Dogs have always been part of the family. As far back as I can remember we have had dogs in our house and outside on our farm. I can remember the first classes I attended with my Mom and our family dog Beau – a Bernese Mountain Dog. The class was taught by Lynda Caughlin of Olds, Alberta. She taught clicker training and it was such a fun experience. I was hooked. Since then I have helped train many of our family pets. Two and a half years ago my husband and I got our first dog together. A spunky German Shepherd named Tori. She was a pleasure to train and while she is still a work in progress who isn’t? I learned then how much fun it could be working a dog and began looking into all of the various different dog sports and jobs there is available. A year later we decided she needed a friend and Baron, another German Shepherd, became the newest member of our family. He has been a learning experience for me. I am currently working with him in Sport Scent Detection, better known as Nosework. He has earned his Started titled with a Special designation and we plan to continue trialing in 2017.
Last year I decided to take the plunge. I applied to ICS College for becoming a Certified Dog Training Instructor. It was an amazing class and I gained a wealth of knowledge on topics ranging from basic obedience, hunting dog, service dog, behavior problems, types of dog breeds and much much more. I can honestly say I am so happy to have taken it. Once I completed my classes I decided it was time to begin helping others and I started Canine Coaching. My quest for knowledge did not end here though. I firmly believe that you can never learn enough and in a profession where techniques and theories are always changing you should never stop trying to acquire more information and ideas. Currently I am participating in a course being taught by Mike Ritland, founder of Trikos International and author of Team Dog. I am learning more about the reactivity and excitable dogs through Control Unleashed, a book by Leslie McDevitt. I hope to be able to provide classes in the near future to help owners work with their dogs if they are struggling with reactivity, lack of focus or anxieties. I have also just complete a Growl Workshop taught by Dr. Ian Dunbar. Education never ends and I am hoping to be able pass these lessons onto my clients.
I am unsure where my path will lead – but I know I am excited to be able to share my dog training journey with you all!