Frequently Asked Questions

How does private training work?

We go over your concerns or training goals for your dog and our sessions are specifically catered to cover these concerns or goals. We coach you on how to train your dog. We will go through a training plan together and get started on training with your dog in that initial session.

Where do we meet for private training?

Depending on what we are working on, we can choose to meet outdoors in person, online via Zoom or in person at the Alpine Dogs Training Studio. We have options available in Whistler & Pemberton each day.

What types of behavioural issues can you help with?

Saundra is qualified to work with many types of behavioural issues including separation anxiety, resource guarding, leash reactivity, dog to dog aggression and dog to human aggression. If you are not sure if we can help with the issues you are experiencing, set up a discovery call and we can talk further.

Can you train my dog for me?

Yes! If you prefer a more hands-off approach, we can arrange to do the heavy lifting for you and then in a transfer session, transfer your dog's new skills to you to maintain. This doesn’t mean zero work on your end, but we will coach you on how to maintain the new behaviours your dog has learned. This is a great option if you are finding training overwhelming or just don’t have the time.

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Will I get any one-on-one time in a group class?

Yes! We keep our group class sizes small (maximum of 3 dogs in our Pemberton Training Studio, and a maximum of 6 dogs in our Whistler classes). This allows us to work individually with everyone in class offering personalized feedback.

My dog is scared of people and/or dogs. Can I join?

If you are not sure if group classes are appropriate for your dog, please schedule a discovery call and we can go over your specific case and decide together whether group or private training is best suited.

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How old does my dog need to be for the group hikes?

5 to 6 months is the perfect age to start your dog on our hiking program.

How many dogs are in a group?

Generally, there are 8 dogs in a group (not including our staff dogs). We keep the group size small to ensure we can safely manage the group at all times.

How long are the hikes?

We are on trail for one to one and a half hours. This varies depending on the group, the weather and energy level of the dogs. We match dogs in their group according to fitness levels and play styles.

How is my dog transported to and from the trail?

We drive Toyota Tacoma 4x4s which ensure we are able to access our trails in all weather conditions. The canopy is outfitted with tethers so that all dogs are secured in their individual spot, where they are connected to the tether with their harness. For elderly dogs or dogs that require more space, we also have spots available in the cab.

Where do you hike?

That is top secret! We can tell you this though. We have trails both north and south of Whistler, where we are away from the general public and the dogs can safely run and play. Our trails are all accessed via forest service roads and we stay away from rivers and the highway.

What safety methods do you have in place?

Safety always comes first, and that's why all new dogs are fitted with a Tractive GPS collar. Our staff are all trained and certified in K9 first-aid and carry a fully equipped first aid kit and bear spray with them on all hikes. We ask that all dogs are wearing a harness to allow for a safer connection point during transport to and from the trail.

What is a meet & greet?

Prior to your dog's first outing with us, we will come by and meet them at your home with you there. This gives us an opportunity to spend some time with your dog to start getting to know them, and we can go over any questions you may have. This is also when you can go through the details of house access with us and provide us with a key or door code etc.

How do I sign up?

To get started you will need to fill out our Adventure Hikes Registration Form. Once you have successfully submitted this we will be in touch to set up a meet n’ greet prior to your dog's first hike with us.

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Still have questions?

Email us at info@alpinedogs.ca or give us a call at 604.902.9663