Joanna, Owner and Operator of FLOPPS is an experienced Dog Trainer who has her CPDT-KA, ABCDT credentials and is Pet First Aid & CPR Certified. To have the CPDT-KA designation from the CCPDT is a mark of high professionalism. In order to achieve her CPDT-KA credentials she needed to complete hundreds of dog training hours, pass an intense and lengthy exam and show that she's mastered humane, science-based dog training practices. In order to keep this designation she keeps her dog training skills sharp completing continuing education class units.
About Joanna and Bear
Working with dogs and their people gives me great happiness. My goal is to give back the joy that dogs give me by fulfilling their physical, psychological and emotional needs and to be the best dog care provider I can be. I keep my skills sharp staying abreast of the latest in dog training by studying leaders in the dog training world. I have enjoyed rescuing several different delightful dogs of various breeds each with their own personality traits. Each dog has challenged me to understand dog behaviour, learn new training methods by taking Puppy, Basic Level 1, Manners Unleashed, Tricks, Growl for Reactive and Fearful Dogs, Scent Detections and Agility training class to better my leadership skills and communicate by using body language. My dog Bear started out as a dog that was reactive to people and understand the difficulty of trying to manage a fearful dog that lunges and barks at people. I'm proud to say that after dedicating a lot of time training Bear that he's has passed his Canine Good Neighbour CKC test! I'm a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPTD-KA) which is the highest level of recognition in dog training. This certification is given by the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and has world wide recognition. This means I have completed hundreds of hours as an instructor, volunteered training dogs and passed a rigorous dog training exam. In order to keep this designation I must attend continuing education courses taught by leaders in the field. I have chosen to pursue the CPTD-KA designation because of it’s code of ethics, scientifically proven dog training techniques and level of professionalism that comes with completing the continuing education units needed to maintain my certification, keeping my skills cutting edge. Please visit http://www.ccpdt.org for more information. I also hold my Dog Trainer Certification (ABCDT) from Animal Behaviour College (www.animalbehaviourcollege.ca) and have completed the Dog Trainer Apprenticeship Program at Dogspaw (www.dogspaw.ca). I'm currently studying to become a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine - Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA) , their's only 2 dog trainers in Edmonton with this designation as of Sept 2017. I look forward to meeting you and your canine companion to facilitate fulfilling your dogs needs.
Joanna also enjoys horseback riding, barrel racing, jumping, reining and working cows on her quarter house, Fame.
She enjoys learning more about horse behaviour their body language and how to communicate clearly with horses by applying the Doug Mills Training Thru Trust Horse Program doing liberty work in the round pen and halter/ground work.
About our Dog Walks
We love taking care of dogs and are diligent in safety by providing your dog with a knowledgeable experienced Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) from CCPDT (Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers) ABCDT (Animal Behaviour College). Our dog walker is committed to learning the latest on canine behaviour and training techniques, attending seminars by the nations top dog obedience professionals. Working as a Dog Obedience Instructor at Dogspaw, a Bather at Hollywoof Grooming Parlour, being Pet First Aid and CPR Certified, Security Cleared and volunteering at P.A.W.S. for Life Foundation has given our dog walker invaluable experience to provide superlative dog care.
We create a happy stress free environment for your pet on our walks, by eliminating situations that might trigger problems between dogs. We keep dogs separated while in transit to and from the park and walk dogs in small groups to assure every dog receives the attention they deserve. We have a Business Permit, License and Commercial Insurance.
You can relax knowing that your dog is out of the house, having fun, getting out and exercised with a knowledgeable dog walker instead of being cooped up in the house all day. Polite behaviors are positively reinforced and unwanted behaviour is redirected during all of our services. You will come home to a happier, healthier, calmer dog, which can only enrich your lives together.