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Our Instructors

Kim Boyes

Founder/Owner of Hyper Hounds

Monday evening, Tuesday-Friday daytime Agility instructor 

Kim Boyes has been teaching group and private lessons for over 20 years. Her methods are based on proven positive training techniques by the world's top trainers and behaviourists. Kim strongly believes in continuing education and has attended seminars and clinics from some of the best in the training industry. Kim attends a minimum of three seminars a year to keep her skills current and provide the most up to date methods for her students. She has had the privilege of learning from many talented trainers such as Justine Davenport, Jessica Patterson, Wendy Willemse, Kathy Keats, Aaron Froude, Thomas Traj, Enya Habel, Dave Munnings, Ian Dunbar, Marcy Mantell, Pat Miller, Janice Gunn, Sue Ailsby, Sarah Stremming and many more.

Kim was a CARO rally obedience judge and CWAGS scent detection judge for 10 years, and is currently a CGN evaluator. Kim's dogs have earned over 150 titles in six different sports and have been ranked in the top ten multiple times on the regional and national level. Kim has also had the privilege of representing Canada four times at international Agility events.

Kim started in dog sports with an American Eskimo and a Labrador Retriever. She now competes with three Shetland Sheepdogs, a Border Collie and a working English Cocker Spaniel.


  • 2024 IFCS Agility World Team Member (small)

  • 2014, 2018, 2019 CKC FCI Agility World Team Member (a small and medium dog for 2018 & 2019)

  • 2023 FCI Reserve Agility World Team Member (small)

  • 2022 CKC Agility European Open team member (small)

  • Winner of the small and medium division at the 2019 AWC/EO Try Outs

  • Highest scoring overall dog of 2019 AAC Agility Regional Championships

  • 3 time AAC National Agility Champion (2010, 2015, 2017)

  • 5 time AAC Regional Agility Champion (2012 Alberta, 2016 BC, 2017, 2018, 2019 Alberta)

  • CKC Top Dog award for a Multi Discipline dog for 2018

  • Ranked in the top ten agility dogs in Canada for CKC from 2011-2016, 2018

  • Achieved Agility Championship titles in CKC, AAC and UKI on multiple dogs 

  • Achieved Rally Obedience Championship and Master Obedience Championship in CKC

  • 2008 #1 APDT Rally Obedience Dog in Canada

  • Perfect score of 200 in formal obedience

  • Multiple High in Trial wins in formal obedience

  • DogSafe Canine First aid course

Amie Barnes, RVT KPA-CTP

Tuesday & Wednesday Pet Manners classes, 

Tuesday-Friday Barn Hunt & Scent Detection instructor

Amie Barnes been training dogs since 2003. She began training dogs as part of the Animal Health Technology (AHT) program at Olds College. While completing the AHT program, Amie fell in love with Wrecks, a large mix breed rescue in the program with dog reactivity and separation anxiety issues. Working through his issues got her hooked on positive dog training and dogs with special needs. Wrecks was also Amie's first competition dog, participating in agility and rally obedience. Amie's next dog, Ousa, a Golden Retriever, came into her life when Wrecks was retired due to hip dysplasia. Amie and Ousa competed in AAC and CKC agility, and CARO, APDT and CKC Rally Obedience. Amie now shares her life with Juno, a rescue Shetland Sheepdog, who came with many behavioural issues that Amie worked through in their first year together. Juno is now training in agility, rally obedience and nosework. Juno is currently competing in CWAGS, SDDA and UKC Nosework as well as CWAGS Obedience and CARO Rally Obedience.  A second Shetland Sheepdog has recently joined her family, Seeker, who will be trained for "all the sports" as he grows up!

Amie also shares a passion for education and has completed the well known Karen Pryor Academy for Dog Trainers and she is an Animal Health Technologist. She has attended numerous workshops and seminars by world renowned trainers such as: Kathy Sdao, Sue Ailsby, Dr. Karen Overall, Susan Garrett, Emma Parsons, Sophia Yin, Brenda Aloff and many more. Amie is also a Fenzi Dog Sport junkie and is often enrolled in multiple online courses at any time.


  • Top 10 APDT Rally Obedience dog in 2008

  • 3 time AAC National Championship qualifier

  • Multi High in Class awards in CKC Rally Obedience

  • Multiple High in Class wins in SDDA nosework

  • Multiple High in Class wins for Barn Hunt and NASDA

Julie Delarue

Saturday Agility instructor

Julie Delarue started teaching group and online classes 15 years ago. Julie attends positive dog training conferences, seminars, and online instruction with presenters including Dave Munnings, Loretta Mueller, Sarah Stremming, Leslie Eide, Daisy Peel, Linda Mecklenburg, Amy Sheffeild, , Terry Ryan, Mia Grant, Tori Self, Jennifer Crank, Karen Holik, Silvia Trkman, Kaimen Miller, Anna Hinze, Lori Michaels, and more. Julie participates regularly in online classes to improve her knowledge in dog training, behaviour, and competing in multiple dog disciplines.

Julie began competing with dogs in the early 00’s with her Mixed Breed dog Deuteronomy who participated in SuperDog shows, AAC regional and national events, as well as receiving 80,000 points in his flyball career. Deuteronomy was followed by a springer spaniel, Stafford bull terrier mix, a poodle mix, and several whippets. Julie now shares her home with Whatamess a Bearded Collie/Border Collie mix, Mr. Fantastic who is Whatamess’ nephew, and Relish a whippet. Julie has competed and titled in AAC, UKI, USDAA and NADAC agility, CKC Rally Scenthurdle, disc, trick training, and Flyball. Training multiple breeds with varying instinctual desire to work has Julie focusing on developing dog and handler relationships that foster a love to train and work.


  • 2015 US Open Games gold medalist

  • 2014 US Open Novice Speedstakes gold medalist.

  • Multiple UKI Cup placements and UKI National Podium Placements.

  • 2015 USDAA Cynosport, 5th place in the $10,000 Dog Agility Steeplechase

  • Multiple top 10 placements in USDAA Regional and national events.

  • Team member of a multiple UFli tournament of champions winners.

  • Multiple top level titles in agility and flyball with various dog breeds.

Paula Collins, CPDT-KA

Jump Grids classes, K9 Tricks, and "Get in the Game" Instructor 

Paula Collins started teaching group classes 25 years ago. She is a CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed) using scientifically based positive training techniques that have origins in the field of Marine Mammal training. Continuing education is a big part of not only maintaining a CPDT-KA certification but also a personal passion. Paula attends positive dog training conferences and seminars with presenters including Dave Munnings, Kim Collins, Tomas Traj, Dave Munnings, Anthony Clarke, Global Judging Program, Sarah Stremming, Nicole Wilde, Ken Ramirez, Michele Pouliot, Kathy Sdao, Terry Ryan, Jesus Rosales-Ruiz, Susa Ailsby, Susan Garrett and more. Paula is also a Level 1 Tag Teach trainer (human training methodology) as well as an adult educator in her past life in the Safety Training field. Paula participates regularly in Fenzi online classes.

Paula is a FitPaws Master Trainers and is close to completing her CCFT (Certified Canine Fitness Coach) through the University of Tennessee.

Paula began competing with dogs in the 80’s with her Belgian Tervurens, followed by smaller mixed breed rescues and now is training her Border Collie puppy. Paula has competed and titled in AAC, UKI, USDAA and NADAC agility, APDT Rally-O, CARO Rally-O, Scenthurdle, CKC Obedience and Flyball. As well as participating with one of her Belgians in the St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dog Program. Paula is the multiyear Manager of the WAO (World Agility Open) Team Canada.

Recently Paula has completed the Global Judging Level 2 Assessment program and earned the status of Affiliate Judge in the Global Judging Program. This is an International program to accredit Agility Judges to the highest level available in the world. This program focuses on elements such as Safety, Course Design, Judges Path, Accurate Calls and more. At this time there are only 4 Agility judges in Canada that have received accreditation with the Global Judging Program.

Paula is a member of the AAC JSAC (Judges Standing Advisory Committee) and is participating in projects to increase the level of education available to judges.


  • Multiple years AAC Regional Champion and podium placements.

  • Multiple years AAC National Podium placement.

  • Multiple UKI Cup placements and UKI National Podium Placements.

  • First 2 dogs in Canada to obtain the highest titles in APDT Rally-O.

  • CARO Rally-O Excellent with Magnum Cum Lada designation.

  • Global Judging Program Affiliate Judge

  • AAC Masters Judge

  • DogSafe Canine First Aid course

Stephanie Sikora

Sunday Scent Detection Instructor

Stephanie Sikora has always shared her life with canine companions. She previously worked as a veterinary assistant in a vet clinic and animal shelter. She took various obedience and agility classes with her dogs over the years before discovering her true dog sport passion was nosework.

She began nosework lessons at Hyper Hounds in 2019 and has successfully trained and competed with three dogs, including a very shy and nervous rescue dog. Since then, she has gone on to compete in C-WAGS, CKC, UKC and SDDA, earning multiple titles and championships. She is currently a C-WAGS scent detection judge and is working towards becoming a UKC scent detection judge.

Stephanie has always had a passion for teaching, working previously as both a tutor and a special needs preschool teacher. She currently works in her day job as a Registered Psychologist and is working towards her certification in animal-assisted therapy. She enjoys continuously learning and has taken various scent detection webinars and seminars.

Stephanie currently competes with her 9-year-old golden retriever mix, Samson, and 2.5-year-old golden retriever, Sophie, together known as “team golden”. She also shares her home with two cats, who she hasn’t trained to find odours… just yet.



  • SDDA Games Championship; 2 x Started(special) and 4 x Advanced titles

  • UKC Master Nosework title; Elite containers title and Elite interiors title

  • UKC - Novice and Advanced Nosework Championship titles

  • CWAGS – Titled in all levels; multiple titles in Levels 1-3 and Ranger 1-3

  • CWAGS – Championship titles in Levels 1-3 and Ranger 1-3

  • CKC Excellent title; 2 x Open titles and 2 x Novice titles

  • High in Class (SDDA) and Multiple Placement Ribbons (SDDA and UKC)

Laurie Albright

Thursday-Saturday Rally Obedience and Pet Manners instructor

Laurie Albright has been teaching, training and trialing for over 20 years. Combining solid science with common sense she's helped her students to reach their goals - whether competitive or 'daily living'! Competing with a variety of breeds herself (Dalmatians, Australian Shepherds and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels), she's learned to think 'outside the box' and adjust her training to meet the needs of the dog. Her motto is "it has to be fun for everyone"!

Laurie has titled dogs conformation, obedience, rally obedience, agility, scent hurdle racing and more. Laurie was a judge for CKC and CARO rally obedience for many years


  • Multi High in Class and High in Trial wins for obedience and rally obedience

Andrea Norris

Sunday & Wednesday evening Agility Instructor.  Monday evening pet manners

Andrea has always loved dogs and dog training ever since seeing the SuperDogs at the Calgary Stampede as a child. The passion grew with a job in the pet industry, then discovering dog sports and finally beginning to teach training classes for the past 5 years. During the past 10 years she’s gotten involved in the dog sport world, training in agility and nosework and dabbling in rally obedience and disc.


Andrea currently competes in AAC Agility. She started competing with Baxter, her now retired Tibetan Spaniel, proving you don’t need an “agility breed” to be successful! Andrea has trialed her veteran dogs to their Agility Championship titles (ATChC) and has had success competing on both Regional and National levels; winning Regionals multiple times with multiple dogs and placing 2nd at Nationals in 2013. 


Her two youngest dogs, Nike a Mini Aussie and Sizzle a Shetland Sheepdog are training and will start trialing soon.


Continuing education is very important to Andrea and she attends seminars and online lessons with Jessica Patterson, Marcy Mantel, Sarah Stremming and Daisy Peel among others. She also participates regularly in online classes and workshops with the Fenzi Dog Sport Academy.


Agility and positive, science based dog training has made such an amazing difference in her dogs’ lives. She is very excited to bring her skills and enthusiasm to Hyper Hounds to help show the kind of partnership you can have with your dog.



  • 4 time winner of AAC Agility Regional Championships (2013, 2015, 2 dogs winning in 2016)

  • 2nd place finish at AAC National Championships in 2013

  • 2nd place finish in the 12" division at the Euro-Can Cup

  • DogSafe Canine First Aid Course

Barbara Walmer, CPDT-KSA  ACDBC

Thursday Competition Obedience Instructor

Barbara has been training dogs for over 25 years, ranging from working in a vet clinic to animal shelter work, to teaching group training classes and providing private behaviour consults. Barbara is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA), a Certified Behaviour Consultant Canine Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA), an Associated Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant (ACDBC), a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), Fear Free Certified Practitioner, a Tellington TTouch Practitioner, Level 2, and a TAGteach Level 1.


Just as important as her training acumen is Barbara’s dedication to and skill working with human clients. Barbara believes the key to successful dog training is proper support of the humans who love the dogs. And so, Barbara has dedicated herself to developing teaching, coaching, and support skills to set our human clients up for maximum success.


Barbara can’t get enough of training, so her free time is largely spent training and competing with her own dogs. She has CKC Obedience Trial Championship titles on 5 dogs, earning over 30 High in Trials, and even a perfect 200 score. She and her dogs have also earned titles in field, rally, and agility. Barbara currently enjoys living with three Goldens, a Labrador, a Cornish Rex cat, and a Papillion, who rules the roost.



  • OTCH (Obedience Champion title) on 5 different dogs

  • Perfect score of 200 

  • 30+ High in Trial wins

  • DogSafe Canine First Aid Course


The Competition Obedience classes are assisted by:


Jennifer Richards


Jenny shares her love of and success in competition obedience with students in our competition obedience classes. They offer Barbara assistance during classes as needed, and occasionally may even teach a class for Barbara. Jenny has earned a CKC Obedience Trial Championship and is working towards earning her elusive High in Trial. Jenny thrives on helping our students accomplish their own goals, which is backed by her training as Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partners (KPA CTP).  

Donia Roorda, IAABC KPA CTP

Private lessons for pet manners and behaviour modification

Parkour, Tricks, Get in the Game and Monday Agility

Donia Roorda is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP) as well as an International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants certified Trainer (IAABC). She’s also a certified Trick Dog Trainer!

She really values continuing education and participates in classes, seminars, conferences, workshops, webinars and more on an ongoing basis.

With her own dogs, Donia actively trains and competes in agility, obedience, tricks, rally, and nose work, and dabbles in tracking.

Sarah Novak

Agility Instructor

Monday, Tuesday and Sunday Evenings, Wednesday Mornings, Thursday Afternoons 

Sarah Novak has been involved with a large variety of dog sports for 20 years, but her passion has always been Dog Agility. Sarah has been lucky to have trained with many amazing mentors and coaches over the years to help her stay motivated and current with dog training. She has worked with Susan Garrett, Zelijko Gora, Tomas Traj, Justine Davenport, Jessica Patterson, Saskia Vansteelant, Lynda Orton-Hill, Aaron Froude and many more.


Her own dogs have had many drive levels and challenges which keeps her wanting to learn more, and gives her the personal experiences to better help her students. Sarah has a keen eye for each individual dog and handler, and focuses on getting the best out of each unique team. Relationship is key, and the rest can be built through motivational games, FUN, and consistency in training. She truly believes that every dog has potential!


Sarah has competed regionally, nationally and internationally on several occasions. Sarah and her Jack Russell Terrier, Fitz represented Canada at 5 world championships. Sarah and her various teammates (Jack Russell Terrier, Border Collie and a Flat-Coated Retriever) have won 5 Regional competitions, a National Championship and have had many podium placings Nationally over many years she has competed in the sport.


Sarah currently has three dogs Freya (Border Collie), Tula (PRT) and her young dog Haze (Border Collie).



* 4 time IFCS Agility World Team member for team Canada

* 2 time WAO Agility World Team member for team Canada

* 5 time AAC Regional Agility Champion

* AAC National Agility Champion

* Multiple national podium placements in AAC and UKI Agility


Becky Johnson, CPDT KA

Pet Manners Monday evenings and weekend workshops

Becky has been in the animal rescue and welfare industry for over 15 years. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), Certified Behaviour Consultant Canine – Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA), Fear Free Animal Trainer. She has worked in animal shelters for 5 years and takes continuing education to heart. She has many certificates including Aggression in Dogs Master Course by Michael Shikashio, Fear Free Shelters, Shelter Playgroup Alliance Core & Canine Assessment of Risk in Shelters (CARS), Shelter Dog Behaviour Mentorship with Trish McMillan, and many others. You can often find her volunteering as a dog handler for Spay, Neuter and Vaccine Clinics. Her handling of dogs has been described as both kind and confident.


She has recently discovered a passion for dog driven sports and has begun competing in NASDA, BHA and AAHDS (Alberta Association of Harness Dog Sports) with her dogs Helix (Husky) and Newt (Heeler/collie). With a good understanding of complex behaviour, she believes in a solid foundational training using positive reinforcement and science-based methods to set up dogs and their people for success. This often includes incorporating play in class using different reinforcers and having fun.  



  • BHA Instinct title

  • NASDA UL-I title

Maria Lupu CPDT KA

Monday and Saturday evening Pet Manners Instructor

Maria first started her career working with animals in emergency veterinary hospitals and veterinary oncology while going to university. She then worked as a Peace Officer investigating cases of animal abuse and neglect.


She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). She has two Master’s degrees, and is currently working on a third, this one in Clinical Animal Behaviour.


Maria runs a K9 Search and Rescue (K9 SAR) team with her 3 year old shelter rescue mix Cabella. Cabella has her International search and rescue qualification, and has been a SAR dog for over 2 years. Cabella also has her Expert Trick dog title, and enjoys scent work, and Rally Obedience.


Maria’s goal is to help people understand and care for their dogs emotional wellbeing, using science based, force free training, focusing on building a connection and relationship with their dog


  • Disaster Certified Search & Rescue dog

  • Certified Search & Rescue dog

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