When I was 19 I adopted a German Shepherd while working at the Veterinary Clinic in Outlook. He was 1-year-old and full of mischief.
My dad always told me that Wolfie isn’t actually bad. He is just misunderstood. This is something he stuck by, no matter what kind of trouble Wolfie got into. Wolfgang wasn’t a dangerous dog. Not really. He was just misunderstood. Looking back at our journey together, my dad was 100% correct. I believe there is no such thing as a bad dog. Just misunderstood. Once you take the time to understand what is going on with your dog, you can fix the underlying issues and have a best friend for life.
Wolfgang led me down a path to understanding dogs on a deeper level; Rosie led me down the path of dog sports. She is so full of energy! More than happy to play any game I throw at her. We played Rally-O, Agility, and Flyball. We have even dappled a bit in Canine Freestyle. My journey with her has taken me into a new world. Learning different training techniques and styles that help me become a more rounded dog trainer.
Now, I have 3 dogs and 2 kids. Family life with dogs brings on new challenges. I believe that the obstacles I have faced in my life have made me a better trainer and dog owner. All the mistakes I have made, and I made A LOT of mistakes, have helped me to grow and adapt.
I am certified through Animal Behaviour College. I am a Mentor trainer for people who want to be dog trainers.
Throughout my journey, I have worked with hundreds of dogs. I have experience working with most breeds. From Great Danes and Huskies to Yorkies and Chihuahuas and everything in-between, including Pitbulls. I have worked with dog reactivity, separation anxiety and basic obedience cues. I started out working under a company in Saskatoon that offered doggy daycare and training. Started with only teaching basic obedience as group classes. Over time, I studied dog psychology, ethology, and learning theory. Studying how to work with dog aggression, separation anxiety, and dog sports.
Although I no longer do dog sports I still work with reactive dogs and separation anxiety. Have done dog reactive group classes, helped people get their dogs ready for the St. Johns Therapy Dog Test, and helped people understand how to get their dog to tolerate things that scare them. Including grooming tasks such as nail clipping.
Through all of my experiences I have learned that once you understand why your dog is acting the way he/she is. We can address the problem directly. By fixing the underlying issue head-on, we can solve other issues along the way. Improving your dog’s overall behavior and creating a deeper, stronger bond between dog and owner.