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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:

We enrolled our dog Xena in the basic Foundations course. Cowichan Canine provided professional and usable training for us. Our trainer Stephanie is an amazingly patient and knowledgeable instructor. The small class size was ideal and we always were able to get the attention and training instruction we needed. I would highly recommend Cowichan Canone to any dog owner who wants to improve the behaviour of their dog. We will be enrolling Xena in more classes in the near future.

Patrick Doherty
Cobble Hill

To Everyone at Cowichan Canine: Cyrus & I have just finished the Foundation program and passed with Honours - phew! Along the way we were fortunate to sample several of the other courses that you offer, including private lessons for my other dog, Ricco. It was a real treat to be able to do that . I learned soooo much about my dogs; from how they react to each other, how to understand their body language, to be more patient and even what treats to provide for success. I was very impressed from the start with your on-line registration, the class sizes, the ability to work at our own pace, and even the individual water bowls. And on top of all that, each instructor offers a unique view of training so that you can get different perspectives. And of course, Andrea keeps the ship running smoothly. The time the three of us have spent with you has definitely been a worthwhile Thank you from Sherie, Ricco & Cyrus.

Sherie Robb
Maple Bay

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