Help Rover Program

The Help Rover Program provides FREE Basic to Advance Obedience Dog Training for all Georgian College Faculty, Staff, Students, Animal Shelters, Canine Rescues, Foster Parents and newly Adoptive Dog Parents.  Free obedience training is available in both a group setting, out of the Georgian College Barrie Campus, as well as private in-shelter and/or in-home sessions starting July 2020.  Canine Foundations Training Academy staff and Student Instructors firmly adhere to the principals of LIMA, implementing Least Intrusive, Minimally Averse techniques to achieve training and behaviour objectives with minimal risk of producing adverse side effects.

GEORGIAN COLLEGE BARRIE SEMI-PRIVATE GROUP CLASSES

Our semi-private group classes are designed to reduce distraction and provide the highest quality training.  Each dog and owner/handler pair will receive one on one instruction from a Canine Foundations Academy Student Instructor, working directly under a Canine Foundations Behaviour Consultant and CCPDT Knowledge Assessed Certified Trainer.  Each training classroom will have one Canine Foundations Behaviour Consultant overseeing a maximum of 5 dog and owner/handler pairs.  Each dog and owner/handler pair will receive their own private lesson provided by a Student Instructor, guiding them through the process of teaching basic to advanced obedience commands.

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Commands taught during the 9 months include:

  • Name orientation
  • Bite inhibition (Gentle)
  • Sit
  • Wait (hold a position until released for less than 5 seconds)
  • Release
  • Down
  • Stand
  • Leave it (ignore the item)
  • Take it
  • Drop it
  • Recall (Here or Come)
  • Bed (to go to a location or dog bed)
  • Touch (targeting)
  • UpUp (to jump up into the car)
  • Off (to get off people or locations)
  • Stay (hold a position until released for more than 5 seconds)
  • Stop
  • Back up
  • Around
  • Loose Leash Manners basic (walk on a loose leash within 6 feet of the handler)
  • Crate or Kennel
  • Heel (walk on a loose leash within 1 foot of the handler)
  • Sitting Attentive for Attention
  • Polite Door Greetings

PRIVATE IN-SHELTER & IN-HOME SESSIONS

Private in-shelter and/or in-home sessions are available to all Georgian College staff, Students, Animal Shelters, Canine Rescue Foster Parents and newly Adoptive Dog Parents.  Canine Foundations Training Academy Students provide 4 rounds of private, 9-week obedience training programs throughout the year.  Our Student Instructor Support Manager will match you, or your organization, to a Student Instructor in your area and help you choose which round works best for your schedule.  Each Dog & Handler pair will receive a customized 9-week training program, designed to address the individual training needs of each dog.  To ensure that each Dog & Handler pair receives the best care possible, each Instructor Student has direct access to a Canine Foundations Behaviour Consultant and CCPDT Knowledge Assessed Certified Trainer for assistance in; program development, program implementation and problem shooting.