What’s SmartDog Day School?
SmartDog Day School:
You’ve heard about dog daycare… but what about dog day school?
We are trainers dedicated to our profession. We love training dogs, and we know dogs love learning, and we started wondering — what are most dogs, especially puppies, learning all day? If you’re lucky, they might be learning to wait patiently for a walk or a meal. If you’re less lucky, they might be learning other dogs are more fun than you, jumping up on the counter gets food, chewing on the couch is fun, other dogs are scary, or being alone sucks.
What if during the day when you were not with them they were learning to work with people, problem solve, and control their impulses using fun games? If they were in to school to sharpen their minds in Recall 101 or Stay 202?
What if they learned to fetch your slippers or jump over jumps and go through tunnels on cue?
Learning to fetch your slippers may sound silly, but your dog will be learning to learn, which makes it easier to teach other behaviours. Want the basics? We teach those too. Classes include stay, recall, leash walking and crate training. Training sessions can be tailored to suit each dogs learning needs as we work with each dog individually! Your dog will get several short training sessions throughout the day! Most of our ‘students’ are currently enrolled in SmartDog Training classes with their people. If you and your dog have not previously been in classes or private training with SmartDog, we will need to book some time with you as well.
Day School Operating hours:
Tuesday: 8:00am — 5:30pm
Wednesday: 8:00am — 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am — 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am — 5:30pm
Please call or E-Mail the office for optimal times for you dog’s visit and later pick-up times, as our schedule may vary.
If you wish to register for Day School or Puppy Day Camp and you are not currently in classes or private training, please contact the office for intake evaluation and training plan. Cost for this session is $55
Cost: $30 (plus Tax) *
*If your dog requires more training, extra charges may apply.
Smart Dog Day School Shuttle
Our Day School Shuttle runs every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday *
Pick-up: 8.00 — 8.15am or
12.30 — 12.45pm at our downtown location
St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church (parking lot)
1112 Caledonia Avenue
Drop-off: 12.30 — 12.45pm or
5.15 - 5.30pm
Cost: $10 (plus Tax)
*Friday Shuttle: Pick up at 8am and drop-off at 12.30pm - please E-Mail for possible afternoon drop-off
Please call or E-Mail the office for more information on the shuttle service and registration, as spots are limited.
Smart Dog Training has a 3,000 square foot indoor training facility, a 8,400 square foot indoor agility arena, and multiple fenced areas on their 6+ acre property in North Saanich. Dogs still get lots of daycare-style ‘recess’ play, but will also work with trainers through the day in short ‘classes’ you chose from our curriculum. We keep logs of our training sessions so you can see progress both on paper and in the skill-set of your dog.
Your pup must be comfortable in a crate with the door closed to attend our school. Watch for upcoming crate seminars, or ask us how we can help your dog love their crate so they can attend!
Puppy Day Camp ( Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday)
Is your puppy under 5 months of age? This is the best time to attend puppy day camp. Engaging all day with adult dogs can be stressful and tiring for young puppies. Puppy day camp keeps young dogs separate from older dogs and focuses not on day-long recess, but on what you want puppies to learn. This is an intensive program of 4–5 hours per day. Your puppy will learn how to settle in their crate or on a mat, how to engage well with people, and most importantly how to problem solve and become excellent at learning. When puppies become good at training games at a young age, they are much more able to learn new tasks through their lives. We can get your brand new puppy, sitting, lying down, staying, coming when called and loving all of it.
Cost: $30 (plus Tax)
Illness Kennel Cough
Please keep your dog at home if you notice any signs of illness or what might seem like simply something stuck in their throat. We will send all dogs home instantly (or quarantine until they can be picked up) who show signs of coughing, hacking, gagging or sneezing. You will be invited back 14 days after your dog is symptom free. This is for the safety of all dogs as some illnesses (including kennel cough) are highly contagious.
Cancellation Policy for Day School:
As our Day School spots are limited, if you choose to cancel your spot we require 24 hours notice for a full refund. There will be no refunds given if cancellation happens on the day you were booked.