Dogsafe Canine First Aid 101 – Sunday November 10

at Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown




Positive Reinforcement Obedience Training



Start off on the right foot by establishing a caring and long-term relationship with your new puppy or rescue dog based on trust and compassion. Obedience training for your family pet without force, fear, dominance, e collars or abusive techniques. Building a healthy and respectful bond between you and your dog.

Professional Dog Trainer

In 2003 I completed my education to become a Professional Dog Trainer because of my love of dogs and the frustration of seeing so many dogs in shelters…

Near You

Four locations in Vancouver!

Check out this map & list of class locations

Anti-Social or Inappropriate Behaviour Problems

Learn how to keep your dog from jumping on people, barking, eating your shoes and other undesirable behaviors!

Why Professional Training

start obedience training with your dog from day one.

Positive Reinforcement Training

positive reinforcementAlpha Dog Training uses only positive reinforcement training techniques without food incentives, gimmicks, fear, force, dominance, pain, pinch or shock collars (see

We expect our dogs to live with us under our terms and conditions, so it is essential to properly train and socialize them to adapt to their human pack and urban surroundings. I believe in using only kind, positive reinforcement techniques using a praise/play reward system without food treats.


Canine Behaviour Consultant

Nina Houghton is a professional dog trainer and canine behaviour consultant in Vancouver committed to using only friendly, positive training techniques based on you and your dog’s needs.

Graduating 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: (more…)

Upcoming Group Classes

dig trainingRegister for obedience training classes directly through the links below or contact me for private, in-home training sessions.

Roundhouse Community Centre

Creekside Community Centre
Olympic Village

Mount Pleasant Community Centre
Kingsway & Main

Urban Puppy Daycare Centre
Hemlock Street & 6th Avenue

Tamaam is doing really well with our son. He loves his new job of walking next to the stroller and the hands free leash is fantastic. He has been nothing but gentle around the baby. It’s wonderful to see!  Thank you again for all your help and patience with Tamaam; he really has become a more settled dog and a real delight. Shelliza and Devin

My dog Samson is an XL German Shepherd, and he and I will be forever grateful to Nina for what she has done for us.  From the first day my puppy arrived, Nina was there to greet us and ensure that Samson was comfortable and had everything he needed.  She immediately established a genuine connection with him, reducing his stress and calming him down.  For the next year onwards, we continued weekly lessons with Nina.  Samson is now 15 months old and a healthy 123lbs and I am proud to say that her flexible lesson plans and proactive training techniques have made Samson the wonderful and well-behaved companion that he is today. Raising a large breed dog in Vancouver has certainly been challenging, but today I couldn’t be happier with Samson, he is so well-mannered and I get nothing but compliments from passerby’s.  Thank you thank you thank you. #bestdogtrainerever Ron & Samson