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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:

Hello Cowichan Canine Team! My Kooikerhondje, Buddy, and I have just completed the beginner Foundation training course. The whole process has been fantastic. Buddy is a very smart (of course) and overenthusiastic pup. My goal with him was to nip problems in the bud (pardon the pun:) to start on a path to a positive and calm relationship. We had the privilege of learning under Jody, Karen and Lisbeth in Prep school. All had different styles but their methods were consistent, positive, sound and they work! Buddy and I then moved on to Beginner Foundation under Stephanie's tutelage. Her guidance was patient, kind and empathetic. I was the slower learner, but Stephanie showed me what Buddy was capable of and gave me the knowledge,tools and insight to meet my goals. The facility is top-class, well-equipped, spotless and safe. Learning at Cowichan Canine was the most enriching investment I could have made and I hope to continue in various activities in the future. Thank you all!

Gill Johansen & Buddy
Duncan, BC

I have taken my Pembroke Welsh Corgi through Puppy Classes, The Foundation Programme, Starters Agility and we are now in Advanced Agility. The overall results have been excellent. Reba is now competing at Agility Trials and will soon move from Starters there to Advanced. Lisbeth, Bev, and Karen helped immensely along the way, but Reba's Agility success is solely due to Jody. She is amazing in so many ways - knowledgeable, patient, able to adapt her communication to different clients at different levels beautifully, and so much more. She is encouraging and Reba runs to see her when we attend class. A big Paws Up to Jody and CC.

Brenda Burch
Duncan, BC

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