About Me - Kim MacMillan, BSc.
|As long as I can remember, I've always had a deep passion for animals great and small. I have had the privelege of growing up surrounded by animals - dogs in particular - since I was a young child, so it was almost a natural career path for me to focus my career choice in an animal-related field. I've always been very interested in how animals learn, and what causes them do what they do. In teenage years I became exposed to a particularly special little dog who showed me that often life isn't as simple as it first appears, and she exposed me to the vast world of the special needs dog, one who experiences behaviour issues that aren't easily *trained away*. In many ways it was the chance to live with her that led me along the path that I took to end up becoming a dog trainer.
I have been involved in dog training, both assisting and observing, and later on working with dogs on my own, for approximately ten years. After that I worked part-time at two different boarding kennels to gain experience in animal handling and interaction. I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree (BSc.) at the University of Prince Edward Island, where I completed a double major in both Psychology and Biology. My focus there was on animal behaviour, learning, motivation, and how environmental experiences and genetics affect behaviour. After graduating university, I became more heavily involved in dog sports with my own dogs (I had been involved in conformation showing prior), and I currently am competing in both Agility and Rally Obedience with them at this time. In order to gain further experience, I became a volunteer with the PEI Humane Society, in which I still volunteer my time when I can and help out with as many community events as possible.
My Dogs and I
My goal as not only a trainer, but as a fellow dog lover, is to continue learning. With every dog that I meet, and every family that I work with, it leaves an imprint in my life that is always remembered, and I learn something new from every experience that I face. I look forward to continuing to help others build healthy relationships with their new dog, to repair damaged relationships with current dogs, and to generally improve the relationships that dogs and people share on a day to day basis.
- Corey Ford