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MEET MY PACK

I started my business because of my dogs.  They taught me 2 of the most important things you need to create a special and lasting bond with them...Trust & Respect.  Trust is gained through patience & understanding.  Respect is gained by being a stable leader who balances rules & love evenly.  These are lessons I have learned from my dogs. :)   My Pack is 100% responsible for teaching me how to properly and successfully communicate with dogs...And even though they will never read this page or understand how important they are in my business, I will always be very thankful and have great love & respect for all they have taught me and all that they do!​

Doing some obedience work in the Mount Robson parking lot on a lovely summer day

No matter how much we understand and learn about dogs, there is no better teacher for a dog then another dog...as long as that dog

is stable, balanced and well mannered.  My pack have been taught to accompany me to sessions to assist in teaching & socialization.

 They have also been integral parts in helping me with the successful rehabilitation process of the many dogs we have

rescued and re-homed over the years!

Our Beagle Boy Scout

DOB: July 23, 2021

Male

Tri-color Beagle

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Scout has become just the most energetic and playful addition to our family.  When I was looking to add another dog to my pack, I decided I wanted a challenge.  Through the years I have heard over and over again how hard beagles are to train, and that most people don't let their beagles off leash because they never listen once their noses are to the ground.  I have never believed that you cant teach a dog certain things based on their breed, so I decided to accept the beagle challenge and welcomed Scout into our family. 

Being a beagle, his nose is always working, so the first and most important command we mastered with him early on was to come,

because I don't want a dog I cant take off leash.  Because we worked on that command with him everyday from the moment he

came into our home, he has great recall!  He is a super smart little fella, learning all the basic commands before he was 4 months old.  

He absolutely loves retrieving back to hand and would fetch til he dropped if we allowed it lol!  He loves the sport of tracking and is amazing at finding anything we send him to findHe is the first small dog I have owned as an adult, and is the reason I now really understand why little dogs get away with everything lol!  All he has to do is look at me with those super cute eyes, and he gets away

with a lot more than I ever allowed my big dogs to get away with. But what he lacks in absolute obedience, he certainly makes up for in how loving and playful he is!

Bednesti's Ladybird Dolly​

​DOB: January 1, 2014

Female

Fox Red Labrador Retriever

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Ladybird aka my Lady, is the daughter of Mally & Dodger.  She is the first puppy I have ever owned, that I have known since birth...and the experience has been a complete mixed blessing!  My first thought when we decided to keep her, was that she would listen to me better then all the other dogs I had owned, because I had been working with her from birth.  For the first few months of her life that was true, but as she started getting older, and really started bonding with her daddy, I noticed that her focus on me was fading and getting her to listen to me was becoming increasingly difficult.  I really had to start taking Lady out alone with me for some one on one time in order to fix her "selective listening" with me.  It took me about 4 months of hard work to regain her focus on me, and just as we had made progress with all of that, she was attacked by a couple of neighbour dogs.  After that experience, my once "happy to meet any dog" pup, became reactive to any dog that came up to us. I then had about 1 year of hard work fixing her insecurities...and MINE...when other dogs would approach us.  After that year, we were both better, and Lady became my main work mate again, joining me at sessions and helping many dogs with distraction and socialization over the years.  Lady became a refresher course for me, from the perspective of an owner with a problem pooch, in the hard work that is involved in fixing issues with our dogs.  I thank God for reminding me what is feels like to be in my clients shoes, by blessing me with Lady and humbling me with all the experiences we have been through together.  Of all of our dogs, Lady is by far our most snuggly dog.  She thinks she is a lap dog, and will snuggle up with you for as long as you can handle the love.  Our Ladybird loves retrieving anything you throw, she loves finding anything you hide, and loves to be out playing in the forest and on the trails as much as possible!

Ferguson's Bednesti O'Mally TD​

​DOB: September 7, 2009

Female

Fox Red Labrador Retriever

LIVING HER BEST SEMI-RETIRED LIFE NOW

O'Mally aka our "Mally-Boo" is a lovely medium energy dog who loves field retrieving, water retrieving and has proven herself to be a wonderful tracking dog, bringing home a CKC Tracking Dog Title her first time out!   One summer, in my effort to add more variety to the dog sport sessions I offer, we bought some frisbees.  Mally immediately caught on to what we wanted her to do, and every time she would catch that long distance thrown frisbee out of the air, she looked so proud of herself running it back to my open hand so I could throw it for her again!   One day my husband presented her with both a ball and a frisbee and asked her "which one?", to which she immediately hopped towards the frisbee and touched it with her nose!   From that day on, til today...her most favourite object to retrieve anywhere, anytime...is a frisbee!!  Mally was our breeding female when we bred Fox Red Labs, and blessed us with our Ladybird.  Mally used to come with me to sessions all the time, and was just amazing at her socializing skills with other dogs.  She was gentle with the small and submissive dogs, matched strength and play with the mid level dogs, and was respectful of the dominant dogs.  Mally occasionally still comes along with me to sessions, but has become a bit lazy in her twilight years, and usually just prefers to stay home and sleep belly to the sky or sprawled out on the couch now!

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Featherfindin Blackpowder Petey TD

DOB: June 29, 2007

Female

Black Labrador Retriever

Petey, my sweet sweet girl.  You were the hardest to say goodbye to because you were our first dog, and you were the best dog anyone could ask for.  You were one of those dogs that are a rarity, and I don't think I will ever own a dog as special as you ever again.  you loved everyone you met, you were calm and gentle to all, and everyone who met you, just loved you. You were the first dog to come with me to sessions when I started my business, and I loved how you just loved being with me and coming to work with me.  We traveled everywhere together, and you were just the best road trip companion.  I miss you with all my heart and soul, and wish you could have just stayed here with us forever.  Thank you for being such a wonderful dog, and for giving me so many happy firsts as a dog owner.  Our days tracking together were amazing, and I will always cherish those days when we came home from tracking, and you would just want to lay next to me all night, so content after a good days work in the field.  I cannot wait to see you again one day my girl. I love you with all my heart.  xoxoxo

Crimson Dodger of Morgan's Point​

​DOB: July 9, 2011

Male

Fox Red Labrador Retriever

To my couch buddy and my handsome boy...I am still in shock over losing you so unexpectedly.  The big C took you from us way too soon.  I miss your energy, your always happy and playful demeanour, and the way you jumped around in circles when we went out to play.  I miss your 1-2's, and how you always tried to cheer me up if I was sad.  You taught me so much with regards to helping tense dogs with your patented nose touch therapy!  You helped to relax so many rescues that came into our home when you were young...with your "Doctor Dodger" ways lol!  Your kangaroo genes got me doing a dog sport I never thought I would do, and thanks to you, I built agility equipment that is still used today by other dogs to learn and have fun with, so thank you for giving me that experience, and the ability to share it with other dogs and their owners.  Every time I use that equipment, a part of you is there with me and I will forever be grateful to you for opening my world up to the fun of agility!  Lady and I miss your companionship and love...and I wish I could have one more day to just hold you again.  Keep a couch warm for me up in heaven, cuz when I see you again my boy, the first thing we are gonna do is snuggle on the couch. 

Love you and miss you my buddy! xoxoxo

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Ferguson's Chiquita Charlie

DOB: February 17, 2008

Female

Yellow Labrador Retriever

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Dear Charlie Bear...My strong yet gentle girl.  My obedience queen!  You were just so easy to love and work with.  every time I see a rubber orange chuck-it ball I always think of you.  You were the happiest when the game of fetch was over and you could go lie down and just chew on the ball for hours.  You taught me all about the top of the canine hierarchy, and how to be a leader with calmness and confidence,,,because that was you.  You were a people dog, that's for sure, and everyone you met, loved you just as much as we did! You will always be close to my heart. I miss you, I miss your smile, and I cannot wait to play with you again some day.  I love you Charlie!  Make sure you share the balls with all the others poochies in Heaven. xoxoxo

Big Red Rufus​

DOB: February 9, 2010

Male

Fox Red Labrador Retriever

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​My sweet boy, you were such a wonderful dog, a loyal companion and great work mate.  You were the biggest challenge

to teach as a puppy, but became my best all around dog, and I never had to worry about you being anything but a well behaved and friendly to everyone dog when we went out!  You helped me to teach & socialize so many

dogs over the years and your huge contribution to Canine Home Schooling will forever be

remembered and cherished.  Your presence in my life and in our family will forever be held warmly in my heart.

REST IN PEACE RUFUS...I know one day we will meet again.  I love you with all my heart. xoxoxo 

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