“No dog training method should ever be used if it conflicts with how you feel about your dog and how he should be treated. And no advice should ever be heeded if it supersedes your own common sense and intuition.”
— Paul Owens, the original dog whisperer


We will teach you how to: 

Be a proactive trainer that teaches your dog what you want him to do.
Prevent your dog from rehearsing unwanted "bad" behaviors.
Make it enjoyable and fun to behave correctly.
You do not need to resort to jerking, choking, shocking, or poking your dog. 
How to substitute "life rewards" in place of food or toy rewards.
Teach your dog to work to earn - positive training is not permissive.


Nicky Mathieson

Nicky Mathieson has extensive background in both the theory and practice of animal behavior and is a highly skilled trainer that uses positive reinforcement.  She has been using this positive approach and teaching it to others for many years and is experienced in explaining and demonstrating these techniques. Nicky has been involved in dog sports and dog training for more than 15 years.  During this time she has attended a large number of seminars with many of the leading experts in animal behavior and clicker training as well as obedience, rally and agility.  
Nicky’s practical experience has included working with the animals at the Children’s Zoo in Stanley Park, teaching classes in obedience, rally and agility and training and competing with her own dogs in competitive obedience, rally, agility and tracking as well as participating in St John Therapy dogs. Her dogs have won many HIT's and HIC's up to and including the utility level of obedience. 

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Seminars that Nicky has attended include:

Behavior seminars:
Steve White
Jennifer White
Melissa Alexander
Sue Ailsby
Terry Ryan
Turid Rugaas
Kathy Sdao
Denise Fenzi
Dr Sophia Yin
Jean Donaldson

Competition obedience:
Ray Underwood
Janice Gunn
Denise Fenzi

Stacy Peardot-Goudy
Kim Collins
Theresa Rector
Terry Simons
Case Laan
Susan Garrett
Mary Zacharatos
Wendy Alexander
Dudley Fontaine
Cynthia Hornor