SmartDog People

Sherry AntonishenHead Trainer/Owner

Sherry Anton­ishen, CPDT-KABA (Hon­ours in Communication)

Sherry received her Cer­tifi­cate in Train­ing and Coun­sel­ing (CTC) from the San Fran­cisco SPCA Acad­emy for Dog Train­ers in the spring of 2004. The Acad­emy pro­vides com­pre­hen­sive, lead­ing edge edu­ca­tion to dog train­ers and behav­iour con­sul­tants through renowned trainer and author Jean Don­ald­son. The course includes ani­mal learn­ing the­ory, behav­ior prob­lems, aggres­sion, clicker train­ing, adult learn­ing mod­els and course design, and is rapidly gain­ing a rep­u­ta­tion as the “Har­vard for Dog Trainers.”

Head Trainer Sherry with her dog Simon

Head Trainer Sherry Anton­ishen with her dog Simon

Sherry is cer­ti­fied by the Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Coun­cil for Pro­fes­sional Dog Train­ers which sets the world stan­dard in dog train­ing. Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is based on con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion, expe­ri­ence, and inten­sive stan­dard­ized test­ing. Sherry is also mem­ber of The Cana­dian Asso­ci­a­tion of Pro­fes­sional Pet Dog Train­ers and The Asso­ci­a­tion of Pet Dog Train­ers, and their man­dates are embod­ied in Smart­Dog Training’s phi­los­o­phy. Sherry is Pet First Aid Cer­ti­fied through Walks N Wags.

She works with all breeds, and loves work­ing with ‘dif­fi­cult to train’, ‘shy’ or even ‘hyper’ dogs. Her own dogs are res­cues that oth­ers have found too dif­fi­cult and have included Huskies and Ter­ri­ers. Her prob­lem solv­ing skills help clients solve even the most chal­leng­ing of behav­iour prob­lems in a humane, pet friendly manner.

Sherry sits on the Cit­i­zen Canine Advi­sory Board, where she works to inform its exec­u­tive and mem­bers on issues of dog obe­di­ence instruc­tion and canine behav­iour. She has appeared on A Chan­nel and Chek TV, and can be heard on C-FAX and CBC radio. She also has writ­ten for sev­eral pub­li­ca­tions on dog behaviour.

img_1691_s2Roberta Press, CPDT-KA, BSc, Lead Trainer

Roberta with her dog Cobi

Roberta and her dog Cobi enjoy a walk in Cook St. Village

Roberta has a keen inter­est in the rela­tion­ship between peo­ple and their dogs, and enjoys work­ing with both humans and canines. An invalu­able mem­ber of our team, Roberta has been with us since Jan­u­ary of 2010. Her knowl­edge of both dog and peo­ple learn­ing is truly amaz­ing and clients that work with Roberta will always come away with new skills and a feel­ing of accom­plish­ment. A strong believer in SmartDog’s pos­i­tive train­ing and prob­lem solv­ing phi­los­o­phy, Roberta’s goal is to deliver classes that are both fun and edu­ca­tional for you and your puppy or adult dog.

Roberta is cer­ti­fied by the Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Coun­cil for Pro­fes­sional Dog Train­ers, and is Pet First Aid Cer­ti­fied through Walks N Wags.




Fiona Hough, MEd, Trainer and Office Manger

Fiona has been an ani­mal lover since child­hood and cred­its horses and dogs for her entry into a 20+ year career as an out­door and expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tor. In the late 90’s Fiona spent 6 years liv­ing up a remote North­ern Ontario log­ging road with about 8 peo­ple and 40+ Cana­dian Inuit sled dogs (plus her dog Tarka), and spent many days and nights on the win­ter trail and at base camp train­ing and work­ing with the dogs. It was there that her fas­ci­na­tion with the social lan­guage and dynam­ics of dogs deep­ened. We are pleased to have Fiona and her wide range of expe­ri­ence as part of the Smart­Dog team, and are grate­ful to have her help­ing with the office work as well.

img_5961_r2Laura Hauser, Appren­tice Trainer

Laura is a stu­dent who is work­ing with us to gain some extra expe­ri­ence before begin­ning her train­ing as a vet­eri­nar­ian. Laura’s keen intel­li­gence and con­fi­dent, car­ing man­ner with dogs make her an excel­lent fit in the classroom.



Anne Power, BMus, Appren­tice Trainer

Anne started Smart­Dog classes in 2013 after adopt­ing her first dog, Daisy. It didn’t take long to dis­cover that Daisy had a lot of ques­tions and Anne was going to need to learn some answers! In an effort to fur­ther their train­ing, Anne signed up for agility class and was instantly hooked. Daisy thought the smells and the dirt at the barn were just the best and con­sented to attend class with Anne. We are proud to report that through cre­ativ­ity, prac­tice and fun train­ing games, Anne has become more excit­ing than the dirt! Now they both enjoy learn­ing agility skills as a team.

When not at the agility barn or help­ing in classes, Anne can be found on stage with the Vic­to­ria Sym­phony. She is also a fac­ulty mem­ber at the Vic­to­ria Con­ser­va­tory of Music.

Anne is espe­cially look­ing for­ward to work­ing with peo­ple to find new and fun ways to con­nect with their dogs.


Andrew Quinn, Vol­un­teer Appren­tice Trainer

Andrew is an active vol­un­teer with the Vic­to­ria Humane Soci­ety, and started vol­un­teer­ing with Smart­Dog Train­ing in 2015 in order to fur­ther his edu­ca­tion on dog behav­iour and to bet­ter help res­cue dogs and their new families.

When not help­ing out with Smart­Dog classes or the Vic­to­ria Humane Soci­ety, Andrew can be found coach­ing ten­nis or spend­ing time with his schnau­zer Percy.


Iain Down, Volunteer

Iain vol­un­teers with us on Wednes­day nights. If you are lucky enough to be in a class where Iain is present you will likely receive some extra help set­tling and/or train­ing your dog or puppy. Iain’s calm energy is appre­ci­ated by all, most espe­cially the canines!