This isn’t just my business, it’s my passion.

Maren Bruun, Sea To Sky Country’s only CPDT-KA* certified trainer, brings more than two decades of experience, education and insight to each and every customized canine encounter. Relying upon a vast array of techniques from within her training toolbox, Maren is able to successfully build a trusting relationship and optimize the overall partnership between you and your loved family pet.

Maren is the only trainer in Sea To Sky Country to hold a CPDT-KA certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).

What is a CPDT-KA?

Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed

Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed

This indicates that a dog trainer has a minimum of 300 hours of experience; references from a veterinarian, client, and colleague; and has passed a comprehensive, psychometrically sound examination testing the dog trainer’s knowledge of learning theory, canine ethology, animal husbandry, classroom management, teaching techniques, and more.

Why independent certification?

Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Certification could refer to a number of different things. … does not necessarily mean … 
Did you know that a person could take a 2 week course from the local XYZ dog school could become certified?

Everything you need to know about trainer certifications:

Memberships and Certifications


BC SPCA’s animal welfare accreditation and referral program for animal-related businesses

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants logo

International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants

Family Paws Parent Education logo

Family Paws Parent Education
Dogs & Storks, Dogs & Toddlers Programs*

Association of Animal Behavior Professionals logo

Association of Animal Behavior Professionals

Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers logo

Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers
CPDT-KA Certificate*

The Pet Professional Guild logo

The Pet Professional Guild

Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Association of Professional Dog Trainers

*Licensed or certified. Why it matters!

Other Memberships

  • District of Squamish – Business Licence
  • Chamber of Commerce member
  • Dog*Biz
  • ProFur

Ongoing Education and Professional Development


  • Animal Behaviour Consulting: Principles and Practice – IAABC
  • A-Z Aggression Cases – Michael Shikashio
  • Practical Puppy Training Workshop – Chirag Patel
  • Animal Kind Accreditation – BC SPCA


  • BCSPCA Animal Behaviour Science Symposium
  • PPG Training and Behaviour Workshop – Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Utah – April 22 – 28
  • Fear Threshold: How to use it to help dogs overcome fears – Tracy Krulik CTC, CSAT


  • Fear Free and Clinical Animal Behavior – Dr. Kenneth Martin
  • Reducing Reactivity, Fear & Anxiety in Dogs – Dr. Kenneth Martin
  • Problem Puppies in Puppy Kindergarten – Teoti Anderson
  • But My Dog Isn’t Food Motivated – Kathy Sdao
  • Changing Perspectives about Canine Spay and Neuter – Dr. Nancy Kay
  • Separation Anxiety Mission Possible – Malena DeMartini


  • Building Resilience in Dogs – Dr. Patricia McConnell
  • The Approach and Flow of Behavior Case Management – Niki Tudge
  • Training Mechanics to Help Develop Impulse Control – Jolein VanWeparen


  • ABA – Living and Learning with Animals – Dr. Susan Friedman
  • Dog-Dog Interactions – Susanne Clothier


  • Making the Impossible – Possible! – Ken Ramirez
  • Observation Skills, Arousal – Suzanne Clothier


  • The RCT Approach to Reactive Dogs – Suzanne Clothier
  • Understanding and Preventing Canine Aggression – Julie Shaw
  • Introduction to K9 Nose Work (R) – Ron Galt
  • Karen Pryor Clicker Expo – Portland, Oregon


  • APDT Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers Conference
  • Dogs and Storks – Family Paws Parent Education – Presenter Course
  • The Dog and Baby Connection – Family Paws Parent Education – Presenter Course
  • Coaching People to Train Their Dogs – Legacy Canine, Terry Ryan
  • Creative Client Coaching & Helping Fearful Dogs – Nicole Wilde
  • So many choices – Kathy Sdao
  • One On One Instructor Training Course – Pia Silvani

1990 – 2009

  • Numerous Agility Training workshops (from Robert Harlow in 1990 – Susan Garrett in 2009)


  • The Science of Learning – Jean Donaldson


  • APDT Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers – National Conference
  • Intensive Trainers Workshop – Suzanne Clothier
  • Biology of Emotion in People and Dogs – Patricia McConnell
  • Dogs Playtime and Fighting – Pia Silvani
  • Clicker Training – Sue Ailsby


  • A Peaceable Paws – Pat Miller
  • 3 Day Aggression Seminar – Dr. Ian Dunbar
  • If Dogs Could Speak – Suzanne Clothier
  • Playtime: Win, Lose or Draw – Pia Silvani
  • If Dogs Could Talk – Suzanne Clothier
  • Canine Social Behaviour and Behaviour Dog Problems – Roger Abrantes
  • Aggression – Brenda Aloff


  • Behaviour Problems in Dogs – John Rogerson

2001 – 2005

  • CAPPDT Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers – Conferences, 2005,2004, 2003,2001


  • Dog Smart – Trainer Apprenticeship Program – Level II


  • Instructors Course – Dr. Ian Dunbar
  • Calming Signals in Dogs – Turid Rugaas

1990 – 2000

  • Animal Control Officer Dog Handling Course – Custom Canine – 2000
  • Meeting of the Minds – Terry Ryan – 1995
  • How Dogs Learn – Dr. A. Luescher, Dr. D. McKeown, Dr. J. Halip – University of Guelph – 1994
  • Motivational Training – Wendy Volhard – 1993
  • Obedience Training Seminar – Janice DeMello – 1992
  • A Dogs Eye View to Training – Robert Harlow – 1990
  • Canine Behaviour, Aggression and Puppy Training – Dr. Ian Dunbar – 1990