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Steph

Steph has always been passionate about animals and their welfare and was always bringing home stray dogs which her Mum would make her send to the SPCA, so as soon as she finished college she got a job with the Cape Town SPCA!

 

Over the years she has worked in veterinary hospitals with large and small animals, worked with race horses, volunteered as a horse handler for therapeutic riding organizations, worked and volunteered with several rescue organizations and shelters in various countries.

 

She started a much needed SPCA on a small Caribbean island, organized spay & neuter clinics to help with the overpopulation of dogs and cats and also did some much needed animal education for the youth in schools and clubs.  

 

She had a break to raise her 3 children and the day the last one went to school she started work in a vet clinic.

 

A trip to St Lucia in 2016 to help with a spay and neuter clinic resulted in her bringing home a St Lucian street dog.  Bindi came with some challenges which she has worked on with the help of all the instructors at Cowichan Canine and so began this wonderful new career after a job offer in 2016!

 

She started with the KPA Puppy Start right Course and hasn’t looked back.  With a few more courses under her belt, lots of webinars and attendance at 2 Clicker Expos (who knew there was so much to learn about dog training) she finally took the plunge and is now in the middle of the KPA Professional Dog Trainer Course.

 

This is a deviation from her passion for rescue, but she is doing it to help owners with their “puppy issues” and in so doing, hoping to prevent as many dogs as she can from ending up in shelters!

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hero has been making lots and lots of progress. His only setbacks have been when I have pushed him too far. I am on summer break from teaching and have been dedicated hours each day to his training. Too many great stories to share, but I do have to share this one, for me it was his "graduation." Ever since our sessions with you at the house, I have been working with Hero on an "away" command, where he keeps away from being right in front of doors. For the last months, I drop treats on the floor at the end of the hallway by my living room as I go in and out the front door. I do it 100% of the time. A few weeks ago, high winds blew open the front door at 7:30 a.m. while I was sleeping. I heard Hero pacing in the living room and then whining. I got up to investigate and found Hero waiting patiently in his "away" location, waiting for his treat, rather than go out the un-supervised wide open front door and into mischief. It was worth every treat I had spent!!!!!

Becky & Hero
Duncan

I enjoyed working with Bev and Laurie. The small classes and individual attention really make a big difference. There were a couple of moments in Foundations when you said "Click!" (and I did - yeah me...) at precisely the right moment for me to 'get it'. As a result, we went from Vita pulling like a fiend to polite walking in literally 2 classes. And getting the mechanics of Leave It/Take It down on my part (thank you again), helped me sort that one out in 3 or 4 sessions at home. We have, as you know, moved on to agility; Vita is having fun and is getting more confident and spirited with each class.

Colleen Hawkey
Ladysmith

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