Holly has been working with dogs professionally for over 10 years and has successfully completed the Dog Trainer Foundations and the Puppy Start Right Preschool for Instructors courses through the world renowned Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior. Holly is currently awaiting her certified training partner accolades from the KPA Professional Dog Trainer Program. Holly prides herself in having the knowledge of the latest science-based and ethical techniques when working with all dogs. Other experience include working in a doggy daycare and as a grooming assistant. Holly opened Holly & Friends in 2009 in Whistler, BC and eventually moved to working for Alpine Dogs in 2011 . To stay current with the latest research Holly continues to educate herself by completing dog behaviour courses, webinars, attending conferences like Clicker Expo. Holly is also certified in canine first aid through DOGSAFE and is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and supporting member of the IAABC. Moving to Chilliwack, BC in 2018 Holly loves reading and exploring the outdoors with her border collie Annie and her six year old son.
All animals, no matter the species has a basic right to feel safe. When training I make a point at being transparent with both clients AND the dogs. I believe that all people and animals are to be treated with respect and dignity. Communication is key for everyone's voices to be heard and to make sure that all needs are being met. Punishment and aversive tools go against the ethics of Holly & Friends Dog Training and at no point will be tolerated. We are all sentient beings and need to be treated as such.
Through extensive research we know that it is the most effective way to train. Positive Reinforcement is not just a method but a way of life. I teach dogs the same way that I teach my kid and it's how I deal with people. I show what to do, help through encouragement, redirect any unwanted behaviours, and show respect. In turn, I get what I put out no matter the species. There is no need for punishment or aversive tools, (which can be yelling, leash corrections, forcefully moving a dog's body, choke/prong and e-collars) as these will only hinder relationships.
Please view the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour's Position Statement on the best training practices. This recognizes that the use of corrections & aversives are not needed for effective animal training & can hinder the animals' well being.