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 a 6 week set priced at $150.00. We have multiple instructors to help you throughout the set and a large facility to accommodate multiple handler/dog teams. Please note we will be following COVID-19 social distancing protocols to ensure the safety of all participants and instructors.
We 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. 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.
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 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.
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.