Our obedience classes have been recently updated and we are seeing dogs and owners progress through classes better than ever before! We offer two sets of beginner obedience every year, one starting in September and another in January.
Classes consist of an 8 week set priced at $125.00. We have multiple instructors to help you throughout the set and a large facility to accommodate everyone. The first week of class we have you
attend withOUT your dog so that you can focus and concentrate on the homework we send with you. This helps to ensure that you can hear us without a barking dog on the end of the leash, and we give
you some skills to take home to start with your dog prior to them coming into the class setting. We also require that your dog is up to date on their parvo/distemper and rabies vaccine. Though the
bordetella vaccine is not mandatory it is highly encouraged for your dog's safety.
All of our methods are positive reinforcement and they build such a great relationship with our dogs and their handlers. We see willing, enthusiastic dogs and handlers that want to continue on because training is enjoyable.
You can find the date for our next set of classes here. We run a set every September and every January.
I joined the Prince Albert Kennel & Obedience Club in 1984. We had just purchased our American Cocker Spaniel. Brock & I attended Obedience classes offered by the club and I was "hooked". Over the next 4 years I participated with our three Cocker Spaniels in Obedience and Conformation. One of the instructors asked me if I would like to come and help with classes. This instructor was my mentor – I learned, with her help, along with a number of seminars on behavior and teaching obedience the joy of sharing the wonderful world of dogs. Over the years we have had seven dogs – our first lab-shepherd cross, three American Cockers, two German Shorthaired Pointers and now 50 years later have a Labrador Retriever-Fanny, who is 4 years old. Over the years we have competed in Conformation, Obedience, and we are now enjoying Rally Obedience. Teaching obedience classes continues to be a very gratifying experience for me. Along with the other instructors in our club we hope that teaching our students and their canine companions responsible dog ownership and the joy of having dogs in our lives.
I have been involved in the Prince Albert Kennel & Obedience Club in the fall of 2007 when I started classes with my first Shetland Sheepdog named Joey. I began assisting with our Obedience classes in the fall of the following year. I enjoy working with owners and their dogs and watching the bond between them strengthen. There's nothing better than seeing them grow more confident while having fun.
Being a member of the Prince Albert Kennel & Obedience Club has opened a whole new world of opportunities of events to do with my dogs. I started out taking Obedience Classes with my first sheltie Joey and through the club I expanded my interests in dog sports to also include Agility and Rally Obedience.
I currently have 4 Shetland Sheepdogs varying in age from 3 all the way to 14. Between the 4 dogs we currently compete in Conformation, Obedience, Rally Obedience, Agility and even do a bit of Herding practice. I’ve quickly learned that every dog has its own individual personality and sometimes it takes awhile to discover what it is that each one wants and needs from us.
As an enthusiastic young horsebackrider that moved to the city, it only seemed natural to turn more attention to training my dogs instead of my horses. The spark to understand animal behavior that began at a young age transfered to the canine side and has grown over the last few years. I am currently a graduate from the Companion Animal Sciences Institutes Canine Behavior Science & Technology diploma and am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the CCPDT. The opportunities to help with ring stewarding at our Obedience, Rally-O, and Agility trials, as well as teach classes have only confirmed that I truly enjoy all things dog related. I am a back up trainer for the PAKOC and step in to help when the need is there!
My personal breeds of choice are the American Pit Bull Terrier/American Staffordshire Terrier and Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Our family consists of many paws and we enjoy playing in some rally obedience, agility, conformation, barn hunt, nosework, tracking and the odd therapy visit. Teaching others how to work with their dogs is becoming a passion of mine that I hope to continue as time goes on!
I have always had dogs over the years, 2 Cockers, 1 Cairn Terrier and 4 Eng. Springer Spaniels. While I love all dogs the Springers have my heart. In 1993 I got Magic. She was the wildest puppy I had ever seen. We did puppy classes and two sets of obedience classes. The instructors were so helpful and I found out there were many things I could do with my ball of fire so I joined the kennel club in 1995. I started assisting in Obed. classes around 1998 and agility classes a little later. I was also a letter carrier so I've dealt with dogs on both sides of the fence. Each dog has been an education. My last three dogs have earned titles in CKC Obedience,Rally Obed. and AAC agility. Cain has his Can. Championship in the show ring. We have done seminars in Behaviour, Obedience and agility. The kennel club has been a wealth of information. I have met my mentors in these dog sports there as well as some of my best friends[on two legs and four]. Currently I am owned by Gracie, age fourteen and Cain, age nine.
Having owned dogs most of my life, it wasn’t until I got my companion puppy, Zoe (Maltese x Poodle) that I took my first ever dog class, Beginner Obedience, in 2011 with the Prince Albert Kennel and Obedience Club (PAKOC). We then went on to Beginner Agility - Zoe and I became hooked!! We have continued moving through the levels of agility classes over the last several years (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced).
Our second companion puppy who is a rescue, Oakley (Nova Scotia Duck Toller x ?) has also gone through some of the PAKOC classes - Beginner Obedience, and as well as the various levels of Agility.
For our family, the most important aspect is to strengthen the bond with our dogs through classes and training - we have not competed.
I became a member of the PAKOC in the fall of 2013. I have been assisting the instructors of Beginner Agility Class since January 2017, and also Puppy Class since September 2017. I currently sit on the Board of Executive as Secretary.
All dogs can benefit from training classes whether they are young or old, from a breeder or rescued from a shelter. Dog training is one of the most important investments a pet parent can make! It helps everyone be happier. Dogs will know what is expected of them and pet owners feel confident. Even if a dog already has basic training they can still benefit from an advanced class or agility work which provides them with both mental and physical stimulation.
A tired dog is a good dog!
Shortly after my husband and I were married in 1984, we decided to get a “farm dog”. To help us make our decision about which breed to choose, we attended the Saskatoon dog show, and immediately fell in love with an English Setter. Within days, we had made contact with an English Setter breeder, had purchased a beautiful young show bitch, and were learning how to groom and show in the conformation ring. So much for our farm dog!
Once we had been introduced to the world of show dogs, we were hooked. I quickly realized that while conformation was fun, I really wanted to pursue obedience. However, that was the ‘80s and obedience training methods were pretty heavy handed. Our beautiful Setters said, “No thanks!” That was not overly problematic for me as I had already fallen in love with the Dobermans that I had met at training classes. Our first Doberman, Abigail, was a gorgeous little bitch from Cec Ringstrom’s fabulous Starstorm Dobermans kennel. Abigail was a great ambassador for the breed, and we soon knew that we would always have a Doberman in our lives.
I thoroughly enjoyed training my Dobermans in obedience, but I also felt that a good trainer should be familiar with the challenges of training a variety of breeds in a variety of sports. Over the years, I have trained and shown English Setters, Dobermans, Chinese Cresteds, a German Shepherd, and a Papillon. With these dogs, I have participated in conformation, obedience, Rally obedience, and scent hurdling. Over the years, I have taken many classes from some very experienced, talented trainers. I have also attended many seminars, read numerous books, and participated in online classes.
My husband and I moved from Calgary to Prince Albert in 2015, and we joined the PAKOC shortly after arriving. In 2017, we decided that we could contribute to the club and the community by teaching obedience classes. I have a passion for dog training, and I strongly believe that all dogs should have basic obedience training. Even if a dog is never shown in the obedience ring, the skills learned in a basic obedience class help prepare him for other dog sports. As well, the training process enhances the bond that we have with our dogs and allows us to more fully enjoy our lives with our canine companions.