What is Harvard Paw?


“Just a Dog”

From time to time, people tell me, “lighten up, it’s just a dog,” or “that’s a lot of money for just a dog.”

They don’t understand the distance travelled, the time spent, or the costs involved for “just a dog.”

Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a dog.”

Many hours have passed and my only company was “just a dog,” but I did not once feel slighted.

Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by

“just a dog,” and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “just a dog” gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.

If you, too, think it’s “just a dog,” then you probably understand phrases like “just a friend,” “just a sunrise,” or “just a promise.”

“Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy.

“Just a dog” brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person.

Because of “just a dog” I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.

So for me and folks like me, it’s not “just a dog” but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.

“Just a dog” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday they can understand that its’ not “just a dog” but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “just a man” or “just a woman.”

So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog,” just smile, because they “just don’t understand.”

~Unknown Author~

Harvard Paw Education and Care Center. is your exclusive, "everything dog" facility serving St. Albert, Edmonton and surrounding areas.

Fear and force free, completely transparent, regardless of service or product.

All of our staff are highly trained, our services force and fear free, top of the heap and hand-picked to bring you and your best friend an unparalleled experience.

Our services include but are not limited to Training, Day training, Boarding, Grooming, Health Care, Nutrition and Supplies.

We are a fully transparent facility with cameras on your dog every second of every day, 365 days per year.

Everyone under our roof has been properly vetted to ensure that they follow our mandate to their letter. Fear and force free, without exception, regardless of service or product.


Puppy School (Level 1)

For puppies 10 weeks to 21 weeks of age.

16 different cues will be taught by our training staff under the direction of Colleen McCarvill.

Problem solving, safe socialization and desensitization will be included in this program.


Respectable Rover (Level 2)

Your adolescent puppy from 22 weeks to 9 months of age will continue to learn and grow under the guidance of our trainers. Distance, distraction and duration will be added and new cues will be taught in this second level class. This is a 4 to 8 week Day School Program.


Canine Camp (Level 3)

Ready for Camp.

Your puppy has successfully progressed through Level 1 and Level 2 and has graduated to acceptance into our 5 star Pet Resort Day CARE program. Space is limited to ensure safety, fun and appropriate socialization.

Shuttle service will be provided.

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Training classes and personal training

Harvard paw Education and Care Center classes and private training is run by Colleen McCarvill, Diamond in the Ruff inc., and the training academy.

Colleen is a certified professional dog trainer, CPDT-KA fear free certified, IAABC- ABC, CGC, CGN and Therapy animal evaluator.

Colleen has decades of experience and continues to upgrade as this industry evolves.

Our commitment to you - Training with our Hearts and Minds..


Day Care and Boarding (night) - Pet Hotel

Dogs Paradise Resort - Force Free Pet Hotel and Day Care offering exceptional care for your Dogs when you taking vacation or not able to have you puppy with you.

Our Harvard Paw drop in/off station can comfortably transfer your dog from station to Our Hotel /Day Care and Back.