Dog Sports Programs



Advanced Obedience

This program runs the alternate Thursday nights of when scent detection is running.  This is from 6-8 PM.  This class will have a limit of 8 training slots.  If the class is full, a person can audit the class.  This means they can come to watch but will not get to work their dog with the trainers.  There is a pre-requisite for this program.  The dog has to have been through either our General Obedience or Day Training program.  As it is defined right now (subject to change), there are three levels of achievement for advanced obedience.  If the dog is already solid on obedience but hasn’t been through our programs, we will assess on a case by case basis if the dog is ready to start this program.  Cost of this program is $50 for a training slot, and $25 per session as an audit.  Every dog will progress at a different pace.  You can come to all the classes, or come when you can, you will always resume from where you left off.  The training sessions are opportunities for you and your dog to work with the trainer and learn new concepts.  However to progress, practicing at home is how the handler and dog will become a better team. 

If you are interested in doing both scent detection and advanced obedience, you can get a monthly membership for $100 and you can attend all of the scent detection and advanced obedience sessions for the flat rate.

If you would like to get signed up for any of these programs please send an email to Michaela@elevatecanine.com and she will get you registered to attend any of the classes that we are offering.  We do require payment when registering for a session.

 



Scent detection

We currently are running scent detection training every other Thursday from 6 PM – 8 PM.  We do have a dog limit of 8 training slots in our introduction to scent work program.  If the class is full, a person can audit the class.  This means they can come to watch but will not get to work your dog with the trainers.  This program focuses on the detection of trained odors.  All dogs start out learning to smell the same odors.  Once the dog can discern the difference in the scents we are working on, the dog can then start training for additional odors.  As it is defined right now (subject to change), there are 5 levels of progression.  Starting with intro to scent detection.  Each time the handler and dog level up, it will become more difficult and take longer to move on to the next level.  The fee for this program is $50 per session for a training slot, or $25 per session as an audit.  Every dog will progress at a different pace.  You can come to all the classes, or come when you can, you will always resume from where you left off.  The training sessions are opportunities for you and your dog to work with the trainer and learn new concepts.  However to progress, practicing at home is how the handler and dog will become a better team.  There are no prerequisites for this program.

If you would like to get signed up for any of these programs please send an email to Michaela@elevatecanine.com and she will get you registered to attend any of the classes that we are offering.  We do require payment when registering for a session.



Tracking

Our dog tracking training class is a specialized program designed to teach dogs and their handlers the skills necessary for effective tracking. Tracking is the ability to follow a specific scent trail left by a person or animal, and it is often used in search and rescue operations.  Our program is designed around recreation and sport that we can do with our dogs.  However, if someone is looking to do more with their dog such as search and rescue, we can provide training for the handler and dog to achieve a high level of tracking.

Introduction to Tracking:

The class begins with an introduction to the concept of tracking, explaining the importance of the skill and its practical applications in different fields.
Understanding Scent and Tracking Principles:

Participants learn the basics of how scents behave, the impact of environmental factors on scent trails, and the principles of following a track. Understanding scent dynamics is crucial for both handlers and dogs.

Handler Skills and Communication:

Handlers are trained on how to effectively communicate with their dogs during tracking exercises. Clear signals and commands help the dog navigate the track accurately.

Scent Discrimination:

Dogs are taught to discriminate between different scents and focus on the specific trail they are meant to follow. This skill is essential for tracking tasks where the dog needs to follow a particular individual's scent.

Trail Laying Techniques:

Instructors demonstrate how to lay scent trails effectively, considering factors such as wind direction, terrain, and the difficulty level desired for the training exercise.

Basic Tracking Exercises:

Initial training involves simple tracking exercises, gradually increasing in complexity. Dogs learn to follow a straight track, negotiate turns, and identify changes in the trail.

Variable Terrain Training:

Dogs and handlers are exposed to different types of terrain, such as grassy fields, wooded areas, urban environments, and more. This helps them adapt to diverse tracking scenarios they might encounter in real-world situations.

Distraction Training:

Dogs are exposed to distractions along the track to simulate real-world conditions. This could include other scents, noise, or environmental factors that might interfere with tracking.

Tracking in Different Weather Conditions:

Training often includes tracking exercises in various weather conditions (e.g., rain, snow, wind) to prepare dogs for tracking under diverse circumstances.

Team Coordination and Timing:

Handlers learn how to coordinate effectively with their dogs, interpreting their signals and adjusting their pace accordingly. Timing is crucial in tracking, and the class emphasizes the importance of maintaining a steady pace.

Search and Rescue Simulations:

In more advanced stages of training, simulations of real search and rescue scenarios are conducted, allowing handlers and dogs to apply their tracking skills in practical situations.

Continuous Evaluation and Feedback:

Overall, our scent training class is a comprehensive and structured program that aims to develop the skills and abilities of individuals or animals for specific tracking tasks.  Our objective is to help you create stronger bond with your dogs, by providing a mutually enjoyable recreational activity.  You can do just the basics, or you can push to a very high degree of tracking.


Obedience Programs



Day Training program

We have several different programs that we offer to address obedience and behavior issues with dogs. Training isn’t about sit, down, and stay. It is about getting our dogs to be compliant and look to us for direction. Impulsiveness is what gets dogs into trouble. It isn’t as much about teaching the dogs, as it is about teaching the human how to work with the dog. The responsibility to establish a healthy relationship with our dogs relies on us, the humans.

 

 

This is our premier training program, and our most popular. It is geared towards dogs 17 weeks and older. This is the best program for dogs with reactivity, aggression, anxiety, fear, over stimulation, and people that just don’t have the time to put in all the training repetitions themselves. The dog comes to our facility for 10 days, going home each day. Drop-Off is from 7:30-8 and Pick-up ranges from 3-5:15. This program gives us the perfect opportunity to work on overexcitement and reactivity when it comes to other dogs and people because we are located in such a busy area and constantly have other dogs around. We try to identify as many things as we can that are a trigger for the dog and set up scenarios around those triggers. For example, maybe your dog is afraid of men or even random objects such as a laundry basket or cars on the road. Besides correcting bad behaviors like jumping, excessive barking, reactivity, and aggression, we teach the dogs how to walk nicely beside us, sit, down, stay, place, leave it, and to remain neutral in chaotic environments. For the owner, we show you how to properly use a prong collar, e-collar and other concepts that will help you better communicate with your dog. We can also work on more specific problems you are experiencing, for example bolting out the door, food aggression, or resource guarding.

As the training progresses, the dogs are taken to stores and other public places where they are going to encounter strange people, strange dogs and new sights, sounds and smells. More importantly than what we teach the dog, we need to teach the owners how to replicate the same results at home. Every day we will run you through everything the dog did that day and what your homework should be for that night, as well as answer any questions you may have. Every night an email gets sent out with what we worked on, and in many cases, it includes a video demonstrating what that should look like. 

After a few days of training, we will schedule a one-on-one session with you and your dog. This allows us to show you everything we are working on and to have you practice with your dog under the guidance of our trainers, so everyone is on the same page. These different commands and concepts will become the foundation of what we are going to hold the dog accountable for. Once the dog understands the rules/boundaries, we as the human must enforce the rules/boundaries, provide consequences for violation of the rules/boundaries, and be consistent in the enforcement of the rules/boundaries. Does that sound just like raising kids? It is the same concept.

*There is an equipment requirement for this program, the dog will need: a flat leash, a Herm Sprenger prong collar, and an E-collar Technologies e-collar.

Approximate cost of the equipment is $300 to get the dog setup.  We do carry the equipment and it can be acquired fruom us on the dog's first day.

 

Cost $1500 for the program + equipment cost is approximately $300 

If you would like to register for this program, please click here Register



General Obedience

 

This is our more budget friendly program. This program is for dogs that are at least 20 weeks old.  It is four, one on one training sessions, meeting weekly for one hour. These are typically scheduled during the evenings Monday – Thursday.  Think of this as train the trainer. There is a limited number of repetitions we can get in with the dog in an hour. This program shifts the responsibility to the owner to get the reps in with the dogs between sessions. We cover all the same topics as we do in Day Training, except we don’t have other dogs around or strangers to work through reactivity. However, we do teach how to address reactivity in this program. 

*There is an equipment requirement for this class: flat leash, a Herm Sprenger prong collar, E-collar Technologies e-collar, treat bag, clicker and a high value treat

Approximate cost of the equipment is $330 to get the dog setup. We do carry the equipment and it can be acquired from us on the dog’s first day.

 

Cost $400 for the program + equipment cost is approximately $330.

* Additional 1 hour sessions can be purchased for $100 each

If you would like to register for this program, please click here Register



Puppy training group class

 

Puppy class is geared towards dogs between 10 weeks and 17 weeks old. In this group class we go over more age-appropriate topics. This is 3 sessions, meeting once a week for an hour. We discuss potty training and crate training. We work on walking without pulling, sit, down, stay, place, and leave it. For people that go through this program, they can take off $200 if they put their dog into the Day Training program when the dog is old enough. Making the puppy class free! If someone wants to take advantage of that. These are scheduled in the evenings during the week.

 

Cost $200 for the program.

If you would like to register for this program, please click here Register

 



Reactivity/Aggression Group Class

 

 

This program is for dogs/owners that have been through our General Obedience or Day Training program. We teach how to address reactivity in General Obedience, we get to put it to the test in this class. There are typically 4-6 other reactive dogs in the class. It is a safe environment to work through their reactivity, right alongside others that are fighting the same battle. This is 3 sessions, meeting once a week for an hour. These are scheduled in the evenings during the week.

Cost $200 for the program.

If you have completed General Obedience or Day Training and you would like to register for this program, please click here Register



Obedience Refresh 1 Week

Our obedience refresh program is for dogs that have already been through our obedience program.  Which means they already know commands and boundaries that have been defined.  This program allows us to re-enforce the 3 components of obedience training which include boundaries, consequences, and consistency.

This is a 1 week program where drop off is at 8 AM and pickup is between 3 - 4 PM.  

Each day the dog gets approximately 1.5 hours of one-on-one time, and then the remainder of the session they are working on impulse control through group activities like holding a down when other dogs are training or are playing fetch.  Our facility offers us a unique ability to expose the dog to other dogs, and we have significant foot traffic right outside our facility throughout the day.  This allows us to get exposure to the dog to being around a significant amount of people. 

The cost is $750 for the 1 week program.  This provides approximately 35 hours of training time.  Payment of half down and completion of the agreement and questionnaire is required to be put on the schedule.

If you would like to register for this program, please click here Register



Post Day Training Group Session

This group class is designed for dogs that have completed the Day Training program, to allow the owner an opportunity to work their dog around other dogs in a group setting, and apply what they have learned.  This is a single session class.  The cost to attend this class is $100, or free for clients that have completed the post training questionnaire and a Google review.