Our Trainers

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Hi, I’m Andrea.

I started fostering for a local rescue ten years ago and with that, I started to dive into dog learning theory, behaviour, and training. I shadowed other local professional trainers for over two years before becoming a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) myself in June of 2019. As a board member of the Alberta Force Free Alliance (AFFA), I am a passionate advocate for force free training. I regularly attend conferences held by the AFFA and I am always seeking out continued education from experts in the field. My dogs past and present, have presented me with unique challenges and helped me progress in my knowledge and training skills from helping fearful dogs, leash reactivity, loose leash walking, and more. I look forward to teaching people how to teach their dogs!

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Owner/Head Trainer

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Hi, I’m Sarah.

I began my career as a dog trainer at the Edmonton Humane Society leading a variety of group classes and individual training sessions. From my time there, I became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). I enjoy watching my students gain confidence with their dogs and what I find makes dog training such a rewarding profession. It is my goal to teach students how to better communicate with their dog while having fun in the process.

Meet Sarah’s Dogs

Fury has several trick titles, participates in barn hunt, and passed her herding instinct test. Yes, she can herd sheep!

In 2017 Fury and I started competing in agility. We’ve had a lot of success together in a short amount of time. Fury was the 2018 and 2019 Canadian UKI National Agility Champion in her division. We participated in the 2021 and 2022 Alberta Agility Regionals events and placed 4th and 2nd overall.

Already this year Fury and I were selected to represent Team Canada at the 2022 World Agility Open held in the Netherlands for the first time! It was a great experience and we were beyond grateful for the opportunity to strut our stuff on the world stage.

World Agility Open, Netherlands 2022 video

Alberta Regionals 2021 video

UKI Nationals 2019 video

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Alberta Regionals 2022 video

UKI Nationals 2019 video

EO World Tryouts 2018 video

Epi and I started competing together in 2018 and I have high hopes for us. With no agility events happening for 2020 and sidelined from injury in 2021, we got to spend more time in her other two favorite sports; disc and herding. We placed top 3 in all four events at the one 2020 disc event we were able to attend and we got to work sheep all summer and we aim to do some stock dog competitions in the future.

Due to injury, Epi was sidelined for most of 2021 but we’re excited to be able to compete at some of the big events happening in 2022.

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Our Daycare Team

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Facility Manager

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Hi, I’m Danica.

I graduated from Olds College in 2015 and have been training animals of all kinds ever since. Horses, lizards, and cockatiels to name a few. My passion for dog training really grew after adopting my first rescue and I have developed a particular love of working with foster dogs deemed to be more difficult to train. I have always found setting animals up for success and happiness in their environment the greatest reward. I look forward to meeting you and your dog!

My dog: Lila, 2 year old Siberian Husky I adopted last spring (2021).

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Administration Coordinator

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Hi, I’m Maria.

I am currently the Administration Coordinator at Canine Addiction while enrolled as a student at the Good Dog Academy working towards my CPDT-KA certification. My goal is to add as much value as possible to every dog I encounter through positive reinforcement training. Also, to take every opportunity to appreciate how dogs enrich our lives by their companionship and unconditional love. I look forward to meeting you and your furry family member!

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My dogs:  Athena, 8 year old Bullmastiff mix   

Artemis, 7 year old Bulldog

Hades, 4 year old Maltese mix

Patches, 5 year old Affenpinscher mix

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Daycare Team Lead

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Hey, I’m Naomi.

I started my dog career at Canine Addiction as a volunteer during the summer of 2021. I knew right away I was meant to fit in and in a few short months I joined the team. I find training dogs and their humans a very rewarding practice and love watching the dogs change as they grow up. Both daycare and training has given me so many laughs and memorable moments. I look forward to meeting the family!

My dogs: Tessa, 9 year old German Shepherd/Husky mix

Ace, 7 year old Staffy mix

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Daycare Attendant

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Hi, I’m Gabby.

From a very young age I was teaching our senior family dog new tricks. As soon as I started at Canine Addiction my passion, knowledge, and love for dogs and their training has grown even more. Seeing dogs achieve our set goals while seeing every step of the process is such a reward. I continue to make it my goal to learn more everyday and to create the most welcoming and fun environment for each individual dog. I look forward to seeing you and your furry friend!

My dog: Loki, 1 year old German Shepherd/Husky mix

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Daycare Attendant

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Hey, I’m Reese.

I have always had a soft spot for animals so working with dogs has always appealed to me. I started at Canine Addiction in early January 2022 as an after school volunteer, but I quickly found out how much I enjoyed being surrounded by the dogs and people here, so I joined the team part-time shortly after. I have really enjoyed learning about dog behaviour and training and I look look forward to seeing what else this position brings on!

My dogs: Bella, 3 year old Maltese/ Yorkie mix

Oakley, 1 year old mini Bernedoodle

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Daycare Attendant

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Hi, I’m Megan.

I have always wanted a career in animals and working towards a future career as a vet tech. Being at Canine Addiction is teaching me so much about dog behaviour and how to train dogs both young and old! I enjoy working with puppies and seeing how fast they learn new things. I’m looking forward to meeting you and your dogs!

My dog: Juno, 1.5 year old German Shepherd/Husky mix