The Best Dog Training Centres in Ottawa

5 Best Dog Training Centres in Ottawa

Are you welcoming a new puppy into your home or is your current dog driving you crazy with its misbehaviour? There’s no need to start howling in frustration because today’s listicle is for you and your pooch!

We’re going to be reviewing the best dog training centres in Ottawa along with their pros and cons. In the next section, we’ll also be taking a look at how much certain dog training services will cost you.

Is Dog Training Costly in Ottawa?

The price you pay for an obedient and socialized dog will depend on several factors. Some charge by how large the dog is, its breed, or whether it’s semi-trained or totally undisciplined.

Some also bundle their services to accommodate training, boarding, and even grooming and socializing with other dogs. The table below reflects some of the rates that are also considered typical among dog training centres in Ottawa.

DOG TRAINING SERVICEESTIMATED COST
Foundational training (leash walking, play and engagement, potty training, house manners, etc.)$200 for one lesson
Hybrid training (leash skills, marker training, engagement, crate training, remote collar)$3,800
Board and training (4 – 6 weeks socialization training in boarding location) $3,800 – $4,600 depending on training goals
Virtual training lessons (reliable commands, loose leash walking, engagements, rewards, markers, off-leash)$95 up per lesson

These estimated costs are taken from national averages and do not include HSTs and other fees yet. Prices are subject to change depending on the dog training centre’s policies, as well.

The Best Dog Training Centres in Ottawa

Next up, we’re going to take a closer look at the best dog training centres in Ottawa and what quality services they could offer your beloved pooch.

And make sure to stick around until the end of this listicle for some handy FAQs!

1. Best Friends Dog Training

Best Friends Dog Training's Homepage
SERVICESGroup and private dog training classes, private online coaching, obedience, scent, agility, behavioural counselling, pet tricks, therapy dog school
ADDRESS2413-7 Stevenage Dr. Ottawa, ON K1G 3W1
CONTACT NUMBER613-667-9948
[email protected] 
WEBSITEhttps://bfdogtraining.ca/ 
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Thursday 12 PM – 9.30 PM
Closed on Fridays
Saturdays 9.30 AM – 1 PM
Sundays 10 AM – 1.30 PM

Since 1994, Best Friends Dog Training has been proudly using motivational, rewards-based techniques for its canine clients. It also emphasizes fun for both the dog and dog owner during its training sessions.

The centre believes that reinforcing good behaviour will bring out a dog’s different abilities with confidence and with the absence of fear. Beyond training a dog, Best Friends Dog Training wants the owners to actually feel joy in the training process.

There are over a dozen dog training instructors on the roster. They represent a wide range of experience, accomplishments, backgrounds, and specializations such as agility, tracking, therapy animals, scent detection, obedience, and tactical communication.

The Tracking class has a waitlist capped at just a hundred names, so dog owners would be wise to put in their dog’s names earlier than the scheduled date.

This is the downside for the centre: that the demand for the centre’s training services typically exceeds its normal capacity. This means there’s a delay of around three months for a grouped class and five to six months for in-person training.

Pros

  • Uses motivational, rewards-based techniques
  • Over a dozen dog trainers on staff
  • Good range of dog training specializations
  • Open six days a week

Cons

  • The waitlist for Tracking class is capped at 100 names
  • Some delay for in-person and group class bookings
  • No BBB accreditation

Customer Reviews

Each canine sport is taken to the next level

“I’ve been very impressed by the level of professionalism and dedication of all the instructors I’ve had thus far at Best Friends, these have included Catherine for dog therapy, Maggie for Rally-O, Heather for Obedience, Jill for agility, and a gentleman whose name I can’t recall for Scent Detection. I particularly like that each canine sport or activity is taken to the next level while ensuring it remains fun for the dog and the handler, working as a team. I look forward to more learning at Best Friends.” – Alexandra Wood 

Helped improve confidence and overall behaviour

“Thank you to Best Friends Dog Training (especially Chantal) for an awesome experience! We enrolled our dog Gusto in Beginner’s Obedience (he’s 3, but we had only recently adopted him) and we are so pleased! Love that they teach you how to train your dog. Not only was it helpful, but it was also fun and it helped improve our Gusto’s confidence and overall behaviour.

Now on to the next level…and maybe some Flyball!” – Shaily Allison

2. The Ottawa Canine School

The Ottawa Canine School's Homepage
SERVICESOnline dog training, private training, separation anxiety program, puppy kindergarten
ADDRESS425 St. Laurent Boulevard Ottawa, ON K1K 2Z8
CONTACT NUMBER[email protected]
WEBSITEhttps://www.ottawak9school.com/ 
OPERATING HOURSVirtual office hours: Sunday to Thursday
By appointment only

This centre believes that kindness is the most effective training method for dogs. Its certified trainers distance themselves from using pain, fear, coercion, and other negative techniques to make a dog obedient and better-behaved.

The centre offers both one-on-one private training sessions and online training so dog owners can have lessons anywhere that’s convenient for them. Training plans are also customizable according to the dog’s needs with reasonably-priced virtual sessions at $90 per hour.  

And while other dog trainers only concentrate on obedience, agility, and socialization, the Ottawa Canine School spotlights an important issue with dogs: separation anxiety.

So if you’ve ever gotten home from work to find little toilet accidents, chewed-up furniture or objects, and a depressed-looking pooch waiting, you can find help here. The lessons will be taught by a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer over a four-week minimum commitment period. 

Pros

  • Addresses dog separation anxiety
  • Offers both one-on-one and online sessions
  • Uses force-free training techniques
  • Reasonable hourly rates

Cons

  • Anxiety program has a four-week minimum commitment
  • Could get fully booked quickly
  • Open for only five days a week
  • No BBB accreditation

Customer Reviews

Knowledgeable, patient, and offered helpful advice

“The course (Basic Good Manners Online) covers some very important fundamentals and is taught in a way that empowers the dog owner to think like a trainer and offer meaningful challenges that build their dog’s confidence. Chantal was knowledgeable, patient and offered helpful advice and modifications that met the needs of each individual dog.” – Danielle

Compassionate, flexible, and fun instructors

“A wonderful group of incredibly knowledgeable, compassionate, flexible and fun instructors. There is absolutely a class for you and your dog here. No matter your skill level or goals.” – Claire S.

3. Awesome K9

Awesome K9's Homepage
SERVICESDog and puppy training, online training, pack walk registration, pre-puppy house consultation
ADDRESS904 Winnington Ave. Ottawa Ont. K2B 5C7
CONTACT NUMBER(613) 797-4454
[email protected] 
WEBSITEhttps://awesomek9.com/ 
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday 8 AM – 5 PM
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays

Most dog training centres in Ottawa focus on juvenile or adult dog behaviour when it should all start at puppyhood. That’s why Awesome K9 takes pride in its puppy course which is now being offered via virtual classes.

However, the centre’s operating hours are only on weekdays. This kind of doesn’t make a lot of sense if online classes are now available.

There are also downloadable resources on the website for new puppy owners to use for free. But this offer is for a limited time only so make sure to access it as quickly as you can.

Awesome K9 offers both online and virtual dog training sessions. Either one starts with an hour and a half-long assessment (for $105 plus tax) so the trainer can thoroughly gauge your dog’s temperament, exercise routine, habits, skills, and potential issues.

After that, the trainer can customize the program that will work best for your dog. The centre promises to work on any problem your dog could have by “undoing its past” and giving it a fresh start with tried and tested techniques.

Pros

  • Offers online puppy training
  • In-person and online sessions are available
  • Customizable program per dog
  • Free downloadable resources

Cons

  • Resources available for a limited time only
  • Open on weekdays only
  • No BBB accreditation

Customer Reviews

Supports in-person sessions with online resources

“We highly recommend Nancy Lynn. She is an experienced dog trainer who makes learning fun for puppies and parents! She supports the in-person sessions with online resources, and she is available to answer questions and offer support. She leads well-organized “pack walks” with other dogs and their owners – these are a huge bonus because lots of the training happens there. Our dog Felix (almost 1-year-old) is now a joy to be with – we are all happier!” – J. Butler 

In-depth, friendly training service for furry friends

“Awesome doesn’t even begin to explain how wonderful of an experience we’ve had at awesome K9 Inc! As the parents of two young stubborn Frenchies, it’s been an incredible journey from 2 boys who could barely stand to be in the same room together to a couple of loving, very well-behaved brothers! 10/10 recommend to any and all looking for a very in-depth, friendly training service for your furry friends.” – Jami Whetter

4. Keshet Kennels 

Keshet Kennels' Homepage
SERVICESDog boarding and daycare facility, dog training, large breed rescue, training and seminars
ADDRESS6157 Russell Road Ottawa, ON K0A 1K0
CONTACT NUMBER613-850-6212
[email protected] 
WEBSITEhttps://www.keshetkennels.com/ 
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Sunday 8 AM – 8 PM

Aside from dog training, Keshet Kennels also offers boarding and daycare and facilities rentals for clients. Even more importantly, it’s a rescue and adoption centre for large breed dogs who are in need of safe and loving forever homes.

It focuses on large dogs because its owners believe they are more at risk of getting surrendered by former owners. The rescue and adoption centre is its way of providing a more compassionate alternative to euthanasia and homelessness.

The centre occasionally offers microchipping and animal blood bank services by appointment, as well. Other standalone services include light grooming and per-session puppy training.

Keshet Kennels’ training sessions include recreational agility which involves obstacle courses, walking and pausing, and other activities to boost a dog’s confidence. There’s also an introduction to canine sports and play and learn classes being offered in the spring and fall seasons.

Please note that some training sessions are only done seasonally, specifically in the spring and summer months. And while we understand that the centre wants to protect pets from colder weather, it could at least offer virtual training sessions during winter, as well.

Pros

  • Rescue and adoption centre for large breed dogs
  • Open seven days a week
  • Occasionally offers microchip and blood bank services
  • Reasonable boarding and facilities rental rates

Cons

  • Some training sessions are seasonal only
  • No virtual training sessions offered
  • No BBB accreditation

Customer Reviews

Took such great care

“Just a quick note to thank you for taking such great care of our fur baby. He seemed to have had an absolute blast, was happy and tired to be home … and probably bored with a lot less excitement! Your care made us leaving him much easier and thanks again for the postcard.” – Randy Reynoso

Wouldn’t hesitate to rent outdoor spaces again at Keshet

“We rented the Habitat outdoor space for our reactive dog, so she could run around and play with a doggie friend. It was perfect for what we needed and it was very secure. I wouldn’t hesitate to rent outdoor spaces again at Keshet, and will probably try Timberland next time! Absolutely perfect for reactive dogs, dogs who like their own space, or dogs that have no recall/high prey drive.” – Jen Collard

5. Carolark

Carolark's Homepage
SERVICESPuppy training classes, private lessons, workshops and events 
ADDRESS5933 Hazeldean Road, Stittsville, ON K2S 1B9
CONTACT NUMBER[email protected]
613-591-3277
WEBSITEhttps://www.carolark.com/ 
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Thursday 12 noon – 8.30 PM
Saturdays and Sundays 9.30 AM – 5 PM
Closed on Fridays

Carolark has been around since 1992 with the mission to help dog owners understand how their beloved canines think and learn. The centre uses positive training methods that take both human and canine considerations in mind.

It offers puppy training classes apart from its sports, good manners, and specialty obedience lessons. There’s also a brain and bodywork program that promises fun classes full of puzzle-solving and scent/shape/colour distinguishing sessions.

There are both group and private classes offered at Carolark. The puppy private classes come with packaged services including a stay-at-home package for families who recently acquired a puppy. 

The hourly rates are a bit higher than the national average (at $113 per hour) but there’s a good range of lessons per session. For instance, its Dog Gym program involves both strengthening exercises and following body language and unspoken cues to learn how to focus more intently on the tasks at hand.

Pros

  • Private and group sessions offered
  • Uses positive training methods
  • Open six days a week
  • Stay-at-home online puppy training available

Cons

  • Hourly rates are a bit higher than other centres
  • Cash payment not accepted for registration
  • No BBB accreditation

Customer Reviews

Instructors have good knowledge of training and canine behaviour

“Loved my experience at Carolark! I am a veterinary technician with a special interest in behaviour. The instructors have good knowledge of training and canine behaviour which is a relief to see nowadays. We always recommend Carolark to our clients!” – Meghan Foubert

Great place for puppy training

“Great place for puppy training. It’s really a must if you wish to understand what makes a dog act, in positive ways which fit into the family and home life, and more importantly to avoid unwanted behaviours which sour the bond and the experience.” – Rod Windover

FAQs About Dog Training in Ottawa


The best dog training in Ottawa is one that will bring out your dog’s confidence and best behaviour. 

Send us a message if you have a good dog training centre to recommend to our readers.

And just in case you need to be somewhere you can’t bring dogs, you can learn where the best dog daycare centres in Ottawa are to ensure their safety and security.