Products We Recommend
Here are products and services that we recommend for our puppy owners. Every recommendation is something we use ourselves and we are not paid to endorse any of these products or services. This page is a work in progress so please check back as we add more!
Feeding & Chews
West Paw Toppl
We love these so much we send one home with every puppy! Toppls come in three sizes (small is perfect for our minis) and are made of a durable dishwasher-safe plastic that is easy to clean and load with food. You can use raw or canned food and freeze them so they take longer for your puppy to eat which is perfect for when they get up too early in the morning or when you need to leave them alone during the day. You can also stuff them with frozen fruit, cut up pieces of meat or fish, soaked kibble, the possibilities are endless!
Yak Cheese Chew
Another product we send home with our puppies! Yak cheese chews are tasty, have no odor, and last longer than bully sticks or pig ears. They can be fragile when dropped onto a hard surface but will last several weeks when chewed. Once the yak cheese chew gets chewed down to a dangerously small piece you can microwave it for 20-40 seconds and it will puff up so your dog can eat it like a snack! We love the Churpi Durka brand and our dogs have preferred those over any other brand.
Big Country Raw
Our dogs are raw fed and we only feed Big Country Raw brand raw food. They are found in most raw food stores and have lots of different protein options to keep variety in your dog's diet or keep them to a certain amount of proteins if they have allergies. They have a lot of different raw meaty bones available for chewing and supplements for various dietary needs.
Best Paw Forward
We recommend Best Paw Forward in Nanaimo for puppy classes and basic training! They have several class options to suit your needs and use current, positive methods to teach your dog critical thinking as well as helping you understand how your dog thinks and learns. See their website for more details.
Extension Dog Sports
For agility training we recommend Extension Dog Sports! Kat Mitton is an experienced agility coach for handlers and dogs of all levels and has a sports foundations class for puppies or beginner dogs to get the basics down to ensure dogs are doing things safely. She has group classes and private or semi-private lessons available as well as special classes for reactive dogs.
Not in Nanaimo but want to learn agility? Contact us for recommendations for trainers in your area.
Storm Haven Acres
Storm Haven Acres is where we do barn hunt, wall climb, and weight pull. They will also be adding lure coursing soon! Follow their Facebook page for updates and when lessons are available to book. They hold barn hunt trials 3-4 times a year and wall climb competitions periodically in milder times of the year.
In the Lower Mainland? Check out Fraser Valley Ratters for barn hunt lessons.
Central Island Dog Academy
We take our scent detection classes at Central Island Dog Academy with Lisa Affi. Lisa is an experienced dog trainer specializing in scent detection and is able to help you teach your dog the sport of scent detection whether it is just for fun or if you have competition plans. There are classes for all levels and they are suitable for reactive dogs as only one dog runs at a time. Lisa's website is still under construction so please contact her for class information.
Susan Garrett's Crate Games
Susan Garrett's Crate Games are a fun way to teach your dog to love their crate. This makes crate training and housebreaking much easier! Her online program is easy to follow with simple steps and videos to explain each step of the process.
Regardless of whether you are introducing a puppy to a crate for the first time, a rescue dog, or retraining an older dog, “Crate Games” presents a clear plan to teach your dog how much fun life is when he plays along with your game. Watch your dog’s confidence grow as he masters amazing self-control, a speedy recall, sit stay, distance work, working through distractions, motivation, and drive – all from games of choice your dog will love to play!
Crate games are $19.99 USD for 30 days or $29.99 for a year.
Susan Garrett's Shaped By Dog
Susan Garrett also has a podcast, Shaped By Dog, which covers pretty much any training issue you can think of! Here is her playlist for videos specific to puppy training.
Blue-9 Pet Products
Our favorite training table is the Blue-9 Klimb! They have removable legs that store inside the table, can be locked to a second Klimb to make a longer platform, and are portable and easy to clean. We use ours for station training inside the house and outside for agility training. They also have a bed topper (sold separately). We also like their Balance Harness as it is highly adjustable which makes it easy to fit any type of dog.
Hurtta makes raincoats, winter coats, slush suits, and harnesses. We love their Monsoon Coat for rainy days. The coats are highly adjustable and have a slit so the tail can be carried upright. They have reflective accents for walking in the dark. Most of our dogs are a size 12 and Pippa is a size 14. We also love the Hurtta Training Vest! It has a lot of useful pockets that are perfect for holding all of your training items.
Canada Pooch is one of our favorite Canadian brands! They have lots of different apparel for both dogs and humans. Our favorites are the Everything Fanny Pack, the Shiny Puffer Jacket, and the Chill Seeker Cooling Vest. They also have parkas, slush suits, rain jackets, T-shirts, and more!