About the Trainer
Bonnie provides professional dog services in Surrey, B.C.
An advocate for force-free, reward based dog training, Bonnie brings her knowledge and experience working with shelter dogs and pet dogs into advancing other’s understanding of pet dog behaviour.
Bonnie earned her CTC (Certificate in Training and Counselling) from the distinguished, international leader, the Academy for Dog Trainers.
To further her understanding of scent detection for pet dogs, Bonnie studied with NACSW, (National Association of Canine Scent Work) founders and is a certified CNWI (Certified NoseWork Instructor)
At the University of British Columbia, Bonnie received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education, with a secondary focus in Animal Behaviour, Psychology and Ecology.
As an educator for 34 years with the Surrey School District, she is a skilled presenter with a passion for teaching.
Her spare time is spent with family, friends and three dogs:
Lily, (White Shepherd) Dixie, (Border Collie mix) and Hamish. (Lab/Golden)
Graduate of the Academy for Dog Trainers, known as "The Harvard of Dog Training." August 2017.
Certified Associate Nosework Instructor, July, 2017.
Bachelor of Physical Education and Teaching Diploma, University of British Columbia
Certified Teacher of English as a Second Language - University of British Columbia and Surrey School District
Certified International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants
Certified Behaviour Adjustment Dog Training Instructor - BAT 2.0
Clicker Expo, Portland 2017
Canine Science Symposium, San Francisco SPCA, April 2016.
Anders Hallgren, Stress and Other Causes of Behaviour Problems in Dogs, March 2015
Dr. Susan Friedman, Living and Learning with Animals, 2014.
Association of Professional Dog Trainers Conference, Spokane, Wa. October 2013.
Elementary school teacher- 34 years with the Surrey School District.
Faculty member at Langara College, Vancouver, teaching Advanced Dog Behaviour and Co-operative Dog Training
Private client dog training and behaviour consultant
Small group classes
Experience with Dogs:
More than 17 years experience working with shelter dogs at the BC SPCA.
In-home training with foster dogs, for a variety of behaviour problems
A lifetime of living with my own dogs.
Competing in the sport of NoseWork for 8 years
Teaching children at SPCA Kids' Camps
About Training Methods
At this time, dog training is an unregulated profession. Consumers need to be aware that training methods carry both benefits and risks.
Training using aversives such as: pain, loud noises, choking,
prong and electric collars, may provide"quick fixes" butcarry the risk of causing
irreversible fear and/or aggression.
Permanently changing behaviour takes time.
The benefit of training with food and other rewards is dogs are happy, have increased confidence, like people and hands and enjoy learning.
It is important to choose your trainer carefully.
Bonnie trains with food, toys, access to desired locations and affection.
Dogs do not work for free. They match their behaviour to the expectation of being paid.
Rewarded behaviours get stronger and non-rewarded behaviours get weaker.