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At Daytripper Dog Training we teach you how to train your dog.  We feel that it's important for you to develop the skills to teach your dog desired behaviours because, after all, it's you that lives with your dog.  The methods we use are all positive, however, don't confuse that with permissive.  Dogs need guidelines and boundaries.  Let us help you establish what works best for you and your dog whether it's your new puppy, your family pet or your canine athlete.

The science of learning theory is what all of our classes are based on.   We use positive reinforcement not only to teach but also because it helps build a good bond between you and your puppy or dog.  With that in mind, please note that prong, choke or shock collars are not permitted in our classes.

Obedience Training & More 


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

Miller Memorial United Church, 88 Algonquin Road, Little Britain (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.) 

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 Oakwood, 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.



$125.00 (includes HST) for 1.5 hours


Private Obedience 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 basics (heel, sit, down and come), it's up to you or let us help you decide.  


Please contact us to schedule a visit.



$71.25 plus HST ($80.00) per hour -- in your home

$53.25 plus HST ($60.00) per hour -- at one of our locations


As of May all of our classes are at our outdoor location, minutes from Valentia.

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 School

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 an early start in training and socialization.  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.


Course start dates/times:

Wednesday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Beginner Obedience

This course is for pups/dogs 16 weeks of age and older.  In this course we'll work on heel (walking nicely on leash), sit/down and remain in position, and the "finish".  We'll work on "the recall" (come when called) and show you the steps to getting an off-leash recall, and do some problem solving, such as dealing with dogs that jump up.  This is a good overall course for family pets. 


Course start dates/times:  

Tuesday, August 21 at 6:00 p.m.


Intermediate Obedience

This course is for dogs that already know the basics (see the description of our Beginner Obedience course).  We’ll now take your dog’s training to the next level, working on off-lead heeling,  ‘free-walking’/walking on a loose leash, down at a distance, ‘around’, more advanced focus work, stand/stay and more.  Good off-leash control is required in order to participate in dog sports such as agility, so this is an excellent course to take as a precursor to dog sports.


Course start dates/times:

Tuesday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m.


Recalls I

Do you want a dog that comes when you call?  A good, solid recall (come when called) is high on the priority list for most of us dog owners.  In this course we will focus on recall games to help you teach your dog to come when called and have fun at the same time.  This is a physically active course for both your dog and you.  Bring your running shoes!


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

Course Start Dates/Times:

Thursday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Recalls II

If you took our Recalls I course, now it's time to make things more challenging for you and your dog and add more distractions all while playing more games with your dog.  Just like our Recalls I, this is an active course for both you and your dog.  Get out those running shoes!


Daytripper's Recalls I course.

Course Start Dates/Times:

Thursday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m.

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. 



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:

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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, July 19 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:



Trick Training -- Intro


Trick training is so much fun but when you think about it, everything we teach our dogs 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 to teach our dogs. 

This course focuses on teaching some of the more traditional type 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 classes, dogs must be friendly when meeting new dogs in order to participate in a group class.


Course start dates/times:  

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