Our FIT-Foundations™ classes work by channeling our dogs’ innate drives and desires. IE Getting a child with AD(H)D to stand still is difficult. However, getting a child with AD(H)D to stand still while on one foot learning to do a front push kick with the other foot is easier because the challenge of standing on one foot forces them to engage both mentally and physically so that they don’t fall over.
Similarly, we can utilize our dogs' desire for a treat using various positive
reinforcement training techniques (lures, rewards, targeting and shaping) to
motivate and train our dogs to do the exercises and behaviors. 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 and trainer 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 behavioral cues. At that point, it is possible to incorporate behavior modification techniques and behavior cues with specific activities and exercises in order to improve or create the behaviors we want. This all occurs as a part of the exercises we are performing with our dogs!
And in addition to our own unique FIT-Foundations™ curriculum, we also incorporate the APDT C.L.A.S.S. (Canine Life and Social Skills) criteria which stresses education and responsible pet ownership for owners as well as basic good manners and life skills for dogs.
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’ behaviors such as:
- LET’S GO (loose leash walking)
- WITH ME (heel)
- LEAVE IT
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 and fun
for your canine companion! Your dog will not only learn the foundation behaviors, 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 behavior at the same time!
During our fast paced and exciting classes, handlers guide their dogs through structured physical activities, while learning how they can use these activities to bond with and improve the health and behavior of their canine companion.
As a result, owners won’t just benefit with a temporarily calm dog, they will benefit with a calm dog that has improved overall behavior regardless of fatigue. Through a variety of positive reinforcement training methods (lure, reward, targeting, shaping, capturing) and behavioral conditioning, we don’t just create a tired dog, we build well-mannered dog through exercise.
While working behavioral cues like, "sit", "stand" "stay", "off", "come", "down" and "leave it", FIT-Foundation classes incorporate challenging balance and coordination exercises using stability and conditioning equipment. This ensures that your dog will improve both physically and mentally along with their behavior. These classes are not just fun, they provide training like nothing else!
Classes are held at our NEW location in Lacombe!
Contact US for more information or to register
Session 1: Feb 11-Mar 18 (no class Feb 18)
Session 1: Apr 9-May 7
5 Classes $112.50
Space is Limited
CLASS Canine Life and Social Skills
Earn your B.A today!
C.L.A.S.S., or Canine Life and Social Skills, is an educational program promoting training focused on the use of positive reinforcement and strengthening relationships between humans and their canine companions.
C.L.A.S.S. is a three-level evaluation for dog owners to demonstrate the real-life skills of their dogs, as well as a knowledge assessment of the owners’ understanding of basic dog handling and care.
The three levels of the program are named after human university degree programs: the B.A. for Dogs™ (Bachelor’s level), the M.A. for Dogs™ (Master’s level), and the Ph.D. for Dogs™ (Doctorate level). The skills in each level vary in the level of difficulty and distractions. Each level also allows for two “bonus rounds” that students may elect to try or not with their dog.
- Promote Positive Training
- Strengthen Dog/Owner Relationships
- Encourage Ongoing Training
- Value Real Life Skills
- Educate About Dog Behavior & Communication
- Promote the Value of Dog Trainers & Dog Training
Common questions about the Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) program.