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Meet the team!

Our team is the foundation of clevercanines.  Our exceptional team of devoted individuals is why and how we are able to offer a high level of service and support to our clients.

Every team member has completed extensive training to qualify them to be of service to you.  Our intense Corporate Training Program provides our team with up to 100 hours of training, both in the classroom and in the field.  Team members gain understanding of the latest training methods and techniques, while building sound knowledge in canine behaviour and handling skills.  Ongoing training is important and team members have opportunities to attend seminars, utilize the company’s extensive resource library, and constantly study and observe dogs.  Each team member’s high level of experience and training allows them to tailor their support and training method to each client and dog individually.

Our aim is to give you an exceptional experience and support YOU in your lifestyle with your dog.  Our team is not only passionate about dogs but also passionate about people.

We look forward to meeting you and working with your dog!

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office team

Bianca Nassey

Business Operations

Instructor: pupstart, jumpstart, core, club360

Team Member Since: 2012

I wished I could find a place for Bruce Wayne, my blue heeler, to hone his natural herding abilities and release some of his some of his boundless energy. Checking out the clevercanines website, from the recommendation of a vet at the McKnight Clinic, I was impressed by the fact that clevercanines training was more than just a few weeks of classes and that’s it. What I saw was a real step-by-step way to build a trusting relationship with your dog while learning the best ways to maintain that training on a daily basis, and in all situations for the life of your dog.

The most powerful philosophy that clevercanines has taught me to help with training my dogs is canine communication. That my body language is really what they are able to read.  As soon as I changed my behavior just a little bit, I could see a drastic change in how my dogs reacted to me! This philosophy was so easy to apply, it gave me the confidence to know I was on the right track to having balanced relationships with my dogs.

Bianca with Akira & Bruce Wayne

Bianca with Akira & Bruce Wayne

Courtney Thrasher

Administration

Team Member Since: 2017

I was instantly attracted to cleverCanines because it offers strict core values that applies to every aspect of the company. These strong values are apparent the moment you walk through the front door! The family feel makes you instantly comfortable and creates the illusion that you have known everyone there for a long time. The positive environment is so welcoming and creates a strong sense of community with the dogs and owners.

I love to mention that I am employed by clevercanines because they are always creating a positive environment and change for humans and their pups! It is truly a unique experience and nothing can compare. My favourite quote is by Jim Rohn who says “If you want to see change, you must change” and clevercanines is all about personal growth (Canine growth and owner growth) which makes the entire experience a positive one.

Courtney

Joe Scorgie

Owner

Visionary

Finance

Team Member Since: 2007

My involvement with clevercanines has taught me that my dogs’ behaviour is a direct result of my own behaviour. They are the perfect mirror. By changing myself – my energy, my patterns, my body language — I can change my dog. This simple little idea is true for all aspects of our life though, sometimes, it’s easy to lose sight of it.

I love sharing with clients just how much fun you can have with a well-behaved dog. And by well-behaved, I mean a well-mannered, calm dog, who trusts ME in virtually any situation. I love talking about the adventures Foster and I have had, and continue to have, all because I can confidently bring him anywhere.

Joe & Foster_Niko

Joe with Foster & Niko

Nicole West

Sales & Marketing

Instructor

Team Member Since: 2013

The most powerful clevercanines philosophy I’ve learned is simply looking at how I can protect my dog. This philosophy has made me look at my surroundings differently, and has given me focus whenever I run into an obstacle when working with my own dogs.

clevercanines has enabled me to experience freedom with my dogs by teaching me techniques and tools to elicit reliable reactions from my dogs in any situation. This, in turn, has increased my confidence in myself and in my dogs.

Nicole with Tila & Bentley

Nicole with Tila & Bentley

Tracie Nielson

Founder

Owner

Integrator

People Operations

Team Member Since: 2005

I am always amazed by the constant and continuous communication my dogs give to me through their signals. They are such perfect communicators and it amazes me now how it was something I didn’t see or understand for years. Learning how to pay attention and “listen” has enabled me to support my dogs – I can now communicate back in a way that they understand which is SO satisfying. It is truly rewarding to connect to my dogs this way and has really empowered and strengthened our partnership.

I love sharing the concepts of a dog’s perspective with clients and seeing the ‘ah-ha’ moment when it all comes together for them. For me, it is very motivating when clients share their realizations and developed awareness in a passionate frenzy of excitement! It means that they’re on the path to taking ownership of their actions, understanding the value of consistency, and achieving a deeper relationship with their dogs than they could have possibly imagined.

Tracie & Niko_Foster

Tracie with Foster & Niko

 

instructor team

 

Aimee Hendricks

Instructor: jumpstart, core, club360

Team Member Since: 2016

clevercanines has let me experience freedom with my dog Hrudey. He used to be extremely dog reactive to the point I was worried he would potentially break windows (house or van) to get to the dogs. It was embarrassing and scary. With clevercanines help and guidance I can now take Hrudey in the van and not worry he is going to break the windows to get to a dog!

One thing I love sharing about clevercanines is the truly life changing experience and results I have witnessed with my dogs. Very dog reactive dog issues are no longer holding me and my dog back!!!!

Aimee with Bosco, Chevy, Harley & Hrudey

Aimee with Bosco, Chevy, Harley & Hrudey

Bianca Nassey, CBATI

Business Operations

Instructor: pupstart, jumpstart, core, club360, certified behaviour adjustment training instructor

Team Member Since: 2012

I wished I could find a place for Bruce Wayne, my blue heeler, to hone his natural herding abilities and release some of his some of his boundless energy. Checking out the clevercanines website, from the recommendation of a vet at the McKnight Clinic, I was impressed by the fact that clevercanines training was more than just a few weeks of classes and that’s it. What I saw was a real step-by-step way to build a trusting relationship with your dog while learning the best ways to maintain that training on a daily basis, and in all situations for the life of your dog.

The most powerful philosophy that clevercanines has taught me to help with training my dogs is canine communication. That my body language is really what they are able to read.  As soon as I changed my behavior just a little bit, I could see a drastic change in how my dogs reacted to me! This philosophy was so easy to apply, it gave me the confidence to know I was on the right track to having balanced relationships with my dogs.

Bianca with Akira & Bruce Wayne

Bianca with Akira & Bruce Wayne

Bobby Peardon

Instructor: pupstart

Team Member Since: 2016

I think I will be a great addition to the team because of my creative thinking and curious nature. I am always thinking outside the box to find the most fun or efficient way of doing things, and am always curious to see what will happen next.

The most exciting part of joining clevercanines is a toss up between, getting to lead a class and strengthen my skills on public speaking; a very important skill in my mind, or the simple answer of getting to be around so many dogs.

 

Bobby & Rorschach

Bobby & Rorschach

Diana O’Brien

Instructor: pupstart, core, club360

dayschool Trainer

Team Member Since: 2015

It’s exciting to me to join a team who’s values are in line with my own, who pride themselves in giving top quality personable customer service in a world today where too much is automated and anonymous. Growth, expansion and change is what keeps the human experience interesting and challenging and it’s so great to join a company who embraces that viewpoint, without ever sacrificing the integrity of it’s values. Variety to me is the spice of life and it’s a dream to me to be working in a field where I can be productive and contribute in so many different ways.

I believe my greatest value to the team is my ability to take on new adventures with over the top commitment and zeal. You can be sure of my dedication and loyalty as a team player who will do my best to support the team as well as ensure that I’m giving 150% to the task at hand.

Diana with Jaxon

Diana with Jaxon

Fotina Karavas

Instructor: pupstart, club360

Team Member Since: 2013

I came to clevercanines looking for some skills to help with our walk – mostly because our timid, 4.5lb CryBaby would put on the brakes at any noise or shadow. He wasn’t getting the exercise he needed because we were literally dragging him around the block. After the first session of jumpstart there was a huge improvement in his confidence and we were able to start doing more exploring in our neighbourhood.

The most powerful tool for us, is the “snap-sit”. We can quietly put the dogs into a sit from almost any distance – I’ve been successful with CryBaby at more than 30 feet away! The snap-sit is an extremely impressive tool – even simple to use. It keeps the dogs out of trouble when we’re visiting friends and even a great way to manage their energy when we’re allowed to take them into stores and shop.

Fotina with CB & Kona

Heather Boucher

Instructor: club360

Team Member Since: 2012

Joining the clevercanines team was important to me because I was looking to do something fun and meaningful outside of my full-time job. clevercanines brings both those things together for me.

The one thing I feel that I can bring to the team is my ability to incorporate humour and knowledge together to help people learn new things and have fun at the same time!

 Heather & Eddy

Jen Folkmann

Instructor: jumpstart, core, club360

Team Member Since: 2016

I was seeking out a training program for Kiku as I had exhausted the minimal tools in my dog-training toolbox and I knew this pup and I needed much more. When I found the clevercanines website, it stood out with its frequent classes, variety of programs and, most significantly, philosophies on canine behaviour and how you can experience freedom; who doesn’t want that!

The philosophy that stood out first and which I was able to implement from the immediately following the pupstart seminar was regarding the volume we use when communicating with our dogs – quiet! It’s more than just a simple instruction as it highlights just how important learning how to communicate with our dogs is and just how successful your relationship can be when you learn to understand them. An added bonus is that I’m not the crazy lady screaming at her dog to come back at the dog park.

Jen with Kiku

Jen with Kiku

Katerina Jansen, CTDI

Instructor: club360, certified trick dog instructor

Team Member Since: 2012

I love how clevercanines teaches consistency. I believe this is the most important tool to have when training your dog. It allows your dog to understand what you are asking 100% of the time, instead of always guessing.

I want people to have fun with their dogs and to realize the potential their dog has. Being able to join a company that allows their clients to experience so many facets of the dog world is important to me.

Katerina with Lexi & Lizzy

Katerina with Lexi & Lizzy

Madi Wright

Instructor: pupstart, club360

Team Member Since: 2016

As I am enrolled at the University of Calgary in the Zoology program with the ultimate goal of becoming a Veterinarian, I feel that working at clevercanines will give me the experience I need to succeed with my future endeavours. Not only am I ecstatic about working with canine companions, but I am excited to be working with all the dedicated and passionate employees and the clients, who accept the services of clevercanines in order to benefit their relationship with their dogs and find value in the ever-so important human-animal bond.

I feel that my creativity will be a great asset to the clevercanines team. Not only am I able to think outside of the box in a very abstract way, but I am more than capable of finding clever and often overlooked solutions to a plethora of problems. I view my creativity as a gift that I can readily utilize for the benefit of all.

Madi with Dante & Finnigan

Madi with Dante & Finnigan

Rachel Ward

Instructor: jumpstart, coreclub360

Team Member Since: 2013

As an aspiring veterinarian, I was eager to get as much experience working with dogs and their owners as possible. Remembering what I had heard about the clevercanines program I know that it matched my own beliefs that dog training should be about creating a balanced and understanding relationship between a dog and their owner.

The most powerful clevercanines tools that helped me with my dogs was calmness. My Golden Retriever, Fin, used to be terrified of taking baths – but once I realized that I was getting frustrated during his baths and instead, reacted by being calm. His fear of having baths disappeared very quickly and now he actually enjoys them!

Rachel with Finn

Rachel with Finn

Robin Grundy

Instructor: pupstart, jumpstart, core, club360

Team Member Since: 2016

I saw a clevercanines core class meeting in my local park (Elbow Park) and was immediately interested in the overall level of calm and obedience demonstrated by the dogs and the approachability of the instructors. I went up to them after their class had ended and asked about the program and started jumpstart the week after. I have since also participated in core.

The one thing I love sharing with clients about clevercanines is the company’s unique focus on the interpretation of canine behaviour and how this applies to dog training. The whole “be the cookie” mentality is a completely novel approach to training.

Robin with Hughie

Robin with Hughie

Saskia Scrimshaw

Instructor: jumpstart, core, club360

Assistant Instructor: pupstart, core

dayschool & walkabout trainer

Team Member Since: 2016

I had heard only good things about the company, as firstly my mother-in-law had her dog trained at clevercanines and it changed her whole perspective on dog training, as well as my friend started working with clevercanines and she told me about how fulfilling the job is. I have been dreaming of working with dogs for so many years that this seemed like the best opportunity of my life.

I love to share with people that they can experience freedom with their dog, even if he/she is older or they think he/she is too stuck in his ways. It is always possible to experience freedom, because it is possible to teach even the oldest dog new tricks.

Saskia with Franklin

Saskia with Franklin

Trisha Hache

Instructor: pupstart jumpstart, core, club360

Team Member Since: 2014

What brought me to clevercanines is the fact that the company does not discriminate against breeds of dogs or dog behaviors. clevercanines truly believes in removing the descriptors that influence how we behave around our dogs. This gives dog owners that believe there is no hope, a second chance to understand their dog and build a trusting relationship.

I love to share with others the fact that the unique thing about clevercanines is that training doesn’t stop in the classroom – learning and training is constant and goes beyond the classroom. It is incorporated into your everyday life.

There is a true sense of freedom when you can trust your dog to behave in a way that you never thought possible.

There is a great sense of accomplishment in experiencing fun and fulfillment with your best friend.

Trisha with Winston

assistant instructor team

Alan Moore

Assistant Instructor: jumpstart, core

Team Member Since: 2011

The most powerful and successful philosophy I have learned from clevercanines is the incredible value of calm energy. Everyday I see the benefit of this with my dog; if he is calm, and the situation is calm, then he is focused on me and my expectations. The situation can be full of distractions, but if my dog is calm then I know with complete confidence that he will focus on me.

Before training with clevercanines, I was afraid of meeting other people walking their dogs; my dog was a dangerous mix of assertiveness and aggressiveness, and I didn’t know how to deal with him in many situations. The low point was being told by a vet that he should be put down because of his behaviour. clevercanines gave me the confidence and knowledge to go anywhere with my dog, to calmly and safely manage situations. I now love being complimented on having such a well trained dog. To me freedom is not being limited where I can go with my dog.

Alan & Ozzy

Alan with Ozzy

Alex Friesen

Assistant Instructor: pupstart

Team Member Since: 2016

I was drawn to clevercanines because I get to be involved with helping people reach the goals they have set for their dogs. I personally have three dogs and know how amazing it feels when you and your dog master a technique you have been working on. What really sold me on clevercanines was after reading the core values and understanding how important these values are to strive for in my everyday life.

One thing I love sharing with people about clevercanines is that it is more than a dog training company. clevercanines keeps training with your dog’s best interests in mind and does so in a unique way. The philosophy and techniques offered set you and your dog up for success in reaching your goals for how you have dreamed the relationship with your dog would be.

Alew with Lexi, Lyric & Snug

Alex with Lexi, Lyric & Snug

Andrea Williams

Assistant Instructor: jumpstart, core

Team Member Since: 2016

Joining the clevercanines team feels like a natural step in the process – having been a client, volunteer, general cheerleader, now a team member. I’m looking forward to being a more integral part of a team that has a positive and enduring impact on people’s lives with their dogs.

The greatest value I will bring the team is my commitment to the clevercanines approach. I saw behavioural changes very quickly when Jake and I began using the clevercanines techniques which was gratifying, but even more significantly, over time as I have come to understand myself and Jake more deeply, I’ve gained a new appreciation of the philosophy overall and the benefits of being fully committed to it. I found this was really useful when volunteering as I could offer a wider perspective to clients who may have been distracted by short-term frustrations.

Andrea with Jake

Andrea with Jake

Ashleigh Hoffman

Assistant Instructor: jumpstartcore

Team Member Since: 2016

The most exciting thing about joining the clevercanines team is simply working with people and their dogs. I am looking forward to helping people gain a positive experience with dog training; similar to what I experienced with Lucy. It is very rewarding to see your dog come to you from 200 meters away when you recall them. I love watching Lucy running towards me when I say “POPCORN” as it is something that you built together with your dog, a practical application learned from the training. That is something I look forward to clients experiencing.

The greatest value to the team would be my 10 years of experience in customer service. I understand how to handle a variety of personality types and can work in in a high pace environment.

Ashleigh with Lucy

Ashleigh with Lucy

Aysia Stante

Assistant Instructor: jumpstart

Team Member Since: 2015

I think the thing about me that will be the greatest asset to the clevercanines team is my patience.

The one thing that is most exciting to me about joining the clevercanines team is the energy that I get from the clevercanines team, the clients, and all the dogs!

Aysia&Pancho

Aysia with Pancho

Chris Hudec

Assistant Instructor: jumpstart

Team Member Since: 2015

Joining the clevercanines team is important to me because of the experiences I have received from the programs as a client. Being able to provide clients a community in which you can learn and be supported reaching your goals, all while having a great time with your dog and building friendships. This is something that you don’t find very often but clevercanines does all of these things with professionalism and first class service.

I think that the biggest “thing” that I will bring to the team is my ability to actively listen and communicate with clients.

Chris and Margaux 3 crop

Chris with Margeaux

Colleen Marte

Assistant Instructor: pupstart, jumpstart, core

Team Member Since: 2013

My newly adopted dog Keisha, ultimately brought me to clevercanines. She would run and hide when I turned on the TV. And pull my shoulder out of its socket on walks. The clevercanines philosophy and techniques of working outdoors, at different locations, and without treats was extremely attractive to us. After jumpstart, we were hooked!

clevercanines has given me the ability to experience the ultimate summer freedom – camping and hiking for two months alone with my two dogs. I was never stressed that it was only me to look after both my dogs – that I had no one else to learn on for help. I travelled without issue and was continually impressing people with how well-behaved my dogs are

 

Colleen with Keisha & Kova

Darren Berdine

Assistant Instructor: jumpstart, core

Team Member Since: 2015

The skill that I bring to clevercanines is my patience and ability to connect with a wide variety of people and dogs.

What is most exciting to me about joining the clevercanines team is to expand my knowledge is canine behaviour and to use that knowledge to help others experience freedom and pleasure of sharing their lives with their own dogs.

Darren&Roxie crop

Darren with Roxie

Heather Manuel

Assistant Instructor: pupstart, core

Team Member Since: 2016

When people ask me where I took my dogs for training, one thing I always tell them about the clevercanines core program is that it requires commitment and a lot of hard work, but it is really worth it in the end. It is something I always try to emphasize when I talk about my own experiences with clevercanines, because while it wasn’t an easy program to go through with my dogs, I saw huge progress at the end and the fact that it takes a lot of work just showed me how committed clevercanines was to helping me with my dogs. They’re not in it for quick fixes, they’re in it so you can create a lasting, trusting partnership with your dog(s).

I think one thing about me that I will bring to the team is my commitment to helping others. I am committed to bringing whatever experience and knowledge I can to working with every person and puppy, as well as learning as much as I can in my new role.

Heather with Sadie & Elsa

Heather with Sadie & Elsa

Joe Cipywnyk

Assistant Instructor: jumpstart, core

Team Member Since: 2016

One thing that I love to share about clevercanines with other people is that they are fully involved with every aspect of the company and training. Every employee that is involved with the business has a passion and desire to work with dogs and their owners to achieve their goals. A positive end result is when the client can experience freedom with their dog by achieving the goal that they always knew was possible.

One of my strongest attributes that I bring to clevercanines is my positive attitude and never-ending smile. No matter what the task, I always achieve the goal in a timely fashion and exceed all expectations. I am very personable and easy to get along with, knowing that a positive attitude in the workplaces goes a long way. I am always willing to learn new things with an open mind, and will remain eager to challenge myself on a daily basis.

Joe

Joe

Karen Earl

Assistant Instructor: jumpstart, core

Team Member Since: 2016

The trust and respect I have for every clevercanines team member that I have had contact with is what makes joining the team so exciting. It is incredible to have the opportunity to work with people who are so knowledgeable, dedicated and enthusiastic about helping people achieve their goals with their dogs.

I believe my greatest gift to the team is my natural empathy with the clients. My sense of knowing who needs support and being able to help them work through their frustrations and support them as they progress through learning new skills.

Karen with Nico

Karen with Nico

Kerry McCutcheon

Assistant Instructor: jumpstart

Team Member Since: 2016

I believe the greatest gift or value I bring is the understanding and empathy when it comes to owning and loving a dog with behavioural issues. I can relate with the difficult wanting to give up times; and the sheer joy of experiencing your dog breaking through some of the issues, and building a trusting bond with you.

The most exciting part of joining the clevercanines team for me is the ability to be part of such an amazing, dedicated and passionate team of people. To be able to learn and grow in my own training abilities and give back to the clients and their dogs. To be able to encourage and support people as they work with the clevercanines team and their dogs. To see and share in their growth when it comes to experiencing freedom with their dogs.

Kerry with Katie

Kerry with Katie

Racheal Beaubien

Assistant Instructor: core

Team Member Since: 2016

The most exciting thing about joining the clevercanines team is the opportunity to learn so much. I came to clevercanines to experience another section of the animal care industry. I thought it would be a great company to work for, and grow with.

I love sharing the pups progress with the clients, and celebrating the accomplishments (big and small)! I am always willing to learn new things with an open mind, and will remain eager to challenge myself on a daily basis.

Racheal with Chewy & Burton

Racheal with Chewy & Burton

Saskia Scrimshaw

Instructor: jumpstart, core, club360

Assistant Instructor: pupstart

dayschool & walkabout trainer

Team Member Since: 2016

I had heard only good things about the company, as firstly my mother-in-law had her dog trained at clevercanines and it changed her whole perspective on dog training, as well as my friend started working with clevercanines and she told me about how fulfilling the job is. I have been dreaming of working with dogs for so many years that this seemed like the best opportunity of my life.

I love to share with people that they can experience freedom with their dog, even if he/she is older or they think he/she is too stuck in his ways. It is always possible to experience freedom, because it is possible to teach even the oldest dog new tricks.

Saskia with Franklin

Saskia with Franklin

Seanna Mitchell

Assistant Instructor: jumpstart

Team Member Since: 2016

After a lot of research on different training organizations I decided to take my two rescues to jumpstart. I immediately fell in love with the company, culture, and philosophies. I knew I had made the best choice for my boys, and after my experience as a client I knew I wanted more!

I can finally enjoy walking my dogs and not worrying that one is too excited by everything, and one is frightened by everything. The best tool we got from clevercanines was the hands-free leash. Not many tools can help with such different problems simultaneously.

Seanna with Henry & Rudy

Seanna with Henry & Rudy

Stephanie Marston

Assistant Instructor: pupstart, jumpstart

dayschool Trainer

Team Member Since: 2014

Before I discovered clevercanines, I had been encountering problems with my dog, Keiko. He was picking fights at the dog park and becoming extremely possessive of me around strangers. Clevercanines helped me understand why Keiko acted this way, and they assured me that my dog was in no way a ‘bad dog’. They provided me with the knowledge, confidence and understanding to be able to take him anywhere and everywhere, including the dog park! With the clevercanines training, I have built an unbreakable bond and partnership with Keiko that allows me to experience freedom with my dog.

I believe the most powerful and successful clevercanines philosophy is the belief that any goal you have for your dog is possible. This philosophy stands out for me because I have experienced it with my own dog. His confidence, as well as my own confidence, has skyrocketed, and I love setting new goals and challenges for Keiko and I to reach.

Stephanie with Keiko

 

dayschool team

Emi Dowson

walkabout & dayschool Trainer

Team Member Since: 2017

What brought me to clever canines is the variety of things we offer, from club360 to walkabout and everything in between, there are many different ways to get involved.

Something that really sticks out to me is that in order for the dogs to be apart of walkabout or dayschool they have to go through jump start first, as a result the dogs are going to have a similar sense of knowledge making day to day tasks easier as a pack.

Jess Josefchuk

dayschool & walkabout Trainer

Team Member Since: 2016

What makes joining the clevercanines team so exciting to me is having the opportunity to combine the three things that I’m truly passionate about: interacting with people (both clients and teammates), working with animals, and being outdoors. I’m absolutely thrilled at the prospect of getting to do all three on a day-to-day basis, and to grow my skills in each area.

The trait that I feel will be of the greatest value to the clevercanines team is my work ethic. Whether it is independently or as part of a team, I work hard to make sure the job is done properly and to the best of my ability. I am committed to continual self-improvement in order to grow myself as a person and benefit the group as a whole.

 

Jess

Jess

Julia Kraska

dayschool Trainer

Team Member Since: 2017

I was drawn to clevercanines right away because of the companies goal to save as many dogs as we can through our training.  I was looking for the opportunity in making the world a better place and I found it here in clevercanines.

 

The strong core values that clevercanines acts upon is one of the most inviting thing about this business.

 

Julia

Laurence Lemieux

dayschool Trainer

Team Member Since: 2016

It has been a dream of mine to work with animals, particularly dogs! Joining the clevercanines team is an amazing opportunity to gain knowledge, learn new skills, and get the chance to work in this wonderful industry. 

The people who work at clevercanines are very passionate about dogs and customer service oriented. They will go above and beyond to make sure everyone has a memorable experience.

Laurence

Laurence

Miranda Bailes

dayschool & walkabout Trainer

Team Member Since: 2017

The passion I have for animals and desire to work with dogs drove me to apply for this job. I feel like I will succeed most in a job like this because of my love for the dogs and my great positive attitude.

I am really excited about what clevercanines is based on and I look forward to sharing that with people. It is based around a very positive safe environment for our fur babies and ensures that the customer doesn’t have to constantly worry about their dog while they are at the facility.

Miranda

Nadia Moharib

dayschool Trainer

Team Member Since: 2016

Joining the clevercanines team is exciting to me because I like learning and this is a great opportunity to do so in an area I have always been very interested in. I also like the energy of clevercanines, it seems like a good team. Hard working, good principles and passion. As a neurotic dog owner, I know how important it is to leave my mutt with trusted people and look forward to being part of a team people can rely on.

I’m a serial dog owner, so I obviously love everything about trying to communicate with a canine. My strongest value that I’ll bring to the team is that I’m a pretty passionate person and try to have fun when working. Yes, the two can co-exist!

Nadia with Scooter

Nadia with Scooter

Paige Czibi

dayschool Trainer

Team Member Since: 2015

Something about myself that is great value towards the clevercanines team is both my listening and communicative skills. I believe this can help build a strong bond with the team members, clients, and their dogs. I strive to be the best influence and introduce freedom to the dogs and their owners.

Joining the clevercanines team is important to me because I would very much like to be a part of a supportive team that encourages change and growth. clevercanines seems like a very safe and positive working environment.

Paige with Bella

Paige with Bella

Racheal Beaubien

Assistant Instructor: core

dayschool & walkabout Trainer

Team Member Since: 2016

The most exciting thing about joining the clevercanines team is the opportunity to learn so much. I came to clevercanines to experience another section of the animal care industry. I thought it would be a great company to work for, and grow with.

I love sharing the pups progress with the clients, and celebrating the accomplishments (big and small)! I am always willing to learn new things with an open mind, and will remain eager to challenge myself on a daily basis.

Racheal with Chewy & Burton

Racheal with Chewy & Burton

Rob Olexson

dayschool & walkabout Trainer

Team Member Since: 2017

Being selected to be a part of the clevercanines team, in itself, is a great success. Working with great people who share the same values and love of dogs makes the job fun and exciting. We all want to create conditions for success for the dogs.

What brought me to clevercanines was the team itself and the ability to work with dogs to see them grown and learn the skillsets they needed for their ultimate success.

Saskia Scrimshaw

Instructor: jumpstart, core, club360

Assistant Instructor: pupstart

dayschool & walkabout trainer

Team Member Since: 2016

I had heard only good things about the company, as firstly my mother-in-law had her dog trained at clevercanines and it changed her whole perspective on dog training, as well as my friend started working with clevercanines and she told me about how fulfilling the job is. I have been dreaming of working with dogs for so many years that this seemed like the best opportunity of my life.

I love to share with people that they can experience freedom with their dog, even if he/she is older or they think he/she is too stuck in his ways. It is always possible to experience freedom, because it is possible to teach even the oldest dog new tricks.

Saskia with Franklin

Sarah Smyth

dayschool Trainer

Team Member Since: 2017

Joining the clevercanines team plays a huge role in my lifestyle because moving from Australia hasn’t been easy. A lot of things are different in many ways however, I believe that the dogs are all the same. They all speak the same language and they are always happy to see you! clevercanines is helping me to achieve my dream by working with dogs and people who share the same passion. To say I’m excited is an understatement.

 

I love sharing the freedom that owners can experience with their dogs and being apart of their progress. I enjoy having a positive influence on the dogs lifestyle and thrive to watch them learn as they grow.

Sarah and Molly

Stephanie Marston

Assistant Instructor: pupstart, jumpstart

dayschool Trainer

Team Member Since: 2014

Before I discovered clevercanines, I had been encountering problems with my dog, Keiko. He was picking fights at the dog park and becoming extremely possessive of me around strangers. Clevercanines helped me understand why Keiko acted this way, and they assured me that my dog was in no way a ‘bad dog’. They provided me with the knowledge, confidence and understanding to be able to take him anywhere and everywhere, including the dog park! With the clevercanines training, I have built an unbreakable bond and partnership with Keiko that allows me to experience freedom with my dog.

I believe the most powerful and successful clevercanines philosophy is the belief that any goal you have for your dog is possible. This philosophy stands out for me because I have experienced it with my own dog. His confidence, as well as my own confidence, has skyrocketed, and I love setting new goals and challenges for Keiko and I to reach.

Stephanie with Keiko

Stephanie with Keiko

 

walkabout team

 

Brian Barker

walkabout Trainer

Team Member Since: 2016

Joining the clevercanines team is important to me because I truly believe this will be the start to a very long and happy career with a company that has core values that are very in line with my ownBeing able to work with dogs all day, training them, building that trust and unspoken bond. Making that bond even stronger with my own dog Chewie. Being able to see dogs smiling all day from physical and mental exhaustion. You’d have to be a crazy person to not be able to see the joy and reward this type of job can bring someone.

The most powerful clevercanines philosophy that has always helped me with Chewie is to make sure that I AM the “cookie”. I’m his reward! He is my reward also. 

Brian with Chewie

Emi Dowson

walkabout & dayschool Trainer

Team Member Since: 2017

What brought me to clever canines is the variety of things we offer, from club360 to walkabout and everything in between, there are many different ways to get involved.

Something that really sticks out to me is that in order for the dogs to be apart of walkabout or dayschool they have to go through jump start first, as a result the dogs are going to have a similar sense of knowledge making day to day tasks easier as a pack.

Jess Josefchuk

dayschool & walkabout Trainer

Team Member Since: 2016

What makes joining the clevercanines team so exciting to me is having the opportunity to combine the three things that I’m truly passionate about: interacting with people (both clients and teammates), working with animals, and being outdoors. I’m absolutely thrilled at the prospect of getting to do all three on a day-to-day basis, and to grow my skills in each area.

The trait that I feel will be of the greatest value to the clevercanines team is my work ethic. Whether it is independently or as part of a team, I work hard to make sure the job is done properly and to the best of my ability. I am committed to continual self-improvement in order to grow myself as a person and benefit the group as a whole.

Jess

Jess

Racheal Beaubien

Assistant Instructor: core

dayschool & walkabout Trainer

Team Member Since: 2016

The most exciting thing about joining the clevercanines team is the opportunity to learn so much. I came to clevercanines to experience another section of the animal care industry. I thought it would be a great company to work for, and grow with.

I love sharing the pups progress with the clients, and celebrating the accomplishments (big and small)! I am always willing to learn new things with an open mind, and will remain eager to challenge myself on a daily basis.

Racheal with Chewy & Burton

Racheal with Chewy & Burton

Rob Olexson

dayschool & walkabout Trainer

Team Member Since: 2017

Being selected to be a part of the clevercanines team, in itself, is a great success. Working with great people who share the same values and love of dogs makes the job fun and exciting. We all want to create conditions for success for the dogs.

What brought me to clevercanines was the team itself and the ability to work with dogs to see them grown and learn the skillsets they needed for their ultimate success.

Saskia Scrimshaw

Instructor: jumpstart, core, club360

Assistant Instructor: pupstart

dayschool & walkabout Trainer

Team Member Since: 2016

I had heard only good things about the company, as firstly my mother-in-law had her dog trained at clevercanines and it changed her whole perspective on dog training, as well as my friend started working with clevercanines and she told me about how fulfilling the job is. I have been dreaming of working with dogs for so many years that this seemed like the best opportunity of my life.

I love to share with people that they can experience freedom with their dog, even if he/she is older or they think he/she is too stuck in his ways. It is always possible to experience freedom, because it is possible to teach even the oldest dog new tricks.

Saskia with Franklin

Saskia with Franklin

cancer detection team

Tracie Nielson

Owner, Founder, Executive Director
Lead Research Facilitator
Team Member Since: 2005

Tracie’s role as the Lead for the Canine Cancer Detection team is to develop the training methods for the dogs in a way that ensures they are smelling cancer compounds. Tracie has had to rely on her expertise as a trainer, the summation of her experience founding and running the successful clevercanines business, and research. Her deep understanding of canine behavior is an invaluable asset to screening prospective dogs and helping dogs with the right aptitude reach their potential. She has developed all of the training protocols for the cancer detection research study and established the standards for success to create a viable cancer detection program.

Tracie with Foster and Niko

Jenny McKee

Research Facilitator

Instructor: core, club360

dayschool & walkabout Trainer

Team Member Since: 2014

As a lifelong student of canine behaviour, Jenny brings a balance of dog sense and business sense to her role. Her hands-on dog training experience as a clevercanines instructor gives her the ability to help the canine team uncover their natural abilities and instincts for using their nose. And her strong organizational skills ensure that the details are looked after. A passionate dog lover, she is committed to ensuring this team can help save and improve the lives of those affected with cancer.

Jenny with Oida

Alan Keller

Research Assistant
Team Member Since: 2014

Alan’s background in accounting provides the team with the attention to detail necessary to scrutinize details. Alan’s computer skills and knowledge of spreadsheets have enabled detailed and accurate collection of data that is crucial to success of the research. Through his collection and management of research data he is able to help support the team with information to optimize training conditions and enhance the repeatability of positive detection. He is skilled at helping identify the successful and limiting factors unique to each dog, creating conditions for success.

Alan with Frankie

Alan with Frankie

Christine Mak

Assistant Instructor: pupstart, jumpstart, core

Research Assistant

Team Member Since: 2013

With an engineering background, Christine’s technical background and critical thinking skills make her a problem solver on the canine cancer detection team. An experienced clevercanines dayschool trainer and assistant instructor, she has a good instinct for canine behaviour and a positive way of interacting with clients. More than just a “day job”, her work on the Canine Cancer Detection Team is a fulfilling way of creating a positive impact in the lives of many people affected by cancer.

Christine with Angus

support team

Adam Berti

Tech Specialist

Team Member Since: 2010

I came to clevercanines because of my desire to help a small business with the successful implementation and efficient use of Apple products and technology. I like to help see others grow their businesses and see success.

The one thing I love sharing about clevercanines is that it’s really a fun place to be and everyone is always having a great time doing their jobs.

Adam

Adam

Shawna Robinson

Advertising Specialist and Creative Strategist

Team Member Since: 2011

Our dominant, bossy, barking, biting, rude, aggressive, uncontrollable, high-energy working-breed puppy literally LED us to clevercanines. Absolutely no other training method gave us results, because those labels – without a true understanding of the behaviour behind them – limited our opportunities. Our lives changed overnight after our first jumpstart class; Remy began to relax, we became more confident, and, slowly, our home became balanced all because of gaining a deep understanding of what makes Remy, Remy.

The most powerful lesson learned from clevercanines is to keep growing together. Every year we are learning new things about our dog, giving him new challenges, and trying new things – and we change, too. What worked last year, sometimes doesn’t work this year! Being part of this community has given me the confidence that I have the support and tools to make sure Remy will be a calm, respectful and happy family member for life.

Shawna

Shawna with Remy

Stephen Wonfor

Database Manager

Team Member Since: 2011

In my line of work, my clients are practically chosen for me. I received an email from Tracie requesting my help with their database, and that’s how I came to work with the clevercanines. The passion of the team, and the charm of all the staff have kept me close. I really enjoy working with this group of people.

I’m fortunate enough to be on the ‘inside’ of the clevercanines team. What matters to them, matters very quickly to me. (Even though i’m a Felis Silvestris Catus person.)

Stephen

Stephen

Ty Bohnet

Web Master

Team Member Since: 2012

I discovered clevercanines when i was hired to develop and maintain the new website. It was an exciting process, and a very different project than anything else I’ve taken on. The entire clevercanines team has an impressive amount of dedication to their clients and passion for their industry. It encouraged me to mirror that level of passion while working with them. It has been totally satisfying connecting with a team who is so committed to bringing the best possible experience to their customers — both online and off — and to keep them coming back

I’m confident to recommend clevercanines to my dog-crazy friends and family just based on the enthusiasm of the staff and the knowledge they put forth on the website. When my two small children are old enough to take care of a dog, I know where I’ll be taking it to learn how NOT to destroy my furniture! I look forward to working with clevercanines well into 2013 and beyond.

Ty

Ty