Reward-based humane animal training and handling on Vancouver Island.


We Are

 Professionals and Animal Lovers



VIATA Science

Reward based training

Our Vision


Reward-based humane animal training and handling on Vancouver Island.

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Why Positive?

This section:

Explains why positive training is the way to go!
Articles written by professionals and more!

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VIATA Professional Members

 Trainers, Dog Care, Hydrotherapy
Plus much more!

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Resources and Links

Great websites

Information and resources for training, behavior, and more recommended by VIATA!

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WELCOME TO Vancouver Island Animal Training Association


The purpose of VIATA is to promote humane scientific reward-based training, and animal handling on Vancouver Island.

VIATA was created as a local forum and resource for professionals in the animal care field and concerned individuals alike.

As VIATA members we share as a core value the well-being of all animals we come into contact with and care deeply about humane, low-stress, reward and science-based methods.

Latest Newsletters and Events

Dogs Who React: Helping Dogs Who Show Aggressive, Anxious and “Unpredictable” Behaviours

  Dogs Who React: Helping Dogs Who Show Aggressive, Anxious and "Unpredictable" Behaviours Sunday, October 20th, 2019 1:15pm - 4:30pm Beban Park Social Centre,Room 1, 2300 Bowen RoadNanaimo   Presenters:Dr. Charoul Lekx DVM, Domena Diesing (CPDT-KA,...

AGM – Guest Speaker Dr Karen Van Haaften

Vancouver Island Animal Training Association's Annual General Meeting and Educational Event When: Sunday June 23rd from 1pm to 5pmWhere: Pearmine Room at Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, 7380 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan, BC. Featuring a free educational event for...

What is This Horse Saying?

What is This Horse Saying? A Workshop on Interspecies Communication Communication is at the core of our relationships with our animals. To facilitate connection we need to be able to read fine details in their communication, including body language, vocalizations and...

Brain Games for Rainy Days

Do you wish you had more time to train or exercise your dog?Are you stuck at home due to family commitments or weather? Are you rehabilitating an injured dog? Want to do something fun with your senior dog or puppy? These games will mentally tire your dog while...


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The Heart of the Matter

The well-being of our animals is in our hearts and our hands.

We are their advocates. We are responsible for ensuring they are treated humanely, this includes interactions with our family members, friends, veterinarians, groomers, etc.
We enrich their lives and increase our bond by first understanding and then responding to their needs.

  • What is your animal’s body language saying?
  • What is your body language saying to your animal?
  • What does the word ‘positive’ mean in ‘positive training’?
  • What are low stress techniques, how do they benefit our animals?
  • What is “enrichment” and why is it important to my dog and me?
  • What qualifications should a pet sitter have?

Become a VIATA Member!

Beyond ‘feeling positive about being positive’, there are great benefits to becoming a VIATA member!

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