About Your Next Favourite Dog Trainer
My name is Zoë Hunter. I offer variety of reward- and choice-based, positive, relationship-centered, and force-free dog training services.
I am an Animal Behaviour College Certified Dog Trainer (ABCDT).
I am a member of an elite group of pet care professionals who have successfully demonstrated their comprehensive pet care knowledge and passion for pet safety by becoming a Certified Professional Animal Care Provider (CPACP) through the Professional Animal Care Certification Council.
I am also a Certified Trick Dog Instructor through Do More With Your Dog, a trick titling program recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club, and love helping pet parents build a bond of joy with their furry family member.
Dogs learn best when they are in a positive environment that is set up for them to succeed. I will help you to create a bond of trust, understanding, mutual respect, joy, and love with your canine companions; a bond that is free of fear, force, intimidation, and compulsion. Dogs thrive when they are both physically and mentally stimulated, and it is my passion to share this with each of you.
Certifications & Education
Puppy Politeness Poker | Suzanne Clothier Relationship Centered Training |October 2022
Fear Free Certified Professional | Fear Free Animal Trainer Program | August 2022
Relationship Assessment Tool | Suzanne Clothier Relationship Centered Training | May 2022
Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI) | Do More With Your Dog! | March 2021
Certified Professional Animal Care Provider (CPACP) | Professional Animal Care Certification Council | June 2020
Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer (ABCDT) | Animal Behavior College | September 2019
PetSaver Pet CPR, First Aid & Care | PetTech | January 2019
I share my life with two Australian Shepherds, Shepie and Rogue.
Shepie (6 years old) is my inspiration and has taught me way more than I can ever teach him or thank him for. Shepie and I have trained in obedience, trick, and disc, but our favourite activities together are canicross and any one-on-one time alone in the woods. Shepie is one of only 14 Australian Shepherds in all of Canada to earn the highest recognized trick title, Trick Dog Grand Champion title, as well as his Expert Trick Dog Masters title. Shepie is a sensitive soul and charms all who meet him.
Rogue (3 years old) loves everything life has to offer and if you join my group classes, you might meet him as he loves to help teach others. He has earned his Trick Dog Champion title, but he really shines on the agility field and earned his Agility Dog of Canada (ADC) title in his rookie agility season. Rogue has also earned his Starter Games Dog of Canada (SGDC) AAC Agility title, as well as his International Novice Dog (IND) and Speedstakes Beginner (SSB) title in the UK International Agility program. Rogue is a total dork with an incredible work ethic.
Both boys want something to do during every waking hour - and I love it! We spend most of our time exploring, hiking, and snowshoeing. When we are inside, we love brain games, enrichment activities, and learning new tricks.
They are my world, my heart, and a constant source of love, learning, and inspiration.