Our mission statement
"Building the foundation of calmness and respect between you and your dog in a balanced environment while supporting the natural instincts of your K9"
Our training approach
Proactive Training Approach
Our proactive training approach teaches you how to unleash your dogs natural K9 potential. Our easy 3 step approach can be incorporated into your everyday routine and busy lives. No more having to set aside time for special training sessions! We believe that every dog and owner are unique and we have experience and certification in many different training tools. During our training, have the opportunity to work with different training tools to see what you like and decide which tool you feel works best for you and your dog.
Have a dog that you can take anywhere who is a well mannered member of your family and community.
HONESTY & COMPASSION
*Honest, compassionate & open minded in our communication
*Understand and supportive of the owner
*Be someone the owner can trust
*What we share is based on our personal experiences and results
*When it comes to re-homing – ask ourselves – would I adopt this dog? – or give it to a family member?
*Be knowledgeable in a multitude of training tools and techniques. Understand there is no magic tool
*We are here for the owner
*In the end it is the owner’s dog
*Give the owner options & control to make the decision about what they want to do with their dog
*Be adaptable – If something is important to the owner, how can we adjust the training so that the owner follows through by helping the dog and can still have what’s important to them.
I remember the very weekend at a dog show in Kenora when we all sat around in a circle listening to Debbi talk about her experience at Cesar Millans “Training Cesars Way” at his Dog Phycology Centre in California. I sat in awe listening to her talk so fondly of someone that I grew up watching on tv and admiring. Shortly after I asked Debbi over to my home to help me with a few struggles I was having with my dogs. I was so intrigued by what she had taught me in such a short period of time that I made the drive out to her facility in Portage La Prairie for Oakley to spend the day with her and her daycare crew and to see what it was all about. And the rest is history! I started attending all her events/workshops travelling hours just for the opportunity to learn from her, and eventually our relationship turned into a partnership where I would be her helping hand during events which developed in a 6-year long mentorship.
In September 2014 I moved back home and opened my very own grooming shop in Altona MB called A Furry Tail Ending.
Winter 2017 Oakley and I hopped onto a plane to Kelowna BC (where Debbi was living/working at the time) to live/mentor under Debbi for two weeks. We hiked with her Daycare crew in the mountains 3 days a week, joined her workshops and all of her in home private training sessions. When we returned home I added daycare pack walks to A Furry Tail Endings services which was a huge hit and I’ve had so much fun walking my pack of dogs through town seeing so many people smile and stop and ask “how do you do it?”. Summer 2017 I joined the Prairieburn K9 Academy team as a Contracted Trainer, and Winter 2018 I became the Owner of Praireburn K9 Academy Pembina Valley Division!
My journey that led me to where I am today has been one heck of an amazing ride. I have learnt something from every experience I’ve been through. I am thankful to many people who have influenced my passion and my career but my Prairieburn family is like no other. Debbi and Anthony are the people who “fan my flame”, we keep each other’s passion for helping dogs burning. I am thankful for past, eager about the present and excited for the future of Prairieburn K9 Academy.