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Registration is open now for our online scent courses! You'll get answers to your questions and troubleshooting is included.

In Calgary, we offer classes and events at 2 locations: 

 

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ONLINE CLASSES

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7-Day Scent Challenge - Imprinting for Beginners

In just 7 training sessions, your dog will learn to detect a target odor e.g. a handler-scented glove, nosework essential oils, antler, etc. No previous experience is required. Puppies can start at 5 weeks of age, but dogs of all ages and breeds can learn, as long as they enjoy food or toy rewards. Scent detection provides mental and physical exercise. It can help build confidence and is suitable for dogs with hearing, visual and neurological impairment.

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Tracking & Mantrailing Foundation

This Tracking & Trailing Online Course will help beginners to build a solid foundation for CKC & AKC tracking tests, Search and Rescue candidates, trailing, mantrailing and finding lost items. 

Your dog will learn to use their nose to follow the scent left behind in a specific tracklayer's footprints, and indicate all the articles (aka evidence) they leave behind.

Puppies enjoy learning as soon as they enjoy food rewards, but all ages and types of dogs thrive with our motivational approach.

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Show Me - Maximize Indication Motivation

Motivate your dog to communicate clearly with a bombproof indication (for Scent Detection and Tracking). Choose sit/down, or freeze and stare; it’s up to you. By harnessing your dog’s natural drive to chase prey, this can become your dog’s favorite game.

WATCH THE DEMO VIDEO

Build a Solid Foundation

for Adventures with Your Dog

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Your instructor is Dr. Carla Simon, a professional detection dog trainer and Working Dog Chair for the Canadian Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Since 1999, Carla has trained thousands of students worldwide. That includes: professional detection teams (including law enforcement and search and rescue), teams that assist with tasks as certified service dogs, enjoy the thrill of dog sports, find scent for wildlife conservation, become national champions, and some family pets that even neighbors love. Whatever adventures you want to do with your dog, she'll set you up for success.

TRACKING & MANTRAILING CLINIC, March 17 – 19, 2023 (at Barrett Dog Sports, Calgary)

Registration is open for our Tracking and Mantrailing Clinic at Barrett Dog Sports. Limited to 6 working teams & 10 auditors.

 

Register for the Tracking & Mantrailing Clinic at: https://www.barrettoffleash.com/seminars

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SATURDAYS AT BARRETT DOG SPORTS

Saturday classes and private lessons are at Barrett Dog Sports (Hwy 22X, 2 km east of the Calgary city limit). With 18 acres, there's plenty of room! (Many students also enjoy renting the private, fenced off leash area to play after class.)

  • We offer Tracking & Mantrailing (mixed levels), Canine Good Neighbor, and Scent Detection (mixed levels).
  • Our next set of classes starts Sat. Jan. 28, 2023.
  • Have a special request? Email Carla
  • Register and pay on  the Barret Dog Sports website.
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Beginners Scent Detection

Advanced Scent Detection

WHAT'S THE SECRET?

It's all about the rewards. Whether your dog prefers food, toys, play, or a unique combination, we'll motivate your dog by making training fun. Food is like a leash: it's a useful tool while learning. Eventually you want your dog to listen to you even in distracting environments when you don't have food and your dog is off-leash! Once your dog understands the skills, we'll show you how to gradually fade food rewards, without sacrificing motivation. We'll help you to transition smoothly from training to testing or deploying, when your dog is ready. You and your dog will become a stronger team, with clearer communication and confidence in your abilities.

Trailing with Lula

Finding the handler becomes very rewarding. Then we gradually make the searches longer.

WEDNESDAYS AT THE BEAST BOUTIQUE

Basic Obedience, at 6 pm

Over 6 weeks, you'll build a solid foundation in obedience skills using fun games to teach all the skills. No previous experience is required. This class is suitable for beginner dogs of all ages.

  • You’ll learn how use positive reinforcement to prevent problem behaviors like jumping up, digging, and barking.
  • We will focus on games that teach your dog basic manners, instead of waiting until they’re wrong to correct them. For example, instead of letting your dog jump up on guests, we’ll teach them to go to their bed to lie down and relax.
  • Your dog will learn to pay attention, come, sit, stay, down and heel.
  • You’ll build a closer relationship based on understanding, cooperation and fun.

Canine Good Neighbour (CGN Prep) at 7 pm

Do you want a well-mannered dog that’s a pleasure to travel with? Are you interested in PALS or assistance dogs?

This course takes a positive approach to polish your existing obedience skills and prepare for the CGN test (a standard prerequisite for more advanced training like therapy dogs). We'll improve on your sit, down, stay while the handler leaves the room, recall, loose leash walking, polite greetings, grooming by the evaluator, ignoring a friendly dog,  distractions like noises and canes, etc.. By the end of the 6 weeks, many dogs lie down and relax on their beds, only a foot away from the other dogs. 

Once your dog understands the skills, we'll teach you exactly how to fade the food, and maybe even the leash.  

Scent Detection (Mixed Levels), at 8 pm

In just 6 weeks, we’ll teach Beginner dogs to find a scent. You’ll have fun from the very first session, and no previous experience is required. Our motivational method works for dogs of any age or breed as long as they enjoy a tasty food reward or a favorite toy. Choose the scent your dog will find e.g. a glove, your keys, or essential oils for nosework competition. Watch a demonstration video at https://vimeo.com/776090846

Experienced teams will work on handling challenges in realistic search scenarios. Email Carla in advance if you have any special requests or need help overcoming challenges.

Like real deployments and competitions, there is only one dog in the search area. Dog-dog interactions are never allowed.  

All teams will learn how to read dogs from watching the searches.

ABOUT CLASSES AT THE BEAST BOUTIQUE

• Our next set of classes starts on Feb. 22, 2023 at the Beast Boutique, and continues for 6 weeks (graduation is Feb. 15, 2023)
• Location: Classes happen at 4 – 6115 4 St SE, Calgary. There is lots of free parking and green space to potty your dog. 
• Instructor: Carla Simon, service dog trainer (Hunter’s Heart Ltd.)
• Hybrid classes include online resources, troubleshooting by the instructor, and discussion with a worldwide community.
• Price: $250 + GST, for a 6-week class.
• Limit: 6 students max. Classes must be prepaid and are non-refundable.
• Online troubleshooting and resources are included, to  guide you through the homework if you miss a class or want to learn more. In class you'll get lots of personal attention, and hands-on practice with your dog. 
• In order to participate in classes, all students, family members and any spectators are required to sign a Hunter's Heart waiver. 
• Once your registration is completed, you will receive instructions on how you can access online resources. Registrations must be processed manually, so there may be a delay. If you register and pay close to the start date, but you don't get the instructions, please attend the first class as planned and we'll get everything straightened out. 
• Classes sell out fast, so register early to avoid disappointment.

 

DOWNLOAD CLASS INFO (PDF)

REGISTER BY PHONE/EMAIL

To register for classes, you can phone or email the Beast Boutique. 
Ph: (403) 452-5232 (Monday - Saturday, 6 am - 6 pm)
E: [email protected]

Or sign up online: Go to thebeastboutique.ca, then click the green “Join the Pack” button. 

HOW TO REGISTER ONLINE

To register online for Wednesday classes at the Beast Boutique, visit thebeastboutique.ca in your web browser (usually Google Chrome). First, you need to register your dog. for an account at the facility.

  • Click the green “Join the Pack” button, and enter your dog’s information to create an online account for your dog. 
  • Next, you need to pick a class. You should automatically be directed to https://crm.pawfinity.com/the-beast-boutique-ltd/. If you aren't, click the green "Join the Pack" button again. 
  • Click the “Book an Appointment” button
  • If you’re seeing December information, hit the “>” on the top right, to show the January classes.
  • Click on the photo of the class you want e.g. Puppy, Scent or Canine Good Neighbour
  • Click on the Time of the class
  • Select the number of dogs you want to enroll, then click Continue to Pets
  • Your booking isn’t finished yet. You will be asked to log in again or create a free account
  • Enter your information to complete the process.
  • If you experience technical difficulties, we're sorry for the inconvenience. Please phone The Beast Boutique at 403-452-5232 (Mon – Sat, 6 am – 6 pm), or email [email protected]
TO START ONLINE REGISTRATION, "JOIN THE PACK"
DOWNLOAD THE BEAST BOUTIQUE WAIVER (PDF)

OUR APPROACH

We start by identifying the rewards that motivate your unique dog (e.g. food, toys, praise or games). Our protocols break complex behaviors down into small, easy to achieve baby steps. We make it so easy that it is virtually impossible to fail (using errorless learning). We use positive reinforcement that effectively communicates what you want and what you don't. 

Learn more in Carla's "Weak Links in the Canine Scent Detection Behavior Chain" peer reviewed article in the IAABC Journal.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CLASSES?

Questions about whether a class is suitable for your dog or want to discuss any special requests? Email Carla Simon at [email protected], or leave a confidential voicemail at (403) 813-9831. Sorry, we don't answer when we're working with dogs, but we'll get back to you as soon as possible. 

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