Lower Mainland Trainer
Carol is a certified trainer who has worked both in the veterinary field and as a professional instructor at a service dog charity, where she trained therapy dogs, hearing dogs, and dogs for people with physical disabilities.
Carol’s autism diagnosis means that she understands all about invisible barriers, and gives her a unique perspective which she brings to her work with both dogs and people.
Originally hailing from Nova Scotia, Carol holds a science degree in Psychology from Mount Allison University. Her courses focused on behavior modification, learning and operant conditioning
After graduating, Carol went on to study Veterinary Technology at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus in Ontario.
As part of her final practicum, Carol was granted a fantastic opportunity to study at the Vancouver Aquarium. At VanAqua she was privileged to oversee and participate in the care and treatment of the dolphins, belugas, sea lions, and harbour seals, as well as reptiles, fish, and even marmosets!
Carol has spent many years in the veterinary field, most recently functioning as Director of Medical Services at Healing Paws Veterinary Care in Port Moody, B.C.
She was delighted in 2008 to be hired as an apprentice instructor at Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) in Burnaby.
At PADS, Carol trained and placed assistance dogs for wheelchair users and the Deaf, as well as facility therapy dogs. She was also responsible for running puppy classes for PADS puppy-raisers, where she helped them in the daunting task of raising well-trained and well-socialized future service dogs.
Carol is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and is also a Certified Instructor in the Sport of Dog Tricks.
Her sheltie Odin achieved an Expert title in the sport before he died.
Her Bernese Mountain Dog, Gretel, achieved Novice Trick Dog at 4 months old and is serving as our model for a series of dog training instructional videos.
Carol plans to certify her as her own autism service dog – after a decade of training service dogs for others, she has decided to finally train one for herself.
She specializes in working with kids and often writes articles about dogs and autism.
Carol trains pet dogs in Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, and Port Moody, and travels throughout the Lower Mainland for her service dog clients.