What people are saying about the Red Barn Event Centre!
Students and clients of the Red Barn Event Centre have lots of say about their classes, instructors, and experiences here. Have a read through some of these inspiring stories of personal achievement and growth to see what the Red Barn means to them!
Basic Obedience class brings confidence and more to DTango
DTango didn't have the greatest start in life. She was from a backyard breeder who didn't really care about health or the proper timeframe on how to properly take care of his dogs or puppies. DT had worms and mange when we picked her up, once we worked through all of that we found that she had a long list of food allergies and (thanks to a helicopter mom) we were able to catch her Angular Limb Deformity really early. So as you can imagine with all those issues DT didn't have much of a chance with socializing with other dogs until she was 2.5 yr. Up until then the only dogs she really was able to be around would be the dogs that she came across when out for a walk or shopping at Petsmart, WELL let me tell you that the dogs in our town apparently think that bull terriers look funny or something because every dog we went by would bark and snarl and lunge at her, she has been attacked many times within this short timeframe at Petsmart by those little dogs on retractable leashes and gets rushed by off-leash dogs. Not cool.
As you can imagine this has made DTango a little dog reactive. She is not aggressive but, as I like to explain it, always has her gloves half off (hockey fighting reference). She is fine with calm dogs but as soon as one shows any kind of issue with her she is ready to throw down. Since she has never been able to play with other dogs she also has issue with knowing how to behave around other dogs properly. She gets WAY too excited and starts to sound like a chainsaw or the dinosaurs from the Jurassic Park movies!
We have been looking for a place to bring her to train for a long time. You wouldn't believe how difficult it is to find a facility with instructors who aren't against bull breeds and who understand that all breeds learn differently. I have to tell you that we are just finishing our first Basic Obedience training course and we are THRILLED. Not only by the quality of the facility but how our instructor is with DTango. We made sure to make the instructor aware of DT's quirks when registering and she has been supportive and positive about everything. When we first started the class we had a nervous pup surrounded by some younger more energetic super friendly dogs, all the noises from the agility dogs just added to the hightened excitement and stress levels in the building. The thought of off-leash work kinda terrified us because we don't want to cause any issues with other dogs and never want to put DT in any bad situation.
So long story maybe a little shorter, the moment that is OUR favorite moment while training would be what happened in this past class. When we first tried the offleash recall DTango did great, she has both her Good Citizen and Good Neighbour certification so in a setting like this she does very well with staying and coming straight to me (bull terrier) quickly. It was when the other dogs took their turn that stressed DT right out. She alerted, pulled to the end of the leash and barked away. I was able to get her attention back to me and all was fine, but then the next four dogs had THEIR turns too. Super exhausting class! In our last class we were practicing again, DT once again killed it when her turn was up....now for the others. I had her sitting at the side of the path the dogs take (so they weren't running AT her), had her facing the direction they were running from so nothing was a surprise and wouldn't you know, SHE JUST WATCHED! She stayed sitting, watched while the parent sat and then walked away from their dog, and stayed calm when they happily galloped when called! I nearly couldn't contain myself!! I was more happy with DT then they were of their dog who was actually doing the skill. We do this task every class and this was the FIRST time she was calm. THIS was the best moment of training while being at your facility in 2016.
Thank you so much for providing us with this training experience. We are already signed up for the next level of obedience and are looking forward to trying out rally!
Thank you for this opportunity,
First High In Trial (HIT) in Competitive Obedience for 22 month old Dawson
Our most memorable and exciting moment/success of 2016 was when Rideauview Dawson's So Brights (aka Dawson) and I earned our very first High in Trial(HIT) at the Red Barn Event and Training Centre in July 2016. Dawson, was 2 months shy of her second birthday. So excited, proud and humbled by the experience. If it weren't for Bev's diligence, passion and unrelenting pursuit of excellence, we would not have had as much fun training and working toward this accomplishment. Thank you Bev, for believing in us and giving me/us the confidence to enter the Trial. Here's to more success in 2017!
Marcia Caplan & "Dawson"
Puppy report card by Mya
Report card written for one of our Puppy Headstart students after a recent graduation, looks like puppy Daisy May has had a great start!read more Red Barn testimonials!