SERVICES

PUPPY DEVELOPMENT

Zen Puppy Kindergarten

Offered in Kerrisdale at Simply Natural - 5565 West Blvd. Designed for puppies 10 to 16 weeks of age, our Zen Puppy K classes are a great way to get you and your puppy off on the right paw! Using exercises from Dr. Ian Dunbar, Susan Garrett and Brenda Aloff, our action-packed classes will help you put an obedience foundation on your puppy, plus teach him or her proper social skills. play etiquette and handling protocols. Contests and games, tricks and a puppy agility course round out this interactive class. Each lesson is supplemented with handouts and homework sheets for the week and comes with training supplies for your dog. 

Cost is $199+gst for this six week course and comes with a handler's gift bag, filled with treats and training equipment.

Our next class starts September 19th, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  Our next Saturday class is November 4th, 9:00 am to 10:00 am.  Contact Shannon at 604.812.8802 or k9@zendogtraining.com for more details.  To register please call Simply Natural - 604.266.1125.

 

**Because this class has become SO SO SO popular, please phone early to book your spot for the next session!!

 

Zen Puppy Grade One

Designed to take over where Puppy Kindergarten leaves off, this is your puppy’s next step! Designed for puppies in the 4 to 6 month range, this course is held at Petite Paws Playcare by Olympic Village. Puppy Grade One focuses on impulse control, targeting and shaping games, obedience foundation, handling and grooming protocols, and how to play with your puppy in a safe and effective way that builds up a relationship for a lifetime! The course will challenge and push both you and your puppy to grasp important concepts that make everything else easier!  Our Zen Puppy Kindergarten course or two private, one-hour lessons a prerequisite, as this is a level 2 course in our puppy development program.

This five week course is open to six dog/handler teams and costs $180 +gst. 

Next class date is TBA

 

 

OBEDIENCE AND LEASH WORK

Level One: Life Skills

Designed for puppies 7 months and up into adulthood.  This course is suitable for all dogs over 7 months who haven't completed our two-course puppy development program.  In this five week course I will teach you the foundation skills that are necessary for progression into our upper level classes and skills that will help you and your dog navigate this crazy urban world.  Student dog teams will work on communication that can be transferred into teaching loose leash walking, duration on stationary beahviours, impulse control and focus work. The class size is small - 6 student teams.  Start date TBA

          Cost is $180+gst for this five week course.  Please contact k9@zendogtraining.com for details!

 

Level Two:  Street Smarts

Street Smarts course is our Level 2 obedience course and is suitable for dogs who have worked through the two-course puppy development program, as well as Life Skills graduates.  This course course takes your dog's foundation up a notch! Life Skills is a five week course involving higher level fun and complicated shaping exercises, default behaviours in heel work, duration and stationary behaviours (great for animal husbandry care), teaching "yes" behaviours for daily tasks our dogs must do, and some classical obedience exercises mixed in for a challenge.  The goal is to prepare you for my fast-paced and uber challenging Nuts and Bolts course. 

The next course start date is TBA.  Please contact k9@zendogtraining.com for details.

 

Level Three:  Nuts and Bolts - Proofing and advanced handler skills

All training is built upon foundational obedience exercises. These can take months to master but are essential to daily life with our dogs and compliment our aspirations to try more challenging training endeavours. .

This Level Two intermediate course focuses on strengthening your dog's foundation skills and improving social manners.  Designed for dogs 9 months of age and older.  The course runs in four week blocks with emphasis placed on loose leash walking, bomb proof sits and downs, learning tricks that condition and strengthen, and teaching all of these exercises under higher levels of energy and with various distractions. Students must bring a regular collar, six foot leash, toy and soft treats to class. Our Building the Relationship course, Growl program, private lessons or another approved training course is a prerequisite. 

Cost is $80.00+gst for this four week course.

Next set of classes starts June 24th, 10:30 - 11:30 am.  Please email k9@zendogtraining.com for complete details.

 

Level Four:  Circuit Class - Advanced obedience with agility concepts

Inspired by popular trainer Denise Fenzi's "ob-ility" training, this Level Three course incorporates elements of competitive obedience, agility, rally-o and freestyle tricks into the class format. Each week provides a new circuit of exercises. Students will be asked to bring occasional props to the class to teach specific exercises. Designed to be fast paced and challenging, this four-week course gets student and dog thinking by breaking away from patterns and structure. Our Building the Relationship course, private lessons or another approved training course is a prerequisite as this is an advanced level class. 

Cost is $100+gst for this four week course.

Next course starts TBA,  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. For more details, contact Shannon at 604.812.8802 or k9@zendogtraining.com 

 

Out And About:  Everyday street obedience

For those of you who want a different twist to the regular obedience classes we offer, this practical obedience class takes to the streets and focuses on what matters most.  Think of it as a weekly dog field trip!  Course runs  early Saturday mornings so you can get your dog tired, and then get on with your day! Each week the location changes within Vancouver to provide new challenges and distractions.  No reactive dogs allowed, please - we have Growl classes for that! 

Cost is $80+gst for this four week course. 
Next set starts June 24th,  9:00 am to 10:00 am.  Please contact k9@zendogtraining.com for details.

 

 

REACTIVE DOGS AND BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION

Growl: For fearful and reactive dogs

For dogs reactive to their environment! This course is designed for dogs struggling with aggression issues, either towards other dogs or humans; or dogs who have a difficult time remaining calm under distractions. Emphasis is on calming and re-connecting protocols developed by both Brenda Aloff and Leslie McDevitt. Clients first start with two or three private lessons to improve their own handling skills and to teach their dogs new behaviours they can offer to remain "sub-threshold" when encountering other dogs, people or situations. Upon completion of the private work, clients then move into the Growl group class, designed to promote these calm and neutral behaviours toward other dogs, people and situations in a safe and structured environment. The Growl group course runs continuously in five-week sets. 

 

The next set of Growl Group classes start date will be set for September 9th, 10:30 am to 11:30am. We are currently assembly a student list. Cost is $180+gst for the five week course   Private lessons must be completed before joining this group class. Contact Shannon at 604.812.8802 or k9@zendogtraining.com to register.

 

Single Training Sessions and Behaviour Consultations

Individual training classes tailored to your needs, or in-home behavioural consultations for specific problems are available upon request.

An initial consultation is $150+gst for 1.5 hours.  All remaining sessions are 1 hour and $90+gst. We also offer weekday/daytime package discounts - please contact us for details on packages.

 

 

DAY TRAINING PROGRAMS

 Let Us Train Your Dog!

In this program I pick up your dog and take him/her out for a private training walk.  Excellent for people with busy schedules or owners struggling with behavioural issues, Day Training can give your dog a specialized walking AND learning session.

**Reactive Rover - This behavioural modification program is designed for dogs who have reactivity issues to triggers in their environment such as passing dogs or people.  This program is not for human aggressive dogs.
Clients purchase either a week, two-week, or month-long program that consists of three walks: two where I take the client's dog out individually and a third lesson with the client.  In this program I implement: effective management strategies;  practical obedience: arousal protocols, and critical behavioural modification exercises.  This specialized program is designed to teach the dog alternate ways of coping with stress and learning to stay sub-threshhold and neutral to the environment.
 
Each week consists of two 50 minute training sessions where I work with your dog privately, and a third 60 minute session where I work with you and your dog to transfer the skills taught that week. In many cases some of the work might involve training indoors and discussion about other areas that compliment the behavioural modification protocol.
 
1 week program is $270 + gst; 2 weeks is $480 + gst; 4 weeks is $840 + gst.

 

PERSONAL COACHING

Single Training Sessions and Behaviour Consultations

Individual training classes tailored to your needs, or in-home behavioural consultations for specific problems are available upon request.

An initial, in-home behaviour consultation is $150+gst for 1.5 hours.  Hourly training sessions are $90+gst. Private sessions are held Monday 9:30am to 3:00pm; Tuesday 12:30 pm to 3:00pm; Thursday 9:30am to 3:00pm; Friday 9:30am to 3:00pm; Saturday noon until 5:00pm.  Please contact us for details.

 

Phone Consultations

For specific issues and advice not requiring a personal visit or group class time, a phone consultation can be arranged upon request.

Phone consults can be purchased in half hourly or hourly time blocks: $40+gst/half hour and $60+gst for a full hour.

Zen Dog Canine Training

604.812.8802

K9@ZenDogTraining.com

 

 

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