Dog Obedience Training Classes in Edmonton

At Parkland Kennels, we have a large professional team of trainers responsible for dog training classes & dog obedience training in Edmonton. Parkland Kennels and our students proudly and successfully compete at all levels in the Canadian Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, and North American Hunt to Retrieve Association.


Before our boarding facilities were built, we bred purebred registered Labrador Retrievers and trained and trialed our own dogs in CKC obedience and hunt tests for a number of years – and we still do!


Whether you own a highly pedigreed purebred dog or a lovable multi-breed, all dogs are treated to the same high-quality training.


At Parkland Kennels, we stand behind our training programs 100% – take it from our clients.


Come visit us and take a look around our modern 3200 sq. ft. indoor training facility.


Obedience Training

Group dog obedience training classes in Edmonton are offered year round (weekends, weekdays, and evenings).


Dogs are trained indoors (3200 sq. ft. modern, heated, training arena) and outdoors, weather permitting.


Each Level of Obedience Is 6 Weeks Long

You attend one class a week - each class is normally 1½ hours long. We encourage partners to both attend the training classes and share the homework – after all, your dog has to listen to BOTH OF YOU.


Levels 1 & 2

You receive written homework sheets at the end of each class to help you plan your homework sessions. On the last class you and your dog are tested – we don’t just give diplomas for attendance. If you and/or your dog are having a “bad hair day” we have you return for a re-test or 2 weeks later. If on the re-test you and/or your dog are not up to the standards set for these levels, you are invited back to repeat the entire session again at no extra charge. This will be dependent on your attending all classes and completing your homework.


Our Guarantee

Level 1 is to get the untrained dog to focus on the handler with other dogs and people around. Dogs beginning Level 1 training must be 4 months of age or older and be fully vaccinated. All training in Level 1 is on lead so that when you give a command your dog has no choice but to obey. In Level 1 your dog will learn to heel properly on a loose leash, sit/stay, down/stay, come when called, stand for examination, and finish to the heel position. We do not use treats to bribe the dog to obey but rather YOU are the treat. We do not use artificial stimulation to correct or praise the dog – YOU are taught the proper footwork, tones of voice to use and how to correct your dog without hitting or smacking him/her.


Level 2 is to practice and perfect the exercises learned in level 1, at an advanced level, and to condition the dog to obey and listen off-lead. As well, we introduce control exercises, retrieving, some agility exercises, and prepare dogs and handlers going into CKC or UKC Companion Dog obedience trials. This is a well-rounded course designed for competitive and non-competitive dogs.


Level 3 is designed for owners who want to train their dogs for Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) obedience trials (CKC and UKC). However, we have had many owners who have no desire to compete with their dogs in obedience trials continue to this level. We have also custom designed training programs, at this level, for owners with special needs. Because of the complexity of training for CDX, Level 3 is broken into two 8 week training sessions.


Level 3 Session 1 is to introduce and teach the dog the principles of each exercise (perfect heeling off lead, figure 8 off lead, drop on recall, flat retrieve, high jump retrieve, broad jump, and longer out-of-sight sit/stays and down/stays. Classes are normally 1½ hours in length. There are no written homework sheets handed out at this level as we expect that owners/handlers are better equipped to remember what was covered in class.


Level 3 Session 2 is to perfect the exercises with both the dog and handler(s). Classes are normally 1½ hours in length. There are no written homework sheets handed out at this level as we expect that owners/handlers are better equipped to remember what was covered in class.


We also offer free Polishing Classes for our students going into competitive obedience before each major trial.


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Agility Training

Agility is one of the fastest growing dog sports in Canada and the USA. Owners and dogs love the fast paced and demanding physical workout required to succeed in this sport.


Our instructor Joan King has competed in agility for many years and has a real love for all dogs big or small. Each article is taught to the dog in a format designed to not scare or frighten them by being too big of a challenge.


Agility is an obstacle course comprised of jumps, tunnels, catwalk, teeter-totter, weave poles, A-Frame, chute, and tire. Dogs are taught how to safely maneuver through the obstacle course and to learn the names of the apparatus and what they are expected to do on each one. Even if you do not have “Super Dog” aspirations, this course will help your dog gain confidence and build trust between the dog and his/her owner.


Dogs must be over 1 year of age (for health/structure reasons) and have completed two levels of formal obedience training. Most owners do agility strictly for fun and the dog’s obvious enjoyment; however, competition at trials is growing and is quite a challenge.


We offer different levels of agility!


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Boarding & Training Program in Edmonton

If you do not have the time to attend weekly classes, or are located too far away, we offer a boarding and training program for obedience. Each level is accomplished during separate 1-month stays with alternate 1 to 2 months of at-home practice time with the owner before continuing on to the next level. Success at each level depends largely upon the owner’s ability to learn the proper training, doing the homework, and being able to motivate their dog (and themselves).


The breed/temperament of the dog also determines the success the owner will have at each level of training. Some breeds/temperaments are easier and more compliant to work with than others. As well, if the dog has already learned/cultivated bad behavior(s) it will take the trainer even longer to alter that behavior.


During each 1-month stay the owner is expected to attend 2 private classes so that he/she can learn the techniques that are being used and work with their dog under the guidance of the trainer. However, if the owner cannot attend 2 private classes during their dog’s 1-month stay, it is important that they be prepared to spend at least 1 hour when they come to pick the dog up. It is vital that the owner of the dog spend this time with the trainer and the dog in order to have success when they get the dog home. Unless the owner learns how to get their dog to listen to them by being shown how by the trainer, they will have limited success once they get the dog home.


Sometimes the owner expects far too much from their dog (and the training that was done) after only 1 or even 2 months of training. Sometimes the trainer will make recommendations to the owner that would involve changing how the dog is kept and/or managed that the owner will not or cannot accommodate. Again, this could affect how well the training will carry over to the owner.


We recommend that after each 1-month stay that the dog return home to the owner (for 1 month) so that the dog and owner have time to re-bond and work together on the exercises at the level that was covered while the dog was with us. It is only through time and practice that you accomplish each level of training.


Each dog is tested when they first arrive so that we can determine where they are at in terms of their past training – if a dog is past a level 1, we will start on level 2 work. However, what level their owners believe them to be at may not be where we believe they are at. Owners will be kept apprised of their dog’s progress.


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Dog Training Consultations

If you are not sure what kind of dog would suit your family or want to learn more about the different breeds and what their temperaments are like, you can book a consultation with one of our professional trainers.


We will go through the traits and genetic tendencies of breeds of dogs (including mixed breeds) and answer questions you may have so that you make the right choice the first time around!


Breeder referrals are available for some breeds.


Our professional staff is ready to answer ANY and all questions you may have about dogs, dog training, dog management, dog breeding, careers in dogs, etc. However, before you call one of our trainers to book a private consultation, refer to our  frequently asked questions to see if you can find the answers you need. What you want to know may already be there!


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When & Where to Train at Home

Choose a quiet area to work with your dog so that YOU can be the center of attention. Don’t train your dog directly after feeding. Two short training sessions are better than one long one.


In addition to setting aside specific times to train your dog, you will want to start making him/her obey you using the training techniques you are learning in class. Try to use these techniques whenever you want your dog to behave with or without a training collar and leash. Never give your dog a formal command that you cannot enforce! That’s what training is all about. All level 1 is done on lead to ensure you have the capability to reinforce your commands.


Dogs learn by repetition. In order to be successful you have to practice with your dog 5 days a week – 15 to 20 minutes each session. It is practice at home that will bring success. Class time is to teach YOU what and how to teach your dog at home, as well as provide lots of distraction so your dog learns to listen/obey you no matter what is happening around him/her.


Taking your dog for a walk is not the same thing as doing your training homework! The instructors will cover this during the first class.


Safety Rules

Many dogs react unfavorably to alcohol and some medications. Therefore, no one is permitted to train in class if there is evidence of using alcohol. Smoking is prohibited when on the training floor during sessions. However, there will be a short break during each class to air and water your dog. You can smoke in the smoking lounge or outside during this time.


Books & Advice

Well-meaning friends can give you the wrong advice about training. Because we are working with you and your dog, please use the techniques & procedures you have been shown in class. If you have any difficulty, please call us right away.


Attendance in Class

To get the most from our program, class attendance is VERY IMPORTANT. If you must miss your regular class, please try to attend one of the other classes at your level during that week. If this is impossible, please call and for a nominal fee of $20.00 we will do a makeup class with you. Bitches in season/heat are allowed into class.


Starting Time

All classes begin promptly. We would appreciate you arriving approximately 10 minutes prior to each class so you can warm your dog up before the formal class begins. Our classes run from 1½ to 2 hours.


Exercise & Feeding

Be sure to exercise/air your dog before class. If an accident happens, you will be given the tools to clean it up. Do not train your dog until at least 1 hour after feeding. This applies to your classes as well. You may give him a treat/snack before training so he/she is not working on an empty stomach.


Clothing

As our classes are held indoors and outdoors (weather permitting), please dress accordingly.


Who Should Train

We allow up to 2 adults per dog to participate in the classes. Each person can work half the class; however, we will want you both on the training floor when instructions are being given. Only in special circumstances do we allow students to attempt training who are under the age of 15 years of age. If you have any questions on this please call us. This is due to the fact that children and even some teenagers do not have the self-discipline, initiative, and in some cases, the strength to train a dog.


Equipment

You will require a properly sized training collar and a 6-foot nylon or leather leash. Chain leashes are not allowed nor are flexies. If you are not sure of the proper training collar your dog will require please note that we have an excellent variety of training collars and leashes (at a reasonable price) for you to choose from with our guidance. Your equipment will be checked at the beginning of each class to ensure it is on the dog correctly and is not faulty or too small or large for the dog.


Spectators

Visitors are welcome but must remain quiet and seated during class. Children must be well-behaved and capable of sitting quietly on the seating provided. They will not be allowed to play outside or remain in cars, as we cannot provide the necessary supervision to ensure they don’t get injured or become a nuisance to fellow students or to our guests in our boarding facility. Children must be accompanied by an adult when going to the washrooms. When classes are held outdoors, children will have to sit quietly on the grass. We always welcome spectators and we hope you will tell your friends and relatives about our classes.


Cancellations Due to Weather

In case of inclement weather that will affect driving conditions, you will be notified 2 hours prior to class if we feel your classes should be cancelled.


Parkland Kennels Refund Policy

A FULL REFUND will be issued if you call and cancel your class 5 days prior to the start of your class. If you cancel after the 5 days prior to start date you will be refunded half the tuition. If you attend the first class and decide for whatever reason you do not wish to continue you will be refunded half the tuition.


You must advise us of this decision immediately after the first class!


General Practices

Classes run rain or shine, come prepared to get wet and muddy!


Please haul your garbage home with you.


If you smoke be very cautious with your discarded matches and butts. I would actually prefer that you placed them in a container and took them home.


Arrive 10 – 15 min early to “air” your dog. There is lots of room at both sites, all I ask is that you have some level of control in so far as calling your dog back to you, if not please keep them on a leash. Remember that these areas are invitations for a dog to run and explore, you may find yourself walking much more than you expected to catch them.


Be respectful of and careful with indigenous wildlife. Coyotes are present at times; loons, nesting geese, and beavers can cause injury and even death to your dog. So far, at our land and water sites I have only observed Coyotes on occasion.


If you’re interested in learning more, or have additional questions about dog training classes & dog obedience classes in Edmonton, give us a call today! Our experienced staff will be happy to help.


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