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 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.

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Thank you so much for contacting me!  Please take a few minutes to answer the following questions so that I can better assist you.  Once I have received and reviewed it, I will respond via the method(s) you have provided.

I am a certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant, a licensed and certified Family Paws Parent Educator and a board member of the Alberta Force Free Alliance.  For more information about me or my education, please visit the “About Us” or the “Affiliations and Certifications” section of my website.

My education is science based and my methods are FORCE FREE.  I will not be offering suggestions which include any form of pain, fear or intimidation.  What I will offer, are suggestions based on peer reviewed, scientific methods that reinforce good choices and wanted behaviors rather than punishing the ones that we don’t want.  I will help you to understand the myths and dangers behind “pack” or “dominance” theory and encourage building a strong bond rather than a relationship built on intimidation or fear.

Your dog is my passion and I will do all I can to help you with your furry family member!  If scheduling or any other conflicts arise, I am happy to forward your information on to another Force Free trainer, with your consent.

I look forward to hearing from you!

*Please Note: 

Due to health and time restraints, I will be focusing primarily on the Ponoka County/Sylvan Lake area, for both private sessions and group classes. Please see my home page for a list of Red Deer area trainers that I'm happy to refer you to if you require a home visit.  If you're willing to travel to me, I'm happy to work with you on my acreage near Rimbey.

However, as a licensed and certified Family Paws Parent Educator, if you are pregnant or are having concerns with your dog and baby/child, please contact me regardless of where you live.  I will travel to you!!  Please see the services section of this site for details and costs.

Thank you