Off Track Dog Training

Comox Valley

Helping families with dogs and young children.

Not so long ago if your dog was badly behaved, or a nuisance around the children, it would be sent out into the yard or off to live with Grandma.

Thankfully, times have changed. Your dog is a much loved member of the family, and there's a lot we can do to help them adjust to their new roll - before problems start.

With a little guidance, support and TLC I can help you make the adventures of parenting with a dog and kids look easy.


Welcome To Off Track

Hello, I'm Saffrina.

I'm a dog trainer, retired zoologist, and Mom to a toddler and Rat Terrier, with baby #2 on the way! My family lives on a little farm in the Comox Valley, and we spend our mornings roasting coffee, painting murals, and chasing after chickens.

As a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), and a Licensed Educator for the international renowned Dogs & Storks®, and Dogs & Toddlers™ programs, I provide compassionate, force-free training and ongoing support for families with dogs and young children.

What I'm not. The Alpha. Dominant. The Pack Leader. 


Saffrina Welch BSc, CPDT-KA


 I’m with you every step of the way.

#Baby. #Toddler. #Kids.

A gentle approach to family dog training.

Love, compassion and patience are the ingredients for success. Your dog will need time to gain confidence with all the new changes going on, especially with a baby or toddler on the scene.

I practice positive, force-free training methods through the use of treats, toys, and games.

Bump to Baby

Pregnancy to 10 months.


Up to three years old.


Older Kids

Ages 4 to 12 years old


New Family Dog?

Puppy, Adoption & Rescue

Saffrina proved to be an incredibly kind and intuitive trainer tapping into our dog struggles immediately. Her gentle, non judgmental manner and excellent skills helped to transform our relationship with our dog and as a result allowed us to make decisions in her best interest.
— Donna & Louise

What we’re not:

The Alpha. Dominant. The Pack Leader.