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The Puppy-Perfect Team


 Our team of instructors, whose combined experience exceeds 70 years, is committed to providing families and individuals with the most successful current motivational training and behavioural modification. 

We focus on creating a calm and comfortable atmosphere that's fun and educational.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Puppy-Perfect Team


 Our team of instructors, whose combined experience exceeds 70 years, is committed to providing families and individuals with the most successful current motivational training and behavioural modification. 

We focus on creating a calm and comfortable atmosphere that's fun and educational.

 

 

 

 

 

Ann Jackson


Owner and Team Leader

Ann Jackson


Owner and Team Leader

Dogs are my life.

I founded Puppy-Perfect Start in 1984.  I'm married to Pete and have one adult son, Graham.  My Labrador, Dana recently passed away.  Dogs have been a part of my family's life since I was a small child.  This has really instilled in me the importance of the dog in the family.  Everything I have accomplished in my life from the early childhood passion and companionship of dogs, through veterinary assistant jobs, and finally BCIT and University, has lead me to today.  My full day includes in-home visits to families and their dogs and giving the lectures to our classes.  I raised all my dogs from puppyhood, Dana being the most recent.  All the different developmental stages, behaviours and problems one must go through, has kept everything fresh in my mind.  I know what "works".  My specialty is encouraging successful relationships between individuals, families and their dog by providing the knowledge and expertise they need to accomplish their goals.  I continue to upgrade my education on a regular basis.

 

Credentials

A life of companionship with dogs (Maxine, Max, Jack, Max, Faye, Peg, Bee, Dana & Keeva)

Over 35 years as a professional canine behaviour consultant and trainer and owner of Puppy-Perfect Start

28 years as certified canine behaviour consultant

20 years as a North Shore Continuing Education Instructor

12 years as a guest of the Rafe Mair radio talk show

Appeared frequently on TV- Life Network's, The Gentle Doctor Series, and other pet series

 

Education

Agriculture graduate - BCIT
Canine Management course - BCIT
Wildlife Management course - BCIT

Kindergarten and behaviour consultant courses - Ian Dunbar, foremost authority on canine behaviour

Play Motivational Training Courses - Robert Harlow, England trainer

Instructor training (adults and children) – NSCE

Calming Signals – Turid Rugass, Norwegian Researcher of canine behaviour

Holistic Medicine and Homeopathy – Seminar by McCutcheon DVM

Ongoing conference courses presented by APDT and CAPPD

Fears, Phobias and Aggression in the Canine - University of Guelph

 

Certifications

Advanced Canine Behaviour - University of Guelph Levels 1 & 2

Fears, Phobias and Aggressions in the Canine - University of Guelph (Spring 2004)

Advanced Canine Behaviour Therapy - Fisher, Neville, and Walker

Canine Behavioral Problems - Professional animal behaviour Associates -University of Guelph

"Bite-O-Meter": - Advanced Behavior Observations Workshop - Sue Sternburg (Olympia, Washington)(2009)

'Dog - Dog Group Dynamics:  Healthy Interaction vs. Aggression - Sue Sternburg (Olympia, Washington)(2009)

Aggression, Territorial, Resource Guarding, Dog Aggression with John Rogerson (Olympia, Washington)(2010)

 

Memberships

Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)

Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers (CAPPDT)

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Instructors


Instructors


Sally Chambers

Senior Instructor

My husband Mike Kaffka and I plus ‘v12 Merlin” form a pack of three. ‘Merlin’  is a sixty pound marvellous monster – comprised of Blue Heeler, Blue Tick Hound and Lab.  The head honcho of our pack can change according to the situation! I have had a lifelong love for animals which began as a child growing up on the North Shore and in the Okanagan on Skaha Lake.  In the past twenty five years my passion led to a much loved career working with dogs and their people.  I have been very fortunate to work under the noble tutelage of Ann Jackson for years and have taken many courses to enhance my knowledge and understanding of dogs and their behaviour. I am a Certified Practitioner of Tellington Ttouch, a gentle approach for influencing the behaviour, health and performance of animals. I find this work to be an amazing compliment to my work in dog obedience classes. As well as teaching many dog classes on the North Shore I am pleased to include in my services in home dog obedience and lessons in TTellington. Lastly  -  but most important – I believe “keep a sense of humour, have fun and keep dog training in perspective.

 

 

Caroline Gheseger

 Instructor

My love of dogs goes back for as long as I can remember.  I can't imagine my home without a dog or two, or three!  I have worked with Ann since 2003 and have learned a lot of invaluable information from her on dog behaviour in that time.  I am also a certified canine good neighbour evaluator and am pleased to be able to teach this class to help you prepare for the twelve test exam that we host at least twice per year.

Since those early years I have also discovered a passion for competitive dog showing.  We have titled our dog in obedience, rally obedience, draft, water rescue, and conformation.  Both of my children have competed in junior handling successfully.  My son has decided that hockey and his dirt bike are more his kind of activities now, but my daughter has excelled in dog sport with our Newfoundland dog.  she has put many obedience titles on him herself.  As well as showing him to his Grand Championship in conformation, she has been the best overall junior handler in BC for the past four years.  This has become a family hobby I hope will continue for some time yet.

I really enjoy teaching and assisting in the classes, it is an opportunity to meet many wonderful families and their dogs, and do what I can to help support a good relationship between the two.  Whether its your goal to have a well mannered family pet, or advanced training with the possibility of competing, I am thrilled to help with both.

ALISON CRADDOCK

Instructor

I am married with three children: Jack is 16 years old, Joey is 11 and Ella is 7. I have been training with Ann for 17 years. I teach Kindergarten, Beginners and Advanced Beginners and have experience teaching and evaluating the “Canine Good Citizen” program. I have a BA in psychology from UBC and a LLB from Cambridge University. I have attended seminars to continue my education in dog training and also read as much as I can on the subject to keep up to date. I have always loved animals, especially dogs, and my family and I have a 5 year old Newfoundland called Finn. I understand well the challenges of raising a family at the same time as training a dog and feel my strength lies in this understanding. I can help overscheduled families give their dogs the training they need.

Nancy Hourston

Assistant

I am single and retired. I love animals and have always had a dog in my life. I met Ann 23 years ago when I took my second german shepherd Diaz to her obedience classes. I later, with Diaz, went on to do beginners and intermediate tracking classes with "Human dog leadership". My third german shepherd, Mae turned out to be a difficult dog, and I learned a lot about managing anagressive dog. I have ten years of experience with this type of behavior. I have a dog walking business, in which I do private on leash walks only. I especially enjoy working with young dogs, teaching the basic obedience skills. I have started working as an assistant in Sally and Caroline's classes, and find it interesting and rewarding. The progress that the dogs make is remarkable. The puppies that get a good start are so much further ahead. I am now the proud owner of a two year old black field lab named Casey, who is currently assisting at the classes.

 

Debby Heiliger

Assistant

Hi, I'm Debby Heiliger and have been a long time resident of the North Shore. I was born an animal lover and knew at an early age that I would work in the animal field. At the age of 15,  I started volunteering at the West Vancouver S.P.C.A., after graduating I began my 37 year career as Manager at that shelter. During that time I attended courses, seminars and learned from hands on experience, increasing my knowledge of animal health and welfare. My own dog, Hunter, was challenged with health and behavioral issues which I learned to manage to give him a stress free and happy life. Currently I'm self employed on the North Shore providing Pet services, house sitting and individual dog walks. Having known Ann for many years, it has been my pleasure to join her and her excellent staff as an assistant. I look forward to meeting you and your dogs in class.