Is there an age restriction for your training programs?
Yes, we have age restrictions for our programs. For Training Essentials I, dogs must be five months of age and older, no dog is too old to become balanced. Any owners with dogs under four months should consider taking our Puppy Essentials course. We encourage owners to seek behavioural-based training as soon as possible to ensure their dog receives the proper foundation for appropriate behaviour.
How long is each training program?
Training Essentials I (group class): This program runs for five weeks, with two sessions each week, for a total of 10 sessions (10 hours)
Training Essentials II (group class): This program runs for five weeks, with two sessions each week, for a total of 10 sessions (10 hours)
Puppy Essentials (group class): This program runs for eight weeks, with one session each week, for a total of 8 sessions (8 hours)
How much do the programs cost?
Puppy Essentials costs $550 plus tax. Training Essentials I is $1,000 + tax for 10, 90-minute classes over 5 weeks and Training Essentials II is $800 + tax. Fees for follow-up sessions vary depending on each case.
Does The Dog Haus offer private training packages?
The Dog Haus does not offer private training. Please contact us to discuss your dog’s needs and our various group class options.
How large is the class size for Training Essentials I and Training Essentials II?
We generally train a maximum of six dogs at a time. By keeping class sizes small, trainees get more hands-on experience and focused support. Small group sizes also provide each member with the opportunity to network, analyze and learn from one another. Larger group sizes may cause more distractions to owners and their dogs and as a result, decrease their ability to be successful and achieve their intended goals. Please note, we only allow a maximum of two people per dog.
What will I learn from the training programs?
Training Essentials I (group class): This course focuses on dog psychology and behaviour, and works differently than a typical obedience class. Dogs who are obedient can often still have behavioural issues. Rather, our approach focuses on addressing and preventing those issues. We work with you to establish a calm and balanced relationship with your dog in which you are the Pack Leader. Some topics covered over the ten sessions include understanding dog behaviour, creating a calm dog, mastering the walk, socialization, tools and techniques, and more.
Training Essentials II (group class): This program will further increase your knowledge and understanding of dog psychology and behaviour through a variety of activities including agility, treadmill, biking, socialization, pack walking, and more (weather permitting).
Note: To register for this course, you and your dog must be a graduate of our Training Essentials I program.
Puppy Essentials (group class): This course focuses on dog psychology and behaviour with a special emphasis on the early stages of puppy development and the unique needs that come with each one. We will focus on establishing the foundations for a calm, balanced dog. By providing your puppy with calm, assertive leadership from the start, you will learn how to avoid common behavioural issues from developing in the first place. Some topics covered include potty training, mastering the walk, socialization, basic commands, and more.
What is a problem issue?
A problem issue in its simplest form is something that can be difficult to deal with. Many dogs can experience these issues on a recurring basis. Some examples of problem issues include: pulling the leash while walking, aggression towards other dogs and or people, jumping up on people, and destructive behaviour (chewing or breaking household objects including furniture and clothes), etc. Our behavioural-based training programs address these issues and help owners successfully adjust their dog’s current behaviour to provide them with a calm and well-balanced dog.
How do you deal with an aggressive dog in the Training Essentials I and Training Essentials II (group class) programs?
We try our best to limit aggressive dogs. Any dog deemed aggressive is muzzled during all class sessions to ensure the safety of dog owners, other dogs, staff members, and trainers. If the dog remains a danger beyond that, we will work with individual clients to find alternative training methods to address their dog’s behavioural issues.