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Carrie Lumsden is a Canadian Certified Professional Dog Trainer recognized through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and a Canine Behaviour Therapist recognized through the International Positive Dog Training Association, and Dognition Assessor.
Carrie is the owner of K9 Kind and has 20 years of experience working in animal shelters, training facilities, correctional facility partnership programs, animal control, the BCSPCA, and veterinary offices. Before opening K9 Kind, she began her career with dogs as a trainer at an animal shelter developing programs to temperament assess dogs, train and rehabilitate them, and adopt them to forever homes. Seeing the grim outcome of behaviour problems and dog bites, many of which were utterly preventable, Carrie learned first hand the importance of early training and socialization, and positive reinforcement training. Carrie was fortunate enough to work with, various training and rehabilitation facilities which helped her develop an understanding of what was going wrong with dogs who ended up in shelters and that education and the proper use of positive reinforcement training was the solution. Carrie is totally dedicated to the humane training of dogs through the understanding of how they learn using force-free, science-based training, that encourages your dog to want to do what you want them to do – and this creates well adjusted and reliable dogs that everyone loves!
The training tool is not the collar, the harness, the gizmo, the touch, or the “tsss”. The training tool is the theory in which we teach our dogs. If we understand that dogs do what works, and they do not do what doesn’t work, then we just need to apply that theory to teach our dogs anything.
Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA)
Kaoru is a Canadian Certified Professional Dog Trainer recognized through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, a Professional Dog Walker, and in Pet First Aid at the International Academy of Canine Trainers, (CDT-IACT).
Kaoru is the head instructor of our group classes. She brings her passion, professionalism, and teaching experience to our team and our classroom. Kaoru’s love of learning, teaching, and dogs, naturally lead her to dog training. Kaoru was previously a head teacher in Japan teaching English to students ages 14 to 80. She is also a certified Yoga Teacher and Dog Walker and she is certified in Pet First Aid.
“The more knowledge I gain about dogs, the better my communication with them and understanding of them.”
Kaoru’s classroom is a low-stress and supportive learning environment where she shares her commitment to humane, reward-based and evidence-based training methods. Her training philosophy is – Have fun with your dog! Training should be fun. If you don’t teach your dog what to do, they have no way of knowing how to behave. Learning and therefore training never ends. The more you know and understand about your dog, the better you become as a handler.
“To me, dogs are not just a pet. I wanted to actually share my life with them and have fun. Simply put, I want to share my experience with other dog parents and help them enjoy their time with their dog.”
Kaoru’s favourite dog training quote:
“Dogs always do the BEST they can with the EDUCATION they are given in the ENVIRONMENT we expect them to perform in.” – Susan Garrett
Certified Professional Dog Trainer.
Katie is a Canadian Certified Professional Dog Trainer recognized through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and a psychology graduate who is equipped with a ton of experience in dog training, canine behaviour modification, and horsemanship. Tracing back the spark to when she previously taught children horseback riding and horsemanship which she enjoyed immensely. She is invigorated by the ability to communicate with another species and finds trick training particularly enjoyable and compares it to Magic!
Governed by empathy, patience, and thoughtfulness, she loves to connect and enjoys the
pursuit of knowledge. Katie continuously grows her skills and knowledge to better help her clients. She finds great delight in seeing her clients achieve and supersede their goals and create a better understanding between them and their dogs.
Katie’s canine companion Aevery is a quirky and whip-smart Aussie Shepherd, Pomeranian but more affectionately called, her ‘Heart Dog’. Aevery is incredibly complex and is prone to reactivity and sensitivity which became the driving force behind Katie’s desire to expand her knowledge base. Aevery has been one of the best teachers she has ever had as she learned to relate to the unique experience of the world around her from Aevery’s perspective.
Katie is inspired by how dogs are completely honest and have an amazing capacity for
thoroughly enjoying life. One takeaway that Katie would tell her pet parents to have is that building a relationship of mutual trust, joy and understanding will help you meet your training goals more than anything else. You and your dog are a team. She quotes:
“When we change a dog’s behavior we can’t just tell him what he isn’t allowed to do; we have to ask him to do something else instead.”
Julie is a skilled and experienced trainer with a decade of experience in consulting and teaching group classes. Offering a wide array of techniques grounded in science-based positive reinforcement training, Julie specializes in providing supportive guidance and practical solutions. This intrinsic ability has had an amazing outcome in regard to helping people and their dogs better understand each other and build stronger relationships.
Guided by compassion, creativity, and understanding, Julie has had a ‘til death do us part’ deal with her own animals, and when her dog Ty entered her life she sought to provide the best quality of life possible and build a stronger bond. Once she started, she did not want to stop. She yearned to share what she had learned and help other people nurture a similar bond with their dogs and stay together for life.
Julie emphasizes the importance of making sure that the time you spend with your dog is fun. If you aren’t feeling the fun, take a breath! Your dog really is awesome. The time you spend training your dog now will pay huge dividends in the future.
As you’ve guessed already, She LOVES Dogs and appreciates the joy that they bring to our everyday life. But what really inspires her, she quoted Suzanne Clothier
“Incapable of deceit, unable to understand the future, the dog lives in the now and expects that we will meet him there.”
“Among the many gifts, dogs bring to our lives, one of the greatest is the opportunity to continually be our best selves ”
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