Paula Schneider is the owner operator of Chasing Tails Dog Obedience Training and a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers(CAPPDT). Paula became a certified trainer through Dennis Brunton of Brunton Canine Training Services who developed the Companion Concept Program of training (bruntoncaninetrainingservices.ca). This program is assessment based, taking into account such things as the age and breed of the dog and the owners’ experience as a handler.
Before becoming a trainer, Paula earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and started a career in Environmental Consulting in Calgary, Alberta. She grew up in the Okanagan and always planned a move back here. When the opportunity presented itself, she packed up and made her home in Westbank. She chose not to enter the environmental consulting field again but instead followed her passion for working with animals and became a certified trainer.
Paula believes there is no better way to establish a strong bond and leadership role with your dog than in training. She also believes that training should be made fun for the dog and handler. One way to accomplish this is through play. For example practice a short sit/stay before you toss the toy for your dog to fetch or before you allow him to introduce himself to another dog. Any opportunity to incorporate a little training throughout the day turns the chore of training into fun games that keep the dog interested and learning at the same time.