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About The Canine School

We are committed to using the kindest, most effective training methods. We are committed to force-free training. Gone are the days of using pain, fear, punitive coercion, and aversives to get the results that you want.

We work to stay up-to-date with our knowledge and skills so that we can bring the latest effective, humane, science-based approaches when working with you and your dog. We aim to help you create a strong bond with your dog based on mutual trust and cooperation.

Meet Our Instructors + Our Dogs!

Chantal Mills, BEd., CSAT, CPDT-KA

Owner + Head Trainer

Thanks to her nearly 20 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 Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT), an accredited dog trainer (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed), a member of the American Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and a member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG – the Association for Force-Free Pet Professionals). She regularly attends conferences, 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.

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

Verity Veenstra

Trainer In-Training 

Verity has had a lifelong passion for animals. She grew up with dogs, horses, lizards, fish and bunnies. Verity always knew she wanted to be a teacher of sorts, but it was not until she adopted her very own dog, Ivy, that she realized dog training was for her.

Verity is enrolled in the Ottawa Canine School’s Professional Dog Training Certification program and is currently doing her apprenticeship. Verity has completed the DogSafe Canine First Aid Certification. She plans on obtaining her Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) once she has accumulated the required 300 hands-on training hours.

In her free time, she is either volunteering at local shelters or going for hikes with her dogs.

Her energetic and enthusiastic personality paired with her compassion and optimism will be sure to leave you with a positive training experience.

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