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.


My goal is to provide the very best in training, care and behavior assistance. Since my passion and standards are high, I am constantly improving my education and have connections with other trainers who are among the best in the business. My goal is to help you achieve friendship and understanding between you and your dog. I want you, my valued client, to be happy. 

I follow the laws of learning theory and am highly motivated by the science behind it. This means that I look to the root cause of the behavior, not the symptom. It's imperative that we understand how our dogs learn - if we don't know how they learn, how can we teach them?

Payment is accepted via cash, cheque, paypal or email transfer!  For email transfer, please use 




Meet with me privately for a one hour session which includes the assessment.  We can work together on anything from the basics to more complex behaviors, such as aggression, fear, reactivity, etc.  

Sessions that are held at your home are $100 (plus mileage anywhere outside of a 1 hr radius of Rimbey).  Sessions that are held at my home near Rimbey, are $80. 

Telephone/skype consultations are $80 and are intended for time sensitive situations or if you are simply in need of some advice or help with proper management of a situation. 

To book a private session, please click on "contact us" to the left of this page and fill out the quick questionnaire.

RESCUES!  Since rescue holds a special place in my life, I offer the following discounts on all services:  If you are a rescue organization, your invoice will be discounted 25%.  If you have recently adopted a dog and are referred to me by the rescue, you will be discounted 10%.


Stay & Train Program ~ $75/day (includes boarding, daily text/email and video/photo updates)

Boarding Only ~ $25/night  (+$10 for each additional dog sharing space, size of dogs dependant)

End of stay tidy up (bath only) for small to medium sized dogs ~ $20   *For groomer recommendations please just ask!  My doggy bath tub isn't large enough to accommodate large/xl dogs unfortunately.

Please complete the form below with as much information as possible. Once I have reviewed your form, I will be in contact with you to discuss the details!

Stay & Train ~ For a minimum of 1hr per day, I will be working with your dog based on your training concerns. The Stay & Train Program is intended to help you to build the inital skills and foundations that many people struggle with the most, when trying to train their dogs. Please see below "boarding only" for details on the "stay" portion of the program.

Upon completion of the agreed upon program, you will be receiving a detailed "report card" of your dog’s progress as well as instructions as to how to maintain that progress. Training doesn't stop once you bring your dog home - which is why any further communication via email is included in the cost of the program and any requested private sessions with you are offered at a 10% discount (private session fees above, under "Private Consultation")

Boarding only ~ Your dog will be taken care of as if he were my own.  He will be fed as per your instructions, clean water will always be available and medications will be administered if needed.  He will have a raised bed to sleep on so that he is up off of the floor and I provide the food and water bowls.  He will have his own private dog door to access his own private outdoor run.  During the day we will visit the secured, 12,000 sq ft dog park on my property.  All you will need to bring with you is your dog, his food, his leash and collar/harness, his favorite blanket and favorite toys if he has any.

I am insured to have your dog in my care and a Certificate of Insurance will be provided to you upon your request. This program is currently offered at my quiet acreage home, near Rimbey.  

My goal is to provide an "almost like home" experience, so there will only be 3 boarding spaces available.  I prefer to spend more one on one time with each dog and limiting spaces will help me to do this.  I appreciate your patience if there is not always availability!  I'm happy to refer you to a kennel in the area that I trust, if I am unable to accommodate.

I look forward to hearing from you!

*Please note that drop off and pick up times are flexible, however I teach classes on Monday and Tuesday evenings so I am unable to be available for drop off or pick up after 430pm on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Thank you!