Best Paw Forward Dog Training was founded by Robyn Andexser in 2006. Robyn has worked with animals since she was just fifteen years old, beginning her animal training career with Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins and African Black footed Penguins. After moving to Nanaimo in 2005, Robyn expanded into the dog training world and studied all levels of obedience, dog care, behaviour problems, dog aggression, protection training, police K9 and search and rescue. She achieved her certification as a Master Dog Trainer, is a graduate from the Animal Care Aide program at Vancouver Island University, and is also a Certified Instructor for DOGSAFE Canine First Aid.
Robyn began her training career with her dog Rudy, a miniature Schnauzer who was a present one Christmas morning, and a very wise soul. He guided her to be calm, patient, and to also listen to what he wanted to teach her. Together they wanted to share this connection with other dogs and their humans, and Best Paw Forward was created. Rudy left this dimension at age 13 in 2015, but his presence as the original demo dog for Best Paw Forward can still be felt. There is still a demo dog in Robyn’s life, and that is Ty, the 12 year old Border Collie cross. Together they lead the classes, off leash hikes, and, of course, the DOGSAFE Canine First Aid course.