Class Descriptions

At Steel House Doggy Daycare, we offer a variety of training classes and we have partnered with four amazing trainers to meet your every need. Scroll to learn more about each of our training classes and to find out which course is right for you!

Weekly Puppy Social

Trainer: Christine’s Critter Care & Training (Christine Hynes)
Requirements: For puppies 2 to 5 months old with their 2nd set of vaccinations. Must be friendly with other dogs.
Drop off your puppy for an hour of supervised socialization with other pups led by a Certified Dog Trainer! You can come for one session or make it a regular drop-in, just make sure you notify the trainer at least 2 days before the session. Each $20 session will run Sundays from 4:00-5:00pm starting on June 20th. Contact Christine at (780)239-2775 to sign up for a session.

Puppy Day School

Trainer: Christine’s Critter Care & Training (Christine Hynes)
Requirements: For puppies with their 2nd set of vaccinations.
Got a new puppy? Not sure where to start with training? Drop off your puppy for day school with a certified trainer to give you a head start! Take the stress out of training and let us help you help them! Puppy school will run for 4 hours per session and you will have the option to send your pup once or twice per week. We will include direction on how to keep up with training at home and each session will allow time for puppies to play and socialize. Class will be scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays 1-5pm until December 2021. Day school is $180.00 for a full 3 week commitment or $70 per session. Contact Christine at (780)239-2775 to get your spot.

Have FUN while Building Confidence!

Trainer: Class Act K9s (Donna Watts)
When you train with positive reinforcement, you’ll create positive associations. You’ll start to see your dog behaving in order to get good stuff, rather than trying to avoid scary stuff.   Dogs should be primarily behaving to get more enjoyment out of life, and not spend much time and energy on avoiding unpleasant things. I think this is an important piece of what we’re looking for when we say we want to build “confidence.”  In this class I will show you how you can boost your dogs confidence while doing enrichment, sniffing activities and having fun doing so!  This class is suitable for any dogs showing low confidence. 
Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.”- Peter T Mcintyre

Puppy FUNdations

Trainer: Class Act K9s (Donna Watts)
Requirements: For puppies 3-5 months old
These classes are for puppies 3-5 months old only. Socialization is the name of the game in my classes. I will teach you how to socialize your puppy properly to things and other puppies while having FUN!  We also will learn some basic obedience like Sit, Down, Stay, Leave it, (and more). Last class we will be having a Halloween party for graduation!  If you are bringing children I invite you to dress them up (you as well) so we can prepare your puppy for Halloween evening socializing  them to costumes, sights and sounds. I will also be taking a Halloween photo of you and your puppy for graduation.  

Puppy Class

Trainer: Raise the Woof Dog Training (Kathy Belec)
Requirements: For puppies up to 5 months old
The #1 goal of puppy class is for your puppy to learn that the world is a safe place. The critical
socialization window closes for puppies roughly around 5-18 weeks of age. Puppies in this stage of
development have brains like sponges, soaking up information about the world around them and
learning what is safe and what isn’t safe. Puppy classes are designed for puppies up to 5 months in a
fun, positive, reward-based class. Puppies must have their second set of shots.
Classes will Cover:
• Appropriate puppy socialization
• Walking nicely on a leash
• How to read puppy/dog’s body language
• Learning about bite inhibition
• How to greet people appropriately without jumping up
• Body handling
• Preventing food aggression (Accepting people near his food bowl)
• Taking treats from hand gently
• Sit, down, touch, leave it, take it, drop it
• Impulse Control – teaching patience
• Safe exposure- (objects, sights and sounds)
• How to play and bond with your puppy
• How to help prevent separation anxiety
• Addressing problems you may be having

Pawsitive Puppy Class

Trainer: Christine’s Critter Care & Training (Christine Hynes)
Requirements: For puppies 5 to 9 months old
Join Christine from Christine’s Critter Care & Training for Pawsitive Puppy Class and learn from a Certified Professional Force-Free Dog Trainer! This class will be an exciting & informative learning experience between puppy and parents. Learn basic obedience & puppy skills to make life a most Pawsitive experience for new Puppy Parents. Want more? We now have a Pawsitive Puppy Class LEVEL TWO to help you continue learning and growing with your pup! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Christine at (780)-239-2775

Puppy FUNdamentals

Trainer: Class Act K9s (Donna Watts)
Requirements: Puppy class or knowing the basic cues like Sit, Down, Stay, not perfect but know the basics of the cues.
FUNdamentals is for the older puppies from 5 months to 1 year.  In this class we solidify behaviours learned in a puppy class. We begin Loose Leash walking skills, solidify the stay and do more socialization.   We will also be having a Halloween party last class. Just because your puppy may be older, they may not have had the right socialization or they need more.  

Puppy Love/Teen Obedience

Trainer: Hope for Hounds Dog Training (Carolyn MacDonald)
Requirements: For puppies up to 1.5 years old
In puppy love, we will tackle early socialization and puppy play. Puppies will experience new surfaces, puzzles and activities that will help shape good choices as they grow. This is the place to ask any puppy related problems you may have. We will also go over a few basic commands to help you get going in the correct direction. In Teen Obedience, we work on some self control and basic skills and help build good habits with other pups the same age.

Good Manners

Trainer: Raise the Woof Dog Training (Kathy Belec)
Requirements: For puppies and dogs 5 months and up
Good Manners should be a necessary class for every adult dog and is designed for dogs at least 5 months or older. Owners and dogs really bond together during this class.
Classes will Cover:
• Learn sit, down, stay, leave it, watch, touch, and recall.
• Clients will learn important dog body language and dog bite prevention.
• Dogs learn impulse control and focus.

Recall Class

Trainer: Raise the Woof Dog Training (Kathy Belec)
This class runs for one hour per week for 3 weeks to help you and your pup work on recall skills!

Come Back Here!

Trainer: Hope for Hounds Dog Training (Carolyn MacDonald)
Requirements: For puppies and dogs 1 year and up
Come! Come Here! Get over here! Stop running away from me! Quick get the dog before it takes off! Rex!Rex!Rex! Does this sound like you? Do you wish you dog would simply come when you call? Do you find yourself frustrated and cursing your K-9 companion? Do you think your dog doesn’t like you? Or does your dog run past you or runs away the second you try to put their leash on? Do you feel like you are chasing your dog more then you what to be? Recall is simply that, learning to call you dog and have the skills to be able to leash up without a struggle.

Loose Leash Walking

Trainer: Raise the Woof Dog Training (Kathy Belec)
Sign up for a quick one hour session with a certified professional dog trainer to work on loose leash walking skills with your pup!

At the End of My Leash

Trainer: Hope for Hounds Dog Training (Carolyn MacDonald)
Requirements: For dogs over 1 year
Stop! Stop pulling! Ouch! My arm! Stop pulling you are going to choke! Stop eating everything off the sidewalk! Does this sound like you? Are you tired of your arm being pulled off every time the leash goes on? Are you the “night walker” because you are scared or embarrassed about how you dog acts on the walk? At the end of my leash we will tackle problems on the walk. Learn some loose leash skills and other techniques that will help make walking with your dog less stressful.

Therapy Class

Trainer: Class Act K9s (Donna Watts)
CGN Therapy Dog Class
Requirements: Dogs should be 6 months in age to begin and have attended a puppy class and know the basic cues. No reactive dogs will be allowed to attend this class.  
  Do you think your dog has what it takes to be a Certified Therapy Dog?  Do you want  to learn how to start training an Owner Trained Service Dog? Or maybe you just want a well-behaved pet?  Teaching your dog the skills required to pass the Canine Good Neighbour Test is the first step.  
This CGN class will help prepare you for the CGN test, which evaluates a dog’s basic manners and obedience training. To receive your CGN certificate requires a pass 12 skills/steps:
Please note that CGN classes will help prepare you to pass the CGN test but does not include the test. Watch for upcoming CGN test dates.
  While some service organizations require proof that the dog passed its CGN test, passing the test does not automatically mean the dog will qualify as a service dog or a therapy dog. Depending on your previous relationship with your dog and how much sustained effort you put into your homework, some teams may need to take the class or the test more than once to pass.  For the teams not interested in CGN testing a Therapy certificate will be issued saying you completed the Class Act K9 Therapy class by a certified CGN Evaluator.  
The CGN test welcomes mixed-breed and purebred dogs over 6 months of age. CGN Testing can not be done until your dog is one year of age. 
Training these foundational obedience skills is fun, rewarding, and useful for working dogs, service dogs and well-mannered pets. It will help you to build a richer bond with your canine partner and enjoy the freedom that comes with a well-trained dog. We will be doing field trips to a nursing home for first hand experience during this class practicing what we have learned in class.

Reactive Ruff 101

Trainer: Christine’s Critter Care & Training (Christine Hynes)
Requirements: Virtual assessment required before class registration
Reactive Dogs are dogs that cannot be walked on leash without lunging / barking or even growling at changes in their environment. They may bark at other dogs, cats or people while on walks. Reactive dogs can fall into two categories:
1. Dogs that are reactive and unfriendly with other dogs while on leash OR off leash
2. Dogs that are reactive on leash but can socialize off leash
No matter which category you fall into, this class will be right for you. In this class we will show you how to change your dog’s reactive behavior. You’ll understand why your dog might be reactive, how to lower stress in your dog, build calmness and attention, train alternate behaviors to reactivity or over-arousal, reinforce the absence of reactivity and most importantly build your dog’s confidence and trust in you. You will learn to truly master the dog walk.
There is no longer a need to feel lost or confused when your dog becomes reactive. You will learn how to feel more confident and comfortable in different situations and around other dogs. You will have new skills to utilize in these once-stressful situations so you will realize that you can relax as well since you will know what to do and how to avoid or manage the triggers that were once unpredictable. You will learn to read your dog and communicate on a different level.
In the Reactive Dog Class you will:
-Acquire the tools you need to understand and handle your dog with confidence.
-Learn what your leash-reactive dog is doing, why he’s doing it, and how to change it.
-Teach your dog to relax and trust you while out on walks.
-Develop a better working relationship with your dog.
-Learn how to decrease the stress in your dog and teach him / her confidence and focus.
-Work with your dog in a controlled, supportive environment with a small group of dog owners who understand your issues because they share them.
In class, the dogs will be separated from each other by the use of visual barriers. Slowly, as you gain skills and your dog gains confidence and starts to shed fears, the individual dogs will begin to work together from a decreasing distance. The dog and handler team will move at the pace best suited to their individual needs.
The Reactive Dog class is initially held indoors. As the dogs and owners gain skills we move to a secure, fenced area outside and finally graduate to a real-life environment. If you have any questions, please contact Christine at (780)-239-2775
**Important Note: This is a 7-week class. The initial class is for owners only to outline the class and practice skills (no dogs). The first class runs 1 hour, with other classes running 1 hour.

Canine Good Neighbor Class

Trainer: Christine’s Critter Care & Training (Christine Hynes)
Therapy Dog Training for CGN Certification
This 5-week course is good for any human-dog team seeking to continue their training, improve their basic skills, and for those seeking to prepare for the Canine Good Neighbour test.
Objectives:
• Continue your training journey with your dog by strengthening your training skills
• Prepare for the Canine Good Neighbour test.
• Small group classes allow for individualized attention and personalized criteria to each student
• Opportunity to take Canine Good Neighbour Test by the end of course, under the evaluation of CGN certified instructor
To sign up, please visit http://www.christinescrittercare.com or contact Christines at (780)-239-2775