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The 5 Best Dog Trainers in Vancouver You and Your Pup Will Love

The 5 Best Dog Trainers in Vancouver You and Your Pup Will Love
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I never thought I’d become the crazy dog parent in adulthood, but there I was in the middle of the dog park, red-faced and out of breath because my pup decided to play an impromptu game of “let’s chase that human.” 

As you can imagine, pride (and a few grass stains) led me down the rabbit hole of finding the best dog trainers in Vancouver. Let’s face it: there are only so many times you can apologize to strangers for the tackling from your four-legged tornado. 

So, if you’ve got a stubborn furry friend, here are all the dog trainers that made my list of the most effective dog trainers in Vancouver.

How much does it cost to hire a dog trainer in Vancouver?

If you plan on hiring a dog trainer in Vancouver, expect to spend at least $16 an hour. This price is just an estimate and will vary depending on the type of training class, the trainer experience and more.

How I Chose

Reviews and Testimonials: I scoured the Web, read reviews, and spoke with people who used these dog trainers. If a trainer wrangled an unruly Dachshund or brought a hyperactive young Malinois to heel, they earned a gold star in my book. 
Credentials and Experience: No one wants their pup to learn from someone who watched a few YouTube videos and called themselves an expert. I looked for trainers with certifications and years of experience—ones who actually knew a thing or two about dog psychology and weren’t just winging it. 
Trainer’s Philosophy: Positive reinforcement over negative reinforcement was a no-brainer for me. I mean, would you want to work for someone who only ever yelled at you? Understanding the trainer’s methods and ensuring they aligned with a compassionate and effective approach was crucial. 
Meet & Greet: I scheduled a few meet-and-greets to see if my pup and I clicked with the trainer. If the trainer wasn’t at ease or, worse, my pup gave them the side-eye of distrust, it was an immediate “thanks, but no thanks.”

1. Canine Connection Training

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Address: 1298 W 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6H 1J5, Canada

Contact Details: +1 604-362-3626

Operating Hours: Monday to Friday – 8:30 AM to 5 PM 

Website: Canine Connection Training

I met with the trainers at Canine Connection Training (Annika and Melissa) and came out of my meet-and-greet with more confidence as an owner.

Annika’s been doing this for over 15 years and specializes in training misunderstood dogs and helping people at their wit’s end (like I was). Melissa does better with dogs around little ones and does long-distance coaching.

And from what I heard, the other coaches are just as qualified. Several people I spoke with raved about the personalized approach they received. 

Many said the trainers really took the time to understand their dog’s unique needs. A few highlighted their expertise with behavioural issues, saying their dog’s anxiety improved tremendously. 

However, others mentioned that the pricing was on the higher side. Still, they felt it was worth it for the quality of training provided.

Pros

  • Experienced trainers
  • Personalized approach
  • Effective behavioral training 

Cons

  • Prices on the higher side

Customer Reviews

Provided me with valuable insights on building a conscious connection with Bunnie

“I want to express my sincere gratitude for Annika’s kindness and generosity in sharing the recording of her recent training session called Conscious Connection Masterclass – How to Connect with Yourself through Your Dog – which, unfortunately, I was unable to attend, but having access to the recording has been incredibly valuable to both Bunnie and me. Annika’s dedication to her craft and her willingness to go above and beyond to support her clients is truly commendable. The recording provided me with valuable insights on building a conscious connection with Bunnie. Her commitment to helping both dogs and their owners build stronger, more fulfilling relationships is evident in everything she does, and it is truly inspiring. Annika: Thank you once again for your generosity and for your unwavering dedication to your clients. Love from Elsie and Bunnie.” 

Elsie Chang Google Review 

Georgia is so knowledgeable and did an amazing job explaining our dogs behaviour

“When I first got my puppy I decided I’d just do my own training and look at videos online. I quickly became overwhelmed and got the puppy blues really bad. We tried a puppy class elsewhere and my puppy Ralph would bark the majority of the class. We couldn’t learn anything. A friend recommended canine connections 1:1 sessions. We were matched with Georgia. Georgia is so knowledgeable and did an amazing job explaining our dogs behaviour and made the perfect suggestions to help improve our training. (Much of which I would of never thought of nor saw online). I learned a lot from our 1:1 sessions but also wanted to continue in investing in my dogs future by doing some walk and trains with Georgia. Ralph was always so excited to see Georgia and to go on his 1 hour training session. Georgia would give feedback on their training sessions and would give me new things to work on. She was quick to answer my many emails to answer my questions and/or concerns. And even watched many videos to help read Ralphs body language. My puppy is only 5 months old now (2 months training with canine connections) and we get so many compliments on his behaviour! Please invest in your dogs training and book with canine connections! Thank you Georgia! Ralph will miss you, and maybe we will book some walk and trains in the future :)”

Jennie Johnson Google Review 

2. Raintown Dog Training

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Address: 194 W 3rd Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1E9, Canada

Contact Details: +1 236-516-1008

Operating Hours:

  • Monday to Thursday – 10 AM to 5 PM 
  • Saturday – 9 AM to 5 PM 

Website: Raintown Dog Training

Raintown Dog Training’s puppy kindergarten is what all the hype is about among the new dog owners I spoke to. I heard from multiple people that they loved the science-based, positive reinforcement techniques used in their classes. 

Others told me that their clear communication and step-by-step instructions made the learning process easy for both them and their dogs. And from my own experience, their puppy socials are a fun way to start your dog’s training.

However, one small downside I noted from a few was the occasional difficulty in booking sessions during peak times. It took me forever to get a session with them, myself.

Pros

  • Science-based, positive reinforcement
  • Clear communication, easy instructions
  • Fun puppy socials

Cons

  • Occasional difficulty booking sessions

Customer Reviews

Big credit goes to Bern and Rhi for how well our puppy, Gus, has been growing and learning

“We absolutely love the Raintown team! Big credit goes to Bern and Rhi for how well our puppy, Gus, has been growing and learning. The classes are small, with a very knowledgeable team and really great follow up that makes training on your own easy. We’ve done puppy kindergarten and basic training one. We’re about to sign up for basic training two and will continue to go as Gus gets bigger. For new puppy parents that need to socialize their pups, get answers to their questions, and feel confident with training, we highly recommend the Raintown team.” 

Kevin Murray Google Review 

My pups and I have grown to understand one another and build an unbreakable bond

“I have been searching for the perfect dog training class for my pups for years until I found Raintown Dog Training.  Throughout their Basic Behaviour and Manners course, my pups and I have grown to understand one another and build an unbreakable bond. They love coming to class every week and are always eager to apply what they have learnt in their daily routine.  I cannot thank Raintown enough for all their great work!  I highly encourage every furry parents to attend Raintown with their fur babies as their staff are by far the best trainers I have met in Vancouver.  If there is anyone who is still on the quest for finding a dog training school, look no further, Raintown is the place to be!”

Sammy Tseng Google Review

3. Top Dog Canine Training

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Address: 9079 Shaughnessy St #4, Vancouver, BC V6P 6R9, Canada

Contact Details: +1 778-960-8863

Operating Hours:

  • Monday to Friday – 9 AM to 6 PM 
  • Saturday – 9 AM to 5 PM 

Website: Top Dog Canine Training

My experience with Top Dog Canine Training and everything their clients told me was overwhelmingly positive. Many praised the trainers here for their ability to build a strong bond between dogs and their owners. 

A few shared that the positive reinforcement techniques helped their dog learn quickly. Other dog parents mentioned the dog obedience classes were just what they were looking for. 

And my pup and I got our exercise in when we tried one of their walk-and-train sessions. The only thing is that a couple of people mentioned that while the session locations are convenient, parking can sometimes be a hassle.

Pros

  • Effective training techniques
  • Positive reinforcement used
  • Variety of class options
  • Convenient locations

Cons

  • Parking can be a hassle

Customer Reviews

Each lesson builds on each other which I love! 

“Jennifer has made the journey of being a first time puppy mom a whole lot easier. She has given Jack and myself so much confidence in navigating the puppy phase; training; food; exercise; structure and routine and has enhanced our relationship tenfold. We have completed puppy class, basic obedience and are currently busy with intermediate obedience. Each lesson builds on each other which I love! Jennifer is a wealth of knowledge and lives her brand! I can highly recommend Top Dog Canine Training for anyone navigating owning a dog! It is remarkable to witness Jack’s and other dog’s progress throughout the duration of the classes.  We will continue with Jennifer until she has run out of classes to offer!”

Gillian Williams Google Review 

Dogs automatically respond to her

“We’ve had an amazing experience with Jennifer at Top Dog Canine. We started our little cockapoo puppy in Puppy Kindergarten at 11 weeks old and he is now 6 months and taking his 3rd course because our puppy loves her and she does an amazing job. She is super knowledgeable. You can see her experience with dogs the moment she handles a dog that an owner is having difficulty with. Dogs automatically respond to her. Jen’s techniques and teaching style are so useful, consistent and fun. I also like that the classes are outdoors. Even outside of class, Jen is very responsive anytime we have a question whether by email, phone or text. She’s helped us so much with advice on being a first-time puppy parent from nutrition, grooming, vaccines, food, toys, equipment, etc. She even trimmed his nails to teach us, and I contacted her for advice the first time my pup was not feeling well. She is super knowledgeable. I highly recommend Top Dog Canine Training to anyone with a dog and we plan to take more classes. We have 1 friend who loves and goes to her classes too and recommended another pup about to start kindergarten there. Thanks Jen!”

Wanda Wong Google Review 

4. Hustle Up Dog Training

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Contact Details: +1 250-317-0274

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday – 8 AM to 7 PM 

Website: Hustle Up Dog Training

Hustle Up Dog Training, led by Brad Pattison, offers a unique, treat-free approach to dog training. A few dog parents I spoke with had mixed feelings about this method. 

Some said Brad’s techniques really helped their dog’s reactivity without relying on treats. It’s particularly useful if you have a dog on a tight diet, among other things. 

However, a few people felt the treat-free method was challenging at first and required a lot of patience. It pays off, sure, but it may not be for everyone because of the added time investment.

Anyway, others appreciated the variety of classes, and I noted their extensive range of behavioural workshops. 

Pros

  • Effective treat-free training, especially for reactivity
  • Variety of classes & workshops

Cons

  • Treat-free method can be challenging initially

Customer Reviews

One of a kind workshops, hikes and search and locate sessions

“We have been working with Brad and Hustle Up Dog training for the past two years.  When we first met Brad he told us that we would learn just how amazing our dog is.  The transformation of not only our dog, but us as owners has been phenomenal.  Brad’s knowledge and approach which includes one of a kind workshops, hikes and search and locate sessions is second to none.  Brad is no longer just our dog trainer, he is also our friend.  Our dog adores Brad, Rocket, Brodie, Wolfe, and Lexie.  The Hustle Up Dog training community is now our pack!  Oh and yes, our dog is amazing.  She teaches us everyday that she can do anything she puts her mind too.”

Ron Kolb Google Review 

Brad is a true animal behavioralist

“Brad is the first dog trainer I have ever met that actually cares about and respects dogs. Previously, we had a “trainer” who fed our dog hundreds of treats per session, only for her bad habits to immediately return when the session was over or if we didn’t have treats. Brad is a true animal behavioralist and has taught us so much about just how incredibly sophisticated, smart, and empathic dogs are. We are so grateful for his lessons and how they have helped us form a much closer bond with our dog.”

Emi Suzuki Google Review 

5. Happi Dog

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Contact Details: +1 604-442-8841

Operating Hours: Monday to Saturday – 9 AM to 7 PM 

Website: Happi Dog

Happi Dog stands out for its focus on individual needs and building confidence in dogs. 

Many dog owners told me about their dedication, saying the personalized attention their dog got was exceptional. 

Others mentioned the private training sessions were tailored to meet their dog’s specific behavioural challenges. This gives them an edge over one-size-fits-all programs, especially when it comes to more sensitive animals.

Anyway, a few puppy parents found the personalized walks a bit pricey, though they acknowledged the quality of service was top-notch.

Pros

  • Personalized attention
  • Addresses specific behavior challenge

Cons

  • Can be pricey

Customer Reviews

Even in just 1-2 sessions he improved soo much

“Charlotte is amazing!! So kind and caring. She helped me and my husband with our 1 year old Woody. He struggled with barking non stop and being overly excited/anxious when people come over. Even in just 1-2 sessions he improved soo much and it was worth every penny just to have a pro like Charlotte assess him and tell us which training tactics would work best for him. Also loved that she came to our apartment instead of us having to go somewhere. Experiencing what Woody acts in his own environment helped so much, and I feel like I understand him more now and what he’s trying to tell me when he doesn’t behave well. Highly recommend Happi Dog!”

Emily Aitken Google Review

 In 6 short weeks we have a well mannered apartment dog

“We are so happy we worked with Charlotte. Not only was she recommended by a friend, but the excellent google reviews are completely accurate. She has such an incredible energy that really resonated with our puppy. We got our mischievous puppy at 5.5 months from an outdoor life on a ranch. In 6 short weeks we have a well mannered apartment dog. Charlotte set a great training structure in an approachable and positive way. We will continue to work with Charlotte for ancillary services she offers including walk&trains and dog sitting.”

Justin McGinnis Google Review