K9 Kind Training


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Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Canine Behaviour Therapist [CTB.ccs IPDTA-CD] DOGNITION Trainer and Assessor (Learn more about this here)

Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Canine Behaviour Therapist [CPDT-KA, CTB.ccs IPDTA-CD] DOGNITION Trainer and Assessor (Learn more about this here)

Carrie Lumsden is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer 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!

Issues we can address together:

  • Temperament Assessment
  • Bite and Risk Assessment
  • Animal Control Assessment
  • Aggression
  • Fear, anxiety, aggression, reactivity, and excitability
  • Pre-adoption Counseling
  • Newly Adopted Dog
  • Therapy or Service Dog preparation
  • Puppyhood Socialization and Preventative Training
Bear Footііprint

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.

KAORU (かおる) 

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

Joelle Gilkin - CPDT-KA

Gilkin - CPDT-KA

As a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), Joelle coaches clients about the nature of dogs and canine body language as it relates to effective training for both dogs and humans. She is committed to providing the most effective, convenient solutions that make your life easier by teaching your dog how to behave and live within the boundaries and structure of normal life. Her experience ranges from puppy training and socialisation, fear, anxiety, and reactivity, essential skills including leash manners and reliable recall, as well as family training plans helping parents and children live harmoniously with dogs.

Joelle focuses on creating joyful and respectful relationships between people and their dogs. 

Her personalised approach tailored to the needs of you and your dog, can bring the joy back into your dog training experience and transform your relationship.