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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Despite what it may look like, your dog is NOT trying to establish the role of Alpha in the household, and the use of outdated techniques based on these theories can cause a lot of harm to both you and your dog.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.

Invest In Your Puppy's Education

Your puppy is one of a kind, and their training needs will vary depending on age and current challenges faced. The Puppy Coaching Package is designed to be flexible, covering socialization exercises, basic skills, potty training and biting, as well as addressing problems in real time through email and phone support. I'll show you how to reward the behaviours you enjoy, while interrupting the ones you don't.

Problem Solving

Bringing a beloved dog into your home shouldn't be stressful, but it can sometimes bring unexpected challenges. By addressing your dog's specific training needs, creating an environment where you both feel safe, and designing a training plan that is simple to follow and based on humane training methods we can get you back "on track" to being the best of friends.

A Safe And Loving Environment For All Of Your Babies
(Two Legged & Four)

The transition from fur-baby to real baby can come with it's own very special category of challenges, especially if you have a pup who loves to jump up, or is far from perfect on a leash. Thankfully there are a number of things you can do before your due date that can make your life, and your pup's, a lot less stressful.

Toddler on the move? This is a crucial time to establish safe, and supervised interactions between your child and family dog. It's also a great opportunity to learn about reading your dog's body language, and how to recognized stress signals when they occur. So many incidences can be avoided if you know what to look for, and how to prevent them.

Dig Your Business: Coaching for Dog Trainers

What do I love more than a basket full of cuddly puppies? Helping other trainers realize their true potential and grow their business inline with their values and purpose.

I'm not kidding you. Bump into me at a park and I'll gladly chat with you about the challenges of finding dog-friendly rentals in Vancouver, or share tips on how to keep your dog safe now your baby is mobile, but mention you're a dog trainer with a small business, that's when I really start to shine.

Nurture Project International

$20 USD from each Puppy Package is donated to NPI.

Nurture Project International is focused on providing support to the refugee population in Europe and the Middle East.

Breastfeeding is critical to the health and survival of both mother and baby in emergencies. NPI provides young child feeding counselling and support for pregnant and lactating women.

Raincoast Conservation Foundation

1% of all our sales go to the Raincoast Conservation Foundation.

Through extensive peer-reviewed scientific studies, and local community engagement the Raincoast Conservation Foundation strives to protect the forests, coastlines, and wilderness habitats of coastal British Columbia and the wildlife that lives here.

Wanna join a global movement? Check out 1% For The Planet.