CLASS: Confidence Learning & Social Skills
For our guests who need a little help building confidence, we have our CLASS daycare program!
This trainer-led program provides an environment that focuses on building your dog's confidence and comfort in a new place with new people.
Everything about this program goes at your dog's pace and is about ensuring they feel safe, secure and loved at every point.
We love and accept all breeds.
As with all our programs, our trainers' assessment determines which program a dog participates in, and programs can vary as a dog ages or life events occur.
This is not a training program, but a support program. If your dog is reactive (shows "aggression"), please see our reACTIVATE program.
ABOUT OUR CLASS PROGRAM
Our CLASS program is our Confidence Learning & Social Skills program for nervous, anxious or timid dogs.
This program is very different from traditional social models of daycares that believe the best method of a dog gaining confidence is to place them in a room with other dogs and let them learn.
For nervous, fearful or timid guests, our CLASS program offers a safe place for them to build relationships with us and grow in confidence so they can slowly, safely be introduced to others as they are ready.
Each step is at their pace. We create safe spaces and opportunities for them to grow in confidence, but we never force them when they let us know they feel overwhelmed.
We have had great success with this program and with creating strong bonds of trust with dogs. That trust is the foundation for them to learn to be comfortable around other dogs and in new or social settings.
PROGRESS AT THEIR PACE
We build trust & introduce experiences one step at a time
TRAINER LED PROGRAMS
Our certified trainer oversees their program
We create a safe space in a safe place
Trust-based, relational care to build up your dog
THE RIGHT FRIENDS
We match your dog with others who become part of their trusted relationships
The approach is as unique as your dog.
If our trainers determine your dog is best suited for the CLASS program after their first-day assessment, you would still book any daycare days just as a regular day or half-day of daycare.
WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?
dogs that exhibit some fearfulness, but who aren’t reactive to others
shy or nervous dogs
puppies unsure of new or older dogs
senior dogs not comfortable in groups
HOW IS A DOG ENROLLED?
The CLASS program is not a program you enroll your dog in, but is a program we will put your pup in based on their needs after our comprehensive first-day assessment process. If you think your dog may benefit from this program, simply sign up for an account and request your pup's Assessment - First Day of Daycare.
WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE OR FREQUENCY?
There is no set schedule or frequency for your dog to attend; however, confidence building is trust-based and building a dog’s trust occurs with consistency and investment.
If your goal is to build your dog's confidence to be comfortable around other dogs, then consistency and a schedule that we can build on is suggested and we can work with your schedule and availability to put that program together.
If you simply need an intermittent safe space for your pup while you're occasionally away and you have no longer-term goals, we can have your dog join us for intermittent CLASS days that focus on your dog's trust and relationship with our attendants.
WHAT IS THE PRICE?
the CLASS program is the regular price of daycare. See our rates and packages.
WHEN WILL MY DOG BE COMFORTABLE WITH OTHERS?
Because each dog is so very unique, with a unique background, feelings, and experiences, and as they continue to have experiences away from our programs, there is no guarantee as to a timeline.
This is not a training or behavioural modification program, but builds on the dog’s demonstrated comfort level and response to new situations or dogs.
At any point when a dog is participating in our CLASS program, they may become better suited to our reACTIVATE program if they begin to display reactivity to others.
Our CLASS program is one of our wellbeing programs for dog daycare and boarding. Our programs are designed to respect the uniqueness of your dog, to meet their needs, and to create an environment in which they can thrive.
101-4105 65A Ave, Leduc, AB T9E 0Z4, Canada