Upcoming classes and events

Apologies for the website under construction!  Please bear with me as I learn.

Registrations are now open for FUNdamentals classes (March 2019) start in the week of March 17th.  Note: if there are more storm cancellations during February the start date will get pushed later.  Depending upon interest, March classes can be Sunday afternoons or Monday evenings.

Next Therapy Dog Handler class: tba.  If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be a Therapy Dog Handler then this class is for you.  Learn the best practices to do it safely for all those concerned: the resident, the facility, your sponsoring club, you and your dog. 

Coming soon: First Aid for Dogs ..... March 16 and 17, 2019 in the Training Room (see map).  Advance registrataion is required.   ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM AT www.wagcanine.ca or call 902-660-9244 and mention that you are interested in the **Fredericton, New Brunswick** class.

NEW : Introduction to Scent Detection.  This will happen on March 9 in the training room.  Registration details can be found on  https://www.facebook.com/HealingHeelingPaws

For more information about FUNdamentals or Therapy Dog Handler classes please use the contact tool on the next page.

 

 

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Mar192018

Training with games

I often get asked "why train with games"?  Here's the first three answers that come to mind.

Answer 1:  Well why not?  Games are fun and life is short, especially for our dogs.  Play games!!

Answer 2:  In my opinion, novice handlers can excel using games.  If you muck up the timing on a cue to the dog, or the timing of the reward, or both of those things: it doesn't really matter.  Sure the dog won't learn as quickly but the team is still having fun.  The dog gets an extra reward for no apparent reason: so what?  The relationship is undamaged.  The dog is having fun.  The person is enjoying their dog.  Win-win!!

Answer 3: Games are short little bursts of undivided attention on your dog.  This fits perfectly with how dogs learn best: in short windows of 2-3 minutes or less.  How convenient is that?  People can always find a couple spare minutes while the kettle boils or during commercials!! 

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