Canine Skills with Liza
Our Canine Skills classes focus on handler skill, empowering owners to grow their abilities and strengthen their relationship with their dog.
With the core concepts of clarity, confidence and consistency, owners will be able to take the lessons they learn and use them throughout their dog’s life for a variety of behaviours beyond the scope of a single class. All behaviours are taught without the use of intimidation or pain, instead using scientifically proven methods that build trust and understanding between handler and dog.
Canine Skills Level 1 focuses on basic canine life skills such as loose leash walking, sit and down, leave it, and most importantly recall. Handlers learn to understand their dog's body language and to build calm and reliable behaviour. As Canine Skills aims to teach dog training from a relationship based approach, we will touch on handling, feeding, exercise and other foundation behaviours. This class is a fun and positive way to continue on from puppy class or to start training with any dog over 4 months.
Canine Skills Level 2 takes the skills learned in Level 1 and builds on them, adding real life practice scenarios and working through common distractions There are also new behaviours learned and handlers will learn more about solving behavioural problems and interpreting their dog's body language. This course is perfect for any dog who has completed Level 1 or who has a comparable level of positive reinforcement training.
Canine Skills is taught by Liza Rader, who many of you know as one of our daycare attendants. Liza has over a decade of training experience and has additional experience teaching and running seminars.
Both courses are 8 sessions long and $220 with 10% off for our regular daycare clients!
Adventure Training Walks
Take training into the real world with our Adventure Training Walks! This class is a unique opportunity for a wide variety of dogs and handlers. Located at Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest, this ongoing class offers the opportunity for dogs to practice their skills outside of the classroom. One on one training instruction throughout the walks allows us to incorporate the needs of all our different dogs and handlers. Dogs will learn to walk politely on leash around distractions such as dogs, runners, bikes and children and practice their commands and impulse control. We recommend Adventure Walks for any dog that has completed Canine Skills Level 1 or equivalent. It is an excellent choice for dogs who are fearful or reactive, and for anyone who wants the “take anywhere, do anything” type of dog. As the course is designed to be ongoing, there is no end date and classes are designed to advance with each dog's skills.
Adventure Training Walks is designed to be a long term training opportunity that can evolve with your dog. It is $200 for 8 walks, which must be used within 12 weeks (not including holidays). Owners are encouraged to use this resource for as long as they find it valuable.
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Bonnie is a certified dog trainer and behaviour consultant.
An advocate for force-free, science based dog training, Bonnie brings her knowledge and experience working with shelter dogs and pet dogs into advancing other’s understanding of dog behaviour. For over 14 years, Bonnie has volunteered with the BCSPCA, helping shelter dogs become adoptable. At the University of British Columbia, Bonnie received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education, with a secondary focus in Animal Behaviour, Psychology and Ecology. As an educator for 34 years with the Surrey School District, she is a skilled presenter with a passion for teaching. Bonnie is a certified trainer for dogs with reactivity issues. She lives in Surrey with her family and in her spare time, enjoys doing sport scent detection with her White German Shepherd, Lily and her "All Canadian" mixed breed, Dixie.
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Bonnie also offers private dog training. Please contact her via her website at www.oceanparkdogtraining.com