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Dogs Dig It

Training & Services Ltd.

Laurie is a professional dog trainer and Tellington TTouch® practitioner working in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Dedicated to the wellbeing of dogs, she uses humane methods without the use of intimidation, force or fear. Laurie is an experienced small dog trainer and is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), certified trick dog instructor (CTDI), scent games instructor (DN-FSG), Tellington TTouch® practitioner, Dogsafe Authorized instructor and co-owner of Dogs Dig It Training & Services Ltd.

Laurie grew up in Manitoba surrounded by animals and her love for them took her to raising and training horses with dogs always at her side; volunteering for the local 4-H club she taught the pee wee group (under age for 4H) how to be safe around horses, how to ride, groom and other things related to horses. Life then took her to Vancouver Island where her focus turned to dogs.

Laurie’s husband always wanted a Chihuahua so after a hound and spaniel they got their first Chihuahua, who stole her heart and created a passion for small dogs.

After they adopted their fourth Chihuahua, a calm household turned into chaos and the search for positive training methods began. The search led Laurie to clicker training (Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior) and Tellington TTouch®. She graduated with Distinction from the KPA Dog Trainer Professional program and went on to become a Tellington TTouch® practitioner.

She continues to expand her training knowledge by taking courses, attending seminars, workshops, and conferences regularly.

Laurie's other passion is for shelter dogs, teaching them boundaries, to have manners and confidence. Her goal for shelter dog training is to result in successful adoptions into permanent homes.

Laurie lives with her husband and seven adopted Chihuahua/crosses.

Professional Development

Instructor

Year

International Dog Parkour Instructors Course

Dr. Abigail Curtis & Karin Coyne (IDPA Founders)

2017

International Dog Parkour Workshop

Dr. Abigail Curtis & Karin Coyne (IDPA Founders)

2017

Beginning Dog Parkour

Kathy Weaver

2017

DogSafe Authorized Instructor

Michelle Sevigny

2017

Fitness on the Flat

Bobbie Lyons

2017

Tellington Ttouch Training® Companion Animal Training Session 6

Robyn Hood & Kathy Cascade (Vernon)

2016

Tellington Ttouch Training® Companion Animal Training Session 5

Edie Jane Eaton (Portland)

2016

Tellington Ttouch Training® Companion Animal Training Session 4

Robyn Hood & Debby Potts (Calgary)

2016

Weekly Inspirations

Dogmantics Dog Training

2016

Fun Scent Games Instructor 1

DogNostics Career College

2015

Chicken Camp Beginners

Terry Ryan CPDT-KA CDBC KPACTP

2015

Chicken Camp Advanced

Terry Ryan CPDT-KA CDBC KPACTP

2015

Tellington Ttouch Training® Companion Animal Training Session 3

Kathy Cascade (Portland)

2015

Tellington Ttouch Training® Companion Animal Training Session 2

Kathy Cascade (Calgary)

2015

Karen Pryor ClickerExpo

Various speakers

2015

Karen Pryor ClickerExpo

Various speakers

2014

Puppy Start Right for instructors

Debbie Martin & Kenneth M. Martin, DVM

2014

Trick Dog Instructor

Kyra Sundance (Do More With Your Dog)

2014

Tellington Ttouch Training® Companion Animal Training Session 1

Robyn Hood & Kathy Cascade (Vernon)

2014

Dogsafe Canine First Aid - Parts 1 & 2

Michelle Sevigny, DogSafe

2014

Ttouch - Building a Heart Connection With Your Dog

Rachel Allen and Janice Richmond

2014

Karen Pryor Academy For Animal Training & Behavior

Terry Ryan CPDT-KA CDBC KPACTP

2013

Ttouch for Competition

Rachel Allen (Beings in Balance)

2013

Introduction to Tracking

Kim Bialkowski

2012

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