SHelagh Begg, CPDT-KA

Shelagh is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.

She is a member of the APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers), CAPPDT (Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers) as well as President & Co-Director of HugABull Advocacy and Rescue Society.

Having been involved in the canine community since 2004, Shelagh has become passionate about her opportunities to not only teach canines, but their companions as well. Having spent over 20 professional years in customer service, Shelagh has a unique ability to connect with owners to help instill the confidence they need to have a well trained companion.

With a special interest in working with reactive dogs and their guardians, Shelagh is often referred to by local veterinarians and behaviourists.

Shelagh’s initial education started with the International Academy of Canine Trainers, but over the years has attended conferences and seminars of well known trainers and behaviourists such as Dr. Ian Dunbar, Terry Ryan, Jean Donaldson, Patricia McConnell, Gail Fisher, Ali Brown, Brenda Aloff, Karen Pryor, Kathy Sdao, Lauren Fox, Irith Booth and continues her education at every opportunity.

Shelagh with her three rescues, Bailey, Bugsy and Sammy.

"I regard each dog I work with as an individual. What may work with one dog, may not work with the next. I take the time to understand each dog's specific needs and motivations. From there, I work together with the guardian to begin the process of changing behaviour using scientific, reinforcement based protocols, proven by years of research.. It's important to me that I not only help the dog, but empower the owner to continue on to achieve success."