At Parkland Kennels, we have a large professional team of trainers responsible for dog training classes and dog obedience training in Edmonton. Our team 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 we built our boarding facilities, 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.
Our full time instructors Anne and Audrey have a combined 37 years of dog training at Parkland Kennels. They enjoy the hands-on training with the monthly boarders, giving private lessons as well as helping our students and their dogs. We currently train and enjoy the competitive obedience ring and play in agility. We have also acquired basic titles in French ring sport. We love our well-mannered dogs that walk for miles with us. Our dogs are family first and athletes second. Anne and Audrey have a saying “train hard, play harder all with good sportsmanship.”
Edmonton's First-Class 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 usually is 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.
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 four 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 we teach your dog how to:
We do not use treats to bribe the dog to obey, but instead, you are the treat. We do not use artificial stimulation to correct or praise the dog – we teach you the proper footwork, tones of voice to use and 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. In addition to this, we introduce control exercises, retrieving, some agility exercises, and prepare dogs and handlers going into CKC or UKC Companion Dog obedience trials. This is an excellent training course designed for competitive and non-competitive dogs.
You receive written homework sheets at the end of each class to help you plan your homework sessions. In 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 you attending all classes and completing your homework.
We also offer free Polishing Classes for our students going into competitive obedience before each major trial.
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.
Classes are normally 1½ hours in length. There are no written homework sheets handed out at this level as we expect the owners/handlers to be better equipped to remember what was covered in class. Because of the complexity of training for CDX, we divided Level 3 into two eight-week training sessions.
Level 3 Session 1
Level 3 Session 1 is to introduce and teach the dog the principles of each exercise which includes:
Level 3 Session 2
Level 3 Session 2 is to perfect the exercises with both the dog and handler(s).
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. It 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. Even if you do not have “Super Dog” aspirations, this course will help your dog gain confidence and build trust between you and your pet.
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.
Dogs must be over 1 year of age (for health/structure reasons) and have completed two levels of formal obedience training. We offer different levels of agility training!
Boarding and 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 you will have at each level of training. Some breeds/temperaments are easier and more compliant to work with than others. If the dog has already learned/cultivated bad behavior(s), it will take the trainer even longer to alter that behavior.
For the Owners and Handlers
During each 1-month stay, you are expected to attend 2 private classes so that he/she can learn the techniques that are being used in order to work with your dog under the trainer’s guidance. However, if you cannot attend these classes, it is important for you to be prepared to spend at least 1 hour when you come to pick the dog up. It is vital that you spend this time with the trainer and your dog in order to be successful once you get home. The trainer will teach you how to get your dog to listen.
Sometimes you may expect far too much from your dog (and the training that was done) after only 1 or even 2 months of training. Ignoring the trainer’s recommendations about changing how your dog is kept and/or managed could affect how well the training will carry over to you.
We recommend that after each 1-month stay that your dog return home (for 1 month) so that both of you have time to re-bond and work together on the exercises at the level that was covered. 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 training. Your dog may not always be at the level you think they are at. You will be kept apprised of your dog’s progress.
Dog Training Consultations
If you’re 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.
When and Where to Train at Home
Listed below are the things to keep in mind while training your dog:
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. The classes will teach you what and how to train your dog at home, as well as provide many distractions so your dog learns to obey you no matter what is happening around him/her.
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 and 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 and 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, for a nominal fee of $20.00, we will do a makeup class with you. Bitches in season/heat are allowed into class.
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 and Feeding
Be sure to exercise or air your dog before class. If an accident occurs, 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 them a treat before training so he/she is not working on an empty stomach.
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. 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.
You will require a training collar and a 6-foot nylon or leather leash. Chain and retractable leashes are not allowed. If you’re 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.
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.
Please advise us of this decision immediately after the first class.
If you’re interested in learning more, or have additional questions about dog training classes and obedience classes in Edmonton, give us a call today! Our experienced staff will be happy to help.
“Their training is very good. I put my dog in their first set of classes and they've blown me away. My dog is so different now. So much more well behaved.”
- Kimberlee Y.