FUN Agility! 6 Weeks - $160
Prerequisite: Completed minimum 1 class with Best Paw Forward or prior agility experience.
* class total is $100 for round 2+ students
*Add this class to a Training Package!

Upcoming Classes: 
September 5 Wednesdays 7:45pm
*Email to be added to wait list & receive notification of next scheduled class

Have you ever watched a dog and its handler run an agility course? It looks like a lot of fun for both the dog and the trainer – and we want to show you that! This course is an introduction to the exciting game of Agility. It will prepare you and your dog to play the game for fun and give you foundation skills for further training should you choose. Students will learn the basics of handling while the dogs learn all the basic obstacles like jumps, tunnels, chutes, tire jumps, and the table. The lessons in this program are different each week and are designed around the dogs in the class. This enables the students to take the foundation class several times, allowing the dog to make gradual progression while keeping things fun.


Canine Good Neighbour (CGN) 7 Weeks - $170
Prerequisite: Puppy Kindergarten or Basic Manners

Upcoming Classes: Sept 2018 date TBA
*email to be on wait list/first contact for upcoming dates

In this course we will build on basic behaviours and strengthen them by working through the 12 steps evaluated by the Canine Good Neighbour Test.  Working towards these steps is a great way to build your relationship with your dog as well as achieving a canine companion that is admired by the community for good behaviour.  All dogs can benefit from this class.

From walking calmly through a crowd, walking towards another dog and remaining under control, to holding a stay despite distractions, we will teach and proof these behaviours to set you up to succeed on your CGN test if you choose to take it, or simply to have a well-behaved dog you can take out into the community with pride.

Please note:  The CGN Test is not part of this class and you do not have to take the test to take this class.  The CGN Test is run by local hosts through the Canadian Kennel Club.  Anyone can sign up for this test – you do not have to be a member of the CKC.  Information on the test will be provided through the course.


Scent Detection 6/7 Weeks - $160-170
Recommended for: any dog 6 months and older.

Scent Detection is when your dog finds a specific target odor and tells you where it is. Once your dog has learned what to look for, you can hide the odor in many different places around your property and play the game.

We offer 2 levels of Scent Detection Training…

Sport Scent Detection: Foundations and Containers (7 weeks)
Prerequisite: None.

Upcoming Classes: TBD
*email to be on wait list/first contact for upcoming dates

This course introduces your dog to a specific target odour that he learns to hunt for because indicating that he has found it will bring reward.  We use a series of foundation games that build on each other to increase the level of challenge gradually and create a dog that searches confidently and accurately.  Using these games, you and your dog can carry on after the class finishes to have endless fun!

Sport Scent Detection: Introduction to Interiors and Exteriors (6 weeks)
Prerequisite: Sport Scent Detection: Foundations and Containers

Upcoming Classes: 
TBD. Please email if you are interested in registering for the next class

This course builds on the Foundations and Containers class for people who want to go further with the game.  Now that your dog understands the basics, we can increase the fun by moving on to more challenging searches in interior and exterior environments.  Through creating puzzles of increasing levels of challenge, we continue to create a dog that thinks confidently for himself and has a great time putting his natural abilities to good use.

Why play Scent Detection?

Scent detection is based on natural hunting behavior your dog was born with.  Scent detection is brainwork.
Scent detection builds confidence.
Scent detection creates focus. 
Scent detection builds your relationship with your dog. 

All dogs are born knowing how to find a scent and follow it to its source which means that Scent Detection Games can be played by any breed of dog! No previous training of any kind is needed to get involved in this sport and it is great for young and old dogs as well as dogs with disabilities. This course is taught in a low distraction environment and dogs are worked one at a time – which means that this class is also good for reactive, distracted and fearful dogs too. Anyone can play!

Outdoor Adventure 6 Weeks - $160
Prerequisite: Completion of Leash Skills, Confident Canine or Really Reliable Recall
*Add this class to a Training Package!

Upcoming Classes: Spring 2019
*email to be on wait list/first contact for upcoming dates

Outdoor Adventure is one of our favorite classes, as it gives us a chance to get outside with our students and practice the skills you’ve learned in class in the real world environment. If your dog is one of those who does great at home or in class, but seems to lose focus and become highly distracted when you are out and about, this is the class for you!

The 6 week Outdoor Adventure course is all outside and at different locations around Nanaimo. Previous OA classes have been to Neck Point, Pipers Lagoon, Linley Valley trails, downtown, The Seawall, Cable Bay and many others. This is a great course that will challenge both you and your dog and will give you skills to implement on your daily walks. We work around lots of distractions and practice plenty of Recalls so that you can begin to let your dog explore off leash on a walk if you so choose. We have so much FUN in this course and if you have taken our Leash Skills, Recall or Confident Canine class then you are ready for the challenge!  Sorry, transportation not included.

Trick Dog Class (Novice, Intermediate & Advanced) 4 Weeks - $115
Prerequisite: Confident Canine or previous clicker training experience

Upcoming Classes:
Sept 17th, Mondays 7:50pm – Level 2

Are you looking for the next level of FUN and rewarding training for you and your dog? Trick training not only provides physical and mental challenges for your dog but also encourages a relationship based upon clear communication and positive reinforcement training methods. Not to mention your dog will learn some great new tricks that you can show off to your friends and family!

Some of the tricks covered in the Novice and Intermediate levels include:

  • Level 1: Crawl, sit pretty, rollover, peek-a-boo, spin, leg weave, etc.
  • Level 2: Close a door,  ride a skateboard, say your prayers, get a drink from the fridge, etc.

Just like people, every dog is unique and learns differently.  These classes will challenge you as a trainer to be creative in finding which positive reinforcement training method (shaping, capturing, targeting and luring) works best for your dog to learn each new trick.

During the course your instructor will follow your progress and you may be eligible for a Trick Dog Title upon completion.


Reactive Rover (aka. Naughty to Nice) 6 Weeks - $175. audit spot $70
Prerequisite: Contacting us with more information about your dog prior to registering. Audit spot: you attend all classes to observe the lessons and you are included in the class homework.

Upcoming Classes:
Wait list being taken. When we have enough for a class, we will have one. Please email us!

Do you have a dog that is reactive towards other dogs? Do you dread going for walks for fear that your dog will bark and lunge when he sees another dog?

Maybe you would like to learn more about canine body language so that you can ensure your dog is more comfortable in situations that may be stressful. If so, this is the class for you.

What handlers will learn:

  • This class focuses on dog body language and teaches you why dogs react the way they do.
  • You will learn specific skills to help your dog feel more comfortable and relaxed  in various situations.
  • You will learn strategies to manage your dog’s behavior and work toward creating a dog that reacts positively, rather than negatively, when presented with other dogs and unfamiliar situations
  • We designed this course to teach you how to set your dog up for success, since we want both you and your dog to enjoy being out together

Is this the right class for your dog?

This class is designed for dogs who display reactivity towards other dogs.
The 6 week class is open to only 6 students and will run approx 1 hour each lesson. As a prerequisite, you and your dog must have had a private lesson with one of our Best Paw Forward trainers. During this private lesson, we can assess your dog’s reactivity and introduce you to the tools and training methods we will be using in class. This pre-class lesson will be incredibly valuable and will set you and your dog up for more success in the course.

 To register for your one on one lesson/class, please email us with your dogs behavior information and we will get back to you with more information.