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private, in home, sessions

Sometimes, you just need a little bit more. While our group classes are designed to give you the tools you need to work on any behaviour, it can sometimes be tough to decide how to apply what you’ve learned to what you are working on at home. Our behaviour experts come to you to get you on track in those moments! 

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I’m struggling with ____, help!

Group classes are always our first recommendation when working on any behaviour. Occasionally, you might have an area in your training that you struggle with outside of class no matter how hard you work on it. Private sessions give you undivided attention, a trained eye for canine communication, and support in the environment of your choice, so you can set patterns for overcoming even the most challenging behaviours.

I’m not seeing the improvement I hoped for…

Often, the lack of improvement in certain skills or behaviours comes down to your ability to apply it in your everyday life. During your private session, our instructor will work with you to illustrate exactly how to integrate the skills learned in your group class to your home environment, so you can set your dog up for improvement and success where you need it most. 

I want to work on something specific.

Do you have a skill you want to develop or perfect and you aren’t sure exactly how to do it? Private sessions are a great way to have a trainer see your dog in its usual environment and go through the exact steps you need to take to get what you want from your dog. Your private session instructor will show you how to simulate scenarios and how to implement the behaviour you desire. 

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • introduction to canine behaviour
  • understanding of how dogs think, learn and perceive the world around them
  • training fundamentals and key concepts
  • learn how to set up reliable commands, even amongst distractions or at a distance
  • loose leash walking
  • tips and techniques to get your dog to focus on you
  • exposure to different environments to learn how to handle different real-life situations
  • street safety

You’ll also receive:

  • access to additional information and resources
  • unlimited ongoing support, even after you graduate
  • one complimentary dayschool credit
  • one special edition clevercanines hands-free leash
  • 10% off the purchase of a martingale collar and six-foot leash from Unleashed
  • 10% off and early registration privileges for core

Class structure and details:

  • two instructors at every class
  • 2 hour opening seminar (humans only)
  • four 1.5 hour hands-on classes
  • total of 8 hours of education, exposure, and experience in a group setting
  • outdoor classes (to deal with real-life situations); indoor classes during cold weather
  • make-up class options
  • $300 + GST

Questions?

Where is the best location to have a private session?

The best location to have a private session is where ever the problem behaviour is occurring.  This may be at home, in a park or even in a training class.  

How many sessions will it take to see results?

We usually start seeing results right away in most of our private sessions, however changing a behaviour for good will take time and the longer a dog has had a problem behaviour, the longer it will take to turn it around.  Our team will build a training plan specific for you, and once you’ve completed that stage, we can examine what the next stage might be.  Our team will follow up after a private session and modify the training plan based on your requirements.

Should my whole family be present at the session?

It is always ideal to have everyone who interacts with the dog on a regular basis to be present at a private session, because it makes learning easier for the dog if all family members are on the same page.  If everyone can’t be present, just make sure those present take notes and ask plenty of questions to ensure communicating the lesson to the rest of the family will be clear and concise.

The place I struggle with the most is when I'm in a group class environment - can a private session help?

Yes, a private session can help when struggling in a group class.  It may sound strange to have a private instructor attend a group class with you that is being taught by other instructors, but it can be extremely beneficial.  When teaching a group class, our instructors are there to support everyone in class equally, which means their attention is often divided.  Each dog comes to class with a different set of issues, and if your dog has unique issues that are set off in a group environment, our private trainers can join you in class and give you 100% dedication, attention, and focus.  Clients who have done this have received such great tips and techniques that really catapulted their results!

These sessions are at a discount from our regular price so just contact the office to arrange this additional support.

I want to take a group class with you, but the class schedule doesn't align with my schedule... can the curriculum learned in class be taught to me privately during the hours I'm available?

Yes, we can teach any group class curriculum privately, however the distractions that come with a group class really help build stronger and quicker results (not to mention it ends up costing a lot more).  If this is something you feel would be right for you, please call us to discuss what your schedule is like and we will try to figure out some options.

When are the Instructors available?

Instructors are available weekdays, weeknights and weekends.  The instructor and yourself will work out a time for your private session that will work best for both of you.

How exactly does booking a private session work?

Step one is filling out the private session request form ( link).  Someone from our team will contact you to discuss your situation, goals, and make sure a private session would indeed be beneficial before going over availability.   

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Our core program is a great follow-up to foundations, where we get more in-depth with canine behaviour, dog and human interactions, and reactivity.

• graduates of foundations receive 10% off their core registration

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