Rita Britton


Rita teaches Puppy SmartStart, Beginner, Beyond Beginner, Intermediate, Train&Play, Come When Called, Canine Good Neighbour and Reactive Dog Learn to Play Programs.  

Rita is one of DOGSmart Training's most experienced and knowledgeable trainers.  A strong proponent of motivational non-abusive training Rita's training skills range from teaching basic, to advanced and highly specialized classes.  Rita is also Canine First Aid Certified

Rita is a founding member of C.A.R.E.S.S - a non-profit society providing education and resources for companion animal owners.  She has volunteered at the local SPCA Shelter for 16 years, where she instituted and co-ordinated the Mutts 'n Manners Program with DogSmart Training and the Vancouver SPCA.

Rita is mom to Ddraig, a Shilo Shepherd and Squirrel, a Christmas rescue kitten

Educational Background

  • Kathy Sdao - DOGSmart Training - Vancouver, BC., 2012
    • Get S.M.A.R.T About Training - A 2-Day Seminar with Kathy Sdao
  • CKC - Canine Good Neighbour Evaluator, 2010
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), Renewed 2009
  • Dr. Jean Dodds - Victoria, BC., 2009
    • Canine Thyroid Disease
    • Vaccinations
    • Nutrition and Health
  • Dr. Ian Dunbar - DOGSmart Training - Vancouver, BC, 2008
    • Dog Aggression: Biting and Fighting
    • Training Adult Dogs
    • Puppy Classes & Games.
  • Patricia McConnell - DOGSmart Training - Vancouver, BC, 2007
    • For the Love of A Dog: The Biology of Emotion in People and Dogs
    • Dog-Dog Aggression: Treating Aggression Between Unfamiliar Dogs
  • Pat Miller  - 2006
    • Body Talk, Clicker Bite Me & Behaviour Problems
  • Association of Pet Dog Trainers Conference (APDT) - Portland, OR, 2006
  • Dr. Roger Abrantes - Vancouver, BC, 2005
    • The Evolution of Canine Social Behaviour: Dog Language
    • The Brave New World of Dog Trainin: Canine Behaviour Problems
  • Dr. Ian Dunbar  - Vancouver, BC, 2005
    • Instructors Workshop
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), 2004
  • Turid Rugaas of Norway - Richmond, BC, 2002
    • Calming Signals
  • Sue Sternberg