PLEASE NOTE: For all aggression-related issues, book a private consultation first

Private Sessions

If our classes are not suitable for your dog at the moment, we offer private sessions tailored to meet your specific needs. Some of the “issues” we often deal with are:

  • Impulse control​
  • Potty training
  • Recall
  • Fearful dogs
  • Rescue dogs (get 15% OFF – documentation showing adoption date required)
  • “Stubborn” dogs
  • Separation anxiety
  • Focus
  • Reactivity/aggression and an array of many other problem behaviors

Puppy Class I (8 weeks)

For puppies up to 18 weeks of age to learn and socialize in a safe environment.

  • Bite inhibition
  • Socialize with people
  • Socialize with other dogs
  • Lots of off-leash time (and some leash training)
  • Basic manners
  • Dog training essentials – the beginnings
  • Temperament assessment
  • Basic behaviour problem counseling
  • Build long-term relations



  • You must show proof of vaccination. Parvovirus and distemper are a serious concern and it is our responsibility to keep everyone safe. A reference from your local veterinarian will be necessary.
  • If your puppy shows any signs/symptoms of disease, please stay home, contact your veterinarian right away and follow their instructions. Talk to us, you should be able to make up the class at a later date, but safety first.
  • First class is a mandatory orientation (no puppies for this session, so you can attend even BEFORE you get your puppy!).
  • If we notice your puppy is having a hard time in class (for example if they show signs of extreme fear or aggression), we may ask you to join an extra class or take private lessons to maximize your puppy’s learning experience and get them back on track.

Puppy Class II (6 weeks)

For puppies who are anywhere from 18 weeks to 1 year old to learn:

Higher level of:

  • Obedience
  • Off-leash manners (distance control)
  • On-leash manners
  • Emergency response (emergency recall, emergency sit, etc)
  • Stay 
  • Heel



  • Placement commands
  • Increase in 3 Ds (duration, distance, distraction)
  • Basic behaviour problem counseling and early resolution
  • Build long-term relations




  • Perfect for graduates from The Howly Hound Puppy Class I, but also suitable for other pups upon assessment
  • This class is NOT suitable for aggressive/reactive dogs. 

Adult Class (6 weeks)

For quiet, people-friendly and dog-friendly dogs between 8 months and two years of age to learn basic manners. Taught on leash first, with the possibility to be off-leash depending on class development and progress.

  • Control your dog’s energy and enthusiasm
  • Capture your dog’s attention
  • Teach focus
  • Increase reliability (think recall)
  • Lose-leash walking, etc
  • This class is dynamic and tailored to the group’s needs



  • Dogs who bark obsessively need private session(s) to prepare for class.
  • Fearful dogs need private session(s) to prepare for class.
  • This class is NOT suitable for aggressive/reactive dogs. 
Tricks and Treats Class

Tricks and Treats! (4 weeks)

For people-friendly and dog-friendly adult dogs to have fun learning new tricks and games that translate into real-life desired behaviours and/or strengthen the human/dog bond.

Some activities covered are:

  • Games to build impulse control
  • Sit pretty
  • Fetch
  • Jump through hoops
  • Jump over obstacles, etc.
  • This class is dynamic and tailored to the group’s needs



  • This class is NOT suitable for aggressive/reactive dogs. 

Scent Games (4 weeks)

Did you know your dog’s strongest sense is their sense of smell?

Did you know it is part of their natural and calming behaviour to sniff and forage?


Join this class to learn how to create and design multiple different activities to enrich your dog’s life through their sense of smell.

Some of the things your dog will learn:

  • Search specific scents on command
  • Retrieve items with the specific scent taught
  • Pick out a specific scent from other “distracting” smells



  • This class is NOT suitable for aggressive/reactive dogs, especially those with resource guarding issues. 


Husbandry Class

Husbandry (4 weeks)

Every dog should undergo husbandry training either through private sessions or in a class setting.

This class is ideal for people-friendly and dog-friendly adult dogs. Fearful dogs may be able to enroll in this class but require prior assessment. Wiggly dogs and those that struggle during vet visits are encouraged to attend this class.

Some of the things covered:

  • Nail trims
  • Body inspection
  • Ear inspection
  • Teeth brushing
  • Consent

Growl Class (8 weeks)

Ideal for dog-dog aggressive/reactive dogs. 

  • An assessment prior to enrollment is necessary.
  • First class is a mandatory information session and no dogs should be brought in.
  • Learn how to manage your dog, why aggression occurs, how to prevent it and how treatment is achieved.
  • Build a network of supporting classmates that face the same problems.

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I really would like to thank Claudia from The Howly Hound for giving me the tools to train my dog, Sigma. He is aggressive towards other dogs but her patience and her positive reinforcement training has brought him a long way! She helped me identify Sigma’s body language when he’s stressed or relaxed and showed me many exercises to try at home. I’ve had a very positive experience with Claudia.

Peter N.