Did you know we offer the resources and expertise of our Animal Behaviour department? Is Snowball not using the litter box? Is Max having challenges with skills? Is a baby on the way and you’re concerned about how Patches will react? We’re here to help.
Need some hands on help with Fido? We offer classes that cover a variety of topics.
We offer private consultations for those who would like more one-on-one time than traditional classes can offer.
Want to know more about what makes animals tick? We offer several seminars to give you some insight into your pet.
We have several articles here for your convenience. From complex behaviour in dogs, to introducing your old cat to your new one, we have over 50 documents that can help you and your pet!
Our trainers are the best of the best (in our opinion)! At Calgary Humane Society, all of our trainers have certifications, and each of them have unique specializations.
Sasha Milashenko DCBC, CPDT-KA
Volunteering for a local rescue organization, Sasha became truly fascinated with dog behaviour. It was her fearful foster dog Koa that led Sasha to enroll in her first dog behaviour class, starting her on her path. Wanting to learn all that she could, Sasha enrolled in an intensive 16-month training apprenticeship program DCBC – Dogma Certified Behaviour Consultant. In 2013 Sasha received her first certification and began her career as a professional dog trainer for one of Calgary’s prominent training facilities. Following her passion, Sasha received her second certification in 2015, this time from the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers CPDT-KA. CCPDT is currently the only internationally recognized certification council for dog trainers and requires demonstration of mastery of humane, science-based dog training practices.
Becky Johnson DCBC
Becky first became interested in animal behaviour and welfare after volunteering for a local all species animal rescue called R.A.S.T.A. in 2006 following in 2013 she started her own dog walking and pet sitting business. Becky recently graduated from DCBC – Dogma Certified Behaviour Consultant; a 16 month extensive hands on training apprenticeship program and actively attends seminars such as Living and Learning with animals hosted by Dr. Susan Friedman, Building Blocks to Advanced Training and Companionship by Emily Larlham CPDT-KA, Dog Trainer Foundations by Karen Pryor Academy and more.
Jodi Beedell, DCBC, CPDT-KA, CTDI, CTC
Jodi has been formally developing her knowledge and skills in dog training and behaviour since 2015. She became a strong advocate for reward-based training after unknowingly taking her newly adopted dog to a training school using outdated physical force and intimidation-based methodologies. After personally experiencing her dog’s behaviour change for the worse due to these harsh techniques she began to research. Since then Jodi has been invested to seek out and obtain first class education and hands-on experience. She holds multiple certifications that attest to her passion for proficient reward-based training, and has recently graduated Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers. Jodi’s results-driven approach to training is influenced by her experience as a Human Resources Manager specialized in performance management. Approachability, kindness and enjoyment is at the heart of how she operates with canine companions and their people.
Kris Carroll DDT
Kris became interested in dog behaviour when she adopted her dog Stitch in 2015. Kris holds a Dog Trainers Certificate (DDT), and has a dog handling certificate through Dogma Education and Behavior Centre. She is a Puppy Start Right Instructor through the Karen Pryor Academy, a Canine Life and Social Skills Instructor and is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor. Kris continues to expand her knowledge by continuing her education by attending webinars through the IAABC on topics like reactivity, resource guarding, and separation anxiety and more. Kris is also Pet First Aid Certified through Walks and Wags. Kris’s main passion as a dog trainer is to spread the word about the significance of early puppyhood socialization and strives to educate and assist pet parents to build their relationships with their dogs.