Serving Vancouver Island
In service since 2004 Fully Insured & Bonded Pet First Aid Certified
Mick Howland KPA CTP Professional Member of
VIATA (Vancouver Island
Animal Trainers Assocation)
Karin Howland: IAABC Assoc Certified Dog
ABC Certified Dog Trainer Certified Prof Pet
TTouch Practitioner 1
CASI Cert CBST
Pets Stay Home Training & Care is located in Parksville, BC. We provided
a full-time pet service in Manitoba from 2004-2015, and in 2015 we moved to Vancouver Island. We are a mobile service
providing service in the homes of our clients. And yes, we are
insured and bonded.
From dog training and behavior consults to pet sitting in your home for all
pets, we have what you need to keep your pets comfortable in
your home. Pets Stay Home
Training & Care
is located in Parksville, BC and
provides dog training and pet services on Vancouver
Areas for the full
list). Locally owned and
operated, we have been in service since 2004. We are a full-time business dedicated to pets. Our goal is to help
pets stay in their own home. We provide pet visits for dogs, cats, birds
and other pets.We also provide various training options to suit you and your dogs. We provide short and
long-term pet care, mid-day breaks, dog training, new puppy support, trick
training, plus help
with behavioral issues and manners training.
You will be surprised how easy and
convenient in-home care or training for your pets will be, and how relaxed your
pets will be. Our 21-Point Checklist ensures that your home is secure, and your
pets are safe and comfortable.
And our always-ready service is ideal for the frequent
business traveler who needs service on short notice.
For everyone's peace of mind, all services are contractually arranged. Credit cards are
"Thanks for looking after
things. We don't worry about home at all when you're in charge." JB,
client of Kitty Visits Read
For your peace of mind, and
ours, we are
fully insured and bonded and we continue to remain current in all that we do
through reading, seminars, workshops and attending educational conferences. See
some of our recent training below and also on
A partial list is below.For additional training that we have
participated in see Qualifications or our Facebook page:
Jan '18 -
Karin completed the requirements for the Fear
Free Level 1 program in 2017, and in 2018 switched to the Fear Free Animal
Trainer Certification program.
Jun '17 -
Mick attended a one-day seminar lead by Dr.
Kenneth Martin, DWM, titled A Systematic TEAM Approach to Reducing
Reactivity in Dogs, at Cowichan Canine in Duncan, BC.
Jan '17 -
Karin and Mick attended the three-day
Clicker Expo in Portland, OR. This conference promotes positive
reinforcement/humane treatment of all animals.
July '16 -
Karin attended Advanced TTouch Training for
Dogs in Vernon, BC. See Qualifications
for additional training that we have participated in.
May '16 -
Mick participated in five weekly sessions with Michael Shikashio's How to Work Aggression Cases A-Z.
Nov '15, Nov '14 - Karin completed the
Pet Nutrition and Diet certificate course with ABC.
This course focused on canine and feline nutrition. Karin also participated
in a FelineDevelopment and Communication webinar. Karin is
also completing the Cat Behavior and Training certificate course with
Mick attended a two-day seminar/workshop in Columbia, MO -
The Behavior of Dogs: Through the Dog's Eyes.
This seminar focused on prevention of behavior problems and behavior
modification tools and techniques, and how to identify when a behavior is no
longer in the prevention stage and requires veterinary intervention and
evaluation, and history taking techniques to help with behavioral triage.
Jan '14 -
Karin and Mick
attended the three-day Karen Pryor Clicker Expo in Long Beach, CA. We
are excited about having attended sessions with Emma Parsons, Karen Pryor,
Kathy Sdao, Irith Bloom, and many others. More tools for the toolkit!
Jan '13, Aug '13
- In January Karin and Mick
attended the three-day Karen Pryor Clicker Expo in San Francisco, CA.
In August, Mick graduated as a Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner (KPA
CTP). The program included study, exams and workshops. Part of the final
workshop included having Polly, our Border Collie X, successfully perform a
10-part behaviour chain.
Oct '13, Apr '13, Oct '12, Apr '12, Feb '12, Nov '11, July
'11 - Karin completed
36 days of workshops in Tellington TTouch®for Companion Animals and is now a Tellington Method Companion Animal
Practitioner 1. Trainings were at the Best
Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah, the Calgary Humane
Society and the Bloomington
Obedience Center in Bloomington, MN. Ttouch is
complementary to the science-based techniques and positive reinforcement training methods
which we also use in all cases. TTouch work at all
the training sessions included work on dogs, cats and rabbits.
Oct '11 -
Karin and Mick attended the
Association of Professional Dog Trainer's (APDT) Educational Conference in San Diego,
CA. There was a full day symposium on
impulse control and the other days were packed with educational sessions
such as defensive handling skills, nutrition, impulsivity. Karen Pryor was
the keynote speaker. We attended a half-day workshop on getting set up for K9 Nosework.
From the trade show we came away
with new harnesses, dog treats, clickers purchased in bulk, Kongs and
Oct '10 - We attended the
Association of Professional Dog Trainer's (APDT) Educational Conference in Atlanta, Ga. We
attended a Feisty Fidos workshop (leash-reactive dogs), a seminar on the
challenges that adolescent dogs may present, one about the myths about dog training, another on K9
Nose Work, and many others.
Nov 3, '07
- Pets Stay Home in the news: Featured in the Winnipeg Free Press, Pet Crossing.
We were interviewed for this article on what you should look for when
considering hiring a pet sitter. To read the article Winnipeg Free Press article.
International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants
(Associate Certified - clinical membership),
Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), Canadian Association of
Professional Pet Dog Trainers (CAPPDT), Pet Professional Guild, Tellington Touch
Guild, Behavior Education Network (BEN), and a number of other pet-related professional
organizations. We participate in their educational programs.
was first accredited with Pet Sitters International in 2005. In 2015 she
completed the CEU's and are now accredited for another three
To help strengthen the human-animal bond and therefore, help pets stay with
- Each pet is unique and will be treated with care and special attention.
- In order to provide the best of care we are committed to continuous
improvement through education and training.
- We are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about pet care and training, and are able to share
this enthusiasm with our clients and with the community.
The name Pets
Stay Home Training & Care
is a registered name in BC and has an inter-community business licence to serve
12 communities on Vancouver Island.