Comprehensive List of Continuing Education

Knowledge about dogs and dog behaviour is growing every day and yet the dog training industry remains unregulated with no requirement for education, skills or basic knowledge.  

At Dog Partners our commitment to our clients is to continue to educate ourselves and remain up to date on the newest knowledge, research and training methods so we can do our absolute best for all the dogs we serve!


Valerie Barry
Owner, Professional Dog Trainer

[email protected]
@ferniedogtrainer @northvandogtrainer


Certification / Instructor Courses:

May 2022 start
SA Pro Trainer – Professional Certification Course
Julie Naismith SA Pro Trainer

March-April, 2022
L.E.G.S. Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediation, Professional Certification Course
Kim Brophy, CDBC, CPDT-KA, Applied Ethologist

January 2022
Clicker Expo - 3 Day Conference
Karen Pryor Academy

Aggression in Dogs, Master Course
Complete Canine, Michael Shikasio

September 2019
Fun Scent Games, Instructor Certification Course, Level 1
Louise Stapleton-Frappell, DogNostics

August 2019
Puppy Start Right Instructor’s Course
Karen Pryor Academy, Debbie Martin

April 2019
Fear Free Trainer Certification Course
Fear Free Pet Professionals, LLC

June – September 2012
Karen Pryor Training Partner Certification Course – Vancouver, BC, Canada
Karen Pryor Academy, Terry Ryan and Julie Shaw

Seminars, Workshops, Conferences and Webinars

  • September 2023 - Walking in Balance (online)
    Tellington TTouch - Robyn Hood

  • May 2023 - Behaviour Explorer Summit: Building Reinforcement Systems for Accelerated Learning
    Mary Hunter, M.S and Jesus Rosales-Ruiz, PhD

  • May, 2023 - PPG, Quick! Hit Pause: Using Controlled Set ups for Reactive Dogs
    Suzanne Clothier
  • April 2023 - Separation Related Behaviours Week
    Chirag Patel, BSc.(Hons), Chirag Patel Consulting

  • April 2023 - Leash Walking (online course)
    Donna Hill

  • March 2023 - Temperament Series
    Suzanne Clothier

  • March, 2023 - Illis Animal Behaviour Consulting, “Animal Emotions”, online course
    Karolina Westlund, PhD.

  • March 19, 2023 - Tellington TTouch, “Body Wraps for All”
    Robyn Hood

  • March, 2023 - Puppy Works, “Goodness of Fit”
    Suzanne Clothier

  • February, 2023 - Domesticated Manners, 7-Session Puppy Workshop
    Chirag Patel

  • December 2022 - Rocket Recalls
    Lisa Waggoner

  • September 30 to Oct. 2, 2022 - Aggression in Dogs Conference
    Aggressive Dog, Michael Shikashio

  • August, 2022 -IAABC, “Canine Social Behaviour”
    Camille Ward, PhD, CAAB

  • August, 2022 - Puppy Works, “Rocket Recall”
    Lisa Waggoner

  • 2022-May, Dogs and Muzzles: Building Solid Relationships
    Katenna Jones, Jones Animal Behavior (Hippocampus online)

  • 2022-April, Utilizing Pattern Games to Help Dogs Living in Urban Environments
    Leslie McDevitt, Control Unleashed
  • 2022-January 28 – 30, Clicker Expo

  • 2021-December 11, Managing Arousal and Reducing Stress in Dogs
    Leslie McDevitt, Control Unleashed

  • 2021-December 8, TRAPPED - The Effects of Captivity on the Modern Pet Dog
    Kim Brophy, CDBC, CPDT-KA, Applied Ethologist

  • 2021-October 22-24, Aggression in Dogs Conference

  • 2021-August 18, Doggie Language, Panel Discussion on Lili Chin’s book
    Chirag Patel, Kathy Sdao, Sue Sternberg, Grisha Stewart

  • 2021-August 14 and 21, The Biology of Dogs
    Dr. Tim Lewis

  • 2021-January 29-32, Clicker Expo

  • 2020-December 12, 19 and January 9, Resource Guarding: Management and Modification
    Sue Sternberg and Trish King

  • 2020-December 2, Effortless Dog Walking – Leash Handling
    Grisha Stewart, BAT

  • 2020-December, 24-Day Winter Summit, Empowered Dog

  • 2020-November 11 – 15, Geek Week, Pet Professional Guild

  • 2020-October, The Puppy Lab,
    The School of Canine Science, Nando Brown and Jo-Rosie Haffenden
  • 2020, October 1 – November 15, 2020, Calling All Dogs
    Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, Chrissi Schranz

  • 2020-October 2-4, Aggression in Dogs Conference

  • 2020, August 1, 8, 15 and 22, Managing Dog-Dog Interactions and Avoiding Dog Play Dangers
    Puppy Works, Sue Sternberg

  • 2020-July 9, The Triangle of Positive Reinforcement, Arousal and Control
    Craig Ogilvie

  • 2020-May 23 – 25, The Lemonade Conference

  • 2020-April 23, Really Real Relaxation
    Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, Suzanne Clothier

  • 2020-April 9, Marketing in Times of Difficulty
    Pet Professional Guild, Dr. Robert King, Niki Tudge

  • 2020-April 9, Circle Method for Basic Reactivity and Over Arousal
    Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, Denise Fenzi

  • 2020-April 8, Unleash Your Dog Training Business
    Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Trevor Smith

  • 2020-March-April, 4 Week Puppy Course
    Puppy Culture, Mapcap University, Jane Messineo-Lindquist (Killion)

  • 2020-March 26, Cutting Corners to Loose Leash Walking
    Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, Denise Fenzi

  • 2020-February 20 to March 26, Dog-Human Aggression Case Sessions
    Michael Shikashio, Grisha Stewart

  • 2020-March 20, From Chaos to Calm
    Pet Professional Guild, Yvette Van Veen

  • 2020-March 19, When Sh*t Hits the Fan! Defensive Handling for Emergency Scenarios
    Aggression in Dogs, Michael Shikashio and Trish McMillan

  • 2020-January 23, Dogs That Guard Their Owners
    Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, Michael Shikashio

  • 2020-January 10-12, Clicker Expo, Seattle WA

  • 2019-September, 30 Days of Training Challenge
    School of Canine Science, Nando Brown, Jo-Rosie Haffenden, Dean Nicholas

  • 2019-July, 5-Day Companion Animal Workshop (4th Attendance), Vernon, BC
    Tellington TTouch, Robyn Hood and Kathy Cascade

  • 2019-June 11, 12 and 13, Private Training Sessions, Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Domesticated Manners, Chirag Patel

  • 2019-June, Aggression Cases A-Z
    Dog Trainers Connection, Michael Shikashio

  • 2019-June, BC SPCA Behaviour Symposium, Vancouver, BC, Canada

  • 2019-February, 5-Day Companion Animal Workshop (3rd Attendance), Abbotsford, BC, Canada
    Tellington TTouch, Robyn Hood

  • 2018-July, 5-Day Companion Animal Workshop (2nd Attendance), Vernon, BC, Canada
    Tellington TTouch, Robyn Hood and Kathy Cascade

  • 2010-October, Canwest Veterinary Conference – Victoria, BC, Canada
    Dr. Karen Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, CAAB
    Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, Psychiatry Department, University of Pennsylvania

  • 2010-June, CAPPDT Annual 3-day conference – Calgary, AB, Canada

  • 2009-November, Introductory Tellington Touch (TTouch) Workshop, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Tellington TTouch, Catherine Stewart

  • 2009-October, APDT Annual 5-day Conference (Association of Pet Dog Trainers), Oakland, CA USA

  • 2009-June, Constructional Aggression Treatment (CAT), A New Approach to Treating Aggression, Sequim, WA USA
    Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz and Kellie Snider, MS

  • 2009-April, Working with Fearful Dogs, Creative Client Coaching, Langley, BC, Canada
    Nicole Wilde

  • 2009-March, The Art and Science of Animal Training: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going?
    University of North Texas, Department of Behaviour Analysis, Denton, TX USA
    Bob Bailey, Kay Laurence, Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz, Alexandra Kurland, Ken Ramirez, Steve Martin and Steve White

  • 2008-October, Dog Evolution and Behaviour, Victoria, BC, Canada
    Jean Donaldson

  • 2007-February, Dr. Patricia McConnell, Richmond, BC, Canada

  • 2007-October, APDT Annual Conference (Association of Pet Dog Trainers), Portland, Oregon, USA

  • 2007-January, Dog Aggression, Victoria, BC, Canada
    Brenda Aloff

  • 2006-July, Ian Dunbar – San Diego, CA USA
  • 2006-September, APDT Annual Conference (Association of Pet Dog Trainers), Kansas City, MO USA
  • 2006-July, Suzanne Clothier, Victoria, BC, Canada
  • 2006-April, Pat Miller, Abbotsford, BC, Canada
  • 2006-January, Brenda Aloff, Sooke, BC, Canada
  • 2005-September, Dr. Roger Abrantes, Richmond, BC, Canada
  • 2004-July, Suzanne Clothier, Victoria, BC, Canada
  • 2003-March, CAPPDT Conference (Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers), Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 2002-July, Sue Sternberg, Richmond, BC, Canada
  • 2002-July, Turid Rugaas, Vancouver, BC, Canada