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Canine Calm

If your dog is under 6 months of age please visit the Bright Puppy program page. If your dog is over 6 months of age then you’re on the right page!

The Canine Calm program is designed to help dogs be better at keeping their heads together when faced with something in their environment that is exciting, novel, or concerning. If walking your dog is difficult due to lunging and barking then Canine Calm is the class for you.

Canine Calm is one Orientation (webinar), one 20-minute video that covers your pre-class leash handling homework, and 6 semi-private outdoor lessons with your dog.

Canine Calm Orientation webinar

Please watch the Canine Calm Orientation webinar before filling out the class registration form. Watching the webinar will help you decide if this is the right class for you and your dog.



After watching the Orientation webinar, if you would like to continue with the process, please read the information below and then click on the Sign Up icon to register for the Canine Calm program. 

Pre-class Homework:

Once you are registered in Canine Calm we will email you the link to a YouTube video that goes over your pre-class leash-handling homework. No special equipment is needed to complete this homework. Your registration fee covers a long-line which we will give you at your first in-person lesson.  

Semi-private lessons with the dog (carefully orchestrated)

The semi-private lessons are offered on Sundays at 10:00 am or 11:45 am. They are drop-in style; meaning that you log in to a simple booking system and sign yourself up. The link to the reservation system will be sent to you after payment. For the semi-private lessons we recommend attending every other week. The lessons extend over a long period of time as students report that they like having extra time to practice between classes and also see better results when the lessons run over a longer period of time. You do not need to attend the same time slot each time.

Approach

Our approach is based on Grisha Stewart’s protocol called BAT 2.0. Her book Behaviour Adjustment Training 2.0: New Practical Techniques for Fear, Frustration, and Aggression. It is available in paperback or as an e-book. It is an excellent book and will give you a detailed perspective of what we do in the Canine Calm lessons. Don’t be put off by the title of the book; the reason why we approach it this way is based on our observation of the dogs. We admit that this is tricky; each dog is unique; however, we see the same thing often; a dog that needs more skills, but the skills they are lacking the most are general coping skills.

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