I am a Multi Certified Canine Professional – Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Fear Free Certified Trainer, Separation Anxiety Certified, Canine First Aid Certified, as well as a Raising Resilient Dog Coach. I am also a proud member of the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC) and the Pet Professional Guild of Force-Free Professionals. Continuing my education is most important to me. I will always strive to bring you the most current evidence based scientific training, which I also happen to love!
Karly Hertel is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, graduate of the Victoria Stillwell Academy, and a Certified Separation Anxiety (SA) Pro Trainer, trained by renowned SA training expert Julie Naismith. Committed to providing the most humane and effective solutions to her clients’ dog training needs, Karly avidly pursues ongoing continuing education and professional development by watching seminars and webinars and keeping current on industry literature. Karly has taken The Karen Pryor Academy’s Puppy Start Right for Instructors course and Dognostic’s Walk this Way Leash Training course. Karly is a member of The Pet Professional Guild, the only membership organization for professionals who subscribe to the view that aversive methods should not be used – or even deemed necessary as part of a strategic training or behavior modification program. When not helping clients to enjoy easier lives with their canine companions, Karly enjoys daily walks and adventures with her dogs, Milo, Archie, and Kona.
Janet is passionate about relationship based dog training and has a YouTube channel “The Dog Vlog” to help people better understand and enjoy their pets. Janet has worked as a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Coordinator and has been one of the world’s few official “Wild Goose Chasers”. Her working Border Collies, Sprite and Keegan, sent away Canada Geese from city fields and high activity sports fields “disturbing the poop” for over 5 years. Keegan also has had extreme separation issues, made complicated by the fact that he is epileptic and that stress can trigger his seizures. Using Julie’s Naismith’s methods Keegan has accomplished 2 hours alone time which was previously unimaginable for him! For many years Janet has experienced the journey of living as a single person with a dog who can’t be left alone and truly understands how emotionally challenging this can be. She would love to help others overcome separation anxiety obstacles.
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.
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.
Tess worked with dogs in rescue environments and veterinary clinics before earning her Certificate in Training & Counseling through the Academy for Dog Trainers, where she graduated with honours. She enjoys helping dogs with reactivity, fear and aggression and became particularly interested in separation anxiety after adopting a dog named Alvin with this very challenge. She owns Treat Yourself Dog Training in Vancouver, British Columbia and looks forward to supporting families through the challenges and successes that come with having a dog with separation anxiety.
Sylvia’s credentials include a Bachelor of Education and an Applied Sciences Master’s degree, both perfectly suited to implementing evidence-based behaviour change and training programs for humans and their dogs. In addition to SA Pro Trainer, she is an accredited dog trainer through Kay Laurence’s 3-year TAKL program, a certified behaviour adjustment training instructor (CBATI), a TTouch practitioner, and an associate certified member of the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants. Private consultations are offered in the Thompson Nicola region of British Columbia, and online across Canada.
Stoked Dogs is run by Lynn Gagnon CPDT-KA, SAPT, and is a BC SPCA Animal Kind accredited organization. Stoked Dogs is located in beautiful Revelstoke British Columbia but offers separation anxiety training worldwide. Stoked Dogs believes in science-based training that prioritizes your dog’s welfare and helps you develop the skills necessary to achieve all of your training and behavioural goals with your dog. If you’re looking for effective, supportive, and science-based training, Stoked Dogs is for you.
Shelly is the owner and trainer/behaviourist at Pooch Partners®, a business started a decade ago in beautiful Vernon, British Columbia, Canada. She offers numerous services for private or small group sessions, both in-person, virtually and self-study, using positive concept games-based training to inspire and empower her clients to transform any dog struggle into a success. As a lifetime learner, the SA Pro Trainer certificate is a welcomed addition to her multiple credentials, and she looks forward to continuing to help dog owners live their dreams with their dogs, rather than limit them.
Having started her dog training journey in the shelter world, Sharon decided that she could make the greatest difference in dog’s lives and those of their humans by ensuring that dog’s stayed in their homes. Sharon started Hanging With Hounds in 2013 and works with a wide variety of canine behaviour ranging from puppies – who don’t love puppies – to more complex behaviour such as separation anxiety. Sharon is a multi-certified trainer carrying designations from a number of leading dog training organizations. Her approach is to ‘do no harm’ so all training will be done with the dog’s welfare and those of their people to be front and center in her training approach. Sharon is accredited through the BC SPCA AnimalKind Program, a rigorous program whose mandate is to raise the standard of the dog training industry in British Columbia. Having a special interest in working with dogs suffering from fears and phobias including separation anxiety led Sharon to become a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT) in 2018. Given a desire to stay current and to continue to build knowledge in this challenging area, Sharon pursued further professional development and is proud to add SA Pro Trainer to her list of qualifications. Sharon sees separation anxiety clients from across Canada.