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About Ottawa 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.
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 dog trainer 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 supports and trains rescued canines at various rescues, preparing them for adoption and aiding with the transition into their new home. Her experience training fearful and reactive dogs has further inspired her to help enrich the lives of as many dogs as possible through force-free training.
Laurie’s cherished animal family includes Bernese Mountain Dogs Luna & Sadie, a Vizsla named Fred, and Gordie the cat.
Alana is bilingual (English and German)
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, but she is also very patient when teaching others as well.
Claudia est bilingue et serait ravie de vous aider en français.
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 three 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 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, CPDT-KA
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. 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 is 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.
Trainer In-Training | Office
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.