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ALL ABOUT ME

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my story

I'm a firm believer that every individual, whether human or animal, deserves access to a safe and nurturing learning environment. In my view, making mistakes is an integral part of the learning process, and punitive measures do more harm than good. My journey into the world of animal training began when I became a foster parent for a rescue organization. What started as a simple act of compassion soon evolved into a passionate pursuit.

Over a short span, I found myself taking on more challenging cases, working to rehabilitate dogs with a wide range of behavioral issues. Recognizing the need for a deeper understanding to better assist pet families, I made the decision to further my education. In 2018, I proudly graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program, earning the prestigious KPA CTP (Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner) designation.

Using the power of proven scientific methods, I transformed a stray animal with troublesome behaviors into a well-rounded family companion. I even extended these same scientific and positive techniques to teach a family goldfish to swim through a hoop on cue. The ever-growing body of research in behavioral sciences consistently supports the notion that animals thrive in a positive, force-free environment. The greatest reward of this approach is the naturally forged relationship and communication, based on trust, between you and your beloved pet.

As one of the co-founders of the Alberta Pet Education Society, my mission extends beyond individual cases. I'm deeply committed to keeping families and their animal companions together while also spreading the wisdom of force-free training and handling throughout the community of animal welfare workers and volunteers.

 

Over the years, I've had the privilege of offering free public presentations, thanks to the generous support of organizations such as Animal Care and Control (Edmonton), Berkeley’s Place, and the Edmonton Pet Expo. In addition to these public engagements, I provide private, in-home sessions that are tailored to your specific needs and priorities. My goal is not merely to provide quick fixes to problems but to empower you with a deep understanding of why these solutions work. Sharing the science behind our methods equips pet owners with valuable tools to strengthen their bond with their dogs.

From foundational training such as puppy basics, manners, and leash skills to more advanced cues and behaviors, I am dedicated to helping you discover effective solutions that encourage desired behaviors. I firmly believe that if a training tool doesn't work on my goldfish, it won't be used on your beloved canine companion (with the exception, of course, being a harness and leash).

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