The CAHS is committed to continued education for our professional dog trainers ensuring they are skilled in the best and most current techniques available. Our trainers attend annual seminars, workshops and conferences as available and are continually updating the curriculums of all our dog training programs. The CAHS also hosts an extensive library with the most current published books and DVD’s related to canine evolution, behaviour & communication, interactions & learning theory.
Tracy is the Executive Director of the Cochrane & Area Humane Society and head of our behaviour department responsible for developing the Society’s canine education programs. She is a Certified Behaviour Consultant Canine – Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) which is an advanced certification in canine behaviour modification, and is also a Certified Pet Dog Trainer – Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA), also through the CCPDT. She holds a Professional Membership with the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers and is certified in Pet First Aid.
In addition to being our co-founder and dedicated and collaborative leader, Tracy has demonstrated achievement in the creation and management of a charitable society from inception through to a thriving operation with a focus on animal health & behaviour rehabilitation. Tracy is a passionate animal lover with a sincere desire to see pets remain in good homes and to ensure that homeless pets are successfully rehabilitated and placed in forever homes. Tracy has been training and rehabilitating dogs in a shelter environment for 20 years and is committed to using only positive methods with both humans and animals. In her spare time she thoroughly enjoys and keeps active with her own three dogs and four cats. Tracy emphasizes helping people open the lines of communication between their pets and themselves in a fun and positive way that seals that human/animal bond!
Dawnita has been involved with the Cochrane & Area Humane Society for over 10 years and considers the ability to be able to work with people and their pets a privilege. She is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer – Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, holds a Professional Membership with the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers and is certified in Pet First Aid. In addition she holds full membership status with the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), based out of Lexington, Kentucky, and is a Certified Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) Evaluator through the APDT.
As well as her love for animals, Dawnita has a zeal for further education in the areas of animal behaviour and rehabilitation, coaching and training, building respectful relationships between animals and the people that interact with them, assisting in ways to help shelter pets be placed in loving homes and in keeping pets in their existing homes through professional support and guidance – all in a positive manner! Her own pets, two dogs and a cat, are all previous shelter residents and are considered cherished members of her family.
Jennifer is a graduate of the PACE program offered by the Cochrane & Area Humane Society, and is certified in Pet First Aid. She recently earned her Certified Pet Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) certificate through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
Since moving to Calgary in 2001, Jennifer has adopted several older dogs, all with various health and/or behaviour issues. She feels privileged to be in a position where she can help people better understand and communicate with their canine friends. Jennifer & her husband currently share their home with three rescue dogs and a rescue cat. Understandably, Jennifer’s husband has put a limit on the number of furry creatures that can reside with them at any given time!
Lynnette is a graduate of the PACE program offered by the Cochrane & Area Humane Society and recently earned her Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) certificate through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers.
She is also an Associate Trick Dog Instructor through Do More With Your Dog, the official sanctioning and organizing body for the sport of Dog Tricks. In addition to dog training, she has also completed an extensive dog grooming course and is certified in Pet First Aid. She continues to educate herself in pet nutrition, pet/family dynamics, TTouch and anything else that she can find to enhance the pet & human bond!
Having always had a love of animals, Lynnette thrives in being surrounded by four legged friends, and is currently owned by two large, hairy dogs and a cat, a couple of whom, were rescues. After facing a number of challenging issues with her own pets, she is happy to be able to help others navigate pet ownership and hopes to make a positive impact in the lives of all animals and people she works with.
Vanessa is the Animal Care Supervisor at the Cochrane and Area Humane Society. She is a graduate of the PACE program offered by the Cochrane and Area Humane Society, and has been accepted to write her CPDT-KA exam to become a Certified Pet Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
She has a strong enthusiasm for teaching and takes great pleasure in helping others build a strong bond with their pets. Vanessa is passionate about showing families how to use positive reinforcement techniques to teach their dog new behaviours and replace undesirable behaviours.
Vanessa strives to continue to learn about dog behaviour and training and is honored to have the opportunity to share that knowledge with her students.
In her spare time Vanessa enjoys training her own dogs and spending time outdoors with her family and their three dogs.
We wanted to send an adoption/birthday update on Cosmo (formally Delilah) Cosmo is doing as wonderful as ever. She spends her days tanning in front of the windows or sleeping soundly on any piece of furniture or clothing she can find. She is still a bit weary of the family dog but for the most part they co-exist in peace. She and our other cat Bynx get along better and better everyday, even sharing tanning spots and sharing from the same bowl of food. Cosmo still talks nonstop and follows us wherever we go, she is very curious!
We love Cosmo so much and feel so grateful that no one else adopted her before us.
Thank you as always, for all you do.