Classes/Training

All our training is done at Cherry Creek Community Hall in the Gym or outdoors, unless otherwise stated.  Location: 3270 Moore Road, Port Alberni ( SW corner of Cherry Creek Rd and Moore Rd – 4 way stop)

Basic Obedience Classes

This class covers the basics (sit, stay, down, recall, focus, heel, socialization, etc.)  It is for the dogs of any age to learn the basics or as a refresher.

  • Minimum age 12 weeks/3 months
  • You should have time to bond with your dog before you start classes (2-3 weeks) and have a collar & leash on your dog for a walk.
  • Dogs must have proof of vaccinations. (in order to complete Registration) The dog should be immunized against Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvo Virus and be free from communicable &/or infectious illness for 30 days prior to class.

Dogs should not have any aggression or temperment issues.  If they have, we will be happy to recommend a suitable dog trainer.

Supplies you require:

  • Cloth Collar, Martingale Collar, or no-pull/walking harness. (No choke or prong Collars)
  • 5-6 ft basic leash or kennel lead (no Flexi leash).
  • Poop Bags.
  • Soft treats/bait (like cut up weiners. Dry treats leaves crumbs behind that distracts other dogs and mess on Gym floor.)

Our instructor for Basic Obedience lessons is Synneva Stubbs-Dentoom.  She is an Alberni Valley Kennel Club member and a Professional Canine Behaviour Specialist.  She will be pleased to answer any questions you may have.  Contact her by phone/text at 250-735-8880 or email: ebadogs@live


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Register for Classes

Email to: avkc.webadmin@shaw.ca or phone Roxanne at 250-723-9939
Provide us with your Name, Email address & phone number, plus your dog’s name, breed and age/birthdate.
We will email you a “Registration package” to complete.

You must complete our Registration form, pay in full and provide us with veterinary vaccine record before you are registered for classes.

5 Basic Obedience Training Lessons

  • Start Time: 6:00 or 7:00 pm on Monday evenings
  • Class is approx. 45-55 minutes
  • September to May classes will be indoors at Cherry Creek Hall Gym
    • (May to September some classes will be outdoors at Cherry Creek Hall grounds)
  • Classes cost $90.00 for 5 weekly lessons (limited number of dogs per class)
  • Instructor:  Synneva Stubbs-Dentoom

Basic Obedience Classes 2022

  • BOC 22-1  Mon. Jan 10, Jan 17, Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 7COMPLETED
  • BOC 22-2  Mon. Feb 14, Feb 21, Feb 28, Mar 7, Mar 14 – COMPLETED
  • BOC 22-3  Mon. Mar 28, Apr 4, Apr 11, Apr 18, Apr 25 – COMPLETED
  • BOC 22-4  Mon. May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30 – IN PROGRESS
  • BOC 22-5  Mon. June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27, *  July 11  (* no class July 4) REGISTER NOW!
  • BOC 22-6  Mon. July 18, July 25, Aug 1, ** Aug 22, Aug 29(** no class Aug 8 & 15)
  • BOC 22-7  Mon. Sep 5, Sep 12, Sep 19, Sep 26, Oct 3.
  • BOC 22-8  Mon. Oct 24, * Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 21, Nov 28.   (* no class Oct 31)

No classes in December 2022


More Training…

If you are interested in any training other than Beginner/Basic Obedience classes, please let us know.  When we have sufficient interest, we are able to schedule classes.

Refresh/Repeat Basic Obedience (RBO) 

for dogs that have already taken “Basic Obedience Classes”

  • To work on basic skills in a group setting.
  • Develop confidence in all basic skills and behaviours.

Next Class RBO22-6  Wed. July 20, 27, Aug 3, * * Aug 24, 31st (No class Aug. 10 & 17th)

Introduction to Advanced Obedience (IAO)

To pre-qualify your dog should be able to sit & stay in position for at least one minute.

  • for dogs to develop confidence in their obedience skills (on & off leash)
  • Introduce the skills required for performance sports (Rally Obedience, Agility, etc.) & competitions.
  • Introduce the 12 skills/behaviours in the Canine Good Neighbour Program

Register Now for IAO22-5 – Wed. June 8, 15, 22, * July 6, 13th.  (No class June 29th)

CKC Canine Good Neighbour Program (CGN)

A list of 12 skills/behaviours are practiced to demonstrate good manner in public.  You have the option to take a qualifying exam and earn a certificate from CKC.

Exam will be mid October during the Alberni Valley Kennel Club Dog Show

Next Class for CGN22-7 – Wed. Sep. 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5

Junior Handling

(Show Handling)  Ages 8-18 who want to show a dog in a conformation dog show.

Classes will be scheduled when there is a demand.


Prerequisite for IAO & CGN classes would be taking Basic Obedience classes &/or a dog who is able to sit/stay on their own for at least one minute.

Contact Roxanne at 250-723-9939 or avkc.webadmin@shaw.ca to be put on a waitlist.


COVID-19 Precautions:

We will follow the current COVID-19 orders by the BC Provincial Health Officer and any changes going forward.

  • We have set up a “no-contact” registration that must be completed before classes start.
  • We have reduced the number of dogs in our indoor classes
  • Maximum 2 people to handle each dog and must be listed on registration form.
  • We recommend  participants wear a face mask in the Gym and maintain physical distancing of 6 feet when possible..