working on specific behaviours such as down-stays, sit-stays, recalls, loose leash walking skills, polite greetings, etc. You will be guided through each concept and provided written homework to continue practicing on your own. The goal of this class is to build skills that you will use daily outside of the class environment. Each class will end with a group walk for socialization.
Puppies ages 20 weeks+ that have attended a basic puppy class (see above), a private training session, or have learned cues such as sit and down. Please email email@example.com to discuss suitability of this class for your puppy if you haven’t previously attended puppy class or if you have behaviour concerns (fear/aggression).
Next class start date is TBD. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Held at The Second Pup Boarding & Daycare Facility – 7030 2nd Ave SW, Edmonton. This location is chosen for older puppies as it has more space plus an outdoor facility to use as well.
Cost: $160 + GST
The jump from class to real world situations can be challenging. Over 3 weeks we will practice implementing your Distractions class exercises in real life situations. This will include loose leash walking in public, polite greetings with dogs and people, down stays with uncontrolled distraction, etc. The locations chosen will be based on participant needs, but may include Whyte Ave, Chapters, PetSmart, etc.
This is a great class to prepare for therapy dog certification as well as to refine your dogs manners.
Research shows that encouraging your dog to use their sense of smell is beneficial to reducing stress and anxiety. It is also a great way to exercise body and mind without requiring significant space while developing an amazing new skill. The online class format allows you to practice at your convenience while also providing guidance through the lesson. The class is an introduction to scent detection using “handler scent”. We start searching containers and end the class with searching rooms for “articles”. The overall goal of the class is to provide a fun activity that is highly rewarding and mentally stimulating for your dog. Concepts from class can be transferred to scent detection using essential oils if you plan to compete in SDDA trials. The style of scent detection in our class is excellent preparation for tracking and other scent based activities.
How it works:
Class runs through a private Facebook group. If you’re not currently on Facebook, you can make a basic account solely for the purpose of the class then delete it after. Lessons are posted weekly with written instructions and video examples. Record video of your homework practice and post to the page for instructor feedback before moving on to the next lesson. There are 6 lessons and the class page remains open for 12 weeks.
Next Class: Friday, September 21st
Cost: $150 + GST
Email email@example.com for details.
Erica Cheung, B.Sc., M.Sc. Candidate (Clinical Animal Behaviour)
Revolution Animal Behaviour Consulting and Training
Erica is a Fear Free Certified Animal Trainer and animal welfare advocate, and is working towards a graduate degree and future certification as a behaviourist.
Erica’s training strategies emphasize strengthening the human-animal bond and resolving behaviour issues through positive training techniques. She has a particular interest in dog reactivity, anxiety, and building a strong foundation for puppies in order to prevent future behaviour problems. Erica regularly attends conferences, seminars, and classes with her own dogs to continue improving her teaching skills and methods. She stays up-to-date on the latest animal behaviour science research and integrates this knowledge into her work with clients.