Our team is the foundation of clevercanines.  Our exceptional team of devoted individuals is why and how we are able to offer a high level of service and support to our clients.

Every team member has completed extensive training to qualify them to be of service to you.  Our intense clevercanines Mastery Program provides our team with up to 100 hours of training, both in the classroom and in the field.  Team members gain understanding of the latest training methods and techniques, while building sound knowledge in canine behaviour and handling skills.  Ongoing training is important and team members have opportunities to attend seminars, utilize the company’s extensive resource library, and constantly study and observe dogs.  Each team member’s high level of experience and training allows them to tailor their support and training method to each client and dog individually.

Our aim is to give you an exceptional experience and support YOU in your lifestyle with your dog.  Our team is not only passionate about dogs but also passionate about people.

We look forward to meeting you and working with your dog!

meet our office team

Tracie Nielson

founder | owner

team member since May 2005

my why

I was so surprised when I learned that behaviour, not infectious disease, is the leading killer of pets in North America. 87% of dog owners complain about having one or more behavioural problems. The number one reason for a dog being surrendered or given up is for behaviour problems as they become frustrating, cumbersome, expensive, or time-consuming for an owner. Behaviour problems are also the number one reason why someone would eliminate a dog from their adoption options when wanting to add a furry family member to their household. Of these ‘un-adoptable’ or ‘unwanted’ animals, 50% to 70% of them end up being euthanized.

By focusing on problem solving behaviour issues, we can help dog owners feel confident and competent in working through any challenge over every stage and every age of their dog’s life. There are easy ways to incorporate working with a dog in to every day routines so it becomes part of a lifestyle versus a chore owners have to set aside time to do. We focus on helping people understand canine communication and developing a deeper understand for what a dog truly needs to be happy, mentally and physically balanced, and to feel safe.

Bottom line is, we at CleverCanines, save dog’s lives through innovative training, exceptional education, and the highest level of care.

my advice

It is a gazillion times more fun having a trained dog who is confident, can get along with other people or dogs, will respond to commands regardless of distractions, and who is respectful of you, others and the environment. These dogs can go more places, do more things, and are welcomed pretty much everywhere. Your dog needs you to become a well informed, well educated owner so you can provide the support, guidance and direction needed to provide the best life possible for your dog and your family. Training is the key to help dog owners experience freedom.

Joe Scorgie

owner | finance

team member since April 2007

my why
my advice

It is a gazillion times more fun having a trained dog who is confident, can get along with other people or dogs, will respond to commands regardless of distractions, and who is respectful of you, others and the environment. These dogs can go more places, do more things, and are welcomed pretty much everywhere. Your dog needs you to become a well informed, well educated owner so you can provide the support, guidance and direction needed to provide the best life possible for your dog and your family. Training is the key to help dog owners experience freedom.

Bianca Nassey, CBATI

operations

team member since September 2012

my why
my advice

It is a gazillion times more fun having a trained dog who is confident, can get along with other people or dogs, will respond to commands regardless of distractions, and who is respectful of you, others and the environment. These dogs can go more places, do more things, and are welcomed pretty much everywhere. Your dog needs you to become a well informed, well educated owner so you can provide the support, guidance and direction needed to provide the best life possible for your dog and your family. Training is the key to help dog owners experience freedom.

Jess Josefchuk, CPACM

supervisor, dayschool

team member since March 2016

my why

Be kind, be compassionate, be empathetic, and be passionate. If there is something that I love about clevercanines (and I love a lot of things, let me tell you!) it’s that their common purpose allows me the opportunity to live by my values each and every day. It’s my goal to help people understand their dogs behaviour, and all options available to them, so that they can go on to have successful, wonderful, long-lasting relationships.

my advice

Being consistent is the most compassionate thing that you can do for your dog. They’re looking to you for guidance, for rules, and for structure – all things that make them feel confident, secure, and safe. With this in mind, it’s SO important to remember that your dog is always learning from you. Always. Whether it be through your direct actions with them or the actions they simply observe. Your dog will learn what behaviours are acceptable by both actively being taught them as well as simply being allowed to perform them, so make sure that ‘sometimes’ and ‘maybe’ and ‘just this once’ aren’t part of your vocabulary. Remember: consistency is kindness.

Tera Prodaniuk

coordianator 

team member since August 2018

my why

Working for CleverCanines means that I do what I love everyday. Getting to work with dogs is obvious but I also learn more about them with every new dog that comes through our doors. As well, I get to help people, which is one of my personal goals in life. Whether that be taking a dog for a walk knowing I am making a clients day a little easier or pointing out something quirky I notice about their dog that simply reminds them how much they love their dog. I am inspired and grateful to be a small part of the dogs lives and getting to know the wonderful clients and amazing dogs that CleverCanines draws to them every day!

my advice

One thing that I’ve learnt while working at CleverCanines is that dogs crave consistency and structure. A relationship based out those things is able to grow so much deeper than one built on acting on impulses or instinct and just loving them anyway. Gaining a dogs respect by meeting their needs is much more valuable to me than giving them whatever they want when they want it, and not seeing them learn anything. Dogs love to problem solve, and one of the most rewarding things I get from my job is seeing dogs “get it” or that “ah-ha” moment where they start to learn that they can actually make choices that please them and their people at the same time.

meet our dayschool team

Alex Friesen

trainer | instructor

team member since November 2016

my why

Working at CleverCanines is important to me because I have experience owning a ‘land shark in a puppy costume’ that’s soul purpose seemed to be pulling me to the ground on walks. I know how much your dogs behaviour can affect your life in both a positive and negative way and I am so proud of my dog now. It is my goal for every single client to experience what it is like to see their dog become everything they had imagined when they welcomed them into their homes.

my advice

One piece of advice I have for current and future clients is that training takes a lot of time and patience. There is no magic pill that will make a perfect dog, it is what you do with the abundant skills and knowledge you learn in class that will lead to your success.

Allie Minion

trainer

team member since July 2019

my why
my advice

It is a gazillion times more fun having a trained dog who is confident, can get along with other people or dogs, will respond to commands regardless of distractions, and who is respectful of you, others and the environment. These dogs can go more places, do more things, and are welcomed pretty much everywhere. Your dog needs you to become a well informed, well educated owner so you can provide the support, guidance and direction needed to provide the best life possible for your dog and your family. Training is the key to help dog owners experience freedom.

Gabby Wiltse

trainer

team member since February 2018

my why

What motivates me most to work in dayschool is helping dogs grow their confidence, learn, and develop into the best they can be. There is no greater reward than watching a dog’s confidence build right before your eyes. One of my favourite training focuses that we practice in dayschool is jumping over hurdles, specifically because the confidence and skills the dogs gain is measurable and palpable. For dogs who have never jumped over a hurdle before, it can be intimidating and challenging. By setting the bar low (literally) and giving them plenty of convincing, they find out that they can actually jump over it. You can see the expressions on their faces (and body language) as they realize their abilities and their fear dissipates. By the time we run through the hurdles a second time they already know they are capable of succeeding and they cruise over them with much more confidence. Seeing dogs continuously gain more confidence and skills with each visit in dayschool is what keeps me inspired every day.

my advice

The biggest lesson I try to incorporate in dayschool and think everyone could benefit from is being consistent. It’s easy to say, and harder to execute, but incredibly worth the effort. Consistency applies to everything from walking with a loose leash to practicing polite greetings (human and canine), and it makes it easier for dogs to know what is expected of them without having to question or stress about their decisions. As the cliché saying goes, “Consistency is key”!

Hope

trainer

team member since February 2020

my why
my advice

Jess Josefchuk, CPACM

supervisor, dayschool

team member since March 2016

my why

Be kind, be compassionate, be empathetic, and be passionate. If there is something that I love about clevercanines (and I love a lot of things, let me tell you!) it’s that their common purpose allows me the opportunity to live by my values each and every day. It’s my goal to help people understand their dogs behaviour, and all options available to them, so that they can go on to have successful, wonderful, long-lasting relationships.

my advice

Being consistent is the most compassionate thing that you can do for your dog. They’re looking to you for guidance, for rules, and for structure – all things that make them feel confident, secure, and safe. With this in mind, it’s SO important to remember that your dog is always learning from you. Always. Whether it be through your direct actions with them or the actions they simply observe. Your dog will learn what behaviours are acceptable by both actively being taught them as well as simply being allowed to perform them, so make sure that ‘sometimes’ and ‘maybe’ and ‘just this once’ aren’t part of your vocabulary. Remember: consistency is kindness.

Julia Kraska

trainer

team member since September 2017

my why

I resinate deeply with the CleverCanines common purpose to ‘save dog’s lives’. I was in a shelter environment for a number of years and saw many dogs being euthanized for behavioural reasons. I knew I wanted to take action on actually being able to make a difference in these dogs’ lives and help educate people to better understand that there are many different ways you can “fix” your dog other than turning them into a shelter. When I found CleverCanines, I knew this was the way I was going to be able to make that impact.

Another part of my why is that I have my own dog who had extreme reactivity towards other dogs, and she would drag me down the road on our walks together. I felt really overwhelmed and thought I would never be able to have a “normal” dog. A few months into working at CleverCanines, I took her through jumpstart and started learning basic principles on how to better understand her and how to better deal with the issues I was having. It’s now been almost two years since I began working with her and using all of my knowledge and skills that I know about dogs, and I’m excited to report that I can now have loose-leash walks and she no longer reacts to other dogs while on leash. I feel very passionate about helping others achieve their own goals with their dogs as I know how amazing it feels to accomplish them.

my advice

My one piece of advice for any dog owner out there who thinks that you’re on your own and no one else is experiencing your problem – I’m here to tell you – you’re not alone. Someone else has experienced that behavioural concern and you can learn from other people’s mistakes and tribulations to figure out how you and your dog can have a better relationship and understanding for each other. There’s always help and solutions out there, so don’t give up!

Melissa Moore

trainer

team member since August 2019

my why

my advice

meet our Instructor team

Alex Friesen

instructor | trainer

team member since November 2016

my why

Working at CleverCanines is important to me because I have experience owning a ‘land shark in a puppy costume’ that’s soul purpose seemed to be pulling me to the ground on walks. I know how much your dogs behaviour can affect your life in both a positive and negative way and I am so proud of my dog now. It is my goal for every single client to experience what it is like to see their dog become everything they had imagined when they welcomed them into their homes.

my advice

One piece of advice I have for current and future clients is that training takes a lot of time and patience. There is no magic pill that will make a perfect dog, it is what you do with the abundant skills and knowledge you learn in class that will lead to your success.

Amber Schinnour

instructor

team member since February 2018

my why

Working for CleverCanines allows me the opportunity to change someone’s relationship with their dog. If a dog owner enjoys the relationship then they are less likely to give up that dog to a shelter or to put their dog down because of behavioural issues. Every day I go to work I see the growth in the relationship between the clients and their dogs.

I work with CleverCanines because I value what the company stands for and the change that they are trying to make one dog at a time. They support clients and employees through every step of their journey. I love that once you become a client with CleverCanines, you are always a client with CleverCanines.

my advice

The one thing that I have learned while working with CleverCanines is that you should always check on your emotions when you are working with your dog. If you are frustrated or upset because your dog is not acting the way you think they should be, then you are not going to be able to properly work with your dog in that moment. It’s important to check in with your emotions and if you need a break try swapping your dog with another client or spouse or the instructor.

Andrea Williams

coach

team member since February 2016

my why

One of my favourite things about working at CleverCanines (and there are many) is seeing how quickly and positively the relationship between dogs and handlers can change for the better with well-executed, practical training that allows them both to have a better life together.

my advice

Be patient. Be consistent. Acknowledge and appreciate each small success on the way to achieving your wider goals – and, always make time to have fun with your dog.

Ashleigh Hoffman

instructor

team member since March 2016

my why

I was first introduced to pupstart when I participated in the program with Lucy, my Chocolate Labrador, in April 2015.  I found that the class was inclusive, highly informative, easy to understand, and fun to be in. I enjoyed the socialization aspect of the class, with not only other puppies, but with other dog owners. It acted as a forum to discuss personal goals and challenges that others were facing, made you aware that you were not alone in this learning experience.  

Approximately a year later I saw that CleverCanines was hiring and based upon my past experience with pupstart decided it as a good opportunity to join the company. I strongly supported the message that CleverCanines does not discriminate against the breed or age of  a dog, and most importantly, are willing to take on a wide variety of dog behaviours challenges, and goals.  I have found that working with clients and their dogs has been more rewarding then I could have ever imagined. Working with dogs has not been without its challenging moments, but it is all worth it when I see a smile on a clients face after their dog has exceeded their own expectations.  I have enjoyed a great relationship with my dog all due to the training that I have received through CleverCanines, and I wish to share that experience with everyone.

my advice

If I could give any advice to future clients it would be that there are no bad dogs; every dog is unique in their own way. Every dog can learn to sit, lay down, jump, etc. It all depends on how much effort us, as dog owners, want to put in to help the dog reach their full potential. Change does not happen over night, but with clear and consistent leadership you can build an amazing relationship with your dog. 

Aysia Stante

instructor

team member since November 2015

my why

Every day that I get to work at CleverCanines is new, different, and exciting. I am always learning and growing, and I am always making new connections with my colleagues and clients. Most importantly for me, I feel like I am giving people the skills they need to develop stronger relationships with their dogs, and the training they need to live fun, happy, and safe lives. In the end I get to be part of an amazing team of people that is working hard every day to save dogs’ lives.

my advice

Consistency makes all the difference in the world.

Bobby Peardon

instructor

team member since November 2016

my why

I like big Mutts and I cannot lie… that’s why I work for CleverCanines. I’ve always had a passion for dogs, but after getting my own I realized that it’s not as easy as it seems to own the “good dog” that everyone wants. The vision I had in my head of what it would be like was very different from reality. My beloved Boston Terrier/ Pomeranian cross, named Rorschach, had a lot of anxiety and reactivity problems. We tried a variety of different training classes but it just seemed to be getting worse. I was close, a few times, to giving my best little friend up for adoption. In 2015 I found CleverCanines and that was the turning point for Rorschach and I’s relationship. What used to feel like a frustrating burden now felt the way I had first hoped it would. Instead of constantly being worried about, “what’s my dog doing?” I now have freedom with my dog. I became an instructor because I see so many people in the same boat I was in, a huge amount of love and passion for their dogs but not a great understanding of them. I want to help people build strong relationships with their dogs, and bring the reality of dog ownership closer to what the initial vision was like.

my advice

My words of wisdom are as follows. Petting, touching, holding, picking up your dog etc. are all rewards to your dog … so what are you rewarding them for? A big eyeopener for me was how much I was actually fuelling Rorschach’s reactivity by unintentionally rewarding his behaviour.

Colleen Marte

coach

team member since March 2013

my why

I first joined ether CleverCanines team as a client in jumpstart, fall of 2009. My dog, Keisha, was a handful. Adopted at 10 months, she came with her own set of issues. I had no idea how to help her become a balanced dog. The steps we gained as a team increased as we went from jumpstart to core the following year. CleverCanines helped me and Keisha enormously and I wanted to share that with others. In 2010 I started volunteering in the core program and officially joined the CleverCanines team in 2013.

My ability to help others with their canine family members has only grown over the years. The thrill of seeing how much an often simple change in technique or approach can help our clients never fails to excite me.

my advice

My one piece of advice is “No tension, no tension, no tension” on that leash. I have even been known to approach total strangers and start a dialogue with them so that I have the opportunity to share this bit of advice. It can be a game changer. This one simple technique changes the way others, especially other dogs, view and react to your dog. In addition it gives you the ability to stay in control and be the leader your dog needs you to be.

I look forward to continuing to learn and share my journey with CleverCanines!

Darren Berdine

coach

team member since August 2015

my why

CleverCanines has taught me so much and allowed me to have a rewarding relationship with my own dog Roxie.  I have developed an appreciation of canine behaviour and how we can all help our own dogs to be faithful companions.  In the various roles I have been in at CleverCanines, I have enjoyed working with many different people and their dogs.  I find it very rewarding to watch clients build a strong lasting relationship with their dogs.  I see how much it enriches their lives providing them with the ability to understand their dogs helping them to be confident companions.

my advice

It is important to be consistent with your dog. If you are not consistent you will provide mixed messages to your dog and you will get inconsistent results in your relationship with your dog.

Diana O'Brien

coach | instructor

team member since August 2015

my why

The journey of working with dogs for me has been joyous, meaningful and challenging. Joyous because dog’s love unconditionally and teach us to live in the moment. Meaningful because being able to witness the progress a dog makes with their guardian towards a life of freedom, safety and fun is the reason I started working with dogs to begin with. And challenging because when it comes to understanding dogs and what they need one never stops learning. Each dog brings with them their own unique personality and history and the challenge is to remain open and creative to ultimately find what works best for them. It’s fantastic to be part of a company that strives to offer exceptional education and innovative training because it is my passion to continue to learn as much as I can about these awesome beings that we call dogs.

my advice

When training dogs I have found that the attitude you bring is really more important than any method or technique used. Staying calm, convincing and consistent with a dog’s training means your communication with them is clear and concise and with patience and time they will understand what your are asking of them. This builds a bond of love and respect just as much as snuggles and play, so work hard AND have fun, your dog will love you for it!

Heather Boucher

instructor

team member since February 2012

my why

CleverCanines training inspired me long before I’d met anyone that actually worked for the program. Two of my best friends had just finished the core program and the change in the relationship they had with their dog and the trust he had in them lead me to take my dog through core in 2010.

My dog Eddy was a very high energy dog in his youth. I was often frustrated and I couldn’t understand why running with him for hours everyday didn’t give him enough exercise. CleverCanines taught me how to train my dog in a way that was meaningful to both of us and the relationship we achieved through that process has made him one of the best pieces of my life.

I love seeing people and dogs learn together and learning to trust one another. One of the reasons I still work for CleverCanines is the commitment that the whole company has to helping people have the relationship they want with their dog, now, and throughout their lives together.

my advice

The one thing I think changes people’s experience with their dog is helping them to learn inhibition control through patience training. Getting your dog to use their mental energy to be patient tires them out in a way that physical exercise cannot. The combination of exercise with patience training is key.

Heather Manuel

instructor

team member since November 2016

my why

I applied to CleverCanines after I had taken pupstart with my dog Elsa and loved it. I learned so much that I wanted to continue. I think my original “why” was simply my love of dogs and the want to be part of a company that wanted to be the best it could be. While that hasn’t gone away, I think my “why” has evolved. Now I go to work because I want to help people have the best lives possible with their dogs. Through education and encouragement, I hope clients leave my class feeling confident and motivated to continue their training journey with their pup.

my advice

It takes work! It takes a lot of commitment to be the owner of a dog you can experience life fully with – and a lot of that work is time and the effort of understanding your dog and how their brain works. Because we have the ability to do that, but our dogs don’t. So, the work you put in to better understand your dog is so worth it – and it shouldn’t end once you leave a training class!

Hope Egan

instructor

team member since February 2018

my why

When I saw the job posting for CleverCanines I was ecstatic. I knew that this was going to be the opportunity of a lifetime! I’ve always wanted to work alongside animals and finally got to achieve that goal. Animals hold a special place in my heart, especially dogs, so knowing I can make a difference in this world with dogs and their owners gives me the motivation to do my very best as an instructor. I care so much about helping owners create that trusting relationship with their dog because I know there is absolutely nothing better than a special bond between humans and dogs. Sharing the common purpose of saving dogs lives makes me so grateful to be a part of the CleverCanines team.

my advice

The best lesson that I feel as a dog owner should always follow is that training lasts a lifetime. Never give up, be consistent and always continue training to ensure you and your dog will have the opportunity to experience freedom.

Karen Earl

instructor

team member since February 2016

my why

I joined the CleverCanines team because the experience of going through core transformed my relationship with my dog Nico.  Prior to core my walks with Nico were not much fun and I did not trust Nico in off-leash situations.  After completing core I joined club360 and found I was able to proudly and confidently include Nico in all aspects of my life.  As a CleverCanines instructor, it is my goal to teach clients the skills and provide them with the tools they need in order to have the confidence and trust to go anywhere and do anything with their own dogs.

My strong connection to the CleverCanines team is rooted in all the incredible people I am surrounded with on a daily basis.  My colleagues are tremendously dedicated and generous individuals who share a common passion for improving the lives of people and their dogs.  Our clients are the reason I am always excited to go to class.  I love the way each class quickly develops into a tight knit community who support one another unconditionally – happy to share in successes and incredibly supportive during challenges.  CleverCanines is an amazing community that I am proud to be a member of.

my advice

The most important advice I can share with clients is to have patience.  Relationships take time and patience to grow and develop.  Our most important job with our dogs is to protect them and to keep them safe.  Our dogs look to us for guidance and support.  Training your dog not only provides life saving skills it also grows the bond between you and your dog.  Dedication and training provides you with the skills needed to be the leader your dog deserves and helps to grow and nurture an amazing connection between you and your dog.

Karli Miller

instructor

team member since February 2018

my why

I originally wanted to work with CeverCanines because I love dogs, and have always loved them since I can remember, but my parents were always too allergic for me to get one so it was always a dream of mine to be able to work with dogs. Now that I have been a part of the company for some time, I realize just how important training your dog is and how much I love to be a part of the dog community. I love working with other dog people, and with people that care enough about their furry friends to invest significant time and energy to work on their relationship. My favourite part of the job is getting to know clients and work with them one on one to see the positive changes in their relationships with their dogs.

my advice

One lesson I would want others to know is to never compare yourself to other people. Be proud of your own progress, you know what you and your dog are capable of and the only improvement and development that matters is what happens with you and your dog. Every dog is different and every human is different so it isn’t fair to compare what you would consider success for yourself with something someone else would consider to be success.

Katerina Jansen, CTDI

instructor

team member since November 2015

my why

I truly believe that every dog has the ability to be amazing. I love teaching trick class because I can help owners see their dog’s unique abilities. My job is an important one because I get to be a part of the journey that helps owners create that unique special bond with their dog and one where they can feel proud of their dog’s accomplishments.

my advice

One piece of advice I want others to know is that they are not alone. CleverCanines provides so much support, not only from staff members but from fellow dog owners as well. Going through class provides an amazing environment where people can feel supported, while growing that special bond with their dog.

Lindy MacLeod

instructor

team member since June 2017

my why

If I could take in all the unwanted dogs myself I would, but no one can do it all themselves. Knowledge is a powerful tool, and the more people who are educated on canine behaviour, the less behaviour problems there will be, and therefore less dogs would be unwanted. I can’t personally rescue all the dogs myself, but I can keep learning everything I can about dog behaviour and training techniques so that I can help other people gain the knowledge and skills to love and rescue dogs too.

my advice

Learn the why, not just the how. It’s important to learn our dogs language so that we can understand them and they can understand us. They will never learn how to speak English, but we can learn how to understand and communicate in their body language.

Mary Polychronis

instructor

team member since February 2018

my why

It’s exciting to be part of a passionate team that lives and breaths their values every day. Dogs have made a significant impact in my life and I’m grateful to be able to support clients through CleverCanines innovative training, and exceptional education. I value ongoing learning and this process never stops at CleverCanines.  

my advice

One piece of advice I like to emphasize in all my classes is the importance of consistency and patience in supporting our dogs’ learning process. Through teaching our dogs patience we are also practicing patience ourselves, which I believe is an invaluable lesson.

Nicole West, BATI

instructor

team member since January 2013

my why

As an instructor dedicated to working with reactive dogs, I have the unique opportunity to save dogs lives in a very real way while at the same time I get to live my own personal why, which is to relieve stress. Each time I arrive to class, I help owners and their dogs understand each other and work with humans to form long term plans for reducing reactivity in their canine companion so they can enjoy their life together.

my advice

My passion for the topic of reactivity and over-excitement comes from my own past struggles with a reactive dog, which led to a quest for information and understanding on the topic. The one thing I try to impart to each person I work with is that their dog’s reactivity or exuberance is not their fault or their dog’s fault and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. To get there, we have to put our own expectations aside and focus on what our dogs need from us in order to work toward our goals. By digging deeper into canine behaviour, responding appropriately in a positive manner, and by using a blend of modification and management techniques, we can help our dogs feel better and make good choices in tough situations. Our biggest successes with our dogs are often a result of slowing down and taking the time to put in the work before we actually need it.

Rachel Ward

coach | instructor

team member since July 2013

my why

I love being a part of the CleverCanines team because it brings together two of my passions. I enjoy learning and, as anyone who was spent more than five minutes with me can attest, I love dogs! As part of CleverCanines, my understanding of canine behaviour and training has improved immensely and continues to do so. The ability to then pass this knowledge onto other dog owners and see their relationships with their own dogs improve is very rewarding.

my advice

An important thing to remember while dog training is that different dogs learn at different paces, and even the same dog will learn different skills at different paces. The trick is to keep working through the process at their pace and not try to skip ahead. Patience pays off when you and your dog can celebrate the successes!

Seanna Mitchell

coach | instructor

team member since September 2016

my why

I was first introduced to CleverCanines in the Spring of 2016 when I took jumpstart as a client. My dogs were polar opposites in their personalities and needs, and I was at my wits end trying to figure out how to help them on my own. Those four classes changed my life. I never thought that 6 hours of instruction would make such an impact, but boy did it ever! The concepts and foundational skills I learned in that program opened me up to possibilities I never thought possible with my dogs! The freedom I experienced from the improvement in my relationships and trust with my dogs got me hooked on CleverCanines. I applied at the first opportunity! Working with clients allows me the chance to make a difference in their lives, and give them hope that they can one day have their ideal relationship with their dogs.

my advice

You may hear me joking around that “I don’t train dogs, I train people” but it is so true. My purpose is to give you – the owners, the skills and confidence to influence your dog, so that you can leave my class and be able to apply the knowledge and skills for the rest of your dogs life. When clients “get” this mindset that they are my student not their dogs, the opportunities for freedom with their dog are endless.

Trisha Hache

coach | instructor

team member since June 2014

my why

I joined CleverCanines because I appreciate the inclusiveness of the company with no discrimination against breeds of dogs or dog behaviours. CleverCanines provides all clients with exceptional education that positively influences how we behave around our dogs. This gives clients the opportunity to understand their dog and build that trusting relationship with their canine companion. 

I love to share with others the fact that the unique thing about CleverCanines, is that training doesn’t stop in the classroom. Learning and training is constant and goes beyond the classroom; it must be incorporated into your everyday life. There is a true sense of freedom when you can trust your dog to behave in a way that you never thought possible.

my advice

You are not alone! Everyone in class at one point of another has been where you are, so we all have a deep understanding of what you are going through and how you feel (especially at those moments of pure frustration) and your CleverCanines team is ALWAYS on hand to ensure you feel supported.