1000’s of Hours of Training

At clevercanines we pride ourselves on continuing education for our team.  As new ideas, techniques and scientific discoveries about dogs change the way we understand and interact with them, we have a duty to keep up.  This is why we continue to invest in ongoing education and independent certifications.  We also invest our time and resources into building a better business and always improving our customer service.  Here are some of the courses and certifications our team has participated in over the last few years.

C.P.A.C.M. (Certified Professional Animal Care Manager)

Professional qualifications and body of knowledge have met the highest pet care standards established by industry experts and have been certified by an independent testing body.

Held by:
Jess Josefchuck, CPACM, supervisor

C.B.A.T.I. (Certified Behaviour Adjustment Technique Instructor)

Expert in using B.A.T. (Behaviour Adjustment Training) to rehabilitate dog aggression, fear, bullying and other issues.

Held by:
Bianca Nassey, CBATI, operations
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Knowing Dogs 101 & 201 Certifications

Training moduels, case studies, evaluations, and hands-on certificaiton program specifically designed for dog daycare, focusing on canine communication, behaviour, management, play styles, and group play safety.

Held by:
All dayschool staff members
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Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI)

Expert in the established guidelines for ensuring that standards of excellence are met when teaching the sport of Dog Tricks, including demonstrated knowledge, hands-on training techniques, progression and problem solving, and facilitation.

Held by:
Katerina Jansen, CTDI
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Pet First Aid Certification

Pet first aid refers to emergency treatment administered to an injured or sick domestic animal before professional medical care is available.

Held by:
All clevercanines team members
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Human First Aid Certification

First aid refers to the emergency or immediate care you should provide when a person is injured or ill until full medical treatment is available.

Held by:
All Instructors

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WPO Member (Women Presidents' Organization)

An organization for women presidents of multimillion-dollar companies. The members of the WPO take part in professionally facilitated peer advisory groups in order to bring the “genius out of the group” and accelerate the growth of their businesses.

Held by:
Tracie Nielson, owner | founder

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Disney Institute Certification

Disney Institute is the professional development and external training arm of The Walt Disney Company.  Completed modules are: Employee Engagement, Business Excellence, Leadership Excellence, and Quality Service; totally nearly 40 hours of training.

Held by:
Tracie Nielson, owner | founder
Joe Scorgie, owner
Bianca Nassey, CBATI, operations

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PeerSpark: AWE (Alberta Women Entrepreneurs) Certificate

A business accelerator program that combines practical, multi-disciplinary curriculum with support and learning from peers. The program offers expert coaching in a safe and supportive environment of other women entrepreneurs who are focused on growing their ventures.

Program completion and 3 year alumni member.

Held by:
Tracie Nielson, owner | founder

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Highest Achievement Award - Dale Carnegie

Ann honor given to the student who best demonstrates the skills and behaviors taught during the eight week course.

Held by:
Tracie Nielson, founder | owner
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Innovation Award - Dale Carnegie

Awarded to the student who presented the best innovative idea that excited the class to implement.

Held by:
Bianca Nassey, CBATI, operations
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Leadership Training for Managers - Dale Carnegie

A seven week program designed to, maximize performance, become a stronger leader, and strategically algin with and execute organizational objectives.

Held by:
Bianca Nassey, CBATI, operations
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Pryor Learning Solutions - Certifications

Pryor Learning Solutions is the industry leader in business training.

Completed Certifications:

  • Making the Transition from Staff to Supervisor
  • Leadership and Management Skills for Women
  • Criticism and Discipline Skills
  • Leadership, Team Building, and Coaching Skills
  • How to Supervise Bad Attitudes and Negative Behaviours
  • Managing Emotions Under Pressure

Held by:
Jess Josefchuk, CPACM, supervisorPryor Learning Logo

Alumni Member of Recallers

Year long training for developing a sports dog through engagement.

Held by:
Tracie Nielson, owner | founder

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Member of FDSA Pet Professionals

Year round training and support for pet professionals in obedience, rally, agility, tracking, nosework, behaviour, freestyle, and foundation skills.

Held by:
Tracie Nielson, owner | founder

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Member of Training Academy

Year round training geared around games to support focus and self-control concepts.

Held by:
Tracie Nielson, owner | founder

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Member of Brain Training for Dogs

Force-free training activities designed to engage the dog’s mind.

Held by:
Tracie Nielson, owner | founder

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Canine & Feline Behavioural Medicine - Dr. Karen Overall

Two day deep dive into animal behaviour medicine. Dr. Karen Overall PhD, BA, MA and VMD, is an industry mentor.  We follow many of her protocols, training plans, and behaviour treatment guidelines.

Held by:
Tracie Nielson, owner | founder
Bianca Nassey, CBATI, operations

Tracie and Bianca with our mentor Dr. Karen Overall

Building Blocks to Advanced Training and Companionship - Emily Larlham

Sixteen hours of in-depth learning around luring and other positive techniques for obedience, behaviour modification, and tricks.

Held by:
Tracie Nielson, founder | owner
Bianca Nassey, CBATI, operations
Katerina Jansen, CTDI

Tracie, Katerina, Bianca & Lava with Emily Larlham

What's The Problem | The Physical Dog - Suzanne Clothier

Two day program unraveling the puzzles of training, including: functional assessment tools, canine conditioning, evaluations and developing training protocols.

Held by:
Tracie Nielson, founder | owner
Bianca Nassey, CBATI, operations
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Raising The Bar - Jen & Steve White

Three day workshop to understand canine performance, video analyzing, building systematic fluency and generalization, and skill based training decisions.

Held by:
Tracie Nielson, owner | founder
Bianca Nassey, CBATI, operations
Tracie Nielson and Bianca Nassey with Jen and Steve White, industry mentors

Dogs Everywhere! - Trish King

Two days focused on the development of dogs (from puppies, through adolescence, to adult), the development of behaviour problems, canine communication, play etiquiette, dog parks, and assessing case studies.

Held by:
Tracie Nielson, founder | owner
Bianca Nassey, CBATI, operations
Nicole West, reactivity instructor
Jordyn Tressider, instructor
Erin Greenwood, dayschool trainer
Tracie Nielson, Bianca Nassey, Nicole West, Jordyn Tressider, with Trish King

The Power of Choices: Behaviour Adjustment Training (BAT) for Aggression, Frustration & Fear - Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT

Two days, including live demos, understanding techniques for rehabilitating and training dogs with aggression, fear or frustration issues.  BAT builds social skills, confidence around triggers, and trust with the handler through the use of enviromental consequences to reward the dog and eliminate stress or problem behaviours.

Held by:
Tracie Nielson, owner | founder
Bianca Nassey, CBATI, operations
Tracie Nielson and Bianca Nassey with Grisha Stewart, an industry mentor and the creator of BAT, Behaviour Adjustment Training

The RCT Approach to Reactive Dogs - Suzanne Clothier

Three day educational workshop learning how to help dogs develop coping skills for anxiety, arousal and fear, through games, cooperation, management, training and behaviour modification.

Held by:
Tracie Nielson, owner | founder
Jodi Cantafio, operations
Tracie Nielson and Jodi Cantafio with Suzanne Clothier, an industry mentor, breeder, and reactivity specialist

Science Based Dog Training (with Feeling) - Dr. Ian Dunbar

Three day intensive workshop designed to understand the diverse theoretical and practical issues in puppy development, canine socialization, and dog training.  Focusing on binary feedback, lure/reward training, canine cognition, learning theories, proofing skills, developing motivation, and life-rewards.

Held by:
Tracie Nielson, owner | founder
Joe Scorgie, owner
Jodi Cantafio, operations
Tracie Nielson and Joe Scorgie, owners of Clever Canines Ltd. with Dr. Ian Dunbar, our favourite industry mentor of all time

Understanding Your Pets Behaviour and Learning How to Change It - Dr. Jill Goldman, Ph.D, CAAB

One day conference learning from Dr. Jill Goldman, a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Doctor of animal behavior, and scientifically approved Animal Behaviorist, about assessing and treating animals (predominantly dogs and cats) with problematic behavioral issues.

Held by:
Tracie Nielson, owner | founder
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Talking Terms with Dogs, Calming Signals & Canine Behaviour - Turid Rugaas

Two day seminar focused on canine communication and building connection through body language over external rewards.

Held by:
Tracie Nielson, owner | founder
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CAPPDT Annual Conference and Trade Show - 2010

Attended lectrues by industry mentors:

  • Karen Pryor
  • Ali Brown
  • Bill Bruce (former Director of ByLaw)
  • Gail Fisher
  • Mona Keith
  • Steve White
  • Sue Ailsby
  • Veronica Boutelle

Held by:
Tracie Nielson, owner | founder
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