Welcome to Polite Paws K9 School of Obedience and Dog Training

My mission is to build better relationships and better understanding between humans and dogs. Located on six acres in the Black Mountain area, I offer a variety of services for you and your dog.

- Laura Puffalt
Three Best Rated Dog Trainers in Kelowna
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Obedience


Obedience will help you obtain leadership and teach you to communicate effectively with your dog using motivation praise and correction making you the pack leader. In the seven-week class you will learn:

  • Heel + sit @ heel
  • Down + sit @ heel
  • Down + sit from front
  • Recall
  • Finish
  • Stand + figure 8

$285 for 7 weeks of group lessons and one private session

Advanced Obedience


Advanced obedience will help cement and refine everything learned in beginner as well as learning new exciting moves. This is a revolving eight week class that you can register for as many times as you like. We will do some of the classes at the Polite Paws facility and take some on the road, giving you opportunities to work your skill as a handler in new and stimulating circumstances. Some of the things we will cover are:

  • Heel from away
  • Tab + body tie
  • Retrieval
  • Jumps
  • Drop on recall
  • Tie back + stand free for exam

$285 for 8 weeks

One-on-One Training Lesson - $65/hour


Who is this for:

For anyone who is looking to get some direction on the smaller issues such as leash control, stays, downs, cheeky puppy behaviour, recall, jumping, or nipping. It’s also great for owners who want to learn how to teach their dog obedience without the group setting.

What is included:

You will talk about what behaviours you would like to change or add and then undertake a customized training session with you, your dog, and a professional trainer. You will also gain general knowledge and skills to build a more cohesive relationship with your dog.

One Week Basic Board and Train - $750


What your dog will learn:

  • Leash manners - including heel with an automatic sit
  • Sit stay
  • Down stay
  • Place
  • Basic recall (come command)
  • Social skills with humans and other dogs

Who is this for:

This is a great option for people going away on vacation who would like to come home to a better behaved and balanced dog, or for busy owners who would like to start training their dog on basic commands.

PLEASE NOTE this program is not suitable for dogs with aggression and/or fear issues. We do help dogs with these issues but under a different program: please see Behavioural Board and Train below.

What is included:

Your dog will enjoy one-on-one training and group sessions with other dogs to learn good behaviour and self control in a group setting.

You will have a one hour one-on-one training session with a professional trainer for the continued success of training with your dog. You will learn how to transfer your dog's new skills back into your home. This will create new ways to communicate with your dog that they understand so you both can enjoy a happy balanced life at home and in public.

During a One Week Basic Board and Train your dog will be training multiple sessions every day. There will also be plenty of play and social time with our balanced-dog-pack on our six acres of property. Play time is an important part of a dog's training as it will be supervised by professional trainers who will be teaching your dog and helping them to make good choices and habits.

Two Week E-Collar Board and Train - $1500 + e-collar


What your dog will learn:

  • E-collar basics
  • Leash manners - including heel with an automatic sit
  • Sit stay
  • Down stay
  • Place
  • Recall (come command)
  • Beginning of off leash heel
  • Social skills with humans and other dogs

Who is this for:

This program is designed for people to master full control of their dogs, in and out of the home, with the freedom of no leash. Whether you are hiking, at the beach, camping, or walking the streets of town, the e-collar will give you off-leash reliability to recall, sit, down, heel, and generally enjoy your dog without fear for their safety or for the safety of those around them.

PLEASE NOTE this program is not suitable for dogs with aggression and/or fear issues. We do help dogs with these issues but under a different program: please see Behavioural Board and Train below.

What is included:

Your dog will enjoy one-on-one training and group sessions with other dogs to learn good behaviour and self control in distracting environments.

You will have a one hour one-on-one training session with a professional trainer during the second week, and a two hour one-on-one training session at pick-up for the continued success of training with your dog. You will learn how to transfer your dog's new skills back into your home. This will create new ways to communicate with your dog that they understand so you both can enjoy a happy balanced life at home and in public.

During a Two Week E-Collar Board and Train your dog will be training multiple sessions every day. There will also be plenty of play and social time with our balanced-dog-pack on our six acres of property. Play time is an important part of a dog's training as it will be supervised by professional trainers who will be teaching your dog and helping them to make good choices and habits.

Three-Five Week Behavioural Board and Train - $750/week + e-collar


As well as rehabilitation work, your dog will learn:

  • E-collar basics
  • Leash manners - including heel with an automatic sit
  • Sit stay
  • Down stay
  • Place
  • Recall (come command)
  • Beginning of off leash heel
  • Social skills with humans and dogs

Who is this for:

This program is designed for people who love their dogs but are frustrated, embarrassed, and/or generally concerned for their dog and its behaviour at home and/or in public.

Behavioural problems can include, but are not limited to:

  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Resource guarding
  • Reactivity
  • Social problems
  • Dog aggression
  • Human aggression
  • Separation anxiety

What is included:

  • An intensive customized training plan for your dog - Once we get to know your dog, and where their issues stem from, we are able to create a specific training schedule that works for them. We understand that every dog is different, just like every person, and there is no one-size-fits-all training for behavioural problems.
  • Tailored lessons for the humans - there will be multiple training sessions for you over the course of your dog's stay. After we work with your dog to change unwanted behaviours, we will begin gaining an understanding of their inner workings. It is essential that this knowledge be passed on to you to ensure your dog doesn’t fall back into old behaviours. During these sessions we will focus on what your dog has learned and teach you the necessary skills to continue their success and communicate effectively with your canine partner. Through the process we will also build your confidence in handling and living with your dog confidently.
  • Final in home training session - we will come to your home to do the final training session with you and your dog. This will give you the opportunity to work with your dog in your home environment, with the trainer, to set both you and your dog up for success. Please note: if you live outside the Kelowna area extra charges will apply.
  • Ongoing support – it is important that you feel supported in your renewed relationship with your dog. You will have unlimited support over the phone as well as up to three lessons at Polite Paws during the three months following your dog's time with us. This three months of support is intended as continued assistance with the behavioural issues that were addressed during the board and train program.

The length of your dog's stay will be determined by the severity of your dog's behaviour. Each dog will have multiple training sessions each day with professional trainers. Once your dog has reached a measurable success point in their training we will take them about town to solidify their learning before they go home.

Our Pack:

We have been helping humans and their canine friends for years. Our own pack of balanced dogs work with us every day and have helped hundreds of family dogs as a critical part in teaching socialization. Training within a pack of balanced dogs is a great way for new dogs to learn grounded behavior in distracting environments, to gain confidence when they are prone to anxiety, and to build life skills and trust.

Our family adopted a rescue dog, Annie, back in September and we quickly found out she was very aggressive to other dogs. She was also resource guarding her food and her space. Laura was recommended to us by the SPCA as we wanted to see if Annie could be trained to be around other dogs and be trusted with our 4 kids. Laura is one of those people who is meant to be working with dogs. Right from the beginning with a few tips, Annie had calmed. Laura was able to explain Annie's personality and tailor a training plan to her needs. We did weekly group training sessions and then Annie went for 12 days in her 'Board and Train' program. Annie can now be around other dogs, she is on the left in the picture below. She has also learned her place in the family. Any one of our kids can go up and hug her while she is eating her food. Annie is adored and loved and it was thanks to Laura's expertise as a dog trainer.

We did the board and train with Laura to help our 5 year old work on his dog aggression and socialization. We had trainers in the past but still had difficulty controlling him. After he was with Laura for a week he learned new techniques that enabled him to walk in city park. Not only did Rudy learn but Laura spent time with us to teach us how to control him and make him a calmer and more sociable dog. Thanks again Laura!

Laura and Jack the pitbull

A Little About Me

Born and raised in Kelowna, B.C., I grew up on a farm in the beautiful Okanagan surrounded by animals. Like all young girls my initial passion was with horses. I hold a certification in Equine Massage Therapy which I still practice and can apply to our canine friends. I have bred and raised CKC registered English Springer Spaniel's and Yorkshire Terrier's, but my true passion for dog training began when I adopted a Pitbull mix rescue from LA. He had burned his way through three foster homes with his out-of-control behavior and found himself awaiting the right owner to come help him with his wayward ways i.e. me. Dealing and training this new fur friend of mine developed a fascination for the canine mind true pack leadership and balance. The true realization that our dogs are happy and relaxed when they know how to behave and what is expected of them became critically clear. An obedient dog will fully respect and always love you. I have since taken a formal education becoming a Certified Master Dog Trainer and Behaviourist, and have enjoyed working with all types of dogs and their humans. My method of training dogs consists of motivation praise and correction, while tailoring to each dog specific needs and always respecting the dignity and capabilities of handler and dog. I look forward to answering any questions you may have.

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