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BSc, CAPPDT, CBATI
Head Trainer & Canine Behaviour Specialist
Gen’s experience with dog training began when she was just 12 years old, volunteering at the Brampton Animal Shelter. Once she turned 13, she was hired on as a Kennel Attendant, spending her breaks, lunches and after hours in the kennels of the dogs she could see needed her the most. Since then, the majority of Gen’s life has been dedicated to learning everything she could about animal behaviour, and improving the lives of all animals around her. Prior to running, and co-owning Pawsitive Plus Dog Training and Consulting Service Ltd., Gen developed, organized, and trained staff and volunteers for the Canine Behaviour Program at the Oakville and Milton Humane Society.
Gen strongly believes that working with animals to modify behaviour requires an education and a full understanding of animal behaviour. As a result, she has achieved a zoology degree at the University of Guelph focussing on animal behaviour. Since completing her degree, she has kept current with all new and upcoming training methods by being both an attendee and speaker at behaviour seminars and conferences. Gen has completed several Animal Behaviour and Welfare graduate courses at the University of Guelph, and has even spent time working with wolves at Wolf Park Indiana. Her expertise in improving shelter living and environment enrichment for shelter dogs lead her to becoming a speaker at the CAPPDT conference 2011.
While Gen has achieved many certificates in the area of animal behaviour, she is most proud and excited about her achievement as a Certified Behaviour Adjustment Instructor (CBATI) in November 2013. She is the first in the GTA (and perhaps Ontario) to design a full program specifically developed to rehabilitate dogs with fear and frustration aggression using Grisha Stewart’s concept of BAT; this is Pawsitive Plus’ “Snappy to Happy” program.
Gen currently shares her life with her husband, 2 human baby girls, 2 cats, and Olive and Pepper, 2 energetic Boston Terriers you will see helping out with classes.
Trainer & Canine Behaviour Specialist
For over 10 years Sarah has been working in the animal care field in a variety of capacities. She has worked as a veterinary assistant, dog walker, a shelter adoptions manager, and has written about all things pets-related for Bell Media, Dogbook and American Pet Magazine to name a few. She currently writes for the Canadian Kennel Club blog, The Dish.
It was during her time at the Oakville and Milton Humane Society that Sarah met Gen and they become fast friends. Soon after starting at the shelter she began assisting Gen with her Behaviour Program, training dogs when she was off-duty.
In 2014, Sarah moved to San Diego, California, where she worked alongside a local rescue organization to implement a kennel enrichment program in the three county shelters. She trained volunteers and shelter staff on how to tap into not just the physical needs of the animals in their care, but their mental and emotional needs as well. It was during this time that she knew her true calling was as a dog trainer. When she returned to Toronto, Sarah called upon her good friend, Gen, and began her journey with Pawsitive Plus.
Sarah currently shares her home with her Boston Terriers, Remy and Ira, who you will see assisting in our Snappy to Happy classes.
Sandra is the owner of Pets in the City (Burlington-Hamilton, ON), through which she offers professional pet care services like dog walking, cat sitting, training and boarding. She is certified in Dog Obedience Behaviour, receiving her certification through Animal Behaviour College in 2011. In 2013, Sandra is became certified in Canine Massage and Trigger Point Therapy, specializing in therapeutic, athletic, and senior canines through Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure & Massage.
It was while Sandra was volunteering at the Oakville & Milton Humane Society she had the privilege of learning and working with Genevieve. This time spent at the shelter with Gen provided the opportunity to work with some very special dogs. One of those dogs was Louie, Sandra’s beloved Chocolate Labrador Retriever. It didn’t take long for her to realize that they needed to be together, and you will rarely see Sandra without Louie by her side!
Carleen is currently working as a dog training apprentice with Pawsitive Plus under the tutelage of Genevieve Reisinger and Sarah Hosick. She has actively participated in puppy training, Snappy to Happy classes and a wide-variety of dog behaviour workshops. She has also been a volunteer dog walker/ trainer for over six-years with the Oakville Milton Humane Society, working with all types of behaviours, and helping a wide variety of dogs get ready to find their forever families.
In her day job, Carleen is the Director of Communications and Engagement with the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network. She is an accredited public relations executive with experience in the political, private and public sectors. Her dream job is to work with dogs and engage in public relations that support education and awareness of the benefits of positive training.
In her spare time, you can find Carleen going for long walks with her Golden Retriever rescue dog Spencer, or hanging out with her sons, Michael and Daniel.