Paws ‘n Train Class Information
Our classes are generally 8 weeks long, one hour a week. The cost for an 8 week class is $120.00 (taxes incl.). Our classes are limited in size. We must receive a registration form prior to the start of class to be able to reserve a space in class. We always recommend you drop in and watch a class before signing up to ANY dog training class. There are many types of training out there and you may not be comfortable with some styles of training offered. Our method of training is with a clicker, positive reinforcement and treats. Clickers will be available at the first class. Clicker training is fun for both the dog and handler. It is a gentle, hands-off method of training.
For class start dates and other events, see our online calendar
Puppy classes are for puppies 11 – 20 weeks of age at the time of the first class. Puppies need their first two sets of vaccinations to be eligible for puppy class. We will need to see proof of vaccination for Parvo and Distemper; you can bring this to the first class or send a copy with your registration. On the first night of class you will NOT bring your puppy. This lesson will be for you only, as you will get a demo of how the training will work, question and answer time and you will be able to go home and work on the training with your dog in the home environment before the next week. All the classes following you will bring your dog with his/her favourite treat/toy, to be used as rewards. Have your dog wearing a buckle collar, harness, or head halter (no choke chains or pinch collars) and a leather or cotton lead that is easy on your hands. Please leave your flexi leashes at home.
The main objective of puppy class is socialization and to promote good behaviour. It is our goal to teach owners the foundation of training, so you can feel confident in your ability to teach your puppy anything! In Puppy Kindergarten we include: biting, house training, handling, socializing, and obedience such as sit-stay, down-stay, loose leash walking, coming when called, jumping up, and more. We can also assist you with any specific issues you are experiencing with your new puppy.
Beginner class is for dogs 6 months and older. Proof of vaccination will be required for Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, and Rabies. On the first night of class you will NOT bring your dog. This lesson will be for you only, as you will get a demo of how the training will work, question and answer time and you will be able to go home and work on the training with your dog in the home environment before the next week. All the classes following you will bring your dog with his/her favourite treat/toy, to be used as rewards. Have your dog wearing a buckle collar, harness, or head halter (no choke chains or pinch collars) and a leather or cotton lead that is easy on your hands. Please leave your flexi leashes at home.
The main objective of beginner obedience is to work on manners, self-control, and basic obedience. Our goal is to teach owners how to train their dog. We want you to be able to go home and feel confident that you can teach your dog anything! In Beginner Obedience we include: sit-stay, down-stay, loose leash walking, coming when called, proper dog and human greeting, handler focus, and more. We can also assist you with any specific issues you are having with your dog.
Flyball is a dog sport that matches two teams of four dogs each, racing side-by-side over a 51 foot long course. It is a relay in which each dog must run over 4 jumps, trigger a flyball box, releasing the ball, retrieve the ball, and return over the jumps. The next dog is then released to run the course but can't cross the start/finish line until the previous dog has reached the start/finish line. The first team to have all 4 dogs finish the course without fault wins the heat.
In flyball class, we will work on the basic skills needed to compete in flyball. You will learn the rules of the game, and what it takes to play this fast-paced sport. Your dog should enjoy toys/balls, and have some basic obedience skills to join this class.
For more information about Flyball, see our Links page.
Rally Obedience (Rally-O):
Rally Obedience is a fun dog obedience sport, open to ALL dogs, as well as physically challenged dogs and/or handlers. Rally Obedience goes beyond basic heeling by interspersing over forty obedience movements with sits, turns and the paces of traditional heeling. Signs are placed into a numbered course which you have to manoeuvre through with your dog. It also requires a brisk pace, positive attitude and happy demeanour.
We offer classes in all levels of Rally-O, depending on demand. We will teach you and your dog the skills needed to compete in this sport. You need to learn what all of the signs mean, and your dog needs to learn the proper behaviours and cues to complete the exercises properly. This is a fun, laid-back sport, which is great for those dogs who have some basic obedience skills, but would like to be challenged a bit more. And handlers who want to be more challenged too!
For more information about Rally-O, see our Links page.
We offer private sessions for dogs with behavioural problems, or if you would like instruction on a specific issue that you are having with your dog. We can come to your home, or we can meet you anywhere in Saskatoon to work with you and your dog. We can help with any problem you are having with your dog; aggression, door manners, housetraining, leash walking, etc. Between our 3 instructors, we can work with your schedule. The first session is $75, and follow-up sessions are $60, or you can pre-pay $300 for 5 sessions ($60 each). Each session will last around an hour, depending on the issue(s) we’re working with. Call or email to talk with a trainer and discuss your options.