Inspired by a life-long love of animals, Amy was introduced to reward based dog training when she enrolled in basic training classes after adopting her first dog "Gracie," a Border Collie mix from the SPCA Provincial Shelter (www.spcans.ca) in 2002. Amazed with the results reward based training had with her own dogs and dogs she trained volunteering with local rescue groups, no matter the breed, size or problem. Amy started instructing small group basic obedience classes in 2005.
Amy currently instructs the W.O.O.F Dog Training program at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility, a partnership between the SPCA and Department of Justice that pairs inmates with puppies and dogs in need of training, socialization and care. Amy was presented with a NS SPCA 2012 Golden Paw Award for her involvement with the W.O.O.F. program and was nominated by animal associates at the 2013 Regional Urban Animal Conference to present on the W.O.O.F program at the National Conference in Lake Louise.
Along with instructing weekly Puppy Socialization and Basic Life Skills classes, she competes in AAC Agility, CKC Conformation, CDDA Disc Dog events. In the past Amy has offered Dog Bite Prevention, Behaviour, Training & Animal Care presentations on behalf of the NS SPCA, animal rescue organizations and non-profit groups.
Adina and Amy currently share their home with 12 dogs and 3 cats. Many different breeds and mixes have fascinated and captured their hearts. Their family has included a Borzoi, a Silken Windhound, a Belgian Tervuren, multiple Papillons and many rescued dogs including a Pit Bull mix, a Shepherd/Husky mix, an English Setter mix, multiple Collie mixes and Chihuahua mixes, and a deaf Border Collie mix.
Please contact Amy MacRae by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (902) 441-2123