I am an Associate Certified Member in the Dog Division of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, hold a Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior from the University of Washingon, am a Certified Training Partner of the Karen Pryor Academy and a Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI).
I strongly believe in increased professionalism and continuing education for professional dog trainers and I am a founding member and currently serving as President of PACTA BC - Professional Animal Care and Training Association of BC. I maintain membership in many other organizations, including the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers, the Pet Professional Guild and the Behavior Education Network.
I am a licensed Be A Tree presenter with Doggone Safe, a non-profit organization dedicated to dog bite prevention through education and dog bite victim support. The Be a Tree programme is a seminar program for elementary school children that teaches dog body language and how to act safely around dogs. Through the sponsorships of Cowichan Canine, I offer the Be a Tree dog bite prevention program free of charge to schools, scout groups and similar community groups.
From time to time, I serve as an expert witness in the Provincial Court of BC in cases relating to dangerous dogs.