Puppy Social (ongoing monthly, drop in style)   

Socialize your dog in a safe and controlled environment outdoors. 

I started this group after experiencing a rise of aggression and nervousness cases after Covid – 19 restrictions came into place in March 2020.  Such issues can so easily be prevented by exposing our puppies to a variety of dogs at a young age so they can begin to understand social cues from other dogs and how to respond to them. 

Allow your dog to socialize safely with other dogs in a controlled and supervised environment.  Learn how to better understand their social cues and play and ask any training questions.

It is important for our dogs to learn how to interact with other dogs at a young age and equally important that as owners we understand their cues.  Absence of early socialization can lead to dog on dog aggression or extreme nervousness in later life. 

This class is outdoors and very casual. The main objective is to provide exposure to our puppies while they go through a very important learning stage.  Opportunities to ask training questions are available as I circulate the group.

Next Class Date: Sunday, February 7th
Time: 2-3 pm.
Cost: $25
Age: Puppies from 3 to 6 months.

 There must be a total of 5 dogs for the class to run. Reserve your place by e-mailing: andrea@thepolitepooch.ca

Raising a Polite Puppy  NOT RUNNING
(Ages: 2 – 10 months) 

In this class you will learn:

  • How to prevent bad behaviours from forming. Don’t let jumping, nipping, and chewing become habits. How to properly reward and correct your puppy.
  • The importance of socialization and social time for your dog.  How to raise a confident, happy dog.
  • Learn how to master leadership skills.
  • Basic puppy care such as potty training, crate training, establishing a routine and appropriate toys for your dog.

Date: Time:  Cost: $100

Obedience Classes  NOT RUNNING

Obedience Classes are currently not running.  Private Lessons often more effective and available!

Ages (6 months to 10 years) 

Obedience work with The Polite Pooch is a bit different to what you may find with other training styles. You may be thinking – “my dog already knows how to sit and lay down, what is this class for?” Well, wouldn’t it be nice if your dog did these commands every single time you asked, no matter what was happening in the environment?!

This is exactly what these classes are designed for. This training is not just ‘sit for a cookie and pop back up once the cookie is fed’, it is a ‘sit when asked the first time and stay sitting until given a release word or a different command’. The dogs will work for our affection mainly, however different dogs may need alternatives. A balance of affection and consequences are applied to achieve this high level of obedience.

Beginner:  

This class is for those who have not started any obedience work with me yet. We will introduce the commands to your dog in a slightly new manner than you have likely learned previously. We will find out which method is best for each dog and learn from each other. Your dog will start to learn some patience and you will then have the knowledge to continue your training at home or in other environments. The training is done on a leash.


Intermediate:

This class is for those who have already started some sort of obedience work with me whether that be a ‘board and train’, or private lessons. If your dog knows how to hold a command or two, you are ready to go. We will practice teaching your dog to listen with a variety of distractions, such as other dogs, toys, people or whatever is challenging or distracting for your dog. These skills will help with leash manners and overall listening skills.

Advanced: 

For those who want to transition to off leash control or further their off leash training, this class is for you. We will practice having our dogs listen with a variety of distractions, such as other dogs, balls, people or whatever is challenging or distracting for your dog.