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Dog Obedience Classes Toronto

This is for you if…

Your dog is at least four months old and is safe and non-threatening to other dogs and people.

This class is for both brand new students to our school, and alumni of our Puppy Start Right program.

If your dog is quite fearful of new environments, or fearful of other dogs, or fearful of people, or dangerous, please see our Behaviour Modification services.

The Program – Foundation Skills

Seven classes modules – Start in any order* (you don’t have to start on Module 1)

Seven classes, with flexible scheduling. We encourage students to take classes once or twice a week, finishing the program in about a month and a half. 

With semi-private class sizes (4 dogs maximum per class) our team of instructors will be able to cover the following exercises:

Module 1 – Clicker Skills

  • Capturing Attention (Voluntary Attention)
  • Sit and Down
  • Go to Mat

Module 2 – Impulse Control

  • Leave It
  • Drop It
  • Paw Target

Module 3 – Walk with Me

  • Walk With Me
  • Give to Pressure
  • Engage/Disengage

Module 4 – Stay

  • Touch
  • Stay (Distance, Duration, Distraction)

Module 5 – Recall

  • Name Attention
  • Engagement Games with Clean Training Loops
  • Recall Games

Module 6 – Perfectly Polite

  • Polite Greetings (Humans)
  • Polite Greetings (Dogs on Leash)
  • Co-operative Care and Start-Buttons

Module 7* – (Take This Last) Advanced Skills and Generalization

  • Behaviour Chains
  • Phasing out the Clicker
  • Generalization
  • Top Dog Finisher Game

When you’ve trained all the exercises to fluency, and you’re ready for our advanced classes:

“My husband and I took did the Puppy Start Right classes with our pup when we first got him. Two years later I still think it’s the best thing we’ve done so far as pet “parents”. In addition to teaching him the basics and teaching us how to properly train our pup, I think the early socialization made a huge difference in terms of how he interacts with other dogs. We take him to doggy daycare a few times a week and every time we pick him up the staff comments on how good he is with other dogs (even the ones who don’t typically play well with others).
The classes at When Hounds Fly were fun, informative and taught us how to train our dog instead of just focusing on teaching obedience and tricks. If you have a new puppy, I highly recommend the Puppy Socialization class.”

– Lauren K

Dog Obedience Program Tuition

For details regarding class/training policies, please see our Policy page:

All five of our locations (Dundas West, Pape Village, Queen West, Yonge & Eglinton, and South Etobicoke). Tuition grants you flexible access to all locations!

Want 1-on-1 Lessons?

Foundation Skills 1-on-1 lessons are available too! Click the button to learn more:

Already Attended When Hounds Fly Puppy Start Right?

Alumni: Log into the class calendar system and purchase the Foundation Skills bundle and start booking!

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