2B Exploration #4 – Dog Training

Many kids love animals and their instinct is to want to pet or hug them.  Many kids that love animals, want a future that links them to it think of becoming a vet or zoo keeper.  Today’s passionate speaker not only educated us about dogs, their behaviour, but also opened our eyes to other possibilities.  Today’s Passionate speakers were from Clever Canines. This is the second year Clever Canines have partnered with Awakening Passions and we were delighted to welcome them back to Prairie Waters Elementary!

Clever Canines provide a variety of services to their clients and at its very heart is education for both, dogs and dog owners.  Founder and owner, Tracie Nielson and Instructor, Ashleigh Hoffman  brought in 3 amazing furry friends that the students in 2B simply fell in love with!  Students in 2B were bouncing with excitement today as we explored dog training.

We began our morning with listening to Tracie’s story about her passion for working with dogs and how she took what she loved and became an entrepreneur. Then we were introduced to the dogs; Scarlett, Kaylee and Lucy.  We were so surprised at how well behaved the dogs were.  We had to remember to contain our excitement, as it was important for us to remain calm to ensure that the dogs also felt calm. Tracie showed us pictures of different breeds of dogs and told us a little bit about them. It was interesting to know that all dogs, despite thier breed can be trained to be well behaved and that all dogs can bite.  We also learned that dogs should be trained as soon as owners get them.

We learned was how to read a dog’s body language to know whether it would be safe to approach him or her. We also learned never to approach a dog head on and not to stick our hands in front of them with our fingers out.  Tracie showed us the best way to approach a dog and then we role played with a partner to practice.

Then it was time to practice with real dogs!

We learned some commands such as sit, lay down, come, and shake a paw.  We now know that the biggest difference between lay down and sit, is that when a dog is laying down, he or she has their belly touching the ground as opposed to a sitting position where it’s only the dog’s bottom.


Did you know that you can teach your dog to dance too?!

We ended our day by setting up a course in our classroom. We practiced what we learned by playing a game and moving through the course with the dogs.

We ended our day with asking some more questions!

We are so appreciative of Clever Canines for coming to our classroom and teaching us about dogs and dog training.  We had a blast learning today and we know that this exploration definitely awakened some passions! A special shout out once again to Bianca at Clever Canines for being our point of contact!

Connect with and learn more about Clever Canines here:

Website: Clever Canines

Facebook: @clevercanines

Instagram: @clevercaninesyyc

Also, remember to check out 2B’s reflections on our day!

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