Dog Training

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 (Every Monday @7pm & Sundays @ 1pm)

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

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 - click arrow for start times

Class Start Dates: 
Monday January 27th @ 8:15pm –w/Holly
Sunday February 9th @ 2:00pm w/Cathie
Tuesday February 18th @ 7pm w/Holly

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

Class Start Dates:
Tuesday February 4th @ 8:15pm –w/Holly
Sunday February 9th @ 3:15pmw/Cathie
Thursday February 20th @ 7pm –w/Cathie

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! (Thurs Feb 20 @8:15pm)

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 w for example 🙂

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