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.
Dog Training Apprentice
Ali grew up surrounded by pets and has always felt a deep love for nature and animals. She comes from a media studies and image arts background but is currently working on completing her Dog Training apprenticeship here at Pawsitive Plus. Three years ago Ali adopted her current pup, Mai, and in trying to build a strong loving bond with her, she began researching alternative training methods and reading about how dogs think. This passion for learning how to coexist with these wonderful animals spiraled into her wanting to work with them. She began working at a doggie daycare and moved to dog walking in Toronto, which she currently does now. Ali pretty quickly realized though that simply being around dogs wasn’t enough so soon after she came into contact with Gen. After a few meetings Ali happily joined the Pawsitive Plus team as an apprentice now working towards becoming a certified trainer and animal behaviourist.
Ali hopes to alter the dog and human training experience to a positive and fun one. She wishes to provide owners with the best tools to modify any unwanted behaviours while bonding with their pet and feel the rewarding experience in seeing their progress!
BSc, CAPPDT, CBATIABCDT, CAPPDT
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!
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.
Dog Training Apprentice
Megan is currently working as an apprentice dog trainer with Pawsitive Plus and assists in puppy training classes, games classes and snappy to happy classes. She has also assisted in a number of behavioural consults and finds all aspects of animal learning and behaviour modification fascinating and rewarding.
Megan began working with animals in horse riding stables and farms and went on to pursue a degree in Zoology from the University of Swansea, in the UK. Moving to Canada, Megan worked in pet stores, veterinary practices and at the Oakville and Milton Humane Society where she met Genevieve and became interested in dog training within a shelter environment. Megan moved to Sudbury to follow a career in environmental science but always had a passion for domestic animals. After being in the middle of a multi-dog fight in a small cabin, Megan realised her interests lay in animal behaviours and relationships and set about contacting Genevieve and moving back to the GTA to begin an apprenticeship and continue her education.
Megan loves to get out there on adventures and believes there is no better adventure partner than a four-legged friend and hopes to become certified through the Certified Council of Professional Dog Trainers as well as through Grisha Stewarts’ Behaviour Adjustment Training and continue to learn science-based, force free methods to help animals and their owners have best possible relationships and get out adventuring!