Our Trainers

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Carol Neil -

Soul 2 Soul Dog Training

CPDT-KA Trainer, Behavior Consultant, Licensed Family Paws Parent Educator, Free Fear Certified Professional, Founder and President of the Alberta Force Free Alliance

My name is Carol Neil. My business was born out of a lifelong passionate love for dogs, and my mission is to teach and assist people in creating joy-filled, loving, and positive relationships with their 4-legged best friends. Of course ultimately, this means far fewer dogs surrendered to shelters or euthanized for behavior issues.


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Kendra Vetters - Choose Positive Dog Training

 Kendra Vetters, (Choose Positive Dog Training) is the proud owner of two beautiful dogs and loves continued training and courses with them to increase her knowledge base. Kendra supports various Rescue organizations in the Edmonton area and throughout Alberta. She became interested in dog training through fostering rescued dogs and began researching training techniques. As her passion grew she began her training with a dog behavior consultant (Carol Neil) who became her mentor and encouraged her to grow and keep exploring this passion; thus after completing her apprenticeship Choose Positive Dog Training launched in 2015.


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Ryan-Ann King Smith -

Scent Detection

Owner of Doglogix Ryan-Ann obtained her obedience training certification at Canada West Canine Center in 2000.  Since that time she has accumulated ongoing years of experience in dog training and behavior;  working as an obedience instructor, behavior modification consultant, and animal control officer as a Peace Officer with the Alberta SPCA.  Her recent passion is pursuing the art of Canine Scent Detection for over 2 years, thanks to mentor Roseanna Gullekson. 
Ryan-Ann teaches Sporting Scent Detection to competition level. With dedication and hands on knowledge she is one of the first "Excellent Level"  qualifiers in Alberta in October 2015 with her Dutch Shepherd Kolt. Thanks to her training, more and more competitors are finding high levels of success along with others who are happy having fun playing the sport with their dogs at a non-competitive level.


CPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator, Therapy Animal Evaluator, SJA - IAABC & Her Certified Team

For more information and the classes they are offering (including Therapy, Agility, Rally....) visit her website using the button above!


Carol’s Classes

 

Great Beginnings Puppy Class

Next Class Start Dates:
Thursday May 30, 2019 at 6:30pm

Price: $205 - 6 week duration

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Age requirement: 2 to 5 months

A LITTLE KNOWN FACT... the leading cause of death for dogs aged 3 years and younger is in not due to disease but euthanasia due to behavior issues. It is imperative to allow your puppy early socialization between 3 weeks and 3 months in a safe and controlled environment. This gives them good exposure and experiences with lots of people, things, dogs and animals. As many as possible in fact. 

We have learned through the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior that it is safe to socialize a puppy as little as one week after their first set of vaccinations. 

Therefore this early development class is all about people socialization foremost and secondly other dogs and puppies and learning bite inhibition or a soft mouth.

It does include teaching sit, down, stay, come, and other fun learning activities all spaced between lots of puppy play and off leash socialization.

 

Good Behavior Level 1

Next Class Start Dates:
Thursday May 30, 2019 at 8:00pm

Price: $205 - 6 week duration

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Age requirement: 6 months or older

This class focuses on teaching our dogs the basic manners they need in order to get along in our human world, including sit, down, stay, come, loose leash walking, people greeting and building focus in a distracting environment while at the same time, providing owners with lots of behavioral information and tips.

 

Good Behavior Level 2

Next Class Start Dates:

TBA

Price: $205 - 6 week duration

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Age requirement: 6 months or older

MUST HAVE COMPLETED LEVEL 1. This class picks up where Good Behavior Level 1 leaves off and continues to challenge and strengthen our dogs' basic cues by increasing the difficulty of the 3 D's as well as introduces our dogs to the fun of free shaping.


Kendra’s Classes

 

Starting Right! Puppy Class

Next Class Start Dates:

TBA

Price: $195 - 6 week duration

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Age requirement: 2 to 5 months

This puppy class is almost identical to the classes run by Carol - except the class is given it's unique difference by trainer, Kendra Vetters; mentored by Carol. Kendra is the proud owner of a new puppy in her life so is very much on the same page as all who take part in her classes. As mentioned above, the importance of early puppy socialization is crucial for your puppy to grow into a happy, well balanced dog. The class focuses on the importance of the right play, bite inhibition and soft mouth. 

It does include teaching sit, down, stay, come, and other fun learning activities all spaced between lots of puppy play and off leash socialization.

 

Obedience Level 1

Next Class Start Dates:

TBA

Price: $195 - 6 week duration

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Age requirement: 6 months or older

Taking training to the next level or brushing up on the human/dog bond, this class will work on sit, down, loose leash walking, recall and stay. We will also learn some fun tricks using the environment that we are working in as a fun way to build concentration and duration. 

 

Tricks & Tunnels

Next Class Start Dates:

TBA

Price: $195 - 6 week duration

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Age requirement: 5 months or older

A fun class for you and your puppy or older dog; and a great way to bridge the gap between puppy classes and Obedience classes. You will learn how to teach your dog tricks and how to encourage your puppy or dog to explore agility equipment and learn the basics of this fun sport. As with all classes this is a way to continue building or maintaining the bond between you and your puppy or dog.


Ryan-Ann’s Classes

What to Bring to All Scent Detection Classes:

  • A HUNGRY motivated dog! (Do NOT feed breakfast! Your dog is guaranteed to go home stuffed!

  • Dog Crate with a cover 

  • YOUR dogs highest motivator (A variety of super high value tasty, sort treats that are quick to break up and quick to consume)

  • Body Harness (recommended) or Dedicated alternative Collar - non tightening and specifically for Scent Detection work

  • 6 foot leash - NO flexi-leashes

  • Clicker (if your dog has clicker training experience)

  • Easy access Treat pouch--can be purchased at K9 Awareness for only $20

  • Note book and pen

  • High Value Toy (for high toy-drive dogs)

    Any Questions?

    email: doglogix@outlook.com or post on Facebook using the button below!

 

Introduction to Scent Detection

Next Class Start Dates:

Saturday June 29, 2019 from 10:00am - 5:00pm

Price: $180

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Criteria:

Any dog is welcome from puppy to senior, as well as any handler. No previous training is required! This activity is great for nervous or shy dog as searches can only be done one dog at a time.

The course will be taught as per S.D.D.A regulations and this starter level course will develop a solid foundation for dogs and handlers to continue towards competition or simply as a fun game at home.

The course covers: What is the Sporting Scent Detection Association? Scent Biology; Training Methodology; Introduction to Scent Theory; Introduction to Odor; Building drive and commitment to Odor; Techniques for effective Dog/Handler team work; Container and Interior Searches; How to set your search and expand your searches. 


 

Novice Scent Detection

Next Class Start Dates:

Wednesday May 22, 2019 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm FULL

Price: $180 - 6 week duration

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Criteria:

Any dog that has taken a started level course.

This scent detection course will prepare your dog for the Started SDDA level Sporting Detection. Increasing your dog's drive and confidence in searching, at the same time increasing the handler's ability to read your dog's body behavior while searching. Odor will be wintergreen and the course will be taught as per SDDA regulations.

Weekly practice at home between classes is required and important for your success.

Course Content:

Containers and container games -- developing confident interior searches, Vehicles searches; How to recognize YOUR dog's behavior when "in odor"' How and when to call "Alert"; Building search sequences; Increasing your dog's generalization of search of search behavior' Strengthening commitment to Odor; Handling "blind" (unknown vs known) hides.

Upon completion of this class you should be proficient in practicing with your dog at the Started level and beyond. Your dog will have gained experience and confidence in three SDDA component searches. You and your dog will have deepened your bond and your dog will love being able to use their amazing nose! Which is their unrivaled natural skill while having fun with you.

 

Advanced Scent Detection

Next Class Start Dates:

TBA

Price: $180 - 6 week duration

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Criteria:

Anyone who has taken Novice class

This advanced level scent detection course will build rapidly from the foundation dogs and handlers developed at the starter level. Geared towards competition but also excellent as a challenging game to occupy your dog at home. The course will be taught as per SDDA regulations.

Course Content:

  • Introduce Additional Target Odors

  • Building a Search Pattern

  • Increase Skills in Container, Interior and Exterior/Vehicle Searches

  • Introduce Distractions to Container Searches

  • Increase Duration of Searches

  • Build Confidence to Work at a Greater Distance from Handler

  • Line Handling and Teamwork Skill Building

  • Trial Preparation

  • Trouble-shooting

The first class will include some furthering theory and methodology, but the dogs will be required to show off where they are at with the game with a quick review. The course will be aimed at increasing both dog and handler confidence and preparing them for the infinite new possibilities competitive scent detection will present!