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Nancy

 

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.

Nancy trained her first dog when when she was 12, and over the years, she has 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. Nancy 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, Nancy ran a small canine consulting business. Nancy 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 Nancy pursued her “real” career in social services management, working as Executive Director for several non-profit agencies providing services to people with disabilities. Nancy interrupted this career to complete degrees in social work (BSW 1992, MSW, 1993), and then worked as both a  Social Worker and Patient Advocate in a long term care facility for people with severe physical disabilities.  Nancy 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, Nancy became its Provincial Dog Evaluator. Several years later Nancy became the 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 her two areas of interest: social 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 2019 Nancy became certified under the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).  While she fills in from time to time in the Foundation Program at Cowichan Canine, you’ll usually find Nancy instructing Scent Detection or working with dogs and handlers in the Service Dog and Reactive Dog Programs.

 

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