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Foundation Training

At KKI we believe that the strength and reliability of any constitution or education must start with a solid foundation. At Konfident Kanines we pride ourselves in using a “balanced approach” to our training philosophy. We employ the four fundamentals of canine education as well as applying all three phases of training.

This is not a treat based program but rather a respect and trust based canine education partnership program customized to address your pet’s specific needs.

Our progressive Private Foundation Training course offers you a great deal more than what is commonly referred to as “dog training”. Although our personal and customized teachings are structured and purposeful, great care is taken to ensure that both you and your dog have fun and enjoy the learning process. Our comprehensive hands on lessons pay attention to detail and are taught in a considerate and respectful manner in a variety of real life settings. We very subtly support you as you developing patience and confidence while you are building a reliable working alliance with your dog. Throughout our specialized course you will develop a working knowledge of how dogs learn, the fundamentals of teaching, as well as a greatly improved appreciation of why dogs respond to the world around them, or to what we call “behavior drivers”.

COURSE OUTLINE
Week 1 Long Line
The first lesson is an introduction to the leash. Attention Training, this exercise is all about your dog. This is where you will begin to instill in the dog the consequences of running away; to resist temptations (distractions such as cars, rabbits, squirrels, balls etc) unless authorized to do so. Most importantly, it will teach him that you are always a reliable, confident and trustworthy leader.

Week 2 Heeling
This exercise will teach you the philosophy of how to teach your dog to walk comfortably on a “loose leash” under any condition.

Week 3 Sit and Automatic Sit
In this exercise we will coach you in teaching your dog when and where to sit when you stop. That is beside you, parallel to you and in proper alignment with your legs.

Week 4 Stay
The stay is one of the most beneficial and will be used to begin to instill confidence, patience and trust in your dog.

Week 5 Down and Down From a Distance
This exercise is often the most difficult of all to master however it is my opinion it is also one of the most important and useful exercises you will ever teach your dog. The down from a distance is not required at this level and is more advanced however due to its usefulness we teach it as part of building a reliable foundation.

Week 6 Recall
To come back when reliably called. Note that this is not the final step in the recall but it is a very good start towards a reliable recall when your dog is out doors and off leash.

Week 7 Stand for Examination
Your vet/groomer will love you for this one. Designed to test a dogs tendencies to be timid or aggressive, this exercise will assist your dog in becoming more and more confident, and once again we will continue to develop his willingness to trust you.

Week 8 Finish
The finish means to go to the heel position from a recall position and/or from any location.

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Keeping Kids Informed

Pet Safety Program for the Whole Family

Konfident Kanines Inc has developed a short but informative pet safety and awareness educational program with our communities, families, and canines in mind. Heading up our new program is Larry Neilson, Calgary’s leading Certified Dog Trainer and Behavioral Specialist with over 34 years of experience working with and studying canines and their behaviors.

Did you know the number of Dog bites to people as well as our canines has been on the rise year after year? The question we need to be asking ourselves is “why is this happening” and what can we do to prevent bites or at the very least lessen the risks. Dogs are a part of everyday life whether we have our own family pets or simply encounter people and their pets on our way to school, in the parks, or in our communities.

Konfident Kanines Keeping Kids Informed is a proactive program to identify and prevent potential risks, designed not just for our children, but for adults and our pets as well.

FOR THE KIDS
  • Children and dogs bites
  • Why dogs bite
  • How to approach dogs
  • How to tell if a dog is angry or happy
  • What to do if a dog chases you or your bike
  • What to do if a dog knocks you down
  • How to pet a dog safely
  • What to do if you see a stray dog
  • What not to do with dogs
  • Encountering strangers and dogs
FOR ADULTS
  • How dogs learn
  • Common myths about dogs
  • Responsible dog ownership
  • Supervising dogs and young children
  • Selecting a dog
  • Fundamentals of training your dogs
  • The phases of training your dog
  • Confining a dog when it is ok

INFORMATION + KNOWLEDGE = SAFETY! Please Join Us

SESSION A
Tuesday October 21st, 2014
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Red Deer Lake Community Centre

SESSION B
Tuesday October 28th, 2014
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Red Deer Lake Community Centre

West on 22x past Spruce Meadows, approximately 5 km down the road look for a sign Red Deer Lake Community Centre, Lloyd Park, Red Deer Lake School. Turn left(south) on to 112th Street W (Lloyd Park Road) which turns into a narrow dirt road…The Community Centre is to the left through the gate.

Pre-registration is required. The cost is $20.00 per child (under 14) or $30.00 per family (maximum of 5). Children in attendance must be accompanied by at least one parent. If you have questions please email directly to larry@konfidentkanines.com or call 403.651.7987 or Karen @ 403.862.3123.

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Off Leash Education

This 5 week course is designed for the novice dog owner to learn the ins and outs of preparing and training your dog for Off-leash activity.

*Please note, Private Foundation Training is a prerequisite to the Off Leash Education training.

COURSE OUTLINE
Week 1 Transitioning your dog
Week 2 Heel free
Week 3 Recall
Week 4 Drop on recall
Week 5 Finish

At the conclusion of the course a follow up visit will be scheduled to assess your results and determine if additional visits will be required.

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Scent Training (Nose Work)

Prerequisite: Non-aggressive and manageable on leash. Any dog 6 months of age or older with a nose and an enthusiastic handler is welcome.

Length: 6 weeks

This course was deliberately designed with fun in mind. This is a class where dogs get to do what dogs do best “sniff”. It is one of the greatest ways to enjoy your dog and watch them burn off excessive mental and physical energy. This class will develop confidence in both you and your dog while you learn to respect and trust the amazing ability of your dog’s nose.

We all know that dogs have an amazing sense of smell and a natural desire to hunt so what better way to stimulate and expand your dog’s natural scenting abilities while both of you have fun and get an abundance of exercise at the same time.

Our Scent Work classes run for one hour each lesson one day a week for 6 consecutive weeks. These are private classes so that you and your dog receive individual attention. Being that these courses are private (one on one) you can select from any number of items that you may wish to teach your dog to locate and alert to.

COURSE OUTLINE
Week 1 Introduction to scent box and target item

Week 2 Review week 1 and add additional scent box

Week 3 Review previous lessons add third scent box with increased spacing – introduce passive indicators

Week 4 Review previous lessons, add 4th scent box and vary target object levels, passive indicator training

Week 5 Review previous lessons, remove two scent boxes add remote hide locations with passive indicators

Week 6 Review all previous lessons, remove remaining scent boxes and add remote hide locations. Dog will now be introduced to working without the aid of scent boxes (blind search) but with passive indicators.

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Puppy Orientation

Konfident Kanines offers an innovative alternative to puppy classes in the form of an in-home puppy orientation to anyone who has a new puppy. This induction is designed to assist and equip puppy parents to better understand their puppy and learn what to do, or not to do, in order to minimize problems, while at the same time properly preparing the puppy for formal education (training) at or near six months of age.

The primary reason for providing this private and concentrated in-home orientation is that at KKI we understand that puppies less than 5 or 6 months of age have a very limited attention span. Experience has taught us that attempting to teach such a young puppy in increments of more than just a few minutes at a time in an environment with other puppies milling about is really not very effective, and might even be considered unfair to the puppy as well as the owner.

This however does not mean that puppies cannot be taught some very basic and important fundamental exercises when in a controlled environment. Our orientation will provide you with all the information you will need to prepare your puppy for formal obedience training once their attention span has sufficiently developed usually around the age of 5 – 6 months, or around the time they exchange their baby teeth for adult teeth.

We will also discuss in detail the very common topic of “puppy socialization”. Once again it is our opinion that there is far too much emphasis placed on puppy socialization in general and not nearly enough focus placed on proper or constructive socialization. Often we might hear that a dog with undesirable behaviors behaves so due to a lack of socialization when in fact far too often the puppy was socialized, but was subjected to inappropriate socialization. Socialization in itself can often be detrimental to a puppy’s development if it is not done properly.

This in-home presentation takes up approximately one hour or slightly longer depending on the number of questions the family may have. Some of what will be explained and/or demonstrated in detail during this orientation, complete with the reasons behind them include but are not limited to;

  • How puppies learn
  • Crate training
  • Nipping
  • Chewing
  • Barking
  • Jumping up
  • Food or resource guarding
  • Teaching a puppy not to take food without approval
  • Door manners
  • Effective House training techniques
  • Meaningful socialization
  • Puppies & Dog Parks
  • Introduction to a leash
  • Leashes and collars – Pros and Cons
  • Grooming
  • Children and puppies
  • Simple & Fun training tips
  • The early warning signs of potential aggressive tendencies

We are well prepared to assist you in identifying and effectively addressing and any early warning signs of undesirable aggression. Often, the better quality of the dog, the more likelihood there is of this same dog becoming dominant and even aggressive towards humans if these early warning signs are not properly identified and addressed at an early stage of development.

The benefits of Konfident Kanines personalized puppy orientation session is without limits. Not only has this detailed introduction to a puppy’s initial education proven to be successful, it is also cost effective and will fit into almost anyone’s schedule. When we want the very best education for ourselves or our children we seek out individual tutoring – why not do the same for your puppy.

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Pre-Training Consultation/Evaluation

Konfident Kanines is a proven and trusted dog training business. In our ongoing efforts to ensure we provide the best possible service at a competitive price we recommend that all those interested in the services of KKI take advantage of our onsite evaluation and consultation. We believe that our customers deserve the right to not only meet their dog trainer in advance but that they have the opportunity to actually see the trainer work with their dog and observe how their dog responds to the techniques but to the trainer as well. Our behavior modification and/or pre-training evaluations are packed with valuable and demonstrable information and techniques. Typically, these consultations will require a minimum of one to one and one half hours of your time. We do not set a time limit. The consultation is not over until all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction and all of your concerns have been addressed in a transparent and respectful fashion. Depending on the behavior(s) your dog is exhibiting, often KKI can modify the behavior in just one visit. If this is not possible then we will make recommendations and explain why certain behaviors are not likely to be corrected over the long term in just one visit. Konfident Kanines will always explain your options and let you decide which is the most cost effective for your particular dog.

We believe we all owe it to our do to provide them with an education. We also believe that we owe you the opportunity to choose your trainer based on you personally observing and evaluating the trainer’s skills while handling your dog during this consultation.

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Aggressive Behaviour Assessment

Although Konfident Kanines will rarely decline requests to work with dogs that display aggressive tendencies, it must be understood that working with such dogs dictates that only those with specialized skills and advanced experience attempt to do so. Dogs that exhibit undesirable and often dangerous aggressive behavior must be dealt with by a professional with experience in dealing with these behavior traits.

Dogs that exhibit aggressive behaviors towards other dogs or even humans are undoubtedly destined for trouble. Under the law it is our responsibility as dog owners to ensure that our dogs do not harass, become a nuisance or harm in any way, other dogs or members of the general public, or property.

At Konfident Kanines we come to you with over thirty years of hands on experience in dealing with behavioral issues of all kinds, including aggressive tendencies. Aggressive behaviors are a very serious matter never to be taken lightly and must be dealt with in a fair, firm, decisive and effective manner.

Due to the inherent and increased risk of personal injury associated with working with aggressive dogs, Konfident Kanines requires that all aggressive dogs be subjected to our “Aggressive Dog Assessment”.

This assessment includes but is not limited to;

  • How dogs learn (explained)
  • The fundamentals of teaching and behavior modification
  • The phases of a dogs education
  • Client input and observations
  • Observe and analyze owner handling dog
  • KKI hands on work with dog
  • Explanation of technique and dogs reaction to same
  • Exposure to distractions and/or triggers
  • Recommended next step

Following any aggressive behavior assessment Konfident Kanines will provide expert advice based on their years of experience on what additional corrective actions or training they would recommend. The dog owner can then take the time they require to make a decision on how they would like to proceed.

Please contact Konfident Kanines for session pricing.

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Braided Leather Leash 72″ x 3/4″

Konfident Kanines leashes are made of the finest Argentinean quality leather and are braided with both beauty and strength for a long lasting product.

 

These leather leashes provide a soft grip that is gentle on your hands compared to the traditional nylon leash.  Our leashes are 72″ which is the perfect length for training.

 

Konfident Kanines is one of a select few in Canada selling these leashes and will stand behind our Leashes with a full replacement guarantee if you are not satisfied with the quality and craftsmanship.

 

Orders placed on line will be shipped next business day and should arrive within 5 to 7 business days anywhere in Canada.

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Braided Leather Leash 72″ x 5/8″

Konfident Kanines leashes are made of the finest Argentinean quality leather and are braided with both beauty and strength for a long lasting product.

 

These leather leashes provide a soft grip that is gentle on your hands compared to the traditional nylon leash.  Our leashes are 72″ which is the perfect length for training.

 

Konfident Kanines is one of a select few in Canada selling these leashes and will stand behind our Leashes with a full replacement guarantee if you are not satisfied with the quality and craftsmanship.

 

Orders placed on line will be shipped next business day and should arrive within 5 to 7 business days anywhere in Canada.

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Understanding Your Dog

Four Fundamental Steps to an Obedient Dog

The first step in teaching your dog even the simplest of task requires that we understand how dogs “think” and more importantly “how they learn”. We also must adhere to the critical fundamentals of a dogs education, which includes four fundamental rules and all three (3) phases of training.

Regardless of your level of experience this DVD has something for everyone and will surely make your dog training experience a pleasurable one for you and your dog.


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Gift Certificates

Gift Certificates are perfect for your friends and family with new puppies or older dogs with behavioral issues. They are also ideal for the neighbor with the dog that keeps ruining your sleep or your lawn.

Available in $25.00 increments, add the number you need to your shopping cart. They can be mailed to you or directly to the recipient.


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Shy Dog – Alert Scarf


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No Dogs – Alert Scarf


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In Training – Alert Scarf


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