Caitlyn has been an avid dog lover her entire life, raised in a family where dogs were always in the house hold. Caitlyn had the privilege of growing up with all kinds of animals but dogs always had a special place in her heart.
Caitlyn moved to Peterborough in 2008 and was introduced to competitive obedience through puppy classes with the Peterborough and District Obedience Club (PADOC). Although Caitlyn had unregistered dogs and did not compete with them, she joined PADOC and was introduced to different specialties.
Caitlyn took a break from training after both her dogs passed away in the same year. When she returned to the world of competitive obedience, she began training with Pat Robertson (owner of DueNorth Kennels). Pat took Caitlyn under her wing and began mentoring her with the methods of balanced training. Caitlyn found balanced training to be her preferred method of training as her dog’s training accelerated through different levels.
Caitlyn is currently an active member of the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), United Kennel Club (UKC), Peterborough County Noz-It Club, Kawartha Performance Dogs (CKC and UKC approval pending), Flat Coated Retrievers Society of Canada, CKC, UKC, and International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP).
Caitlyn’s quest for knowledge has led her to continue her education through courses and seminars within the canine community to better assist your dog and their well being. Her openness to all methods of training combined with her innate ability to read a dog’s body language allows her to take a rounded approach when working with dogs.
I’ve been training dogs since I was a kid. I trained my first dog at the age of 12 years and got first place in a class of adults! I got serious about training 30 years ago when I got into horses. Horses became unwieldy with a growing family and a nursing career, so training dogs and kids became my focus. With the kids grown I really got serious about dog training over 25 years ago. Dog training has for me grown from hobby to a passion (some say obsession) and to full time career.
Throughout this evolution I have experimented with every method of training conceivable. You name the method, I’ve been to a seminar, workshop, training class or webinar about it. My dog library is comprehensive and well worn. Aggravating my obsession I also run a small boarding kennel and live with a number of my own dogs. (always less than 10) So, its dogs , dogs, dogs – 24 / 7 / 365. I know dogs! I have put all of these techniques to use with much success and have taken something from all of them, Having worked with so many dogs, I have learned that dogs, like people, all learn in different ways.
We strongly believe that dog training should be balanced. Like all things in life moderation is the hallmark of good training. We do not condone heavy handed training methods but we will also say “no” to dogs that make mistakes. To our way of thinking saying “no” simply provides dogs with information that they need to be well behaved canine citizens. If providing food for training produces results that create better understanding we are good with that as well.
My passion and focus now is on helping others to become successful with goals they have for their dogs. My strength is in being able to assess the dog and owner’s learning styles and apply my background of training methods to attain success with every dog that comes to me.
Clubs and associations come and go and through the years. I am a Member or Former member of:
Canadian Kennel Club (25 year member award)
Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers ( former board member for 6 years)
Flat Coated Retrievers Society of Canada (board member)
Flat Coated Retrievers Society of America
Founding Member of the Ontario Dog Trainers Group
Canine Good Neighbour – Evaluator
International Association of Canine Professionals (Former member and one of the first to earn Certified Dog Trainer designation.)
Peterborough and District Obedience Club – Past President (Resigned to focus on DueNorth Dog Training)
Ontario Federation of Sled Dog Sports (Resigned – I’m getting too old for that)