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Our Speakers

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Howdy folks, meet Kate! They are a 22 year old student dog trainer living on the coast of Vancouver Island with their partner and animals; Summit, Aspen, Calypso and Luna. They began studying under Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers in January 2021 and are on track to graduate in 2023. This is a two-year, part time virtual program that focuses on a comprehensive education in all aspects of aversive-free dog training, behavior modification, as well as client counseling and class teaching. They have had buckets of experience working with animals; the most notable of which includes working as a dog walker, a doggy daycare attendant, and training assistant at a local facility. As a passionate advocate for enriching animal welfare, they cannot wait to speak at PAW Festival, 2021!

Name: Jaeden Simpson

About the speaker: Jaeden has always had a strong passion for animals. To date, her and her family have been owners of hamsters, dogs, cats, fish, a bearded dragon, a leopard gecko, a skinny pig and a bunny. She has also taken care of a conure, volunteered at a horse farm for 4 years and spent 2 years working at Petland in Red Deer, Alberta.

Topic: Small animal care

Jaeden will be discussing care for Guinea pigs, hamsters, bunnies, sugar gliders and budgies along with providing some fun facts she has learned about these small animals over the years.

Contact: jaeden.simp@gmail.com

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Name: Dr. Em

About the speaker: Dr. Em is a veterinarian who grew up and attended undergrad in northern British Columbia before going to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation in 2012, Dr. Em moved back to western Canada to start practicing and has continued to develop her interest in behaviour modification. She also enjoys providing research-based education and has recently started a YouTube channel called Vet Med Corner where she posts videos that answer common questions people have about caring for their pets! In her free time, Dr. Em enjoys attending +R agility classes with her two-year-old Labrador Retriever, and teaching both her dog and cat cooperative care behaviours.

Business: Dr. Em has recently started a YouTube channel called Vet Med Corner where she provides more information on animal health.

Topic: The list of things that are emergencies and need immediate veterinary attention

In this lecture, Dr. Em covers symptoms you might notice at home for ten common emergency situations. You will also be treated to some cameos of her cat, Fezzik.

Dr. Em will be answering questions at the question-and-answer session from. 6:30pm – 7:00pm

Contact: vetmedcorner@gmail.com

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YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC64XB_0OeIWFhmN9ZmVSgMg

Speaker: Chantelle Atkinson 

About the speaker: Chantelle is a professional dog trainer who strives to build better relationships between handler and dog! Chantelle currently has 2 dogs of her own who compete in various different sports such as disc, agility, dock diving, barn hunt and more! Chantelle holds many certificates, achievements and continues to grow her education in hopes to help each handler grow and understand their companion a little more each and every day! 

Organization / Business: All Levels Canine Fitness & Training 

Topic: Fear aggression with dogs and dog jobs (enrichment)

Info on the topic: Fear reactivity is one of the most common behaviours I often see and work with. I often get told that “it came out of nowhere”, sometimes it goes much deeper mentally…. such as past traumas or little encounters that are hard to forget! Living with a reactive dog life can be a little complex at times, you must be selective on where you go for walks, who can or can’t come over, what trips you would like to do but can’t really do because you have to think about your dog. often times people have a hard time reading their dogs body language, finding their comfort zone and what motivates them…. a big thing that gets forgotten is enrichment activities, a fearful dog can truly benefit from having a job!! It can help them become more confident in themselves. So let’s take a dive into reactivity, learning and understanding your dog and how to implement enrichment into their lives can help them grow.

Social media- All Levels Canine Fitness & Training 

Contact information: Alllevelscanineft@hotmail.com

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Chantelle will be answering questions at the question-and-answer session from. 6:00pm – 6:30pm.