love your pet!

Dog Training & Behaviour Rehabiliation

Do you love your dog, but they’re driving you crazy? Would you like a dog who is calmer, polite, and who listens – a dog you can be proud of? Have you tried everything and are feeling at the end of your leash?

We can help! We offer a range of flexible programs for every need and budget. Our techniques are gentle, common sense, and we get results. Whether you would like to do the bulk of the training yourself or have a professional teach your dog for you, we can help you get that relationship you’ve always wanted. We focus our training programs on teaching skills in the real world where you need them not just in a class room.

Imagine a dog who greets guests calmly, walks nicely by your side, stays when asked, and comes when you call him. A dog who is a joy to bring out in public and who you can include more in your daily life. Whether you have just adopted a new pet and want to start them off on the right path, or you have concerns about behaviour problems with an existing furry family member, we have something for you. All of our training focuses on teaching your dog self-control and developing a great bond based on trust and respect between you and your pet.

We offer group classes or private coaching (at our location or in your home) to help you reach your goals. We can help you love your dog (again)!

Our Training Team

Our amazing training team and their exceptional skills and education.

Amy Rennette

Worked at Barks and Recreation since 2013
Certified Trainer/Retail Expert
Amy has always had a love for animals and got her first professional training certification through Animal Behaviour College in 2013. Amy recently completed the Karen Pryor professional dog training program. Her specialty is helping people and their dogs work through any fears or anxieties and relearn to enjoy life with each other.

  • Karen Pryor Dog Trainer Pro Certificate 100%
  • ABC Pro. Training Certificate 100%
  • Do More With Your Dog - Novice Trick Dog Training Certificate 100%
  • Pet First Aid Certified 100%

Nicole Courson

Worked at Barks and Recreation since 2016
Certified Trainer/Daycare Supervisor/Retail Expert

Nicole had always enjoyed living and helping with animals. After years of dedicated volunteering handling dogs and working through problem behaviours she decided to pursue a career in dog training and behaviour consulting, followed by the opportunity to apprentice under Sarah Dixon in 2016. Nicole has graduated with certificates from the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Professional program and courses through the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC) to build a well-rounded understanding of behavioural sciences and their application in animal training and care.

  • Customer Hapiness 100%
  • Product Knowledge 88%
  • Passion for animals 100%

Ashley Main

Worked at Barks and Recreation since 2016
Certified Trainer/Retail Expert/Daycare Supervisor

Born and raised in the Kootenays, Ashley lives here with her husband, two kids, a dog and two cats. When taking on a puppy that challenged me her she found Barks and Recreation and fell in love with the company and their positive training methods. Now a Certified Professional Trainer through KPA she is looking forward to being out in the community working with you and your companions.



  • Karen Pryor Dog Trainer Pro Certificate 100%
  • Do More With Your Dog - Novice Trick Dog Training Certificate 100%
  • Pet First Aid Certified 100%