Island Veterinary Hospital along with Certified Master Dog Trainer, Shelley Smith, are teaming up to offer free puppy socialization classes. Open to all puppies 8 weeks to 5 months of age who have had at least 1 set of vaccinations and are on flea prevention.

Puppy parties will be held the first Monday of every month at Island Veterinary Hospital 10100 Westminster Highway . from 7 till 8 pm . Please call to inquire or register at 604 283 3158 or visit

A puppy's critical window of socialization is between 8 weeks and 16 weeks of age. If isolated from other dogs and people, they can grow up to be fearful dogs. The purpose of this drop in class is to help new puppy owners socialize their pups in a safe and fun environment and to learn what it takes to raise a great puppy. Island Vet and Shelley Smith want you to have the best dog possible.

Further reading... A Letter on Puppy Socialization from Dr. R.K. Anderson.

Level 1 - Group Obedience Class

Prerequisites: None

7 weeks, 1 hour each week - training based on positive methods

You will be taught how to teach your dog the 5 basic commands of sit, down, come, heel & stand. More importantly you will be taught how to communicate with your dog & why training is important for your dogs well-being. Not only will you be taught obedience, you will also learn how to teach your dog manners & basic etiquette such as "leave it!", no jumping up, how to greet people properly & use very soft mouth at all times. You will be shown fun games to play at home with your dog to teach all of these.

Please inquire about when new classes begin. There are 2 nights a week to choose from at different locations- (No.1 Road and Francis Road & Steveston). Each class has written handouts for home study.

Level 2 - Advanced Beginners Class

Prerequisite: Basic Obedience Level 1

This class is for the owner who wants to continue to work with their dog in developing a stronger bond in addition to reliable obedience when out in public. After graduation from this class your dog should be ready to successfully obtain a Canine Good Neighbor Certificate.

The Advanced Beginners Class is designed to help you build upon the basic skills that your dog has already learned. This class will help to improve and strengthen sit/stays, down/stays, heel work and recall in a distracting environment. The primary focus will be on stronger obedience, regardless of other dogs around, as well as working on the 12 step test for the Canine Good Neighbour Certificate. As each class progresses we will work with the dogs in closer and closer proximity to each other, teaching them to focus on only their handlers, despite any distractions.

Many owners take level 1 with their dogs and call it quits. This is your opportunity to expand on your training for a fuller, richer and more bonding relationship with your dog. The goal with this class is to get your dog ready to pass the Canine Good Neighbour test, or just to have a dog that could pass, which means that your dog presents good manners in public places and is under control at all times.

Classes: 7 weeks long, 1 hour each week.

Total Cost: $175

Richmond Classes

Please call Shelley NOW to reserve your place.

The Canine Good Neighbour Certificate (CGN) is a 12 step test that, when completed successfully, shows that the dog can be counted on to present good manners at home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs. It assesses the handler and dog's relationship, along with the handler's ability to control the dog in everyday situations.

Please call me to book classes - 778 836 DOGS (3647).


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!


heidiHello Shelley,

   Back in 2006 my daughter Molly and I came to one of your puppy class sessions with our new puppy, Heidi.
   I just wanted to quickly let you know that Heidi is now 12 and we are a St. John’s Ambulance therapy dog team. We are the Saturday team at BC Children's hospital. She is amazing! Older and a little slower, but amazing!
   Thank you for giving us the best start ever. Heidi has been the best dog I’ve ever had and such a joy. I sincerely hope you are well and will be recommending a future dog owner to you when they get their puppy.

Warmest regards,

-Gail Furlong


Wow, Shelley truly is a miracle worker! Our rescue, a Dachshund-X had difficulty adjusting to her new home with us but Shelley was able to guide us in crate training & easing her separation-anxiety issue. She also helped our dog reduce her fear of other dogs. After several walks and boarding for 4 days at Shelley's, our dog is confident enough to approach a dog 10X her size for a sniff. Previously she had no interest in other dogs and would freeze/shiver when approached. We would highly recommend Shelley's classes and have Shelley board your dog if you are on vacation. And she is only a phone call or email away!

-Susan V.

I cannot thank Shelly enough for all of her help with our dogs. Everyone in our household found her instructions and methodology to be perfect. In all honesty, with the way our senior Shiba Inu was acting after the death of our older Bulldog, I didn't think we would be approved to adopt a new dog. After one private training session, Shelly assured us that our Shiba just needed the proper guidance and was able to provide us with the tools to turn all of that around. When we eventually went through the process and were approved to adopt a young hound, Shelly told us exactly how to handle his integration into the home by explaining the phycology of both dogs and giving us a sound and practical plan of action to move forward. When we had questions, she was only a phone call away. And with that, it was practically seamless: It was like dog whispering meets couples' counselling. The household now functions even better than before. Both of the dogs get along fantastically and we humans are on the same page. Now that our younger hound has completed group obedience classes, we have two beautifully behaved dogs that we are very proud to show off. Working with someone who is not only passionate about what she does, but also so good at it, was just amazing! Shelly really goes above and beyond. There is a reason this woman continues to win awards for excellence! We will definitely recommend Shelley to everyone we know. Thanks Again!

-Angeline, Richmond

"Forget Cesar Milan, Shelley Smith is the true dog whisperer. In a few short months she turned our hound from hell, who could not be out in public without a muzzle and caused us more grief then anyone can imagine, into a dog that we could take to the dog park,let him run free, and not worry he would bite someone or destroy things. She is a miracle worker and we highly recommend her services."

-Brad & Christian

"Shelley is by far the best dog trainer I have ever met, she is knowledgable, patient and has a great rapport with dogs and clients alike. I trust Shelley's abilities so much that I now include her services in our vet clinic's puppy packages that we offer to puppy owners. Shelley has helped numerous clients to achieve a better relationship with their adult dogs as well as puppy owners, regardless of the problems they are experiencing."


"Shelley has provided the TFN community excellent advice and has provided a group instruction session to better the relationship between dog owners and their pets. Shelley's enthusiasm and professional approach along with her extremely likable personality draws out the best in people. I have had numerous responses from members who attended her last seminar, and would like to see her back again! Thank you Shelley for making the session extremely fun and knowledgeable."


"Shelley's extensive knowledge, experience and love of dogs have been invaluable to me in the care of my adopted Husky/Shepherd X. The training tips are terrific, and I truly appreciate Shelley's availability - and sense of humour - throughout this canine journey. Thank you, Shelley, for being such a valued part of Josh's team of professionals."


"Shelley Smith came highly recommended by other dog owners in my area. She occasionally offers small classes for dogs of all ages, sizes and temperaments, which I attended with my dog. Each dog in the class was given individual attention. I am truly amazed how she handles each dog - the dog seems to know what she wants him/her to do. Her presentations are positive and entertaining. At the end of each class, Shelley was always ready to answer questions on an individual basis and was also willing to offer further consultation by phone or e-mail. A typewritten summary of each class with extra hints to help with training on a specific area was distributed after each class which I found super helpful. I would highly recommend Shelley to any and all dog owners.”