QUALIFICATIONS AND ADVANCEMENTS:


With the abundance of dog trainers, behaviour consultants, and people offering information and services by slapping an ad on the internet or creating a FaceBook page now-a-days, I think it's extremely important to be able to see where each of these people have received their education and experience from.

When I'm searching for someone to help me with something, I want to know that they've learned their trade from professionals in the field, and are not someone who has learned a few things then hung a sign up telling the world they are qualified to do a job.  Home renovations comes to mind, and I've had some seriously bad, and expensive, problems with people 'helping' us with home repairs and renovations!  Unqualified, uneducated, and inexperienced people can cause far more damage, that will cost far more in the long run, than someone with a solid education and experience in their field.

Dog training is in that same category - and this field is unregulated.  People watch a few television programs then consider themselves experts.  Some even go so far as to learn about classical and operant conditioning, then believe they know it all.  There is much, much more to a dog than that!

I would like you to know that the information I've studied comes from reliable sources.  I would like you to know that I've been involved with what I offer as a service for a very long time, and that I have had years of experience in doing what I do.

This page is also a good reference point to start doing your own research and to start learning about dogs and the other things I include in my services.

None of the books or study materials are listed in any particular order or preference.

FORMAL EDUCATION IN CANINE AND RELATED STUDIES:

THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL FOR CANINE PSYCHOLOGY & BEHAVIOUR LTD (The ISCP)
The ISCP is an official vendor for the Pet Professional Guild and is listed as one of the top 10 educational providers for canine studies.

Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour

September 1st, 2017 to Current

This program is a level of education equivalent to a University Degree, and it is the next level after the ISCP Diploma in Canine Behaviour (completed April 2017).

Continuing Professional Development Diploma for Professionals

Graduated April 2017

Primary Learning Objectives:  Information on all aspects of the dog mind, behaviour and care, including the latest scientific research and its implications. To explore dog issues and problems in detail, and the causes of these, and to apply practical solutions based on compassionate methods and positive reinforcement.  To encourage further study in related subjects, and to prepare each student for a career as a Canine Behaviour Practitioner.

Emotional Healing for Dogs:  Bach Flower Remedies and Behaviour Therapy course

Outlines the indications and uses for each of the Bach Flower Remedies and guides through how to select the right remedies to help dogs heal mentally and emotionally.  Also learning how to ascertain which remedies correspond with specific psychological disturbances that manifest as common forms of reactivity and behaviour issues and how to give practical help in the form of behaviour modification using positive, reward-based methods.  Please refer to my page about Bach Flower Remedies for more information.

Smiling Pup, Holistic Canine Behaviour Consulting is an ISCP Canada Accredited Centre for behaviour consulting and education.

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ETHOLOGY INSTITUTE CAMBRIDGE

Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT)

August 2016 - Current

Evolution; Animal Welfare; Emergency First Response for Animals; Anatomy and Physiology; Animal Learning; Canine Behaviour; Canine Home Alone Problems; Canine Problem Behaviour; Pedagogy; Canine Basic Proficiency Verification; Canine Problems Proficiency.

Completed everything except the video proficiency verifications.

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DOGMA BEHAVIOUR & EDUCATION CENTRE

Dog Trainer & Behaviour Apprenticeship Program

March 2014 - September 2015

In 2016 dogma Academy was approved by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) as an education provider for continuing education (CEU's), and the owner, Megan Stanley, is Vice Chair for the Association for Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).

Training Methods; Puppy Development; Canine Communication; Learning Theory; Basic Dog Training; Clicker Training; Behaviour Problem Solving; Dog to Dog Interactions; Complex Behaviour Problem Solving; Fear and Anxiety; Reactivity & Aggression; Shelter Dogs; Canine Health; Basic Grooming; Canine First Aid; Instructor Skills; Private Training, and the Business Side of Dogs.

Over 220 hours of Practical Experience:  150 hrs Group Class Observation & Assistance; 30 hrs Hands On Dog Daycare Experience; 20 Hours Private Training Observation & Assistance; Dog training classes designed specifically for apprenticeship students (5 - 1 hr. classes) and completed 3 levels of training, from Foundations to Advanced, classes with my own dog Raines, plus doing Reactivity classes with him.

Worked as Group Class Assistant: January - May 2015.

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MOUNT ROYAL UNIVERSITY

Train the Trainer:  Designing and Facilitating Training Programs

Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension

2001

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UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

Helping Adults Learn, Professional Development Program

Faculty of Continuing Education

1994

I include this educational program and history because it relates closely to the work I do with dogs now.

I worked in the adult learning field for over 6 years starting in Human Resources/Adult Learning department at NOVA Corp. and this line of work ties into what we learn in Canine Behaviour studies.  Back in 1994, this was progressive thinking and new age for corporate human resources.

After I left NOVA, I worked at Mount Royal University in the student resources dept. for the head Psychologist in that department, and in the Learning Disabilities (a term I sincerely dislike) department.  I also worked at Bow Valley College in the department that put together the formal educational programs for that college, and I worked at the University of Calgary learning resources department.

After that I worked in the executive offices of Alberta Health Care, Emergency Services.  Quite an eye opener when it comes to the psychology and behaviour in people!

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IMMERSION WEEKEND IN CANINE AND FELINE BEHAVIOURAL MEDICINE

Dr. Karen Overall, MA, VMD, PHD, DACVB

April 7 & 8, 2018

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HELP FOR YOUR FEARFUL DOG

Two day seminar on helping fearful dogs, separation anxiety, and dog-dog play

Nicole Wilde, CPDT

June 10 & 11, 2017

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DOG EMOTION AND COGNITION

Dr. Brian Hare, Associate Professor, Evolutionary Anthropology

Duke University / Coursera

June - September 2016

Presented by Dr. Brian Hare, Associate Professor, Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University, is the exciting new study of dog psychology and what the latest discoveries tell us about how dogs think and feel about us, and how we can use this new knowledge to further strengthen our relationship with our best friends.  Companion book:  The Genius of Dogs by Dr. Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods.

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WEBINARS AND CONTINUING EDUCATION:

CURRENT SPAY AND NEUTER RESEARCH:  New Insights Regarding Behavior and Health
Dr. Nancy Kay (Pet Professional Guild)

PUPPY CULTURE
Jane Killion

PETS, PEOPLE, AND URBAN PLACES
Melanie Rock, Associate Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, U of C
Pets, People and Urban Places - Melanie Rock is an anthropologisit and social worker whose research focuses on the societal and cultural dimensions of health, with an emphasis on the importance of animals for mental, physical, and social well-being.

HELPING SHELTER PETS FIND HEALTH, HAPPINESS, AND HOMES WITH FEAR FREE
Dr. Marty Becker (Maddie's Fund)

PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA AND PTSD IN DOGS
Dr. Franklin McMillan (Pet Professional Guild)

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU - OR NOT
Kathy Sdao (Pet Professional Guild)

DEFENSIVE HANDLING
Michael Shikashio, CDBC & Trish McMillan Loehr, MSc, CDBC, CPDT-KA (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants)

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STUDY MATERIALS AND LIBRARY - CANINE STUDIES

Jean Donaldson
The Academy for Dog Trainers
  • The Culture Clash, A revolutionary new way of understanding the relationship between humans and domestic dogs
  • Dogs are from Neptune, 2nd Edition
  • Mine! A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs
Karen Pryor
Karen Pryor Academy
  • Don't Shoot the Dog, The New Art of Teaching and Training, Revised Edition
Patricia B. McConnell, Ph. D.
  • The Cautious Canine, How to Help Dogs Conquer Their Fears, Second Edition
  • Feisty Fido, Help For the Leash-Reactive Dog, Second Edition
Nicole Wild, RM, CPDT
Author and Behaviour Specialist
  • It's Not the Dogs, It's the People, A Dog Trainer's Guide to Training Humans
  • One on One, A Dog Trainer's Guide to Private Lessons
  • Help For Your Fearful Dog, A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Your Dog Conquer His Fears
  • Don't Leave Me!  Step-by-Step Help for Your Dog's Separation Anxiety
  • Energy Healing For Dogs, Using Hands-On Healing to Improve Canaine Health and Behaviour
Lisa Tenzin-Dolma
ISCP, The International School of Canine Psychology
  • Charlie, The Dog Who Came In From The Wild
  • Emotional Healing for Dogs, Certificate Course
  • Canine Psychology and Behaviour Diploma text book
Grisha Stewart, M.A.CPDT-KA
  • Behavior Adjustment Training, BAT for Fear, Frustration, and Aggression in Dogs
Pamela J. Reid, Ph. D.
Leslie McDevitt, MLA, CDBC, CPDT
Robin Bennett, CPDT and Susan Briggs, CKO
Terry Ryan
Pat Miller, CPDT, CDBC
Raymond Coppinger & Mark Feinstein
Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods
Emma Parsons
Annie Phenix, CPDT-KA
Victoria Stilwell
D. Caroline Coile, Ph. D.
Linda Tellington-Jones
Dr. Roger Abrantes, Ph. D.
  • Animal Training My Way - The Merging of Ethology and Behaviorism
  • Animal Learning - Animal Learning Theory
  • Dogs Home Alone

NATURAL NUTRITION - CANINE:

Kymythy R. Schultze, CCN, AHI

  • Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats

CJ Puotinen

  • The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care

W. Jean Dodds, DVM & Diana R. Laverdure

  • Canine Nutrigenomics

NATURAL NUTRITION - PEOPLE:

I started studying natural nutrition in my middle teens, the age of Adele Davis.  I've studied voraciously since, but the following is my formal education and study library.

Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, Teaching the Medicine of the Future

  • Diploma program (started February 2006)
  • Nutritional Symptomatology, Workbook for CSNN Students

Dr. Jonn Matsen, N.D.

  • Eating Alive, Prevention thru good digestion

Amanda Ursell, BSc Nutrition, Dip. Dietetics

  • Vitamins and Minerals Handbook, Nature inspired supplements for optimal health and vitality

Carl C. Pfeiffer, Ph. D., M.D.

  • Nutrition and Mental Illness, An Orthomolecular Approach to Balancing Body Chemistry

Dr. B.J. Hardick, Kimberly Roberto, Dr. Ben Lerner

  • Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, The Solution to the Dangers of Modern Nutrition

Michael T. Murray, N.D.

  • Arthritis, Your Natural Guide to Healing with Diet, Vitamisn, Minerals, Herbs, Exercise, and Other Natural Methods
  • Diabetes & Hypoglycemia, Your Natural Guide to Healing with Diet, Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, Exercise, and Other Natural Methods

Dr. Sarah Brewer, M.A., M.B.

  • Energy Boosters Handbook, Revitalizing techniques to increasing energy levels and restore zest for life

David W. Rowland

  • The Nutritional Bypass, Reverse Atherosclerosis Without Surgery

Rick Gallop (Past President of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario)

  • The G.I. Diet, The Green-Light Way to Permanent Weight Loss

Diana Shaw

  • Almost Vegetarian

Elson M. Haas, M.D.

  • Staying Healthy with Nutrition, The Complete Guide to Diet & Nutritional Medicine

Elaine N. Marueb

  • Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology

Caroline Myss, Ph. D.

  • Anatomy of the Spirit, The Seven Stages of Power and Healing

David W. Rowland

  • How to give Nutritional Advice Legally

Dr. I. Johnson

  • Marketing Solutions, How to Grow Your Professional Practice

BACH FLOWER REMEDIES:

Mechthild Scheffer

  • The Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy

Edward Bach

  • Heal Thyself

C. M. Barrett

  • Animals Have Feelings Too, Bach Flower Remedies for Cats and Dogs

Sylvia Cotton

  • A Beginners Guide to Bach Flower Remedies

Helen Graham and Gregory Vlamis

  • Bach Flower Remedies for Animals

Susan Holden

  • Bach Flowers

Martin J. Scott & Gael Mariani

  • Bach Flower Remedies For Dogs

VIDEO LIBRARY:

Linda Michaels, M.A.

  • Understanding Research: Making the Case for Force-free Training, (Pet Professional Guild Summit 2015)

Sarah Kalnajs, CDBC, CPDT

  • The Language of Dogs, Understanding Canine Body Language and Other Communication Signals
  • Am I Safe, The Art & Science of Canine Behavior Assessments

Linda Tellington-Jones

  • Unleash Your Dog's Potential, Getting in TTouch with Your Canine Friend