Dog Training

***PLEASE NOTE***: Due to the current COVID-19 health concerns *ALL* classes will be done either virtually (puppy) & (Basic Manners with Holly) or outdoors (Basic Manners- within New Westminster with Cathie – exact location tbd). Social distancing is to be taken seriously at this time, we do, however, believe in the importance of keeping up with your dog’s training needs… especially when it comes to puppies!

Puppy Socials: Postponed until further notice as puppy play requires owners to be physically involved in the play and management of it. This goes against guidelines of social distancing and therefore we encourage you instead to register your young dogs (under 5.5 months) into Puppy Socialization & Exploration Class (see below).

Puppy Socialization & Exploration Class: Socialization means much more than just letting your fuzzbutt play with other puppies… it means acclimating them to the world around them as a whole and knowing how to create positive experiences for them. Our trainers will give you the tools you need to upkeep this within the parameters of your home/neighborhood virtually via Google Hangouts.

Level 1 Basic Manners: This class will be offered outdoors, with environmental considerations of course. As these are older dogs, distance is acceptable and preferred, fresh air is better circulated than indoors and support from your professional dog trainers will be easily managed.

Thank you for continuing to support small businesses like ours, we are the luckiest people in the world because of our pupperino community <3 -Stefania, Jelena, Cathie and Holly xoxo

We are super excited to introduce you and your dog to the wonderful  world of Positive Science-Based Dog Training!

Upcoming Dog Training Classes at Mindful Mutts (in partnership with Cathie Tims CPDT-KA and Holly Ovington (KPA-CTP):

Puppy Stuff!

Puppy Socials (POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19)

Dog training suitable for puppies 9 weeks to 5.5 months (no pre-requisites)

5 pack, 3 pack or drop in available (ongoing Mondays w/Holly + Sundays w/Cathie) – 45mins each session | 9 Sixth st, New West at Mindful Mutts (Please ensure you have registered and been confirmed before showing up!)

Socials are designed to help set your pup up for success. Puppies can come and socialize together while we teach you, the human, how to create positive experiences for them in any environment. You will have a chance to ask questions about your pup as well. You can also check out some suggested training equipment at the same time. Our trainer-recommended leashes and harnesses are available through Mindful Mutts.

What your puppy will experience:

      • Proper puppy play (learn your dogs social cues and different play styles, what is appropriate and where you may need to gently intercept
      • People wearing strange objects (it is encouraged to bring a funny hat, glasses, costume pieces)
      • Novel objects (kids toys, skateboard, vacuum, surfaces to walk on, etc.
      • New people and dog
      • Vet equipment and smells
    • Grooming tools

**We require 3 dogs minimum, to ensure your puppy receives the best possible experience and is getting the most out of each puppy social they attend!**

Price: $60 plus GST // $25 drop-in (pre-registration required for both options!)- Register here!   


Puppy Socialization Class - ONLINE VIA GOOGLE HANGOUTS

***$15 DISCOUNTS FOR ALL ONLINE PUPPY CLASS SIGNS UPS!***

Class Start Dates:
Sunday March 22nd @ 2:00pm w/Cathie
Tuesday April 7th @ 7pm w/Holly
Thursday April 9th @ 7:30pm w/Cathie

Dog Training suitable for any puppy 9 weeks to 4.5 months old with second set of vaccinations

5 Weeks Long – Formal, Structured 60 min Classes | 9 Sixth st, New West at Mindful Mutts

This class is a must for every puppy owner! We focus on setting you and your pup up for success with early socialization, confidence building and basics of training in a positive fun, friendly human and dog environment!

What we cover:

  • Body Handling
  • Low Stress Vet Visits
  • Exploration of Novel Items
  • Name recall
  • Targeting
  • Capturing Basic Behaviours
  • Safe Socialization
  • Puppy Biting
  • House Training
  • Appropriate Play
  • How to Greet a Dog and Human & more!

Price: $199 plus GST (includes 1 treat pouch) – Register here! 


Adult Dogs of all Ages!

Level 1 Basic Manners - click arrow for class dates

***BASIC MANNERS WITH CATHIE WILL BE HELD OUTDOORS , UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED DURING ENROLLMENT, EXACT LOCATION TBD BUT WILL BE HELD IN NEW WESTMINSTER. BASIC MANNERS WITH HOLLY WILL BE VIRTUAL. Please look for “O” for outdoor on registration form, and “V” for Virtual***

Class Start Dates:
Tuesday March 3rd @ 7pmw/Holly “V”
Sunday March 29nd @ 3:15pm –w/Cathie “O”
Thursday April 2nd @ 6pm –w/Cathie “O”
Monday April 20 @ 8:15pmw/Holly “V”

Dog training suitable for any dog 4.5 months and up (no pre-requisites)

5 Weeks Long – 60min Classes | 9 Sixth st, New West at Mindful Mutts

This class is designed for young dogs, adolescent dogs, or rescue dogs! We cover many basic cues you might expect and more. This class will set you up for success and gives you all the skills needed to continue to our Level 2 Advanced Manners Class!

What we cover:

      • Recall with Distractions
      • Hand Targeting
      • Leave It
      • Settle on a Mat
      • Loose Leash Walking
      • Eye Contact
      • Drop It & more!
      • Body Handling/Collar Grab
      • Jumping Up
      • Guarding Prevention
    • Polite Greetings

Price: $199 plus GST (includes 1 treat pouch) – Register here!   


*NEW* Level 2 Advanced Manners (Class date TBD!)

Dog training suitable for any dog that has completed Level 1; Basic Manners

5 Weeks Long – 60min Classes | 9 Sixth st, New West at Mindful Mutts 

This class is for anyone that wants to refine their skills and continue adding duration, distance and distractions

What we cover:

      • Advanced Recall
      • Advanced Leave It
      • Advanced Loose Leash Walking
      • Emergency Recall
      • Heel (left and right)
      • Back up
      • Spin (left and right)
      • Stay
    • Around & more!

Price: $225 plus GST – Register here!   


*NEW* Tricks + Games w/Cathie! (TBD)

This class is suitable for any dog that has completed Level 1; Basic Manners

4 Weeks Long – 45min Classes | Thursday evenings | 9 Sixth st, New West at Mindful Mutts

Anyone who wants to have fun and strengthen the bond they share with their dog will love our fun trick and games class.

Examples of what your dog may be learning:

* Shake a Paw
* High Five
* Wave
* Roll Over
* Sit Pretty
* Twirl
* Peek-a-Boo!
* Sustained nose targeting
* Recall
             ….and other games like “Jump through the Hoop/Arms!”

$199 plus GST – Register here!


Private Training (One-on-One)

Private Training Sessions

Suitable for pet parents who want to help settle their new dog into their family or for behavioural challenges that need more focus and attention that an individual pupper can get from a group class environment. This type of training is great for dogs who come from all walks of life, especially if you want the added benefits of an individualized training plan and one-on-one focus with a trainer!

Please choose “Private Training” on the registration form and we will put you in touch with one of our wonderful trainers 🙂

Register here for a quote!


Board + Train in partnership w/Mindful Mutts

Board + Train

For dogs of all ages!

Some cues/behaviours we may be able to work on for you:

*Perfected Recall
*Potty Training
*Hand Targeting
*Leave It
*Stay
*Place
*Drop It
*Typical behaviour challenges such as jumping up
*….and more! Contact us to set up a consult. This may mean a full session with the trainer, at her full price, in order to determine what we may be able to offer and to come up with an estimate.

All Board + Train’s included a skills pass-over session with the owners at the end of the visit!

Please note that Board + Train (even science-based ones like ours) may not be suitable for your dog. Behaviours are not guaranteed, and if we believe our services will not be able to help your dog, we may ethically decide not to go forward in an effort to not take your money or sell you “snake oil” so to speak. Perhaps we can suggest an alternative like classes, or private sessions, or walk ‘n trains with the lovely R+ trainer we partner with for example 🙂

Price: Starting at $900 (min. 6 nights/7 days) plus GST – Register here!