Tarahill Cairn Terriers &
Wags to Wishes K9 Training 

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Welcome to Tarahill Cairn Terriers
and
Wags to Wishes K9 Training

News and Notices


Cairn Terrier Grooming Seminar


The Wild Rose Cairn Terrier Club plans to hold a grooming seminar in the spring of 2018.  This will be aimed at pet grooming for Cairn owners or groomers who want to learn how to properly strip a cairn terrier. Watch for details on Canuck Dogs and various facebook pages.  Feel free to contact me if you want to be e mailed regarding details.




Classes are underway....


Class availability is based on interest:

  • Canine Life Skills (Manners and obedience Foundations)
  • Puppy Kindergarten (Habituation / Socialization / Becoming Operant), limited to dogs 16 weeks and under
  • Show Handling  - drop in handling practice
  • Beginner Scent detection and Scent Games
  • Rally Obedience / Basic Obedience
  • Agility foundations
  • CGN prep class (learn all the skills needed for your dog to pass the Canine Good Neighbour class)
  • Tricks: Fun and Functional (learn how tricks can build a better relationship with your dog, enhance your training skills and build your dog's desire to work). Earn your Trick dog titles through Do More With Your Dog and AKC.

How to contact me:

e mail: [email protected]

Facebook: send a message through my Facebook page: Wags to Wishes K9 Training

Phone: 403-995-5659


We are conveniently located between Okotoks and Black Diamond, with easy access from south Calgary, High River, Turner Valley.


Wags to Wishes K9 Training Centre

The building is very cool in summer (I recommend bringing a light sweater) and heated in winter. Flooring is 1/2 rubber mat throughout for safety and comfort.  Small class sizes for 

Tarahill Cairn Terriers



The Cairn Terrier is a wonderful, funny, feisty little terrier that will keep you on your toes and  enrich your life if you decide to share your heart and home with one.  Please see my Tarahill pages to learn more about Cairn terriers and my dogs. Go to the Tarahill pages for information about Cairn Terriers in general and about my dogs.


Wags to Wishes K9 Training

Does your dog need better manners?
Are things your dog does driving you crazy?
Do you want to build a better relationship with your dog?
Looking for some fun with your dog?

See the Wags page for information about classes, seminars and other training events.

Group and private classes are available.  Class notices, news, links to interesting articles and blog posts are also on facebook (see link under News section).

About my logos....

My logos were designed by Catherine McMillan of Minuteman Miniature Schnauzers, Deslilse, Saskatchewan.  She was a pleasure to work with and did a great job of capturing what I wanted in a logo. You can see more of Kate's art work on her website at www.katewerk.com. Look for her dog logos under the Canine Art page. And if you are looking for a logo, Kate has my vote!

About the Tarahill logo: Tarahill is my registered kennel name and looks back to family origins in Ireland.  Tara was the ancient capital of Ireland. Many of my dogs have call names that are Irish in origin as well.  The stylized Cairn on the logo is confident and ready to take on the world - the way I would like my cairns to be in the show and performance rings as well as in daily life.

About the Wags to Wishes logo: When thinking of names to call my training business, I wanted something that would reflect joy, the desire for a well trained dog and speak to the growth of a great relationship between dog and handler.  Wags to Wishes, of course, is meant to make you think of 'rags to riches'.  I wanted the logo to be open and welcoming and a little lighthearted.  The cartoon cairn in the logo is offering a play bow, as cairns and many other breeds often do when they are soliciting friendly interaction. The tail is up in a happy wave and the mouth is open a little giving the overall picture of a gregarious but confident little dog.