I have a degree in Animal Biology from UBC and for five years after graduating I worked as a research assistant with trained marine mammals at the Vancouver Aquarium. I have also worked as a veterinary assistant, a dog daycare attendant and a dog training instructor.
Since moving to the island, I have been fully converted to farm life; we have a small farm in Glenora with happy chickens, goats, sheep and pigs. I am a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and I work at Cowichan Canine. I believe in using reward-based, force-free training methods.
I have experience handling and managing reactive and fearful dogs as well as shy kitties. I know that entrusting your beloved pet to someone else isn't always easy and I hope to make it as stress free as possible!
Update October 2014: Jody is now Dogsafe Canine First Aid Certified! Update August 2014: Jody is now a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner! Update March 2014: Jody attended ClickerExpo in Norfolk, Virginia to keep up to late on all of the latest and greatest in the animal training world!
I grew up on Vancouver's North Shore and have been surrounded by pets my whole life, spending my free time volunteering at animal shelters, fostering litters of kittens, and playing with my dogs.
I got into clicker training with my first dog, Sam, when I realized how handy it was to train him to turn the tv on and off for me after we lost the remote. When I adopted Abby in 2005, I was bitten by the agility bug. I began taking classes with her and was soon hooked on agility competitions. I adopted Border Collie puppy Ryan in 2007 and started spending my weekends at agility trials, flyball tournaments, disc dog seminars and Rally-O classes.
LEFT: With Ryan at the Agility Nationals.
CENTRE: With some fur seal friends.
RIGHT: With Abby.