Our Philosophy

  • Balanced training

    We believe in training dogs using a balanced approach. What that means is that we are well versed in different types of dog training methods so that we are able to help any dog. We don’t limit ourselves to just one type of training like most trainers do. All dogs learn differently and we are able to work with each dog’s unique personality. We will never force anyone to use a training tool they aren’t comfortable with, but we know how to use properly use everything from treats (YES TREATS!) to e-collars and everything in between. We are not a “force free” training company, but we don’t do anything that is meant to hurt or harm dogs. Basically, when dogs are good they get rewarded, and we teach clients how to interrupt behaviours that they don’t want. Once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, we will be happy to resume class audits so you can see for yourself what we are all about!

  • This is a lifestyle, not just a class.

    Dog training isn’t something you set aside time to do, and it isn’t a one time endeavor. Dog training needs to be a lifestyle.  Being your dog’s leader and guardian is essential to their life long good behavior. These dog training classes are more than teaching the dogs simple commands. We go above and beyond typical training classes with activities such as urban hikes, river swims, c-train adventures, coyote safety, and so much more. Cultured Canines will show you how to make dog training fun and an easy part of your lifestyle!

  • Communication

    As a dog owner, it is important to understand how to properly communicate with your dog. A dog’s first language isn’t english. Dog’s communicate first and foremost through body language. We will teach you how to read and understand your dog’s body language! Communication between owner and dog becomes much easier when dogs are taught in a way that they actually understand.

  • Reward

    We here at Cultured Canines believe that food and treats are not necessary to train most dogs to be easy going companions. We use physical and verbal praise to positively reinforce good behaviour. This makes you your dog’s reward so you don’t have to remember to bring a bag of treats with you! We will however use treats in specific situations. We are committed to finding techniques that work for each individual dog, so if a dog isn’t finding touch and verbal praise reinforcing, we will find something that is motivating for them!

  • Behaviour training vs obedience training

    We go beyond teaching your dog simple commands. This isn’t just obedience training, this is behaviour training. Just teaching your dog to sit, stay, and come isn’t enough. This class will mentally and physically challenge your dog. We address the underlying reasons why your dog may be exhibiting undesirable behaviours. We will show you how to create a calm, happy, and well rounded dog!

  • Every Dog is Welcome

    All dogs, regardless of age, breed, behavior, or size, all are welcome to attend both private and group classes. We do not discriminate based on breed or size. Everything from Teacup Yorkies to Irish Wolfhounds and puppies to seniors are welcome to join in on the fun! Every dog is unique, and we tailor lessons to meet every need.

  • Urban Agility

    Cultured Canines has innovated a way for you to have fun with your dog no matter where you are! No more standing in line waiting your turn. Urban Agility can be done anywhere, anytime. We use what our amazing city has provided for us to get our dogs moving and thinking. Urban Agility builds confidence in your dog, and it strengthens your already existing bond with your dog. Urban agility is incorporated into every course we teach.

  • Location

    We teach all of our classes outdoors as we believe that dogs need to be taught in environments that their owner’s need them to listen in. We don’t walk our dogs indoors, so why would you take a training class indoors? By exposing your dog to new environments, and maintaining your training expectations in each location, your dog will be able to confidently step into new situations without issue. Your dog will learn to listen to you no matter where they are!

  • We don't train your dog, we train YOU!

    Dogs are easy to train, it’s you that needs all the work! The key to a well behaved dog is a mutual bond based on trust and respect with their owners. We teach our clients how to see things from their dogs perspective, and how to understand canine body signals. You’ll learn how to respond appropriately in situations and help your dog be the best they can be!

  • Training is never done!

    We don’t believe that when you are done our classes, you are done training your dog. Dogs change and will go through different stages as they age. Problem behaviours can arise for many reasons and we are here to help you through them. After completing our C.O.O.L. Course, participants get 12 free drop-in lessons, so they can build, maintain and further their dog’s learning. Additional drop-in lessons are only five dollars per class. We make it affordable and easy to continue training your pooch!