Tarahill Cairn Terriers &
Wags to Wishes K9 Training 

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Welcome to Tarahill Cairn Terriers
Wags to Wishes K9 Training

News and Notices

Classes - COVID 19

Pandemic Puppy Socialization Events:
These sessions are for puppies who have missed opportunities for socialization to humans because of COVID 19.  Sessions are weather dependent as they are held outdoors in a fully fenced field.  A maximum of 5 puppies will attend each session.  The goal is for the puppy to discover that people are wonderful and fun.  Humans are stationed ~12 feet apart and COVID precautions are in effect.  Watch my Wags to Wishes facebook page for information on sessions or contact me by e mail.

Indoor group classes: 
Puppy Life Skills classes have resumed.  A new set of PLS classes will commence in July. 
Canine Life skills classes resume shortly are resuming in my facility. 
Barn Hunt classes held at Barrett Dog Sports will resume shortly.
For the most part teams will be more than 6 feet apart in class however, masks are required for indoor classes for times when we may need to be in closer proximity with each other.  You must bring your own mask.  THIS IS NOT OPTIONAL!  If you do not have a mask, you may be asked to 'sit out' any activities requiring assistance.

If you have a puppy under 16 weeks of age, I am running Puppy Life Skills: Home School Edition as a free facebook group class while group classes are restricted.  You can find the site at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/549548242342534/  This is a private group so you will have to request membership and be approved to join.

If you are looking for something to do with your dog during this period of physical distancing, why not work on trick titles?  I have facebook groups (also free) for all levels of trick titles from Novice through Expert.  The Novice group is found at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WagsToWishesSparksTeam/


Class availability is based on interest.

Up to date details  (start dates, workshop dates etc.) are posted on my Facebook page (Wags to Wishes K9 Training).

Details about many of these classes are found on the Wags to Wishes classes page,

  • Canine Life Skills Foundations (Manners and obedience Foundations)
  • Canine Life Skills Level 2 (Intermediate Training skills and Behaviours)
  • Puppy Life Skills (Habituation / Socialization / Becoming Operant), limited to dogs 16 weeks and under at enrollment, available as intermittent drop in classes or regular classes when sufficient puppies of the same age are enrolled.
  • Show Handling  - drop in handling practice - usually held on Wednesday evenings but may vary depending on demand and other classes.
  • Beginner Scent detection and Scent Games
  • Rally Obedience / Basic Obedience
  • Agility foundations
  • Agility - Private Lessons: outdoors as weather permits
  • CGN prep class - learn all the skills needed for your dog to pass the Canine Good Neighbour test
  • Tricks: Fun and Functional (learn how tricks can build a better relationship with your dog, enhance your training skills and build your dog's desire to work). Earn your Trick dog titles through Do More With Your Dog and AKC.
  • Introductory Barn Hunt Workshops - for teams with no to minimal experience in barn hunt
  • Barn Hunt Foundations Class for novice teams.  No pre-requisite. 
  • Barn Hunt Intermediate Class - for teams that have completed the Foundations Class or are competing at Senior and above
  • Barn Hunt Workshops - skills building sessions to help you take your Barn Hunt performance to the next level
  • Barn Hunt drop in sessions - intermittently available on Thursday or Friday nights, announced on my facebook page

Drop in classes are announced weekly on the Wags to Wishes K9 Training Facebook page.

How to contact me:

e mail: karen@tarahillcairns.com

Facebook: send a message through my Facebook page: Wags to Wishes K9 Training

Phone: 403-995-5659

We are conveniently located between Okotoks and Black Diamond, with easy access from south Calgary, High River, Turner Valley.

Wags to Wishes K9 Training Centre

The building is very cool in summer (I recommend bringing a light sweater) and heated in winter. Flooring is 1/2 rubber mat throughout for safety and comfort.  Classes size is usually limited to 5-6 dogs.

Tarahill Cairn Terriers

The Cairn Terrier is a wonderful, funny, feisty little terrier that will keep you on your toes and enrich your life if you decide to share your heart and home with one.  Please see my Tarahill pages to learn more about Cairn terriers and my dogs. Go to the Tarahill pages for information about Cairn Terriers in general and about my dogs.

Wags to Wishes K9 Training

Does your dog need better manners?
Are things your dog does driving you crazy?
Do you want to build a better relationship with your dog?
Looking for some fun with your dog?

See the Wags page for information about classes, seminars and other training events.

Group and private classes are available.  Class notices, news, links to interesting articles and blog posts are also on facebook (see link under News section).

About my logos....

My logos were designed by Catherine McMillan of Minuteman Miniature Schnauzers, Deslilse, Saskatchewan.  She was a pleasure to work with and did a great job of capturing what I wanted in a logo. You can see more of Kate's art work on her website at www.katewerk.com. Look for her dog logos under the Canine Art page. And if you are looking for a logo, Kate has my vote!

About the Tarahill logo: Tarahill is my registered kennel name and looks back to family origins in Ireland.  Tara was the ancient capital of Ireland. Many of my dogs have call names that are Irish in origin as well.  The stylized Cairn on the logo is confident and ready to take on the world - the way I would like my cairns to be in the show and performance rings as well as in daily life.

About the Wags to Wishes logo: When thinking of names to call my training business, I wanted something that would reflect joy, the desire for a well trained dog and speak to the growth of a great relationship between dog and handler.  Wags to Wishes, of course, is meant to make you think of 'rags to riches'.  I wanted the logo to be open and welcoming and a little lighthearted.  The cartoon cairn in the logo is offering a play bow, as cairns and many other breeds often do when they are soliciting friendly interaction. The tail is up in a happy wave and the mouth is open a little giving the overall picture of a gregarious but confident little dog.