It’s all about Communication
We founded Canine Country in order to improve relationships between dogs and owners. We strive to show you and your dog how to better relate to one another using respect, communication and cooperation. Utilizing only positive reinforcement training methods, you and your dog will be treated with kindness, compassion and understanding.
While Canine Country is the premier behavior-based academy for dogs, teaching owners how to communicate and understand your dog’s language is the primary component to our methods.
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Without Force or Fear Vet Care
Dogs tend to find basic vet care and vet visits stressful (as do their owners). If you would like to prevent such stress and/or change how your dog feels about vet visits, this is the group class for you! This class will focus on reducing fear or force when getting vaccinations, getting on the scale, being muzzled, positive handling/physical exam, brushing teeth and more. Age range: all ages (the earlier the better to prevent creating fearful experiences). Pre requisite: dogs must be friendly with people and other dogs.
Is your dog shy or fearful or gets worried or anxious about people, dogs or other environmental stimuli? Boost your dog's confidence and help him overcome his fear in this wonderful course! You will learn valuable tools to help your shy dog in new situations and this class will give your canine companion a wonderful opportunity to blossom into a more confident dog. A variety of positive and force free techniques will be incorporated into this course to help your dog learn that the world does not have to be a scary place! Age range: all ages (Please note we only take a maximum of 4 dogs in this class.)
Are you embarrassed taking your dog out with you to public places? Does your dog seem to lose his/her mind when seeing another dog, person or other trigger? Is your dog suffering from leash frustration? Then this is the class for you! This course will help you gain confidence, better leash handling skills and your dog will learn better manners and coping skills when seeing dogs or people that seem to “set them off.” You will take home valuable training tools to help you and your dog have a less stressful experience when out and about. (Pre-requisite: dogs will be pre-screened before acceptance into this class) Please note: we only take a maximum of 4 dogs for this course
Clicks for Tricks
Who is ready to Click for a Trick? This is a fun clicker based Tricks class jammed with lots of fun learning for your dog! The course is tailored to work both on standard dog tricks as well as new tricks you would like to teach your dog. There is no better way to mentally stimulate your dog than to teach them some new tricks! Age range: all ages
Looking to spice up your relationship with your dog with new challenges each week? This class is exactly what you need! Each week we will have a theme such as: Relay Races, Staycation, Speed Racer, A-Mazing, Hide N Seek and Can Your Dog Do This challenge? What is the purpose of the challenges? We will focus on games to build on existing skills such as coming when called, stay, connection work, speed in "sit" and "down" and more. The dogs will primarily work one at a time to allow for off leash experiences. If you and your dog are looking for the ultimate fun in your training experience this is the class for you! Pre-requisite: dogs must have completed either Puppy 101 or 201 or Manners 101 or 201
Rally Obedience (Advanced Coursework)
Are you serious about competing in AKC or UKC Rally Obedience? This course is a competition prep course incorporating different levels of coursework to challenge and prepare you and your dog for Rally trials. (Pre-requisite: Rally Intro & Foundation course)
Rally Obedience (Intro & Foundation)
Rally obedience is a fun and controlled low impact dog sport, combining teamwork with dog and handler with challenging obedience coursework. This class will prepare dogs and owners to compete in Rally competition, or owners and their dogs can just have fun learning more obedience commands and building teamwork with their dog. Pre-requisite: Puppy 101 or Manners 101
Let the games begin! This is a fun class for both owner and dog incorporating strengthening your bond as a team and building confidence in your dog. Your dog will learn how to go over jumps, through tunnels, weave poles and other agility contact obstacles like the A Frame and teeter board. This class will also work on off leash reliable recall skills. Age range: 12 months and older (Pre-requisite: Manners 101 or 201)
Advanced Scent Work Competition Prep
Is your dog proficient on a competition Scent Work odor? This Scent Work competition prep class is an off and onsite course where you and your dog will have the opportunity to practice searching for hides in simulated trial like environments. Multiple search environments in different locations will include interior and containers, exterior and vehicle work. This course also equips students with excellent competition handling skills and incorporates adding multiple odors for further competition. (Pre-requisite: dogs must be proficient on at least one competition odor)
Intro to Target Odor
You have completed Intro to Scent Work Level 1 and 2 and your dog whispers in your ear "Let's compete.....I love this sniffing thing!" Intro to Target Odor is the next step towards preparing your dog for competitive scent work. Dogs in this course will be imprinted on competition Birch odor. Handlers will also continue to hone their skills in leash work and supporting the dog as a team. (Pre-requisite: dogs must complete at least one session of Intro to Scent Work Level 1 and Level 2)
Intro to Scent Work Level 2
Is your dog just waiting for you to hop in the car to take him/her back to Scent Work? Joining our Intro to Scent Work Level 2 course will take your dog's scenting skills to the next level and is also a pre requisite to imprinting your dog on a competition odor. Dogs will continue to search for primary reward in these elements: interior, exterior, vehicles and containers. (Pre-requisite: dogs must complete Intro to Scent Work Level 1)
Intro to Scent Work Level 1
Scent Work is for any dog who has a nose! This activity will satisfy your dog's mental stimulation and olfactory needs (the need to SNIFF)! It is also very beneficial for dogs lacking in confidence or dogs who need a job. Intro to Scent Work is for all dogs of any age and any breed. This introductory course teaches your dog the foundation of the game, gets them focused and builds your dog’s intensity to hunt. The human students will also learn to hone their own observation skills and enjoy watching their dogs have fun! Age range: all ages
Hound on the Town
Ready to leave Canine Country and take your skills on the road?? Out on the Town is a real life, off site course where you can work on good social skills with your dog in a public setting to proof those good behaviors! Participants will practice loose leash walking, attention, polite greeting and relaxation exercises with their dog in downtown public areas. This course meets for four weeks at various locations around town for one hour each week. (Pre-requisite: dogs must be people and dog friendly and must have completed a Puppy or Manners class.)
Are you ready to take your dog’s manners and impulse control skills to the next level? The Manners 201 class is a great follow-up to our Manners 101 class by focusing on additional challenges and skills such as: Walking Past Another Dog, Walking through a Crowd, Supervised Separation, Handling/Grooming, Polite Greeting and more! Prerequisite: Manners 101
Join this essential beginner obedience/manners class for dogs 12 months and older (or graduates of Puppy 101 or 201)! Your dog will learn: SIT, DOWN, LOOSE LEASH WALKING, WAIT TO BE FED, WAIT AT THE DOOR, POLITE GREETING, STAY and more! Students with newly adopted dogs who are new to training and dogs that need to brush up on skills, as well as those pursuing therapy dog goals, will benefit from this progressive obedience class. Age range: 12 months and older
Puppy Agility Fun
Are you looking forward to getting your puppy into the sport of Agility, but they are too young to really get started? Or maybe you are looking for a way to burn off extra energy while having fun with your puppy? This fun class is designed to get your puppy moving, learning some foundational agility skills appropriate for your puppies age and continue their socialization. The puppies will be working on various pieces of equipment kept at low impact levels to prevent injury. Age range: under 12 months (Pre-requisite: puppies who have completed Puppy 101 at CCA or Puppy class elsewhere)
Your puppy is growing quick and you want to keep working on those great foundational manners! In Puppy 201, puppies and their owners will continue to proof behaviors such as SIT, DOWN and LOOSE LEASH WALKING and add new impulse skills such as STAY/WAIT, PLACE/SETTLE and RECALL with distractions. This is also a great class for puppies not quite ready to transition into Manners 101. Age range: 7 to 11 months
The best place to set your new puppy up for success! This foundational puppy course covers basic obedience commands such as SIT, DOWN, COME, LEASH WALKING, RECALL, GOOD HANDLING SKILLS, DROP IT and more, and provides good socialization with other puppies. You and your puppy will also learn how to navigate through other behavioral issues like housebreaking, jumping and chewing. Age range: 3 to 6 months of age
Behavior Consulting – The Canine Country Approach
At Canine Country, we approach behavior problems holistically: looking at the whole dog – mind, body and emotion – to ascertain the root cause of behavior issues. We work with the dog and owner, together, from the inside out. Because we do not apply typical dog-training “band aids” to treat symptoms, we help you achieve longer and more lasting behavior changes.
When necessary, we also work closely with your veterinary team to ensure that any behavior issues potentially caused by physical problems are brought to light, and that any physical problems can be remedied by a veterinarian expert. If fact, we are proud to have many great cross consulting relationships with veterinary clinics in the area.
100% Positive Reinforcement
The use of punishment or aversive techniques can be a recipe for disaster for a dog suffering from reactivity, aggression or fear. Beware of “dog experts” who would try to convince you that your dog suffering from behavior problems is trying to dominate you. In many cases, dogs with these types of problems are dealing with fear issues that have been completely misunderstood or overlooked.
Our role as your behavior consultant is to help you better understand what your dog is communicating, and to fix the root cause of that fear.
Let’s Dig Deeper…
Does your dog suffer from any of the following?
- Separation anxiety
- Housebreaking Issues
- Destructive chewing
- Other stress-related behavior problems
If so, please call us directly at 678-979–2016 to discuss.
We are happy to customize and quote a tailored, consultative solution for your dog’s particular behavior issues. Generally lasting about 90-minues, our in-home or on-site behavior consultations will HELP YOU get your beloved canine back on the right track to a happy and more balanced life!
Plan Your Trip
Lawrenceville / Gwinnett
975 Cripple Creek Drive
Lawrenceville GA 30043
115 Trade Street
Bogart GA 30622
Things to Do
CCA Lawrenceville’s 5 year Anniversary Party
Saturday, November 12th. 4:30pm to 6:30pm. 975 Cripple Creek Drive, Lawrenceville GA 30043
Come join us as we celebrate 5 years at our Lawrenceville facility! Drop in for some food, drinks, raffle prizes and more!
Fear, Arousal, Aggression oh my!
Friday, October 28th. 7pm to 8:30pm. CCA – Athens 115 Trade Street, Bogart GA 30622
Cathy Bruce and Paula Nowak, canine behavior consultants, will be unpacking the how’s and why’s of this topic. Participants will learn how to accurately read and better understand these often misunderstood behaviors and physiological responses in dogs. Topics include: stress responses, physiological realities, the human role in fear and aggression and practical tools for helping dogs work through these issues. If you have always wanted to better understand fear, arousal and aggression, this is the class for you!
We love Canine Country Academy. When Cait was only nine weeks old we started puppy classes just to learn basic manners and socialization skills. She is now four years old with titles in Nosework and Rally Obedience, Advanced Trick Dog, and serves as a therapy dog (TDI) to schools, retirement centers, and hospitals. The best part is that all her training has been positive and fun. We have had a great time at CCA!!!Salena Lynch and Cait
For almost two years I have had the privilege of training at CCA. My dog Harper is unique in many ways. From the age of 12 weeks she has worked her way through the requirements to become a trained service animal. Harper isn’t your traditional service dog. She weighs in at 13 pounds, has never met a task she couldn’t master and is full of attitude. CCA has guided us through many challenges that are specific to our daily work, as well as the many “normal” issues that coming with having a dog in your life. The trainers have managed to challenge us in creative ways through agility, rally, tricks classes and more. Their care and concern toward us is evident in the planning they put into every class. I am grateful to have found these wonderful trainers and I frequently recommend Canine Country Academy to everyone who compliments Harper.Annie Fields and Harper
I can’t say “Thank you” enough to CCA. From my very first interaction with them I could tell that they put the needs of the dogs, first. They were looking out for me and my dog instead of just trying to make money. I have a fearful, 2 year old Chihuahua named Aurora, and our trainer has helped us both tremendously. We have had private lessons and Shy Dog class. We have a long way to go, but we have come so far! Our trainer has given me an abundant amount of resources and techniques and tools so that I can continue our work at home between classes. Aurora and I have become closer throughout these classes because I’ve learned how to anticipate her needs and I’ve learned how to help her deal with her high anxiety triggers. I can’t wait for the next class for Aurora and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for her and how far she will go!!!Tamara Stephens and Aurora
We found Canine Country Academy we read every book and watched every video we could find about training. Overwhelmed and frustrated by so much conflicting information, we bought into training methods that only made things worse. We care about our dogs like family members and we were so lost. After a very bad experience with another trainer, a trusted friend referred us to Canine Country Academy. Our trainers have been absolutely amazing and incredibly caring. Their knowledge and experience has taught us so much and helped all of us and our dogs have better lives. We would have been lost without them. Thank you all!!!Andy Runton and Gable & Gizmo
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