A Gentle Approach To Dog Training
With Saffrina Welch Bsc, CPDT-KA
Welcome to Off Track, a force-free, compassion based dog training company nestled in the heart of Kitsilano, Vancouver. My vision is simple. I strive to provide outstanding services, ongoing family support and community based education, to help improve the connection, and love, between you and your dog.
Love and compassion are the ingredients for success. Training takes time, patience, and a little creative problem solving in some cases, but most goals are possible when built on a foundation of trust and security.
Active learning should be fun for all parties involved, especially for your four-legged-friend, so it's important to match the pace of our training sessions to the comfort level of your pup. Shy, fearful, or reactive dogs will need time to gain confidence in their new environment, so their safety and wellbeing will always come first. When these needs are met learning is innate, and training becomes possible.
Dog Trainer. Zoologist. Sailor. Mum.
I'm a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), one of only 50 in BC, and a graduate from The University of Nottingham where I specialized in Animal Behaviour, studying the family dynamics of captive European Grey Wolves.
What We're Not
The Alpha. Dominant. The Pack Leader. The only time you'll hear me use these terms would be in reference to my Cross Fit buddies!
Unfortunately "Dominance Theory" in dog training has become a popular topic due to it's promotion by untrained TV celebrities.
Despite what it may look like, your dog is NOT trying to establish the role of Alpha in the household, and the use of outdated techniques based on these theories can cause a lot of harm to both you and your dog. For more info please check out this article.