Kathy has been breeding, raising, and training purebred dogs for the past 30 years. She has competed with both Siberians and Labradors in various CKC events. Kathy is a perpetual student and is always studying the way dogs learn, think and interact with each other. She started her journey with Ch.ValleyWood’s Justy Nuff CDX WC TT CGN and has been her goal since 2000 to create clean healthy educational environment for people and their dogs. Her passion has always been training dogs to be assistance companion partners for disabled persons. Manna, Jared, Freddy, and Jasmine all provide both assistance and companionship to their handler/owners.
Her credentials include: Certified Training Partner with Karen Pryor Academy Graduated Cum Laude, Founder and Director for Camp DogWood North, Breeder of CKC Registered Labrador Retrievers, Chair of Canadian Association for Professional PetDog Trainers (CAPPDT), Founding Member of International Positive Dog Training Association, Obedience Instructor for Georgian College Orillia, Original founder/partner of Barrie Canine Connection, Certification in Canine Behaviour Studies and Canine Communications, Co-Author of Instructor Certification exam with Norma Jeanne Laurette, Certified Evaluator for Therapeutic Paws of Canada, Accredited Petsmart trainer Graduate of Thomson Education Direct Animal Sciences, Numerous courses/Seminars for dog trainers, Volhard Camp Instructor training and Canine Studies, Member of Canadian Kennel Club Competed to the Utility level, Evaluator for the CKC Good Neighbor Test, Over 28 years experience in breeding, training and competing with purebred dogs