Be amazed by what your dog will accomplish with positive training!

Board & Train

Our Board & Train Program

Our popular board & training service is geared to ensuring you have a more cooperative, more stimulated pup at home, in the park and wherever you and your pup enjoy your time together. Our Certified Training Instructor, Scott James, will assess your dog after arrival, then advise you on training goals and work on those priorities while you’re away. Call or email Scott to book training while boarding at the Dog Ranch. 

The Board & Train Process

  • You start by having an initial discussion with Scott and you agree on the training goals, then he will create a custom training plan.
  • When your dog arrives, Scott will assess your dog in person, and contact you to confirm training goals.
  • Your dog will then begin daily one-on-one training sessions—using positive reinforcement and rewards, such as treats and toys, as well as physical and verbal praise to motivate your dog.
  • Over the course of the training, Scott will email you videos to you to show your dogs work and progress. You can then use these videos to continue the training with your dog.
  • At the end of your dog’s stay, you’ll receive a personalized report which includes a copy of the new routine to help you both continue the training at home.
  • Note: We highly recommend that you and Scott review together what your dog has learned and how to build on it. If you are available to come to the Ranch on your dog’s departure day, it usually takes only a short time to go over the new skills learned. This is offered at no charge.
  • Alternatively, for an added cost, Scott can visit your home to review the training,. This enables Scott to observe your handling of your dog and will facilitate a smooth transition and ensure consistency.

Contact Scott for a training consultation:
[email protected] | (604) 947-6965

While most behaviours are trainable, there are a few exceptions that are very difficult with little success to train outside of the home. Such as separation anxiety, house breaking and severe aggression issues. Contact Scott to discuss further.

Why Train your Dog at the Dog Ranch?

Meet Scott James – Certified Dog Trainer and Senior Dog Handler

Our certified trainer, Scott James, is a longtime dog lover and trainer and has received his most recent certification with Vancouver’s Georgina Bradley of Dogstars fame. Before moving to Bowen Island, Scott was a manager and chef in the catering industry and an emergency services first-responder, now retired. We are thrilled to have him on the Dog Ranch team.

Board & Train Works!

Take the first step to a better behaved pup and book them in for training while boarding.

Call the Dog Ranch Office: (604) 947-6965
Or email Scott at: [email protected]

Board & Train options for your dog(s):

Behavior Training

Choose a behaviour from the Behaviour Menu below, that you’d like a trainer to work on while your dog is staying with us. A trainer will spend time with your dog every day, one on one, teaching and positively reinforcing those behaviours.

Behaviour Menu:

  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Come
  • Leash Manners
  • Jumping Up
  • Other (owner’s request)
Leash Manners – Who’s Walking Who?

Walking your dog is how you build a solid happy foundation of a great relationship, so it’s important that you both enjoy the experience. While boarding with us, your dog will learn how to walk politely on a loose leash and in a distracting public environment. You won’t be embarrassed to walk your dog in public anymore! And if you wish to add one more desired behaviour from the Behaviour Menu above, we will work on both with your dog. “Stay”, for example, is an ideal add-on to Leash Manners training.

K9 Boot Camp – Formal Obedience

For canine free spirits who need structured leadership, the Dog Ranch’s K9 Boot Camp will teach your dog impulse control, how to focus better, including: how to walk nicely on leash, sit, stay, down, come, and good manners. All the commands will be taught using hand signals and a release word on a 6-foot leash, while encountering mild distractions.

Graduate Refresher

This program is for graduates of any one of our training programs. A minimum of 5 days is the ideal opportunity to reinforce your dog’s training, with a quick Dog ranch tune-up!

Day Care & Train

Choose 1 behaviour, such as recall, from the above Behaviour Menu that you’d like a trainer to work on while your dog is staying with us. During your dogs Day Camp stay, the trainer will focus intensively on that behaviour, one on one, teaching and positively reinforcing the behaviour.

Training Rates:

Behavior Training
1 Behaviour $380 or 4 hours min., incl. assessment
Leash Manners – Who’s Walking Who?
1 week min. $475 or 5 hours min., incl. assessment
K9 Boot Camp – Formal Obedience
2 week min. $1140 or 12 hours min., incl. assessment
Graduate Refresher
5 day min. $380 or 4 hours min., incl. assessment
Day Care & Train
7 days min. $380 or 4 hours min., incl. assessment

Boarding rates can be found here.



"Charley is one happy dog after his grooming session and Day Camp. He loves the Ranch! Thanks everyone for all you do!"

~ Marc Bauer

"If your pup is at the Bowen Dog Ranch while you're on vacation, you'll never have to feel guilty or wonder, is our dog safe? Are they getting out for a enough fresh-air and exercise each day and are they having fun?

The facilities and staff at the Dog Ranch are fantastic. I love that we can check their Facebook updates and see our little guy having fun while we're away. And, he always comes home happy and relaxed."

~ Karley & Elise


Pick up /
Drop Off:
Weekends & Holidays
7:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Thurs
Noon - 5:00 pm
10:30 am - 5:00 pm

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