For Dog Pros & Enthusiasts

Learning is the cornerstone of caring

Good as Gold owner and expert dog trainer Barbara Walmer

seeks to help more dogs by supporting fellow dog professionals and enthusiasts with a wide variety of workshops, seminars, and private shelter consulting.

The dogbiz U Dog Walking Academy

Don’t just walk dogs, be a professional dog walker

This fast-paced, engaging 3-day course for both professional dog walkers and those interested in a career switch to dog walking delivers the most comprehensive education available to today’s modern dog walker. You’ll study canine learning theory, body language, aggression, and basic training. You’ll learn why dogs make the choices they do—and how you can influence those decisions to get the behaviour you want. You’ll learn how to recognize early, subtle warnings of trouble, and how to respond to avoid incidents and dog fights. You’ll learn canine first aid and emergency protocols for a wide range of situations. You’ll come away able to create plans to change or manage unwanted behaviour like leash pulling, leash reactivity, resource guarding, jumping, and many more “project” behaviours. And you’ll learn the most effective, ethical business practices to help you make a great living doing what you love.

Class details

  • $850 USD

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Janice Gunn’s Positively Powerful Competition Obedience Workshop

March 7 & 8, 2020 

During this two-day workshop you will learn how to actively engage your dog to want to be a willing participant when training and showing.  Janice will demonstrate a variety of techniques including touch pad training, food chase game, impulse control, on off switches, her unique disc game, remote reward, target plate training, the value of platforms, how to get your dog’s focus and keep it, value transfer, proper play techniques, engagement, explain and discuss ways to use shaping for a stronger connection, are just some of the topics that will be covered.

Workshop details

  • Working Spot (limit of 20) $300 (incl. GST)
  • Auditing Spot $160 (incl. GST)
  • Kayenna Kennels (9827 Horton Road SW Calgary, AB)
  • 9am to 5pm both days

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Seminars for Dog Professionals

Join Good As Gold owner Barbara Walmer and guest speakers for periodic seminars and workshops on a wide range of topics, such as puppy & adolescent development, competition obedience, Tellington Touch, Cooperative Care, animal learning theory, body language, and more.

Click to email or call 403.651.5954 to schedule Barbara for a seminar or speaking engagement

Community Workshops

Barbara and the Good As Gold staff share insights into canine cognition, training, and care with Calgary’s dedicated dog lovers. Topics run the gamut from canine learning theory to reading dog (and cat!) body language, Tellington Touch, cooperative care, understanding aggression, canine first aid, and more.

Shelter Consulting

Lead trainer and experienced shelter manager Barbara Walmer is available to support animal shelters on both specific behaviour modification plans as well as behaviour program development in the areas of dog walking volunteer programs, creating training plans, and stress reduction and enrichment programs.

Click to email or call 403.651.5954 to schedule a consult with Barbara

Meet your presenter & consultant


Good As Gold owner Barbara Walmer is Calgary’s most respected dog trainer. Known by many through her 16 years as Department Head of Behaviour for the Calgary Humane Society, Barb now commits 100% of her time to improving the lives of Calgary’s dogs through community education, dog training classes, and private training programs focused on proactive puppy raising and addressing serious canine behaviour issues.

Barbara is a sought-after and experienced public speaker, having taken the stage at multiple seminars and workshops across Canada, including speaking on shelter behaviour throughout the country in conjunction with Petlynx, talks on behaviour at the Saskatchewan Animal Welfare Conference and CAPPDT conference, behaviour in the shelter environment at the OPSCA Conference, and dog park design and behaviour for the Urban Animal Summit.

Learn more about Barbara and her credentials.

Questions about our seminar or workshops? Interested in engaging Barbara for your event?

Phone: 403.651.5954 | Email:

Dog pro seminars, community workshops, and dog walking school for dedicated Calgary dog professionals and enthusiasts.