About Our Trainers




PUPPY KINDERGARTEN:                 Sunday May 27, at 12:00-1:00pm
BASIC OBEDIENCE:                            Saturday May 12, at 10:30-11:30am 
LEASH LUNGERS:                                 Monday May 28, at 7:00-8:00pm


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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.
Kelsey uses only science-based, force-free training methodsas she strives to abide by the highest standards in the industry.


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What is “Force-Free” Training?

Force-free 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.



Allison Schaefer is a Registered Veterinary Technologist who graduated from Thompson Rivers University in 2005. Her education as a veterinary technician included classes in animal behaviour and a variety of jobs involving dogs in veterinary hospitals and the BCSPCA. She completed a professional dog training apprenticeship in Vancouver, where she taught a wide range of classes from Puppy Kindergarten to Reactive Dog. Allison lives at home with her rescued dog Marlo, and she continues to learn from him every day.
Allison also offers one-on-one training through her company Ethical Canine
Allison is a member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), Society of Veterinary Behaviour Technicians (SVBT), Animal Health Technologist Association of British Columbia, and a professional member of the Vancouver Island Animal Association (VIATA).
Both the PPG and the VIATA memberships hold her to humane, force-free training methods, which she values strongly.


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