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Shelley Smith is a Certified Master Dog Trainer with an educational background in Psychology. She has been training dogs and their owners for over 16 years. Shelley's training combines counter conditioning (replacing unwanted behavior with more appropriate behavior) and positive reinforcements rather than just the old method of reprimanding for bad behavior.

Shelley is a published writer on dog behavior and training. You can read some of her articles on this website blog.

Shelley keeps current in the dog world by attending seminars and workshops on dog training and behavior and by competing in obedience and dog sports with her own dogs. She currently lives with a German Shepherd and a cat. She has also provided a good home to Rescue Dogs.

Many listeners in the Lower Mainland will have heard Shelley on CKNW Radio with Phillip Till, as their dog behaviour specialist. She has also written a monthly dog training column in The Richmond News called "Barking Back".

In 2008, she was a member of the Dogs in Parks Task Force formed by City of Richmond to help solve local dog issues and problems occuring throughout the city. She was the only canine specialist that was invited to participate in the organization due to her extensive knowledge and expertise.

Richmond Shelley Smith Dog Training


My Award

Shelley Smith Dog Training wins Best of Richmond Award

2023, Richmond, BC: 

Best Dog Trainer in Richmond, as voted on by readers of the Richmond News.
My Award

Shelley smith awarded as one of the top 3 dog trainers in Richmond, bc

2018 & 2022,
Richmond, BC:

Shelley Smith Dog Training Services was named as one of the Top 3 Dog Trainers in Richmond BC by 

May 30, 2014, Richmond, BC: 


The Richmond Review asked its readers what their favourite things are in Richmond and published their answers in their annual Best of Richmond Readers’ Poll.

Shelley thanks everyone who voted Shelley Smith Dog Training Services as Best Pet Services in the Best of Richmond Readers' Poll. THANK-YOU! You are amazing!

Shelley Smith Dog Training wins Best of Richmond Award
Richmond Dog Trainer Shelley Smith Earned Award
Shelley Smith Wins Ethel Tibbits Women of Distinction 
Award, Business Class
Richmond Dog Trainer Shelley Smith Ethel Tibbits Award

Shelley Smith wins the
2014 Ethel Tibbits Women of Distinction Award
Business Class

March 15, 2014, Richmond, BC: 


"She's described as Richmond's answer to Cesar Milan, TV's famous dog whisperer. Shelley's work as a certified master dog trainer has been a rewarding experience for both Shelley and her clients.


Armed with a psychology background, Shelley has helped countless Richmond families over the past decade, providing personalized training that enables dogs and their owners to enjoy a long and happy relationship. With a kind, funny and sometimes quirky style, Shelley always devotes 100% to what she does."

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