and Behaviour Consultation
Erin’s primary focus is now on training dogs (although other species are still of interest, and she can help you with any of your other nonhumn companions). She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed with the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and a Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant with International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC). She has worked extensively with Dr. Benoit and his team at Companion Veterinary Clinic as a trainer and behaviour consultant in Alberta and now owns Merit Professional Dog Training and Behaviour Consultation. Clients range from basic foundation skills and manners to dogs with more extensive behaviour issues.
Continuing Education 2014/15/16/17:
Duke University – Dog Emotion and Cognition
Thompson Rivers University - Advanced Animal Welfare certificate
University of Edinburgh – Animal Behaviour and Welfare
University of Melbourne – Animal Behaviour and Ethology
Nicole Wilde Seminar – Helping Fearful Dogs, Separation Anxiety and Dog-Dog Play
TEAM Animal Behaviour webinars:
STARR: Reducing Reactivity
Learning Canine Language
Erin is originally from Halifax NS. She moved to Ontario in 1999 where she lived for 8 years as co-owner and operator of Endless Journey Farm, a professional ‘A’ Circuit horse show facility. She professionally trained horses and ponies for the show ring (show jumpers and hunters), and she successfully competed throughout North America.
After moving from Ontario, she then spent some time at Marine Life as a trainer for the sea lion and penguins, as well as continuing to train horses in Nova Scotia, Alberta and British Columbia.
Erin has a B.Sc. in Psychology/Anthropology, and has a M.Sc. in Anthrozoology (human-nonhuman animal interactions). She also worked at Dalhousie University in the Psychology department as a TA and guest lecturer in the Advanced Animal Behaviour class.
No matter what your goal, a specific plan will make training easy and fun.
Every dog is very special to their human. We are passionate about training in a positive environment.
Our professionally certified trainer will make every learning experience valuable.