Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ (10)

Can my kids come to the classes?

Everyone in the family is welcome at class as it is important for your dogs’ learning that everyone involved in training is on the same page. While we do encourage your kids to come to class, we find that those who are old enough and able to participate with your dog are most successful. Children that are too young to participate often struggle to be still and quiet for a 60 min class unless there are 2 adults present. We like to see everyone involved and we have many families that attend class together.

What do I need to know for the first class?

That training will be the best thing you do with your dog and we will encourage you to have fun while doing it – but the training classes are a serious commitment. You will have homework each week and you will need to practice daily with your dog to see training results. If you are registered in our Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners or Scent Detection class, dogs do not attend on week 1. This is a lesson just for you. Your class will be once a week at the same time and most of our classes are held at our awesome training center in central Nanaimo on Northfield Road.

How many dogs are in each class?

We believe in giving each student individual attention during class to the best of our abilities, so class sizes are small. Puppy class is limited to between 8 students, and Basic Manners, Leash Skills and Confident Canine and the remainder of our classes is 6-7 students. Many classes will have an Assistant Trainer for more guidance in your class. The DOGSAFE Canine First Aid course is limited to 10 students.

What training methods do you use?

There is no one right way to train a dog, as all dogs have different personalities and will learn differently. At Best Paw Forward we will determine together what works best for you and your dog based on his age, breed and abilities. We train with positive reinforcement and stand behind all of our wonderful graduates who show us how great our training methods are. Training should always be fun for both the dog and the owner, and that’s what we strive for at the classes.

What is your vaccination policy?

There is universal agreement among experts that vaccines have controlled and prevented infectious disease in millions of animals. There is also agreement among a variety of veterinary associations that not all dogs should be vaccinated with all available vaccines. The “one size fits all” approach is thankfully, gone!

Disagreements may rise between veterinarians, however, about which vaccines and how often dogs should be vaccinated and this leads to confusion for dog owners. Traditionally, annual vaccinations were considered necessary, however, there is increasing evidence that duration of immunity for some vaccines is up to seven years.

At Best Paw Forward, we believe strongly that all dog owners should educate themselves about vaccinations so that they can make informed choices for their pets. As puppies can be more susceptible to certain diseases, we require 2 sets of the core vaccines for Puppy Class.

For the remainder of our classes, if you choose to vaccinate your dog, that the core vaccinations of canine distemper, canine parvovirus and rabies administered within the last three years. We will also accept serum antibody titer tests. If you choose not to vaccinate your dog based on an informed decision after discussion with your veterinarian, we want to support your informed decision and after discussing this with you, will most likely permit your dog.

At Best Paw Forward we do not require vaccines for Kennel Cough, Lymes disease and Giardia as they have the highest side-effect causing properties.

What makes your company unique in Nanaimo?

All of our Lead trainers are Certified Dog Trainers through a couple of different schools, including Tressia who recently graduated the Karen Pryor Academy for Dog Trainers.  We are proud to have such knowledgeable trainers and we are always working to further our knowledge with seminars and training.
Our classes are taught in our 2000 square ft training center in Central Nanaimo on Northfield Rd. No need to do class in a barn or out in the rain – we have a large heated building with thick rubber flooring for your dogs safety. Our facility is amazing!

Where in Nanaimo are your classes located?

We have the best training center in Nanaimo and are located on Northfield Road – across the street from Dog n Suds! Our training center is almost 2000 square feet and we are the only training center with 1/2 inch sealed rubber flooring for your dog’s safety. Our facility is clean, safe and like no other in Nanaimo. Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, Leash Skills, Confident Canine, Really Reliable Recall and FUN Agility are held here. Our Outdoor Adventure & Off Leash classes are held at different locations around the city. Please see the photos page for pictures of our facility.

When is a good time to start training my dog?

If possible, it is best to have a trainer come to your home before you get your dog. A good trainer will give you lots of tips on puppy proofing your house to make the first few days go as smoothly as possible. You may also choose to have a trainer come to your house as soon as you bring your puppy home to show you what is important to work on first. Once your Puppy has had two sets of their puppy vaccinations, they are ready for class!

What if I need to miss a class?

If someone else in the family can bring your dog to class, that would be best. If that’s not possible, we can email you the lesson plan.

How long are your classes and what is the cost?

Puppy – this is a 7 week course, running weekly for one hour. Cost is $160 which includes tax.

Basic Manners – this is a 6 week course, running weekly for 50 min. Cost is $160 which includes tax.

Leash Skills – this is a 6 week course, running weekly for 50 min. Cost is $140 which includes tax.

Confident Canine – this is a 6 week course, running weekly for one hour. Cost is $140 which includes tax.

Really Reliable Recall – this is a 6 week course, running weekly for one hour. Cost is $140 which includes tax.

Outdoor Adventure – this is a 6 week course, running weekly for one hour. Cost is $150 which includes tax.

All of our class prices and start dates are on their respective web pages on this site.


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