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About Heidi

I have been an animal lover for as long as I can remember.   I also love the outdoors. Growing up I was rarely seen without my mountain bike and was always backpacking, hiking or riding in the woods. I grew up with a family dog that was my best friend who passed away when I was 11. Unfortunately, my family decided not to get another dog and ever since a big part was missing from my life and I could not wait to get out on my own and have my own dog. I began bringing rescue dogs and cats into my own home 10 years ago and have spent many hours researching therapy strategies to help them mend and trust again.  It was when I brought home a fearful Whippet who was taken from a puppy mill by a local rescue that made me realize how much I wanted to make a bigger difference when it came to animals and their owners. So, after 13 years in a high paying corporate job, and shortly after adopting my 4th dog I began to realize how unhappy and stressed I was and knew that I needed a change and to pursue my passion for animals.  In 2016 I found Canine Correspondence Studies and began certification to be a professional dog trainer with Norma Jean Laurette. I mentored with Sam DeJong of Puppy Power in 2017 one of Kitchener’s leading trainers and behaviourists. We are now celebrating 2.5 years in business and we have loved every minute of it.  I would like to thank all of our clients for making the first two years amazing and entrusting me with rehabilitating and training their dogs and puppies. 


 

philosophy 

Our dog training philosophy is based on setting your dog up for success while using proven, gentle, reward-based training!

We’ll teach you how to train your dog using proven positive methods that are fun, easy and get results.  Our mission is to help you build trust and make everyday life more enjoyable. We train with positive reinforcement and a word that captures the behaviour you want to reward (same concept as clicker training).  Once your dog understands that the behavior he’s offering (like sit) earns a reward he’ll be more likely to repeat that behaviour. This method is fun, builds confidence, produces an eager learner and opens up communication that produces remarkable results.

 

Just like people, each dog has her own personality and method of learning. We listen to your concerns and goals, coach you through the training process and help you find real life solutions that both of you can live with. We’ll help you discover what does or doesn’t motivate your dog and how to transition away from treats to life rewards. We’re committed to training without the use of fear, pain, intimidation and force.

 

We will respond to your questions with easy to understand answers and safe, practical solutions whether it’s about dog training, behaviour, equipment or general care.  We’re here to encourage you every step of the way! Even after the training is over we offer lifetime “technical support” over the phone or via email.