All Classes

Please see below for all available group classes. If you don't see a particular class it may already be started and not shown here.
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STARTING JULY 21ST 6:30PM
COMING SOON!
**NEW** THE DOG SPECIAL -
$100
+HST

Ages: ALL AGES ALLOWED
Capacity: 12 dogs
Weeks: 3
Class: GETTING SOCIAL WITH DISTRACTIONS
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Starting MONDAY MARCH 18THΒ  6:30PM
IN PROGRESS

COMING SOON

PUPPY OBEDIENCE

$170
+HST

Ages: 10 weeks to 5 months old
Capacity: 10 dogs
Weeks: 4
Class: Building a relationship

Certificate given upon completion of all 4 classes

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IN PROGRESS

COMING SOON

Sunday March 24th 10:30am-11:30am

DOGGY WAKE UP WALK

$10
+HST

Ages: ALL AGES
Capacity: NO LIMIT
Hours: 1

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SUNDAY APRIL 7TH: 2PM-3PM

KIDS AND DOGS

$60
+HST

Let your kids do the training!

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IN PROGRESS

COMING SOON

Starting TUESDAY APRIL 16TH 6:30PM
LEVEL 1 OBEDIENCE
$190
+HST

Ages: 5 Months +
Capacity: 10 dogs
Weeks: 4
Class: Manners

Certificate given upon completion of all 4 classes

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Starting AUGUST 3RD AT 6:30PM
COMING SOON!

COMING SOON

LEVEL 2 OBEDIENCE
$210
+HST

Ages: 6 Months +
Capacity: 8 dogs
Weeks: 5
Class: Advanced Basic commands

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STARTING JUNE 9TH

COMING SPRING 2024

RECALL CLASS

$190
+HST

Ages: 5 months and up
Capacity: 8 dogs
Weeks: 4
Class: Teaching your dog recall

Certificate given upon completion of all 4 classes

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NEW CLASS COMING SOON

PUPPY OBEDIENCE

$170
+HST

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NEW CLASS COMING SOON

OBEDIENCE LEVEL 1

$190
+HST

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Board & Train Package

This option is perfect for people who do not have time to train their dogs themselves, want the quickest results and/or want to change more challenging behaviors.
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Dogtastic!Age: 4 Months and up
Stay: 1 WeekPrice: $1099
This package includes 7 nights boarding and 6 guaranteed hours one-on-one private training with Kelsy and your dog. Focusing on 1 behaviour of your choice.
AfterPay finance
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Balanced BehaviourAge: 12 Weeks and up
Stay: 10 NIGHTSPrice: $1600.00
This package includes 10 nights boarding and 8 guaranteed hours one-on-one private training with Kelsy and your dog. Focusing and training your dog with the commands that you will use and enjoy to make yours and your dogs relationship even stronger (see full description for more).
AfterPay finance
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The Mannerly DogAge: 6 Months and up
Stay: 3 WeeksPrice: $3099
This package includes 21 nights boarding and 15 guaranteed hours one-on-one private training with Kelsy and your dog. Focusing on more advanced behaviours.
AfterPay Finance

Other Training Options

Private Training
$100
/hr
Arrange one-on-one private training here at Dogwood Lodge Pet Retreat with Kelsy Lyons. Many private training topics covered.
In-Home Training
$150
/hr
Sometimes certain issues occur in the home that you feel would be easier to deal with there and when it's happening.

All Prices Above Excluding HST

About Kelsy Lyons

Trainer | Certified Canine Care Specialist

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I was born and raised in Nova Scotia and reside in the beautiful Yarmouth County. I'm a wife to my amazing husband Jonathan and mother to two adorable children Zayne and Everly and step mother to two amazing boys, Jordan and Rhys. I also have 5 great dogs named Sprint (Border Collie), Tye (Border Collie), Meka (Husky mix), Storm (Siberian Husky) and Harpo (Malinois).

I am a positive reinforcement trainer and have been involved with dogs for over 22 years. I started off participating in flyball with my childhood dog. We attended many training sessions and tournaments.

This was the start of knowing that dogs were going to be in my life for a life time.

In 2008, 2009, and 2010 I dedicated every day to walking rescue dogs that couldn't be placed into a home due to their issues. I got the pleasure of spending every single evening (literally) listening to why dogs do what they do, learning about breeds, temperaments, aggression, friendly dogs, positive reinforcement training, and so much more.

I worked at a dog boarding and training facility for over 7 years.
I've dealt with up to 50+ dogs on my own including friendly, aggressive, nervous, and HRM police dogs while the owners were away and took over management.

During this time I spent every weekend attending and helping with training classes all hands on. Basic Training, Puppy Classes, Reactivity, One on One, Obedience Agility, Flyball practices/tournaments and more.

I am truly blessed to have the experience I do as I've learned what to do and what not to do. I know without those years and the amount of hands on experience dealing with hundreds of breeds and personalities I wouldn't be where I am today.

I have had the pleasure of attending Guelph University for a Dog Seminar specializing in dog behaviour called, "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly" with professional speakers from around the world.

In 2014 my husband and I ran a family owned business called "Albon Dog Ranch" where for the next 7 years we won several awards for "Best Doggy Daycare & Boarding Facility" and which was a huge success.

In September 2021 we moved to Yarmouth and opened up our own daycare, boarding, grooming, training, and retail facility called Dogwood Lodge Pet Retreat and here we are today!

When it comes to dogs there is always something to learn. People need to be reminded that a dog is a dog, they are animals. I am a true believer that you can't fully learn how to train by doing it all online. I have done hands on training all of my life and in my opinion no amount of books or online training can come even close to being hands on and having that amazing experience one-on-one with your dogs!

"If you treat your dog like a baby, your dog will treat you like a dog"

-Kelsy

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Here is a fun clip of my Level 1 class learning "Leave It" Thursday evening. The dogs and owners did awesome!
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Here is a quick clip during Lunas private class on Jumping. Thanks for the help Mercedes & Shay! πŸ™‚ ... See MoreSee Less

Second week of Level 1 classes with this great group of people & dogs.

Here is a few sweet photos towards the end of the class praising our dogs for the work they did tonight and also going over touch and feel and how important it is to teach our dogs that touching them, opening their mouths, showing the nail clippers and more doesn't have to be a scary thing and explaining the importance of it!

Great job guys. See you next week!
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Second week of Level 1 classes with this great group of people & dogs.

Here is a few sweet photos towards the end of the class praising our dogs for the work they did tonight and also going over touch and feel and how important it is to teach our dogs that touching them, opening their mouths, showing the nail clippers and more doesnt have to be a scary thing and explaining the importance of it! 

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Beautiful Cali had her class today. What a sweetheart❀️Image attachmentImage attachment

Second night of puppy class for these guys and they all did wonderful. Here is a cute photo of Gracie and Bailey learning "Leave It" for the first time tonight.

Didn't get a chance to snap photos of the whole class but way to go everyone πŸ‘ πŸ™‚
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Second night of puppy class for these guys and they all did wonderful. Here is a cute photo of Gracie and Bailey learning Leave It for the first time tonight. 

Didnt get a chance to snap photos of the whole class but way to go everyone πŸ‘ :)

**IMPORTANT NOTICE**

As you are aware, we just purchased our new second location for Dogwood and we are so excited!

Because of this I will be stopping any further private training classes for the next little while as we will be focusing on both locations.

This WILL NOT affect any of the group classes or Board & Train programs or anyone I have confirmed a private booking with already.

Stay posted on our page for all upcoming summer classes as I have a few exciting group walks planned as well πŸ™‚

Thanks so much for understanding,
Kelsy
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New level 1 classes started tonight and what great group. Didn't get the chance for any close up photos tonight but the dogs did great and so did the owners! See you all next week πŸ™‚ ... See MoreSee Less

New level 1 classes started tonight and what great group. Didnt get the chance for any close up photos tonight but the dogs did great and so did the owners! See you all next week :)Image attachmentImage attachment

What a good boy! Link working Recall
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Dogtastic Board & Train - Rhett is also doing great with his Recall this morning πŸ‘ ... See MoreSee Less

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