Meet the Team

The training philosophy at DWD is Positive Reinforcement. Whether you have a new puppy or an adult that needs training our group of Instructors are here to help you and your dog learn everything from basic obedience to advanced training, agility, and more.

Our Instructors are knowledgeable, friendly and most of all love working with all types of puppies, dogs and people.

Andrew Perkins

Andrew Perkins has been working professionally with dogs since 1991. A founding member of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers, he served on its board of directors and as the publishing editor of FORUM, the association's national newsletter, for 11 years, and now serves as "director at large."

Andrew has written numerous articles on dogs, behaviour and training for several publications, including Dogs In Canada, Dogs & Kids, Pet Product News and Modern Woman. He was the series writer for Life Network's hit TV show, Life With Pets, and has appeared as a guest expert on Life With Pets and Canada AM.

At Dealing With Dogs Andrew teaches puppy, adult beginner, intermediate, advanced and leash-walking classes.

Andrew lives in Mississauga with his wife and two daughters, and they all share their home with 3 dogs, Freckles the Catahoula Leopard Dog, Lucas the Chinese Crested Dog and Flynn the Golden Retriever.

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Andrew Perkins

Andrew Perkins

Margie McConnell

margaretmcmc@gmail.com

Margie has been a trainer at DWD for 14 years. She is experienced in helping people understand their pets and enjoys watching her students progress. Margie's teaching style is popular with her students and she enjoys helping clients develop a lasting bond with their dogs.

Margie can be reached @ margaretmcmc@gmail.com

 

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Margie McConnell

Margie McConnell

Suzanne Richings

Five years ago, beginning right here at DWD Intro to Agility class, Suzanne and her “All Canadian”dog Charlie Brown began their journey into the world of Competitive Dog Agility, they just didn’t know it. Although Suzanne joined the class “just for fun”, five years later, things have changed somewhat. Under the instruction and direction of Nicky Snook, Suzanne has developed a strong understanding of the foundations in agility. She and Charlie have become a team with advanced handling skills and they are currently training and competing at the Master’s Level.

Suzanne and Charlie compete regularly in Ontario and have had much success, most recently earning their Masters Title in Agility Steeplechase and Team Relay. It is their current goal to compete this May at the Ontario Regionals in the pursuit of qualifying for the 2017 Canadian National Dog Agility Championships. When competing or practicing, Suzanne believes that you must always stick to your criteria, connect with your dog and no holding back! Suzanne also has an extensive background in the sport of gymnastics, having coached children of all ages and abilities for more than 20 years. Suzanne uses this background when planning and instructing her agility classes, using stations and drills, keeping handlers and dogs busy while having FUN. You can reach Suzanne@ srichin606@bell.net.

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Suzanne Richings

Suzanne Richings

Debra Pearson

Debra Pearson has a B.A. Honours in Psychology from Concordia University and aM.Sc. in Neuroscience from McGill University. She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) a highly valued designation awarded by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). Thanks to her educational background in animal behavior and continuing studies in dog training (through courses and conferences), Debra incorporates the latest evidence-based training methods into her dog and puppy training along with a generous dose of humor. She is an advocate for positive reinforcement dog training and believes it should be fun for everyone (canines and humans alike). Debra volunteered for several years as a dog trainer at the Oakville & Milton Humane Society and is currently a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers (CAPPDT), the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and has been pet first aid certified. Debra is available for private instruction for dogs and puppies and can be reached at 905-467-8923.

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Debra Pearson

Debra Pearson

Lisa Kruitwagen

Lisa joined Judy Emmert’s apprenticeship program in 1998.   After being called the “dog girl” her whole life, Lisa was delighted to put her love of dogs into practice as dog training class instructor.  Judy instilled the importance of early training as a way to “save dogs’ lives”.    Lisa particularly enjoys helping families adjust to the demands and joys of having a new puppy. Dogs remind us to be in the moment. Communicating effectively with your canine companion results in a devoted relationship that is beyond price.  Lisa participates in numerous dog sports and simply enjoys spending time with her canine pals.  Lisa and her family share their life with a Scottish Deerhound named Archer and a miniature Dachshund named Tali.

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Lisa Kruitwagen

Lisa Kruitwagen

Asa Sjoberg

Asa is a past client who realized the rewarding joy working with dogs and decided this was something she wanted to dedicate more time to.  With a background in teaching and coaching in the professional accountant world, she now is able to combine these skills with her great interest of dogs.  She enjoys helping people realize the full potential of their dogs and setting the handler-dog teams up for success while keeping it fun and enjoyable at both ends of the leash. Asa is our Dealing With Sniffing instructor.

Asa is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers and continues building her skills by attending seminars and conferences as well as taking courses with her own dogs.  She has three Swedish Vallhunds with whom she participates in a variety of activities as obedience, agility, herding, tracking and scent work.

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Asa Sjoberg

Asa Sjoberg

Laura Scarfo

Laura Lynn Scarfo has always had animals in her life, and she has such a true passion for their well-being. Laura went through a two year apprenticeship program under her mentor Judy Emmert, former owner of Dealing With Dogs in Oakville in 2001.

Laura continues to work with Dealing With Dogs as a trainer. She has acquired a great deal of experience with many breeds of all ages and temperaments.

Laura also owned and operated her own business in the fashion industry for over 23 years where she raised money through her business for many charities.  The closest to her heart being the Oakville and Milton Humane Society and the Hamilton SPCA, and at one time was the guardian of three German Shepherd mixes, Mikkita, Max, Usher, and a cat named Toby.

Now after many successful years in the fashion industry, she is working full time with animals, training, house-sitting and pet-sitting.

Laura is certified in St. John’s Ambulance Pet First Aid, and is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers

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Laura Scarfo

Laura Scarfo

Judy Emmert

judyemmert@sympatico.ca

For her entire life Judy has adored dogs, lived with them, and trained them for fun.  In 1980 her dog training got serious after purchasing her first Doberman puppy.  Thatcher very quickly taught Judy that she had a lot to learn.  In the process of learning the art and skill of training a dog, Judy took advantage of every opportunity to meet and befriend the luminaries of the dog world.  Following their advice, in 1984 she founded the training school, Dealing With Dogs.
After a successful career, international TV series, awards, and many thousands of well-behaved puppies later, Judy still believes in the power of early puppy training.  To quote Dr. Ian Dunbar from Dog Star Daily, "early handling, socialization and training acts as a behavioral prophylactic and protects adolescent and adult dogs from ending up in shelters".
Now retired from business ownership, Judy is happily associated with the creative trainers at DWD who share her vision of kind, gentle and effective dog training.  Judy is Director of our apprentice program, mentoring new trainers to her high standards.

More than 30 years later, the biggest asset of the company is the instructors with the same vision that founded DWD:  train the puppies to stay in their homes.  Train with rules, rewards and love.
Judy is available for new puppy housecalls in Oakville

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Judy Emmert

Judy Emmert

Jackie Smith

Always a dog lover, Jackie followed her passion 20 years ago joining Dealing With Dogs as an assistant instructor. Immensely helpful in the dog training journey were Joanne Nimigan, Ann Chambers, Andrew Perkins and Judy Emmert. Continued education with seminars featuring Dr. Ian Dunbar, Patricia McConnell and Karen Pryor, Jackie became one of Dealing With Dogs instructors in 2007. In 2010, she bought the business, retired from instructing, and currently mans the office, and with her Border Collie Bryn, supervises the morning off leash.

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Jackie Smith

Jackie Smith