Upcoming Events

EVENTS

Feb 25                 Scent Detection – Trial Prep – Tailwaggers, Pembroke, Ont

Feb 25                 Understanding K9 Behaviour:  Reactivity, Aggression and Anxiety – Tailwaggers, Pembroke, Ont

April 21-22        Scent Detection Seminar – Laval, Que

Jun 8-10             Water Search Seminar – Search Dog Organization of North America, Flagstaff, Arizona

 

Dogs with Jobs!

Dogs With Jobs - Seizure Detection Service Dogs

Dogs with Jobs is a winter lecture series, covering many of the roles that dogs play in the modern world.  All proceeds from these presentations will go directly and entirely to the Ottawa Valley Search and Rescue Dog Association, a registered charitable organization.

Seizure Response Service Dogs are trained to perform tasks during or following a seizure to assist their handler. Their ability to respond and react quickly makes them a trustworthy companion, and provides their handlers with the confidence to live independently.

We are grateful to presenter Samantha Knapp of Kingston 4 Paws Service Dogs, for agreeing to come and talk about her experiences selecting, training and fielding service dogs that are trained for many tasks:  seizure detection, autism assistance, PTSD, etc.,

This presentation is for humans only, so please leave your dog at home. We're hoping for a full house - so bring along a chair, a note pad and all of your questions!

Start time is 7:00pm.  Event is expected to last 1.5 - 2 hrs.

 

Price: C$15.00

Date: Sunday, February 4, 2018

Address:
Best Friends Dog Training
2413-7 Stevenage Dr.
Ottawa, On
K1G 3W1
Canada Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 40

Dogs With Jobs - Explosive Detection Dogs

Dogs with Jobs is a winter lecture series, covering many of the roles that dogs play in the modern world.  All proceeds from these presentations will go directly and entirely to the Ottawa Valley Search and Rescue Dog Association, a registered charitable organization.

During their daily routine, explosive detection dog handlers and their canines may search cargo shipments, luggage, and passenger carry-on bags. They are most frequently employed at airports, border crossings, and ports. Ahandler must be familiar with each behavioral signal their dog may offer, and they are responsible for initiating a search if a dog signals that it has located a target odour.

We are grateful to presenters Russ and Danielle Fox, dog handlers at the Ottawa Airport Authority, for agreeing to come and talk about their experiences selecting, training and fielding explosive detection dogs.

This presentation is for humans only, so please leave your dog at home. We're hoping for a full house - so bring along a chair, a note pad and all of your questions!

Start time is 7:00pm.  Event is expected to last 1.5 - 2 hrs.

Price: C$15.00

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018

Address:
Best Friends Dog Training
2413-7 Stevenage Dr.
Ottawa, On
K1G 3W1
Canada Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 41

Dogs With Jobs - The Adrien McNaughton Case

Dogs with Jobs is a winter lecture series, covering many of the roles that dogs play in the modern world.  All proceeds from these presentations will go directly and entirely to the Ottawa Valley Search and Rescue Dog Association, a registered charitable organization.

Adrien McNaughton went missing during a Calabogie family fishing trip in 1972.  No sign of him was ever found.

In December 2015, Ottawa Valley Search and Rescue Dogs were asked to search for his remains, as part of the CBC podcast Someone Knows Something.   What happened next was completely unexpected.

With the permission of the CBC and SKS producer David Ridgen, OVSARDA has been given permission to speak about what happened during this search.   Cadaver dog handler Kim Cooper will cover the mission, the search strategies and the surprising events.   For podcast junkies, you will get to see previously unreleased video of the dogs on the site.

This presentation is for humans only, so please leave your dog at home. We're hoping for a full house - so bring along a chair, a note pad and all of your questions!

Start time is 7:00pm.  Event is expected to last 1.5 - 2 hrs.

 

Price: C$15.00

Date: Friday, March 23, 2018

Address:
Best Friends Dog Training
2413-7 Stevenage Dr.
Ottawa, On
K1G 3W1
Canada Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 43

Workshops

Reliable Recalls

Does your dog come to you when you call him? What if another playful dog, or a fluffy squirrel, was running nearby? Does he dance just out of reach when it is time to head home from the dog park? Does he sheepishly walk towards you, or does he come running at a full sprint when called? If your dog’s recall is anything other than fast and reliable – 100% of the time - than this workshop is for you! You will be taken through exercises that will help you learn how to best motivate your dog during training, and how to help your dog overcome difficult distractions. During the workshop you will work with your dog as you learn the foundation and recall training exercises that will be the key to building a fast reliable recall.

Class Size: 8 working spots, 12 audit spots

Prerequisites for working spot: 2 x DHPP, 12+ weeks of age, people/dog friendly dog

Prerequisites for auditors: None

Format: 1 evening, 2 - 2.5 hours in length

Price:   Working spot, $30 FULL! ;  Auditor, $15

You will be required to bring a crate, and to crate your dog when it is not involved in an exercise.   If you are unable or unwilling to do so, please sign up as an auditor instead!

Price: C$15.00

Date: Friday, January 26, 2018

Address:
Best Friends Dog Training
2413-7 Stevenage Dr.
Ottawa, On
K1G 3W1
Canada Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 11

Crate Games for Dog Sports (Pet Dogs too!)

Teaching your dog “Crate Games” – a training tool developed by Canadian and International Agility Champion, Susan Garrett - is not about teaching your dog to like being in their crate (that is great side effect though). It is a great training game that can be used to train many behaviours across many dog sports – the list is as endless as your imagination.

Crate Games is all about teaching your dog specific performance expectations away from the training and competition ring. Training away from the ring allows the dog the opportunity to not only learn in a very controlled environment - when we control the environment, we can increase or decrease distraction level, which will also allow us to control when our dog can be successful and earn a reward; or fail, but learn from that failure in a manner that will increase understanding and actually build drive.

While Crate Games was originally developed for dogs in agility, it doesn’t end there. The foundations of Crate Games are universal and apply to all dogs in all dog sports, or even pet dogs in home environments. How we grow the games – and even create our own new games – helps our dogs not only understand performance criteria in their favourite sports, but also build joy and excitement for the game – and their handler!

This workshop is for dogs that are not familiar, or somewhat familiar with Crate Games. Please note, dogs will advance through the stages of Crate Games at different rates. While all dogs may not be ready to participate in all exercises presented, all dogs will receive equal working time.

It is recommended – but not required - that owners attend the first workshop in this series “Impulse Control”. It will also provide an excellent head start on the next workshop in the series “Winter Agility Handling Indoors.

IMPORTANT: If your dog is afraid of their crate, then please bring a bath mat or dog bed that will fit easily inside the dog crate you wish to use for crate games.

Course Requirements:

Pens and notepad (handouts will not be provided)

Dog crate – appropriately sized hard plastic or wire crate (no soft crates)!
If required – bath mat of dog bed
Comfortable chair
Variety of dog treats (low value, high value, and super high value)
High value and low value tug toys
6’ Dog leash and flat buckle collar
**Please wear comfortable clothes and running type shoes

Size: 8 working spots, 8 audit spots

Prerequisites for working spot: 2 x DHPP, 12+ weeks of age, people/dog friendly dog

Prerequisites for auditors: None

Format: 1 evening, 2 - 2.5 hours in length

Price:   Working spot, $30   FULL;  Auditor, $15

Price: C$15.00

Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018

Address:
Best Friends Dog Training
2413-7 Stevenage Dr.
Ottawa, On
K1G 3W1
Canada Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 8

Winter Agility Handling

Winter is here, and the agility equipment is away until Spring. That is no excuse to put your dogs agility training on hold! This workshop will be all about advancing you and your dogs handling skills from the comfort of your home, and only using “equipment” you already have, or that can be made with items from the dollar store!

This workshop will focus heavily on handling skills for agility (beginner through masters level skills) but also skills for mastering tricky tunnel entrances and exits, proofing verbal cues, improving listening skills for obstacle discrimination, start line performance, table and stopped contact performance, and proofing all those agility skills through high level distractions. All this will be done with absolutely no official agility equipment.

This workshop is most appropriate for dogs over the age of 12 months, however, some exercises can be modified to accommodate the physical limitations of younger dogs and puppies. Owners should be aware that younger dogs and puppies may not be able to participate in every exercise presented during the workshop.

It is very highly recommended – but not required – that owners attend the first two workshops in this series “Impulse Control” and “Crate Games”. The skills presented in these two workshops will be used and referenced during this workshop.

Course Requirements:

Pens and notepad (handouts will not be provided)
Appropriately secure dog crate - no exceptions!
Variety of dog treats (low value, high value, and super high value)
High value and low value tug toys
6’ Dog leash and flat buckle collar
**Please wear comfortable clothes and running type shoeWinter Agility Handling

Size: 8 working spots, 8 audit spots

Prerequisites for working spot: 3 x DHPP + rabies, 6+ months of age, people/dog friendly dog

Prerequisites for auditors: None

Format: 1 evening, 2 - 2.5 hours in length

Price:   Working spot, $30 ;  Auditor, $15

Price: C$30.00

Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018

Address:
Best Friends Dog Training
2413-7 Stevenage Dr.
Ottawa, On
K1G 3W1
Canada Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 2

Reliable Recalls

Does your dog come to you when you call him? What if another playful dog, or a fluffy squirrel, was running nearby? Does he dance just out of reach when it is time to head home from the dog park? Does he sheepishly walk towards you, or does he come running at a full sprint when called? If your dog’s recall is anything other than fast and reliable – 100% of the time - than this workshop is for you! You will be taken through exercises that will help you learn how to best motivate your dog during training, and how to help your dog overcome difficult distractions. During the workshop you will work with your dog as you learn the foundation and recall training exercises that will be the key to building a fast reliable recall.

Class Size: 8 working spots, 12 audit spots

Prerequisites for working spot: 2 x DHPP, 12+ weeks of age, people/dog friendly dog

Prerequisites for auditors: None

Format: 1 evening, 2 - 2.5 hours in length

Price:   Working spot, $30 ;  Auditor, $15

You will be required to bring a crate, and to crate your dog when it is not involved in an exercise.   If you are unable or unwilling to do so, please sign up as an auditor instead!

Price: C$30.00

Date: Friday, February 23, 2018

Address:
Best Friends Dog Training
2413-7 Stevenage Dr.
Ottawa, On
K1G 3W1
Canada Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 5

Reliable Recalls

Does your dog come to you when you call him? What if another playful dog, or a fluffy squirrel, was running nearby? Does he dance just out of reach when it is time to head home from the dog park? Does he sheepishly walk towards you, or does he come running at a full sprint when called? If your dog’s recall is anything other than fast and reliable – 100% of the time - than this workshop is for you! You will be taken through exercises that will help you learn how to best motivate your dog during training, and how to help your dog overcome difficult distractions. During the workshop you will work with your dog as you learn the foundation and recall training exercises that will be the key to building a fast reliable recall.

Class Size: 8 working spots, 12 audit spots

Prerequisites for working spot: 2 x DHPP, 12+ weeks of age, people/dog friendly dog

Prerequisites for auditors: None

Format: 1 evening, 2 - 2.5 hours in length

Price:   Working spot, $30 ;  Auditor, $15

Price: C$15.00

Date: Friday, April 20, 2018

Address:
Best Friends Dog Training
2413-7 Stevenage Dr.
Ottawa, On
K1G 3W1
Canada Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 8

 


OBEDIENCE / RALLY O FUN MATCHES 

Dec 8th – Obedience Fun Match (including the brand new Open H and Open 18 classes!)

January 19 – CKC Rally O Fun Match  

February 2 – Obedience Fun Match

March 2 – Obedience Fun Match

March 16 – CARO Rally O Fun Match

April 6 – Obedience Fun Match

May 4 – Obedience Fun Match

May 18 – CKC Rally O Fun Match

June 8 – CARO Rally O Fun Match

 

Obedience Fun Match

Routine:  $8.00  ($10 at the door)

Stays:        $2.00

Classes:  Pre-Novice, Novice, Novice Intermediate, Open H, Open 18 (new class), Utility

Price: C$10.00

Date: Friday, February 2, 2018

Address:
Best Friends Dog Training
2413-7 Stevenage Dr.
Ottawa, On
K1G 3W1
Canada Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 0

Obedience Fun Match

Routine:  $8.00  ($10 at the door)

Stays:        $2.00

Classes:  Pre-Novice, Novice, Novice Intermediate, Open H, Open 18 (new class), Utility

Price: C$10.00

Date: Friday, March 2, 2018

Address:
Best Friends Dog Training
2413-7 Stevenage Dr.
Ottawa, On
K1G 3W1
Canada Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 25

Rally O Fun Match CARO

Two courses, one Novice and one Advanced (CARO) level.  The courses will be set for you, there will be a judge, and a timer.   Each competitor has a maximum of 5 minutes to tackle the course, enjoy their ring time.

Fee:  $10.00/run

 

Price: C$10.00

Date: Friday, March 16, 2018

Address:
Best Friends Dog Training
2413-7 Stevenage Dr.
Ottawa, On
K1G 3W1
Canada Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 23

Obedience Fun Match

Routine:  $8.00  ($10 at the door)

Stays:        $2.00

Classes:  Pre-Novice, Novice, Novice Intermediate, Open H, Open 18 (new class), Utility

Price: C$10.00

Date: Friday, April 6, 2018

Address:
Best Friends Dog Training
2413-7 Stevenage Dr.
Ottawa, On
K1G 3W1
Canada Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 32

Obedience Fun Match

Routine:  $8.00  ($10 at the door)

Stays:        $2.00

Classes:  Pre-Novice, Novice, Novice Intermediate, Open H, Open 18 (new class), Utility

Price: C$10.00

Date: Friday, May 4, 2018

Address:
Best Friends Dog Training
2413-7 Stevenage Dr.
Ottawa, On
K1G 3W1
Canada Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 36

Rally O Fun Match

Two courses, one Novice and one Advanced (CKC) level.  The courses will be set for you, there will be a judge, and a timer.   Each competitor has a maximum of 5 minutes to tackle the course, enjoy their ring time.

Fee:  $10.00/run

 

Price: C$10.00

Date: Friday, May 18, 2018

Address:
Best Friends Dog Training
2413-7 Stevenage Dr.
Ottawa, On
K1G 3W1
Canada Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 28

Rally O Fun Match

Two courses, one Novice and one Advanced (CARO) level.  The courses will be set for you, there will be a judge, and a timer.   Each competitor has a maximum of 5 minutes to tackle the course, enjoy their ring time.

Fee:  $10.00/run

 

Price: C$10.00

Date: Friday, June 8, 2018

Address:
Best Friends Dog Training
2413-7 Stevenage Dr.
Ottawa, On
K1G 3W1
Canada Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 29