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Management Team

 

megan bio

Megan Stanley,
CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA
Owner/Operator
Vice-Chair, Association for Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)

 

 

Megan Stanley became one of Calgary's only Certified Pet Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA) in 2005. The CPDT designation means her programs are based on humane training practices and the latest scientific knowledge about dog training. In other words, Megan's dog training expertise is grounded in a thorough, extensive education and examination process. Interestingly enough, despite the growing number of dog training services in the city, there are just over 30 CPDT-KAs in Calgary, and approximately 120 across Canada. Megan also obtained her CBCC-KA (Certified Behavior Consultant Canine, Knowledge Assessed) in June 2011. This made her one of only the first four in Canada and 29 worldwide.

Megan has over 10 years experience teaching group classes and private training at various locations around Calgary and the surrounding area. Before dogma behaviour & education centres, she worked in the pet supply industry and at the Calgary Humane Society, where she honed her skill for understanding a dog's cues by performing behavioural assessments and maintaining the animal stress reduction programs. Her passion for animals, desire to understand how a dog communicates with us, and adoration for her own two lively canines drive Megan to continue to stay on top of the latest trends in her field. She regularly attends the APDT conference held annually to learn more about the positive approach to training a dog, and has spoken at this conference three times.

On top of her CPDT-KSA and CBCC-KA, Megan holds her Pet First Aid Certificate andwas the designated trainer for the Alberta Rescue Foundation (ARF) and a consultant for Cochrane Humane Society, transitioning both of these organizations to become leaders in training with strong mandates of reward-based training and humane handling of their dogs. She was also a certified mentor trainer for Animal Behavior College. In 2013, Megan was a founding member and former President of the Board for pause4change Rescue Foundation

Megan was nominated for the Alberta Women's Entrepreneur 2015 Celebration of Achievement Award. She has a strong passion for people to live their dreams, particularly women. She also writes a blog Every Dog Has Its Day, Lessons from Dog Training for Today's Entreprenuer, to help build a community of support for female business owners. Megan currently sits as the Vice Chair for the Board of Directors of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Most recently, Megan has launched The Guinniss Foundation, a not-for-profit that helps to provide support and equipment to dogs in the final stages of their lives. This foundation began in honour of dogma's canine co-founder, Guinniss. Read more about his story and how he inspired the start of dogma here

  
 hailee Hailee Dix,
DCBC, CPDT-KSA
Operations Manager, Senior Trainer

 

Hailee is an avid animal lover who has had a passion for working with dogs all her life. She has been working with dogma for over eight years now and has thoroughly enjoyed advancing her career in the dog world.

She was part of the first group of students to graduate from the dogma Apprenticeship Program and was later invited to join the training team here at dogma. Teaching classes is such a joy for her that it is difficult to put it into words. Her passion for dog training developed because she was volunteering at the shelter and was troubled by how many young healthy dogs were being surrendered due to lack of socialization and obedience skills causing their owners to get so frustrated that they gave up on them. Hailee's goal as a classroom instructor is to help all her students gain the foundation needed to have a long and happy life with their pets.

Hailee obtained her CPDT-KA and CPDT-KSA in 2012, but her passion for dogs does not end there. Her goal is to become a CBCC-KA and also to get her certification in Canine Reiki. Hailee shares her home with her dog, Turbo, and cat, Sheldon (who also goes out on leash and explores the world with his brother!).

  
 kristina Kristina Ince,
DCBC, CPDT-KSA
Manager at Killarney, Senior Trainer

 

Kristina grew up on a farm and spent her days playing with a variety of pets, farm animals and various rescued wildlife. She always had the patience needed to work with shy or fearful animals which helped to care for the scared or injured animals they took care of.

Kristina was thrilled when her boyfriend agreed and they welcomed a cute rambunctious puppy into her home. She named this little bundle of joy Chica, which means girl in Spanish. Little did Kristina know that Chica would lead her straight to her passion and her new career path!

Kristina first came to dogma for puppy playtime to socialize Chica and get her signed up for a training class. She was intrigued by the way dogs communicate and how complex their social interactions can be. Kristina decided it was time for a career change and so she began working in the daycare and enrolled in the dogma Apprenticeship Program. She obtained her DCBCE designation in 2012, and her CPDT-KA in 2013, and then her CPDT-KSA in 2014! Kristina shares her home with her dog Chica and her four cats Mico, Hefner , Lynx and Cheeto!

  
12339546 10156243096725403 5022696237586080811 o  Ashley Hoover,
DCBC
Manager at Chinook

 

Ashley grew up just south of Okotoks on an acreage, and has always had a passion for animals. Growing up she was surrounded by dogs and cats as her family had multiple of each at any given time. Currently her family is made up of three dogs, Zeus, Khione and Artemis, and their cat Hades. All four are rescues and love to wrestle together.

Ashley has loved animals her whole life but didn't know that she was going to follow this passion as a career until she switched into the Primate Behaviour program at the U of C. As part of her degree she got to go on field schools to Ghana and Belize where she studied primate groups in the forest. She is on her way to completing dogma's behaviour training certification to continue to add to her knowledge of animal behaviour.