Thursday, October 20, 2016
We've been trying to update classes on our website www.smartdogs.com, however, for some reason we can not get in. We have contacted the host company to sort out the issue and appologize for any inconvenience.
Classes currently available are listed below:
Fun Agility Intro - November 5th, 10-11am (might be one spot left)
Basic Obedience - November (TBA) Saturdays 11:30-12:30 (four spots left)
Puppy Class - November (TBA) Saturdays 1:00-2:00 (four spots left)
Possibility of Bootcamp before the snow - November 9th, 7-8pm
Please contact us if you are interested in any of the above. You can visit the site for full class details on the "Group Classes" page.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Our popular Puppy Class for ages 10 weeks to 5 months old is starting up again. We filled on our first session, so we are opening a second.
Classes will run Saturday's in October, 11:30am-12:30pm.
Puppy's need 2nd set of shots to join.
Awesome class for introduction to simple obedience, manners, lifestyle, games and more!
Spaces are limited, so please contact us if you are interested in joining. Three spots available.
or visit the website for details:
Friday, May 20, 2016
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Many people look at dog training as a chore, something we drill, something that we don't really want to do, but we have to, something you don't want to make time for at the end of a long day.
But ... it doesn't have to be that way. You do not need to practice for hours on end. You don't need to drill your dog until both him and you hate it. You don't need to be serious. And yes, you can have fun.
I love incorporating play into training, it makes it interesting for the dog, and typically the handler is having fun as well. Teaching your dog to fetch or tug is a good start. I'm not going to go into details on how to do that here, but rather those are two games that you can reward your dog with.
For example, when I take my dogs out to play, I always add obedience to the play - be it the out for the ball/toy/tug, some simple sits and downs, recalls into a game, or heeling, it doesn't matter how, when or where we play, there is always an element of training. I keep it short, and I keep it fun. I don't drill the dogs, I let them enjoy themselves, I let them enjoy the training. I even run around with them myself (adds more excitement and engagement to the game) and I interact. I don't get distracted, I don't text, I don't have a conversation with someone, I don't throw the ball and then turn my back on the dog. I play with the dog.
It doesn't have to last long, 10 minutes of fetch or tug is more than good enough. You are able to get in repetition of commands, have fun doing it, and end on a positive. Even in this short period of time, you are benefiting both your dogs mind and body, you are teaching them, and they are learning.
It doesn't have to happen every day, a few times a week is just fine ... and no matter how much you work, you can not honestly say that you don't have 5-10 minutes a few times a week to work with your dog in a fun, engaging way that only benefits yours and the dogs relationship.
So get out, and have fun training!!
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Well, this past weekend Iron Clad's Big Steve, the Olde English Bulldogge, started his career with us.
This big boy, has been with us since the moment he was born, and was my son's favorite. He has been, by far, the easiest puppy I've ever owned.
This guy is well adjusted, friendly, independent yet still socially motivated. He has high food drive and toy drive, but is fantastic at relaxing. He reminds me a lot of Brandy, but without the terrier "tude" (and don't get me wrong, I enjoy the terrier "tude", but Bulldogge attitude is a bit different.).
We are training this guy for Conformation, Obedience, Rally Obedience, and yes, I think I'll try some Agility with him ... though his top speed is not really what I would call fast.
This guy is going full time with us shortly, and once mature, will be helping out dogs with reactivity issues. Keep an eye out for this guy at classes and coming events, and come say hello.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Here is a snap shot of our upcoming classes for Spring/Summer 2016:
Basic Classes WAIT LIST STARTED for July 2016
Friday's 7-8pm & Saturdays 10-11am7 sessions, 1 hour each session, get your dog working for you and focusing on you under distraction. 18 weeks and up. A MUST HAVE class!
Bootcamp Class is open for REGISTRATION!Tuesday May 10, 7-8pm - 1 SPOT LEFT
(Bootcamp will run again over the Summer/Fall months - stay tuned for details)
Must have completed Smart Dogs Basics Class.
6 weeks of training in the real world!! All over town - get your dog paying attention to you where it counts!
MAY/JUNE Puppy Class WAIT LIST started!
Sunday's 4-5pm - 3 SPOTS LEFT
4 sessions, 1 hour each session, get your puppy working for you and focusing on you in a fun, positive way, under distraction. Must have second set of shots.. A FANTASTIC INTRO class for young puppies!
FOCUS/PLAY Class starting soon!
5 sessions, 1 hour each session - get your dogs mind and body active with this interactive, play based class. You will learn how to gain focus, appropriate games, how to apply focus to obedience and minor agility equipment.
Please see GROUP TRAINING page for details on all of our upcoming classes, or contact us for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Why train your dog with us?
- Smaller Class sizes - 7-8 max, typical is 6 dog/handler teams
- Unlimited email support
- Video homework along side written instruction
- On-going continuing education for trainers/staff
- We prepare you for the real world - our 2nd (and sometimes 1st) group level is outdoors, around town, where you would take your dog on a regular basis - makes sense to owner and dog
- We don't overwhelm you with too many exercises in a single session
- We focus on CALM, not high enery obedience - Family obedinece not sport dog obedeince.
- Group and private training- from Puppy to Advanced
- Fun classes such as Agility and Focus/Play
- Not married to a single method or technique - we do what works for your dog
- We give your dog the whole picture, not just part of it - a high percentage of positive reinforcement (food, play, toys, praise, touch) along with thoughtful use of pressure and corrections
- We understand it's not all about the dog - you have a job, family, a life, and we make it easy (and fun) to fit training into your busy lifestyle.
For more information on our training, visit out website at:
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Thursday, April 7, 2016
Training your dog takes time, patience, love, consistency and money. Training takes work, dedication, patience and perseverance. Training takes patience, practice and consistency. Training takes commitment.
When training dogs, you must keep in mind that, unfortunately, they do not speak English, so we have to help them to understand our language. The more animated, out of control, impatient and frustrated we get, the harder it is for the dog to understand. They don't know what our babbling means. They have no idea why you are mad when they don't sit. They haven't a clue why it's not better to chase the birds or eat the rabbit poop than listen to you. They just don't know ... until we teach them.
From puppies to elderly dogs, we always need to take the time to teach, then we need to repeat and repeat and practice and repeat some more. We need to remain consistent with our rules and requirements. We need to train in different situations, with different distractions, on different days, in different weather. Sounds like work? It is. Nothing is easy, but you get out of it what you put in. In this case, when you put in the work, you actually get to see your efforts take shape.
Your goals with training don't have to be lofty either. Sometimes lofty goals can create stress, and stress does nothing to help the relationship with your dog. Your goals do not need to be the same as your neighbours goals, your sisters goals or your friends goals. If you are happy that you dog can walk nicely on leash, come when called and not knock Grandma over when she comes to visit, then great, you've achieved your goal. If you want to push for more, fantastic! But you will have to put in the work, and trust me, no matter how much work, it's always a wonderful moment when you see the hard work and teaching come together.
It really doesn't matter what style of training that you implement and follow; if you are not consistent and don't practice, your dog will not understand. If you only practice once a week in a group class, with no other effort daily, your dog will not get it. If you only practice in your kitchen, your dog will not have a clue that he still has to listen on the front lawn. If training isn't a part of your dogs daily life, you are keeping him from expanding his mind. If you think training should only take couple weeks or you think a dog can be programmed like a computer, get a stuffed animal because you are going to be sorely disappointed.
Enjoy your dogs as best you can, and give them the opportunity to enjoy life by the freedom that comes with good, clear, consistent training.