Private Training


We offer a variety of training options and services.

Classes not an option?

Whether you need a more flexible option than group classes, want training in the comfort of your own home or are looking for help with a specific issue,

a private session with one of our certified trainers may be just what you need.


Does your dog need a hand?

Many issues, such as a lack of proper socialization or fearfulness will not be helped simply with obedience training.

An individualized  behaviour program is recommended.


Want to get off to a great start with your new dog?

A home visit is a fantastic choice to help your new member to the family get settled in by taking into consideration your unique environment and lifestyle.

We spend the most time with our dogs in the home. Getting help to build great habits there is invaluable.



Not all trainers are equal.

Obedience training is very different than helping with behavioural issues or getting a young dog started right so they become well-mannered, confident dogs.

We specialize in helping dogs with behavioural issues, including reactivity, fearfulness and a lack of impulse control.


lisa kerley training her horse

Lisa Kerley BSc KPA-CTP


Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner

Graduated with Distinction

Professional Premium Member, APDT

Assoc. of Professional Dog Trainers

Full Member, Pet Professional Guild

The Assoc. for Force Free Professionals

Yellow Dog Project

BC Representative and Trainer


Private Training Offered at Dog Days


Socializing and Skill-Building Sessions

For young dogs that are just getting started

Dog Days Daycare offers unique age-specific programs that provide a higher level of care and specialized attention for the special needs of puppies and adolescent dogs.

Lisa has specialized training and over 18 years of experience working with puppies on a daily basis in her good puppy! program as well as teaching hipPUPS classes.

Her specialities include:

  • building confidence and social skills
  • recognizing and solving resource guarding issues
  • building tolerance and comfort with handling, including nail clipping


One-on-One Working Sessions

For dogs that are uncomfortable or inappropriate around other dogs

For many dogs, daycare is not an appropriate option. The unique set up of our facility allows us to offer specialized one-on-one working sessions to build confidence, develop impulse control and improve social skills.

Working sessions are a beneficial step in remedial programs.


One-on-One Training Sessions

For dogs that need some additional help with obedience behaviours

Already working with your dog, but want some extra help? Take advantage of a certified trainer while your dog is at daycare.  Issues such as jumping up, getting your dog’s attention and many other basic obedience skills can be brushed up during a visit. 


valerie barry and her dogs

Valerie Barry KPA-CTP


Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner

Graduated with Distinction

Professional Premium Member, APDT

Assoc. of Professional Dog Trainers

Full Member, Pet Professional Guild

The Assoc. for Force Free Professionals



Home Visits and Private Sessions


Aggression and Behavioural Issues

Dogs that are troubled by behavioural concerns have a difficult time living in a world with human rules. We understand these dogs and we understand the emotions burdening the owners of these dogs. We can help. We dedicate a great deal of time to keeping ourselves up to date with recent research and information on dog behaviour. There are some great positive methods to use to work with dogs suffering from all areas of aggression, and we can develop and help you work through an effective training plan with your dog.












Continuing Education


Valerie and Lisa attend as many educational conferences, workshops and seminars as they can each year. As trainers, it is vital to keep up to date with new advances and information in order to be as effective and knowledgeable as possible.

“Who dares to teach should never cease to learn.”

~ John Cotton Dana


The great value of Lisa’s expert training comes when you least expect it, and most need it. Case in point: a workman entered my property, and my large dog responded by running to him, stopping a few feet away and alert barking. When I arrived and asked my dog to sit, he did so immediately and calmly, followed by a friendly meeting with the workman. What could have been an unpleasant situation became a positive response and outcome.

Lisa trains dogs (and other animals) using state of the art techniques, based not on domination of the dog, but on natural dog behaviours. A large part of the process is teaching me, the owner, to understand why dogs behave the way they do, and particularly how to avoid placing the dog in challenging circumstances. No dog or owner is perfect, but the ability to apply Lisa’s expert training on demand is a valuable resource that creates a safe and effective lifelong learning experience for both dog and owner.

I have attended several other dog training programs over the years, but Lisa has been the most effective, professional and caring instructor we’ve had the pleasure to know, and my dogs and I look forward to our future training experiences with her.



1367 Mckeen Ave

North Van, BC

V7P 3H9

Open Tuesday – Friday

7am – 6pm