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Deirdre's dog, Diesel, showing a Breakfast Clubber that other dogs aren't so scary.

Individualized training in a group environment

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Gus and Stella quietly hanging out together. A big step for Gus!

How It Works

Each dog gets at least two 15 minute “working” spots. This is the time where a challenging scenario is set up specific to the dog's triggers. The dog is kept below its threshold so learning can occur. Using scientific and fun training methods, we work towards either changing your dog’s emotional response or training incompatible behaviors.

Your dog gets a break between turns, and most students find it helpful to watch other dog’s training sessions. If suitable, students and their dogs will also assist other teams in their training sessions.


Classes take place in Coquitlam and run every second Sunday afternoon with free practice sessions on the alternating Sundays hosted by Breakfast Club almuni, Arlene Lambert (plus her dogs, Beefcake and Bammers).

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Originated by Sarah Dykes, CDBC, of Bad Dogs Gone Good, Breakfast Club is a class for dogs that are reactive to a variety of stimuli. It is a great source of support, troubleshooting, and humour. The Breakfast Club is able to address nearly all forms of reactivity: from dogs to humans to skateboards, and we are also able to address lack of confidence, impulse control, and anxiety. It aims to address the whole dog. Breakfast Club is a great way for both dogs and their guardians to socialize with others in a low stress setting. A big bonus of Breakfast Club is meeting other dog owners who are coping with similar issues. Deirdre is very excited to be bringing Breakfast Club back to the Lower Mainland!

Prior to entering Breakfast Club, all dogs must have an initial consultation to determine suitability for the class. Contact Deirdre to book a private consultation in which she will meet with you and your dog to assess your dog’s behaviour.