Puppy First Step

puppy-first step

This class is designed for very young puppies between 10 and 20 weeks of age. This is a very important time in a puppy’s development and generally experiences at this age, both good and bad, will stay with them for life. Puppies at this age play together differently than older puppies (over 6 months) as by the time they reach 5 months they are already becoming adolescents.

In this class your puppy will learn play skills with other dogs in a safe, supervised environment; the beginnings of basic obedience and the prevention of behaviour problems. In addition they will be exposed to new experiences in a manner where they will feel safe, including being handled by other class participants. As their guide, you will learn how to have a two way communication with your puppy and give direction effectively by marking and rewarding responses appropriately. It is a small size class for young puppies aged 10 to 20 weeks with proof of their first set of vaccinations.

SAANICH COMMONWEALTH PLACE
250 475 7600
Sun Mar 09 - Apr 13 10am 6 classes $138
Search barcode: 573257
Sun Apr 27 - Jun 08 10am 6 classes $138
Search barcode: 573258
Register online at Saanich RecOnline

Family Dog Manners

family-manners This class is suitable for all dogs 5 months of age and older, whether they have just completed puppy class, are an adolescent that is being introduced to basic obedience or are a rescued dog of any age. Older dogs have also done well in this class.

You will learn how to communicate effectively with your dog, understand them better and therefore develop a stronger relationship. The basics that are taught include: pay attention; sit; down; stand; stay; come from short distances; leave-it and learning how to walk on leash without pulling. You will also receive help with common behaviour problems such as jumping up and how to teach your dog to greet people politely.

The class is taught using reward-based methods of training. It is a small size class with dogs on-leash. There is an introduction the first week of approximately 20 mins before bringing dogs into the room. Proof of vaccination is required.

GORDON HEAD RECREATION CENTRE
250 475 7100
Sat Mar 08 - Apr 12 1pm 6 classes $138
Search Barcode: 573973
Sat Apr 26 - Jun 07 1pm 6 classes $138
Search Barcode: 573976
SAANICH COMMONWEALTH PLACE
250 475 7600
Sun Mar 09 - Apr 13 11am 6 classes $138
Search Barcode: 573260
Sun Apr 27 - Jun 08 11am 6 classes $138
Search Barcode: 573261
Register online at Saanich RecOnline

Step Beyond

DSC01949 Intermediate obedience for dogs that have completed Family Dog Manners or an equivalent basic obedience course. You will continue to build on the skills that you have already learnt as well as learning new ones such as: understanding where heel is; finish; back up and go forward when asked, increased difficulty with recalls and stays and working in closer proximity with other dogs whist paying attention to their handler. It is not a formal obedience class but rather taught in a manner that is fun for both you and your dog.

If you are thinking of taking the Canine Good Neighbour Test or wish to work in Pet Therapy with your dog then this would be good class for you. Dogs may be off-leash for some exercises. Small class size. Proof of vaccination required.

GORDON HEAD RECREATION CENTRE
250 475 7100
Sat Apr 26 - Jun 07 2pm 6 classes $138
Search Barcode: 573979
Register online at Saanich RecOnline

Private Lessons

Image Sometimes more individual help is needed for your dog. It may have difficulty focusing in close proximity with other dogs or maybe a specific behaviour problem has developed that is best resolved one on one. Whether you wish to brush up on basic obedience skills in a more private setting or wish to resolve a specific behaviour problem, then this maybe the best decision for you and your dog.

Private lessons are also a great way to get off on the right paw with a brand new puppy before undesirable habits develop. All the basics such as crate training, bite inhibition, house training and some basic exercises like sit and settle are covered in one introductory session.

Adoption of a dog of any age can be helped with a couple of private lessons. As you work with your dog, it will learn to trust you and help facilitate a lifetime bond.

Private Lessons are available year round.
For more information email: thenoblehound@shaw.ca

DSCN1093 2Our Havanese, Jenny, has taken all three of Jane's classes starting with Puppy, then Family Manners and finally, Step Beyond.  Prior to enrolling in the first class we engaged Jane for a private lesson. Jane is the consummate professional.  Her classes are well organized. Her training methods are clear and productive. The classes are also a lot of fun.  Jane obviously enjoys what she is doing and she most surely loves dogs. We cannot recommend Jane more highly.  She is absolutely excellent.

Bill, Joan and Jenny
Havanese

IMG_6446Jane’s dog training classes were a great experience for us and our little dog Luci. My partner and I are new to dog ownership so we needed the clear guidance and fun training that Jane offered. We are very well trained humans now, and our dog is a delight to live with! Of course our dog is not perfect, but Jane taught us a dog is a DOG and will have unique personality quirks like any person! Luci is a success story as far as small dogs go and we owe that to Jane’s guidance.

Sarah & Luci
Bichon/Shih-Tzu

SpringMy dog, Spring, was an almost two year old rescue dog when I enrolled in Jane's Family Dog obedience class.  My girl was skittish, terrified of her own shadow and completely lacking in self confidence when we started our class.  We continued our training in Jane's Step Beyond classes and Spring blossomed.  Jane's classes were fun and positive and it was so rewarding to see Spring's confidence and ability grow in leaps and bounds.  Last month, Spring qualified as a therapy pet. I could not be more proud of how far Spring has come in two years. Spring is unfazed by vacuum cleaning in the halls, wheelchairs in the corridors, or even riding in the elevator - all of which would have terrified her two years ago.  Spring and I are hugely grateful to Jane for her skill, experience and sensitivity in giving us the tools to be able to achieve what we have accomplished so far, and will continue to build on.

Penny & Spring
Nova Scotia Duck Trolling Retriever

Sophie2Sophie and I really enjoyed our classes with Jane. We learned the essentials for a good solid foundation for further training. Jane’s manner and approach made us feel comfortable and Sophie and I both looked forward to our classes every single week! I’ll be sure to return. Great job Jane!

Eric & Sophie
Border Collie/Labrador Retriever

Corrie.thumbnailI took the Step beyond Obedience to prepare my Sheltie to be a Therapy Dog. It was exactly what I had hoped it would be and my dog is now a certified Therapy Dog with the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program. We are making weekly visits to a local nursing home, thanks to Jane and her obedience training,

Cora and Therapy Dog Corrie
Shetland Sheepdog

sugar-testimonialI am on my second generation of dogs that have attended all of Jane's classes.  She is an excellent teacher and communicator and she is continually perfecting her classes.  Her common dog sense is impeccable.  She has anticipated everything you need to know to have a well behaved family dog and good canine citizen.

Lori and Sugar
Rhodesian Ridgeback

MollyMolly is a sweet, smart, lovely girl but she was aggressive to other dogs. I decided to get help and was very fortunate to find Jane. The training created a new relationship between us, and a much happier and more relaxed Molly.You can't undo this behavior overnight but it is getting better and better and both Molly and I look forward to our walks now so that we can practice. Jane changed our lives simply by helping me to understand Molly and giving me the tools to help her. I could never say enough good things about her.

Becky and Molly
English Cocker Spaniel

photoMy new rescue dog and I attended  "Family Manners" classes. Although I had had a great relationship with my previous dog,  I felt classes were needed for Birdie and for me as time had passed and training methods had changed.  The classes were positive, worthwhile and a fun experience for both of us, especially as I feel so empowered. Thanks Jane

Colleen and Birdie
Small Mixed Breed