Our puppy and manners classes have been recently updated and we are seeing dogs and owners progress through classes better than ever before! We try to offer two sets of classes 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.
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.
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.