Certified Training

CRAZY TAILS
Training Classes

Our classes are generally 6-7 weeks long, one hour a week. Our classes are limited in size to 10 dogs and we generally have two instructors on hand per class.We must receive a registration form prior to the start of class to be able to reserve a space in class. We always recommend you drop in and watch a class before signing up to ANY dog training class. Most of our puppy, beginner and advanced classes are $160.00 and specialty classes vary in price.

There are many types of training out there and you may not be comfortable with some styles of training offered. Our method of training is with a clicker, positive reinforcement and treats. One clicker is included for FREE with the price of your class, additional clickers can be purchased in store. Clicker training is fun for both the dog and handler. It is a gentle, hands-off method of training.

“We signed up for Puppy Primer and thought it was fantastic! It was a great way to socialize our 4 month old Weimaraner, ‘Indie’. It was a great tool for us as dog owners for where to start with training. Indie could be classified as the ‘class clown’ especially when diving into the pool full of balls but our instructor, Mike was super patient and tolerant of him regardless. We appreciated his direction when we were feeling frustrated and learned a lot from him on how to handle an active breed. He paid attention to every puppy in the class and was always open for questions and willing to give each of us direction. Thanks Mike for such a positive experience!”

-Tracy Reman

Looking for an upcoming class start date? See our Class Calendar!

Please check out the individual class sections below for more information about each class.

Why should you choose us? We are Certified!

Finding the right dog trainer for you and your dog is important. Working with a qualified professional can, in some cases, mean the difference between a harmonious life with your dog and having to give up your dog for re-homing or euthanasia.

But the search process can be confusing. Dog training is a science, but the industry is (as yet) unregulated with no licensing requirements or regulatory oversight. This makes it difficult to know what to look for.

That’s where independent certification comes into the picture. The Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers gives you a way to hone in on dog training professionals whose knowledge and skills have stood up to a rigorous, standardized test. Here’s a guide for your search:

Step 1: Look for our certifications

The designations are: CPDT-KA, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA.

CPDT-KA indicates that a dog trainer has passed a comprehensive exam and has at least 300 hours of dog training experience.

CPDT-KSA indicates that a dog trainer has passed a comprehensive exam and an objective skills-based assessment along with at least 300 hours of dog training experience.

CBCC-KA indicates that a dog behavior consultant has passed a comprehensive exam on behavior modification and has at least 500 hours of dog behavior consulting experience.

Step 2: Assess the trainer

Browse the trainer’s website and any other marketing materials. Does everything look and sound professional? Do the messages appeal to you? If so, set up a phone call or in-person meeting. Can the trainer answer your questions about training, behavior, and methods knowledgeably and clearly? Is she (or he) patient and thorough in her replies? Do you feel comfortable with her? Does she have experience working with the problems you need help with? Can she provide references from clients?

Step 3: Beware of red flags

A couple of things should raise a red flag in your assessment. If the trainer focuses on a model of dominance and submission—using language like “dominant” and “alpha” —or uses primarily punishment based methods, that trainer doesn’t meet the standards of science-based training.

Classes

PUPPY PRIMER

Who’s the boss? You are.

Who is this class for?
pups ages 12 Wks- 5 months with minimum of second set of vaccinations

Cost and Start Dates
The cost for a 6 week class is $160
See the Calendar for upcoming start dates.

Requirements
Proof of first two sets of vaccinations for Parvovirus and Canine Distemper will be required. We ask that proof of vaccines please be sent in with the class registration form or you may call your vet’s office and have them email us a copy of the vaccine records.

What does this class cover?
This class lays the foundation for everything you will need to turn your puppy into an obedient, happy and well-adjusted dog that you will be able to take anywhere!
Socialization is key in this class and we put a lot of emphasis on teaching your puppy how to cope with new experiences and novel situations.

We give each puppy the opportunity to learn, grow and play with other puppies their own age in a safe environment while also introducing them to basic obedience cues, body awareness exercises, bite inhibition training, confidence building, and helping you to work through all of those common puppy challenges!

Items to bring to class
Favourite treats/toy
Buckle collar, harness
Leather, nylon or cotton leash

Items NOT allowed in class
Choke chains
Pinch collars
Flexi leashes

NOVICE OBEDIENCE

Who’s the boss? You are.

Who is this class for?
Dogs ages 6 months and above with no prior formal training.

Cost and Start Dates
The cost for a 6 week class is $160
See the Calendar for upcoming start dates.

Requirements
Proof of vaccination will be required for Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, and Rabies.
We ask that proof of vaccines please be sent in with the class registration form or you may call your vet’s office and have them email us a copy of the vaccine records.

What does this class cover?
We begin to build life skills in our adolescent dogs through basic and intermediate obedience training. We progress from the foundation behaviours (such as sit and down) to leaving dropped items and food on command, Loose leash walking, sit stays and down stays at a distance and reliable recalls. We also address common behaviour problems that can become apparent during this stage in your dogs life and continue to work towards having an adult dog that is a true pleasure to live with.

Items to bring to class
Favourite treats/toy
Buckle collar, harness or head halter
Leather, nylon or cotton leash

Items NOT allowed in class
Choke chains
Pinch collars
Flexi leashes

ADVANCED OBEDIENCE

Who is this class for?
no age limit but we recommend Beginner Obedience before the Advanced level obedience class. However any dog with prior obedience training at home or in another program is welcome in this class.

Cost and Start Dates
The cost for a 6 week class is $160
See the Calendar for upcoming start dates.

Requirements
Proof of vaccination will be required for Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, and Rabies.
We ask that proof of vaccines please be sent in with the class registration form or you may call your vet’s office and have them email us a copy of the vaccine records.

What does this class cover?
Advanced Obedience Class focuses on proofing and adding distractions to the obedience cues that your dog already knows. We also increase the difficulty and expand your dogs obedience knowledge to include: Sit/ Down while moving and at a distance, Fronts & Finishes and Heel work.

Items to bring to class
Favourite treats/toy
Buckle collar, harness or head halter
Leather, nylon or cotton leash

Items NOT allowed in class
Choke chains
Pinch collars
Flexi leashes

TRICKS & GAMES

Find your dog’s inner performer.

Who is this class for?
no age limit but is for dogs who have completed Beginner Obedience or know basic obedience commands.

Cost and Start Dates
The cost for a 6 week class is $160
See the Calendar for upcoming start dates.

Requirements
Proof of vaccination will be required for Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, and Rabies.
We ask that proof of vaccines please be sent in with the class registration form or you may call your vet’s office and have them email us a copy of the vaccine records.

What does this class cover?
Each week we introduce you to a different dog sport with an introduction to the rules of each game and teach you new and creative tricks that you can practise and perform at home! Tricks will range form simple (beg, roll over etc) to more complex (put toys away in toy bin, retrieve an object, close doors) This class is a great way to challenge your dogs mind and discover new talents you never knew your dog had! It is great for working therapy dogs and performance dogs that might entertain crowds!

Items to bring to class
Favourite treats/toy
Buckle collar, harness or head halter
Leather, nylon or cotton leash (6 foot)

Items NOT allowed in class
Choke chains
Pinch collars
Flexi leashes

RALLY OBEDIENCE

A fun sport for both of you.

Who is this class for?
Beginner Obedience or equivalent training required

Cost and Start Dates
The cost for a 6 week class is $160
See the Calendar for upcoming start dates.

Requirements
Proof of vaccination will be required for Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, and Rabies.

What does this class cover?
This class outlines the rules to compete in CARO Rally and introduces you to all of the CARO Rally Obedience Novice signs. Upon completion of this class you will have the skills necessary to compete in any CARO sanctioned Rally Trial or fun match.

For more information about Rally Obedience, see the Canadian Association of Rally Obedience.
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Items to bring to class
Favourite treats/toy
Buckle collar, harness or head halter
Leather, nylon or cotton leash

Items NOT allowed in class
Choke chains
Pinch collars
Flexi leashes

REACTIVE DOG CLASSES

Manners matter, especially for on- leash dogs.

Who is this class for?
no age limit

Cost and Start Dates
The cost for a 6 week class is $220.00
See the Calendar for upcoming start dates.

Requirements:
YOU MUST SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR TRAINERS BEFORE SIGNING UP FOR THIS CLASS TO DETERMINE IF IT IS APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR DOG.

Proof of vaccination will be required for Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Parainfluenza and Rabies.We ask that proof of vaccines please be sent in with a copy of the class registration form or you may call your vet’s office and have them email us a copy of the vaccine records.

What does this class cover?
This class focuses on dogs that struggle with on-leash interactions with people and other dogs. Primarily for dogs that have a tendency to exhibit very strong displays of aggressive or excitable behaviour beyond what we would consider acceptable. This class teaches dogs to have calm, controlled interactions with other dogs. Please speak with one of our trainers BEFORE signing up for this class to determine if it would be an appropriate choice for your dog.

Items to bring to class
Favourite treats/toy
Buckle collar, harness or head halter
Leather, nylon or cotton leash at least 6 Ft in length

Items NOT allowed in class
Choke chains
Pinch collars
Flexi leashes

FEARFUL FIDO CLASSES

Help them overcome their anxieties.

Who is this class for?
Dogs who cower, shrink or shy away from human contact or other dogs. This class is for dogs of any age who are timid or downright afraid of people approaching or touching them.

Cost and Start Dates
The cost for a 7 week class is $220.00
See the Calendar for upcoming start dates.

Requirements:
YOU MUST SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR TRAINERS BEFORE SIGNING UP FOR THIS CLASS TO DETERMINE IF IT IS APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR DOG.

Proof of vaccination will be required for Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Parainfluenza and Rabies.We ask that proof of vaccines please be sent in with a copy of the class registration form or you may call your vet’s office and have them email us a copy of the vaccine records.

What does this class cover?
Dogs in this class avoid contact by choosing to run away, hide in the corner, hide behind their owner or shake uncontrollably in new situations that involve unfamiliar people, dogs and environments. In this class we take our time to build confidence in shy or fearful dogs and use counter conditioning techniques to begin associating fearful interactions or environments with positive things.

Note: this class is NOT meant for dogs who bark, lunge or growl at other dogs or people.

Items to bring to class
Favourite treats/toy
Buckle collar, harness or head halter
Leather, nylon or cotton leash at least 6 Ft in length

Items NOT allowed in class
Choke chains
Pinch collars
Flexi leashes

 LOOSE LEASH LESSONS

Manners matter, especially for on- leash dogs.

Who is this class for?
Dogs that pull consistently on walks and have trouble paying attention to their owners in distracting environments.

Cost and Start Dates
The cost for a 6 week class is $160
See the Calendar for upcoming start dates.

Proof of vaccination will be required for Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Parainfluenza and Rabies.We ask that proof of vaccines please be sent in with a copy of the class regitration form or you may call your vet’s office and have them email us a copy of the vaccine records.

What does this class cover?
This course focuses solely on leash handling skills and how to get your dog to walk reliably and comfortably on a loose leash in any environment. This class does involve heading out “into the world!” on several occasions to work on our skills, so participants are asked to dress appropriately for weather conditions.

PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS

One on One training for your dog

We offer private sessions for dogs with behavioural problems, or if you would like instruction on a specific issue that you are having with your dog. We can come to your home, or we can meet you anywhere in Saskatoon to work with you and your dog.

For help with more complex behavior problems (ie. human or dog aggression, severe separation anxiety, resource guarding or leash reactivity etc) we provide a complete, customized training program for dogs with complex behavior issues and have a certified canine behaviour consultant on staff!

Please Call us at 306-955-5470 or email us to speak with a trainer to discuss your options.

Get in Touch

Address

518C 44th St. East,
Saskatoon, SK, S7K 0W1

Contact

306-955-5470
crazytails.sask@gmail.com

Visit

Monday to Friday
7:00am-6:00pm

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