With over forty years of experience, Cheryl Smith has been at the forefront of the paradigm shift in the dog training discipline. Her search for innovative and effective methods brought her into contact with many of the early experts in the field such as Job Michael Evans and Jack and Wendy Volhard. Meeting Dr. Ian Dunbar was a turning point in her career. The proverbial ‘lightbulb’ exploded and resulted in a lifelong association. She was the first to provide a practical format and curriculum for Behaviour Modification for dogs that previously had routinely been recommended for euthanasia. Her new programme resulted in a sponsorship by Dr. Dunbar to promote and provide expertise to other trainers in the field.
She conducted many successful seminars in Canada, United States and elsewhere to spearhead the shift in the resolution of problem behaviour. Her expertise in the area of dog behaviour has been utilized by the Courts in Ontario, Quebec and in Yellowknife.
Cheryl continues to explore innovative ways to increase her knowledge and remain at the forefront of canine behaviour. She is a graduate of Earning The Light program (8th Fire Inc.) and currently continuing her training with Pete Bernard in The Way Of The Medicine Keeper.
She and her team look forward to sharing their expertise that is driven by their desire to bring your relationship with your dog to its fullest potential.
Animals have always been an integral part of my life. They have brought me joy by sharing their lives and wisdom and grief when they left all too soon. They loved me with a full heart and helped me in my journey to become a better human.
I believe our animals choose us as much as we choose them. Each one has a lesson to teach. They also have their ‘journey’ to realize their purpose and potential. Every time we help them resolve an obstacle in fulfilling that purpose, we resolve one of our own. It creates a bond that cannot be duplicated and in some ways is stronger than most bonds we have with our fellow humans. When you look deeply into an animal’s eyes and you ‘connect’, it changes you forever in ways you cannot describe.
A strong relationship is built on understanding and mutual respect for each other. I look forward to using my unique skills in helping every owner and their dog experience that special bond. To use the words of Chief Seattle … “For what is man without the beasts. If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected.” Let us be connected.
Cheryl continues to explore innovative ways to increase her knowledge and remain at the forefront of canine behaviour. She is a graduate of Earning The Light program (8th Fire Inc. https://www.the8thfire.com )