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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
  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 or Canine Good neighbour, weekly classes for graduates of our Pet Manners or Foundation course. 


For more information, contact us at [email protected] or call 250-732-5415.


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What Clients Are Saying:

Last week I had to take True to the vet because he had an ear infection. He bounced into the office with me as if he was going to the park, he was friendly with the girls at the front desk. We went in the examination room and he was fine, happily sniffing every square inch of the floor. He was happy to see the vet and even though his ear was sore he didn't do anything when she swabbed it. True didn't enjoy having his anal glands expelled but he didn't struggle or make a peep. I was so proud of him. The vet said she was amazed at how well behaved he was and how he had come such a long way, and she complimented me on my training. Thank you so much for all your help.

Wendy Neumann & True the Bouiver
Reactive Dog Programme student, Duncan, BC

Hello Cowichan Canine, We thought you might enjoy an update on Sigrid. We went to the Port Alberni Sanction Match. We are so thankful we did Puppy Start Right and are in Foundations 1. The training really pulled together in this environment. Sigrid experienced crating, grooming, strange people touching and examining, strange dogs, a new place with strange acoustics, angry dogs, scared dogs, new commands, and a show lead. Her socialization has given her confidence in spades! She handled it all like a champ and she truly enjoyed herself as we were hoping she would. We could not have done this without the foundations training to settle and also to pay attention in a distracting environment. It was helpful for her to be used to coexisting next to other focused dogs without greeting. Thank you so much for all she is learning. Cait & Jess

Sigrid & Cait & Jess
Duncan, BC

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