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The Nanaimo Kennel Club classes are held in the Centennial Building at Beban Park.

How much:

All our sessions run for 6 weeks and cost  $95 per dog unless otherwise marked in the descriptions below.

Discounts are available for NKC members and dogs recently adopted from the SPCA

For more information about classes please email

If you would like information on upcoming classes please sign up to our email list. We send out notifications when registration for new classes opens up You can remove yourself at any time


The basics for your pet

Puppy Class (under 16 weeks)

Designed for puppies under 16 weeks of age at the beginning of the class.

The program focuses on teaching good social skills for your puppy, as well as addressing the concerns of a “new puppy parent” such as crate training, biting, chewing etc.

Classes will help you discover what type of temperament your puppy has, and the best methods to use to teach that puppy all the way into adulthood.  Using positive reinforcement, we will show you how to start your puppy on the basic commands such as Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Walking on leash along with lots other useful information.


People taking this class want to have a well-mannered and obedient puppy/dog that will be welcome in most situations.  By teaching and practicing basic commands (sit, down, recall, leash manners), dogs will learn essential household manners.  Our weekly games help prepare you to deal with the most common issues that arise as part of dog ownership.

CGN - Canine Good Neighbour

This class stresses responsible pet ownership and basic good manners for dogs at home and in the community.

Teach your four legged companion to be a “good citizen” and then put your skills to the test by participating in a CKC Canine Good Neighbour Certificate Test!

Prerequisite:  Dog knows the basic commands (Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Walking on leash) but may fail under distraction

Advanced Class

Advanced class (Becoming Relevant) : The advanced class will continue on with basics from the Beginners but more in depth.  An understanding of learning theory and markers, a stress on focus in all work, rules and structures of play developing impulse control (tugs toys required). Touch pad intro, stress on Heel work foundations, conditioning and body awareness, understanding of Basic position at Heel,  leash pressure, cheap tricks, position work refined, the Front chain, and more!

NOTE:  Crates required!  Light canvass collapsible crates ideal for larger dogs

Conformation Show Handling

This class is for people that are new to showing dogs.  The focus is on teaching the handler what is expected of him or her both in preparation for the show and in the ring.  It is a basic beginners program.  We teach you how to make your dog look the best it can be.

The Centennial Building is set up with rings for those handlers who wish to practice their skills.  It is also an environment for young dogs that need show building exposure.  Pretend judges are available to examine your dog in the standard fashion of a show.

Please click here to register for this class

Junior Trainers

Would your child love to learn to train their dog? Would your child enjoy improving their bond with their dog and learning the skills to compete in Rally Obedience with their dog?

We are offering a Junior trainer class, this is a fun class and is very bonding for child and dog.

For this class the child must be 10 to 17 years of age and have a interest in learning to train their dog.

The child will have to practice the training skills taught in this class at home with their dog.

The child must also be able to have basic control over the dog. This simply means the child needs to be strong enough to not be pulled around by the dog we will teach them the rest .

Dog does not have to be a purebred dog to compete in Rally obedience . but If not purebred, registered, must be spayed or neutered

This is going to be a fun informative class for dog and child.

Some classes to consider after the basics:

Rally Obedience

Rally is a program where dog and handler use directional signs to run through a numbered course. Rally goes beyond basic heeling by interspersing different movements with the normal sits, turns and paces of traditional heeling.
Rally requires a brisk pace, positive attitude and happy demeanour. It is not simple or easy, but challenges handlers and dogs to perform in a partnership. Unlike traditional obedience, handlers may use extra signals and/or commands throughout their run to encourage their dogs. This feature, along with variability incorporated into course design and format, creates a fast-moving, continuous performance.
The NKC supports Rally-O trials under many different organizations: CKC, AIOC, CARO and UKC .
In this class students will learn all three levels of CKC signs Novice Advanced and Excellent- dogs do not have to be ready for the advanced and excellent levels to partake in the class
*** Dogs coming into the rally class should be able to sit, down, stand on command ( voice and or signal) and have a basic understanding of heel position.

Introduction to Scent Detection

This class if for dogs that have had no previous scent training

Inspired by working detection dogs, Scent Detection is the fun search and scenting activity for virtually all dogs and people. The sport of Scent Detection is designed to let dogs engage their natural scenting abilities in a fun and rewarding manner.  As every dog owner is aware, canines have incredibly sensitive noses. They learn about the world through their sense of smell. Scent Detection, also called scent work, is a relatively new sport for pet dogs and their owners, and encourages dogs to use their natural hunting drive and unique talent for picking up scents and locating the source.

Scent Detection Continued

For all dogs that have already taken the Introduction to Scent Detection class.

This class will build on skills already learned and polish the more advanced skills of scent detection

Novice Dog / Experienced Handler
This class is for the experienced handler.  We will work on basic obedience and/or conformation .   This class is for everyone wanting to have a bit of structure for their training while we are encouraging everyone to help each other.
Basic obedience, sit stand, stays, attention and recall just to name a few.  This is a class that will be determined by the level the participants are at.

And our competition classes:

Rally FrEe Courses, Platforms and Pivots

This class is aimed toward those who are new to Rally FrEe but have dogs who can heel as well as those who have learned some Rally FrEe behaviours and are ready for more coursework. This Rally FrEe class will have dogs heeling on both right and left, and learning the requirements for Novice Rally FrEe. This class is different than Rally Obedience—please check to see what this new sport is all about before signing up

Agility Sequencing

The class is the second level of Agility so dogs need to have completed the Intro to Agility course.

In Sequencing dogs and handlers will learn to navigate different agility course skills and begin running mini courses.

Foundations for Competition

The class will prepare your Foundation Skills for Dog Sports. The exercises will help the participants build attention, engagement and drive. We will mainly focus in competition obedience but the skills are applicable to other dog team sports as well.

Novice Obedience Ring

Foundation work for competition

Heeling — footwork, forward halt, left turn, right turn, about turn , figure eight,

Focused attention

Being variable and unpredictable

Stand for examination and recall

Long sit and long down

Open CDX1

Companion Dog Excellence

Introduction to the dumbbell and drop on recall

Continued off leash heeling practice

Introducing out of site long sit and down


Teaching and perfecting the exercises needed for Utility, the curriculum will be flexible depending on the needs of the students

Continuation on preparation for the Open ring and beyond.

Requirement: The dog has taken CDX and has a reliable retrieve

Rally-Obedience Beginners Class

Rally Obedience is a companion sport to formal Obedience, though many find it to be much more relaxed and motivational.  As with Obedience, dogs in Rally-O should demonstrate willingness, enjoyment and teamwork. In this Beginner class we will introduce the CKC Novice Rally exercises and corresponding signs, practice heeling skills and build towards short courses.  Teams must have at least basic obedience skills including heel, sit, down and stand.

Rally O - Advanced

Rally Advanced is for the dog handler team that has some rally obedience experience. They are either competing or ready to compete at the novice level. This course will introduce you to all of the Intermediate , Advanced and Excellent exercises for CKC rally obedience.

Advanced and Excellent are competed off leash, and dogs should be under control, but will be on leash in class for the most part. Intermediate is performed on leash. For dog handler teams that have taken a Rally Obedience novice class but feel they are not ready to compete,  they are welcome to repeat a rally novice class to sharpen up their skills.

Rally Masters

Announcing a new level of CKC Rally Obedience!  Masters introduces elements of formal obedience.  No verbal communications permitted with your dog.  Extra commands entail points off, as do partially crooked sits and downs (half point penalties).  Come and learn the exercises that are to be performed in Masters Class. This class is suitable for dogs who have or are working on Advanced or Excellent Rally titles.   Also those who have accomplished or are working towards a CD title due to greater levels of control and response needed. No luring allowed in competition but fine in class.