I am now located in the beautiful Okanagan so sadly all classes in Vancouver have come to an end. A huge THANK YOU Vancouver for 20 fabulous years of business, support and friendships.  New Dogsafe Canine First Aid class coming up on Saturday February 25th in Penticton.

Authorized Dogsafe Canine First Aid Instructor

I have been a professional dog trainer coming up 20 years and found that first aid training tips went hand in hand as guidance for puppy classes and new dog owners. So I completed the Dogsafe 101 – 196 hour training and qualified to become a Dogsafe authorized instructor in 2013.


Nina Houghton, CPDT

From 2003 until recently Nina Houghton has been a professional dog trainer and canine behaviour consultant in Vancouver committed to a force free approach using only friendly, positive, reward based training techniques. (banshockcollars.ca)

With the move to the Okanagan in January 2023, Nina will be focusing solely on Dogsafe Canine First Aid courses and no longer offering group or private training classes.

Nina graduated from the International College of Canine Behavioural Sciences in 2003 after completing Level one obedience, canine and training psychology then continued her education further with the same College and graduated with the following:

  • Intermediate/Advanced Obedience
  • Beginner and Intermediate Agility training
  • Behaviour Modification and Rehabilitation
  • Recreational Tracking
  • Defensive Personal Protection

Also a graduate of the Dogsafe Canine First Aid 101 and 102 as a dog professional and in 2013 trained, studied and qualified to become an Authorized Dogsafe Canine First Aid Instructor. Over the years have worked with various clients to obtain Therapy Dog and Good Canine Citizen status with their pets.

Nina also attended and still continues workshops with the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers and Dr. Ian Dunbar as well as being an avid supporter of Rescue Societies and Shelters. Many dogs are surrendered to shelters because they are misunderstood and lack training and/or socialization skills. Coaching clients to communicate effectively with their dogs and help guide rehabilitation of unwanted behaviours is a truly rewarding experience. Our dogs love us unconditionally so it is our responsibility to show patience and understanding to create a bond that will last a lifetime.