Continuing Education


July 2017, Delta, BC

Shawna Karrasch
International Clinician in Clicker Training

Hosted by Dog Days Daycare


August 2013, North Vancouver, BC

Robyn Hood
Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Training
Foundation Program

Hosted by Dog Days Daycare


March to September 2012, Vancouver, BC

Karen Pryor Academy
Dog Trainer Professional Certification Program

Graduated With Distinction


October 2010, Victoria, BC

Canwest Veterinary Conference

Dr. Karen Overal, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, CAAB

Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, Psychiatry Department, University of Pennsylvania

Seminar Topics Included:

“Separation Anxiety and Other Common Anxieties”

“Truly Humane Behavioral Interventions: Understanding How Pets Learn”

“Understanding Dogs That Fight”

“Understanding Normal Dog Behaviour”

“Understanding Normal Cat Behaviour”

“Feline Aggression”

“Behavioral Pharmacology”


June 2010, Calgary, AB

CAPPDT Annual 3-day conference (Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers)


  • -Karen Pryor (Clicker Training – Science, Methods and Principles)
  • -Gail Fisher (Dominance Myths; Training to a Reliable Behaviour)
  • -Sue Ailsby (Training Levels)
  • -Steve White (Canine Body Language; Complex Behaviours)
  • -Mona Keith (African Savannah Keeper at the Calgary Zoo – Clicker Training Zoo Animals)


November 2009, North Vancouver, BC

Introductory Tellington Touch (TTouch) Workshop

  • -Catherine Stewart


October 2009, Oakland, California, USA

APDT Annual 5-day conference (Association of Pet Dog Trainers)


  • -Brian Hare, PhD (The Evolution of the Cognitive Dog and What It Tells Us About Our Own Origins)
  • -Turid Rugaas (Coping With Life)
  • -Bob Bailey and Jean Donaldson  (An Informal Discussion)
  • -Emily Levine, DVM, MRCVS Dipl, ACVB (Anxiety and Fear: Physiology and Behaviour)
  • -Sue Sternberg (Ethogram of Fear and Anxiety)
  • -Kathy Sdao, MA, CAAB (Fear – Identifying Triggers and Resolving the Problem)
  • -Nicole Wilde, CPDT-KA (Working With Fearful Dogs)
  • -Pia Silvani, CPDT-KA (Fear and Anxiety)
  • -Doug Kneuvan, DVM, CAC, CVA, CVCH (Alternative Medicine for Fear and Anxiety)
  1. -Ian Dunbar, PhD, MRCVS, CPDT-KA (Fear and Loathing and Separation Fun)
  2. -Terry Ryan (Hands On Workshop – Clicker Training Chickens)
  3. -Sarah Whitehead, BA (Hons), MSc (Puppy Classes)
  4. -Steve White, CPDT-KA (Scenting / Tracking)
  5. -Gail Fisher (Training a Thinking Dog:  The Advantages of Marker Training)
  6. -Pia Silvani (Challenging Adolescents)
  7. -Gail Fisher (Training Calmness, Relaxation and Self Control)
  8. -Sarah Whitehead, BA (Hons), MSc (Understanding a Dog’s Emotional State and It’s Effect on Behaviour)
  9. -Veronica Boutelle, MA Ed, CTC and Gina Phairas, Bsc Comms, CTC (Designing the Best Classes in Town)
  10. -Kathy Sdao, MA, CAAB (See, Mark and Reward Training)
  11. -Steve White, CPDT-KA (Harnessing the Power of Anticipation)
  12. -Sherry Woodard (No More Homeless Pets –


June 2009, Sequim, Washington, USA

Constructional Aggression Treatment “A New Approach to Treating Aggression”

  • -Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz and Kellie Snider MS


April 2009, Langley, BC, Canada

Working with Fearful Dogs, Creative Client Coaching

  • -Nicole Wilde


March 2009, Denton Texas, USA

University of North Texas, Department of Behaviour Analysis, “Great Minds Conference”

The Art and Science of Animal Training:  Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going?

  • -Bob Bailey
  • -Alexandra Kurland
  • -Steve Martin
  • -Kay Laurence
  • -Ken Ramirez
  • -Steve White
  • -Jesus Rosales-Ruiz


October 2008, Victoria, BC, Canada

Dog Evolution and Behaviour

  • -Jean Donaldson


February 2007, Richmond, BC, Canada

  • -Patricia McConnell


October 2007, Portland, Oregon, USA

APDT Annual Conference (Association of Pet Dog Trainers)


  • -Jean Donaldson
  • -Roger Fouts
  • -Leslie Nelson
  • -Patricia McConnell
  • -Chris Bach
  • -Ian Dunbar
  • -Kathy Sdao
  • -Roger Abrantes
  • -Pam Reid
  1. -Pia Silvani
  2. -Trish King
  3. -Karen Overall


January 2007, Victoria, BC, Canada

Dog Aggression

  • -Brenda Aloff


2006, San Diego, California, USA

  • -Ian Dunbar


September 2006, Kansas City, Missouri, USA

APDT Annual Conference (Association of Pet Dog Trainers)


  1. – Susan Garrett                  –    Jennifer Messer
  2. -K. Anderson                 –    Karen Pryor
  3. – Nicole Wilde                    –    Ken Ramirez
  4. – Patricia McConnell          –    Sheila Harper
  5. – Ray Coppinger                –    Ian Dunbar
  6. – Roger Abrantes               –    Emma Parsons


July 2006, Victoria, BC, Canada

  • -Suzanne Clothier


April 2006, Abbotsford, BC, Canada

  • -Pat Miller


January 2006, Sooke, BC, Canada

  • -Brenda Aloff


September 2005, Richmond, BC, Canada

  • – Roger Abrantes


April 2005, Richmond, BC, Canada

  • -Ian Dunbar Instructors Course


July 2004, Victoria, BC, Canada

  • -Suzanne Clothier


March 2003, Vancouver, BC, Canada

CAPPDT Conference (Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers)


  1. – Donna Duford                    –    Jennifer Messer
  2. – Thomi Glover                     –    Shelley Breadner
  3. – Sue Sternberg                   –    Ian Dunbar


2002, Richmond, BC, Canada

  • -Sue Sternberg


2002, Vancouver, BC, Canada

  • -Turid Rugaas


April 2002, Vancouver, BC, Canada

  • -Ian Dunbar Instructors Course