Dog Training In Winnipeg

Realistic, positive reinforcement dog training that sets you and your dog up for success.

Private One-On-One Dog Training

To inquire about one-on-one dog training, please email desiree@animal-instincts.ca or call 204-477-9663

Private One-On-One Dog Training

From anxiety to aggression issues, if you are having issues with your pup, Wooftopia can help you help your dog be the best they can be! Desiree has been working with reactivity, aggression and fear for the last 10 years and would love to meet you and your pup to determine the base of the issues and how to address them.

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Behaviour Assessments

Not sure if your pup would do well in the class environment? Meet with certified, head trainer Desiree to help determine your dog’s needs. Whether it be a class environment or private training, Desiree will meet with you and your pup and, together, you can figure out a training plan that is the best for you.

Cost: $20 + GST
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Behaviour Modification Training

After your assessment, your needs have been determined and it is time to get started! Desiree will cater a training plan to you and your pup, whether that be at Wooftopia or in your home. Common behaviours include aggression toward humans or other animals, reactivity on leash, over-excitement, separation anxiety, nervousness and fear, resource guarding and more.

Cost: At Wooftopia: $60 + GST for 30min. or $170 + GST for three 30min. sessions. In-home starts at $130 + GST for 60min.
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Group Dog Training Classes

Wooftopia knows that training is as important to your dog’s development and health as regular veterinary care. Whether you have a specific issue to address or want to improve your dog’s manners and listening skills – there’s a class for you. Each session will cater to the unique needs of the participants and their dogs. Exercises are built to allow you to work at your own pace and set your dog up for success.

Class Requirements

Classes are 45 – 60 minutes long and sessions run once per week for 4-5 weeks, depending on the class. Proof of parvo/distemper and rabies vaccines required. Puppies only need two out of the three DH2PP shots to participate.

What To Bring

  • Very high value, soft treats – make sure to cut these into small pea-sized pieces as they will be getting a lot of them!
  • If your dog is less treat motivated and more toy motivated bring one or two of your dog’s favorite toys (nothing that squeaks please)
  • A front buckle collar, martingale collar, or harness
  • 6′ Leash – your dog will remain on leash for the entire class
  • Mat – A bath mat with rubber backing works best as it is easily transportable. I got mine at Dollarama.
  • Clicker – please click on my blog on clicker training here to learn more.
  • Training notebook (optional) – to note details about each training session you have with your dog and track your progress
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Rates & Registration

  • Five-week session:  $145.00 + GST
  • Reactive Rover (5 weeks):  $170.00 + GST
  • Workshops:  $55.00 - $75.00 + GST

Discount available for returning learners and dogs adopted from a rescue/shelter.

To register for a class, please use the links below or call 204-477-9663


Puppy Manners

This class focuses on helping to raise a well-mannered, balanced dog. You will learn fundamental obedience skills through games and interactive exercises, with a focus on techniques to help prevent puppy nipping, chewing and jumping.

Puppy Manners is about building a stronger bond with your pup, and practicing daily skills with other dogs and people in new environments.

Upcoming Classes:

  • Saturday October 28, 2023 - December 2, 2023: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Skipping November 11th (remembrance day)
  • Sunday October 29, 2023 - December 3, 2023: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Skipping November 12th (remembrance day)
  • Wednesday November 1, 2023 - November 29, 2023: 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm
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Basic Obedience (Level 1)

This class focuses on basic obedience skills for dogs roughly six months and up. We cover the basic fundamentals such as sit, stay, down, recall, and much more!

Our focus is helping you to connect with your dog by creating a lasting bond. By the end of this class, you’ll have a strong understanding of your dog’s body language as well as know how to exercise your dog both mentally and physically!

Upcoming Classes:

  • Saturday October 28, 2023 - December 2, 2023: 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm
    Skipping November 11th (remembrance day)
  • Sunday October 29, 2023 - December 3, 2023: 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm
    Skipping November 12th (remembrance day)
  • Tuesday November 7, 2023 - December 5, 2023: 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm
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Recall Games and Leash Manners

To participate in this class, you must have completed an obedience class of any kind. In Leash Manners and Recall, you will focus on getting your dog more focused on you while out for walks or off leash at the park. You will mainly be working on pulling, forming a heel, creating a solid “come” and impulse control around distractions. This class will be held indoors and outdoors, to really put your pup to then test! You will learn about training tools that can assist you in your loose leash training and what to use to motivate your dog in different situations. *This class is NOT for dogs who suffer from leash reactivity. If you are needing help with reactivity, check out our Reactive Rover class.

Upcoming Classes:

  • Saturday October 28, 2023 - December 2, 2023: 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm
    Skip November 11th ( remembrance day)
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Basic Obedience Level 2

To participate in this class, you must have completed a Basic Obedience. In this class, we expand upon the behaviours and tricks we learned in previous classes, while starting to really work on our off-leash skills and impulse control. We also work on creating a strong heel around a lot of different distractions.

Upcoming Classes:

  • Saturday October 28, 2023 - December 2, 2023: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
    Skipping November 11th (remembrance day)
  • Tuesday November 7, 2023 - December 5, 2023: 8:00 pm to 8:45 pm
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Intro to Rally Obedience Level 1 (CARO)

Rally Obedience is a competition where a dog and their handler move through a course of multiple signs depicting various traditional, obedience exercises. On top of working on general leash manners, staying in a heel and practicing leave it around distractions; with the emphasis on an upbeat relationship between handler and dog. It is made up of a compilation of many of the traditional obedience exercises, including heeling, sit, down, stand, stay, various impulse control exercises and more.

To participate in this class you must have dogs must be friendly with other dogs and have a good focus on their owner. They must have completed at least a Basic Obedience course or equivalent. We will be working on and off leash, working on distance stays/stops/sits/downs, heeling on and off leash, leaving various distractions and all the fun that comes with competing in Rally Obedience.

Upcoming Classes:

  • Thursday November 2, 2023 - November 30, 2023: 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm
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FUNdamentals of Working Obedience

Interested in learning more about some of the new working and sporting obedience games you can play with your dog? Join us for our new class “FUNdamentals for Working Obedience”. The emphasis is on FUN, where we will explore some of the new and exciting activities that you can do with your dog in the sporting obedience world. We’ll explore exercises from venues such as CARO working class, Fenzi TEAM and more in a fun positively motivated environment. Novice Level 1 and a familiarity with the basic concepts of shaping are recommended.

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Out n’ About

Does your dog get easily distracted in new environments? Maybe they have some trouble calming down and making good decisions in the moment. Wooftopia’s new Out n’ About class takes place in 5 different outdoor locations within Winnipeg practicing leash manners, basic obedience and impulse control. *Must have taken any previous group obedience class. *This class is not for dogs who are reactive towards other dogs, people or other environmental stimuli. For reactivity-specific training, contact us to discuss options.

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Intro to Agility (Level 1)

Must have a good understanding of basic obedience. In this class, we expand upon the behaviours and tricks we learned in Novice Obedience, while applying it to the basics of agility. Depending on the class, we may also go into some beginner Rally Obedience.

Upcoming Classes:

  • Thursday November 2, 2023 - November 30, 2023: 8:00 pm to 8:45 pm
  • Sunday October 29, 2023 - December 3, 2023: 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm
    Skipping November 12th (remembrance day)
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Agility Level 2

To participate in this class you must have completed Agility Level One or an equivalent. In this class we will start to experiment with new equipment and expand upon the difficulties of our combinations that we learned in Level One. A solid sit, stay and recall are necessary.

Upcoming Classes:

  • Wednesday November 1, 2023 - November 29, 2023: 8:00 pm to 8:45 pm
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Intro to Scent Detection

Looking for a fantastic enrichment exercise for your dog that you can practice in the comfort of your own home and not break the bank? Join us for our Introduction to Scenting course where you’ll learn the foundations needed for sport scent detection. We’ll begin by building value for a novel odor, teach our dogs the skills they need to search for a target odour and build in a passive indication and learn a few tricks along the way. Whether you’re just interested in having some fun with your dog or interested in learning more about sport detection, we’ve got you covered from nose to tail!

Upcoming Classes:

  • Thursday November 2, 2023 - November 30, 2023: 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm
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Tricks

Earn Official Do More With Your Dog Certification Titles. Tricks class is a fun 5 week class taught by Trick Certified instructor, Chaniece. Earn Trick Certification Titles through Do More With Your Dog while bonding and getting some of that energy out. You will learn tricks such as spin/twist, bow, roll over, do your prayers, turn on a light, honk a bike horn and more! Want to impress your friends and family with what your dog can do? Then this is the class for you!

Upcoming Classes:

  • Wednesday November 1, 2023 - November 29, 2023: 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm
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Reactive Rover

To participate in this class, a prior assessment by our head trainer, Desiree, is required. Reactive Rover aims to help those dogs who struggle with reactivity – lunging and barking at other dogs, people, critters, bicycles, cars or whatever makes them uncomfortable. We will help teach you to read your dog’s body language and social cues when they are feeling uncomfortable, and also help your dog learn to relax in stressful situations on their own. Some equipment may be recommended for this class on a dog by dog basis, including a front clip harness, halti, or muzzle.

Contact Dez to set up an assessment to qualify for this class!

Upcoming Classes:

  • Tuesday November 7, 2023 - December 5, 2023: 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm
  • Monday October 30, 2023 - November 27, 2023: 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm
  • Monday October 30, 2023 - November 27, 2023: 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm
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Brain Games

Join our fun Brain Games course where you can learn how to teach your dog mind-blowing skills and smart behaviors while gaining deeper insights into how your dog thinks. This course enhances partnership, communication and builds trust with your pet. While also learning day to day basic training but in a fun and exciting way.

Upcoming Classes:

  • Sunday October 29, 2023 - December 3, 2023: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
    Skipping November 12th (remembrance day)
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Daycamp Training Options

To inquire about daycamp training sessions, please email desiree@animal-instincts.ca or call 204-477-9663

30min. Individual Training Session

We’ll work with your pup on any issues you may be having (excluding aggression). Note: Pets must be at Wooftopia for a min of a half day.

Cost: $30 + GST
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15min. Mental Stimulation Break

For dogs who can get overstimulated and need a break to use their brain and calm down. Activities include fetch, treat toys/puzzles and more. Note: Pets must be at Wooftopia for a min of a half day.

Cost: $15 + GST or $125 + GST for 10 sessions
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15min. Walk

Want to work on some basic leash manners with your pup? An individual walk can be included with your pup’s daycamp visit. This is not for reactivity training. Note: Pets must be at Wooftopia for a min of a half day.

Cost: $20 + GST or $185 + GST for 10 sessions
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Additional Training Options

To learn more, please email info@wooftopia.ca or call 204-477-9663

Drop off Bootcamp Training

NEW for September 1, 2023! Drop your pup off for the day to work on any behaviour issues you’d like to focus on. Your pup will spend the day with one of our trainers. You will get homework and details of what was worked on and how your pup did so you can continue on the progress at home. More details to come!

Cost: $65 + GST for a full day, $40 + GST half day (4 hours)
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Board & Train

Having trouble training your pup and need some help? Beginning September1, 2023, Wooftopia will be offering a board and train program. More details to come!

Cost: Coming Soon
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Meet Your Trainers

Desiree Klippenstein, CPDT-KA

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Owner & Certified Head Trainer at Wooftopia
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Ashley Birch

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Daycare & Boarding Manager, Obedience Trainer

Kaitlyn Krasnowski

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Assistant Manager, Obedience & Reactivity Trainer

Andrew McCausland, CPDT-KA

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Obedience & Sports Trainer

Chaniece Des-Rochers

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Obedience, Agility and Tricks Trainer

Petra Sired

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Obedience Trainer

Kennedy

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Obedience Trainer

What Our Wooftopians are Saying...

I know Desiree Klippenstein, owner of Wooftopia, from the work she does with local dog rescue, Manitoba Underdogs. I have come to know her as a tremendous resource. She is a lover of dogs, but more importantly she is experienced and skilled in dealing with all types of dogs from shy, nervous and withdrawn to overly bold, reactive, and kinda naughty. As soon as the doors of Wooftopia opened, I knew I wanted my two rescue dogs, Vito and Frankie, to attend Daycamp and training classes with Dez and her excellent staff. We are so pleased with with our experience, thus far. Wooftopia is welcoming, loving and supportive, focused on addressing our dog’s individual needs in a positive, spacious, proactive environment. In a relatively short period of time, we are seeing positive results. Our dogs love attending Day Camp at Wooftopia and we feel confident sending them there!! Congratulations to Desiree for creating a fantastic facility where all dogs are treated to the best possible care.

- Sarah P.

I’ve been to Wooftopia for daycare, training, and grooming. I’m always very happy with the service, and my dogs love it here. The staff are very knowledgeable, especially when it comes to behavioural training and helping dogs socialize. Best doggie daycare in Winnipeg!

- Mychal N.

I know Desiree Klippenstein, owner of Wooftopia, from the work she does with local dog rescue, Manitoba Underdogs. I have come to know her as a tremendous resource. She is a lover of dogs, but more importantly she is experienced and skilled in dealing with all types of dogs from shy, nervous and withdrawn to overly bold, reactive, and kinda naughty. As soon as the doors of Wooftopia opened, I knew I wanted my two rescue dogs, Vito and Frankie, to attend Daycamp and training classes with Dez and her excellent staff. We are so pleased with with our experience, thus far. Wooftopia is welcoming, loving and supportive, focused on addressing our dog’s individual needs in a positive, spacious, proactive environment. In a relatively short period of time, we are seeing positive results. Our dogs love attending Day Camp at Wooftopia and we feel confident sending them there!! Congratulations to Desiree for creating a fantastic facility where all dogs are treated to the best possible care.

- Nancy D.

Wooftopia is our dog’s second home! Milo had attended obedience and trick classes, go to their daycamp regularly, and boarded with one of their staffs. He is very excited going there every time, and everyone we have met there are reliable, professional, and always go above and beyond. I would totally recommend any dog owners to check them out.

- Katie L.