Hi! I’m Maren
Head Trainer at Paw In Hand

And it’s no secret that I love dogs. But more than anything, I love seeing your dog’s potential and helping you to enjoy a fun, safe and stress-free relationship with him.

My goal as a trainer is to employ feel-good training methods that you can use to have fun with your dog while teaching her desirable behaviours. Because with every experience your dog has, behaviour is being learned — whether good or bad!

I have helped many families in the Sea to Sky Corridor enjoy a life-long mutual partnership with their favourite furry friends

And I am committed to the overall physical, mental and emotional well-being of your dog (and you!). By promoting a caring relationship, you can become your dog’s number one champion.

For more than two decades I have used science-based positive training techniques to educate and train dogs and people

Because let’s be honest…I coach you and train your dog!

Am I Qualified To Train Your Dog?

Yes! I am a highly skilled and experienced dog trainer. I hold a CPDT-KA certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).

What does this mean, exactly? It means to qualify even to take the exam I needed:

a minimum of 300 hours of experience

references from a veterinarian, client and colleague

to have passed a comprehensive, psychometrically sound examination testing my knowledge of learning theory, canine ethology, animal husbandry, classroom management, teaching techniques and more

But that’s not all…I rely on varied techniques from my training toolbox to teach manners, skills and successfully build a trusting relationship between you and your best furry friend.

Want to see all of my credentials?

Click here to see who has inspired and taught me….the list is long and always growing. I am dedicated to pursuing education and training opportunities whenever I can as it’s how I stay current with new evidence-based techniques.

And I transfer those skills and knowledge into helping you and your dog succeed.

I have always loved animals…

But dogs have always held the biggest space in my heart!

Over the last 30 years I’ve trained and competed in various activities with my dogs, including agility, obedience, Rally-O and flyball. For many years I was a SuperDog team member at the PNE, and in 1989 I formed the Sea to Sky Canine Sports Club, led agility classes for a number of years and continue to participate in community demonstrations.

Employment as an Animal Control Assistant, a grooming assistant and a practical nurse, round out my official experience, while years of hiking and working with dogs fills the many different aspects that a dog service professional encounters.

Having raised my family with pets, I fully understand and appreciate the challenges faced by busy families — behavioural issues can easily develop when a dog’s needs are not being fully met.

But overcoming problems with my own dogs was a rewarding journey and reinforced my belief that positive training really does work.

I often hear murmurs of people referring to me as the dog whisperer, but I prefer dog listener!

I’ve worked with dogs of all shapes and sizes with different temperaments, needs and motivations. I’ve also personally owned dogs from the official dog groups: Hound, terrier, working, herding, sporting and toy breed too!

My vision is to build a community where humans and dogs live in harmony…on the trails, in your home and out and about in town.

Suzanne Clothier

“A good working relationship with any animal is like a wonderful dance – smooth, joyful and the result of two partners who clearly understand each other.”

Chief Dan George

“If you talk with the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. 
If you do not talk to them you will not know them, and what you do not know you will fear. What one fears, one destroys.”

AA Milne

“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.”

Albert Camus

“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”

Author unknown

“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.”

St. Francis of Assis

“Seek first to understand; then to be understood.”

Suzanne Clothier

“We have to be, if we claim to be our dog’s best friends, the kind of friend we would like for ourselves.”

Abraham Lincoln

“Violence begins where knowledge ends.”

Benjamin Franklin

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way it’s animals are treated.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”

Suzanne Clothier

“The DOG does not need to be lowered in rank so much as the PEOPLE need
 to act like people worth listening to.”

Charles M. Schultz

“Happiness is a warm puppy.”