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First Things First 

Puppy Programs and Specialty Dog Training Classes for building strong Foundation Skills and Social Behaviors

- right from the start

S.M.A.R.T. See – Mark – Reward Training

We use positive reinforcement and shaping through Marker Training and Games Training to develop a love for learning in your dog that builds confidence, strengthens your relationship and teaches you how to train essential foundation behaviours and life skills. 




- Marker Cues and Timing       - Luring, Capturing and Shaping Behaviours       - Reinforcement skills 

- Focus and Engagement: Developing dogs who eagerly wants to train with you!

- Foundation Skills;  Attention, Stationing on Mat and Platforms, Offering Reinforceable Behaviours,

   Recalls, Sit, Down, Stand, Loose Leash Walking, Attentive Heeling.

- Training Games for accelerated learning!       - Social Behaviours       - Generalizing and Proofing Skills

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Puppy class


Puppies are always learning whether we are actively training them or not. Our Puppy Classes are designed to start puppies off on the right paw while still allowing them to experience the pure joy of being a puppy. Both classes are similar in course description and teaching style with only the times being different. Whenever possible classes will be split based on age or size.


Attention and Focus ☑️ Engagement ☑️ Love of Learning ☑️ Foundation Skills ☑️ Physical and Mental Stimulation ☑️

Puppy Focus

Tuesday Mornings for 5 weeks.

Starting January 2nd. from 12:00pm to 1:00pm 



Semi- Private Lessons 

Tuesday Afternoons 

5 Weeks: $220

Limited to 3 dogs per class

Phone: 705-723-1604

Puppy Primer 

Thursday Evenings for 5 Weeks

Starting January 4th. from 6 pm. to 7pm 



Private Lessons 

Tuesday Afternoons Thursday Evenings

 Per Session: $75

Phone: 705-723-1604


Recall Clas

Really Reliable Recalls 


Class Filled

A one evening Workshop for building quick and Reliable Recalls. Class will focus on Relationship Building and Recall Training.


Prerequisite: Open to dogs of all ages. Due to the nature of this class and the excitement level dogs must not be people or dog reactive/aggressive. If you are not sure if your dog is reactive please contact me for clarification.


Come Again Recalls This 5 week class is a continuation of the Really Reliable Recalls Workshop. We will focus on strengthening our Recalls and Sit Stays under distraction with an introduction to the Whistle Recall


Prerequisite: Open to dogs of all ages who have taken a previous FTF class. Other dogs who have taken a class elsewhere and have some basic training may be considered. Please contact to discuss.


Start Date: TBD.  Register to be notified of the next class start date. 

Adult Class



Rock Star  - This class is for Returning Dogs who wish to advance their training. Dogs must have taken a previous First Things First Puppy class, Recall class or Private lesson. Other dogs who have been previously trained with Marker/Clicker training may be assessed and accepted.


Start Date: 2024

FUNdamentals - Engagement and fun Foundations training for adolescent puppies and dogs who are young at heart. This class is for dogs that would benefit from learning foundation behaviours and practicing good manners in a class setting.  Topics covered in class will include attention and engagement, sit and down stays, stationing on a mat with enthusiasm and staying until release, loose leash walking , recalls and exhibiting self-control in the presence of food, other dogs and people.

Next Start Date - 2024.


Registration Closed

Private Classes



Private One-To-One Lessons

- Need to prepare your dog for attending group classes?

- Want guidance for the training you've been doing on your own?

- Prefer Individual attention without the distractions of a class setting?

$75 Per hour


Phone: 705-723-1604


Semi-Private Lessons 

Do you have a group of 3 or more friends you like to train with? This semi-private class is client driven and instructor assisted to help you reach your training goals whether it be sports driven, friendly competition or a social hour of training games.


$220 for 5 Weeks

Contact to arrange

Waiting List  

Expecting a new puppy but waiting to complete the vaccination requirements?  Is the class you desire unavailable at this time? Pre-Register now and we will contact you first for the next available class! Have a desire for a specialized focused class? Recalls, Scent Detection, Puppy Enrichment and Play? Contact us and when we get enough interest to run the class we will contact you first before making a public announcement.

Effective dog training at affordable prices serving the North Bay, Callander and Powassan area.


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