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    InspireTRANSFORM Empower


    InspireTRANSFORM Empower


    InspireTRANSFORM Empower


    InspireTRANSFORM Empower


    InspireTRANSFORM Empower

training through inspiration not deprivation

Pooch Partners has always used positive training methods and we are excited to incorporate concept training to our repertoire!  How does concept training work? It is really quite simple…and a whole lot of fun.  Using games and positive reinforcement we teach your dog concepts such as confidence, calmness, focus and impulse control, which empowers them with the ability to respond appropriately to real life situations. Many of the games also provide your dog with fitness benefits too which is another bonus.  Whether you are starting fresh with a new puppy or have a dog with some behaviour issues, concept training can turn any struggle you may be experiencing with your dog into a success!

So what are you waiting for? Check out our services, offered in-person in Vernon, British Columbia and surrounding area, as well as remotely via Zoom, then register for an upcoming class or private sessions, and join us for an amazingly fun dog training experience.

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You and your dog will absolutely love training by playing games that teach your dog the essential concepts that foster a strong relationship that will help you both live a happy life together,  Concept training through games can also help dogs dealing with problem behaviours in a way that encourages positive changes. Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with all our offerings and check out our services open for registration.

Is your dog struggling with separation related behaviours, resource guarding items or displaying unwanted behaviours and you don’t know what to do?  Pooch Partners offers behaviour consultations and modification packages to help identify the root of the problem and develop a training program to help you help you dog overcome their struggles. Resolving undesired behaviours is not a quick and easy fix so before registering please be sure that your expectations are realistic  and you are ready to commit the time and energy to help your dog.    Register for your behaviour consult and/or modification package now

Whether you want to achieve a Trick Dog title or are just looking to have some fun with your dog, trick training is something to consider!   In addition to having a ton of fun, you will be building a stronger relationship with your dog too. Pooch Partners offers 4 levels of training that coincide with tricks required to achieve the Do More With Your Dog’s Novice Trick Dog (NTD), Intermediate Trick Dog (ITD), Advanced Trick Dog (ATD) and Expert Trick Dog (ETD) titles.  NTD must be completed first, with each level a pre-requisite for the next.  Classes are scheduled to enable you and your dog to potentially achieve all 4 titles in a 6 month period!  Self-study to teach your dogs tricks to achieve their NTD or just for fun or check to see if we have any upcoming class sessions scheduled.

Your dog’s most prized sense is their sense of smell and scent detection 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. Blind and deaf dogs can do scent work, and it is also great for reactive dogs as it helps build focus and confidence!  Our scent detection training program covers everything you need to prepare to compete (if that is your goal) or just have fun with your dog doing searches in/out of your home.  Register now for our next session

Pooch Partners hosts an annual non-competitive Doggie Duathlon on the second Sunday in August at Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park.  Like us on Facebook to stay up to date on registration!

We offer testing for the Responsible Dog Owners of Canada’s (RDOC) Canadian Canine Good Citizen certification as well as the CKC’s Canine Good Neighbour (CGN). The tests are composed of a variety of different requirements including:

  • Accepting a friendly stranger
  • Politely/patiently accepts petting
  • Appearance and grooming
  • Out for a walk
  • Walking through a crowd
  • Commands: Sit, down, stay, come (CKC splits these into 2 items)
  • Praise/Interactions
  • Reaction to passing dogs
  • Reaction to distractions
  • Supervised isolation
  • Walking through a door/gate (CKC test only)

Testing is only offered if enough registrants, so be sure to watch our Facebook page for any upcoming dates.

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.  Book your session now

Weight pulling is resistance training 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 has the 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.  Follow our Facebook page for announcements of when intro to weight pulling sessions are scheduled.

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.

Once you have completed 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.  We are happy to offer  canicross as a self-study package or follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on when our next group in-person session is scheduled.

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 offered in the spring of each year and 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.  Follow our Facebook page to stay up to date on when the intro to agility is being scheduled.

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, and we always keep that in mind at our fitness sessions. In  addition to getting your daily exercise, our sessions also incorporate obedience practice so your pooch will be mentally stimulated too.  Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on registration for this service.

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 pack walks, hikes or snowshoe outings.  Early morning weekend outings at local Provincial Parks, 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. For those that have completed life skills training with us, pack walks are free for you to join.   Follow us on FaceBook to stay up to date on when this service is open for registration and for scheduling details.

Happy dog = happy you! We can help make it happen.

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Concept Training

Games, games and more games! We play games that teach our dogs the essential concepts to live a happy life, things like calmness, confidence, optimism, grit, tolerance to frustration and impulse control.

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Year-round early morning fitness sessions that incorporate obedience practice will help keep you and your pooch active and fit! Plus we offer indoor dog fitness sessions that you should check out too,

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Behaviour Mod

Shy, fearful dog? There’s a game for that.  Noise sensitive dog? There’s a game for that.  Aggressive dog? There’s a game for that too!  In fact there are hundreds of games that can help to resolve any behavioural problem.

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Giving Back

Pooch Partners believes in giving back and to date has helped raise and donate over $15000 to various charities.  You can help by participating in our annual Doggie Duathlon the second Sunday in August – all proceeds are donated.

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Visit our Facebook page for more reviews

“We are amazed at the difference in our puppies….thanks Shelly!! Concept training through games WORKS!! Keeping things fun with the games had the puppies (and us too) engaged and excited to learn more. Before Shelly, we were overwhelmed with two very active puppies and it caused a lot of chaos. Now, we have great tools to use that WORK and we are able to enjoy our pups more than ever! Shelly is a wealth of knowledge and very easy to work with. We will definitely be using Pooch Partners again going forward.”

Shanda Hammerton

“I’d just like to thank pooch partners for introducing me to nose work and for providing such a fun time teaching and playing nose work with Frank in your class, he was so happy to go to your classes where he got some one on one time with me and had so much fun.  Since then I’ve taught Mitzi my beagle the game and we’ve come a long ways, its Mitzi’s and I favourite dog sport and we can’t get enough of it. We go to tons of competitions and come out with great placements, but the main thing is we go just doing something we love doing together and have so much fun doing it. Again thank you Shelly for introducing us to nose work!”

Shanna Ramsey

“Shelly is an open minded trainer. She listens to your problems and creates a program that suits your dogs needs. Perfect for new dog owners or if you just need help with a problem behavior. Shelly is a great one on one trainer. Thanks for your help.”

Dawn Doyle

“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