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 fostering a reactive Great Dane that she could not help. She has since acquired many skills to better work with, understand and love dogs like Hagrid but also;how to train dogs to better integrate the human world and guide dog owners on how to respect and train their beloved animals.
Monique has attended several seminars and workshops including the annual Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) conferences. The first event of this sort was the ‘Canine Conflict Resolution’ workshop given by Cheryl Smith. It was an informative seminar that inspired her to learn more. Since then she has attended several Ian Dunbar presentations, a TTouch week-long training course as well as the Pia Silvani Canine Play workshop held in Ottawa in 2015.
Monique has grown up with dogs, her favorite a German Shepherd named Lara. As a child she spent all her free time at a small rural stable with horses that she trained and showed