Our Sports Puppy Foundations class is a super fun class designed to teach young puppies age-appropriate training concepts and behaviours to build a skilled and confident sports dog! This is a great way to help prepare your puppy for future dogsports classes!
Topics covered include:
- Shaping behaviors
- Utilizing a marker training system
- Building toy and food drive
- Building body awareness and confidence
- training games
- dealing with distractions
- and more!
Is this class right for your puppy?
- Suitable for puppies between 12 weeks and 6 months old (puppies must have finished at least their 2nd set of vaccines at least 24 hours prior to the first class)
- This class does not cover general puppy training topics (such as potty training, basic obedience, biting, etc) so for general puppy training, you will want to take our Positive Puppy class instead. You can take both classes in conjunction with each other.
- This class is best suited for handlers who have a lot of experience with dog sport training (such as Rally Obedience, Agility, Tricks etc)
- This class is best for those who love to train with their puppy! Be prepared for homework!
- Still not sure? E-mail us!
Additional Class Information
Core vaccines required:
8 weeks: distemper, parvo, adenovirus (hepatitis) & parainfluenza
12 weeks: 2nd set: distemper, parvo, adenovirus (hepatitis) & parainfluenza
16 weeks: 3rd set or titre results
over 24 weeks: rabies
Bordetella & Leptospirosis: recommended but not required. Please consult your vet regarding these optional vaccines.
If you have imported a dog/puppy from outside Canada or the US, please DO NOT attend classes until you've had the dog for over 2 weeks with no signs of illness. This is to allow for an initial bonding period and health guarantee before attending class. You must have has the dog home and with no signs of illness for at least 2 weeks before the 1st class. If you signed up for a class, but your dog shows signs of illness please do not attend class the next class, and contact us right away.
Reactive and/or Barking Dogs:
If your dog is reactive (i.e. lunges, barks etc towards other dogs and/or people), and requires a personal bubble of space from other dogs or people, we will accommodate your dog as long as you have previously or are currently working with a positive reinforcement trainer on your dog’s reactivity, so that you are skilled at managing your dog in a group setting.
Need a trainer for this? Let us know! We are happy to help!
Please note: Agility Foundations class is very high energy! If other dogs running/barking/jumping would likely cause your dog to react or be uncomfortable, we recommend starting in a calmer class like Rally-Obedience or Good Manners before joining Agility Foundations.
If your dog barks excessively around other dogs (and cannot easily be stopped with a toy or food) we ask that you please contact us to schedule a private session before joining a group class, so that we can work on the barking before joining a more exciting group class. While we understand your dog may just be excited or nervous around the other dogs, if the dogs are constantly barking it is unfair to the students who cannot hear the instructor, and the instructor who has to try to talk over barking dogs.
Need help with this? Let us know, we’re happy to help!