Trainer & Owner
I am a current student enrolled in the DCBC program with Dogma Academy in Calgary, Alberta. Includes, Canine Health & First Aid; Dogma Canine Professional; Dogma Dog Trainer and Dogma Certified Behavior Consultant. This apprenticeship is over 400 hours of theory and hands on learning focusing on the training and behavior necessary to qualify for a designation as a national certified dog trainer.
For over 7 years, I have attended seminars, workshops & worked with other professionals, while learning from well over 200 of our clients' dogs who display a wide range of behaviors. I will coach you through the myths of varying dog training methods. Break down what socialization means to your family and teach you how to listen to what your dog is trying to tell you. By considering your dogs emotional needs, you build trusting relationships where your dog wants to please you.
Proud to be members of the:
Current Student in the DDT & DCBC Program at Dogma Academy. Started Summer, 2021
Dogma Canine Professional - Dogma Academy; January 15, 2022
Canine Health & First Aid Certificate - Dogma Academy; November 27, 2021
Webinar: The Aggression In Dogs Conference; October 2-4, 2020
Webinar: Dogs that Guard their Owners with Michael Shikashio; July 16, 2020
Living and Learning With Animals with Dr Susan Friedman; June 8 & 9, 2019
Canine and Feline Behavioural Medicine with Dr. Karen Overall; April 13, 2019
Aggression in Dogs Workshop with Michael Shikashio & Trish McMillan; May 26 & 27, 2018
A Guide To Living With and Training A Fearful Dog by Debbie Jacobs; September 9, 2017
I have loved animals since I came out my ma screaming, from collecting all the stray cats to being the kid on the block who walked & trained (or so I thought) all the neighbors' dogs for fun.
Enjoyed volunteering when I was able, including the Calgary Humane Society walking dogs. Enthusiastic about cat rescue, a major advocate for spaying and neutering & keeping them inside and off the streets. It is something I plan to dedicate more time on in the future.
Our family moved to Airdrie 15 years ago to raise our two kids; they grew up walking alongside our clients’ dogs with me over the years. It is something I will always treasure about this gig.
Previously worked in accounting, human resources and marketing for almost 20 years, although it was much less enjoyable, it has given me the tools to run my own small business how I love, doing what I do best. I am proud to have created trusting relationships with my team, who are committed to loving our clients' dogs as their own.
My STRENGTHS include helping dogs feel confident and safe who have leash reactivity and can display what looks like aggression. A frequent problem for dog walkers and those who enjoy walking their own dogs. It is important to set them up to have successes, so you will feel confident throughout your walk.
What makes this my DREAM job is providing support to new puppies and all things early development. Kennel training, potty-breaks, home routines, safe puppy play, gentle exposure to new scary outdoor walks & leash manners from an early age. The goal is to prevent your puppy from becoming fearful to the world around them, to learn resilience, but still feel supported. We love watching your puppies grow up to be your best friends.
Laura's small animal farm includes a mini schnauzer puppy, budgie, leopard gecko & four rescue cats. YES! 4 CATS, if you thought socializing multiple dogs in one household is crazy, try cats! Finding it hard not continually adding to the collection, I appreciate having a level-headed husband who loves having pets as much as me!
Olive, the fatabby who was a "gift" from a former client, gee thanks right? Our big orange loveable man who everyone wants, Jasper. The cute, little derpy, weird one, Oreo. My sleek, no-bs, black panther, Maggie who is my favorite, but don’t tell the others. I am obsessed with black cats. Three are from Tails to Tell Animal Rescue Shelter in Crossfield, AB. I love the daily grind with my fun and diverse herd.
We lost our mini schnauzer of 9 years, Jynx, to complications from canine diabetes June 2020 full swing into the pandemic. We waited patiently and brought home our new mini schnauzer pup, Sarge, in the summer of 2021. Having my first puppy has been so rewarding and brings perspective that helps relate better to our clients. He is such a fun sidekick.