Having recently inherited Toby, a 95 pound Rottweiler Shepherd, I understand all too well the importance of bonding and learning to walk with and play together while maintaining the role as his human. So when Mariane Bolla emailed me about Bandana!, her unique day camp opportunity for teens with their dogs, I could hardly wait to meet her.
Mariane is a McGill wildlife biologist, who’s lifelong passion for animals brought her to start Bandana! As a falconer, she trained birds of prey to do wildlife control for three years. She also handled elephants in Asia.
Throughout the year Mariane is a professional dog trainer who specializes in dog/human relationships. She completed her training, Intervenante Canin, B.Sc, MBA. at L’École des intervenants canins du Québec where she rehabilitated rescue dogs with serious behavioural problems.
Last summer she wanted to take that experience to create an opportunity for preteens and teens to learn to interact effectively with their dogs while having fun. Thinking from a teen’s brain’s perspective, she founded Bandana! , a week of day camp teen/dog oriented activities in which the teens and their dogs bond, grow and learn.
Again this summer the Westmount resident is hosting Bandana!, this year at Westmount Park United Church, 4695 de Maisonneuve Boulevard West. From July 31 to August 14 preteens and teens aged 10 to 15 and their dogs of any size and breed, from puppies of nine months to agile elderly adults will have an opportunity to participate in one or more of three weeks of Bandana!
The days begin at 9 a.m. with a 30 minute walk in the neighbourhood. The day and week are filled with dog and teen oriented activities. Agility is developed through a canine obstacle course with jumps, tunnels and more, that trains their human to lead their dogs. During obedience training the teens are taught the basic commands to both beginner and experienced dog owners including sit, down, stay, walk on leash, come and heel.
An important part of dog training is for the human and dog to be able to communicate through the canine language of calming signals. L learning how to read them creates a stronger bond and can prevent dog bites.
A particularly fun part of the program is the Canine Freestyle Dance, a choreographed dance to music.between the dog and his handler. Once a week a special guest speaker will come talk to the kids about their work with animals.
The camp runs Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.At the end of the week the handlers and their dogs present a dog show to parents and friends.
Participants bring their own bag lunches and their dog’s individual food and treats. The cost is $495 for the week. Registration, that has already started, is limited to 12 teens and their dogs.
For more information or to register email firstname.lastname@example.org or 514.293.2826 www.servicesbandana.com
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