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

Introduction to Reactivity: A Multi-Speaker Seminar on Dogs Who Bark and Lunge

Introduction to Reactivity: A Multi-Speaker Seminar on Dogs Who Bark and Lunge Victoria When: Sunday November 18th 2:00pm-5:00pm Where: Kinsmen Fieldhouse, Juan de Fuca Recreation Center, Colwood Cost: $50 for public – sign up for membership during the...

Summer Newsletter 2018

One spring day in Fernwood, a little girl and her father were walking hand in hand down the street. The sun shone and the daffodils were pushing the snow drops aside. As they walked past a blue recycle bin, the wind gusted, strewing pieces of plastic and...

AGM 2018

  Free Educational Event & Training Exchange Workshop “The Emotional Welfare of Animals” When: Sunday, August 19th 1:00pm-4:00pm Where: Pearmine Room @ Cowichan Exhibition 7380 Trans-Canada Highway Duncan, BC To Register, Please Contact:

Spring Newsletter 2018

Visitors to our lovely West Coast Isle often rave about how green it is, even in the darkest winter months.
Those of us lucky enough to live here, watch eagerly for the tender bright greens of spring to join those weathered greens of winter. The hunkered down greens of Douglas firs and leathery salal are joined by an exuberant choir of willows, maples and snowberry.
Even the most curmudgeonly heart can’t resist singing along with a West Coast Spring.


We Can

            Make a Difference


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!

Why Become a Member?