What training methods are used?
Reward based training methods using rewards the dog is motivated by (treats, pets, praise, toys etc). We do NOT use any aversives.
What are your qualifications?
Amanda has her Bachelor of Science with a Major in Biology and a Minor in Psychology from Ambrose University. She is an Accredited Dog Trainer with over 10 years experience. She has her Animal Behavior College Dog Trainer Certification (ABCDT) from Animal Behavior College.
Jolly is an Accredited Dog Trainer with over 2 years experience.
We are members of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and Alberta Force Free Alliance (AFFA).
Where are group classes located?
The Calgary North location is at Play Unleashed: 10125 Township Rd 264, Rocky View County.
The Calgary South location is at Paw Butler: Range Road 284, Rocky View County.
When do group lessons take place?
Calgary North classes take place Saturday mornings, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings. Contact us for start dates.
Calgary South classes take place Saturday evenings, Sunday mornings, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Contact us for start dates.
Private lessons, training walks, and pet sitting is available 7 days a week, please contact us to book.
What age does my puppy have to be?
Classes start at 10 weeks old as long as they have their second set of DA2PP vaccinations.
What vaccinations are requried?
Puppies less than 16 weeks require their second dose of DA2PP. Puppies older than 16 weeks require DA2PP and Rabies. It is also highly recommended to vaccinate against Bordatella and have your dog on a flea and tick preventative.
What do I need to bring?
A standard 4-6 foot leash, flat collar or harness (no choke or prong), a variety of small bite treats, a long line (required for week 5 of Level 1, and all of Level 2), and water for yourself and dog.
How many dogs are there in a session?
Classes are filled at 7 dogs depending on how many human participants.
How many people can attend?
As many people as you would like, please let us know how many to expect.
What if I need to miss a group session?
Please email us ahead of time and let us know if you cannot make a session. Make up class options will be provided. It is your responsibility to schedule and attend the makeup lesson.
Do you have any breed restrictions?
Jolly has a 15 week old American Pitbull Terrier and Amanda's parents have a Bully mix from Pawsitive Match.
What if my dog is reactive or fearful?
We have tons of experience with reactive dogs, including owning 2. Please contact us to discuss your options.
Is it too late to train my dog?
It is never too late to train your dog! The oldest dog I have ever had in group lessons was 14! Training is about building the bond with your dog and setting them up for success.
Do you offer small dog specific sessions?
No. It is extremely important to socialize your dog with all different sizes, breeds, and colors of dogs.