Dog Training

We are super excited to introduce you and your dog to the wonderful  world of Positive Science-Based Dog Training!

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Bianca Brown of Magnolia Dog Training

About Bianca

“My training journey began, as many do, by rescuing a reactive dog. I hired a trainer that specializes in reactivity and aggression for help. As we began working together, I became interested in the science behind how dogs learn and the positive, force-free ways to help with various behavioural issues. Within a month, I began joining this trainer on the weekends for private lessons and going to as many group classes as possible to gain more knowledge. I mentored under this trainer for about a year and a half, the main focus being on aggression/reactivity. In that time, I worked hands on with clients, starting with walks, walk and trains, assisting in group classes including a reactive dog class, private puppy sessions and moving more into dog-dog aggression and some dog-human aggression.

I have completed the Karen Pryor Academy’s Dog Trainer Foundations course, Walks & Wags Pet First Aid Certification, on-line courses, seminars and webinars and also received my biggest achievement so far, certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Continuing education is key and I regularly attend seminars, workshops and events, as well as take on-line courses and webinars. I hope to enroll in the Karen Pryor Academy’s Dog Trainer Professional program and Fear Free Certification soon. I look forward to helping guide you on your training journey!”

To learn more about Bianca or to visit her website, click here!

Bianca’s Upcoming Dog Training Classes at Mindful Mutts:

Puppy Stuff!

*NEW* Puppy Socials (Every Monday @7pm!)

Dog training suitable for puppies 9 weeks to 5.5 months (no pre-requisites)

6 pack or drop in available (ongoing Mondays) – 45mins each session | Mon evenings at 9 Sixth st, New West at Mindful Mutts (ongoing on Mondays, but please ensure you have registered and been confirmed before showing up!)

Socials are designed to help set your pup up for success. Puppies can come and socialize together while we teach you, the human, how to create positive experiences for them in any environment. You will have a chance to ask questions about your pup as well. You can also check out some suggested training equipment at the same time. Our trainer-recommended leashes and harnesses are available through Mindful Mutts.

What your puppy will experience:

      • Proper puppy play (learn your dogs social cues and different play styles, what is appropriate and where you may need to gently intercept
      • People wearing strange objects (it is encouraged to bring a funny hat, glasses, costume pieces)
      • Novel objects (kids toys, skateboard, vacuum, surfaces to walk on, etc.
      • New people and dog
      • Vet equipment and smells
    • Grooming tools

**We require 3 dogs minimum, to ensure your puppy receives the best possible experience and is getting the most out of each puppy social they attend!**

Price: $120 plus GST // $25 drop-in (pre-registration required for both options!)- Register here!   

Puppy Socialization Class (Starting Tuesday, January 7th @7pm & Tuesday, February 11th @7pm)
Dog Training suitable for any puppy 9 weeks to 4.5 months old with second set of vaccinations

Five Weeks Long – One Hour Classes | Tuesday evenings at 9 Sixth st, New West at Mindful Mutts

This class is a must for every puppy owner! We focus on setting you and your pup up for success with early socialization, confidence building and basics of training in a positive fun, friendly human and dog environment!

What we cover:

  • Body Handling
  • Low Stress Vet Visits
  • Exploration of Novel Items
  • Name recall
  • Targeting
  • Capturing Basic Behaviours
  • Safe Socialization
  • Puppy Biting
  • House Training
  • Appropriate Play
  • How to Greet a Dog and Human & more!

Price: $185 plus GST (includes 1 treat pouch) – Register here! 

Adult Dogs of all Ages!

Level 1 Basic Manners (starting Thursday January 9th @ 7pm & Tuesday January 29th @ 8:15pm! )

Dog training suitable for any dog 4.5 months and up (no pre-requisites)

5 Weeks Long – One Hour Classes | Thursday evenings at 9 Sixth st, New West at Mindful Mutts

This class is designed for young dogs, adolescent dogs, or rescue dogs! We cover many basic cues you might expect and more. This class will set you up for success and gives you all the skills needed to continue to our Level 2 Advanced Manners Class!

What we cover:

      • Recall with Distractions
      • Hand Targeting
      • Leave It
      • Settle on a Mat
      • Loose Leash Walking
      • Eye Contact
      • Drop It & more!
      • Body Handling/Collar Grab
      • Jumping Up
      • Guarding Prevention
    • Polite Greetings

Price: $185 plus GST (includes 1 treat pouch) – Register here!   

*NEW* Level 2 Advanced Manners (Starting Thursday January 9th @ 8:15pm)

Dog training suitable for any dog that has taken our LEVEL 1 class

5 Weeks Long – One Hour Classes | Thursday evenings @ 8:15pm at 9 Sixth st, New West at Mindful Mutts 

This class is for anyone that wants to refine their skills and continue adding duration, distance and distractions

What we cover:

      • Advanced Recall
      • Advanced Leave It
      • Advanced Loose Leash Walking
      • Emergency Recall
      • Heel (left and right)
      • Back up
      • Spin (left and right)
      • Stay
    • Around & more!

Price: $225 plus GST – Register here!   

Board + Train in partnership w/Mindful Mutts

Board + Train

For dogs of all ages!

Some cues/behaviours we may be able to work on for you:

*Perfected Recall
*Potty Training
*Hand Targeting
*Leave It
*Drop It
*Typical behaviour challenges such as jumping up
*….and more! Contact us to set up a consult. This may mean a full session with the trainer, at her full price, in order to determine what we may be able to offer and to come up with an estimate.

All Board + Train’s included a skills pass-over session with the owners at the end of the visit!

Please note that Board + Train (even science-based ones like ours) may not be suitable for your dog. Behaviours are not guaranteed, and if we believe our services will not be able to help your dog, we may ethically decide not to go forward in an effort to not take your money or sell you “snake oil” so to speak. Perhaps we can suggest an alternative like classes, or private sessions, or walk ‘n trains with the lovely Bianca for example 🙂

Price: Starting at $900 (min. 6 nights/7 days) plus GST – Register here!