“Who dares to teach should never cease to learn.”

~ John Cotton Dana

Valerie attends as many educational conferences and seminars as she can.  It’s important to keep up to date with new advances and information in order to be as effective and knowledgeable as possible. The following is a fairly complete list of her continuing education so far:

August 2013, North Vancouver, BC
Robyn Hood
Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Training
Foundation Program

March to September 2012, Vancouver, BC
Karen Pryor Academy
Dog Trainer Professional Certification Program

October 2010, Victoria, BC
Canwest Veterinary Conference
Dr. Karen Overal, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, CAAB
Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, Psychiatry Department, University of Pennsylvania

  • “Separation Anxiety and Other Common Anxieties”
  • “Truly Humane Behavioral Interventions: Understanding How Pets Learn”
  • “Understanding Dogs That Fight”
  • “Understanding Normal Dog Behaviour”
  • “Understanding Normal Cat Behaviour”
  • “Feline Aggression”
  • “Behavioral Pharmacology”

June 2010, Calgary, AB
CAPPDT Annual 3-day conference
(Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers)

  • Karen Pryor (Clicker Training – Science, Methods and Principles)
  • Gail Fisher (Dominance Myths; Training to a Reliable Behaviour)
  • Sue Ailsby (Training Levels)
  • Steve White (Canine Body Language; Complex Behaviours)
  • Mona Keith (African Savannah Keeper at the Calgary Zoo – Clicker Training Zoo Animals)

November 2009, North Vancouver, BC
Catherine Stewart
Introductory Tellington Touch (TTouch) Workshop

October 2009, Oakland, California, USA
APDT Annual 5-day conference (Association of Professional Dog Trainers)

  • Brian Hare, PhD (The Evolution of the Cognitive Dog and What It Tells Us About Our Own Origins)
  • Turid Rugaas (Coping With Life)
  • Bob Bailey and Jean Donaldson  (An Informal Discussion)
  • Emily Levine, DVM, MRCVS Dipl, ACVB (Anxiety and Fear: Physiology and Behaviour)
  • Sue Sternberg (Ethogram of Fear and Anxiety)
  • Kathy Sdao, MA, CAAB (Fear – Identifying Triggers and Resolving the Problem)
  • Nicole Wilde, CPDT-KA (Working With Fearful Dogs)
  • Pia Silvani, CPDT-KA (Fear and Anxiety)
  • Doug Kneuvan, DVM, CAC, CVA, CVCH (Alternative Medicine for Fear and Anxiety)
  • Ian Dunbar, PhD, MRCVS, CPDT-KA (Fear and Loathing and Separation Fun)
  • Terry Ryan (Hands On Workshop – Clicker Training Chickens)
  • Sarah Whitehead, BA (Hons), MSc (Puppy Classes)
  • Steve White, CPDT-KA (Scenting / Tracking)
  • Gail Fisher (Training a Thinking Dog:  The Advantages of Marker Training)
  • Pia Silvani (Challenging Adolescents)
  • Gail Fisher (Training Calmness, Relaxation and Self Control)
  • Sarah Whitehead, BA (Hons), MSc (Understanding a Dog’s Emotional State and It’s Effect on Behaviour)
  • Veronica Boutelle, MA Ed, CTC and Gina Phairas, Bsc Comms, CTC (Designing the Best Classes in Town)
  • Kathy Sdao, MA, CAAB (See, Mark and Reward Training)
  • Steve White, CPDT-KA (Harnessing the Power of Anticipation)
  • Sherry Woodard (No More Homeless Pets –

June 2009, Sequim, Washington, USA
Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz and Kellie Snider MS
Constructional Aggression Treatment
“A New Approach to Treating Aggression”

April 2009, Langley, BC, Canada
Nicole Wilde
Working with Fearful Dogs, Creative Client Coaching

March 2009, Denton Texas, USA
University of North Texas, Department of Behaviour Analysis, “Great Minds Conference”
The Art and Science of Animal Training:  Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going?

  • Bob Bailey
  • Alexandra Kurland
  • Steve Martin
  • Kay Laurence
  • Ken Ramirez
  • Steve White
  • Jesus Rosales-Ruiz

October 2008, Victoria, BC, Canada
Jean Donaldson
Dog Evolution and Behaviour

February 2007, Richmond, BC, Canada
Dr. Patricia McConnell

October 2007, Portland, Oregon, USA
APDT Annual 5-Day Conference (Association of Professional Dog Trainers)

  • Jean Donaldson
  • Roger Fouts
  • Leslie Nelson
  • Patricia McConnell
  • Chris Bach
  • Ian Dunbar
  • Kathy Sdao
  • Roger Abrantes
  • Pam Reid
  • Pia Silvani
  • Trish King
  • Karen Overall

January 2007, Victoria, BC, Canada
Brenda Aloff
Dog Aggression

2006, San Diego, California, USA
Dr. Ian Dunbar

September 2006, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
APDT Annual 5-Day Conference (Association of Professional Dog Trainers)

  • Susan Garrett
  • Jennifer Messer
  • R.K. Anderson
  • Karen Pryor
  • Nicole Wilde
  • Ken Ramirez
  • Patricia McConnell
  • Sheila Harper
  • Ray Coppinger
  • Ian Dunbar
  • Roger Abrantes
  • Emma Parsons

July 2006, Victoria, BC, Canada
Suzanne Clothier

April 2006, Abbotsford, BC, Canada
Pat Miller

January 2006, Sooke, BC, Canada
Brenda Aloff

September 2005, Richmond, BC, Canada
Dr. Roger Abrantes

April 2005, Richmond, BC, Canada
Ian Dunbar Instructors’ Course

July 2004, Victoria, BC, Canada
Suzanne Clothier

March 2003, Vancouver, BC, Canada
CAPPDT Conference (Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers)

  • Donna Duford
  • Jennifer Messer
  • Thomi Glover
  • Dr. Shelley Breadner
  • Sue Sternberg
  • Dr. Ian Dunbar

2002, Richmond, BC, Canada
Sue Sternberg
Dog Aggression

2002, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Turid Rugaas

April 2002, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Ian Dunbar Instructors’ Course