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Dog Training Seminars & Workshops

To increase your dog’s foundational skills and to prepare them for the Canadian Kennel Club Canine Good Neighbour Programme, Chasin’ Tails offers workshops in Dog Parkour and Canine Good Citizen Prep in our east-central Calgary facility. Other dog training events include human seminars on dog behaviours and communication. Our Chasin’ Tails Pet First Aid course is a popular training for paw-parents and other dog caregivers. Please see below for information on all our dog training events.



Rescue the Rescuer

presented by Marlene O'Neill Laberge, MSW LFDM

This workshop is designed with dog pros, rescue staff/volunteers and animal caregivers in mind.  We will explore empathic strain, secondary traumatic stress and burnout.  You will learn about tools for self-monitoring, as well as strategies for regulating and mitigating chronic and situational stress.  


Marlene holds her Masters in Social Work and is a Licensed Family Dog Mediator.  For over 20 years has worked as a Child and Family Therapist, specializing in the impact of trauma and attachment disruptions on parent-child relationships.  She is a Certified Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator and a Certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.  In 2019, she began fostering and subsequently adopted Cooper, a bulldog-mix.  When Cooper began to struggle with sensitivity to noises, novel experiences and strangers, Marlene found herself searching for new perspectives in the field of dog training and subsequently became fascinated by the impact of caregiving for challenging dogs on the humans who love them.  Her business Ruff Relationships is the culmination of this journey.  

Tickets: Pay what you Can

100% of the proceeds go to the Halo Husky Haven.

Dates: March 25 @6:30pm- 8pm

I Don't Want To Pay - $ 0.00

I Support Another Rescue Too - $ 10.00

Recommended Price - $ 20.00

Feeling Generous - $ 50.00

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Why Dogs React


Does your dog choose fight over flight? Does your dog cower when people approach? This workshop is to help you better understand your dog’s behaviour and give you the skills to better manage it. While it can present in many forms, reactivity is a common behaviour issue. Simply put, reactivity can be defined as an overreaction to external stimuli. Dogs may be reactive to people, dogs, other animals, noises, motion, or any combination of the above. Reactive dogs may be fearful, frustrated, aggressive, and/ or over-excited.

Join us for this 1.5hr human-only learning event.

Tickets: $20/ticket or two for $50

50% of the proceeds go to the Halo Husky Haven.

Dates: TBD

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The Art of Dog Language


Dogs communicate primarily non-verbally, and as humans we either miss or misinterpret these signals. This seminar will teach you the subtle ways dogs communicate with each other and with you. Understanding this language will help you with every aspect of dog guardianship. Join us for this human-only learning event.

Tickets: $20/ticket or two for $50

50% of the proceeds go to the Halo Husky Haven.

Dates: TBD

Tickets: $20/ticket or two for $50

50% of the proceeds go to the Halo Husky Haven.

Dates: TBD

New Sister

And Baby Makes 4 (Single)


Help your pet know what to expect when expecting as well! With a baby comes big lifestyle changes, and as your routine is drastically altered, so will your pet’s. Certified trainers, Cindy Peacock and Jessie Brown, will teach you how to prepare your pets before baby arrives and show you how to successfully introduce them to your child. If you are expecting a child or even plan on having kids within your dog’s lifetime, this is the seminar for you.

Tickets $20/ticket or two for $30

Dates: TBD

Pet First Aid

Pet First Aid

Chasin’ Tails Pet First Aid is a unique, interactive course that helps prepare you in the event of an animal emergency. This course offers hands on experience in wound care, CPR and choking skills. Along with hands on experience it also offers insight into common medical conditions, poisons, parasites and much much more.

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Please inquire about our upcoming dog training seminars and workshops.

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