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Maddi Alflen

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I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Certified Separation Anxiety Pro Trainer. I attended Catch Canine Trainers Academy and have been employed and mentored by Sits n Wiggles since 2020. I am also working towards becoming a Certified Canine Enrichment Technician. Separation anxiety is a behavior concern that has been close to my heart ever since I worked through it with my own dog, Tara. Helping dogs and their families is my passion!

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Lauren Sharkey

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Lauren runs Winnie’s World: a canine behaviour and training service that aims to help empower people and their dogs. After spending her early career as a journalist and experiencing a number of behavioural issues with her own canine companion, Lauren retrained in canine behaviour. She has Level 5 qualifications with Compass and the ISCP and is on the way to gaining a degree-level qualification with the overall aim of becoming a Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CAB). She is committed to only using ethical, science-based methods and knows first-hand the ups and downs that come with living with a dog who struggles emotionally. While she is completing her studies, she is not taking on behavioural cases. But watch this space come the latter half of 2022.

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Tasha Shaw-Verbic

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Tasha is the trainer and owner at Fearless Tails Training Academy in Ontario, Canada. She is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP) and SA Pro, with a background in adult education, helping dedicated dog guardians for over 17 years. Tasha is committed to providing her clients with the most up-to-date, scientifically valid, and humane training methods by: – Treating you and your dog with compassion – Always making sure the “why” behind the training is well understood – Providing training that respects your dog’s unique personality and well-being – no fear, intimidation, or pain will ever be used – Focusing on top-quality, proven methods to help you and your dog live a better life together Her areas of focus include separation anxiety, puppy training, leash reactivity, less stress handling for grooming and vet visits. Tasha is also a licensed Family Dog trainer, helping families with babies and young children and dogs live together in harmony. Tasha works with clients in person and virtually from around the globe.

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Jenna Sutherland

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Welcome! I’m Jenna Sutherland, an online dog separation anxiety pro trainer at Canine Choices who specialises in helping owners just like you to understand your dog’s fears, needs and feelings so that you can fully support your dog to feel safe and comfortable about being home alone and regain your freedom! From a very young age, I always dreamed of and said, “When I grow up, I want to help animals feel better”. In 2018, I began to follow the path I’d been dreaming of since I was little. I welcomed my very own mini labradoodle, Ted into my life who has led me down a path in helping him to feel better around things that he can be fearful of. Our journey together began 4 years ago when I brought Ted home at 5 months old, little did I know that he had separation anxiety when I rescued him. After finding it so tough to get the fear free support I needed for Ted, this led me to dive deep in to learning and understanding separation anxiety. That was when I developed my passion for helping owners to understand their dog’s fears, needs and feelings so that they can fully support their dog(s) to feel safe and comfortable about being home alone. I graduated as a Separation anxiety pro trainer with Julie Naismith to help owners just like me to get their freedom back. Freedom where you can leave your dog(s) at home and can feel relaxed, be worry free and not feel guilty about going out. Be able to pop to the corner shop, collect the kids from school, go to work, do the food shopping and enjoy going out for a meal as you know your dog feels comfortable and content knowing that being home alone is safe and something that they can cope with. As we work together in helping your dog overcome separation anxiety, we use a fear free step by step approach which gives your dog choices, allows them to go at their own pace and gives them all the time and support they need to be able to cope with being home alone. This fear free approach ensures your dog doesn’t get scared, panic or left to cry it out at any time. Come connect with me on my Facebook page (Canine Choices) to share your own unique story and challenges with someone who truly understands how it feels to have a dog with separation anxiety or schedule a free chat with me here https://fb.com/book/101426722304969/ I look forward to connecting with you and listening to your separation anxiety challenges!

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Samara Love

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Samara Love has been working with dogs professionally for over 20 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a graduate of the Dog Training Internship Academy and a Certified Separation Anxiety Pro Trainer. Her speciality is helping dogs and people learn to overcome separation anxiety. “Reach out to learn more – I’d love to chat!

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Adriana Vergara

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Accredited Delta Dog Trainer studied Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services with Delta Institute Australia, Certified Separation Anxiety pro trainer with Julie Naismith SA dogs certificate. Adriana is an accredited Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Trainer, through the Delta Institute. TagTeacher Level 1 Certification, Currently studying Level 2. Certificate Learning about Learning with Animals -Science of Behaviour Change-Dr Susan Friedman. Treasurer and Chief Dog instructor at Sydney All Dogs Breed Training Club at Concord. Adriana Volunteered as a Treasurer at APDT. Member of Australian Pet Dog Trainer APDT, Member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPGA). Supporting Member of IAABC International Association Animal Behaviour Consultants, Member of pet owners at Fear Free Pets. Member of Dogs NSW. In addition, Adriana professional career is not limited to a dog trainer, it includes more than 25 years in Corporate Finance.

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Jackie Moyano

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Jackie Moyano transitioned careers from a respiratory therapist to dog training. In addition to caring for patients, she also taught both patients and respiratory therapy students. Jackie’s medical teaching experience lends itself well to teaching people how to train their dogs. Pssst! Dog training is really people training! Jackie’s dog training expertise and education comes from completing 3 of Pat Miller’s training academies, attending Ken Ramirez’ Animal Training Seminar at SHEDD Aquarium, attending Sue Sternberg’s Eden Internship working with Alaskan husky sled dogs, plus completing all 5 of the Bailey-Farhoody chicken workshops where Jackie learned animal training science and practiced training skills with chickens. Jackie actively pursues continuing education and recently added a separation anxiety credential, SAPro to her name. Jackie’s training partners are her Siamese cat and her Dachshund Terrier mix.

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Natalie Weller-Cliff

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I specialise in helping owners with dogs that can be difficult, including dogs with separation related distress. If that’s you, you’re not alone! Many dogs develop problem behaviours that even the most loving families can find challenging. I work with dogs like yours one to one, to get to the bottom of the difficulties you’re having. I’ll help you to find practical, force-free ways to have a more rewarding relationship with your dog. Insured, accredited, professional – and trained by Julie Naismith herself!

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Viv Peel

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Owner of Pawsitive Mutts Training & Behaviour, based in North East UK, Viv is delighted to be a certificated SA Pro Trainer, specialising in online separation anxiety as well in-person and online programs for those with dogs with reactive/aggressive behaviours. Viv is an Approved Dog Training College Trainer and Reactive Rascals Instructor, committed to continuous professional development and has over 15 years’ experience rehabilitating dogs. Passionate about delivering realistic and achievable improvements based on an ethical approach and supporting clients through their journey, ensuring they have the skills, knowledge and support to help their dogs. Having gone through the separation anxiety journey herself several years ago with her own dog, Viv personally knows the challenges clients face and through experience and formal learning knows how to achieve successful outcomes.

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Victoria Blondin

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Victoria has been working in animal behaviour and welfare since 2000 where she started using positive reinforcement methods to train neglected horses. She attended school at the University of Guelph receiving a Bachelor degree in animal sciences with an emphasis on animal nutrition and behaviour. She also received a Master’s degree in Science from the Animal Behaviour and Welfare department at Guelph University. She attended her veterinary medicine degree at Edinburgh University in the UK; graduating in 2015 and practising in the UK before returning to Canada in 2016. Animal nutrition, behaviour, and welfare continue to be her main areas of interest. She is especially passionate about fear and force-free methods. Her favourite areas of interest in training are separation anxiety, cat behaviour, child safety with dogs, and trick training in dogs and cats. Her business, Shaggy Dog Pet Services, is online and in-person in the Kingston, Ontario area. She can see clients Canada-wide.

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