Schedule & Registration

Canine Good Neighbour Preparation

Instructor Elizabeth M. Simpson, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.


This class is designed to prepare the handler and dog to be successful in the Canadian Kennel Club Canine Good Neighbour Program The Canine Good Neighbour Program is a 12-step test, that encourages owners to have a better and richer relationship with their dogs. It is often used as the basis for testing, and in one BC hospital the criteria for allowing, dogs and their handlers to volunteer as Therapy Dog Teams.

This preparation class will focus on strengthening friendly, attentive, and willing behaviours in everyday situations. Initially, it will review basics skills such as sit with duration, down with duration, polite walking, and come, gradually building towards more complex items such as Praise/Interaction and Supervised Isolation. Positive reinforcement training techniques including food rewards, praise, cue words, and hand signals will be used to guide the human-dog teams in learning to communicate with each other. All this, in a stress-free environment designed to be fun for you and your dog.

COVID protections – classes are kept small allowing social distancing, each team has a designated working area, all handlers and trainers will wear masks, the room will be cleaned before and after each class.

Typical length: 6 Weeks | 60 Minutes Per Week


Dogs must be at least 1-year old because the test includes potentially fearful items. This class does not require a DOGSmart Beginner Class but it is recommended. Please equip your dog with a flat buckle collar, and an approximately 6-foot leash. Collars, including pinch, choke, martingale, and shock, as well as retractable-leashes are not permitted. 

Please Note: Female dogs in heat season (estrus) are not permitted to attend classes during the period that the female is in heat.

Important Note: One-week notice prior to the date of the first class is required for cancellations or refunds. We are unable to provide refunds once classes have started. Due to the nature of Canine Good Neighbour classes we are unable to offer make-up classes for any that you miss. Dates and times of classes are subject to change. Visit our web site for more information and to check space availability in classes.

Upcoming Classes

Canine Good Neighbour Preparation

Fridays at 6:15 pm or 7:30 pm

DOGSmart Room P

Elizabeth M. Simpson, Ph.D.