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Pet Manners Classes

Pet Manners classes are for non-reactive dogs over 4 months of age who need training in basic manners. 

Pet Manners is a linear course of 10 weekly classes, which teaches six different behaviours for an investment of $435.00. Classes are kept small and personal, with a maximum of 4 handlers and their dogs in each class.

There is no maximum age for Pet Manners- all dogs over the age of 4 months are welcome. 


You and your dog will practice and progress through to being able to do the following behaviours:  

  1. Paying attention, practised with distractions
  2. An Emergency Recall, practised with outdoor distractions
  3. Come When Called, practised with outdoor distractions and distance
  4. Down & stay, while owner moves away. 
  5. Loose Leash Walking, practised outdoors with distractions
  6. Sit and Greet

Please note your first class is the Orientation Class, which introduces you to Cowichan Canine, how to register, why we train the way we do, and lots of other useful, practical information. Attending Orientation is compulsory for all new students. 

To register for Pet Manners, please submit: 

- Registration form
- Your dog's vaccination record
- Payment (Visa, MC, Amex, cash or PayPal via our Online Shop)

If you register multiple dogs from the same household at the same time, you will receive 10% off your second dog's registration fee.

Training sheets

Trainings sheets with step-by-step instructions for all the behaviours are included in your course. 



You WILL need to practice at home in between classes. THE GOOD NEWS is that, because of the positive training methods that we use, most students only need to practice on average 10-20 minutes effective training time each day!

So long as you do your homework, you should be able to develop a happy and obedient dog that you will be proud to take out in public. You will also have gained a basic understanding of how to continue to teach your dog most basic skills and tricks. These classes are based on the curriculum developed by the Karen Pryor Academy.


Love it? Want to learn even more?

Advanced Manners is a linear course of 4 weekly classes for graduates of our Pet Manners or Foundation course. The cost is $185.00.  Classes are kept small and personal, with a maximum of 4 handlers and their dogs in each class.


For more information, contact us at [email protected] or call 250-929-1400.


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I have taken my Pembroke Welsh Corgi through Puppy Classes, The Foundation Programme, Starters Agility and we are now in Advanced Agility. The overall results have been excellent. Reba is now competing at Agility Trials and will soon move from Starters there to Advanced. Lisbeth, Bev, and Karen helped immensely along the way, but Reba's Agility success is solely due to Jody. She is amazing in so many ways - knowledgeable, patient, able to adapt her communication to different clients at different levels beautifully, and so much more. She is encouraging and Reba runs to see her when we attend class. A big Paws Up to Jody and CC.

Brenda Burch
Duncan, BC

Thanks Bev, You are totally awesome and a great teacher. Thanks also to Lisbeth for her puppy socialization classes, and to Karen and Laurie. We took these classes as a condition of our breeder's contract, and we are so glad we did. It all began with your wonderful puppy socialization classes – little Fred was so happy to meet other little ones, and we learned a lot about dog etiquette and grooming. And then it progressed to Foundation where finally I could put a dog into a “down” without begging (eg our two other goldens now in doggie heaven) and could walk around the neighbourhood without the dog walking me! I think Fred is a happier and smarter puppy because of your training style. Woof woof from Fred! And a big thank you from us!

Marilyn and Kelly
Shawnigan Lake, BC

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