Talent Hounds Spotlight on Canadian Dog Trainers

The Talent Hounds Casting Call for subjects and experts to appear in the Talent Hounds Film and on the website has begun! We believe in developing a dog’s full potential through training. Training allows you to shape and build desirable behaviours and talents and bring out the best in your dog. So we wanted to share a little bit about some of the wonderful Canadian Training experts we have seen or talked to so far:

  • Cheryl Orletsky, Holiday Pet Care, Dog Guru 
  • Danielle  LeVangie, The Red Barn Event Centre   
  • Gillian Ridgeway, Who’s Walking Who Dog Training Centres
  • Heather Mcleod, RUFFSPORT
  • Lucinda Glenny, CPDT
-KA, Canine Campus
  • Renee deVilliers, All About Dogs

Renee deVilliers, Owner and Head Trainer, All About Dogs

Quote: “Let us help you bring out the best in your dog!”

All About Dogs has a spacious 14,000 sq foot facility located in Toronto, with 2 large training halls and a dedicated puppy training room, all equipped with sports flooring for cushion and traction. All About Dogs assists pet owners in raising and training dogs through informative and interactive training programs from early socialization to adulthood as positive training is the best way to create a happy and confident dog who understands what is expected of him. Head trainer and program director Renee deVilliers has developed a highly successful reward based program. It is derived from learning theory and behavioural science and is humane, practical and effective.  Training and behaviour problems are resolved without punishment-based techniques, as those technique commonly result in fear, aggression, or deterioration of the bond between dog and owner. All our programs provide an opportunity for recreational and social activities that benefit dogs and their owners: Agility, Disc Dog, Musical Freestyle, Flyball, Scent Work, Show Handling, Rally-O, Competitive Obedience, Dog Fitness & Conditioning class, Canine Nutrition Seminars & Pet First Aid certificate courses. Group classes and private lessons are available all year round, with plenty of parking and easily accessed by TTC.


Lucinda Glenny, Owner and Head Trainer, Canine Campus

Quote: “Positive reinforcement and humane training methods is our golden rule.   We don’t need force to train a happy working dog!”

Canine Campus, owned by top trainer Lucinda Glenny CPDT-KA, was awarded Top Training Facility Markham area 2011 and serves Markham, Stouffville, Richmond Hill and Thornhill. The facility provides award winning dog training classes, in-home behavior consults and doggie daycare.  Specializing in anxiety and aggression issues, Canine Campus has been consistently recommended by breeders and vets to help solve the most difficult situations. Every dog deserves the best and Canine Campus is committed to providing individual attention, with a maximum of 30 dogs per day in doggie daycare and no more than 8 for every dog training class.  For more information, visit Canine Campus.

Heather Mcleod, Owner and Head Trainer, RUFFSPORT

Quote: Learning how to use a clicker was the best shaping tool idea since sliced bread… remember, “what  you click is what you get.”

RUFFSPORT provides private and group dog training classes in Dog Sport Foundation, Agility, Disc, Basic Manners/Obedience, Dock Jumping, Tricks, and Flyball.  Ruffsport’s classes are held at The Red Barn Event Centre, in Barrie Ontario.  Heather has been training dogs for over ten years. She attended one of the best agility training facilities in North America—Say Yes Dog Training in Ancaster, Ontario. Heather believes in always being positive but Say Yes taught her that being positive is not the same thing as being permissive. A trainer has to focus on shaping behaviours, rewarding the correct choices and knowing when and where to reward. This includes relationship building and fostering a desire to play!

Danielle LeVangie, The Red Barn Event Centre  

At the Red Barn Event Centre they host classes, seminars, workshops, special events and events in numerous dog sport disciplines, indoors and out, all year long. The 13,000 sq ft building with in-floor radiant heating and fantastic lighting includes a 9000 sq ft agility ring with rubber sports flooring and 10 mm eco-padding.

Cheryl Orletsky, Founder and Director, Holiday Pet Care and Dog GuruFacilitating harmony between people and their pets.

Quote: Maximize the enjoyment and fun that comes from owning a dog and taking a control (using positive methods) and understanding behaviour.

Cheryl Orletsky is the Founder and Director of Holiday Pet Care, the highly successful Dog Daycare & Cagefree Boarding Centre, Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Service serving York Region since 1998.  She is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers (CAPPDT), the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), and is a licensed presenter for DogGone Safe.

Gillian Ridgeway, Owner and Director, Who’s Walking Who Dog Training Centres

Quote: I do believe there is simply no substitute for experience.  There should be no reprimand before education. Dogs, and their people should be taught using motivational and respectful techniques.  In this way, we will continue to capture the joy of our dogs. And isn’t that what living with a dog is all about.

Gillian is the Director of Who’s Walking Who Dog Training Centres in Toronto and Ajax.  Gillian is a founding member in good standing of both the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers and International Positive Dog Trainers Association.  Gillian believes that education combined with experience is the key to helping clients teach, and manage, their dogs. Gillian entertains and educates dog owners through her Puppy Points and Dog Sense Seminars.  Who’s Walking Who has been serving the greater GTA since 1989, and now has 3 locations. Gillian is a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto, using dogs to shed light on learning theory to the psychology students.  She shares her life with her 2 canine buddies, Yardley and Noah.

Watch this blog for more training tips and information.

We are always on the lookout for talented trainers. If you would like to get involved with Talent Hounds please contact: info@talenthounds.ca


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