A true animal lover, Claudine grew up with dogs, birds, rodents, lizards and others. Later in her life, through her many years of volunteering with the Montreal SPCA and for Pit Stop Montreal, a rescue helping dogs labelled as “pit-bull”, she has dedicated herself to animal welfare, trying by all means to help dogs and other animals in distress and her journey continues today within La Ressource Animale.
Her passion brought her directly to The Academy for Dog Trainers wherein, with the teaching and mentoring of the renowned Jean Donaldson, she graduated with honours and obtained her Certification in Training and Counseling (CTC). Aspiring to keep her education up to date and to make a difference for dogs in need, Claudine is also Certified in Separation Anxiety Training (CSAT) from the amazing Malena DeMartini, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine – Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA), and a Fear Free Certified Professional. Finally, she’s a member of the Regroupement Québécois des Intervenants en Éducation Canine (RQIEC).
Claudine is currently one of the staff members of the Academy and as a trainer, specializes in separation anxiety. She also assists owners with puppies and coaches fellow trainers on various subjects.
Claudine lives in Montreal, QC. and shares her life with her partner Herbert and their two survivor pooches, Lola and Alfred.
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Katherine began volunteering for the Montreal SPCA after adopting her first rescue dog Jazz. Even as a child, Katherine would bring home strays to care for or find their family. Rescue was always a passion and that was always the dream. It wasn’t till Jazz that the dream of working with animals became reality.
In 2017, Katherine graduated from Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers and obtained her certificate in training and counseling (CTC). She continued her education and completed her certificate in separation anxiety training (CSAT) with Malena DeMartini. Education being super important in this field; Katherine takes every opportunity to attend seminars and workshops.
Katherine owns her own dog training company, Dog Inspired and specializes in reactivity and helping owners with their new puppies. She currently works for the Humane Society International’s at their emergency shelter in Montreal with dogs rescued from Korean meat farms.
Katherine currently lives just outside Montreal with her partner Corey, their three dogs Harlow, Maggie and Xena and their cat Kitty Meow.
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After completing her professional dog trainer course with Best Friends Dog Training in Ottawa, Sandra-Marie truly saw her passion take flight as a professional in the canine world. Behavioural disorders particularly attract her and it is from teachers such as Chirag Patel, Dr Joël Dehasse, Dre Suzanne Lecompte and Dr Simon Gadbois as well as, closer to us, Simonne Raffa, that she learned the principles of canine behaviour and behavioural counseling.
The other facet of her passion - the practical application of training, particularly through teaching - led Sandra-Marie to set up a school in the Outaouais region with 3 learning centers offering teaching from kindergarten to '' advanced obedience, through specialization sports such as odor detection and rally obedience.
Surrounded by animals from a young age, Sandra-Marie has always shared her life between dogs, horses and all rescues who crossed her path.
Sandra-Marie now lives in the beautiful Jacques-Cartier-Portneuf region with her spouse Christian and their two service dogs Hope and Shadow.
Seeking to specialize more specifically in separation anxiety, it was with Malena DeMartini that she studied and obtained her Certificate in Separation Anxiety Training (CSAT). Since then, this specialization has occupied the vast majority of her interventions.
Sandra-Marie is a member of various professional organizations such as the Regroupement Québécois des Intervenants en Éducation Canine (RQIEC), the Professional Association of Behavioralists Practitioners (APCP), the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and the Canadian Association of Professional Dog Trainers (CAPDT). Involved with service dogs via Les Chiens Togo and Wounded Warriors Canada, Sandra-Marie also participates in several canine competitions each year, thus benefiting from her knowledge of canine behaviour, education and training with her own dogs, which are decorated with multiple titles.
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