About the training:
- group classes in obedience , scent work (scent discrimination, tracking and search from beginner to advanced), and puppy socialization.
- private training in obedience, tracking, and for behavioral issues like reactivity, separation distress, anxiety and more.
- all training is force-free using science based and humane training methods
- class size is small for individualized instruction
- day training is also available (trainer works one on one with your dog).
We believe that training should be enjoyable for the dog (and their guardian!) and free from pain and anxiety so we do not use aversives such as prong or pinch collars, electric shock, alpha rolls, spray bottles, choke chains or any other equipment or treatment that would elicit fear or anxiety in the dog nor do we allow them in classes. We use flat collars, humane harnesses and leashes and long-lines and REWARDS!.
All training is paced to fit the needs of the dog and their guardian.
We also believe that dogs need to be in optimal health to respond well to training and behavior modification and, for that reason, we may refer you and your dog to your veterinarian before embarking on a training or behavior modification program.
If we believe a change in behavior may be the result of a change in health ( ie- house-marking as a result of a urinary infection or sudden aggression as the result of the dog experiencing pain), then we recommend the dog sees their veterinarian.
Good nutrition is important for any dog. For this reason, we keep up to date on the latest information on nutrition and supplements through reading and by taking certification courses regularly so that the most recent information on nutrition for all stages of life is available.
About the trainer:
Jane Bowers has been training dogs for over two decades. She teaches people to train their dogs in group and private training courses and has a keen interest in assisting dogs with behavioral issues. Jane has a monthly newspaper column on dog related topics and was a former host of a live call in TV show on animals. She taught in the Professional Dog Walker Certification Program at Langara College in Vancouver, B.C. She is a strong advocate for force free humane training methods for all animals.
Jane has a degree in psychology and is certified as a dog trainer through the Certification Council of Professional Pet Dog Trainers and as a behaviour consultant through the International Association of Behavior Consultants and through the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals. These organizations require a minimum number of continuing education units be obtained to retain certification. She is also a professional member of The Pet Professional Guild, an organization committed to force free training of animals and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
Jane is the content creator of the online course Assessing and Interpreting Dog Behaviour, which is a course for law enforcement personnel who meet unfamiliar dogs in the course of their duties. She is the author of Perfect Puppy Parenting, a guide to raising a happy, confident, well-behaved dog.
Jane spent 17 years working for Customs Border Services and in joint teams with US Homeland Security and the RCMP. She spent a further 8 years working as an Animal Control Officer and Bylaw Enforcement Officer for large and small municipalities.
Jane lives on a small farm with dogs, sheep, donkeys, and chickens. The dogs each came from situations that prevented them from living in their original homes. The dogs range in size and age and assist with the dog training and behavioral work, whether it’s participating in the development of an online training course, working with a client’s dog or tracking a lost pet or animal. (more on Jane).