Sheila Gunston IP-CBC, FPPE       
Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant, Certified (licensed) Family Paws Parent Educator and board member of the Alberta Force Free Alliance proudly serving Red Deer, Ponoka County and area!                                                                    

Specializing in Complex Behavior and always working within the Laws of Learning Theory, using Force Free, Positive Reinforcement methods and the Bond Based Approach.  I am a proud board member of the Alberta Force Free Alliance (AFFA), working towards positive change in the dog world.

About Us

Sheila Gunston IP-CBC, FPPE

*Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant (IP-CBC) 

*Certified Family Paws Parent Educator 2020 license holder (FPPE)

*Proud board member of the Alberta Force Free Alliance (AFFA)

*Canine Training Professional member with The Pet Professional Guild (PPG)

*Liability insured

*Earned a Dog Obedience Instructor/Trainer Certificate (2013)

*Completed a 2yr Certified Dog Training/Dog Behavior Apprenticeship Program (2015) with Catherine Harbord of Impawsible Possible (Calgary)

*Pet First Aid Certified by Walks 'N' Wags Pet First Aid 

*Attended the 3 day Bond Based Choice Teaching (BBCT) seminar in Georgia, Feb 2016

*Attended Debbie Jacob's Fearful Dogs Seminar Sept 2017

*Completed Ian Dunbar's online Growl Class - A Workshop for Reactive Dogs Oct 2016

*Attended Dr Karen Overall's Immersion Weekend in Canine and Feline Behavioural Medicine April 2018, then again in April 2019

*Completed the 13 week Family Paws Parent Educator course Nov 2016, license to be renewed each year

*Attended Terrie Hayward's A Weekend Talking About Behavior seminar August 2019 (Separation anxiety, how to work with deaf dogs, grooming and husbandry)

*Currently enrolled in the Canine Behavior Science and Technology diploma course (Dip. CBST) through the Companion Animal Sciences Institute (to be completed Nov 2020).

*Currently working towards accreditation through the Pet Professional Guild's Pet Professional Accreditation Board for Professional Canine Behavior Consultant (PCBC-A)

*Volunteer experience with the Dogs With Wings service dog program and Alberta Spay and Neuter Task Force

~A special note for our recently passed miniature daschunds, Oscar and Bailey.  May all of those tattered and squeakless squeaker toys be waiting for you just as you'd left them, on the Rainbow Bridge.  RIP sweet boys~

~On Jan 28 2017, we lost our very special boy, Hudson.  Hudson was and always will be, Hudson's Hounds.  He was the reason that I could help so many dogs with so many different things. He was always so patient and an incredible teacher to our young dogs, all of our foster dogs and to many of our clients' dogs as well.  He passed away at the young age of 8 1/2, after complications from surgery.  He will live forever in our hearts, we miss him terribly. RIP my boy. I find peace in knowing that you are no longer in pain and that you are with Oscar and Bailey now~

~April 26 2019, we said goodbye to our old man, Joe. Joe had been with us for 12yrs and would have been 14 yrs old in a few days. Joe had lymphoma and was anemic. Joe is why I do what I do and why I choose force free. I promise you, that while I was watching him pass away, the LAST thing that went through my mind was "I wish that he would have been more obedient". Love your dogs. Let them sit on your lap and eat your food and lick your face. When the day comes that they have to go, you'll wish that you had let them just be a dog. Thank you Joe.... for everything. You taught me patience, kindness and the importance of an education. You taught me forgiveness. You taught me how to love and work with the dog I have, not the dog I thought I wanted.

I look forward to meeting with you and your furry family members!! Please contact me via the "contact us" page!