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Our Instructors

Kim Boyes
Agility and Rally Obedience 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, Rebecca McKay, Wendy Willemse, Kathy Keats, Terry Simons, Kim Collins, Thomas Traj, Ian Dunbar, Pat Miller, Janice Gunn, Sue Ailsby, Sarah Stremming and many more. 


Kim was a CARO rally obedience judge for 10 years, and is currently a CGN evaluator, and a CWAGS scent detection judge. 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 twice at the FCI World Agility Championships.  


Kim started in dog sports with an American Eskimo and a Labrador Retriever.  She now competes with three Shetland Sheepdogs, and she has a Border Collie in training.


Accomplishments:

  • 2014 & 2018 CKC FCI Agility World Team Member 
  • 3 time National Agility Champion (2010, 2015, 2017)
  • 4 time Regional Agility Champion (2012 Alberta, 2016 BC, 2017 & 2018 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
  • 2008 #1 APDT Rally Obedience Dog in Canada
  • Perfect score of 200 in formal obedience
  • Multiple High in Trial wins in formal obedience

Amie Barnes, AHT KPA-CTP
Puppy Kindergarten, Pet Manners classes, Rally Foundations 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 Nosework. 


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.


Accomplishments:

  • Top 10 APDT Rally Obedience dog in 2008
  • 3 time AAC National Championship qualifier
  • Multi High in Class awards in CKC Rally Obedience

Emily Orton
Saturday Agility Instructor

Emily has always had a strong passion for dogs and started agility as a junior handler with a little mixed breed dog. As an adult Emily now shares her life with two rough collies and a rescue border collie part time.  The collies currently compete at the Masters level in AAC, CKC and UKI agility and CKC Rally Obedience.  Emily believes in taking a positive approach to teaching and training both dogs and people. Believing agility should be fun for everyone! A strong belief in constant improvement, Emily attends multiple seminars and classes to stay current on new trends and advancing training methods.  Emily has attended seminars with Jessica Patterson, Shauna Oliver, Rebecca McKay and more. 

Accomplishments:
  • Number one and number three Agility Rough Collies in Canada for 2018
  • 3rd and 4th place overall at the 2018 AAC Alberta Regional Championships (20" specials)
  • AAC National Championship qualifier with both dogs for 2018

Kelly Ladouceur
Scent Detection Instructor

Kelly Ladouceur has been involved in dog sports for more than 20 years.  She breeds and competes with American Cocker Spaniels in a number of activities, including conformation, rally, obedience, scent detection, scent hurdle, trick training and therapy work.  She has been involved with scent detection since attending one of the first seminars offered in Alberta six years ago.  She took part in the first scent detection trial in Alberta (held through the Sporting Detection Dog Association - SDDA) and has continued to attend, as well as organize, scent detection competitions across the province.  She is a CKC, AKC and C-WAGS scent detection judge, as well as a pending SDDA judge.  Her Cocker Spaniel Jack Jack was the first of his breed to earn Started, Advanced and Excellent scent detection titles through the SDDA.  She has assisted with teaching scent detection classes at various levels, as well as teaching rally obedience and CGN classes, and is looking forward to introducing you and your dog to the fun game of scent detection!

Lauren Hutton
Agility Junior Handler classes

Lauren Hutton has always been passionate when it comes to working with, and training dogs. Her passion for dog agility started at the age of 6 years old with her papillon Monty, who is now retired. Lauren and Monty succeeded in agility and attained all their masters championship titles as well as having qualified for national championships multiple years in a row.  After a few years, Lauren wanted to move even further into the sport of agility and ended up training and competing with her next dog Bolt, a shetland sheepdog.  Bolt and Lauren became very involved in the sport and won 2nd at the Alberta Regionals Championships in both 2016 and 2017, as well as became the #1 junior handler in Alberta. Unfortunately her sheltie Bolt faced a serious injury in 2017 and is now playing just for fun. Lauren is now training her up and coming sheltie McFly who will start competing in 2019 with the goal to make it to the Canadian agility team. Lauren has a strong belief in positive reinforcement training and has stayed up to date on all the current training methods by attending seminars and workshops with Jessica Patterson, Justine Davenport, Rebecca McKay, Shauna Oliver, Zeljko Gora and many more.


Lauren has also dabbled in obedience and movie dog training. Her papillon can be spotted in multiple commercials and tv shows broadcasted across canada.


Accomplishments:


  • Masters Junior Handler of Canada

  • 3rd in Alberta Regional Championships 10” specials 2016

  • 2nd in Alberta 6” and 10” specials 2017

  • 4th In Canadian National championship Juniors

  • #1 Junior Handler in Alberta 

Paula Collins, CPDT-KA
Jump Foundations, Canine Conditioning, Freestyle 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.


Accomplishments:

  • 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

Bonnie Benson, DCBC
Sunday Puppy Kindergarten & Pet Manners Instructor

Bonnie's love of dog training all started when a little black tri Mini Australian Shepherd puppy pushed her way through her litter mates and claimed Bonnie as her person. Tia came home that day and changed Bonnie’s life forever. Five months after Tia joined the Benson's, the family grew by a little blue merle puppy named Zoe.  Now their little pack was complete.


Knowing that her dogs loved to learn and with the desire to use only positive training methods, Bonnie enrolled in Rally Obedience and Flyball courses with a local positive trainer. As her dogs happily engaged and grew in this setting, Bonnie's desire to learn more about positive training methods lead her to enroll in the Dogma Certified Behaviour Consultant program.  The Dogma program is a comprehensive dog training apprenticeship program that included over 400 hours of classroom theory, observation and class assistance.  Topics included canine communications, learning theory, positive training methods, reactivity and aggression, Pet First Aid and more.  Bonnie has since graduated from the program and is excited to share her passion for dog training with the pet parents of Calgary.


Bonnie has attended seminars in a number of different disciplines including agility (Kim Collins, Stephan Henry and Jessica Patterson), Frisbee (Marion Paulson, Kara and Shawn Bellingham) and Behaviour/Aggression in Dogs with Michael Shikashio and Trish McMillan Loehr.

Bonnie actively competes in Rally Obedience at the excellent level, Frisbee, Agility and Trick competitions


Accomplishments:

  • Cynosport Rally 2108 – Ranked 7th (Zoe) and 10th (Tia) in Canada
  • Cynosport Rally 2018 – Ranked Top 18 RL2 (Zoe)
  • Do More With Your Dog (DMWYD) – Advanced Trick Titles
  • Qualified to participate in the US at 2019 UpDif in Frisbee
  • Twice have won the Indomitable Unicorn Award at Frisbee – given to the dog and handler that are considered impossible to subdue or defeat