Obedience Instructors in the Halifax Regional Municipality

Who you choose to train with your dog is so important - whether you choose to train positively, force free or whether you choose to train with aversive methods will make all the difference in the type of relationship you have with your canine life companion.

Charlie loves Halifax is all about having a positive, loving relationship with your dog where you have respect for your dog and your dog has respect for you - so I am not going to talk about any trainers locally who use aversive methods - and by that I mean trainers who use shock (e-collars), prong collars, or any type of training that could scare, flood, or otherwise scare or damage your dog - even though you might think that nothing negative is going on because that's what you've been told. I'm not going to talk any more about it than that - if you want to learn more about opinions about that, you can go to one of my facebook pages about it - and you will soon become immersed in the topic!

So on to positive local dog trainers that will help you deepen the relationship you have with your dog - and at the same time work to fix behaviour problems you're having.

The best dog trainer (in my opinion) is Silvia Jay - she works out of Truro, but she will travel to the HRM and other places as well - her website is at

Kathy Krane offers the "T-Touch of Kindness" out in St. Margaret's Bay - giving behaviour modification through tellington touch - at Oakglen Kennels - which I think I may have listed on my doggie day care page as well! You can check out her T-Touch page at to see if this kind of therapy might be the kind of intervention your guy needs.

Amy (Slaunwhite) and Adina MacRae have offered everything from dog walking to one on one private in home training, in home agility training, in class obedience training, and other things too - you should check out their website at to find out more!  They are also the owners of Nova Dog Sport out in Harrietsfield -

Tristan Flynn - who owns Jollytails dog day care, also is a dog trainer, and he offers several levels of training, from one on one training to reactive groups dog classes - you can check out what he offers at

Ann MacLean owns Flying Tails Dog Training out in Grand Desert - which I guess is some shangri-la area out near Musquoidoboit! She works with Amy and Adina MacRae from Sublime Canine and they do lots of fun stuff with agility and obedience - you should definitely check out her website at !!

If you're in the Mahone Bay area - there's "Ditto's Canine Learning Centre", owned by Jane Smith - she's got puppy classes, flyball classes, personal classes, semi-private classes - lots of stuff - and they're also CRAZY about flyball there! So you should definitely check them out if that's something that interests you! They're at

Another awesome obedience trainer if you live in Pictou County is Alex Keir who has a company called "Good Dog Works". The neat thing about her business is that she puts on great seminars and brings people from away to teach them. Alex is also Regional Director of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers - which is the certifying association for Canadian obedience trainers .

Unleashed Pawsabilities - is owned and operated out in Tantallon by Tamara McFarland - she teaches puppy preschool / socialization classes and three levels of pet training courses using positive methods without aversives - Primary School for Pooches, Mutt Middle School and Hound High School. The classes are limited to five dogs so her clients get lots of personal attention which is always key in this kind of training. Tamara is a certified Pet Dog Trainer and a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers. Her business website is She can be contacted at or (902) 431-8604

Christine Graham of Wyndenfog kennels offers obedience classes and puppy socialization classes through the Dartmouth Veterinary Clinic in Dartmouth - she has a website at for you to go check out!

Susan Jordan is a "personal trainer" for dogs who has sessions that she calls "Paws in the Park" - at local parks - you can contact her at 499-7659 or - you can check out their website for more information at - by the looks of their website she's also doing one on one consultations now, as well as agility training!

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