We all love taking our dogs for a walk in the wilderness or to the park and letting them go run and play but sometimes they can have a different idea on where they want to go and who they want to say hi to! This workshop will look at teaching our dogs good trail manners and will give you a good set of tools to help keep you and Fido connected and out of trouble! We will look at effective recall, distance parameter setting, checking in, heel work and how to greet other people and dogs politely.

You will need to bring high value treats such as hotdogs, cheese, cooked chicken or pork – no kibble! A hungry dog with their usual walking attire (collar & leash/harness/halti), please ensure that your dogs collars are fitted correctly to avoid them slipping out of them!

If you are unsure of your dogs recall skills we highly recommend taking the first Effective Recall Workshop before signing up to the Trail Manners course.

Age: For dogs 6 months and up
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Workshop Date: Saturdays, TBD
Cost: $40 plus tax

Limited to 6 spaces per course. Register early by calling 778.433.2267

Course Outline:

Welcome & Introduction
What are good trail manners?
What tools can we use to improve our trail manners?

  • Sniff & go – we don’t have to say hello to everyone we meet
  • Review and reinforcing your dogs recall with distractions
  • Long line work to establish distance parameters & checking in
  • Focus work to establish good focus from our dogs in all types of environments
  • Being the centre of their world, be exciting – the walk is for both of you
  • Using the walk as a time for training and learning as well as physical exercise
  • Teaching them “back” for when you reach a narrow trail
  • Heel work

1. Dogs with reactivity issues will not be able to participate in any workshops due to safety reasons. Please see the Training section if you would like more information on training sessions for dogs with reactivity problems.
2. Most workshops take place outside in any weather and the trail manners and hike meet ups will take place in areas with varying terrain, please dress accordingly.
3. All owners are responsible for their dogs during the workshops and participate in off leash activities at their own risk.