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Best Paw Forward Puppy & Dog Day Training

Available at our training facility located at 1680 Northfield Road.

Why Day Training & What is it?
  • Day training allows our experienced certified professional trainers to work with your dog on targeted behaviours several times a week to quickly develop optimal behaviours in your dog. This will help you JUMPSTART your dog’s skill set as we do the homework for you! We put in the time for you!

  • Day training eliminates the need for you to learn the intricate details of being a successful trainer!  It is a more efficient use of your time since day training takes place while you are at work or busy with other activities. We will take away the guesswork and frustration with noticeable results. 

  • You can simplify your life by hiring our Day Training services. We know our clients lead busy lives and don’t always have time to become expert dog trainers. 

  • It’s convenient, easy to arrange, produces excellent results and offers the peace of mind that our dedicated team members are helping your dog put their Best Paw Forward.

  • There are options for half-day puppy sessions, group behaviour sessions, or one-hour private sessions

Puppy & Dog Day Training

Our puppy day training program works on the following core skills:

  • Sit 

  • Down

  • Stay

  • Recall

  • Appropriate play with other dogs

  • Tug/fetch & toy play behaviours

  • Crate training & calmness

  • Doorway etiquette

  • Food manners

  • Intro to leash walking


If you are looking for training skills outside of these parameters then please scroll down to our BEHAVIOUR DAY TRAINING programs

  • Puppies Under 4 months of age do not require an initial visit or consultation four our puppy day training program.  Young pups are still super flexible and adapt quickly to new experiences!

  • Puppies between 4-6 months will need an initial visit to ensure they are a good fit.  This is a 30-minute session to check out the environment, meet some dogs and meet our trainers.  This is done without parents to give us a better feel for the pup!  This initial session has a $25 charge.

  • Puppies and dogs over 6 months will need an initial consultation.  At this stage, dogs have picked up some habits (good and bad) and we need to know what we are working with.  Early learning really sets the stage for how dogs act at this age.  Current students may be eligible for an exemption.  Please ask your instructor.

Behaviour Day Training

All dogs entering our Behaviour Day Training Program will need to do an initial consultataion regardless of age.  Behaviour training allows us to modify undersireable behaviours that you select and strengthen skills to help you achieve your goals.  


The minimum commitment will vary depending on the complexity of the behaviour, the dog’s current skills and abilities and the level of refinement you want for the end result.  For behaviours that are less complex, we can start with our 2-week pawkage.

​If your needs or goals fall outside of our Group Day Training parameters, we will provide positive alternatives that will suit your needs.

Dogs with reactivity/fear/anxiety may need to start in our Individual 1-on-1 Day Training program before being considered for the Group Day Training Program.

Day Training is NOT Day Care. We are not dog sitters nor do our services offer a freestyle play session or large group interaction. We offer exclusive professional training services to our four-legged clients. The dogs are working intensively with a personal trainer for the duration of their stay. For training to be successful, we will always balance learning with calm and rest.  Many dogs struggle with being able to relax after an exciting event. Teaching the dogs to be calm under stimulating situations will play a large role in the success of the training. Just like us humans, a dog can only focus for a short period of time before its attention starts to wander. To capitalize on their focus we balance active work and settled behaviours. Settle / Rest breaks are active learning times, as we are reinforcing your dog’s choices to rest, stay on a boundary, be able to stay calm while we move around in and out of sight or work with another dog in close proximity of their settle/rest area. We will also be able to have more than one trainer work with your dog, so the learned skills are easier to transfer back to you! this way we can prepare your dog for REAL-LIFE situations and distractions.

Each Day Group Training session includes:

  • Dedicated 1-on-1 training with your dog in regards to the desired behaviour, spread out through several training rotations. Rest times between training to help your dog learn to relax while other training and activities continue to happen around them.

  • Exposure and observation time to other dogs and people while learning to focus, work & rest with other activities around.  

  • Real-life skills proofing in and around our facility.  

  • Potty break as needed 

  • And the best way to end a training session is with a little extra love and play before settling down for pick-up time.


​Training Transfer Sessions

Transfer sessions are EXTREMELY important for you and your dog!  They take place once a week at a pre-scheduled pick-up time on your last day of training for that week. This helps to set you up for maximum success and work at the level your dog is ready for. These transfer sessions are mandatory and an integral part of the program's success. 

All of your day training lesson times and transfer lessons will be pre-scheduled at the time of booking your package.


​Training Tools

Dogs will come with their own gear.  The proper harnesses/leash or additional tools may need to be purchased before the start of the training program.  If your dog comes without the appropriate equipment for your particular training session we will use our facility equipment. However, your dog must have the appropriate gear to succeed at home! Best Paw Forward has most supplies in stock for purchase or we can direct you to where you can acquire them!

What to Bring to each session

  • Appropriate Harness & leash

  • Favorite toy(s)

  • A small blanket or towel that smells like home

  • Special items may be requested for training a specific behaviour

  • A dog that has not eaten a full meal.  Either give only half of the breakfast or pack it for training rewards!

  • For dogs with special dietary needs, please bring a variety of treats they can safely consume.

In order to book your dog for our program, you must commit to 3 days a week for day training and one transfer lesson every week.  Schedule availability varies, but all-day training dates and transfer lessons will be booked at the time of buying your package.  Typically transfer lessons will take place on the last day of training for the week to help set you up for success over the weekend.

The follow-up lesson should be completed within 2 weeks of the last transfer session.  Subsequent follow-up lessons on packages with multiple lessons should be completed every 2 weeks. Unused lessons will not be carried over or refunded.  Additional lessons may be purchased at any time!​


​Cancellation Policy

We cannot accommodate appointment cancellations or date or time changes for any pre-scheduled  Day Training. The pre-scheduled training time is exclusively reserved for your dog and we are not able to offer refunds on any missed time slots. Makeup sessions can be scheduled at the additional standard fee. 

Missing sessions can create problems as inconsistent training makes it hard or impossible for the training to succeed. Missing sessions will possibly result in the training goal not being met in the planned timeline. 

Drop Off/Pick Up

There are specific drop-off and pick-up windows to help us have a dedicated and uninterrupted training time.  If you are late for drop off your dog’s training time may be reduced. 

Late pick-up will be charged after 5 pm at $2/minute as this requires staff to stay overtime.  If special arrangements need to be made we can plan that ahead of time.

There is a buzzer that will allow you to signal the trainers that you have arrived. We will meet you at the door.

Group Behaviour Training Packages

Group training packages are suitable for many issues!  They allow us to work with your dog around the distraction of other dogs and people.  This is a great way to skill up behaviours, provided your dog is well-suited to the group environment!

 1-on-1 Behaviour Training Packages

1-on-1 training is best suited for dogs who struggle with reactivity or other unique training challenges that are best worked individually inside or outside of our training centre environment.  This is also a great option if your schedule does not align with our day training groups.

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Have questions?   We would be glad to answer them for you!  Email or phone 250-729-3900

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