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.

Fall class schedule is set!!  Next class runs September 6th, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm **THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL.  We have a class starting September 18th, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Also, October 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 Tuesday night , August 21st  from 7.30 - 8.30 at Prince of Wales in Kits (*Class is now FULL). Our next Saturday class starts September 8th (please note: there will be no class September 29) with  class ending October 13, 10.30 am to 11.30 am outdoors in Kits.   We also have a Monday night class running September 17th, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Prince of Wales Mini School.  Please contact for details.



Join us over the summer for two fun mini classes - designed to build your dog's skills and your relationship.  Go beyond obedience!
Based on world level agility competitor Susan Garrett famous Crate Games DVD, our dog's crate can be a fantastic source of impulse control and boundary games!!  Nothing more than a crate needed!
Does your dog like his crate but not love it?  Do you have to bribe him to go in?  Does he burst out the second you unlatch the door?  Can you send him in to his crate from a distance?  AND.... will he stay there?
All of these skills are essential to city dog living, for dogs on the go in the car, at home or away. This 2 part workshop will take you and your dog methodically through the steps in  needed to get your dog to love his crate and have fun while learning.  This course is appropriate for all ages! (if your dog is afraid of his crate, please let us know)
Location - Prince of Wales Mini School in Kits
August 4 & 11 - 1.00 pm - 2.30 pm.
Working spots: $45 per workshop ($90 for the set) limited to 10.
Audit spots: $20 per workshop ($40 for the set)
To book your spot, email
The toy and sport made popular in Europe - now comes to Vancouver! 
Do you have issues with focus?  Recall?  Do you have a limited ability to exercise your dog and get him tired?  Are you looking for a sport that doesn't have the same time commitment as agility or obedience? PULLER is the sport for you!  Appropriate for all dog and handler levels.  
This two-part workshop will teach you and your dog the basics of PULLER handling.  The PULLER is a fantastic way to help build engagement with your dog. It is designed for is very useful in building toy motivation and true engagement. 
PULLERs are great for swimming, tugging, chasing!  The perfect all-around dog toy.  
Location - Prince of Wales Mini School in Kits
August 4th and 11th - 10:30 am to 12:00 
Working spot: $45 per handler per session ($90 for the two)
Audit spot: $20 per session ($40 for the two)
Please contact to book your spot.
PULLERS will be available for sale at the workshop for a discount. Working spots are required to have a set to participate in both parts.


 Rally-O Obedience

Summer is here and Rally-O class is back!  Join us in this 5 week course and learn why Rally-O is such a popular competitive dog sport in North America.  Each week we will break down rally-o exercises into teachable components and then work on a full course set up to feature those exercises.  Challenge both you and your dog in obedience exercises that go beyond sit-down-stay-come.
This course starts August 1st from 7:30 pm to 8:30pm and runs for five weeks at Prince of Wales Mini School in Kits.  Please note there is no class the night of August 15th.  Cost is $180+gst.  Contact Christine at to register.  
Loose Leash Games
Would you like to look forward to leash walks with your dog? Do you want to feel happier about your time together and less frustrated with pulling, over arousal and a sore arm? Our summer session of Loose Leash Games is perfect for dogs who love to pull and people who want to stop it! This fun class will incorporate games and fun techniques to give you strategies and training protocols to navigate this crazy urban world and move through it calmly while feeling the connection between you and your dog. Turn your walks into a fun training project and end up with great leash skills!
This class has a flexible structure perfect for the summer. Classes run Wednesday evenings at Prince of Wales Mini School in Kits. There will be 5 basic classes that rotate and you can join in at any time with no set start or end date. Attend any 5 classes in a schedule that benefits you and the course is completed! Costs $180 plus gst. Class starts August 1st (please note there is no class August 15th), 6:00pm to 7:00pm. To register please email Christine - 
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.  

The next class starts Tuesday, August 14th, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm outdoors. in Kits.  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. 

We are currently working out a start date for our summer class.   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, July 7th, 10:30 - 11:30 am.  Please email for complete details.



Growl: For fearful and reactive dogs

For dogs reactive to their environment! This 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. Clients first start with a behavoiural consult to assess and begin a specific training program.  Depending on the severity of the issues, one or two single hour follow-up private lessons are scheduled  to improve handling skills and to implement new behaviours that encourage dogs to remain "sub-threshold" when encountering other dogs, people or situations. Upon completion of the private work, clients then move into the Growl group class, designed to promote these calm and neutral behaviours toward other dogs, people and situations in a safe and structured environment. The Growl group course runs continuously in five-week sets. 


The next set of Growl Group classes start September 8th at 10:30 am to 11:30 am at Prince of Wales School in Kits, outdoors.   Cost is $180+gst for the five week course   Private lessons must be completed before joining this group class. Contact Shannon at 604.812.8802 or to register.




 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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