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Workshops & Seminars

Looking for a great place to hang out with your dog on a Friday or Saturday evening? Check out the Ottawa Canine School’s Fun Friday and Super Saturday workshops, seminars and Intro classes!

Thank you to all of you who have participated in our playdates. We enjoyed offering them to you and enjoyed seeing your teeny tiny, very small, small, medium and large dogs have some off leash play in the school. The decision to pause the playdates  was not an easy one. It came about because of our upcoming new puppy classes. To increase the quality of instruction, we will be decreasing the number of puppies per puppy classes. This will result in adding many more puppy classes. We will, however, soon have an outdoor space which will be ready and that may open up many other opportunities.


The following seminars/workshops/intro classes may be made available if there is interest – email us to be put on the waiting list!


  • Intro to Agility
    Curious to see if your dog could be an agility star? Come and see what Agility is all about in this fun Intro class.
  • Intro to Scent
    If your dog has a nose, they will love discovering how to use it to find the hidden scent in the nosework portion of the evening.
  • Intro to Do As I Do
    Teach your dog a few tricks, then see if he can copy you!  Teach your dog to ‘Do As I Do’ and see all the tricks you can come up with! Click here to see a video of what dogs can do just by copying.
  • Intro to Treibball
    Check out this the sport of Treibball, or ‘big ball herding’, where dogs learn to push big balls through goalposts (much like soccer).  Click here to see a demo of what Treibball dogs can do.
  • Intro to Canine Freestyle
    Come dance with your dog! A bit of tricks and not-too-fancy footwork and you’re well on your way to dancing with your dog!  Click here for a glimpse at what can be accomplished.

These events are an INTRO class, a teaser, to introduce your dog to of the sports we teach here at the Ottawa Canine School.


  • Dealing with Your Reactive Dog
    Do you have a dog that goes nuts when he sees another dog? Do you find yourself embarrassed or constantly apologizing for your dog’s behaviour? Are you considering no longer walking your dog because the effort is herculean and you just don’t know how to manage the walk anymore? Is one of your biggest fears meeting an off-leash dog while you are out walking your dog? YOU ARE NOT ALONE!At the Ottawa Canine School, we specialize in reactive dogs. We have designed this seminar to be at once a pre-requisite for the Reactive Rover class but also as a means to share with you what we have learned over the years. Seminars, workshops, books and conferences, have taught us a lot, but so have our own dogs and our clients’ dogs.Here are a few of the topics that will be covered during this interactive and informative seminar:• What is Reactivity
    • Common Reactive Behaviours
    • The methods we use to change these behaviours
    • Things you can start doing TODAY to start making changes
    • How to read your dog
    • How to interpret behaviour
  • Separation Anxiety
    Do you have a velcro dog? Do you suspect that your dog has separation anxiety? Dogs who suffer from separation anxiety are really suffering. Imagine the panic a dog must be feeling to eat through the wall, door frame, or even break their teeth trying to get out of the crate. The owner of a dog with separation anxiety is also suffering. They often feel trapped in their home and do not have the freedom to just step out to do groceries, go for a bike ride, let alone leave for a full day of work! Imagine how challenging it can be to accept a simple invitation out for coffee if you can’t leave your dog alone at home. If you’re looking for help with your dog, we can help. You must know that it will probably cost less than you think. It will “cost you” time and patience but the results can be so rewarding. Chantal Mills, owner and head trainer of the Ottawa Canine School will share winning strategies and best practices with dogs suffering from separation anxiety.
  • Resource Guarding
    Are you living with a dog who guards resources? A resource guarder can guard food, people, objects, places and spaces. This workshop will offer you an opportunity to learn more about resource guarding. It will also offer you basic exercises to mediate the problem. Management, training, resources will all be discussed. A short Q & A will follow, time permitting.


    Make your own dog toys! This workshop will show you how to make creative tug toys for your dog – and you’ll be taking home the toys you make. We provide all the materials and information you will need. You bring the creativity.
    This workshop will give you ideas for healthy, safe, and stimulating games to play with you dog. Playing games can burn off a whole lot of energy, especially for dogs that need something more stimulating than a jog around the neighbourhood. Playing is also commonly recognized as a great way to bond with your dog too – but did you also know that games are fantastic as training tools? Come and learn more at our workshop. Please leave your dogs at home for this one!
    A fun treat making party! Learn new recipes for dog cookies, and kong stuffers. Ingredients provided. Fun for folks of all ages! (please leave dog at home)  $15 payable at the door

Email us at  info@ottawak9school.com to be put on the waiting list for the next seminar or to suggest new topics.


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