Carey is available for training at Bowen Island Dog Ranch for board and train programs.
In-home and one on one training is by referral only at this time.

What is a confident city dog?

Living with a dog in a city can be challenging but it is possible to have a calm and well adjusted dog even in the bustling city. Whether you rescued your dog from a local shelter, moved with your dog from the country to the city I am here to help you and your dog to integrate into the city with confidence.

If you have a new puppy I am here to help with socialization, habituation and to guide your dog through problem solving and adventures in the city.

If you have a reactive dog (lunges and barks) at dogs, people,  skateboards, bicycles, joggers I can help. We will would on the foundations of obedience and counter condition your way to a peaceful walk!

Why is obedience training essential ?

It is essential for the safety of your dog. Dogs need structure and the only way to be able to provide that for them is to train them. When your dog obeys commands their confidence builds, their ability to problem solve as well as it creates and expectation of behavior. This expectation creates a dog that has good social manners and is not pushy. You can eat in peace, great guests calmly and sit nicely at doors and look to you for direction. The basic level of obedience training is also what will protect your dog from harm by controlling their natural impulses to run and chase.

Obedience training also creates calmness and peace of mind;  while having a dog in your life can bring hours of enjoyment, it can also be a frustrating when you dog doesn’t know how to behave. The best part is that you and your dog will be able to bond better because you will not continually be frustrated by their bad behavior and the dog will not be scolded day in and day out.

Vancouver’s off leash dog parks require you to have voice control over your dog and it is all dog owners responsibility to have base line obedience to keep your dog and the other dogs and guests of the parks.

Training Services


Instruction Sessions:

Designed as a consultation to support and teach you and your household how to manage behavior challenges, engage, train, handle and condition your dog to be a confident city dog. Information is delivered in person, written instructions via email and training exercises as well as training games will be assigned to be completed daily before our next session.



Classes are a minimum of four dogs and are the best way to socialize your dog with participants that are training and handling their dog the same as you as well as experiencing the same phases with their dog as you are. Classes are the perfect environment to train around distractions and teach your dog to be calm and focus on you. Classroom skills prepare your dog for the dog park and real life distractions.


Training Walks:

Training walks are ideal for puppies, adolescent dogs, rescues that may be reactive or fearful. Their training will start indoors before we even walk out the door. Training walks range from loose leash walking, heeling, reactivity, confidence building . From there we will hit the busy Vancouver streets with a loose leash walk with no tracking (sniffing) or greeting other dogs are humans with out using polite manners.



Training Walk $45 for 55 minutes

Single instructional session $89

Package of four instructional sessions $375

All prices are non refundable and subject to GST

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