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.
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 working toward her certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), which is currently the leading independent certifying organization for the dog training profession.
Allison Schaefer has been certified as a behaviour consultant through two independent certifying bodies: she is a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine – Knowledge Assessed through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, as well as a Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants.
Allison started Ethical Canine in Victoria, B.C. in 2013. Prior to this she completed an apprenticeship and trained dogs professionally in Vancouver. She has worked with both puppies and adult dogs of numerous breeds and has more than 10 years of experience with a wide range of training needs, including challenging behaviour problems.
Allison is committed to providing practical, humane, individually tailored behaviour solutions to her clients and their dogs. She also regularly pursues continuing education from experts in the field of modern animal behaviour modification, and her clients benefit in kind.
Allison is a Registered Veterinary Technologist who graduated from Thompson Rivers University in 2005. Her education in the veterinary field provided her a solid background in animal health and behaviour and led to a variety of jobs in veterinary hospitals and at the BCSPCA.
Allison lives in Sooke with her 12 year old pit bull mix, Marlo, who is her greatest educator in the ways of reactive and fearful dogs, and her Rough Collie Joni, who is her assistant and partner in her training business. In 2016 she graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and a minor in Applied Ethics.
Professional Memberships & Values:
Since January 2019, Ethical Canine has been accredited by the BCSPCA under their AnimalKind program. AnimalKind assists the public in finding dog trainers who employ sound business practices as well as sound training methodology and knowledge. Allison is proud to be a part of this program and supports increasing transparency and accountability in the field of animal behaviour modification.
Allison served for several years on the Executive Board as well as the Education Committee of the Vancouver Island Animal Training Association which works in the Vancouver Island community to promote humane training and care of all animals. She is currently a Professional Member of VIATA.
She also carries business insurance through PROFur: Insurance for Pet Care Professionals