DOG TRAINING & CLASSES
ONE ON ONE SESSION AT YOUR HOME
Having a dog in your life is one of the most joyful and rewarding experiences you can have. For a lot of owners who are not experienced enough, raising a happy, well behaved puppy can be a bit challenging. This is why we provide dog training for those who feel they need some guidance. Zendog provides flexible training sessions to accommodate our client's schedules. Our approach focuses on positive reinforcement to allow for long term results. We strive to help you become your pets trainer, we do that by giving you the essential tools you need to deal with any problems you may face. If you are not sure if we can help, please give us a call to discuss your issue, we would love to hear from you.
$100 + HST per 1 X 60 Minute Session
$249.95 + HST 3 X 60 Minute Session Package
$349.95 + HST 5 X 60 Minute Session Package
PUPPY SOCIALIZATION MODULE
CityZens Foundations Module
These classes combine basic puppy behaviours with appropriate, safely monitored play periods between suitably matched puppies in class. Focus will be on safe and proper socialization, education of the handlers in body language, appropriate safe play, basic training and prevention of problem behaviours as puppies mature. Basic behaviours include sit, down, stay, come, hand targeting and leash handling skills. There will be time for handler’s questions at the beginning of each session, but they will be limited so as to prevent run over of time to the next class.
Handlers will be expected to bring adequate and appropriate reinforcements for class (pieces of very finely cut up treats that have higher value to their individual puppy), one favourite toy and a chew stick or stuffed Kong Toy. Equipment needed will be a four to six foot leash, a treat pouch or fanny pack and a flat collar or harness. If you do not have these, please get in touch with us as we carry a variety of quality treats and training pouches in our Zendog store. Aversive equipment such as chain collars, prongs or head halters will not be appropriate for class.
All class registrants will receive by email, prior to the first class, a series of handouts to read that will cover basic learning theory (what is positive reinforcement etc), basic puppy behaviour and development and the basic training terms that will be used in class.
For everyone’s safety and comfort it is expected that all handlers will keep their puppy from interacting with the other puppies unless it is “play” time for them and the instructor will encourage focusing on your puppy and its behaviour at all times.
$199.95 + HST (4 Sessions, 1 hour long each) Time for completion: 4 Weeks
+ Free Bag of Open Farm Puppy Food
Upcoming Start Date: June 20 , 2020
We will first review your application. Please send us an email or call us following completion of your registration.
As well, please note every owner who enrolled his/her puppy for this module, should provide clean fecal test or deworming proof.
Payment in full is required to guarantee your spot in this module.
This class is for anyone with an adult dog (at least 6 months) that wants to learn some foundational dog training skills to help with common problems. Since holidays are an especially big challenge for many dogs and their owners, each class will have a fun, holiday-related theme to help you get ready for your next big challenge and also help you and your dog celebrate the holiday together!
For many dog owners, holidays can be a very stressful time.
Some common problems that we can help you with include:
Separation anxiety: Dog hates being left alone while you are shopping and going to parties, or while you are on vacation
Reactive towards guests/strangers: Dog gets stressed when you have guests over for parties, dropping off gifts, and making deliveries.
Flowers and plants: Some dogs will try to eat the flowers and plants you were given as a gift, or are planning to give to someone else.
Sensitive to your moods:Some people become very emotional during the holidays, and dogs can pick up on this easily.
Sensitive to weather conditions: Some dogs don't like the heat, some don't like cold, some don't like rain, and NONE of them like walking on salt.
Reactive to strange sights and sounds: Some holidays include people in strange costumes (trick or treaters, Santa) or loud noises
(HAPPY NEW YEAR, WITH HORNS! FIREWORKS ON CANADA DAY!)
We help with ALL of these problems in fun-filled, holiday-themed classes that will help you AND your furry family feel fabulous and festive! Best of all, the lessons learned will help deepen your understanding, and strengthen your bond with your dog ALL year long, and not just on the holidays! The class will be held on Saturdays at noon, 1 hour each, (with an optional 15 minutes for Q&A at the end of each class) and last for 5 weeks. Sign up to reserve your spot today!
The upcoming session (Valentine's Day Edition!) will help you get ready for Valentine's Day! Extra time will be spent teaching you which plants and flowers are safe for dogs, how to teach your dog to leave plants and flowers alone, how to set up a small "sensory garden" for your dog so they can get some nice holiday presents too, and how to deal with salt on the ground and sensitive paws.
$299.95 + HST (6 Sessions, 1 hour long each) Time for completion: 6 Weeks
Upcoming Start Date: June 20, 2020 (Open Seats)
We will first review your application, please send us an email or call us following completion of your registration.
Please note every owner who enrolled his/her dog for this module, should provide clean fecal test or deworming proof. CityZens class will require up to date vaccination document.
Please feel free to email if you have any questions.
UPDATE ON TRAINING #COVID-19
These classes combine basic puppy behaviors with socialization exercises, games, and
appropriate, safely monitored play breaks for you and your puppy. We will also have an
in person play date at Zendog during week #2 so the puppies can meet and play with
each other! The in person play dates will include some new safety protocols:
1) No more than 3 human clients in the room at a time
2) Use of hand sanitizer will be required and provided for your use.
3) Clients are asked to wear a face mask
4) The in person play date will be just 30 minutes.
Focus will be on safe and proper socialization, education of the handlers in body
language, appropriate safe play, basic training and prevention of problem behaviors as
puppies mature. Basic behaviors include sit, down, stay, come, hand targeting and
leash handling skills. There will be time for handler’s questions at the end of each
session, but they will be limited so as to prevent run over of time to the next class.
Handlers will be expected to have an adequate supply of appropriate reinforcements for
class (pieces of very finely cut up treats that have higher value to their individual puppy),
one favorite toy and a chew stick or stuffed Kong Toy. Equipment needed will be a four
to six-foot leash, a treat pouch or fanny pack and a flat collar or harness. If you do not
have these, please get in touch with us as we carry a variety of quality treats and
training pouches in our Zendog store. Aversive equipment such as chain collars, prongs
or head halters will not be appropriate for class.
All class registrants will receive by email, prior to the first class, a series of handouts to
read that will cover basic learning theory (what is positive reinforcement etc), basic
puppy behaviour and development and the basic training terms that will be used in
Private virtual lessons
Private lessons: 30-40 minutes long and done live in real time online. Each session will
include a follow up email with a training plan, and some handouts to guide your efforts that
you can save for future reference. I will also allow everyone purchasing a private lesson an
opportunity to record some video of them working with their dog so I can give some
additional feedback and help troubleshoot any problems you may be having.
Private lessons and follow up material
30 Minute Session - $40 + HST
60 Minute Session - $75 + HST
In person private lessons at Zendog
Virtual lessons are preferred at this time, but if you feel you need some direct, hands on, in person help, we can offer that with the same package deals that we’ve always offered. There will
be some changes to keep everyone safe.
1) Hand sanitizer use will be provided and required for your use.
2) Your leash must be at least 6 feet long so we can maintain social distance
3) The use of face masks will be required
4) Each session will be just 45 minutes long to limit exposure
5) When weather allows, hour long private lessons will be conducted outside in the Zendog back
area. If you prefer a 45-minute indoor private session, we can do that instead.
Not sure if virtual training is for you and your dog?
You’d be surprised how many advantages there are!
1) There is no commute, so it saves time! There is no traffic, and no finding/paying for
2) You can choose to participate as much or as little as you like. we can demonstrate the
behaviors we need to teach with a dummy dog. Everyone that needs some
feedback/troubleshooting can request it, but if you’d rather work on your own, you can. With
some people opting out of some one-on-one interactions, those that actually need it will get
3) With virtual classes, even if your dog is reactive towards other dogs or people, they can
4) We can record sessions so you can watch them again later if you need to.
5) We can get your follow-up training plans mailed out to you even faster, because we don’t
have to worry about setting up/cleaning up a facility.
6) You can do them from anywhere in the world.
There is almost no downside to virtual training classes. There will occasionally be glitches
where one of us experiences connection problems, but this is easily solved. If it’s only for a
few seconds, we can just repeat whatever was missed. If it was a more substantial period of
time, we can send you a recording of the parts you missed. If you have privacy concerns, you
can either turn off your video so we see nothing, or use a background filter so all we see is
you and your dog.
If you have any more questions or concerns, please let us know. We can’t wait to virtually
meet you and your dog and of course in person too!