Cheryl is the owner-operator of Happy Tails Dog Training in Calgary, and is the primary trainer. Cheryl has always had a passion for animals and dogs in particular. Cheryl completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Calgary and her background in learning theory, behavior modification, and interest in helping people have been valuable assets to her career as a dog trainer in Calgary. After acquiring her first dog Pepper, she found herself to have a strong interest in training dogs, and began to volunteer/assist with other trainers’ classes to learn different dog obedience training styles. Cheryl also assisted with behavior assessments at the Calgary Humane Society, which was very valuable in terms of learning to read canine body language. Cheryl initiated and developed a program to help troubled youth develop empathy by caring for and training shelter dogs called Paws of Hope, that was offered in partnership with the Calgary Humane Society. In June 2004, she obtained her Certified Professional Dog Training certificate from National K-9 Training Centre in Columbus, Ohio, and began her career as a Calgary dog trainer.
Cheryl is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer—Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). This type of certification has an experiential requirement as well as knowledge of the science of dog training, and is awarded by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). A professional dog trainer who has earned the CPDT-KA designation demonstrates a high level of excellence in the field of dog training and a commitment to maintaining their knowledge at the highest level. In November, 2011, Cheryl obtained her CBCC-KA (Certified Behavior Consultant, Knowledge Assessed). This type of certification is the only international, standardized certification for professional canine behavior consultants. In January 2013, Cheryl became the only Licensed FAR Beyond Dog Training Expert in Canada. This international program helps clients’ dogs deal with Fear, Aggression and Reactivity towards people or dogs. Cheryl participates in ongoing training and development by attending classes, reading, and attending seminars led by respected industry professionals in the areas of dog behavior and training, such as Dr. Ian Dunbar, Patricia McConnell, and Sue Sternberg. Cheryl is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers (CAPPDT).
Happy Tails Dog Training School believes that dog training classes should not only be enjoyable, but should be practical, common sense and relevant to real-life. Cheryl is passionate about sharing her knowledge and educating people to understand their dog in a friendly and non-judgemental manner. Cheryl’s 11 years of experience with dog classes in Calgary and work with hundreds of family’s dogs, many with dog behavior problems, have contributed to her strong ability to recognize each dog’s unique needs and employ the best strategy to help them. Her methods are positive, encouraging and minimize stress on both the dogs and their people.
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