Essential Life Skills Oct 4th Start date


  • jeudi, 04 octobre 2018 de 6:00 Après-midi à jeudi, 25 octobre 2018 6:50 Après-midi (HAR)
  • 123 Bow Meadows Crescent , Canmore, AB T1W2W8

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Essential Life Skills 

Want a dog who doesn’t jump all over your guests, and won’t try to steal your dinner off your plate? A dog who comes when called and doesn’t take you for a walk? And a dog who’s happy at the vets and the groomers? Then our Essentials Life Skills class is for you.

It’s designed for friendly adolescent and adult dogs who could use some help polishing up their manners. We teach the basic behaviors using fun exercises and games so that you can have a dog who is truly a joy to live with! We’ll also show you how to teach your dog a trick or two to impress your friends.

The course runs for one month.

The fee for all four sessions is $150 - payment is required to secure your place.  Signing a waiver is required.

Session Dates:

Thursday, Oct 4th  6:00pm - 6:50pm

Thursday, Oct 11th  6:00pm - 6:50pm

Thursday, Oct 18th  6:00pm - 6:50pm

Thursday, Oct 25th  6:00pm - 6:50pm   

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Here’s what we’ll cover

1. Sit, down, stay, recall, touch/station; 2. How dogs learn; 3. All about gear: front clip harnesses, muzzles, halter; 4. Tricks; 5. Life situations: going to the vets, groomers, leaving your dog, crating your dog.

What you’ll need:

1. A dog who loves people and other dogs; 2. Treats; 3. A puzzle feeder such as a Kong, filled with your dog’ favourite; 4. And a fun outlook because we’re all about making training fun for everyone!


4 weeks


Starts Oct 4th

Time 6 pm

Session length:

50 minutes

Class size:

5 dogs

Age range:

6 months and over


No previous training required

Owners must sign a waiver, including agreeing not to use aversive/punishment based methods at home.


Playroom at Carla Cumming Sojonky Adoption Centre


Essential Life Skills is part of a program of classes that we’ll be offering in 2018. Watch out for:

Enhanced Life Skills for graduates of the Essentials Class

Ultimate Life Skills for rock star dogs who just can’t get enough training.

About your trainers

Lead trainer: Julie Naismith

Julie is certified dog trainer who apprenticed with the world’s leading force-free trainer. Julie runs a behaviour and training consultancy which focuses on helping dogs with fear and anxiety.

Julie apprenticed with the world’s leading force-free, evidence-based trainer, Jean Donaldson. She graduated with Honors from Jean’s Academy for Dog Trainers (CTC) and is a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT).

She is on the Pet Professional Guild Shelter and Rescue Division Steering Committee. The Division advises shelters across North America, the UK and Australia on force-free behaviour and training practices.

Julie lives in Canmore with her husband, and her three dogs, Percy, India, and Tex , the Lab-Weimaraner-Chow-Pitbull mix!

Assistant Trainer: Kate Barker

Kate is a dog enthusiast and a senior volunteer with the Bow Valley SPCA. For the past two years, she has instructed the Open Paw dog-training program for new volunteers. This program was designed specifically for shelter dogs and focuses on the benefits of positive reinforcement training in a high stress situation such as an animal shelter.

Kate also works directly with the dogs in the shelter until they find their forever homes. She focuses on basic commands and loose leash walking but loves introducing dogs to agility obstacles. You can also find Kate at many SPCA events, introducing the dogs and talking about the benefits of force-free training methods.

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123 Bow Meadows Crescent
Canmore, AB T1W2W8

4 octobre 2018
jeudi, 4 octobre 2018 6:00 Après-midi (HAR)


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123 Bow Meadows Crescent
Canmore , AB