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Training

Below you will find all of our training services listed, along with their descriptions and prices. We offer a wide range of packages including options for puppies, adult dogs, and dogs requiring advanced behavioural training. Scroll to the bottom of this page to read testimonials from previous training clients.

If you are interested in any of our services or would like more information, please contact us. We'd love to hear from you!

Basic Behavioural Group Training Program

Group classes provide an excellent opportunity for clients and dogs to not only learn new things, but to do it in a structured environment where they can also learn how to be calm around other dogs and people. Our group training program is designed for dogs looking to brush up on their basic training skills - it is NOT designed for dogs struggling with severe reactivity or aggression.

Course details

Cost: $600+tax

What's included: a slip lead and digital handouts

Location: 226 Riverbend Drive, Kitchener

Number of classes: includes eight 1.5 hour long classes held twice a week for 4 weeks

Days/times of the week: classes will be held on Tuesdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 10am

Class size: limited to 6 dogs total to ensure everyone receives 1:1 attention

Topics covered: dog psychology introduction, learning to read and communicate through body language, how to properly use a slip lead, loose leash walking, recall, the 'place' command, calm feedings and crate training, and socialization with people, places, dogs, objects, and sounds

***Our next group class begins on Tuesday May 9th, please contact us to register or for more information***

2023 Basic Behavioural Group Class Schedule

All of the Basic Behavioural Group Classes listed below contain eight, 1.5 hour classes twice a week for four weeks. Classes will be held on Tuesdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 10am.

May 2023

Start date: Tuesday May 9th at 7pm

End date: Saturday June 10th at 10am

November 2023

Start date: Tuesday November 7th at 7pm

End date: Saturday December 2nd at 10am

July 2023

Start date: Tuesday July 4th at 7pm

End date: Saturday July 29th at 10am

September 2023

Start date: Tuesday September 5th at 7pm

End date: Saturday September 30th at 10am

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Individual Training Packages

All of our individual training packages include a slip lead and digital handouts. 

If you are planning on welcoming a rescue dog into your home, you can get a discounted $75, thirty minute session in addition to any of the below packages as long as it is taken before your new pack member comes home.

Puppy Private School

$345+HST for three 1 hour sessions

Designed for puppies aged 8 weeks-3 months, our Puppy Private School program gives you the tools to raise a happy, well behaved, and balanced puppy from the start. In this program you and your puppy will learn stress free crate and potty training, basic commands, loose leash walking, and calm socialization skills. 

A discounted $75, thirty minute session is available if you choose to do it before your puppy comes home.

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Basic Behavioural Training

$460+HST for three 1 hour sessions

Our Basic Behavioural Training package is designed for dogs who have their puppy basics down, but need a little extra help managing unwanted behaviours. In this program we will cover topics such as loose leash walking, managing overexcitement, proper manners when greeting people and dogs both in the home and in the real world, calm feedings, place, and more!

Advanced Behavioural Training

$575+HST for three 1 hour sessions

Our Advanced Behavioural Training program is designed to help dogs and their owners with more severe behavioural challenges including reactivity, aggression, and anxiety. We will work hand in hand with you to address these issues at their root, giving you the tools to not only interrupt these unwanted behaviours but to prevent them entirely.

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Training Testimonials

We have just completed the Advanced Behavioural Training with Claire and our 5 month old puppy. We learned valuable lessons about communication with our dog. The slip leash is amazing. We can actually enjoy walks now. We also learned ‘place’ and are looking forward to continuing to develop that skill as we recognize what a beautiful thing it will be. Claire will work on whatever skills you need to correct so that you can truly enjoy your pup. Claire was always punctual, professional and followed up with a reminder email of what we covered. We highly recommend Packlife Dog Retreat to help to make your pup a respectful family member. You won’t be disappointed.

- Ann S.
Advanced Behavioural Private Training client

Fantastic experience. Claire was very patient and explained things so well. Can’t wait to learn more. Our pup was so responsive to her. Would highly recommend!!

- Julia W.
Basic Behavioural Private Training client

We have participated in several other training programs over the years and this one was the most informative and useful, and the only one that didn’t involve treat training! Claire and Mel are a great team and they are very welcoming and understanding of each dog’s needs. The program is very well designed and we look forward to future training opportunities to build on our new skills and knowledge. Thanks for a great month of training—we all really enjoyed it!

- Natalie M
Basic Behavioural Group Class client

Claire was very helpful with training our 2 dogs. She has simple tips and recommendations that have really helped. We have learned to be more calm around our dogs - especially when we are coming and going from the house and it has really helped! Really nice to have Claire visit our house too - so we could easily practice the various techniques.

- Colleen D.
Basic Behavioural Private Training client

I highly recommend training with Packlife! Claire and Melissa, and their canine assistants, provide the perfect combination of education and encouragement! I will tell anyone who will listen to take their dog there.

- Sandra W.
Basic Behavioural Group Class client

The group training classes at Packlife are a wonderful opportunity to access training opportunities with your dog. I highly recommend these training classes and have seen so much progress with my own handling skills and the behaviors of my dog since attending packlife dog retreat for daycare and classes. It is wonderful to be able to access training with trainers who already know your dog and understand exactly what you may be working through with your dog.

- Rachel R.
Basic Behavioural Private and Group Class client

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