Zen Puppy Kindergarten

Offered in Kerrisdale at Simply Natural - 5565 West Blvd. Restricted to puppies under 14 weeks of age on the first day of class (larger breeds MUST be under 12 weeks of age) our Zen Puppy K classes are a great way to get you and your puppy off on the right paw! Using exercises from Dr. Ian Dunbar, Susan Garrett and Brenda Aloff, our action-packed classes will help you put an obedience foundation on your puppy, plus teach him or her proper social skills. play etiquette and handling protocols. Contests and games, tricks and a puppy agility course round out this interactive class. Each lesson is supplemented with handouts and homework sheets for the week and comes with training supplies for your dog. Please note, due to the classroom size, only two humans per puppy allowed to attend.

Cost is $199+gst for this six week course and comes with a handler's gift bag, filled with treats and training equipment.

Our next class starts January 10th, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  Contact Shannon at 604.812.8802 or for more details.  To register please call Simply Natural - 604.266.1125.


**Because this class has become SO SO SO popular, please phone early to book your spot for the next session!!


Zen Puppy Grade One

Designed to take over where Puppy Kindergarten leaves off, this is your puppy’s next step! Designed for puppies in the 4 to 6 month range, this course is held outdoors in Kits. Puppy Grade One focuses on impulse control, targeting and shaping games, obedience foundation, handling and grooming protocols, and how to play with your puppy in a safe and effective way that builds up a relationship for a lifetime! The course will challenge and push both you and your puppy to grasp important concepts that make everything else easier!  Our Zen Puppy Kindergarten course or two private, one-hour lessons a prerequisite, as this is a level 2 course in our puppy development program.

This five week course is open to seven dog/handler teams and costs $180 +gst. Due to the extreme popularity of this class please register early to avoid disappointment.

Next class date is December 8th,  10:30 am to 11:30 am (please contact us for the full schedule as we will take a break over Christmas).  Our first class for January will be start on the 5th, running from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.  Please contact for details.

Zen Puppy Foundation Primer
Missed our Kindergarten class but still want to join us for Puppy Grade One?  Or simply want to get a solid start with your new puppy but don't have the time to take group classes? This puppy crash course covers what we consider to be puppy basic essentials..  Held in the comfort of your home and your own schedule, these two one-hour private lessons will go over the fundamentals of marker training, core obedience skills, impulse control and boundary exercises. and toy/play basics.  This mini course comes with a detailed homework sheet to supplement the lesson plan.
 Cost is $180+gst.  Open to puppies up to 6 months of age.  Contact us at to book your course.



Level One Obedience: Life Skills

Designed for puppies 7 months and up into adulthood.  This course is suitable for all dogs over 7 months who haven't completed our two-course puppy development program.  In this five week course I will teach you the foundation skills that are necessary for progression into our upper level classes and skills that will help you and your dog navigate this crazy urban world.  Student dog teams will work on communication that can be transferred into teaching loose leash walking, duration on stationary beahviours, impulse control and focus work. The class size is small - 7 student teams.  

Next class runs December 8th, noon to 1:00pm. ((Please contact us for full schedule as we will be taking a break over Christmas).  We have a January class starting on the 5th, running from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Cost is $180+gst for this five week course.  Please contact for details!


Level Two Obedience:  Street Smarts

Street Smarts course is our Level 2 obedience course.   Either our two-course puppy development program, or our Life Skills course is a mandatory pre-requisite.  This course course takes your dog's foundation up a notch! Life Skills is a five week course involving higher level fun and complicated shaping exercises, default behaviours in heel work, duration and stationary behaviours (great for animal husbandry care), teaching "yes" behaviours for daily tasks our dogs must do, and some classical obedience exercises mixed in for a challenge.  The goal is to prepare you for my fast-paced and uber challenging Nuts and Bolts course. 

Our next class is Saturday November 17th, 9:00 am to 10:00 am. Class is held in Kits, outdoors under cover.    Please contact for details.


Level Three Obedience:  Nuts and Bolts - Proofing and advanced handler skills

All training is built upon foundational obedience exercises. These can take months to master but are essential to daily life with our dogs and compliment our aspirations to try more challenging training endeavours. .

This Level Two intermediate course focuses on strengthening your dog's foundation skills and improving social manners.  Designed for dogs 9 months of age and older.  The course runs in four week blocks with emphasis placed on loose leash walking, bomb proof sits and downs, learning tricks that condition and strengthen, and teaching all of these exercises under higher levels of energy and with various distractions. Students must bring a regular collar, six foot leash, toy and soft treats to class. Our Street Smarts course is a mandatory pre-requisite for this course.  We keep the price lower on this course to encourage continued participation and also because the class size is larger.

Cost is $80.00+gst for this four week course.  

Next set of classes starts Saturday, September 15, 10:30 - 11:30 am.  Please email for complete details.



Growl: For fearful and reactive dogs

For dogs reactive to their environment! This private course is designed for dogs struggling with aggression issues, either towards other dogs or humans; or dogs who have a difficult time remaining calm under distractions. Emphasis is on calming and re-connecting protocols developed by both Brenda Aloff and Leslie McDevitt and how to incorporate these skills into daily life so that walks and social interactions are more enjoyable.  Students take three private lessons in this course, first an initial behavioural consultation running 1.5 hours and then two follow up training hourlies out and about to put skills to use!   Cost is $390+gst and sessions come with detailed homework sheets, videos and continued phone/email support. Contact us at for details or to sign up. 




 Let Us Train Your Dog!

In this program I pick up your dog and take him/her out for a private training walk.  Excellent for people with busy schedules or owners struggling with behavioural issues, Day Training can give your dog a specialized walking AND learning session.

**Reactive Rover - This behavioural modification program is designed for dogs who have reactivity issues to triggers in their environment such as passing dogs or people.  This program is not for human aggressive dogs.
Clients purchase either a week, two-week, or month-long program that consists of three walks: two where I take the client's dog out individually and a third lesson with the client.  In this program I implement: effective management strategies;  practical obedience: arousal protocols, and critical behavioural modification exercises.  This specialized program is designed to teach the dog alternate ways of coping with stress and learning to stay sub-threshhold and neutral to the environment.
Each week consists of two 50 minute training sessions where I work with your dog privately, and a third 70 minute session where I work with you and your dog to transfer the skills taught that week and go over other specific exercises and lifestyle changes that will contribute to your dog's wellness. In many cases some of the work might involve training indoors and discussion about other areas that compliment the behavioural modification protocol.
1 week program (3 private sessions) is $300 + gst; 2 weeks (6 private sessions) is $570 + gst; 3 weeks (9 private sessioins) is $840 + gst.



Single Training Sessions and Behaviour Consultations

Individual training classes tailored to your needs, or in-home behavioural consultations for specific problems are available upon request.  We come to you and work in the comfort of your home and/or neighbourhood.  All sessions come with phone and email follow-up and specific exercises, lifestyle adjustments and behavioural modification protocols.

An initial, in-home behaviour consultation is $190+gst for 1.5 hours.  Hourly training sessions are $110+gst.   Packages of four hourly sessions available for $400+gst.

There is a $25 charge for client visits outside of Vancouver.   Please contact us for details.


Phone Consultations

For specific issues and advice not requiring a personal visit or group class time, a phone consultation can be arranged upon request.

Phone consults can be purchased in half hourly or hourly time blocks: $50+gst/half hour and $80+gst for a full hour.

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