Links for Dog Walking Practical Information:

INFORMED CONSENT: Please sign and bring to the Practical session. You are not eligible to participate without a signed copy

LOCATION CHANGE IF RAINING (applicable April 14, 2018): OFF-SITE PARK LOCATION (updated map)

PRACTICAL DETAILS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Details, supply requirements, and information about bringing your dog

Information if severe weather conditions. NOTE: Course will go rain or shine - please see above link (off-site park location) for April 14 meet location change.

Course Description:

This course is designed for new and experienced British Columbia bylaw officers as well as those considering a career in the field. The course provides the fundamental knowledge and skills required to function effectively in the role of a local government bylaw officer in British Columbia. You will examine relevant legislation, as well as the legal authority, powers, and duties of a bylaw officer. Various compliance and enforcement measures/options will be explored, including issues surrounding interpretation of bylaws. Attributes and qualities of an effective investigator will be discussed by analyzing the fundamental issues and challenges associated with conducting investigations including evidence collection, documentation, and presentation of evidence in legal and non-legal proceedings. Emphasis is placed on developing skills and knowledge to enhance your ability to defuse emotionally charged situations and to manage your own personal safety and the safety of others. To guide your approach towards and involvement with the public, you will gain a better understanding of issues connected to diversity, mental health, and homelessness. The course uses a blend of online learning and in-class delivery. (FormerlyBYLAW101)



To improve your chance of success in these courses, It is strongly recommended that you have a grade 12 or equivalent education, are fluent in the English language (written and oral), and have basic computer skills with reliable Internet access.

More information:

The BC SPCA operates with the assistance of over 4,000 volunteers who work at the shelter level and in a variety of fundraising, advocacy and education roles. These critical individuals assist our branches through activities such as dog walking, cat wellness, rabbit and small animal care, administrative support, special events, fundraising, education, volunteer coordination, fostering, advocacy, and so much more.

Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) is a no-kill, non-profit, registered charity dedicated to the rescue of cats in the Lower Mainland. We also coordinate rescue work with other groups in BC. VOKRA is currently seeking volunteers: 

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PetMD provides pet owners support beyond the vet office. The website maintains a comprehensive library of more than 10,000 pet health articles, all written and approved by petMD’s network of trusted veterinarians.


I decided to follow my heart and do something I love - being with animals. I was excited to discover that Langara College in Vancouver offers a comprehensive Professional Dog Walker Program. This program was very informative and helped give me the confidence and knowledge I needed to run a professional dog walking business in downtown Vancouver. After I completed the program and was able to add this certification to my website, I have received a noticeable increase in dog walking clients as well. This course is a must for anyone wanting to be a professional dog walker! I would also highly recommend it for anyone interested in learning more about dog behavior. ~ Jennifer Misewich, Owner of Stellar Pet Care