Sherry Antonishen, CPDT-KA
BA (Honours in Communication)
Sherry Antonishen 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.
Colleen Moore, KPA CTP, Trainer
When Colleen Moore started volunteering with SmartDog Training in 2006, we quickly realized she was very good with dogs and people—a natural fit for teaching people to train their dogs! After attending professional development seminars and endless hours of mentoring with Sherry, she began teaching sections of the courses and helping people one-on-one in the classroom setting. Now, after more development and training she often leads entire classes, and is our go-to-gal for dogs having trouble with specific curriculum behaviours. Colleen brings endless curiosity to dog training and listens well to any dog owner’s challenges. Colleen has recently passed all of her exams and is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partners (KPA CTP). Huge congratulations to Colleen, and a great opportunity for all of us to learn from her new skills and knowledge!
Colleen is also the owner/operator of Beyond the Leash Dog Walking. We are pleased to be able to recommend Beyond the Leash to help meet your dog’s exercise needs with safe, fun adventures that keep your training goals in mind.
Roberta Press has always enjoyed working with people. After completing a puppy class with her first dog a while back, 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 help class go as smoothly as possible for you and your puppy or adult dog.
Kim Clarkson, Trainer
Kim comes to us from Pet Peeves Dog Training, where we met as younger trainers. She often fills in when one of us can’t make our shift. We are extremely grateful and lucky to have her!
Fiona Hough, Apprentice Trainer
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. It also gave her insight and raised questions about how humans interact with and impact dog behaviour. In 2013 Fiona entered the world of the ‘multi-dog household’ with her dogs Piper and Jespah and is excited to be apprenticing and learning new skills with Sherry and the Smart Dog team.
Marion Wylie, Apprentice Trainer and Office Manager
You will see Marion 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.