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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. There is no maximum age.

Pet Manners is a linear course of 10 classes, usually twice a week for five weeks.

Classes are kept small and personal, with a maximum of 4 handlers and their dogs in each class.


You will learn how to teach your dog the following behaviours:  

  1. Paying attention to handler, practised with distractions
  2. Emergency Recall, practised with outdoor distractions
  3. Come When Called, practised with outdoor distractions and distance
  4. Loose Leash Walking, practised outdoors with distractions
  5. Sit and remain sitting while handler talks to a friend
  6. Lie down and stay, while owner moves away
  7. Wait at the door/gate, with distractions on the other side

This curriculum is based on a curriculum developed by the Karen Pryor Academy.

CLICK HERE for a list of upcoming classes

To register, CLICK HERE.

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, and your dog does not have any fear or aggression issues, you should be able to graduate with 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.


Loved it? Want to learn even more?

When you graduate, ask us about Advanced Manners, a linear course of 4 weekly classes for graduates of our Pet Manners or Foundation course. 


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


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What Clients Are Saying:

Lisbeth -I just wanted to send a quick note to let you know that Lexy is doing great. We are so proud of her. In the last month it seems like she has realized that life is ok here and she doesn’t have to worry anymore. Resource guarding gone. No more worried looks. Even the door is ok now. When familiar people come she doesn’t even bother getting off the couch anymore and minimal barking with any other comings and goings. I have had her off leash a fair bit and she listens when I call her. And she regularly turns around to see where I am. Best of all, she loves to swim and she loves the sailboat. Thanks for all your help – Warm regards from us and Lexy !!

Carmen Hildebrand, Shibui Gallery and Sculpture Garden
Maple Bay

Hi Bev – I thought I’d let you know that Cody’s behaviour has been absolutely stellar since we graduated Foundations. We’ve been doing quite a bit of off leash walking, and he is suddenly paying so much more attention, coming when he is called – even if he’s playing with other dogs – I can hardly believe it! Thanks again for all your help. Looking forward to seeing more info on Advanced Clicker and the other course you mentioned (good neighbor?) in October.

Joann Wilson
Duncan, BC

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