Our human world has a lot going on, and all that busyness can be challenging, and very scary for a dog. We've developed two specific training tracks to help dogs who are reactive at home, and/or out in the urban environment. You can choose the Focus Track or the Confidence Track to help your reactive dog.
If your dog is only showing reactivity when walking on a leash, the Focus Track will be the right one for you.
But if your dog has noticeable signs of fear with people, new environments, new things, and with other dogs, then the Confidence Track will be your best choice.
No matter which one you choose, your dog will learn basic obedience and manners, and how to be more comfortable in our active human world. And our all-inclusive memberships allow you to access as much training as you want during the week for your chosen track. That gives you the ability to set the perfect training pace for you and your pooch.
Our accredited trainers will make sure you and your dog are completely ready to move on to the next training phase, before you graduate. If your dog is still showing signs of reactivity, they will recommend that you complete the other Foundations course before moving on to Focus & Reliability. Naturally, your all-inclusive membership gives you full access to all the training levels you need to be fully successful with your dog. That’s the way we roll here at dogma.
Our Understanding Reactivity webinar will teach you everything you need to know about our Reactive urbanK9 Program. We provide you with the information you need to better understand your dog’s behavior, and why your dog is acting out of fear. Once you have those basics, we will teach you how you can support your reactive dog in a healthy and positive way, so that you can both feel more comfortable. Before you begin the hands on class work, we teach you about dog behaviour and how to communicate with them properly. This prepares you and sets you and your dog up for success before you come to class. Your membership begins after you watch your orientation webinar, which means that you get all the benefits of our elite training programs, right away!
Unable to attend classes? You can sign up for the webinar only through here. This webinar is included in your class registration, so be sure to select the Register Now button below to enroll!
After your dog has mastered off leash skills, and you graduate from Focus and/or Confidence Foundations, you will be invited to build on your expertise in Focus & Reliability for Reactive Dogs. We give you a greater challenge by adding more distractions into the environment, to improve your dog’s attention span. These classes are a lot of fun, and include agility, movement, play, and approaching other dogs and people. Everything works toward building your dog’s confidence to become more comfortable during interactions, as well as visiting places with loud sounds, or fast-moving objects.
Nothing will help your dog feel more confident out and about in the city, then getting out and about in the city! Together, we will support your reactive or fearful dog in the urban environment, in order to build even more confidence and focus, no matter what’s going on around you. That way, you and your dog will be able to enjoy many adventures together, in our active human world.
“I’m not sure what magic you folks are doing with Ruffian at daycare, but in the past 3 weeks since starting daycare, his behaviour at the park (with and without his ball) has improved dramatically. Not to mention his ‘drop’ command is actually working the majority of the time rather than just being a suggestion. Thank you!!!”
“Although Sully is still just a puppy and has his moments, he has come a long way with the help of all the trainers at dogma. He always comes home a tired and happy puppy from kinderPUPS. The trainers make a noticeable difference in encouraging good behaviours and addressing his not so good habits! Sully responds really well to the positive training techniques used by dogma. He is always beyond excited to see his favourite dogma trainers. dogma’s PUPS Socialization classes, kinderPUPS and urbanK9 have also been extremely helpful for me by teaching me how to enjoy and have confidence in my own dog, how to read other dogs, and how to appropriately discourage bad behaviours. Thank you for all of your hard work!!
“…All of you do such an awesome job at Dogma. Some of the faces have changed since we first started coming to Dogma – but one thing has stayed the same: your love of the dogs and your commitment to making Dogma the absolute BEST daycare in Calgary. Buster will miss not being a regular at Dogma U, but like I say, I’ll make sure we visit a couple of times a month so he is not a complete stranger. And I will miss you. Dropping Buster off before work, and picking him up after has been a big part of my routine. You guys have made our days very special. Thank you so much.”
“It has been four years, Joseph has taught us a lot, he has challenged our courage, tested our patience, brought new meaning to the term ‘commitment’, changed our lives in so many ways. He is an absolutely
amazing dog, accepting him for ‘who’ he is, and helping him succeed, become all he can be, has been the most incredibly amazing, rewarding, heartwarming journey! Thank you! to Joseph’s ‘team’ for making the seemingly impossible – possible.
To those at Dogma who have ‘met’ Joseph, and had him ‘speak’ to you, Thank you for your support and encouragement along the way. It was wonderful to know so many were cheering us on.
A special ‘Thank you’ to Megan, for your dedication and commitment to helping dogs like Joseph. For helping us when it seemed no one else would, for ensuring we got on the right path with Joseph, for your ongoing support and excellent advice over the years, and for just ‘listening’ when things got rough. Thank you for ‘being there’ for all of us!
‘Rescuing one dog, may not change the world, but it will surely change the ‘world’ for that one dog.’
Thank you for helping us change Joseph’s world!”
I just wanted to take a minute and let you guys know how much we enjoyed the playtime clinic last night. When I signed up for it with Luna I was a little unsure on how it would work as she can be a bit timid at first. She started on the mild timid side, ended up having a few play sessions on the wild side before being able to play with the whole group. I was really impressed to see all the dogs enjoying themselves and the conversations going on in the room. Luna has made leaps and bounds since starting with Dogma in November and she wouldn’t be where she is now without the help of your trainers!
I cant say enough about the class last night and the teacher.
Thanks for everything you guys do!
Kristina Johnny and luna”
“If anyone wonders if the KinderPups program is a good one, here’s a photo of my Enzo walking confidently on the grating at Westbrook Station. There’s a lot of it there & when the trains pass underground it echoes & there’s all sorts if noises. Enzo was exposed to grates, different textures & sounds at KinderPups daycare; and so he didn’t think twice about walking on the strange textures or hearing different sounds.
My previous dog, I could never get him to try walking on grates, anywhere.
“I wanted to write a thank you note to both of you for all the suggestions and work you have done with Pax over the years. Most recently, you came over to help us with issues around Pax and my daughter Emma – we had worked hard on all the suggestions you gave and now that Emma is almost two and Pax is almost 12, I am happy to report that the two of them are best buddies. I could not ask for a better dog for Emma – he is unbelievably patient, loving, affectionate and gentle, they love to be together and will seek each other out often for attention and play.
We were told by family, breeders, friends and doctors to put Pax down as he was 10 and had “lived a good life” and the risk of potential aggression towards Emma was not worth any gain. They were wrong. Pax has never hurt Emma nor has he shown any aggression towards her and I am so happy we made the decision to work with you to find a solution for him and for us. He continues to be a loving family pet and a vital and important part of Emma’s young life.
Although he is now quite hard of hearing, with poor vision and incontinence, we are happy to have him in our lives and will continue to do our best for him in the remaining years he has here with us.
Thank you both for your expertise and support. We couldn’t have done it without you.
“I just wanted to thank you so much for such an amazing program. Not only have I noticed such an improvement with Murphy but also with myself. I’ve already been in situations with him where I’m impressed with how confidently I handled it, compared to even a few months ago. I know Murphy (and me) still have a ways to go but I’m really happy we have made such great progress.”