Positive Training For Happier Dogs
Why Train At The Dog Ranch?
All dogs—and their humans—need training. Proper training helps ensure a happy relationship based on cooperation and communication. At the Bowen Island Dog Ranch, we have a truly fantastic professional training team, ready to help address those pesky behaviour issues during your pup’s boarding stay here.
Or, if you live on Bowen Island, you and your pup can join one of our super-fun and informative group class offered at various times throughout the year.
Trainer Scott James leads our popular Board & Train program, and Trainer Yoko Sakai runs our Group Classes. Both also offer private sessions on Bowen Island and in Vancouver.
At the Dog Ranch, we have gathered an amazing amount of dog handling and training expertise. Training is taught using positive reinforcement methods.
Our training program is shaped around a basic truth: That a well-trained, mentally stimulated dog is a happier dog. Instinctively, dogs love co-operating and communicating with humans. Using only positive reinforcement techniques, our Certified Dog Trainer and our entire team love to help them (and you) improve those skills.
Check out our Training Approach
Dog Ranch Training Instructors are individually selected, highly experienced, and qualified to teach a wide variety behaviours. Instructors attend ongoing training to ensure continuous professional development in this evolving field.
Our small class sizes allow a high level of participation and interaction for every student. Instructors personalize their programs to meet each individual training need while maintaining a high level of motivation and energy within the group.
We are passionate researchers, always looking for new techniques and training literature. And we encourage student feedback and suggestions, and try to apply them. We want to make sure our courses are always fun, challenging and up to date. Designed here by our Instructors, our curriculum reflects real situations that can easily be applied in your everyday life.
It is most important to us at the Dog Ranch that each student feels a sense of progress and achievement from start to finish.
- Our Instructors do an initial assessment, to place you and your dog in the training program.
- Or, instead, you can choose to start developing a personalized training program, which can be adapted as needs change.
- Each student receives feedback and a personalized progress report during the course, and after graduation in a comprehensive course review.
- Dog Ranch Alumni drop-in sessions allow continuous maintenance and development of your new skills.
Contact Our Trainers Directly:
Board & Train and Private Sessions on Bowen Island:
Scott James [email protected]
Board & Train options for your pup(s):
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.
- Leash Manners
- Jumping Up
- Other (owner’s request)
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.
For canine free spirits who need structured leadership, the Dog Ranch’s K9 Boot Camp will teach your dog how to focus better, and how to heel, stay, sit, down, come, and good manners. All the commands will be taught on a 6-foot leash while encountering mild distractions.
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!
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.
Group Classes for your pup(s):
In this class you’ll learn all the basic commands; Sit, Down, Stand, and Stay, with some distraction and recall. No more frustration and pulling on the leash! We offer a fun yet structured class, integrated with dog races and games to strengthen the relationship with your dog, using positive reinforcement methods. All family members are welcome and it’s ideal for dogs over 6 months of age.
This is the course for the dogs that are not reactive at all, and have done some obedience training in the past. The course consists of variety command cards taped on the cones, and the handler and the dog follow each command cones with loose leash, while other dogs and the owners are calmly watching.
It really helps the owners and the dogs to focus and walk on leash while following different kind of movement. It’s a great mind game!
Agility with your dog, big or small, is all about fun! At the Dog Ranch, Agility is taught using positive reinforcement methods, and with a focus on safety for humans and dogs alike. The benefits are excellent: it’s a great way to help get your dog will focus and engage with you, and you’ll be providing some variety to their exercise. And it’s just the thing to help fearful or timid dogs gain confidence.
Equipment used: Jumps, Tunnels, A-Frames, Dog Walks, Pause Tables, and Weave Poles.
Skills that are taught are: Engagement, Luring, Focus, Hand Targeting, Stay, and Impulse control.