Positive science-based dog training serving the      

Comox Valley

 Great Dogs Don't Just "Happen"

 I am your dog. I act like a dog because I know nothing else. Please accept, love and respect me for who I am. Teach me, so that I do not annoy, frighten or hurt my neighbours and protect me from those who would annoy, hurt or frighten me. Socialize me so that I do not live my life in fear. Teach me independence because I am a pack animal and do not want to suffer every time you leave. Take leadership responsibility so that I won't have to. Teach me manners so that I can go with you. Take care of my needs when you are away. When my time here is over, please let me pass with respect in your arms so that I may leave this world in peace. I am your dog. Whatever you do for me, I will give back tenfold.

Author - Norma Jeanne Laurette

About The Trainer

Carrie Lumsden, CTB.css IPDTA-CDT, is a Canadian Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Canine Behavior Therapist and mentor trainer with Canine Correspondence Studies. She has a well-rounded background & 15 years of experience working in animal shelters, training facilities, animal control, rescues, the BCSPCA and veterinary offices. She is dedicated to the humane training of dogs through the understanding of how they learn. Carrie utilizes force free, science-based training, that encourages dogs to want to do what we want them to do creating well adjusted and reliable dogs. The training methods used are based on cutting edge research and are scientifically proven to be the most effective training method with out the use of force, physical interventions or harsh punishments. All classes focus on teaching you how dogs learn and will provide powerful information that will help you accomplish your goals with your canine companion. Carrie works with dogs and their guardians to eliminate unwanted behavior such as dog aggression, aggression towards people, fearfulness, possessiveness, separation anxiety and phobias to enhance the quality of life for both her human and canine clients.


"If you want to learn how to train dogs or apply behavioral principles to solve dog problems, Norma Jeanne Laurette provides some of the best courses available in North America. As you might expect from the founder of the International Positive Dog Training Association, her methods are not harsh, but they are effective and are based on sound psychological and scientific data. When people come to me to ask how they might learn to be a dog trainer and behaviorist, Norma Jeanne Laurette’s courses are always one of my top recommendations."

Dr. Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C.: world-renowned scientist, professor of psychology, author of over 30 best-selling books including: How Dogs Think, The Intelligence of Dogs, and How To Speak Dog.  He is a dog trainer, radio and television personality and host of the “Good Dog!” television show.