I have been “in dogs” for 30+ years, forced into it by adopting a “problem dog” and then getting hooked on training.
My driving passion is with Therapy Dogs: first and foremost as a Therapy Dog handler, then, with expanded roles as coordinator and team evaluator both within a local dog obedience club. I became the founding coordinator and team evaluator for the NB Provincial Therapy Dog Programme with St. John Ambulance (New Brunswick Council). Even later I served as VP of the Human Animal Bond Association of Canada.
Changing focus once again, I now offer training for people wanting to become Therapy Dog handlers. Skills that are important for active therapy dogs are actually woven throughout our school programmes. Family dogs are most enjoyable when they are calm, confident and well-behaved companions. Those are the same characteristics required in a Therapy Dog.
As a retired Professional Agrologist with a B.Sc. in Poultry & Animal Science, I freely admit that career supported my dog problem for decades. The combination of education and work experience gives insight into animal care, nutrition, and behaviour. Even now when I learn new things about dogs, I need to "see the science". I have been in/around/with obedience classes for those 30+ years "in dogs", taking my first obedience instructor training in the US in 1994. Oh how things have changed! I am a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
In addition the dog training school, we also have an Enriched Dog Daycare and a retail shop with a selection of dog & cat foods/treats as well as training and enrichment supplies. All three services come under the business umbrella of Paws on Hubbard.