About Us

Cheryl Wittevrongel (Owner-Operator)

Dog Trainer - Cheryl Wittevrongel

Cheryl is the owner-operator of Happy Tails Dog Training in Calgary. 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 15 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.

 

Cathy Huska (Head Trainer)

Cathy Huska has been a positive reinforcement dog trainer for a total of 23 years.

Beginning in 1996 under the guidance of Leica Lawrence, Cathy has continued to consistently participated in conferences and classes with the purpose to learn and unceasingly improve. Cathy has competed in obedience trials and trained her dogs in the sport of agility. In 2011, Cathy accomplished the requirements presented by Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and received her knowledge assessed certification, followed by the acquirement of her skill assessed certification that she earned just two short years later, in 2013. Through constructive and engaging classes, Cathy has strived to help family’s build an eternal bond with their furry friends. Outside of teaching these classes, Cathy maintains her love for animals by volunteering for the Cochrane and Area Humane Society in her spare time.

 

Trudy Sattler (Trainer)

Trudy is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) and Healing Touch for Animals Practitioner (HTAP) in Calgary, Alberta. For the past 29 years, she has been involved with animal welfare in many different aspects, with the last 12 years focusing on dogs. She left the corporate life of a mortgage broker/underwriter and spent two years working with rescue groups in First Nation communities where, in addition to re-homing countless animals, she recognized the necessity to reduce the over-population of cats and dogs. Spay/neuter programs were initiated with many rescue organizations and the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force was formed.

 As she filled her home with many foster dogs, she recognized that she lacked the skills to help these dogs transition from street living to city life. To gain awareness, she volunteered at a dog training facility. From there, her career changed over to a dog trainer as she earned her CPDT credentials instructing puppy, foundation, and obedience classes along with supervising doggy daycare.

 She has kept current with the latest theories and techniques of reward-based training and canine behavior by attending seminars and workshops with Tellington TTouch, Sue Sternberg, Sarah Kalnajs, Turid Rugaas, Dr. Ian Dunbar, Suzanne Clothier,  Grisha Stewart, John Rogerson, Trish King, Kay Laurence, Steve White, Nicole Wilde, Emily Larlham, Dr. Karen Overall, and an Aggression in Dogs workshop with Michael Shikashio and Trish McMilland Loehr. She has also  completed her level 4 and Advanced Proficiency training with Healing Touch for Animals®.