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, with our popular Board and Train program.
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.
Private sessions are also available 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 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 Lead Trainer Carey Bolduc:
*Due to COVID-19 group classes are currently on hold until further notice.
Board and Train options for your dogs(s):
For puppies who need to start engaging in a structured training program, the Dog Ranch’s Puppy Boarding School will teach your pup 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.
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.
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.
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):