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.

Dogsafe Canine First Aid 101

Would you know what to do if your dog choked on a toy? Got hit by a car? Cut their paw? 

This comprehensive full-day course is designed to teach responsible dog owners and dog professionals the knowledge and skills required to respond to a sick or injured dog until veterinary care is available. A 118-page training manual included with registration. 


  • Next Class: September 23, 2023
  • Sundance Animal Hospital (35 Sunmills Drive SE)
  • $175 per student
  • Limited to 10 students
  • Each student gets their own CPR dog dummy to work with in class



Why All Dog Owners Should Take This Course? 

Why All Dog Professionals Should Take This Course?

Real Stories From Dogsafe Graduates!  



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:

  • Starting at $650 USD
  • Next class TBA – Due to health recommendations regarding COVID-19 in Alberta we have made the decision to reschedule this course

Learn more, see dates, and register



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 587-579-5954 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.

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: 587-579-5954 | Email:

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