August 12, 2015

Confidence and Composure

A Safe Learning Environment for the Socially Challenged Dog

The Confidence & Composure program is a unique and comprehensive 3-step program that addresses “aggressive” behaviours displayed by your dog while walking on leash. (Or “leash reactivity” as we prefer to say.)

Dogs that are overly reactive and “aggressive” are often nervous or scared. They need to build their confidence when faced with what they perceive as a “scary thing” and learn new behaviours at the same time.

Confidence & Composure has a proven track record and was developed here in the  Ottawa Valley by master trainer, Paola Hoger of Shake-a-Paw:

“Urban life is a reality for a lot of dogs today. Walking calmly on leash is a basic requirement for their everyday lives. Walking our dog is one of the reasons we have them in the first place and it’s supposed to be fun. I want all dog owners to experience a calm and relaxed walk.”

If any of these statements describe you:

  • Does your daily walk with your dog involve intense, over-reaction to outdoor stimulation?
  • Do you avoid meeting other dogs or people?
  • Are you adjusting your walk time or routine just to avoid running into “stuff” that will upset your dog?
  • Are you at the end of your leash?

Then Confidence & Composure is the place for you!   

Do any of these behaviours describe your dog?

  • Lunging
  • Barking
  • Growling
  • Reacting to normal, everyday stuff
  • Nervous or scared
  • Submissive

Then Confidence & Composure is the place for you!   Start today …peaceful and relaxing walks are within your grasp. 

Registration is now open for spring session beginning April 7th, 2018.

Just 3 easy steps…

Step 1: Book your private session (cost of $140.00) Now booking appointments for our spring session. Contact Carol directly.

During this one-on-one initial assessment, we will address some general behaviour issues and teach you some new walking skills. This session is ideally completed 2-4 weeks in advance of the group class (see Step 2).  Contact Carol directly by email or by phone: 613-295-9094 to get started.


Step 2: Join a group class! Registration is opening soon for Level 1 and Level 2 (start date April 7th, 2018)

Level 1: Calming the Reaction (cost of $250.00; 7 weeks including 1 private “mini review”session of 30 min and 6 weeks of group classes)

After 2-4 weeks of practice on your own, join a group class of 4-6 dogs and owners just like you in a classroom setting. Here you will build a history of success with the other participants so you (and your dog) can relax in everyday life situations involving other dogs and exciting stimuli. You will know what to do and you will both be prepared.

This intensive class will teach your dog

  • how to change his/her reaction at the sight of another dog (or other stimuli).
  • how to remain calm with his/her brain engaged
  • new behaviours that will make your walk enjoyable once again.

You will learn the skills that you need to minimize your dog’s reaction and get him/her back under control.  Some basic obedience skills will also be reviewed so that your dog will learn to function (as we say, “keep the brain in the body”) while faced with heavy distractions.

Level 2: Build the Skill (cost of $190.00; 6 weeks)

Level 2 is all about strengthening your relationship with your dog and pushing your learning to the next level. Build on your achievements from Level 1. Now that your dog understands what is expected, we want to challenge them to perform regardless of the distraction.  Recall and good leash walking skills will be the focus but tricks and games will also be covered during this 6-week class.



Step 3: Take it to the Streets and work in the “real world” group workshop (cost of $39.00 per session or book 6 for $190.00)  

Hone your new skills in an urban setting …the real, everyday world! Each group gathering provides supervised intensive practice for 4-6 graduates. Challenge your dog in the highest intensity environments such as city streets, outside the dog park or a busy neighbourhood pet store. Join any group in any location throughout the city…come as often as you like! Refresh, trouble-shoot, and practice, practice, practice!

Stay tuned for a variety of spring dates … coming once spring arrives! Registration is on-going.


Registration for all Group Classes: These group classes will be held in various central and west-central Ottawa locations and are generally held on Saturday or Sunday mornings.  Classes are ongoing so please contact Carol for further information by email or by phone: 613-295-9094.

Peaceful and relaxing walks are within your grasp!