Saundra is a multi-certified dog trainer & behaviour consultant based out of Whistler, BC. She has been training dogs professionally since 2009 through her company Alpine Dogs. Saundra is a graduate of the rigorous 2-year dog training program, The Academy for Dog Trainers, and a Separation Anxiety Pro Trainer. Working to help dogs overcome issues based on anxiety and fear is of special interest to Saundra. She offers her services both in-person locally, and around the globe through online training.
Sandy completed her dog training certification program with CATCH Canine Trainers Academy. She also completed the Karen Pryor Puppy Start Right for Instructors program and has a very special passion for puppies. She volunteers her time walking dogs with a local animal shelter. She endeavours to provide the most effective, resourceful, and current training solutions. Sandy loves to help dog owners ensure they understand the ‘why’ behind what she’s teaching them! Sandy does private in-person sessions, as well as online training that supports the unique needs that dogs with separation anxiety have. Sandy is the owner of Daisy Dog Training, in Richmond, BC Canada.
Hello, I’m Saffrina. I’m a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA) who specializes in separation anxiety training for senior dogs, and Canine Arthritis Management. I live with my family on a small homestead on Vancouver Island, and my hobbies include roasting coffee, and beekeeping. I’ve been a professional dog trainer since 2010, and before that I was a Zoologist studying the behaviour of wolves, whales, and wild horses.
Robyn Feehan is a certified animal trainer and behaviour consultant having graduated from the Dogue Academy located in Montreal, Quebec. Robyn believes in using the most up-to-date, science-based and force-free techniques which is why she uses positive reinforcement, a reward-based method. She is a member of CAPDT, is Pet First Aid certified, Fear Free certified and is a certified SA Pro who regularly continues her education. She has a broad range of experience, as she has worked with dogs of all ages, breeds and temperaments but specializes in fearful and anxious dogs. She also works with Rescue All Dogs (RAD) a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing abused and neglected dogs.
Maya Kolankowska, CTC began working with animals in 2018 as a volunteer at the Humane Society International – Canada’s emergency shelter with fearful dogs destined for the meat trade in South Korea. She was able to help with taking care of dogs from the Montreal SPCA who were temporarily housed at the emergency shelter during renovations. This led to her being hired as a Team Lead in 2019. From then, she received a scholarship from the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers and started her journey to become a dog trainer that same year. She earned her CTC (Certificate in Training and Counselling) in February 2021 and has been working full time as a dog trainer for Ivy League Dogs in Montreal, QC.Maya is certified as an SA Pro to help humanely and effectively guide you and your dog to recovery from separation anxiety.
Julia is a graduate of the Kay Laurence TAKL 3-year accredited program for dog trainers, an Associate Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant with IAABC, Fear Free Certified, and a proud graduate of the SA Pro Trainer program. Her passion is helping dogs to overcome fear and anxiety, and helping their humans to understand them so they can all live in harmony. Her methods are evidenced-based, using positive reinforcement. She enjoys the unique aspect of helping dogs overcome the debilitating problem of separation anxiety. She is a learning enthusiast, continually taking courses, attending conferences, workshops, and seminars, reading and learning from webinars, podcasts, fellow trainers, and clients. Julia offers private consultations and training sessions, in-person on the North Shore of Vancouver or online all across Canada.
Jess is a dog behaviour nerd based in Hamilton, Ontario. She has a psychology degree from The University of Western Ontario and three years of experience in the field of applied behaviour analysis. After seeing how positive reinforcement promoted long-lasting behaviour changes in her human clients, she became interested in an analytic approach to canine behaviour. Underdog Training was born as a passion project that uses only evidence-based, modern, and fear-free approaches to shaping canine behaviour. Canine separation anxiety is her main area of interest, after helping her own pup Luna cope with alone-time anxiety. She has completed her SA Pro Certification and is also completing her dog trainer certification through Canine Academy in Milton, Ontario. She strives to help dogs like Lu, and dog guardians like herself, navigate separation anxiety and achieve alone time comfort.
Jamie has been operating CNDR since 2017 which started out as an in-home boarding and walk business, but quickly turned into the training business that it is today after she adopted her dog, Carter. Carter came to them when he was over one year old and had deep-seated fear toward people, dogs, and handling. He is the spark that lit the fire for her passion for canine behaviour. She has completed certificates in Canine Reactivity, Canine Fear, is St. John’s Pet First Aid Certified, Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Comprehensive Program, holds her CPDT-KA certification, is a Fear-Free Certified Trainer, and SA Pro Trainer. Jamie focuses on helping owners learn to better understand their fearful and anxious dogs, build confidence and trust, and create new and fun experiences with their dogs using patient, force-free, and rewards-based training practices. She runs all things CNDR, from booking clients, and creating programs, to running the social media and web pages, to hosting and editing the podcast!
Emily Priestley, CTC, has been working with and handling dogs professionally for over a decade. Emily’s long career with the BC SPCA has allowed her to have a proven track record, having personally handled over 2,000 dogs. With experience with a magnitude of breeds and all problem behaviours, Emily has worked with dogs who are in desperate need of intervention and behaviour modification. As a graduate of the world-renowned Academy for Dog Trainers and accredited by the BC SPCA’s AnimalKind program, Emily is committed to using current, scientific and kind techniques, and continuing education to ensure that you’re in the hands of the most advanced methods out there. Emily is certified as an SA Pro to help humanely and effectively guide you and your dog to recovery from separation anxiety. Emily is committed to providing a non-judgmental, kind, and supportive atmosphere for both dogs and their guardians and will always be transparent about methods and techniques, allowing you to feel comfortable handing over the leash.
Cristina is a certified dog trainer, a graduate of the prestigious Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers. She believes that connecting with our dogs is the foundation of pet companionship. But like all bonding experiences, whether within a species or between them, it requires time and work to grow and flourish. As the owner of DOG CONNECT, she is committed to force-free and humane practice, understanding the dog’s experience from the dog’s point of view and changing not only the dog’s behaviour but, most importantly, the underlying emotional state. DOG CONNECT offers a supportive learning environment for players at both ends of the leash and custom-designed, quantifiable, training based on realistic expectations. DOG CONNECT offers private in-person and online consultations in behaviour problems – separation anxiety, anxiety & fear, resource guarding, manners & obedience. DOG CONNECT also focuses on puppy training & socialization, helping dog parents understand that a dog’s adult behavior is pretty much determined during the first three months of a puppy’s life. Behind every dog trainer, there is always a special dog that lights up one’s inspiration to connect and urges one to learn how to help them live a happy life and become the best version of themselves. Prior to training dogs, Cristina was a sociologist. In 2016 little Forrest came into her life and convinced her to follow her passion for dogs and dog/human communication. She is a strong believer in lifetime education, science-based training methods, respect, and empathy for both pet companions and their humans.