Rayel Friesen - Sirius Puppy Training
Trainer: Rayel Friesen
Rayel has lived with and loved dogs all of his life. He grew up with dogs his family adopted from shelters. He started his career as a dog handler at Citizen Canine, a pet hotel and daycare center. SIRIUS® instructor Bobbi Durston, who at the time was a behavior evaluator at Citizen Canine, saw his natural abilities with dogs and took him on as an apprentice. After an intense apprenticeship working under Bobbi and Nicole Gayles, Rayel currently teaches group classes for SIRIUS®. He continues to learn constantly attending lectures and seminars as well as through classes and private consultations. Rayel currently lives in Marin with his adopted dogs Fez, the Lhasa Apso, which was his first aggression case, and Madeline the Miniature Pincher mix, a rescue from the Benicia/Vallejo Humane Society.
Stonestown Tuesdays: 6 - 8pm, schedule varies between Puppy I, Puppy II & Courteous Canine*
*Class start dates/times vary so please check the website listed above for up-to-date class information.
Class Description and Pricing
Cost: $200 for 5 weeks
Our puppy classes specifically focus on teaching bite inhibition (gentle jaws), socialization with other dogs and people (especially children, men and strangers), calming and handling, attention, off-leash household manners/obedience and the prevention of behavior and temperament problems. Special emphasis is paid to phasing out the need for food lures and rewards for reliable verbal and hand signal, off-leash control (around the home or on walks), yet promoting the continued use of food treats for classical conditioning - to teach dogs to thoroughly enjoy the company of people and other dogs.
Requirements: Pups must be between 10 and 16 weeks of age at the start date of class with 2 DHLPP vaccinations. The second round must have been administered after 8 weeks of age, but at least 5-7 days prior to the first session of class.
Puppy 2 - for graduates of Puppy 1
Early puppy training is as easy as it is enjoyable. Much more challenging though, is to ensure that your puppy maintains bite inhibition, remains socialized and friendly to other dogs and people, and continues to pay heed to you instructions while working through adolescence. Training focuses on proofing verbal control without the need for food lures or rewards, or any other training tools. Exercises include distance sits in play (for the home, yard, dog parks and off-leash walks), settle down, rock-solid stays, and both off-leash and on-leash walking and heeling. Puppy 2 will help you teach your adolescent pup to be calm, attentive and responsive and to respond quickly, willingly and happily, especially when distracted, off-leash, and at a distance.
Requirements: Graduates of SIRIUS® Puppy 1; under 8 months of age; proof of rabies vaccine.
Sirius Adult Classes
Courteous Canine - For friendly dogs older than 17 weeks.
An excellent class for dogs that have never taken a class before or for dogs needing to brush up on rusty obedience skills. Reward training techniques make training adolescent and adult dogs a peaceful and enjoyable experience. Initial exercises focus on calming, settling-down and regaining attention to facilitate teaching basic manners - sit, down, stand, stay, walking on-leash and polite greetings.
Requirements: Older than 17 weeks old; friendly to people and other dogs; proof of rabies vaccine.
Available at the following Pet Food Express locations:
San Francisco - Stonestown