Welcome to the Red Barn!
Thank you for joining us at the Red Barn Event Centre for classes, we are excited to welcome you! Please look through the following resources before you come to your first class to ensure you are familiar with our practices and prepared for our new procedures with the COVID restrictions.
Please read the Red Barn House Rules.
Please read our Welcome Letter.
Please read our COVID Policy Document for Students.
Training Ring Entrances/Exits
During this time, we will manage entrance and exit from all class rings as follows to minimize everyone's exposure, please review the map for the ring your class is in:
Ring 5, for indoor Agility
Ring 1, for outdoor Agility
Ring 4, for Rally
Ring 4, for Manners, Puppy, etc
What to put in your Training Bag
Please prepare your training bag to bring to class with the following:
- flat collar (gentle leader or no pull harness can be used too)
- several types of small SOFT treats
- Ren's treat pouch (coupon for pickup will be given at first class if you don't have already)
- indoor shoes
- water & dog water dish & water for yourself
- pen & notebook
- dog pacifier (chew toy, stuffed kong) for quiet times during class
- mat for dog
- chair for you if you require one
Preparation for your first class
You will find the following 5-Minute Trainers for demonstrations of these lessons helpful:
"Take a Treat Nicely / It's Your Choice"
Teaching a young puppy to take responsibility for making their own choices is one of the most important lessons they can learn. The "It's Your Choice" game is the foundation exercise that teaches the puppy that the only way to receive a desirable cookie is to make the decision to wait until given permission to eat it.
Nose Targeting - Part 1
Target training is used to refocus the dog's attention away from a distraction, show them the desired positioning of their body for formal obedience or trick training, and as a foundation toward a stopped contact behaviour in the sport of dog Agility. This video is the first in a two-part series on the topic of nose targeting.
Making Collar Touches Fun!
We need to take our dog's collars for so many reasons throughout their lives -- whether to clip on a leash, or hold onto them in a gentle manner. Teaching your puppy to associate the "collar grab" with delicious cookies and plenty of praise is an important life lesson!