Obesity in humans and canines is a growing problem in North America. Founded by an experienced certified personal trainer and dog trainer with a passion for fitness and dogs, Pooch Partners offers a variety of fitness, obedience and dog sports training services, certification testing for the Canadian Canine Good Citizen (CCGC) and annual non-competitive events to make getting and staying fit a safe, effective, fun and challenging experience for both you and your pooch! Strengthen the bond with your canine companion, plus save time and money by working out with the best training partner ever – your pooch!
Pooch Partners’ classes do not require any specific level of fitness from you or your pooch – you workout at the level you and your pooch partner are able to do. Dogs, like humans, need to start off easy and gradually increase their physical activity over time, and this is particularly important if you have a young or senior dog, so week always keep that in mind! But regardless of if they have some limitations in their physical activities, your pooch will also be mentally stimulated as we reinforce obedience in all of our fitness sessions. Our sessions are typically scheduled Monday through Friday, early morning and/or evening and in addition to our annual class packs we have setup 1 month and 4 month packages for those looking for a boot camp or learn to run program!
Some days you may not feel like exercising, and some days your pooch may not feel like it, but together you can motivate each other to get outside and you will both feel great afterwards!
Get your dog’s education off to a great start with our Fundamentals package! We use only positive, clicker training techniques to make learning fun for both you and your dog. Sessions are 60 minutes in length, once a week for 5 consecutive weeks. We begin with teaching you how and why clicker training works, then commence teaching your dog how to focus, target, sit, lay down, loose leash walk and come when called! After the first session at least 20 minutes of the remaining 4 sessions will include practice of loose leash walking and/or recalls to ensure these critical cues are well established by the end of the program. 2 clickers and treat bag are included in the cost of the package.
In addition to our scheduled Fundamentals of Obedience group training we also offer Reactive Rover classes and private training sessions upon request.
Weight pulling is resistance training for your dog. You go to the gym to lift weights in order to maintain or gain strength and that is exactly what weight pulling does for your dog. Unlike running loose in the dog park, or going for an hour walk, weight pulling is a muscular workout and your pooch will experience a different type of tiredness, just as you would if starting a new fitness program for yourself. It is an incredible year round activity that benefits all dogs and can be particularly helpful to those breeds prone to hip dysplasia as it can help build and maintain muscles to support the hip joints. Weight pulling also has additional benefit of being a great confidence builder and also helps socialize your dog to learn to work with other dogs close by without interfering with them. Once our Intro to Weight pulling is completed you and your pooch can attend weekly sessions as part of your annual complete fit or sport pack, or purchase a punch card.
Our personal training sessions are a great deal, particularly when you incorporate your pooch’s fitness plan and perhaps some obedience, there is no one else to go to for this type of service except Pooch Partners! Certified and experienced as both a personal training specialist & professional dog trainer, our private session rates cannot be beat! Don’t have a dog and just need our personal training services? No problem, same rates apply and you can rest assured that the program created for you will be personalized to meet your goals and your lifestyle!
We offer testing for the Responsible Dog Owners of Canada’s (RDOC) Canadian Canine Good Citizen certification . The test, which preceded the development of the CKC’s CCGN requires dog to demonstrate their ability to:
Testing dates will be advertised on our Facebook page so be sure to like us and stay up-to-date!
Canicross is a great year-round activity you can enjoy with your dog for walking, Nordic walking, hiking, running or snowshoeing! Plus if you are a cyclist, cross-country skier or want to get into kick sledding, consider canicross as dry land training for both you & your pooch to ensure you are both fit enough and trained in the necessary commands to enjoy your desired activities. Our Intro to Canicross package includes your choice of a complete 1 dog cani-cross or skijor system both of which includes respective line, bungee, belt and dog harness plus two private training sessions, typically completed over a 2-3 week period. Training only packages with/without rental equipment is also available.
Once you have completed the training sessions it is all about getting out and practicing with your dog until you are confident they have learned all of the necessary cues, before you proceed to skijoring, bikejoring or kick sledding. Pooch Partners does not believe it is safe to offer direct training to skijoring, bikejoring or kick sledding as you have less control of your dog and they do not know any of the necessary cues, so canicross is our recommended prerequisite before you attempt the other sports with your dog on your own.
If you are interested in group training and getting our weekly with other canicrossers, be sure to check out our Canicross Canada group option.
Give your canine companion a chance to try agility just for fun and without a huge time and cost commitment. Pooch Partners’ Intro to Agility for Fun & Fitness is the perfect way for you and your pooch to learn some dog agility to have some fun and challenge your pooch! This is a great way to give the sport a try to find out if maybe it is something you and your dog want to go further in and even compete.
Our intro to dog agility sessions are held in the spring and consists of two 45 minute sessions and includes an introduction to clicker training as that is the training technique used for these sessions! Once the intro is completed you and your pooch are eligible to attend scheduled drop-ins held spring through fall (punch cards available for additional cost).
It won’t even feel like exercise when you and your pooch enjoy the great outdoors with other responsible dog guardians and their canine companions for our weekly hike or snowshoe! Early morning weekend outings at local Provincial Parts, an occasional urban hike plus our special Apple Blossom and Pumpkin Patch hikes at Davison Orchard are always a fun way to stay active with your pooch! Hikes and snowshoeing are included in all of our packages. Sorry no drop-ins permitted.
In addition to our regularly scheduled services, we also offer special training seminars such as nose work and trick training.
You dog’s most prized sense is their sense of smell and our Sniffers program (aka Intro to Nose Work) will put their sniffer to the ultimate test! Dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes can be successful when it comes to searching and detecting a scent. Have a blind or deaf dog? Sniffers is the perfect way to provide them with a fun and challenging activity! Sniffers can help with reactive dogs as well by focusing them on scent detection and can help build confidence in pooch’s that are on the shy side! Our nose work sessions provide everything you need to get started and progress from indoor to outdoor searches plus we use only positive training techniques!
If you are looking to challenge your dog mentally, while improving obedience, strengthening your bond and having fun all at the same time, then trick training is for you! From basic tricks such as high fives and play dead, to cleaning up their toys, your pooch can learn pretty much any trick you want to train them to do! Plus with our positive training methods learning is fun for you and your pooch!
These sessions, and any new ones, will be advertised on our Facebook page so be sure to like us and stay up-to-date!
This new package allows you and your pooch to enjoy a year of any regularly scheduled fitness session scheduled Monday through Friday with early morning or evening options, as well as our weekly scheduled pack walks, hiking and snowshoe outings! Join now to get or stay fit with the best training partner ever…your pooch!Learn more
The sport pack gives you and your pooch a year’s access to Pooch Partners’ regular weekly schedule of weight pulling, agility, canicross, pack walks, hiking and snowshoe outings! Intro to Weight Pulling session is included in this pack, but intro sessions to agility and canicross are required (at additional cost) before participating in those drop-in sessions.learn more
We know there is no better advertising than word of mouth, so when you, our clients, promote our services, we want to reward you! Simply share our Facebook page with your friends and if they “Like” it, mention you as referring them and purchase a service from us, they get 10% off plus you get a 10% discount* off your next Pooch Partners’ service too!go share our page
Check out our articles in Okanagan Health & Wellness magazines:
Why the Leash Walk Matters – p 18
The Prescription to Good Health – p 17
Don’t be a Prisoner of Winter – p 16
Keep Fit for Canines – p 18
Harness the Power of Your Dog – p 36
The Power of Positive Training – p 36
Dexter is our Dog of the Week! This handsome young pooch is currently learning Fundamentals of Obedience and is doing great!
Check out of daily photos on our Facebook page and like your favourites. Each week the dog image with the most likes will be featured as our “Dog of the Week”!Visit our Facebook Page
Owner & Trainer
Shelly, a certified professional dog trainer and personal trainer, has combined her passion for fitness and dogs by creating Pooch Partners.
Regardless of his epilepsy and older age, Qilaq is an active participant at sessions and brings a calm, quiet yet energetic presence.
Sesi's torn ACL and breathing disorder didn't stop her from being active at Pooch Partners!
Young, energetic and still learning, Sila brings his puppy enthusiasm and excitement to every session!
“Cooper has greatly improved after our sessions with Pooch Partners. I have seen a complete change in Coopers obedience from the first to last class. A big thanks to Shelly. I would certainly recommend Pooch Partners.”Steph Fox
“I have done lots of various types of dog training (obedience, tracking, and agility), but have often wondered about Canicross training. Was it gimicky, or worth the money. Well, absolutely it was worth it! My only regret is not trying it sooner. What a wonderful connection with your dog! I have never had so much fun walking my dogs! Giving them verbal cues and having my arms free! It was a whole new freeing experience. And Shelly was wonderful! She was insightful, and would offer suggestions as we walked. She was just so much fun to walk with and be around. Just wish I lived a lot closer to take more classes from her!”Lori Pratley
“After searching for a reputable trainer for my dog and after talking with several I am so glad I went with Shelly from pooch partners. She was kind and patient with my Lilly and also with me. Lilly loved her and she made it a fun experience for Lilly and I. I would recommend Shelly from pooch partners for any person who wants to make a positive change in their dogs life.”Shauna Comazzetto
“With a whole lot of dogs of various ages, breeds and needs its nice to have choices to take them to have fun and learn new skills and get some exercise as well. I know we all enjoy our time with Shelly and my 12 year old grandson Carter especially loves to come along and spend some doggy and gramma time at fun agility,pack walks and weight pull. I highly recommend it and so do my pooches.”Karen Cooper