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Instructors

Meet our dogs

Chantal Mills, CPDT-KA

Head trainer and owner

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 an accredited pet 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.


Laurie Ackland, CPDT-KA

Trainer

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 Pet Professional Guild (PPG – 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 years supporting and training rescued canines at various rescues, 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.


Alana Caflisch, CPDT-KA, Fear Free Certified

Trainer

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 enjoys 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.

Alana is a graduate (2011) of the Professional Dog Trainer Certification Program at the Ottawa Canine School and a member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG – the Association for Force-Free Pet Professionals). She 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 and veterinarians, as well as helping 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)


Claudia Jodouin

Trainer

Claudia is a graduate of the Professional Dog Trainer Certification Program at the Ottawa Canine School. She is 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 est bilingue et serait ravie de vous aider en français.


Anne-Marie Millette

Trainer

ANNE-MARIE

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.


Liam Scobie

Trainer (in training)

Liam has shared his life with dogs as far back as he can remember. He was presented with a new set of challenges, however, when his dog Koko came into his life. Liam set out to find solutions and new ways to help Koko.

Liam is enrolled in the Ottawa Canine School’s Professional Dog Training Certification program and is currently doing his apprenticeship. Liam is currently assisting classes and will soon be teaching his own classes.

With his background in customer service, his love of dogs and his dedication to force-free techniques, Liam is a wonderful addition to the team. He is eager to help other dog owners achieve better relationships with their four-legged furry friends


Fumie Watanabe

Trainer

Fumie has a great curiosity in human–animal communication since childhood. As a child, she raised little pet birds with great care and devotion. This experience taught her invaluable lessons about animal communication.

Her interest in dog training was 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. During that time she learned that science-based dog training is about establishing clear communication and building good relationships with canine friends. Hooked on learning, she graduated from the Professional Dog Trainer Certification Program at the Ottawa Canine School in the spring of 2016.

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

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

Fumie speaks English and Japanese.


Verity Veenstra

Trainer (in training) and storefront

Verity has 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 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.


Angie Yong, PhD, FPPE

Trainer and manager

Dr. Angie Yong has always been passionate about behaviour modification. She holds a doctoral degree (PhD) in psychology. She is knowledgeable of learning theories, cognition, and behaviour. Angie is a licensed educator at Family Paws Parent Education, which focuses on increasing safety and reducing stress for expecting families, young children, and family dogs. She is the only licensed Family Paws Parent Educator (FPPE) in Ottawa, ON.

Angie’s interests in animal training started when she discovered clicker training in her behaviour psychology class. She graduated from the Professional Dog Trainer Certification Program at the Ottawa Canine School. Angie is also a graduate of Dr. Susan Freidman’s Living and Learning with Animals and Michael Shikashio CDBC’s Aggression Cases A-Z.

Angie is a member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG – the Association for Force-Free Pet Professionals); therefore, she is committed to science-based and force-free dog training. She regularly attends conferences, workshops, seminars and webinars to keep up to date with the latest in the industry. 

Angie specializes in behavioural cases involving stress, fear, anxiety, and aggression/reactivity. Angie uses the most humane handling skills and effective Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) methods when working with challenging cases. She understands the day-to-day experience of living with, training, and loving challenging dogs. She also enjoys trick training and cooperative care. Angie has worked with other animal species including rats, cats and fishes. She describes herself as a relationship-based trainer because she values building a positive relationship at both ends of the leash.


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