Sherry Antonishen, CPDT-KA
BA (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.”
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.
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, Chek TV, and can be heard on C-FAX radio. She also has written for several publications on dog behaviour.
Roberta has always enjoyed working with people. After completing a puppy class with her first dog a number of years ago, Roberta discovered that she couldn’t learn enough about canine behaviour and the canine mind. She has a keen interest in the relationship between people and their dogs. Roberta has been with us since January of 2010 and she is an invaluable member of our team. 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.
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.
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 makes her an excellent fit in the classroom.
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!
Jennifer Bonham, Volunteer
You will see Jenny in some of our classes helping us to make your experience a successful one. She is learning the ropes of dog training and we look forward to seeing her grow as a trainer.