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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.

The Team

Cheryl Smith

Owner - Master Trainer

Cheryl is recognized as a preeminent canine behavioural specialist with 40 years experience in training dogs, and is endorsed by Dr. Ian Dunbar, a pioneer and recognized international expert in canine training and behaviour.

Monique Charron

Senior Trainer

Monique has worked in International Development since 2001 and has recently joined the team at Veterinarians without Borders allowing her to work with animals to help alleviate poverty in developing countries. In 2012 Monique learned about Cheryl Smith’s canine training program and became an apprentice soon after.

Caroline Picotte

Senior Instructor

Caroline is a graduate of Cheryl Smith's Professional Canine Handler & Instructor program. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Ottawa, has over 16 years of professional experience in client service.

Margarita Melis

Instructor

Margarita was raised by German Shepherds on the prairies of the Spanish peninsula. In 2011 a particularly challenging dog, entered her life. This led her to meet Cheryl Smith in 2016, thanks to whom Margarita gained a deeper understanding of Thor’s issues, enriching their relationship further and allowing them to restore a peaceful family life.

Terry Levere

Instructor

Born and raised in Ottawa, Terry attended Woodroffe High School and took her Nursing degree at Ottawa Civic Hospital where her internship specialty was Neonatology and Emergency Medicine. After graduation she went to Nanaimo for a time ,returning to Ottawa and working at Riverside Hospital for the remainder of her career. Terry is a graduate of Cheryl Smiths Canine Handler program and has been working as a trainer for the past year.

Niall Sheehan

Doggy Daycare and Web Stuff

Niall has been working with Cheryl since completing her Canine Handler program in 2010. While not currently working as a trainer, Niall established and ran the daycare first at Forever Friends then TAG Dog Training for 6 years.  Currently Niall is a Web Developer and works full time for the Regional Paramedic Program of Eastern Ontario as their Web Administrator.

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Contact us

613-979-6959

Hours

Monday - Closed
Tues, Wed, Thurs - 8-8
Friday - 10-5
Sat & Sun - 9-5

Address

48 Colonnade Road North
Ottawa, On, Canada
K2E 7J6

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