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Serving Vancouver Island
In service since 2004

Fully Insured & Bonded

Mick Howland KPA CTP
BCSPCA AnimalKind Accredited
Fear Free™ Certified
Professional Member of
VIATA (Vancouver Island
Animal Trainers Assocation)

Karin Howland:
Fear Free™ Certified
IAABC Assoc Certified Dog Behavior Consultant
ABC Certified Dog Trainer
Certified Prof Pet Sitter (CPPS)
TTouch Practitioner 1

250-586-7387 (Office)

Parksville-Qualicum Beach, BC




BCSPCA AnimalKind Accredited and Fear Free

Pets Stay Home Training & Care is located in Parksville, BC. Service is provided 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 Island (see Service 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 accepted.

"Thanks for looking after things. We don't worry about home at all when you're in charge."   JB, client of Kitty Visits Read more...

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 Qualifications.   


Professional Development A partial list is below. For additional training that we have participated in see Qualifications or our Facebook page:  

  • Jan '20 - Karin and Mick attended the three-day Clicker Expo in Seattle, WA.
  • Nov '19 - Mick completed the Aggression in Dogs Master Course by Michael Shikashio, CDBC
  • Dec '18 - Mick completed the Fear Free Certified Trainer program. Fear Free methods prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety and stress in pets.
  • Jan '18 - Karin completed the Fear Free Certified Trainer program. Fear Free methods are for the handling and care of all animals.
  • Jun '17 - Mick attended a 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 Feline Development and Communication webinar. Karin is also completing the Cat Behavior and Training certificate course with ABC.
  • Nov '14 - 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 books.
  • 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. 

Memberships: International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (Associate Certified - clinical membership), Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers (CAPPDT), Pet Professional Guild, Tellington Touch Guild, and a number of other pet-related professional organizations. We participate in their educational programs. 

Karin was first accredited with Pet Sitters International in 2005. She completes the CEUs and remains current in the industry.

We have created this website to let you know about our
background, credentials, services, rates, and to provide answers to some questions you may have.  Feel free to contact us at 250-586-7387 or email info@PetsStayHome.ca  

Our Mission & Core Values 

Mission Statement: 
To help strengthen the human-animal bond and therefore, help pets stay with their families.

Core Values:
- 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.


Email:  info@petsstayhome.ca           Telephone:  250-586-7387 (Parksville, BC)   
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Revised: August 29, 2022