Marcia is both a Certified Professional Dog Training Instructor and Certified Canine Behaviourist.
Why do dogs need proper training?Getting off on the right foot, is so important for you the owner and for your puppy the socialization aspect of a training class plays a large role in their development.
As dogs mature, they develop many doggy interests that may compete with dog training. For example, dogs may find that sniffing the grass, playing with other dogs and chasing squirrels are all much more exciting than listening to their owners and following repetitive instructions - come, sit, down, heel, sit, heel, sit, etc. Puppy training techniques begin to fail, environmental stimulation causes sensory overload and many dogs become hyperactive or reactive to other dogs and people. Owners become frustrated by the dog's hyperactivity and inattentiveness and the relationship starts to go downhill.
Unless regularly given the opportunity to explore new surroundings and meet unfamiliar people and dogs, as dogs grow older, they become less accepting of their environment. Older dogs become more wary of the world in general and especially of strange, scary and unfamiliar stimuli. Make sure you give your adult dog plenty of time to adjust to new situations and employ classical conditioning to build positive associations when introducing dogs to new experiences or people.
Marcia will come to your home when working with you privately. She will work with you & your dog(s), to modify those behaviours/training issues that concern you.
For those students that need assistance with issues outside of the home, Marcia will arrange to work with you in those areas.
Marcia's goal is to have you and your dog(s) working in harmoney as a team.
With her numerous years of training at all levels of Obedience combined with her Canine Behaviour knowledge, Marcia is able to assist you whereever it is needed.
Group classes are held at Unit #7, Village Market Plaza, 8056 Yonge Street, Stroud, Innisfil, ON.
Weather dependent classes will be either in the in-door area, which is Heated and Air Conditioned or on the Grassed area behind the facility.
Proof of vaccinations are required to take part in group classes
Puppy - 10 weeks to 5 months
Potty Training, Nipping & Chewing, Sit, Down, Come, Loose Leash Walking, Drop It, Leave It, Stay, Wait, Greetings (Yourself, Visitors, Strangers), Barking. Understanding how dogs communicate.
Beginner - 6 months and up
(ideal for rescues or those that missed Puppy Training)
Nipping & Chewing, Sit, Down, Come, Loose Leash Walking, Drop It, Leave It, Stay, Wait & Stay with Distance, Greetings (Yourself, Visitors, Strangers), Barking. Understanding how dogs communicate.
Intermediate - 6 months and up
(Puppy or Beginner skills required)
Working with Distractions, Heel Walk, Distance Down, Wait, Stays -(Increased Time, Distance & Distraction), Distractions to Come, Around, Stand/Stack for examination.
Advanced - 8 months plus
(Intermediate skills required)
Working with increased distractions on all basic commands. Stays to 20 feet with distractions, Turns at Heel, Stand Stay, Off Leash Heeling, Return To Heel, Emergency Down.
CD / CGC / CGN / Therapy
The CD & CGC/CGN & Therapy Dogs Testing, require dogs to perform some or all of the following:- 20 foot one minute Sit Stay, Come when called, Heel on loose leash, negotiate turns at Heel, reaction to startle, reaction to other dogs, reactions to Cane/Walker/Wheelchair/Crutches and person with Altzhimers, Wait at entrance/door, Stand for exam, sit patiently for petting, Leave it, Down at a distance of 10 feet, response to hand signals.
FUNgility - 6 months plus
(Beginner skills required) Just for Fun and BOND Building, FUNgility introduces you and your dog to several pieces of equipment used in AGILITY, Jumps, Tunnel, Tire Jump, Weave Poles, A-Frame & Teter Totter. A great sport for both you and your dog. This is a 6 week course, running Summer months only as we work outside in the 3 acre field. Rained out days will be made up at end of course.
This sports focus is to create positive relationships between dogs and owners based on trust and respect. ATTITUDE is more important in RALLY than precision. Dogs and handlers “just gotta have fun”. The concept of a single continuous performance, uninterrupted by orders from the judge, demands a sustained communication between the dog and handler. Rally Obedience goes beyond basic heeling by interspersing over 40 obedience movements with the sits, turns and paces of traditional heeling. Rally is for those who desire an effortless activity that is fun and games.