Upcoming Events

EVENTS

 

March 24th     Reliable Recalls!

March 31st       Making the Connection – Relationship Building Skills for Agility Handlers

April 28th         Reliable Recalls!

May 6th           Intro to Scent Detection workshop – Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Eastern Canada, Ottawa, ON          

May 20-21       SAR Seminar – Dogs in the Park, Guelph, ON

June 11th         Human Remains Detection (HRD) Workshop – Guides Canins, St Lazare, PQ

June 23-25      Water Search Seminar – Search Dog Organization of North America, Barrington, NJ

 

Making the Connection – Relationship Building Skills for Agility Handlers

If you can only attend one agility workshop in the coming months – or are new to the sport – then this workshop is for you! This workshop is all 14242335_10153895038822965_2919323349457699587_oabout building and growing the relationship between the agility handler and their dog.

Many of the “problem behaviours” agility handlers encounter with their dogs has little to do with obstacles themselves, but rather what happens before, between, and after obstacles. Behaviours like sniffing the ground, hunting for dropped treats, jumping up/nipping, broken start lines, slow speed on course, stealing toys/food, running off to visit “friends”, going off course to take favourite pieces of equipment, hiding in/under obstacles to escape the heat/rain, and refusing to leave/slow off the start line are just some of the struggles every handler will encounter at one time or another.

In this workshop we will discuss:

  • How to engage your dog appropriately in order to gain handler focus and increase speed on course.
  • Start-line handling, the choices, and how to make the right one for you and your dog.
  • How to use food and toy rewards appropriately, and why the timing of delivery is so important.
  • Impulse control, distractions, and how to overcome “naughty dog” behaviours.
  • How to set your dog up for success when training new or difficult behaviours.
  • How to test understanding, work through distractions, and how to overcome failures. (FYI, we L-O-V-E failures and we are excited to show you why you should too!)

Note: Specific obstacles performance problems (i.e. missed contacts, skipped/popped weave poles) will not be discussed during this workshop, however, many of the training methods/exercises can be utilized to correct those problems.

Time: 6:30-9:00pm

Format: 1 session, 2.5 hours in length

Working Spots:  8, $25  FULL!

Prerequisites for working spot: Dog-friendly dog, UTD on vaccines, familiar and confident on bar jumps and straight/curved tunnel.

Observer Spots: 8, $15

Prerequisites for observers: None

Price: C$15.00

Date: Friday, March 31, 2017

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 callhappy running dog 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.

A crate is highly recommended.   If you cannot bring a crate, please be prepared to leave your dog in your vehicle for the first 30 minutes of this workshop.

Class Size: working spots  FULL , 4 observer (no dog) spots

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

Prerequisites for observers: None

Format: 1 session, 2 - 2.5 hours in length

Price:   Working spot, $25   FULL ;  Observer, $10

Price: C$10.00

Date: Friday, April 28, 2017

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

Available Spaces: 2


OBEDIENCE / RALLY O FUN MATCHES

March 17 – Obedience Fun Match 

April 7th – Obedience Fun Match

 

Obedience Fun Match

Routine:  $8.00  ($10 at the door)

Stays:        $2.00

Running Order:   Novice, Utility, Open

Price: C$10.00

Date: Friday, April 7, 2017

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

Available Spaces: 12