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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:

Dear Lisbeth, With lots of practice through your guidence and instructions, I am beyond excited and pleased to inform you that Tina has conquered her fear of brooms and mops! It took about a month, slow consistent practicing and desensitizing, and I am now at a stage where Tina literally follows me around, tail wagging and smiles, while I clean the floors! Another fear checked off the list! Thank you so very much for your continued support throughout our journey. With the private training we took with you, then Confidence Class, and now Agility with amazing Glenda- Tina has turned into this confident, joyful, and content little dog that just loves life. School is Tina's absolute favorite thing and I am so glad to have found Cowichan Canine. Thank you for everything, to both you and Glenda for all fun we get to learn and experience. Tina's quality of life she so very much deserves just keeps getting better and better!

Hanna Quinn and Tina the Toy Poodle
Crofton, BC

My big triumph was on the beach two weeks ago. Arwyn gets to be off leash at the beach (she's been on the long line on forest hikes for months now) and there was a deer eating seaweed... the dogs, of course, blasted off after the deer up the steep bank... I called... AND THEY CAME BACK!! A miracle. Well, the miracle of training.

Cheryl (PhD, Reg Psychologist), with Sukha & Arwyn
Maple Bay, BC

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