Additionally, I am a:

  • Professional Member of Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers (Former CAPPDT Provincial Director for Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Professional Member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers (ADPT)
  • Member of Pet Professional Guild
  • Former Therapy Dog Tester/Observer with Therapy Dogs Inc.
  • Eastern Canadian representative of Doggone Safe


I am most proud of being chosen Grand Prize Winner in both the 2011 and 2013 Canis Film Festival with my beagles, Piper (2011) and Tuig (2013).

Tonji (left) pictured at Clicker Expo in Chicago with internationally-recognized animal behaviour expert Karen Pryor of Karen Pryor Clicker Training Academy.

  • canine behavior
  • canine aggression
  • canine nutrition
  • canine athletics
  • canine freestyle
  • behavior modification
  • professional canine training
  • learning theory
  • scent discrimination
  • bach flower remedies for cats and dogs
  • Rally Obedience (Rally-O)

I am an elementary school teacher (B.A., B.Ed.) turned dog trainer.  I have the privilege of spending my days working with clients and their canine companions and hanging out with my five wonderful dogs:  Piper, Raven, Tuig, Elie and Journey.   My greatest pleasure is being in the company of dogs.

My early study of clicker training was under the guidance of world-reknowned animal trainers, Bob Bailey and Dr. Marian Breland-Bailey (since deceased) in Halifax, Nova Scotia and their home city, Hot Springs, Arkansas.   My professional canine training experience now spans more than 15 years.

In addition to attending annual professional conferences, in recent years I have attended training seminars on the following topics: