Shelley Smith is a Certified Master Dog Trainer, with an educational background in Psychology. She has been training dogs and their owners for over 12 years. She is a published writer on dog behavior and training and writes a monthly dog training column in The Richmond News called "Barking Back".

In 2008, she was a member of the Dogs in Parks Task Force formed by the City of Richmond to help solve local dog issues and problems occuring throughout the city. She was the only canine specialist that was invited to participate in the organization because of her extensive knowledge and expertise.

Shelley keeps current in the dog world by attending seminars and workshops on dog training and behavior and by competing in obedience and dog sports with her own dogs. She currently lives with two German Shepherds (one a rescue).

Shelley's training combines counter conditioning (replacing unwanted behavior with more appropriate behavior) and positive reinforcements rather than just the old method of reprimanding for bad behavior.


Shelley wins the Ethel Tibbits Women of Distinction Award, Business Class, (The Richmond Review)

March 15, 2014, Richmond, BC: "She's described as Richmond's answer to Cesar Milan, TV's famous dog whisperer. Shelley's work as a certified master dog trainer has been a rewarding experience for both Shelley and her clients. Armed with a psychology background, Shelley has helped countless Richmond families over the past decade, providing personalized training that enables dogs and their owners to enjoy a long and happy relationship. With a kind, funny and sometimes quirky style, Shelley always devotes 100% to what she does." - (read more)

Shelley Smith Dog Training wins Best of Richmond Award, (The Richmond Review)

May 30, 2014, Richmond, BC: Each year The Richmond Review asks its readers what their favourite things are in Richmond and published their answers in their annual Best of Richmond Readers’ Poll. Winners are allowed to post the coveted Best of Richmond sticker on their web sites.

Shelley thanks everyone who voted Shelley Smith Dog Training Services as Best Pet Services in the Best of Richmond 2014 Readers' Poll. You are amazing!



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This is Magnum Man, her high energy German Shepherd, when he was 1 year old. Now five years old, Magnum is her "Example Dog" and faithfully fills Faith and Addy's paw prints.
Faith, Shelley's 11 year-old German Shepherd, passed away in 2015. Faith attended every single class that Shelley taught, being her demo dog. Even when past retirement, she enjoyed coming to the classes so much that Shelley did not have the heart to keep her at home.
Addy was a mixed breed dog with weight issues (May 2003 to Nov 2013). Addy was the only dog that could perform obedience commands beautifully in class while wearing a Bumble-bee costume, Addy was not a working breed but came to class to show that mixed breed, lazy dogs can do everything that a pure bred dog can do - and with a sense of humor!