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

Certifications

Maren is the only trainer in Sea To Sky Country to hold both AnimalKind Accreditation from the BCSPCA as well as CPDT-KA certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).

Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed – CPDT-KA

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. Continuing education is required to keep certification current.

BC SPCA AnimalKind Accreditation

This requires adherence to a strict set of standards, and using only reward-based, humane training methods that are effective and are human and dog friendly. I follow a strict set of standards and am audited by the BC SPCA.

Animal Kind BCSPCA ACCREDITED

Memberships

We are members of the following organizations so that you can be assured of professional excellence, ethical conduct and transparency about the training methods we use.

Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Association of Professional Dog Trainers

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants logo

International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants

The Pet Professional Guild logo

The Pet Professional Guild

Family Paws Parent Education logo

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

Other

  • District of Squamish – Business Licence
  • Squamish Chamber of Commerce – Member
  • PROfur – Insurance for Canadian Pet Care Professionals
  • Dog*Biz – Professional Affiliate

Professional Development

Maren is dedicated to pursuing educational and training opportunities to stay abreast of innovations in dog training and behaviour and in turn to help her human and canine clients succeed.

2019

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

2018

  • 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

2017

  • 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

2016

  • 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

2014

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

2013

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

2012

  • 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

2011

  • 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)

2008

  • The Science of Learning – Jean Donaldson

2007

  • 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

2006

  • 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

2005

  • Behaviour Problems in Dogs – John Rogerson

2001 – 2005

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

2004

  • Dog Smart – Trainer Apprenticeship Program – Level II

2002

  • 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

Community

BCSPCA
Paw in Hand regularly donates services, products and monetary contributions.
Personally, Maren has been involved with the Sea to Sky Branch for over a decade, volunteering in different aspects and sitting on the council for a number of terms.
https://spca.bc.ca/locations/sea-to-sky/

Responsible Dog Owners’ Group of Squamish (RDOGS)
Passionate about responsible dog ownership, Maren was a co-founder of RDOGS which was a registered society from 2015 – 2019.
“The purpose of our Society is to advocate and inspire a culture of responsible dog ownership through positive initiatives that benefit the whole community.”