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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
What's New?
What Clients Are Saying:

Hi there, Ed and I are doing pretty good. The vet is tackling his some health issues and Ed seems to be much happier overall with summer being here. He's even willing to roll on his back and let me rub his tummy now which I think is a good sign of our improved relationship. Anyone I talk to about Ed gets a big recommendation from me regarding Cowichan Canine. I sing your praises every chance I get since I know that I would be in a pretty bad situation without your help every step of Ed's development. Thanks so much for all the education that I needed and all of the fun times as well

Heather Welychko
Vancouver Island

I sincerely want to thank all the trainers who worked with us on training our newest member of the family, Mila. Actually it was training us but we won't admit to that!! We had the privilege of working with Karen, Jody, Glenda, Bev and Lisbeth in our Foundation Classes. Every trainer took an active role in helping us achieve success. We felt that they were as excited with our small steps towards success as we were! The training program was so well laid out with the book, clickers, backpack and superb teachers that it made it easy to be successful if you were willing to put in the time. It also made it fun! There is a saying "it takes a village or community to raise a child". We think the saying could say "it takes Cowichan Canine to help raise a dog". We are now hoping to continue with agility classes and maybe even try the scent class. Thank you again

Mila, Marg, Andre, Sarah & Curtis
Cowichan Valley

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