Group Classes

Our group classes are held in Stoney Creek, and are a fun way to learn obedience with other dogs and their people. Group classes are geared towards functional obedience that can be used in the real world. We offer small classes with plenty of one-on-one time to ensure you get everything you need from us.

As you go through our group class levels, you will be working towards earning your dog’s CCSD “Perfect Pet” Certificate. The Perfect Pet Certificate tests your dog on a variety of skills including socialization, obedience, and manners. You can find out more about the certificate here.

Puppy Preschool

Our Puppy Preschool program is unlike any of the group puppy training classes out there. We focus on relationship development, preventing unwanted behaviours, learning to be calm, obedience, and general life skills that every puppy should have! Classes are 45 minutes in length and are held at the Stoney Creek United Church on King St W, downtown Stoney Creek.

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This program includes:

– Six 45 minute group classes

– Socialization Checklist

– Detailed training program to implement at home

– Videos and handouts for all the skills taught in class

– Unlimited support throughout the course to ensure you have success between each class

– Unlimited access to our Puppy Socials & Enrichment class (attend as many as you like until your puppy is 5 months old – valued at $75)

– Access to attend Puppy Preschool classes until your puppy is 5 months old for free

– Discounted rate on all future group classes

– Access to our monthly group drop in classes (Social Club)

– Access to our exclusive client only Facebook group for further support

– 10% off all purchases on our online pet store www.thecrunchycaninestore.ca

– Nutrition and diet advice from a Certified Raw Food Specialist

Investment: $375 plus HST

Requirements: Puppies 10-20 weeks old with age appropriate vaccinations

 

Contact us today to sign up for Puppy Preschool!

Level 1 Obedience

Our Level 1 Obedience class is for dogs over 5 months of age. We focus on the basics of learning loose leash walking, sit, down, stay, come and place. Students are given weekly homework and support to ensure successful training. Classes are held at the Stoney Creek United Church on King St W, downtown Stoney Creek.

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This program includes:

– Six 50 minute group classes

– Detailed training program to implement at home

– Videos and handouts for all skills taught in class

– Unlimited support throughout the course to ensure you have success between each class

– Access to attend Level 1 Obedience classes as many times as you like for free

– Discounted rate on all future group classes

– Access to our monthly group drop in classes (Social Club)

– Access to our exclusive client only Facebook group for further support

– 10% off all purchases on our online pet store www.thecrunchycaninestore.ca

– Nutrition and diet advice from a Certified Raw Food Specialist

Investment: $275 plus HST

Requirements: Dogs over 5 months of age with proof of age appropriate vaccinations or titres

 

Contact us today to sign up for Level 1 Obedience!

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Level 2 Obedience

Our Level 2 Obedience is an advanced training program that really fine tunes your dogs skills and is an opportunity to earn your dog’s Perfect Pet Certificate. It is a 6 week program that covers sit/stay and down/stay (with distance, distractions, and duration beyond what is taught in level 1), loose leash walking (outside with distractions and challenges), recall (coming when called with distractions), leave it command, drop command, place command (with distance, distractions, and duration beyond what is taught in level 1). All clients have the opportunity to repeat Level 2 if they are unsuccessful at passing the final exam at no additional cost.

Learn more

– Six 50 minute group classes

– Detailed training program to implement at home

– Videos and handouts for all skills taught in class

– Unlimited support throughout the course to ensure you have success between each class

– Discounted rate on all future training

– Access to our monthly group drop in classes (Social Club)

– Access to our exclusive client only Facebook group for further support

– 10% off all purchases on our online pet store www.thecrunchycaninestore.ca

– Nutrition and diet advice from a Certified Raw Food Specialist

Investment: $275 plus HST

Requirements: Completion of Level 1 Obedience (or private training equivalent) with proof of age appropriate vaccinations or titres

 

Contact us today to sign up for Level 2 Obedience!

 

What is the Perfect Pet Certificate?

Perfect Pet Certificate Exam

The Perfect Pet Certificate tests your dog on a variety of skills including socialization, obedience, and manners. This is a non-competitive test, open to all dogs over the age of 6 months old. During exam, the dog must demonstrate a calm and confident demeanor. Handlers are permitted to give verbal commands or hand signals, but are not allowed to repeat commands, lure, distract, or correct during the exam. Food rewards are permitted after each test. In addition to the 10 skills to be demonstrated, dog must appear to be in good health, clean and groomed regularly. The Perfect Pet Certificate Test The test is comprised of 10 skills: 1. Greet and accept touch from a stranger – Dog must politely greet and accept petting from a stranger. Handler may ask the dog to sit but it is not required. Handler may not give further commands. 2. Walk loose leash through distractions – Dog must demonstrate their ability to walk past distractions while maintaining a loose leash. Handler may use a “heel” command but is not permitted to attempt to distract the dog. Dog may look at distractions, but must not stare for more than 3 seconds or show signs of excitement or distress. 3. Sit on command and stay – Dog must respond to the first command. Handler may use the word stay only once, and dog must stay in place for 2 minutes with the handler 6 feet in front of the dog. Dog must ignore mild distractions like people, and dogs moving around the room no closer than 15 feet. 4. Down on command and stay – Dog must respond to the first command. Handler may use the word stay only once, and dog must stay in place for 2 minutes with the handler 6 feet in front of the dog. Dog must ignore mild distractions like people, and dogs moving around the room no closer than 15 feet. 5. Come on command – Handler is to put the dog in a sit, unclip the leash, and walk away from the dog to 30 ft. Dog must maintain the sit while handler walks away. Once at 30 feet the handler will call the dog to front with a sit. Dog must maintain the sit until they are leashed up and released. 6. Leave it command – Dog is permitted to sit or stand, handler will toss food no further than 3 feet from the dog and give the “leave it” command. Dog must display an understanding of leave it and not move towards the food for 30 seconds. Handler to pick up the food from the floor. 7. Walk through doorway – Dog must present manners going through 2 doorways, one indoors and one leading to outdoors. Dog must be beside or behind handler while walking through. 8. Separation from handler – Handler is to hand the leash over to the evaluator and leave the room. Dog must remain calm and not display discomfort or anxiety and not display anything more than mild agitation. 9. Relax by feet – Handler is to sit down on a chair and may ask the dog to down (command not required). Dog must display the ability to lie quietly and calmly by the handler’s feet for 5 minutes. Whining, circling, pacing, barking is not permitted. 10 . Examination – Evaluator will perform a basic exam on the dog by touching the body, legs, feet, ears, mouth, and tail (mock vet exam). Dog must accept with showing no more than mild agitation.