After graduating from university, I worked in various marketing roles in consumer packaged goods and advertising. Although I loved my work, my passion was always training my dogs.
In 2007, I was accepted into the San Francisco SPCA’s Academy for Dog Trainers, a program that has earned the reputation of being “The Harvard for Dog Trainers.” The Academy curriculum is based on graduate-level applid animal theory. It is designed and run by renown author and trainer Jean Donaldson, who changed almost everything I know about a dog.
I am also certified by The Karen Pryor Academy and by the Certification Council of Pet Dog Trainers. I am a TagTeach Instruction (Level 1).
My approach to training is evidence-based, which means the methodology relies on peer reviewed, published applied animal behaviour. Dog training is an unregulated industry, so anyone can call themselves a dog trainer or behaviourist. My certification ensures consumers that my skills and knowledge have been evaluated to meet a minimum standard of excellence. I have attended countless workshops and seminars but the foundation of my knowledge comes from my studies at the Academy.
My awesome dogs have titled in CKC and AKC competitive obedience, rally and agility. Torin has been a Top 10 Poodle in Rally Obedience in Canada, and Emma has been a Top 10 Miniature Schnauzer and Terrier in Agility, Obedience and Rally Obedience in Canada.
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Feb. 3, 2004 – June 18, 2018
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