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Nancy Clarke MSW MSc (Animal Science), CPDT-KA

 

Nancy grew up in the West Kootenay area of British Columbia where she had the privilege of spending her childhood with many companion and farm animals.

She trained her first dog when she was 12, and over the years, competed in a variety of dog sports including conformation showing, working certificate (retriever) trials, hunt tests, herding, tracking, obedience, agility, nosework and IPO (schutzhund) trials. She has had the pleasure of sharing her life and working with a number of breeds including German Shepherd Dogs, Border Collies, Doberman Pinschers, Great Pyrenees, Labrador Retrievers, Toy Poodles, Corgis, Cocker Spaniels, Boxers, Miniature Dachshunds and numerous Canadian Specials. 

For many years, she ran a small canine consulting business. She offered obedience instruction, dog training and canine behavioural consultations. All the while, she continued to train and enjoy her own dogs.

Unfortunately, dog training did not pay the bills and so she pursued her “real” career in social services management, working as Executive Director for several non-profit agencies providing services to people with disabilities. She interrupted this career to complete university degrees and then worked as both a Social Worker and Patient Advocate in a long term care facility for people with severe physical disabilities.  She also spent a short time providing patient advocacy services at Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver.

When the BC/Yukon St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program began in British Columbia, she became its Provincial Dog Evaluator. Several years later she took on the role of  Provincial Director.

In 2002 when Nancy accepted a position with the City of Vancouver as Manager of Animal Control Services, she was able to combine two areas of interest: social services work and love of animals. There were many issues, of course, but the dog bite issue caught her interest.  So much so that the effectiveness of various animal control measures on the prevalence of dog bites across Canada became the subject of her thesis research (Master of Science Degree, Animal Welfare & Behaviour Program, University of British Columbia, 2009).  

In 2018 she became certified under the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).  While Nancy fills in from time to time in the Foundation Program at Cowichan Canine, you’ll usually find her instructing Scent Detection or working with dogs and handlers in the Reactive Dog Program.  

 

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