Meet Our Trainers

EXCITING NEWS! Trainers Nicole Siegel and Kris Rooney are evaluating therapy dogs for Chimo Animal Assisted Wellness Learning Society (CAAWLS). Dogs and even cats are assessed on a monthly basis and go on to work with their owners, volunteering at CAAWLS events. Those include visitations to the U of A and various campuses in Edmonton, senior’s facilities, and schools.

Dogspaw is proud to offer experienced trainers, and is the only training facility in Edmonton to feature 5 trainers holding their designation as professional dog trainers  through the Council for the Certification of Professional Dog Trainers.   Nicole Siegel was the first individual in Edmonton to earn Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and Certified Behaviour Consultant Canine (CBCC-KA) designations and has actively encouraged the building of a team of trainers with this level of expertise. Nicole is currently on maternity leave.

The team includes a former teacher and school counselor, Kris Rooney who also holds her designation as a CPDT-KA, and brings an educator’s experience and point of view to Dogspaw as the Head Trainer. She also specializes in problem solving for dogs with behavior issues. Three of our trainers are graduates of the Animal Behaviour College.  ABC offers a comprehensive on-line curriculum covering the theory behind dog training. Each of the ABC grads have mentored extensively with Dogspaw, ensuring their mastery of the company’s philosophy, curriculum and hands on training/teaching skills. Two ABC grads, Kathy Belec and Joanna Scott earned their designations in 2015 as Certified Professional Dog Trainers through the Certification Council in addition to their certifications as obtained through the Animal Behaviour College.  We are very pleased to add Leah Daoust, CPDT-KA to our team in 2016 making Dogspaw a facility with the most CPDT-KA professionals in Edmonton.

Dogspaw partners with ABC, offering mentorship and hands-on training experience to the students, led by Lauri Thiesen, who runs a trainers’ bootcamp to fulfill their practicum requirements.  For individuals who wish to pursue a career in dog training, Dogspaw can provide a mentorship program tailored to the level of experience of each participant.

Collectively, our trainers have over 40 years of experience and actively pursue professional development opportunities by attending seminars, workshops and conferences to stay up to date with the latest developments in dog training.

Nicole Siegel, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
Kris Rooney, B.Ed., CPDT-KA
Kathy Belec, CPDT-KA
Joanna Scott, CPDT-KA
Leah Daoust, CPDT-KA, Walks ‘n Wags Pet First Aid Certified Instructor
Lauri Thieson, ABC Certified Dog Trainer, ABC Mentor/Trainer

Dogspaw also welcomes guest experts to teach selected seminars and specialty classes, including Sporting Scent Detection Instructor Roseanna Gullekson, BFA., CPDT-KA.