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Graduate Advanced

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If you have graduated from one of our Puppy or Super Dog classes OR you have done a beginner obedience class elsewhere and are wanting to continue to challenge both yourself and your dog to a higher level of communication, then our Graduate Advanced class is the class for you!  This is a great stepping stone to learn more advanced obedience skills to be able to live peacefully with your dog at home as well as taking him into public areas.  It is also a stepping stone to advance towards our Speciality classes such as FUNAgility, Tricks, Rally and Competition Obedience where a solid obedience foundation is required.

Everyone says “But he listens at home”!  When you take your dog away from home does he tend to tune out and not pay attention to you?  This class teaches you how to get your dog tuned into you even when you are away from home and amongst challenging distractions.

Our Graduate program consists of 5 one-hour in-depth classes conducted by our professional dog trainer and covers everything you need to know to build a strong relationship with your dog and help his/her development of important life skills.

Graduate Dog Advanced Class Skills

  • We will teach you how to build your dog’s attention
  • Improve on and strengthen your foundation skills

  • Teach and build impulse control

  • Cue Fluency Challenge Game

  • Learn go to your place – (bed or mat)

  • We will teach you engagement skills

  • Distractions and proofing- how well does your dog understand?

  • Teach the chin rest – which can be used for many purposes

  • Learn a new trick!

  • Learn to teach stand and stand for exam

  • Advance your loose lead walking skills


Classes Include Online Access to Step-by-Step Homework Instructions with How-To Videos that reinforce in-class learning

Graduate Dog Advanced Class Information


Length: 5 Weeks – 1-hour class
Class Size: max. 6 per class
Price:   $205.00 + GST
Prerequisite: A set of basic obedience classes, such as Super Dog or Puppy classes


Password will be given out at the  first class

  • When the weather is suitable, we will hold classes outdoors
  • Masks are required indoors


COVID- 19 Policies

  • Masks are not required outdoors but please, always have one available for indoor classes. For our Covid policies visit COVID Policies Page

Group classes are not appropriate for dogs that are overly fearful, anxious, or bark/lunge at other dogs or people.   We suggest you seek out private training to get this under control prior to a group class. We are not able to offer private training at TNT 

Graduate Dog Advanced Class Schedule

InstructorDayTimeDates (Start date in bold)
Kimberly Van BiertTuesdays12:45 pmNov 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2021 – FULL
Kelly ThorburnSaturdays2:00 pmNov 13,  20, 27, Dec 4 & 11, 2021

In Progress Classes

These classes are no longer open for registration.
We leave them posted so students can check dates and times.

InstructorDayTimeDates (Start date in bold)
Kelly ThorburnSundays12:30 pmSep 26, Oct 3, 17, 24 & Nov 7, 2021  Note: No Class Oct 10 and No Class Oct 31 – FULL
Katrina VavrovicsWednesdays7:30 pmOct 13, 20, 27, Nov 3 & 10, 2021

Positive Training Methodology

TNT Training teaches using positive reinforcement and motivational methods. To help your dog understand what we are trying to teach them, we use food rewards. This method of teaching is proven to accelerate the learning process for dogs. The alternative to positive training, is to use compulsion and adversive methods and this type of training is not only old-fashioned and highly outdated, but also produces dogs that work out of fear and not because they “want” to. At TNT we want both yourselves AND your dogs to enjoy the learning and training process.