Our class offerings

Here is our full list of class offerings that we may teach throughout the year. The demand for these classes varies, and as such there may be long stretches of time between offerings. If you are interested in requesting notification when these classes are being made available, please complete the appropriate form.

Obedience Classes – Contact: Colette (obedience@kaosdogsports.ca)

Puppy Kindergarten

Description
This is where it all begins. Puppies between the ages of 8 to 12 weeks (at the start of class) are introduced to a variety of games, sights and sounds, as well as basic commands of sit, down, wait, take it and leave it and walk nicely on a loose leash. Most importantly they are socialized with other puppies in a supervised environment. From Puppy Kindergarten, your puppy may go on to Level 1 Foundation Training and/or Canine Fun 101.

PREREQUISITES: Open to puppies 8 – 12 weeks old

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Canine Fun 101

Description
This class is an introduction to all that we do with our own dogs. The class is divided into working stations with foundation obedience being one of the stations every week. Other stations include how to play, learning to jump, rear end awareness, tunnels, barrels, targeting and some introductory skills used for flyball and disc. Most dogs and handlers benefit from having Foundation Level 1 first, but some can go into this class with prior training elsewhere or with an experienced handler.

PREREQUISITES: “Foundation Level 1” (recommended)

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K-9 Lifestyle Skills

Description
Learn how to integrate your dog into your home and lifestyle. Open to all breeds and dogs of all ages, this class will focus on crate training, food bowl exercises, how to keep your dog from jumping up on people, how to warm up your dog and get them focused, and how to teach your dog tricks.

PREREQUISITES: none

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Level 1 Foundation Training

Description
Open to all ages, all breeds. Building a strong foundation with your dog is like building a house. Without a strong foundation, the house would soon crumble, thus foundation training is important for the family pet, as well as the dog that will go into other dog sports such as flyball, agility, Rally-O and conformation. Basics are sit, down, stay, come when called and learning the heel position. This class is a pre-requisite for every other class that KAOS offers. This is the class that will start to create a bond between dog and handler that is more than just a collar and leash.

PREREQUISITES: none

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Level 1.5 Refining Techniques

Description
This class is for those dogs that need more work on the fundamentals of obedience before moving on to level 2. Designed with returning students in mind, the instructors will direct you through many exercises that you learned in level 1, and give you the opportunity to train your dog in a high distraction environment.

PREREQUISITES: “Level 1 Foundation Training”

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Level 2 Continue to Train

Description
This class raises the bar in what is expected from you as a handler and what you as the handler expect from your dog. Class includes better recalls, longer stays, and an introduction to exercises that will lead to competitive obedience, Rally-O, and an all around better behaved pet in your home.

PREREQUISITES: “Level 1 Foundation Training”

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Outdoor Loose-leash Walking

Description
Learn how to teach your dog to walk on a loose-leash in an outdoor location. Throughout the classes students will be introduced to techniques to teach their dog to walk on leash without pulling or dragging, all while being given the chance to practice outdoors.

PREREQUISITES: none, but dog should be accustom to wearing a collar and leash.

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Novice/Advanced Rally-O

Description

Dogs and handlers are introduced to the exercises and how to use those exercises to execute the signs for the sport of Rally-O. Rules of the game are taught and most can enter a Rally-O trial at the Novice level at the completion of the class. This class will also teach advanced level techniques and offer an opportunity to practice for those who have already completed their novice title.

PREREQUISITES: “Level 2 obedience training”

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Excellent/Versatility Rally-O

Description

Dogs and handlers are introduced to the exercises and how to use those exercises to execute the signs for the sport of Rally-O at the Excellent and Versatility levels. These advanced levels of the sport require that dogs and handlers are already proficient in the sport of Rally-O. This class offers an opportunity to practice for those trialling at this level.

PREREQUISITES: Level 2 obedience training and a title in Advanced Rally-O

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Working Level Rally-O

Description

A new and exciting level of CARO rally obedience integrating exercises from the CKC open and utility levels. Dog must be able to work off leash.

PREREQUISITES: Level 2 obedience training

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Tricks to Start

Description
New to the line up of KAOS classes is “Tricks to Start”. This class will introduce the student to the benefit of clicker training, free shaping, as well as several basic one part tricks. Tricks taught will be tailored somewhat based on the tricks already developed by the student and their dog.

PREREQUISITES: minimum of “Foundation Level 1”

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Advanced Tricks – Tricks to Continue and Grow

Description
This class will build on the tricks learned in the first class and teach the concept of trick expansion (combining single tricks to develop a sequential trick of multiple parts).

PREREQUISITES: minimum of “Foundation Level 1” and “Tricks to Start”

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Canine Curves

Description
Beat the winter blues and get your dog out working those muscles in Canine Curves! This class will be a circuit style class and focus on core and strength training. Dogs will be introduced to various pieces of balance and fitness equipment for dogs to engage muscles and strengthen their core. This class will be performed on leash, and dogs should be comfortable working near other dogs. Dogs must be in good physical health to participate.

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PREREQUISITES: “Foundation Level 1” (recommended)

*NEW* Scenting Classes – Contact: Colette (obedience@kaosdogsports.ca)

Beginner Scenting

Description
Learn techniques to train your dog to find specified scents and indicate when found. Scenting is a relatively new dog sport that can be done by any dog, young or old. It is a fantastic sport that involves a lot of thinking and mental stimulation both for the dog and the handler.
Even if you never compete with your dog, it is a great way to connect with your dog and something you can do at home just for fun.

PREREQUISITES: “Level 1 Foundation Training”

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Advanced Scenting

Description
A continuation of Beginner Scenting, this class furthers on scenting training techniques. This class is aimed towards handlers that wish to compete or are already competing.

PREREQUISITES: “Level 1 Foundation Training and scenting experience.”

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Working Group: Scenting

Descrition
A continuation of Beginner Scenting, this working group furthers on scenting training techniques. This group is aimed towards handlers that wish to compete or are already competing.

PREREQUISITES: “Level 1 Foundation Training and scenting experience.”

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Agility Classes – Contact: Jimmy (agility@kaosdogsports.ca)

Beginner Level 1

Description
In Level 1 agility students will be introduced to the majority of the equipment seen on an agility course; such as contacts, jumps, tunnel, tire and table. By the end of the class dogs will have a strong start on their contacts and should be able to sequence together 2-3 obstacles. Although the class is done on leash, dogs should have a good understand of basic obedience such as sit, down, stay and should have a strong recall.

PREREQUISITES: “Level 1 Foundation Training” | Recommendation from instructor to move on to agility

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Intermediate Level 2

Description
The Level 2 class is a continuation from our Level 1 class. The rest of equipment (spread, double and long jumps) will be introduced. Handlers will learn various crosses and dogs will continue to sequence obstacles together. For maximum benefit in this class dogs should be able to work off leash and stay focused on the task at hand and their owner. A strong stay is also important.

PREREQUISITES: “Agility – Beginner Level 1” | Recommendation of the instructor to move on (Students who have taken Beginner Level 1 will have priority)


Contacts and Weaves

Description
This class gives students the opportunity to train on 2×2 weaves and contacts twice a week. The class will include 2×2 weaves, 2-on-2-off or running contacts weather you are just starting to train or proofing. This class is for those that have completed agility foundation classes.

PREREQUISITES: Agility level 2 or equivalent

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Learn the Game Days

Description
KAOS is doing working sessions for people who are potentially interested in playing competitive agility. Each session will focus on skills required for different games played in AAC agility. Some instruction will be provided and then each person will have (hopefully 2) opportunites to run a course.

PREREQUISITES: “Agility – Intermediate Level 2” |or at least the ability to string together 3 or more obstacles

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Intro to Trialing

Description
Limited space in this class. Please register early.
We are excited to offer this Intro to Trialing class for our many students who have completed Level 2 agility and are looking to continue. This class is for anyone who is hoping to learn more about agility, wanting to learn how agility trials work and setting goals to prepare you to compete one day. Experienced handlers, with green dogs, are welcome too! Each week we will set up a course, walk it, discuss it, and run it. You may choose to work on a specific sequence or do the whole course. We will offer feedback & instruction to help you work through training goals. Students will help with set up, learning how courses are set up and will be expected to help take down equipment at the end of the class too.
Dogs will be crated or in your car.

PREREQUISITES: Level 2 Obedience and Level 2 Agility (or equivalent). Must be able to sequence 5-6 pcs

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Course Analysis

Description
Limited space in this class. Please register early.
We are excited to offer a course analysis class for those who have been trialing or are working towards trialing. We will set up a new course each week, discuss options and run the course too! Students will be asked to help with set up and take down, since we will have full courses set up.
Dogs will be crated or in your car.

PREREQUISITES: Level 2 Obedience and Level 2 Agility (or equivalent). Must be able to sequence 5-6 pcs

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Motivation & Handling

Description
Work on improving your skills and your relationship with your dog in this class. Learn techniques to speed up your runs, and to get that extra drive out of your agility champion to be.

PREREQUISITES: “Agility – Intermediate Level 2” | Recommendation of the instructor

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Jumpers

Description
This is a motion based agility class that discusses and implements MSLEAV developed by Linda Mecklenburg. Dogs must be able to work off leash around other dogs and be crate trained.

PREREQUISITES: “Agility – Intermediate Level 2” | Recommendation of the instructor

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Jump Again

Description
This is a motion based agility class that continues to discuss and implement MSLEAV developed by Linda Mecklenburg. Dogs must be able to work off leash around other dogs and be crate trained

PREREQUISITES: “Jumpers” or Recommendation of the instructor

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Jump Grid Class

Description
This is a MUST class for anyone whose dog plays agility casually, at home, in demos or competively. This class will focus on teaching the dog & handler how their dog should stride, how to jump on an agility course and how to set these grids up properly for your specific dog. It is so important to teach a dog how to approach a jump, when to to take off, when to land and hwo to shift their weight in relation to the jumping pattern. This can also help with injury prevention. A video camera and a dog crate will be needed for this class. All dogs must be able to be crated.
Limited space in this class. Please register early.

PREREQUISITES: Level 2 Obedience and Level 2 Agility (or equivalent).

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Canine Fun 201

Description
This class is an intermediate continuation of the Canine Fun 101 class. Activites include tunnel relays, barrel relays, 3-point barrels and other fun handling exercises. This class is primarily run off leash.

PREREQUISITES: “Level 2 Agility” or “Canine Fun 101” & “Level 2 Obedience”

Conformation Classes – Contact: TBD (conformation@kaosdogsports.ca)

Puppy Show Dogs

Description
This is not a drop in class. Your registration in this class guarantees your weekly participation in a limited registration class that lasts one half-hour. The focus of this class will be split between 2 areas; 1) what a puppy needs to learn and 2) what a handler needs to learn, including:

  • Help your show propspect learn the gaiting and stacking that will be required in the conformation show ring;
  • Help you develop skills that will bring out required behaviours in your puppy;
  • Increase your awareness of how your handling helps and/or hinders your dog; and,
  • Help you extend your dog’s attention span;

* Limited to 8 participants; pre-registration required

PREREQUISITES: none
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Conformation Bootcamp

Description
This is not a drop in class. Your registration in this class guarantees your weekly participation in a limited registration class that lasts 45 minutes. The focus of this class will be helping you to show your dog in the most complimentary manner. Instruction will include activities that will:

  • Develop your confidence in your ability to show your dog competently;
  • Increase your awareness of how your handling helps and/or hinders your dog;
  • Build a personal repertoire of techniques for different situations;
  • Help you extend your dog’s attention span; and,
  • Introduce techniques designed to help your dog enjoy the conformation ring.

* Limited to 10 participants; pre-registration required

PREREQUISITES: none
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Flyball Classes – Contact: Donna (flyball@kaosdogsports.ca)

Introduction to Flyball

Description
This 7-week class introduces new handlers to the basics of flyball. The first class is an informational one for people only. Some prior foundation training is required to ensure the student has a measure of control with his/her dog. An evaluation of the handler/dog team will be done prior to acceptance into flyball training. This class is offered on demand and may be taken more than once until the handler/dog team is ready to advance to the next level. If repeated we will continue to develop and expand the dog’s skills.

PREREQUISITES: Level 1 Foundation Training (other obedience classes may be acceptable) Contact for details

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Intermediate Flyball

Description
This 7-week class is meant to prepare students for the advanced class building on the basics learned in the introductory class. It may be taken more than once until the handler/dog team is ready to advance to the next level. This class is offered on demand, please contact for more information.

PREREQUISITES: Level 1 Foundation Training & Introduction to Flyball or Recommendation from Instructor

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Advanced Flyball

Description
This is a league style class that integrates students and other advanced dogs into the KAOS team practice, enabling them to experience what it would be like to train with an actual flyball team. This is an advanced class and entry will only be allowed upon completing the prerequisite classes and having met and received approval from the instructors. Spots are limited. Please contact for more information.

PREREQUISITES: Level 1 Foundation Training & Intermediate Flyball or Recommendation from Instructor

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