Program Trainer Kacy Cassidy

Kacy has been involved in ‘dogs’ her entire life. She first competed in CKC Obedience at the age of 11 and went on to get Tailor's (her 1stLabrador Retriever) Companion Dog Title. Kacy is a graduate from the Animal Behavior College, and has attended countless seminars, conferences, and workshops to further her skills and understanding of dogs and their relationship with us. Kacy is the vice-chair for the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers, the Lead Trainer for Sweet Charity Medical Assistance Dogs, Founder of Just N Time All Breed Rescue, and a consultant trainer for TopDog K9 Services. Kacy shares her life with her two wonderful young sons. Benjamin; who is currently in Senior Kindergarten and currently wants to be a ‘cat trainer’. Cameron starts Junior Kindergarten in the fall and loves the ever-changing guest dogs coming into his home. Kacy’s husband is also a professional dog trainer and therefore has never ending patience when it comes to all of Kacy’s canine ‘projects’. In addition to her human children Kacy also shares her life with Proudfoot’s Fancy Feet “Fancy” a South African Boerboel, Corhampton’s Abigal at Loneoak (CGN), and two incredibly patient house cats Juno and Olaf. ________________________________________________________________________________ Below is a partial list of Kacy’s credentials and courses: - Founder of Just N Time All Breed Rescue - Co-Founder of TopDog K9 Services - Daycare Manager at TopDog K9 Services for 10 years - Owner and Operator of TopDog’s Club K9 - Trained with Debby Kay at medical alert training - Foster/Rehab home for the Royal Canadian Potcake Rescue - Foster/Rehab for Bracebridge, Barrie and Midland SPCA’s - Lead Trainer for Sweet Charity Medical Assistance Dogs - Behavioral Consultant for Midland OSPCA - Past behavioral consultant for Bracebridge OSPCA, Barrie OSPCA, Royal Canadian Potcake Rescue, Precious Paws Rescue, and Rat Terrier Rescue - Vice Chair for the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers - Graduate of Chicken Camp- Clicker Training - Behavioral Consultant for Mastiff Rescue - On the planning committee for 2 national CAPPDT conferences - Attendee of 6 National CAPPDT conferences - Attendee of 7 PABA conferences - Co-Creator of the Ultimate Puppy Pass - Member of the Barrie Chamber of Commerce - Graduate of Animal Behavior College - Attendee of countless seminars and workshops; including Ian Dunbar, Gail Fisher, Karen Pryor, Suzanne Clothier, and Steve and Jennifer White For more information please check out

Volunteer Trainer Chris Michalak

Chris Michalak has been involved with dogs her entire life – from confirmation shows in her early childhood (where she was a Junior Handler for Siberian Huskies) to her first Hungarian Vizsla, ‘Charlie’ that she purchased and imported from England at the age of twelve. She and Charlie went on to earn Canadian and American championships in confirmation, novice obedience, and field trials. Flash forward many years and many dogs later, and Chris Michalak is noted in breed rescue circles for working with ‘hard to home’ dogs, specializing in canine behaviour and rehabilitation. As the owner of a motley pack of animals (including a few formerly ‘unadoptable’ dogs) she and her crew have earned numerous titles and certifications, such as attaining Canine Good Neighbour certifications on previously aggressive dogs. Together, Chris and her animals enjoy a positive working relationship and participate in various dog sports, including scent detection, tracking, formal obedience, Rally-O, agility, and dock diving. In her career as a Municipal Enforcement Officer, Chris frequently works in Animal Control where she informs and educates the public, works with found pets, and performs the occasional animal rescue. She is also a falconer and licensed in Wildlife Rehabilitation, specializing in birds of prey. Chris was originally attracted to Sweet Charity as a way to promote therapy and service dogs and give shelter pets a second chance. Chris has long known the therapeutic value of companion animals, and her own family situation is testament to that. In a family where human members have significant special needs, the dogs (and one very special cat) provide physical and psychological support on a daily basis. As a member of the Canadian Kennel Club and CGN evaluator, Chris is committed to ongoing professional development and takes many courses on canine behaviour and animal care. ________________________________________________________________________________ A selection of courses and workshops that she has taken include: - Livestock Evaluation - Wildlife Rehabilitation certification - Beyond Basic Wildlife Skills - AMCTO, The Municipal Experts: Dangerous dogs/D.O.L.A seminar - Dog to Dog Aggression Seminar - CGN Evaluator, Canadian Kennel Club - Livestock Emergency Response Course - Canine First Aid, CPR - Canine Emotional Intelligence - Care and Management of Captive Raptors - Animal Services - Canine Workshops - Ongoing training classes and seminars for her own pets, including: trick classes, tracking, scent discrimination, various levels of formal obedience, agility, dock diving, barn hunts and Rally-O