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Stephanie

Stephanie Waddington KPACTP was born in Nigeria and got her first dog, a rescued Field Spaniel cross, when she returned to the UK at age seven. She later married into four generations of black Labrador Retriever gun-dogs. Throughout her college years and while establishing her own business, she shared her time with a Jack Russell Terrier, a retired Greyhound and a mischievous Lurcher. While moving her home around England & Scotland to pursue a busy career as a designer, she defected to the companionship of cats and has lived with several rescue cats, two of whom emigrated to Canada with her. One of them, her first ‘failed foster’ in Canada, still lives with her.

Once settled in the Cowichan Valley, Stephanie adopted Asha, a street dog from India who has been, and still is, her most exacting teacher, her greatest companion and her constant inspiration. It was through this dog that Stephanie was introduced to Lisbeth Plant, to Cowichan Canine and to clicker training, and she has not looked back since. Finding force-free, positive reinforcement methods of training a natural fit, she chose to follow her passion to work with dogs and graduated from the Professional Dog Trainer programme at the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior with distinction in July 2015.

Stephanie has also worked with, and volunteers at, the Cowichan & District SPCA. She has a special interest in shelter dogs that have issues arising from being shy, fearful or anxious as well as helping ill-mannered dogs that have often not had the chance to learn appropriate social skills.

Motivated to enrich the relationship between dogs and their families through better understanding and communication, Stephanie aims to help you ‘click’ with your dog.

Stephanie is also a member of the Vancouver Island Animal Trainers Association and she is DOGSAFE® Canine First Aid, level I & II certified.

PROFESSIONAL COURSES

Karen Pryor Academy For Animal Training & Behavior -  Dog Trainer Professional Terry Ryan  CPDT-KA CDBC KPACTP
Karen Pryor Academy For Animal Training & Behavior -  Dog Trainer Foundations Carolyn Clark  KPACTP 
Karen Pryor Academy For Animal Training & Behavior -  Shelter Training & Enrichment Leanne Falkingham  CPDT-KA KPACTP
DOGSAFE - Canine First Aid Level 1 Michelle Sevigny
DOGSAFE – Canine First Aid Level 2 Michelle Sevigny

WORKSHOPS

Chicken Camp - Advanced Terry Ryan  CPDT-KA CDBC KPACTP
Chicken Camp - Beginner Terry Ryan  CPDT-KA CDBC KPACTP
Tools for the Reactive Dog – training exchange  VIATA – various members
Reliable Recall Lisbeth Plant  KPACTP CBATI
Muzzle Conditioning Lisbeth Plant  KPACTP CBATI

SEMINARS

Help for the Reactive Dog  VIATA – Various speakers
Help for the Reactive Dog – “Keep Me Safe” VIATA – Various speakers
Canine Communication 101 Lisbeth Plant  KPACTP CBATI
Safe Dog Play Lisbeth Plant  KPACTP CBATI
Giving Training Back to the Dogs Chirag Patel  BSc CPDT-KA DipCABT
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What Clients Are Saying:

I just wanted to touch base with you and give a big THANK YOU for your help with Kaiya. Kaiya is such a great dog. My mom and Step-dad came to visit last week, and they got on with Kaiya like gang-busters! She gave a few little grumbles to my step-dad the first evening when he was in the house, and then nothing. One walk and she fell in love with a few more family members. We still plan to continue Kaiya's training as discussed. Matt has worked with her so well that he takes her out into the big fields here and plays fetch with her off leash! I was very impressed.

Karin, Matt, and Kaiya
Mill Bay, BC

Hi Lizbeth, Stephanie and Glenda: Thought you would like to know, we took Dalli to the Duncan market on Saturday morning. She was a perfect lady, walked around with her tail wagging and held high all the time. She was friendly and outgoing to other people, and sniffed other people’s hands and let them pet her when we stopped to talk or purchase things from the different stalls. We then walked over to the Garage for coffee, sat outside and again, she was well behaved, let people pet her and she was actually licking their hands. This was her first outing in a busy people environment as we usually just leave her in the car or at home when we go out shopping. What a difference from a year ago when you first met her. Thank you, thank you! We’ll see you in the fall when we come for the agility courses. (Dalli was adopted a year ago from Mexico, and was fear-aggressive to people coming to the house.)

Greg & Terri Askham
Duncan

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