Cheryl & Sloan
Their love of hiking often leads them out to the mountains.
OWNER - CERTIFIED TRAINER
Cheryl has her first dog Sloan to thank for her passion and interest in dog behaviour and training. Although Sloan has passed, he is her motivation to educate, teach and train dogs in a humane way. Cheryl received her first professional certification DCBC graduating with honors at the top of her class. Cheryl is also certified with her CPDT-KA – Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, a governing body of professional dog trainers. She is now working towards her CTC – The Academy for Dog Trainers Currently attending the Harvard for professional dog training education. A two year science based program aiming to produce the top world’s most educated counsellors and dog trainers. Cheryl was awarded the 2018 APDT Association for Professional Dog Trainers scholarship to the 25th annual conference and is Pet First Aid Certified. Cheryl foster failed a fearful dog in 2019 she was going to work with to get him ready for adoption, though he never left and Brew is right at home.
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Credentials + Expertise
DCBC - Dogma Certified Behaviour Consultant
Graduated with honors in the18 month comprehensive apprenticeship program. From learning theory, foundation skills to complex behaviour modification.
CPDT-KA - Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers
Governing body of professional dog trainers. All certified members are required to pass a science knowledge based exam with mandatory instructing hours. All members must continue required education annually in order to renew designation.
CTC - The Academy for Dog Trainers
Currently attending the Harvard for professional dog training education. A two year science based program aiming to produce the top worlds most educated counsellors and dog trainers lead by Jean Donaldson.
APDT - Association for Professional Dog Trainers
Awarded the 2018 APDT scholarship to the 25th annual conference
Humane Society - Former behaviour trainer, class coordinator and reactivity instructor
Dogwit Training Inc. - Current part time group class instructor
Walks 'N' Wags - Pet First Aid Certification
Cheryl stays committed to continuing education by attending seminars, webinars and online courses taught by the industry’s finest on science based training methods
Melissa has always been very passionate (obsessed) with dogs. She spent a large portion of her childhood without a dog and filled the void by walking every dog she could find in her neighbourhood. After years of begging and pleading she got a dog of her own. Maya is a Portuguese Water Dog and they have had so many wonderful adventures together.
When Melissa started looking for her first job she knew she wanted to work with dogs. She spent 8 years as a dog walker and through that she started volunteering and working in different training classes to gain more knowledge to use in her dog walking.
Jango, her Doberman, entered her life is 2017. Her adorable puppy quickly started to have some major behaviour problems that she was no where near equipped to deal with. With him in mind, she enrolled in a 2 year, intensive, science-based program at the Academy For Dog Trainers. She is a graduate from the Academy and is also certified with her CPDT-KA through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Melissa is committed to teaching dogs and their owners using humane, up-to-date, science based methods.