About Our Trainers



PUPPY KINDERGARTEN:                 Sunday Jan 27, at 12:00-1:00pm 
BASIC OBEDIENCE:                           Sunday Jan 13 at 1:30-2:30pm, Saturday Jan 12 at                                                                                                                                                    11:00am-12:00pm
INTERMEDIATE:                                 Sunday Jan 13 at 3:00-4:00pm, Saturday Jan 19 at                                                                                                                                                     12:30-1:30pm


Force-free, or reward-based training focus’s on the dog’s well-being by teaching dogs to offer behaviours willingly, which enhances the bond between human & canine. These methods are grounded by the most current scientific evidence to produce sound training results, while preventing harmful side-effects such as fear & aggression which other controversial training methods (including shock, pain and intimidation tactics) have been shown to produce.
Contrary to popular belief, force-free training works not only for basic training, but is also the gold standard for the most complex behaviour problems including anxiety, reactivity and aggression. All our trainers at K9HQ follow these training methods as we strive to abide by the highest standards in the industry.


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Kelsey received her CTC (Certificate in Training & Counselling) from the Academy for Dog Trainers in 2016, an extensive 2-year program widely known as the Harvard of Dog Trainers.
She is a proud member of the Vancouver Island Animal Training Association (VIATA), and is working toward her certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), which is the leading independent certifying organization for the dog training profession. Kelsey is also a Fear Free Certified Professional.


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Allison Schaefer is a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine – Knowledge Assessed through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She is currently the only CBCC-KA in British Columbia, and one of only 126 in the world.
Allison founded Ethical Canine in 2013. Prior to this she completed an apprenticeship and trained dogs professionally in Vancouver. She has 10 years of experience with a wide range of training needs, including challenging behaviour problems.
Allison is also a Registered Veterinary Technologist. Her experience in the veterinary field & at the BCSPCA provides her a solid background in animal health and behaviour. She serves on the Executive Board of the Vancouver Island Animal Training Association and works in the Vancouver Island community to promote humane training and care of all animals. In 2016, Allison became a Certified Fear Free Professional through Fear Free Pets, an organization dedicated to reducing stress in animals visiting veterinary clinics and undergoing medical procedures.




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Alison Stephens is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP), and holds membership with the CAPPDT (Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers) and the Vancouver Island Animal Training Association (VIATA).
Prior to her recent move to the beautiful west coast, Alison taught puppy classes, basic manners and obedience classes and dog sport classes in Calgary for over 10 years.  She also specialized in private one-on-one sessions for those clients whose dogs were too aroused or afraid in a group setting with other dogs, people and distractions.
Alison is thrilled to call Victoria her home now and shares it with her rescued collie mix Jonah and cats, Martin and Rocco. We are excited for Alison to join our K9HQ team and she looks forward to helping you to have a well-mannered dog that is a joy to live with.
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