All private lessons are in the comfort of your own home and are tailor made specifically based on the individual dog. A full behavioual profile will be taken via the phone or internet before the appointment and then a program will be drawn up for you and after the appointment you will be left with a step by step instruction guide to follow. Unlimited phone calls after the initial appointment are welcome and encouraged for continued success. Shelley believes that great dogs don't make themselves; dedicated, educated owners make great dogs, and most problems are just due to miscommunication.


Private lessons are especially helpful for new puppy owners. I train you how to train your dog right, right from the beginnning. You will be shown how to deal with the puppy behavior such as:

  • house training
  • mouthing/biting/chewing
  • jumping up
  • basic house manners
  • accepting & walking nicely on leash
  • how & when to socialize with new puppy
  • A lot of new dog owners don't realize that this is the time to start molding & shaping the behavior that you want when your pup grows up. Show your puppy from the beginning the behavior that is expected through fun little games. Instead of correcting problems when your pup is older, prevent them from occuring by early training. Most behavioral problems in adult dogs could have been prevented in puppyhood through proper socializing & early training.


    A lot of dog owners start experiencing problems with their dog around the age of 1.5 years to 2 years of age. Many owners find their previously easy going puppy is now not so easy. The phrase " he was so good when young" is heard by every dog trainer. This is a very common problem with dog owners. Or perhaps you've just gotten an older dog that has come with a few problems. In any case, rather than just accept these problems as "quirks" owners can very easily change them which will lead to a happier dog who understands what is expected of him and then ultimately a happier home that does not have a problem dog.

    The most common problems include:

  • leash pulling
  • not coming when called
  • dashing out the front door any chance he gets
  • mild to serious aggressive behavior towards strangers or strange dogs while on leash
  • jumping up on all people entering the house or barking aggressively at new people entering the house.
  • disruptive or destructive behaviour either inside the house when the owner is gone
  • Perhaps the problems are more serious in nature such as out and out aggressive behaviour towards other people or other dogs. Perhaps you have a rescue dog and your not sure what his background is and he is displaying some of the above mentioned behaviour and you are not sure how to deal with these problems.

    Regardless of the issues, owners will first be taught how to effectively control their dogs 4 basic needs which is based on behavioural principles rather than obedience and then owners will be taught how to control the unwanted behaviour and replace it with more desirable behaviour, through obedience commands. For instance a jumping dog cannot sit and jump at the same time so if a sit is taught and the owner learns when the dog is likely to jump and instructs the dog to sit before he jumps, the jumping problem is replaced with sitting. Most problems are as easy as this but they involve "anticipating" an action before it happens and learning how to replace it with the right action.


    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.

    A recent class...


    An Alternative to Dog Daycare

    Have your dog walked for you while you are at work. Your pooch will be picked up in the late morning and taken with a group of dogs to play and socialize all under the watchful eye of the experienced Master Dog Trainer and her own dogs. Your dog not only gets exercise and has fun, but he/she also gets socialized with other dogs and new surroundings.

    Basic obedience commands are enforced and your dog will definitely learn the 'come' command while having fun. Cost for the dog walk $25 and reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. Before signing up for the dog walking program, Shelley will meet you and your dog for a free consultation to see if your dog is the right fit both physically and mentally for a "pack walk". This walk is open to both young and older dogs that just need to get out in the middle of the day for a potty break and to meet new friends. For the young dogs, there is always a Chuck-it in play to run and chase, or a few other young dogs to play with. For the older dogs who don't want to chase the ball or other dogs, the pace is a slow walk. I guarantee your dog will be tired and happy when he/she comes home!

    "Look at Kira!

    She marched over and initiated
    the sniffing at MacDonald Beach.
    U've worked miracles!
    She was off-leash too!".


    Shelley writes: "This almost 2 yr old chihuahua / dashhund cross was quite scared of other dogs , especially large dogs and would actively avoid them when she first came to for dog walking. If a new dog did come into her space to greet her she would show her teeth and snap at them all the while with her tail tucked up tight against her belly. At first if I had dropped her leash or taken her off leash she would have run away. She stayed with me and joined me on my group dog walks daily for 5 days and now on her own will approach other dogs to sniff and greet and her tail is no longer underneath her belly but rather hanging normally. She is no longer scared of dogs including large dogs as this picture shows and she is great off leash now."