We all want our dogs to be friendly and polite when meeting other dogs and people. But what happens when you have a dog that is growling and lunging when other dogs approach; or shy’s away and avoids meeting people; or are they uncontrollably jumping all over every person and dog you meet? In this class, we will look at canine body language to better understand what emotional state your dog is in, as the building block to training dog to dog, and people to dog introductions. With this knowledge, you will learn what a friendly approach is, and what is not!

We will practice sit/settle, proper leash handling, and how to avoid creating “leash aggression”. In addition, we will go over proper ways to approach a dog and how to help build the confidence of shy dogs ;)

With practice, you will have a well-mannered dog that meets in a friendly way and makes outings fun and relaxing ;)

Class Length: 2 hours
Class Size:  3 - 6 dogs
Cost:  $40 + tax (cash, cheque, or e-transfer)

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Many owners struggle with dogs that will not come back when they are let loose on walks. Some dogs seem deaf to their owners’ voices as they wander off into the distance, while others obviously hear the request to come, but actively avoid their owners in what appears to be a great game for them. The latter can be the most frustrating, because they can even successfully learn to take treats from their owners’ hands without getting “caught”.

In this class, you will learn how to get a rapid recall! By using your body movements and voice and positive reinforcement, you will learn how to make yourself more interesting than a neighborhood dog, a pile of poop, or any other distraction that your little pup finds more entertaining than you. Recall can be a fun and exciting training exercise for you and your dog. Before you know it, you will have a reliable and consistent recall ;)


Contrary to popular belief, dogs that pull on the leash while being walked do not want to be pack leader, top dog, alpha, or dominant over their human. There is a much simpler explanation: dogs love to be outside, and the walk is a stimulating and exciting part of their day, so the desire to push ahead is very strong.

A leash, though vital for safety, can also be frustrating for a dog, because being 'tied' to a person essentially stops a dog’s ability to act naturally. That being said, all dogs should be taught how to walk on the leash in a positive way without being jerked, yanked, choked, or shocked, so that walks can be enjoyable for everyone!