Event Date(s): 
Thursday, February 29, 2024
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Hosted at Barkside Pets with Valerie Berry - Dog Behaviour Specialist, this community event where we discuss, learn and share all things dog.

If you have a dog, have questions about dogs, have a dog problem, or just want to learn about dogs, this is for you! The topic will be Friendly Dogs, Reactive on Leash.


  • Topic presentation
  • Q & A plus discussion
  • Summary and resources

Tickets are $20.
Only 30 spots available, with pre-purchase required.

Leashes were intended to keep our dogs close to us and moving in the same direction in situations where being off the leash could be dangerous. Leashes keep our dogs safe, so learning how to be comfortable walking on a leash is a critical skill. 

Event Date(s): 
Saturday, November 11, 2023

Fun, hands-on Pet First Aid & CPR. Most comprehensive, recognized program in North America.

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Halloween is at the end of this month and that means fireworks! There are many dogs who are sensitive to loud noise and most common is a fear of thunder and fireworks. No one knows whether they experience pain or whether it’s a negative association formed from such a startling or traumatic event. 

When I ask new behavioural clients about their dog’s socialization history, they often reply that they did lots of socialization by taking their puppy or dog to the dog park as often as possible. There’s so much more to socialization than dogs meeting dogs!  

Does your dog love to dig? Puppies love to dig, and some grow into dogs who remain determined diggers, but the human end of the equation doesn’t always appreciate their digging “art.”

Providing enrichment for our companion animals is about giving them as many opportunities as we can to display natural behaviours. Dogs love to dig, so we should try and find appropriate outlets for that instinctive behaviour.

When I ask people what goals they have with their puppy, most respond with a list of obedience behaviours. I tend to view puppy training as an opportunity to prevent future issues and to lay the foundation for our relationship and communication. Here are some of the things I train first when I have a new puppy.

It’s a social time of year! It’s a time to come together with friends and family and enjoy all the camaraderie and the things that make this time of year special to you. Dogs are social creatures too and, like us, seek each other out for companionship.

Does your dog come when you call? Teaching your dog to come when he’s called (what we trainers call “Recall”) is an essential skill. If you’ve got a pretty good, but not perfect recall, you can improve it. The training isn’t complicated, but you do need to practice effectively to truly perfect it. 

It’s a great benefit to have a dog park in your city like we do here in Fernie! We are lucky to have a variety of trails we can take our dogs to, but the fenced dog park is a bonus, especially for visitors who may not be familiar with or confident on our trails. 

How do you know if any dog park is right for you and your dog?