Training

Build a happy, positive relationship with your dog. Join our training classes.

Doggieland believes that training is key to building a happy and positive relationship with your dog.

Doggieland is pleased to work with a number of local dog trainers who are experienced in delivering effective, gentle and force-free private training programs for all dogs. Talk to us about your training needs and we will be happy to connect you to a highly-skilled trainer. We also partner with When Hounds Fly one of Toronto’s premier dog training schools, to offer a range of classes at both our North Toronto and Bloor West locations.

Puppy Socialization Classes

The primary goal of these classes is to enrich your puppy with positive experiences so that he or she matures into being a comfortable and confident dog. Precision obedience work is not the focus at this age (nor should it be the priority), so this is not to be considered a full obedience class.

The emphasis of the class is around ensuring your puppy interacts with a variety of other puppies in a positive manner so that we reduce the risk of your puppy being fearful or aggressive towards dogs later in life. This is why puppy socialization class is so valuable. The class is a 50/50 mix of training and socialization time. For this reason, it is critical that larger breed dogs start in this class as young as possible. We welcome dogs 8-16 weeks of age with as few as one vaccination booster and one deworming

North Toronto Location: 1 Fairlawn Ave

Thursday:  start anytime 8:15pm – 9:15 p.m.
Sunday:     start anytime 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Attend any 4 classes   $150 per dog + HST
To register:  Visit  www.whenhoundsfly.com/doggieland

Foundation Skills Training

This class is for dogs who range in age from 16 weeks to 16 years (and up!), including middle-aged and senior dogs (perfect for your new rescue!) and their owners. Pups must have had their rounds of puppy shots. The emphasis on this class is to cover all our Foundation Skills obedience exercises that help address common “nuisance” behaviours like pulling on leash or jumping up on house guests, and also condition calmness, stillness, and impulse control. Exercises include: Focus and Attention and Name Response, Loose Leash Walking, Lay Down, Targeting (for Recall!), Go to Bed, Playing Tug, Sit-Stay and Down-Stay. Doggie Zen (aka Leave It), Paw Object, Introduction to Target Sticks, Recall Exercises

North Toronto Location: 1 Fairlawn Avenue
Thursdays: 7:15-8:15 p.m.     8 classes  5 dogs maximum
Sundays:   11:00-12:00 p.m.  8 classes  5 dogs maximum
 
Bloor West Location:  2322 Bloor St. West 
Mondays   7:15-8:15 for 8 consecutive Mondays  8 classes  5 dogs minimum
 
Cost: $260 plus HST
To register:  Visit  www.whenhoundsfly.com/doggieland

Background on When Hounds Fly

Utilizing the techniques developed and advocated by Karen Pryor (www.clickertraining.com), our force-free methods are safe for all family members, strengthen (not damage) your relationship with your dog, and are scientifically proven to be the most effective.

We first opened our doors for classes in January 2010. Since then, over 1000 dogs and their families have taken classes at When Hounds Fly. Most of our new students are referrals from past students, veterinarians, and other pet industry professionals. Our reputation and success is built upon the success of our students!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Regarding vaccinations: The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour recommends that puppies attend well-run puppy socialization classes prior to receiving all vaccinations. Inadequate or improper socialization is a greater risk to a dog’s long term well-being. Per their recommendations, puppies with only their first set of vaccinations, and one deworming or negative fecal test are welcome to join classes, and should continue their vaccinations over the duration of the program. In a very recent 2013 study, the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association found that puppies that attended a well-run puppy socialization class prior to the age of 16 weeks were at no additional risk at contracting parvo, over puppies that did not attend puppy socialization classes. A puppy socialization class held indoors in a sanitized environment is not the same as taking an 8 week old puppy to a disease-filled dog park. If your breeder, veterinarian, or other people advise keeping your puppy indoors until after they have completed all their vaccinations, they are simply not up-to-date with current information.