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About the Team

Meet the team!

Trainers

Laurie Ackland, CPDT-KA

Laurie & dogs

Laurie is a lifelong pet owner and lover of all animals.  After many years involved in rescue and fostering/rehabilitating assorted domestic species, she dedicated herself to a second career as a professional dog trainer.

Laurie is an accredited CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed) and is also a graduate of The Professional Dog Trainer Certification Program at the Ottawa Canine School.   She is a member of the PPG (Pet Professional Guild - the Association for Force-Free Pet Professionals), the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and has her DogSafe Canine First Aid certification.

In addition to teaching at the Ottawa Canine School, Laurie spent 3 years supporting and training rescued canines at Keshet Rescue, preparing them for adoption into their new homes.  This valuable hands-on experience training fearful and reactive dogs has further inspired her to help enrich the lives of as many dogs as possible, especially the fearful dogs, through force-free training.

Laurie’s cherished animal family includes Bernese Mountain Dogs Luna & Sadie, a Vizsla named Fred, and Gordie the cat.

 

Claudia Jodouin

Claudia is a graduate of the Professional Dog Trainer Certification Program at the Ottawa Canine School. She’s a dedicated dog owner and has done an exceptional job with her dog June. Claudia is a hard worker and knows how important it is to be patient. Not only is she patient when she trains her own dog, she is very patient when teaching others as well.

Claudia is bilingual and would be happy to help you and your canine companion in either of our official languages.

Claudia est bilingue et serait ravie de vous aider en français.

Anne-Marie Millette

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Anne-Marie is a graduate of The Professional Dog Trainer Certification Program at the Ottawa Canine School (2015).  She is also a graduate of The Veterinary Assistant Program at the Granville College Vancouver (2010) and has worked in both general practice and emergency departments.  Prior to starting her career in dog training, she graduated with a degree in psychology. Throughout her years of working with at risk populations, she established her knowledge of behavioural and cognitive therapy.  

Anne-Marie continues to pursue ongoing professional development and is Canine First Aid certified.  

She understands the importance of empowering pet owners with the proper knowledge and skills.  She believes that the key to a meaningful and impactful relationship with our dogs lies in understanding their world using their point of view.

Anne-Marie shares her life with her 3 dogs (Mena, a Pug-x, Titus, a Siberian Husky and Pax, a Beagle-x) as well as her rabbit, Alfie.

Anne-Marie est bilingue et serait ravie de vous aider en français.

Chantal Mills, CPDT-KA, Owner/ Head Trainer

Thanks to her nearly 18 years of experience in the world of Education, first as an elementary, intermediate and high school teacher, then as Guidance Counsellor and later a Vice-Principal, Chantal is at ease working with the most important end of the leash. She has a passion for teaching!

Chantal is a certified pet dog trainer,  a member of the American Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), a member of the IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants) and a member of the PPG (Pet Professional Guild - the Association for Force-Free Pet Professionals). She regularly attends workshops, seminars and webinars to keep up to date with the latest in the industry.

Chantal's family includes Everest, a Canine Senior Citizen, who has retired from being the Ottawa Canine School's Demo Dog and is enjoying other pursuits. Not to be forgotten is Ivan the Terrible, the eldest of the trio, feline and proud of it. The latest addition is Jo-Jo the Beta fish, who is learning a variety of new tricks and proving that all species can be trained! Hemingway, the Great Dane and face behind the Ottawa Canine School's logo will be remembered as a goof with a heart of gold.

Alana Seraphin, CPDT-KA

Alana

Alana has loved and lived with dogs all of her life.

In the 90s, she caught the training bug after clicker training her mother's Fox Terrier. She enjoyed the experience and has been devoted to helping animals learn ever since. She believes that there is nothing better than witnessing the joy in a pet owner's eyes when they realize that yes! their dog CAN do that!

Alana has been working as a Veterinary Assistant  since 2007. She has her DogSafe Canine First Aid certification.

She is a graduate (2011) of the Professional Dog Trainer Certification Program at the Ottawa Canine School and a member of the PPG (Pet Professional Guild - the Association for Force-Free Pet Professionals)

Alana earned her accreditation as CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed) in 2015. She worked hard to achieve this and we are very proud of her.

In 2017, she earned her Fear Free Certification, which focuses on taking the stress out of visits to groomers, veterinarians as well as help our pets be more relaxed and comfortable in everyday situations. This certification, combined with her experience as a Veterinary Assistant makes her the ideal trainer to help you teach your pet to be happier and stress free about Vet related visits and procedures.

Alana regularly attends conferences, workshops, seminars and webinars to keep up to date on the newest developments in the industry.

Alana is bilingual (English and German)

Fumie Watanabe

Fumie has had a great curiosity in human–animal communication since childhood.  She learned valuable lessons from the great care and attention she devoted to raising little pet birds. She learned that communication is like building a bridge; it’s all about connecting through understanding the message conveyed by the sender, not through corrections.

Her interest in dog training ignited when she adopted a reactive dog that she named Jaxx.  She attended almost all the courses offered at the Ottawa Canine School and worked diligently on modifying his behaviour modification.  During that time she learned that science base dog training is about establishing a means of communication and building good relationships with canine friends. Hooked on learning, she graduated from the Professional Dog Trainer Certification Program in the spring of 2016. She currently works as a trainer and office manager of the Ottawa Canine School.

Fumie is a member of the PPG (Pet Professional Guild - the Association for Force-Free Pet Professionals) and Dogsafe Canine First Aid certified.  She is also a animal reiki practitioner, certified by Usui Ryoho Reiki.

Her particular interests are scent work, agility, and dealing with timid dogs.

Fumie speaks English and Japanese.

Angie Yong. PhD

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Angie has always been passionate about behaviour modification. She holds a doctoral degree (PhD) in psychology. Through her formal education in psychology and biology, she is knowledgeable in learning theories, cognition, and behaviour.

Angie's interests in animal training started when she discovered clicker training in her behavioural psychology class. She graduated from the Dog Trainer Certification Program at the Ottawa Canine School. She describes herself as a relationship-based trainer.

Angie is a member of the Pet Professional Guild; therefore, she is committed to science-based and force-free dog training.  She strives to be up-to-date on the science of modern dog training through webinars, events, workshops, books, and research articles.

Angie enjoys working on behavioural cases involving stress, fear, and anxiety.  She understands the day-to-day experience living with, training, and loving challenging dogs.  She also enjoys trick training and cooperative care.

 

 

 

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