Home Life Training


Home Life Training is a one week training program where the puppy/dog goes off-site to learn potty training, kennel training, quiet behavior during separation, grooming handling, socialization with adults, children and dogs, rope leash and off-leash training.

Deb & Jim are experienced Home Life Trainers with many successful puppy graduates. 

They are located on the Galloping Goose Trail, so puppies will experience neighbourhood living, with direct access to the trail, providing them lots of exposure to cars, dogs, walkers, runners, bikers, strollers & children, as well as birds, squirrels, and periodically even horses, large & small.  Car rides to beaches; other trails & parks are common. 

This active couple has a sweet new addition to the family, Illa, an Island Miniature Schnauzer.  She is looking forward to helping teach the puppies the ropes, as well as having a playmate to hang out with in the yard or cuddle up with.  She is very good with other puppies, as she interacts with puppies of all ages at the IMS farm on a regular basis. 

Both Deb & Jim have flexible schedules, so there is always some one around for accompaniment and ongoing training.  There will be lots of love and learning, and Deb & Jim are so fulfilled knowing these sweet, smart, adventurous little ones are heading off to their forever homes with a great foundation to their training.

Deb & Jim have great respect for Beverley, her amazing energy, as well as her love for her dogs and humans.   They are grateful for the opportunity to work with these beautiful, sweet puppies.  Watching them develop, learn and grow is so joyful, and they really connect with Beverley’s … Join Up, Be One & Have Fun!

Vivienne, is our “large dog expert” Home Life Trainer.  Her specialty is training large dogs, so her assigned puppy gets plenty of exposure to her large dog, Kaya, a gentle, large Coyote Hybrid.  Her puppy goes for car rides, plays in her forest with Kaya, learns how to ask to go outside for potty chores and inherits the well-behaved nature of Kaya.

The Williamson Doggang – Wes (retired), Rae (semi retired), Ace our senior Basenji and Harley our junior Island Miniature Schnauzer.  It’s a family affair – Ace leads the pack on walks and Harley loves to play with the puppies in our large fenced yard and to help train them by showing them the ropes.  Our love for dogs led us to the Farm and the invitation to join up with the Home Life Training program. 

We love having the puppies in our home and seeing their personalities emerge.  West Coast nature trail walks, conquering stairs, urban excursions, traffic of all sizes and shapes and trips to the beach are just a few of the activities the puppies experience over the course of their week with us.  We are always sad to see the week come to an end but knowing they are going to their wonderful, forever home makes this special job so much easier.

Gail, a retired teacher and transplant to BC, moved to Sooke from Sechelt 4 years ago. Her trusty companion Pixel, a bichon/poodle, loves his new yard and his daily 2 mile walks.  Gail lives in a quiet neighbourhood in Sooke proper, where there are a number of little parks, quiet streets with some street traffic, and lots of neighbors with dogs, whom she meets regularly when out walking Pixel. Gail travels to Langford, Victoria and Sidney regularly so puppies will learn how to ride in a car in a crate and be able to experience a more urban environment.  Gail has had dogs most of her life, has done agility training and scent work with a few of them.

She met one of Beverley’s retired females through a friend and she had such a wonderful calm personality this led her to seek out more information about the farm, its breeder and her puppies. She also had numerous conversations with miniature schnauzer owners in Sooke, whose pups came from the farm. Again every one of the dogs she met from the farm were so calm and quiet and their owners gloated over their dogs and Island Miniature Schnauzers. Later, while viewing the IMS website, she noticed that Beverley was looking for locals to become Home Life Trainers. Knowing that she would be looking to purchase a puppy in the future she decided to apply and as they say everything else is history.

Gail’s first Home Life Training puppy, Mia, was a real charmer and a quick learner (Gail has had to relearn a lot too as it has been years since she has had a puppy in the house).  With Beverley and Deb’s training and mentoring to lean on, Gail has been able to help Mia, in less than 2 days, learn how to go up and down stairs, have her paws wiped down when she comes in, the commencement of knowing what “Potty” means. On top of that she almost slept through the night on her first night there. It is a delightful journey and one that Gail is look forward to continuing. She says there is nothing like puppy kisses, hugs and adoration.

Meg, an energy worker/healer by trade, works and communicates with puppies and dogs energetically.  She first learned about the farm by answering to another position in the farm.  When she went for the interview with Beverley for that job, she immediately said “Your energy is great, would you like to be a Home Life Trainer? We are looking for more to add to our doggang and I was about to post it on line!”  The funny thing is, Meg has wanted to be a dog trainer for a long time and even thought about going away to take some training, however her family demands didn’t allow for it at that time.  Universe knows the best timing for everything!

She has 2 children aged 13 and 7, husband, 2 Chiwienees, and 2 cats in her household, so the puppy will have plenty of socialization with variety of members.  Daily walks with the other dogs make the puppy a good follower in the pack.  Our youngest cat has taken the role as “teacher” to show the puppies how to play with cats. Meg’s active daily routine will expose the puppies to human life and what is expected of them, and they are guided gently through their experiences.  She is greatly enjoying the time with puppies and is amazed how each one of them is so sweet, clever and eager to be with. Training puppies actually trains humans, Meg discovers, and she wishes all the new families for them to have great years to come.