Sarah is a dog trainer and dog hiker that lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She began working with dogs in 2009, being heavily involved in rescue, volunteering, and shelter work. She started initially working with a pit bull rescue, bringing pit mixes out of Ontario (a that province has breed specific legislation in place). Then further branching into her community, volunteering her skills in training and fostering for several local rescues and the local shelter. She founded and ran The Smiling Dog, which was a non profit group helping low income and street involved people get health care and food for their pets.
In 2012 Sarah began working with other peoples’ dogs. Starting with working at doggy daycares, moving up to dog training and hiking dogs. In 2013 Sarah began doing offleash wilderness hikes with her business Call of the Wild Canine Services, so you can find her during most weekdays hiking groups offleash in the great wilderness areas around Halifax and Dartmouth.
Sarah has a great interest in handling reactivity, and using reward based methods to deal with these reactive and fearful dogs. She taught the expanded Reactive Dog Class at Jollytails. You can find her teaching teaching Puppy Socialization, Tricks, & Basic Life Skills classes, and doing private reactivity consults. Sarah is also a part of a small team of trainers running The Muzzle Up! Project, advocating and educating about using muzzles ethically and responsibly.
She loves trick training and thinks that it is the best foundation to every great human/dog team. Her dog Zephyr has earned his Trick Dog Champion title and his Canine Good Neighbour. She and Zephyr recently began trying out dock diving, Disc Dog competitions, and training in Rally Obedience. Sarah has recently added a Springer Spaniel puppy, Frankie, to her family and is excited to explore scent detection, disc dog, dock diving, rally, and agility with her. Stay tuned on what they get up to together!