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Our FIT-Foundations™ classes work by channeling our dogs’ innate drives and desires. IE we can utilize our dogs' desire for a treat using various positive reinforcement training techniques (lures, rewards, targeting, capturing and shaping) to motivate and train our dogs to do the exercises and behaviours. Here’s a visual: we lure our dogs onto an unstable surface, their innate desire to maintain their balance will take over and they will struggle to maintain their balance for as long as they can. Its our job as their teammate to help them struggle to maintain their balance for longer and longer duration while being their advocate and setting them up for success.

As they improve, the challenges increase by a surface change and/or incorporating movements and behavioural cues. At that point, it is possible to incorporate behaviour modification techniques and behaviour cues with specific activities and exercises in order to improve or create the behaviours we want. This all occurs as a part of the exercises we are performing with our dogs!

In addition to our own unique FIT-Foundations™ Level 1 curriculum, we've incorporated Do More With Your Dog! novice level behaviours/tricks so teams have an opportunity to EARN their NTD (novice trick dog title)! 

PupFIT-Foundations™

For puppies up to 12 weeks old when starting this program (need ONE set of vaccinations)

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FIT-Foundations™ Level 1

An entry level manners (obedience) class with a twist!

Like most other entry level classes, FIT-Foundations™ Level 1 teaches ‘foundation’ behaviours such as:

  • SIT
  • DOWN
  • STAND
  • STAY
  • WAIT
  • COME
  • LET’S GO (loose leash walking)
  • WITH ME (heel)
  • FOCUS
  • LEAVE IT
  • TOUCH
  • PAWS UP

UNLIKE any other entry level class, FIT-Foundations™ incorporates physical challenges using various pieces of canine conditioning equipment.

It’s    the    perfect   blend    of    manners,    fitness,   tricks   and   fun for your canine companion! Your dog will not only learn the foundation behaviours, but by incorporating physical activity, we are able to add fun and exciting mental challenges to traditional dog training. You will be able to improve your dog's physical health and their behaviour at the same time!

Classes are held at our indoor training facility in Lacombe! 

MONDAYS 5:30-6:15pm

Session 1: Jul 13-Aug 10

5 Classes $150.00

TUESDAYS 6:45-7:30pm

Session 1: Jun 9-Jul 7

5 Classes $150.00

SATURDAYS 2:00-2:45pm

Session 1: May 30-Jun 27 (complete)

Session 2: Jul 11-Aug 8 

Session 3: Aug 15-Sep 19 (no class Sep 5th)

5 Classes $150.00

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FIT-Foundations™ Level 2

FIT-Foundations™ Level 2 takes the basics to the next level!

We build on the manners and behaviours taught in our Level 1 class while adding in more canine conditioning exercises to strengthen our dog's bodies while working their busy brains for the ultimate mental/physical combination. In our Level 1 program we introduced luring, targeting and verbal reward markers. In our Level 2 program we introduce another positive reinforcement training technique called shaping as well as a clicker which is a non-verbal reward marker (included with your program). By implementing these new tools and techniques along with the foundation skills we used in Level 1, we are able to further strengthen our communication skills and add more behaviours to our toolbox which improves the human-canine relationship and bond. The better we are able to communicate and have our requests understood by our dog, the less stress occurs at both ends of the leash and the more willing our four-legged team mate will be to perform the behaviours that are asked of them. Like us, the stronger their foundation is physically (core, stabilizers, etc...), the better able they will be to prevent injuries. Maintaining a healthy weight and body composition is of the utmost importance for our four-legged companions as obesity correlates to disease and can even promote an early death.

By incorporating more physical and mental challenges, we can potentially lengthen our dog's life span while helping prevent injury and disease.

As a BONUS, for those who EARNED their Do More With Your Dog! NTD (novice trick dog title) in Level 1, we provide the opportunity for teams to EARN their ITD (intermediate trick dog title) in Level 2!

***Pre-requisite FIT-Foundations Level 1 or Just the Dog 

Mondays 7:15pm-8:00pm

Session 1: Jun 15-Jul 20 (no class Jun 29)

Session 2: Aug 3-Aug 31

Session 3: Sep 14-Oct 19 (no class Oct 12)

5 Classes $150.00

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FIT-Foundations™ Level 3

FIT-Foundations™ Level 3 is our Advanced program, building on the manners, tricks and behaviours taught in our Level 2 program while adding in even more canine conditioning exercises to strengthen our dog's bodies while working their busy brains for the ultimate mental/physical combination. Like in our Level 1 and Level 2 programs where we used a variety of positive reinforcement training methods (luring, targeting, shaping) and implemented both a verbal reward marker and a clicker, we continue strengthening our communication skills while adding more behaviours to our toolbox in order to continue to improve the human-canine relationship and bond. Our Level 3 program implements a new training technique called 'capturing'; students choose at least one trick from a list of behaviour options that they would like to teach their dog using capturing and present it on week 5 to their classmates.

By incorporating more physical and mental challenges, we can potentially lengthen our dog's life span while helping prevent injury and disease.

As a BONUS, for those who EARNED their Do More With Your Dog! ITD (intermediate trick dog title) in Level 2, we provide the opportunity for teams to EARN their ATD (advanced trick dog title) in Level 3!  

***Pre-requisite FIT-Foundations Level 2 

Tuesdays 5:00pm-5:45pm

Session 1: Jun 2-Jun 30 (complete)

Tuesdays 7:15pm-8:00pm

Session 1: Aug 4-Sep 1

5 Classes $150.00

Space is Limited

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FIT-Foundations™ Level 4

FIT-Foundations™ Level 4 is our Expert program, building on the manners, tricks and behaviours taught in our Level 3 program while adding in even more canine conditioning exercises to strengthen our dog's bodies while working their busy brains for the ultimate mental/physical combination. Like in our FIT-Foundations levels 1-3 programs where we used a variety of positive reinforcement training methods (luring, targeting, shaping, capturing) and implemented both a verbal reward marker and a clicker, we continue strengthening our communication skills while adding more behaviours to our toolbox in order to continue to improve the human-canine relationship and bond. Our Level 4 program implements a variety of chained behaviours in order to perform more complex behaviours and tricks. 

By incorporating more physical and mental challenges, we can potentially lengthen our dog's life span while helping prevent injury and disease.

As a BONUS, for those who EARNED their Do More With Your Dog! ATD (advanced trick dog title) in Level 3, we provide the opportunity for teams to EARN their ETD (expert trick dog title) in Level 4!

***Pre-requisite FIT-Foundations Level 3 

Wednesdays 7:15pm-8:00pm

Session 1: Jul 29-Aug 26

Session 2: TBA

5 Classes $150.00

Space is Limited

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