Dog training for the whole family

Does your dog need better manners?

  • Want to take your dog to the beach or dog park but your dog refuses to come back?
  • Your dog's behaviour is so embarrassing that you've stopped enjoying walking your dog?
  • Planning on getting a service/assistance dog and want to start off on the right path?
  • Has your new puppy got you chasing your tail?
  • Are you pregnant and want to know the best way of introducing your dog to your new baby?
  • Is your dog the final addition to your family and you want your kids and dog to be best friends?

At Canine Interaction we want to include the whole family in your dog's training. All are welcome to attend the training classes or in home sessions.

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Canine Interaction can help you to address these issues and much more!

We are a family friendly, force-free dog training group. These methods can be used safely by the whole family and with all types of dogs.

Our training courses offer multiple experience levels and teach you a variety of skills.

Please look around our site and if you have any other questions contact us, we are happy to help!

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Canine Interaction is an inclusive work and training place for our staff and families. We welcome neurodiversity and will support those that learn in different ways to train their dogs.

Our Philosophy

Force-Free and Positive Reinforcement Training our philosophy is to do no harm.

There is no need for harsh verbal or physical corrections. The dog learns to do what they are asked because it is rewarding and understands what we want.

At Canine Interaction we will show you how to use scientifically proven learning theory methods, how to clearly communicate with your dog and the benefits of doing so. There should be clear rules and guidelines but these can be kept in place calmly and gently.

As part of our training philosophy we do not use choker collars, slip chains, prong collars, or any device that causes pain or stress. If you have a very strong dog we may recommend humane equipment like a front attach harness.

Check out our Links page for more content on Positive Reinforcement training. If you have any questions about force-free positive training please contact us.

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Out for a Animal Mentoring session with Miss E and Toby. ...
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Are you looking for a new activity to help you address your goals? Our animal assisted mentoring can assist in getting out in the community, build your confidence and teach new skills. We are unique as we work with you and your own dog to meet your goals. #mentoring #animalassistedlearning #animalassistedactivities #animalassistedintervention #autism #disability #neurodiversity #dogassistedlearning ...
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I spend so much time working with people and their reactive or aggressive dogs, learning how to help them and work with them, but I also try to show people with NON reactive dogs learn how they can help them too. I truly believe if we work together as a collaborative society of dog lovers we can help every dog live their best life. Here are some things I try to teach every human and dog team, and I’ve actually found these are good preventative tools too. 1. Stop letting your dog have on leash greetings with other dogs. Even if they are friendly. Teach your dog when they are on leash you are the best thing they can focus on! This will minimize their conditioned excitement every time they see another dog and help them not pull, lunge or move towards a reactive dog who doesn’t want an interaction. Also, the more you do let your dog meet dogs on leash, the more frustrated and aroused your dog can get when they see them and then reactivity can develop. NO leash greetings all around is a much healthier way to teach your dog(s) that the world out there is great but you’re even better to focus on! 2. Silence your dogs tags. I started doing this a few years ago when we started camping. I realized that the jingling of my dogs tags walking was a huge trigger for many of the dogs in their campsite, and as a result, they would bark and scream profanity at my dogs walking. This made their walk stressful too. By minimizing the noise, I’ve greatly improved my dogs walks and I know I’ve also helped a lot of reactive dogs not get triggered for the umpteenth time that day. 3. Work on a bombproof recall. And then work on it some more. And then some more. 4. Only let your dog off leash in places that are allowed. Even if you think no one is there. Even if it’s just for a second. Just. Don’t. Do it. It’s not fair and it sets so many dogs and humans up to fail. Want a place to let your dog run? Look at Sniffspot.com 5. Respect muzzles, give me space vests, and people saying “no” It is super hard to take a reactive dog out in public and have confidence. The more we give space and respect the better these teams will do! Don’t make judgements or stare or insist on saying hello because you hope to be the exception. Just tell them they are doing a great job and keep going. 6. Don’t let your dog stare. This is a BIG one we work on in all our classes. We teach humans how to position their dogs so they don’t stare at other dogs. I work hard on teaching my dogs to not stare at other dogs on leash and you can too. This is more subtle than not leash greeting but it can be just as helpful. Teach your dog to acknowledge there’s a dog there, but then move on, or turn around and not face them. For many reactive dogs there is nothing more triggering than a goofy adolescent dog staring at them across the road. I swear they scream back “WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?!” 7. Confine and safely manage your dog in the car. Dogs hanging out of windows, barking and lunging in the backseat, or moving back and forth in the car are problematic because 1. It’s not safe and 2. It’s teaching THEM terrible behavior and 3. It’s very stressful for reactive dogs trying to walk down the road. My dogs are crated in the car; or tethered or use a calming cap to reduce their own stress and the stress of dogs that may walk past. 8. Offer to help. Ask the person what you can do to make it easier or help them? More space? Or moving back and forth? Or just continuing on your way. Some people struggle to find others with NON reactive dogs to practice with, so having help makes a big difference. Speak up if you see someone putting them down. Warn someone with an off leash dog that there’s a dog there that needs space. Help them the same at YOU would like it if it was you and your dog. Reactive dogs are not broken: and they aren’t abnormal either. Reactivity honestly is now becoming more normal than NON reactive dogs, so we have to all work through this together. And it boils down to respect, understanding, courtesy and lots of reward based training. We can do it gang.-Helen St. Pierre ...
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