GTHS Dog School

The Georgian Triangle Humane Society Dog School is run by our Certified Behaviour Specialist Erika.

We offer affordable opportunities and all proceeds go to supporting GTHS programs and services.

GTHS Dog School dog group classes take place outdoors, at the GTHS Animal Centre: 549 Tenth Line in Collingwood.

Descriptions of classes and services are below.

PUPPY PLAYGROUP

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Play is an important part of a puppy’s social development and a critical period in your dog’s socialization between the ages of 8-16 weeks of age. Dog play and socialization provides your dog with an outlet for their puppy energy, but it also helps with teaching a puppy how to handle social interactions with other dogs.

Duration: 45 minutes
Price:  $100 + tax to be paid upon registration
Class Size: 8 max

SESSION TIME
July 6 to July 27 5 pm – 5:45 pm

 


PUPPY MANNERS

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With Jodie Hawker, owner of Happy Paws Canine Solutions. During this essential developmental stage, our puppy group classes are ideal for dogs 6 months of age and under. Here, your puppy will learn positive social behaviours, develop confidence, and build a solid foundation of basic skills such as: sit, down, stay, recall, touch, body handling and so much more.

Duration:45 minutes
Price: $130 + tax to be paid upon registration
Class Size:
8 max

SESSION TIME SLOT 1 TIME SLOT 2
June 28 to July 19 5 pm – 5:45 pm 6 pm – 6:45 pm
July 26 to August 16 5 pm – 5:45 pm 6 pm – 6:45 pm
August 23 to September 13 5 pm – 5:45 pm 6 pm – 6:45 pm
September 20 to October 11 5 pm – 5:45 pm 6 pm – 6:45 pm

 

ADULT BASIC

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This class is recommended for dogs 7 months and up.

Do you find that your dog only listens to you in-side your home or in your back yard? This could be that your dog has not been trained in different levels of distractions. This class is geared towards teaching older puppies and adult dogs their basic commands such as: sit, down, walking nicely on leash and recall with mild to moderate distractions.

Duration: 45 minutes
Price:  $130 + tax to be paid upon registration
Class Size: 6 max

SESSION TIME SLOT 1 TIME SLOT 2
July 4 to July 25  5 pm – 5:45 pm 6 pm – 6:45 pm
August 8 to August 29  5 pm – 5:45 pm 6 pm – 6:45 pm
September 12 to October 3  5 pm – 5:45 pm 6 pm – 6:45 pm
October 10 to October 31  5 pm – 5:45 pm 6 pm – 6:45 pm

 


ADULT INTERMEDIATE

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For dogs 8 months and up.
This class builds on foundations learned in Basic Obedience and challenges your dog to be more well-mannered. This weekly class involves proofing sit and down stays and recall with distance, duration, and distractions.

Duration: 45 minutes
Price:  $130 + tax to be paid upon registration
Class Size: 6 max

SESSION TIME
July 6 to July 24 6 pm – 6:45 pm
August 3 to August 24 6 pm – 6:45 pm

 


PRIVATE TRAINING SESSION: IN-PERSON OR VIRTUAL

INCLUDES TRAINING VIDEOS & TRAINING HANDOUTS
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Private training sessions are great when you are unable to commit to group classes or if you have already taken our group classes but need some one-on-one training.

Some of the training we will work on are the following:
Loose Leash walking and leash manners
Recall
Look for Focus
Polite Leash Greetings
Jumping up
Biting on leash

Cost:
2 half hour sessions $125 + tax.
4 half hour sessions $250+ tax

To Register: Call (705) 445-5204 ext. 223


CANINE BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION TRAINING: IN PERSON OR VIRTUAL

INCLUDES TRAINING VIDEOS & TRAINING HANDOUTS
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Behaviour modification training takes an approach of replacing undesirable behaviours with desirable behaviours with the help of implementing positive reinforcement techniques. Our Behaviour Specialist is certified through the Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers CCPDT and has worked with varies behaviours such as reactivity, fearfulness, resource guarding, loose leash walking and much more.

During your consultation, we will evaluate present behavioural issues, examine behavioural history and discuss potential problem-solving methods. You will also be provided a personalized training and management plan with suggested touch points.

Cost: 1 hour includes training plan and follow-up email $125 + tax

 

FELINE BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION TRAINING: VIRTUAL

INCLUDES TRAINING VIDEOS & TRAINING HANDOUTS
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These sessions are held over zoom and run for 1 hour in length. This program is for cat guardians who need guidance on how to solve their cat’s behaviour concerns while understanding your cat’s unique quirks. We strive in helping you rebuild your relationship with your cat through behaviour modification techniques, clicker training, and enrichment. Some of the behaviours that we can help with are:

Aggression
Fearful/nervous
Improper urination/defecation
Inter-cat aggression
High energy
How to introduce a new animal to your cat the right way

During your consultation, we will evaluate present behavioural issues, examine behavioural history and discuss potential problem-solving methods. You will also be provided a personalized training and management plan with suggested touchpoints.

Cost: 1 hour includes training plan and follow-up email $130 + tax

CANINE AND FELINE BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION TRAINING FOLLOW UPS

Every pet is different and unique, which means some pets may learn faster than others and some pets take a bit more time. It is also important to remember that behaviour modification training is an on-going commitment and may require additional follow-up appointments for support and guidance.

Follow-up sessions are for clients that have already completed the initial consultation with a detailed training plan. Follow-up sessions will be geared towards working on exercises in the training plan.

Please note that sign-up for this course only happens after an initial consultation.

To Register:  contact erika@gths.ca OR call 705-445-5204, ext. 217

 

MEET THE TRAINER

Erika’s love for animals started at a young age, where you could often find her riding her bike around town with a pack of neighbourhood dogs in tow or just at home with her abundance of animals. Erika is a Certified Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and has served in various animal care positions. Her most recent work was also in a shelter environment where she focused on canine and feline training using positive reinforcement. Erika has experience training a variety of dogs, with her primary focus and expertise on those that display behaviour issues. Erika is a Fear-Free Shelter graduate and a strong advocate for the humane care and protection of all animals.