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Planning for Baby's homecoming, to navigating the challenges of life with a dog and toddler, I help parents (and the family dog) survive the early years.  

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

Thankfully, times have changed. I know your dog is a much loved family member, and there's a lot we can do to help them adjust.

We no longer rely on outdated practices such as sniffing the hospital blanket, or tossing treats into the baby's crib. Instead I support and mentor new families through the process of developing their perfect homecoming plan, and help identify potential challenges that can be avoided with a little foresight and TLC.

Having a plan in place, a dog who's developing the new skills necessary for a life with an active toddler, and access to ongoing support for when things get tough (that's what I'm here for), you'll make the adventures of parenting with a dog and toddler look easy.

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Hello, I'm Saffrina.

I'm a dog trainer, retired zoologist, and Mom to a toddler and Rat Terrier. We live on a little farm in the beautiful Comox Valley, and spend our mornings roasting coffee, painting murals, and watering the vegetables.

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

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Welcome Home Little One

Pregnancy to 10 Months.

All the help and information you'll need to get you and your dog safely through Baby's Homecoming and those early months. 

Toddler On The Move

10 Months to 3 Years.

Tummy time, crawling and the inevitable arrival of the “Toddler” will bring a whole new set of challenges. It's time to get proactive!

I also offer a Free Emergency Help Line for families who need assistance ASAP.

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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.

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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
We can’t say enough good things about Saffrina. She helped us train our new puppy, Birdie, and she has been there to answer all of our questions and help guide us as we learn about how to be good (first time) dog owners.
— Georgina & Birdie
Saffrina is an amazing trainer! She is super knowledgeable and the way she explains things is very straightforward, not to mention her glowing, friendly personality and demeanour.
— Heather & Peanut