Our FIT-Foundations™ classes work by channeling our dogs’ innate drives and desires. IE we can utilize our dogs' desire for a treat using various positive reinforcement training techniques (lures, rewards, targeting, capturing and shaping) to motivate and train our dogs to do the exercises and behaviours. Here’s a visual: we lure our dogs onto an unstable surface, their innate desire to maintain their balance will take over and they will struggle to maintain their balance for as long as they can. Its our job as their teammate to help them struggle to maintain their balance for longer and longer duration while being their advocate and setting them up for success.
As they improve, the challenges increase by a surface change and/or incorporating movements and behavioural cues. At that point, it is possible to incorporate behaviour modification techniques and behaviour cues with specific activities and exercises in order to improve or create the behaviours we want. This all occurs as a part of the exercises we are performing with our dogs!
For puppies up to 16 weeks old
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FIT-Foundations™ Level 1
An entry level manners (obedience) class with a twist!
Like most other entry level classes, FIT-Foundations™ Level 1 teaches ‘foundation’ behaviours such as:
- LET’S GO (loose leash walking)
- WITH ME (heel)
- LEAVE IT
- PAWS UP
UNLIKE any other entry level class, FIT-Foundations™ incorporates physical challenges using various pieces of canine conditioning equipment.
It’s the perfect blend of manners, fitness, tricks and fun for your canine companion! Your dog will not only learn the foundation behaviours, but by incorporating physical activity, we are able to add fun and exciting mental challenges to traditional dog training. You will be able to improve your dog's physical health and their behaviour at the same time!
Classes are held at our indoor training facility in Lacombe!
Session 1: Jan 7-Feb 11 (no class Jan 14)
Session 2: Feb 18 Feb 25-Mar 24
5 Classes $150.00
We build on the manners and behaviours taught in our Level 1 class while adding in more canine conditioning exercises to strengthen our dog's bodies while working their busy brains for the ultimate mental/physical combination. In our Level 1 program we introduced luring, targeting and verbal reward markers. In our Level 2 program we introduce another positive reinforcement training technique called shaping as well as a clicker which is a non-verbal reward marker (included with your program). By implementing these new tools and techniques along with the foundation skills we used in Level 1, we are able to further strengthen our communication skills and add more behaviours to our toolbox which improves the human-canine relationship and bond. The better we are able to communicate and have our requests understood by our dog, the less stress occurs at both ends of the leash and the more willing our four-legged team mate will be to perform the behaviours that are asked of them. Like us, the stronger their foundation is physically (core, stabilizers, etc...), the better able they will be to prevent injuries. Maintaining a healthy weight and body composition is of the utmost importance for our four-legged companions as obesity correlates to disease and can even promote an early death.
By incorporating more physical and mental challenges, we can potentially lengthen our dog's life span while helping prevent injury and disease.