In Partnership With Dogs

At Dog Partners, training is something to do with your dog, not to your dog! 

Our methods are Positive and Force-Free. We use treats, toys and play as training rewards. 

Dog Partners is the new name of In Partnership With Dogs. We are getting bigger, better, and are working to offer you much more than ever before!

Behaviour Modification.

We specialize in behaviour modification. We have well-established protocols and training plans to help you with issues like Aggression, Reactivity, Fear and Anxiety. We have adopted, lived and worked with our own reactive dogs. Let us help you help your dog.

Puppies and Young Dogs.

Early training is critical for the prevention of future behaviour issues.  Our experience and hands-on knowledge can help you raise a confident, friendly family dog. We have both group classes and private training options available.

Dogs of All Ages.

Manners, Obedience, Nosework, Tricks - you name it!  We offer group classes in North Vancouver, Vancouver and Coquitlam.  Private training is available in your home, and we travel to most locations within the lower mainland.


Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP                         
BC SPCA AnimalKind Accredited
Fear Free Certified

Trainer/Owner of Dog Partners / 604-868-5145


Valerie has been working with people and their dogs for almost 20 years. She is the dog training contributor for Pet Connection Magazine and has been writing articles for the magazine since 2010.

Valerie specializes in Behaviour Modification for dogs with aggression, reactivity and anxiety. She was also one of the first trainers to recognize the benefit and need for classes designed specifically for the adolescent dog, and really enjoys working with puppies and young dogs.

Valerie loves learning and finding new opportunities for furthering her education and knowledge. She is currently studying to become a Certified Tellington TTouch Practitioner.  Click here for a full list of her continuing education - conferences, workshops, seminars and other learning opportunities.

Memberships and Certifications.

  • BC SPCA AnimalKind Accredited
  • Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner (and Premium Member of the Academy)
  • Fear Free Certified Trainer
  • Full Member, Pet Professional Guild
  • Professional Member, Association of Professional Dog Trainers


Pamela Murray

Associate Trainer with Dog Partners
Trainer/Owner of Canine Spirit Dog Training / 604-723-7097

Pamela is a certified dog professional with over 25 years of experience and is the owner of Canine Spirit Dog Training. She has worked as a certified Search and Rescue professional and trained a 17-dog performance agility team. Pamela specializes in Early Puppy Development and Scent Sports.

Valerie has teamed up with Pamela to offer clients a broader range of class options and their shared, extensive base of knowledge.