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Essential Life Skills

Essential Life Skills

Registration is now open for our Essential Life Skills class.

Class Overview

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

This class is designed for friendly adolescent and adult dogs who could use some help polishing up their manners. We teach the basic behaviours using fun exercises and games so that you can have a dog who is truly a joy to live with! Join us and learn foundational obedience skills, self control, and polite manners to incorporate into everyday life.

Here’s What We’ll Cover

What You’ll Need

Registration & Enrollment

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that your registration will not be considered complete until payment has been received and vaccination records have been submitted. 100% of the net proceeds from your registration fee goes to the BVSPCA, so not only are you helping your dog by attending, but you are helping our dogs too!

Class Details

Price: $315

Duration: 5 weeks

Session length: 60 minutes

Class size: 6 dogs (Up to two adult handlers per dog, with one primary handler that will attend each week)

Location: Outdoors at The Carla Cumming Sojonky Adoption Centre

Pre-requisites: No previous training required

Current Booking: Registration is now open! Beginning June 16, 2024, classes will run for 5 weeks on Sunday afternoons, from 3:30 - 4:30pm. Last class will be on Sunday July 21. (Note: there will be NO class on Sunday July 7). Click HERE to register.

Class Requirements

Your dog must be up-to-date on all vaccinations (Rabies, Bordetella and DAPP), and also must be spayed/neutered. Proof of up-to-date (not overdue) vaccination and sterilization must be provided within 48 hours of registration for the class by email to events@bowvalleyspca.orgPlease contact us prior to registering if your dog is not spayed/neutered.

Dog Age: 6 months and older

Owners must sign a waiver, which includes agreeing not to use aversive/punishment based methods at home. Aversive equipment such as prong collars, e-collars, choke chains and martingale collars will not be permitted in class.

About Your Trainer

Lenka Petnyova

Lenka started agility in 2007 with her golden retriever Taxi, and since then she has competed with five different dogs. She represented Slovakia in the European Junior Championship in 2010 and 2011 with her dog Smiley, and she is Slovak national agility judge. She took a break from agility after moving to the Bow Valley in 2017. Currently, she shares her home with three dogs and is preparing her young dog, Shishka, for her agility career. She graduated from Karen Pryor Academy and is starting her own private dog training company called Affirmuttive Training and Behaviour, using a force free and positive reinforcement based approach.