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At Daytripper Dog Training we teach you how to train your dog with game based innovative training methods. When training is fun for both you and your dog learning is faster and a strong relationship develops. Through games your dog will learn the concepts of focus (paying attention to you), proximity (it's rewarding being near you), calmness, confidence and much more. These concepts are invaluable in the real world whether it be walking on a loose leash, dealing with distractions, chilling in the house or coming when called. All of our classes and games are based on the science of learning theory. Learn to play. Play to learn.

Please note that prong, choke or shock collars are not permitted in our classes.

Classes are small -- pre-registration is required for all classes.


The Scout Hall, Upper Level, 15585 Simcoe Street, Port Perry, Ontario

Miller Memorial United Church, 88 Algonquin Road, Little Britain (south end of Kawartha Lakes), Ontario. (Note: This location is not in the town of Little Britain. We recommend you search the street address to check the location).

New Location!! Valentia Church and Community Centre, 103 Elm Tree Road, Kawartha Lakes (Valentia). Port Perry residents: This location is just 20 minutes from the intersection of Simcoe and Reach Streets.

Outdoors at our Boulder Street location, near Valentia (spring to fall only). Please note that during the outdoor season classes may be postponed in bad weather. Class start dates will be adjusted accordingly.

Winter agility classes are taught in a riding arena in Seagrave, Ontario.

In-home Puppy Manners Visits

Will you soon be hearing the pitter patter of four little furry feet in your home? Whether this is your first puppy or you've raised a puppy in this past, our in-home puppy manners visits are a great way to get started on the right foot, er, paw.  Dog training and research into canine behaviour are constantly evolving and we'll help you determine fact from fiction.  Visits are in the comfort of your home and we'll cover the basics -- housetraining, dealing with nipping and chewing, problem solving and more. A handout is provided as part of your puppy visit. Please contact us to schedule a visit. Cost: $125.00 (includes HST) for 1.5 hours

Private Lessons

Private obedience lessons are available at one of our training locations or in your home. Lessons are tailored to you and your dog's individual needs. You can work on a specific behaviour or the basic training, it's up to you or let us help you decide. Please contact us to schedule a visit.

Behavioural Consultations

In-home behavioural consultations tailored to your individual dog are also available. Specializing in fear and leash reactivity. Contact us to discuss and for more information.


General information about all group classes

Duration: All group classes are six weeks in duration -- one lesson per week for six weeks. Unless otherwise noted, each class is 45 minutes long.

Cost: $170 including HST

Registration: Our class size is very small. To secure a spot in class preregistration is required. Details about how to register can be found on the Registration page of our website.

Outdoor classes: Please note that during the outdoor season (spring to fall) classes may be postponed due to inclement weather. If that is the case, class start dates will be adjusted accordingly.

Puppy Kinder

This course is for puppies between the ages of 9 to 15 weeks on the start date of class. Puppies must have one vaccine to participate in class. Get your puppy off on the right foot with fun, games based training! Introducing play into your training will keep things fun for both you and your puppy. We'll also do some handling exercises to ensure your puppy is comfortable being handled. In addition, pointers on how to prevent food bowl aggression, nipping and jumping up will be provided. Like all of our courses, we will teach you how to train your puppy. Because our Beginner course games-based it is also an option for puppies. Lots of play to help develop confidence, relationship and focus.

Course start dates/times: Contact us re dates.

If the Puppy Kinder start dates aren't good for you, see Beginner dates below. Our courses are all games based which makes them perfect for all ages of dogs. Our Beginner course is entirely suitable for young puppies.

Check out our Puppy Games Workshop posted on the Events page

Life Skills I

This is a fun, games based course that teaches concepts that will give you real life results. Not only are the games fun they're based on the science of learning. Playful behaviour has positive effects on the brain and your puppy/dog's ability to learn. During this six week course we'll play games to build focus, calmness, impulse control, confidence, proximity (value for being near you), recalls and help with dogs who love to sniff. This course is suitable for all ages -- from young puppies to adult dogs.

Course start dates/times:

Tuesday, July 9 at 6:00 p.m. (at our outdoor location) FULL

Wednesday, July 17 at 6:00 p.m. (at our outdoor location)  FULL

Wednesday, July 31 at 9:00 a.m. (at our outdoor location)

Life Skills II

This fun games based course is a continuation of our Life Skills I course. We'll play some more confidence building games, build grit (does your dog currently give up easily when confronted with a challenging task?), more value for proximity (proximity helps with loose leash walking, recalls and more), platform training and some recall games.

Prerequisite: Life Skills I

Course start date/times: Will be posted shortly.

Leash Off Game On!

Who doesn't want off-leash reliability? Everything changes when your dog learns it's fun to be near you. This is a fun, games based course that teaches concepts for real life results Not only are the games fun they're based on the science of learning. Playful behaviour has positive effects on the brain and your puppy/dog's ability to learn. During this six week course we'll play lots of fun motivational games to help make reliable recalls a reality.

Course start date/times: Tuesday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m (at our outdoor location)


(Note: This course is being phased out and will be replaced by our Life Skills courses)

Course start dates/times:Tuesday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m. (at our outdoor location) Wednesday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m. (at our outdoor location) * Port Perry residents: Valentia is just 20 minutes from the corner of Simcoe & Reach Streets

Trick Are For Dogs -- Intro

Trick training is loads of fun but when you think about it to our dogs everything we teach is a trick. Sit, down, come and heel are tricks just as much as spin, rollover and scratch your nose. It's all a trick but some are just more fun for us and our dogs. Tricks provide mental enrichment and bonding time. When the weather outside is frightful tricks can help expend some of that pent up energy through mental engagement.

In this course you'll learn how to teach your dog tricks such as spin, twist, bow, sleep, shake a paw, as well as some that you may not have thought of. During this six week course we'll introduce the concept of behaviour shaping. The same technique used by film professionals to teach the more complex behaviours dogs perform on camera. There are no prerequisites for this course; even young puppies can participate. As with all of our group classes in order to participate dogs must be comfortable in the presence of new dogs and people.

Course start dates/times: Contact us re dates

Rally Obedience (Novice)

This course is taught using the Canadian Association of Rally Obedience (CARO) rules. Rally Obedience is a dog sport that you and your dog can do for fun or for competition. In Rally Obedience dogs and their handlers maneuver courses made up of the Rally Obedience "stations" (or signs). Each station requires the dog and handler to complete a specific behaviour and then move on to the next station. Using basic obedience skills dogs and handlers will learn all of the Novice level stations during this course. Whether you plan to compete in Rally Obedience or not, this is a fun, positive activity for you and your dog, and a great way to keep working on your basic obedience skills.

Prerequisite: Daytripper's Beginner Obedience course or an equivalent course from another training facility.

Course start dates/times: Contact us for upcoming dates.

Rally Obedience (Advanced) This class is taught using the Canadian Association of Rally Obedience (CARO) rules. The Advanced Level of Rally Obedience is done off leash, so we will work on perfecting your dog's off-leash heeling, focus and impulse control. All new exercises/stations at the Advanced level will be taught. Whether you plan to compete in Rally Obedience or not, this is a fun, positive activity for you and your dog: keeping both of you thinking

Course start dates/times: Please contact us about next start dates.

Rally Practice Sessions

We offer Rally Practice Sessions for dog/handler teams that have taken Rally-O classes and want sequence practice time. Please contact us for more information.

Next session starts: Contact us about upcoming dates.

Agility/Sports Foundation

If you're interested in participating in a dog sport such as agility, want more focus from your dog and or just want to do something different and fun with your dog, this is the course for you. This is a fun course that will establish a foundation for dog sports by building your partnership with your dog. The exercises and games are progressive, so it's important to attend each of the six weeks and to practice between classes. Please note that this course is physical for both dogs and handlers. If you have any questions regarding the physical requirements feel free to contact us.

Prerequisites: Dogs participating in this course must have taken a Beginner Obedience course (ours or the equivalent elsewhere) as a minimum. Reasonable off-leash control is required. Dogs must not display aggression to dogs or people in order to participate in a group class.

Course start dates/times: Thursday, May 23 at 6:00 p.m.

Foundation Agility II (Jumps and Tunnels)

In this course we will focus primarily on jumps and tunnels, building focus, drive and introducing handling skills.

Prerequisites: Daytripper's Agility/Sports Foundation or equivalent from another training facility. Dogs must not show any signs of aggression towards other dogs or people.

Course start dates/times: TBA


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