Under the direction of Gillian, the Who's Walking Who team is a talented group of trainers, with a variety of expertise and experience that simply can't be matched.
Our accumulated experience.....priceless !
Our aim is to offer you the best care for your dog while making your experience enjoyable, educational and...lots of fun!
In 1994, Lane adopted a little mixed breed puppy from a farm near Mount Albert and “Tripper” became his constant companion. As they went through many levels of training classes, it soon became evident that both Tripper and Lane had talent. Always having been a dog and nature lover, he came to realize just how much of a dog lover he was.In 1995, Lane came on board at Who’s Walking Who. With his background in acting, he was a natural and the students soon came to love his easy-going yet professional manner.
Lane has done it all with his troupe, including flyball, competitive obedience, freestyle and frisbee along with his first love, agility. After the agility bug hit Lane, he and Tripper went on to become a National level agility team. He is now a Masters level agility judge and brings this expertise to our students. Of course, he couldn’t stop at one dog and along with his Border Collie, Travistee, they are making their mark on the agility circuit. He holds certificates in Pet First Aid, along with others in training and behavior.
Teddy joined the Who’s Walking Who team in the spring of 1997 and holds Certificates in Canine Behavior and Pet First Aid. She teaches everything from puppy classes right up to the advanced levels, including Tricks and Agility. One of her main strengths is bringing out the play in dogs that didn’t know that life is supposed to be fun. She is particularly skilled at dealing with shy and under confident dogs
After 20 years in the corporate world, Teddy left it all behind to work with dogs full time. Teddy, and her husband Lane, run Daytripper Dog Training in Kawartha Lakes region, where they focus entirely on agility training and hosting workshops, fun matches and official trials.
Teddy’s hobbies include gardening and spending time with her own dogs, whether it is frisbee, teaching them an assortment of new tricks or competing in agility. Teddy loves life with the dogs. Drake, her Sheltie, came to Teddy at age 2 in 1998, and has been instrumental in developing her methods to help under-confident dogs. He has his Masters Agility Dog of Canada Title, and has already learned what great fun it is to live in the country.
Kristi came to classes at Who’s Walking Who in 1995. She started training her beloved Shetland Sheepdog, Misty, and enjoyed herself so much that she never left. In September of 1996, Kristi came on board as an assistant and very quickly moved up the ranks to instructor. The sport of Competitive Obedience caught her fancy and Kristi could often be seen at trials. A few years ago, Owen, their beagle-boy buddy rescued from a local shelter entered to round out the family.
Kristi’s favorite activity is getting the dogs out for a game of frisbee and you can often see her setting up agility equipment in her backyard for some practice time. After loosing Misty, she could not be without a Sheltie, and so the newest addition to the family is Ripley.
Kristi’s hobbies include camping and canoeing, working in the garden (which can be difficult with Owen peeing on everything upright!), photography and when time permits yoga.
Kristi is one of the instructors in Ajax and her easygoing style is a delight to students. You will often see Kristi surrounded by a group of puppies. She spends her days part time as a tech at a Veterinary Clinic.
Kristi shares her life with Carey and Erin, her two young daughters. You will often find them doling out the treats for tricks. Her experience with juggling family life, work plus two cats, one fish aquarium and one very patient husband, is shared with her students!
From 1994 to 2005, Amy held the position as the Director of Communications with the Toronto Humane Society. In addition to promoting the Society’s programs and services, Amy also appeared weekly on Cable Pulse 24 and the Mix 99.9 radio. Amy was frequently called upon by the media to comment on, or answer, questions relating to animal behavior / animal welfare. During this time, Amy started training classes with her own dogs, and soon became a trainer on staff in 1999.
Amy is now the proud owner / Editor of the Dogs, Dogs, Dogs newspaper. If that wasn't enough, Amy also travels with The SuperDog team and spends many afternoons in the WWW offices.
Amy shares her home with Ally, a Springer Spaniel and Chili a Mexican Hairless…who were all rescued from animal shelters across the country. Her Ibizian hound, Leap is currently competing in Lure coursing and is one of the highest jumping dogs in the world. Groove the Viszla is a true athlete. She excells at most sports with flyball a definate favorite. You can watch Leap and Groove at the SuperDog shows across Canada.
But believe it or not, her brown tabbies rule the roost!
In her spare time Amy competes in agility and lure coursing. Chili hold titles as Masters Agility Dogs of Canada and Leap is a Field Champion in both Canada and the U.S. Amy keeps her skills polished by attending numerous seminars and workshops dealing with both training and behavioral issues. She has a certificate in Pet First Aid and has taken courses on Tellington Touch and Canine Massage.
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Kate is mom (and foster mom) to the "zoo". With half of her dogs rescued from shelters, she has her hands full. Her 4 cats help to keep the dogs in line and provide a little fun. Kate and the zoo have taken every possible course with Who’s Walking Who and Kate enjoyed herself so much that she joined our team in November of 2002 and can be found assisting in every level of class. During the day Kate works at Bayview Village Veterinary Clinic and also runs a small pet rescue called Dog-Ma Pet Rescue.
Kate enjoys keeping current on various forms of animal health care such as Pet First Aid and Herbal Remedies. Kate is practicing (and certified) Canine Massage Therapist for Digits For Dogs in Toronto. The zoo can be found particpating in varous dog sport activities such as agility, frisbee and dock diving...and are also seen at various dog performance shows around Ontation. They just can’t seem to get enough!
Jason joined the staff of Who’s Walking Who in January of 2003. He, and his Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Kelsey, made quite an impression. Jason got Kelsey as an adult in July of 2002. His training ability and enthusiasm, along with his willingness to learn stood out with the staff and soon he was on board.
Jason has worked for the Town of Ajax since 1994, in Operations and Environmental Services as a team leader of sports fields and special events. He spends his off-hours enjoying Hockey, Lacrosse and Golf. He also volunteers with the Ontario Volunteer Emergency Response Team. His goal is to have some fun trialing Kelsey in Rally Obedience. He shares his life with his wife Karen, and their son, Jakson.
Hilda's full time corporate job is as far away from the K9 world as you can get but the rest of her life revolves around the dogs. She has had dogs since the age of six and became more involved with dog training when she added Oscar, her zany Boxer to her family a number of years ago. Rusty, an adopted senior Irish Setter and Beckham the Boston Terrier round out the canine pack. Teenagers Kiersten and Adam ensure that Hilda and husband Liam are kept hopping. Along with dabbling in a variety of dog sports and activities, Hilda is an active member in the dog rescue community, attends several dog training workshops and conferences and holds a certificate in Pet First Aid. Hilda does private lessons, and is an trainer at both our Ajax and our Kingston Road locations.
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Sheilah started at Who’s Walking Who with her Bearded collie puppy, Lucy, in 2000, and hasn’t left. At first, it was just for basic obedience and then Sheilah realized how much she enjoyed doing activities with Lucy and the company of the “dog people”. Lucy has been in agility since the fall of 2000 and they continue for the pure joy of it. A new baby was added in the winter of 2007, another Bearded collie called Piper and she is sure to keep Sheilah on her toes.
By day, Sheilah is a biostatistician (a what?…) at a research institute. The other members of the family include Pongo the grouchy old cat, twin boys (Alex and Sam) and a patient husband, Scott. Sheilah would be happy to share what she does with her spare time, if she could only remember the last time she had any!
After finishing her studies at the University of Toronto, Denise decided to turn her passion into her full time profession, dedicating herself to workign with dogs and their guardians. In 2000, she opened her own pet sitting, training and behavioural consultation business with a focus on holistic care and positive leadership. Denise has worked with animal advocacy groups lobbying for responsible dog ownereship, and has assisted rescue organizations in an effort to keep dogs in their forever homes. Denise has worked as a Head Trainer for serveral full service organizations before joining the WWW team in 2010. She has a repuation as a knowledgeable, caring and profesional trainer using human and postive techniques, which makes her a perfect fit for Who's Walking Who. Denise has appeared on Breakfast Television, City Line and Animal House Calls. She has also been featured in the Globe and Mail and Bloor West Snap. Denise shares her life with her partner and son and is owned by her mixed breed rescue dog, Hank.
On December 30, 2002, Karen Sandford’s long-held dream was quite literally born with the birth of Sierra, an uncommonly deep-red Golden Retriever of gentle disposition. Karen and Sierra share a love for freestyle dance, rally obedience, sourdough bread, and arguing over which of them is the home’s real Alpha female, much to the amusement of the men in the house. Which leads us to Nugget (“Nuggy” to his friends), a blond Golden born September 9, 2004. Nuggy has been unofficially crowned World’s Happiest Dog and holds titles in Rally Obedience and Dock Diving...an exciting new sport. Tireed of being know as the "Golden Girl", Karen added King Charles Cavalier Spaniel to the family, whose spunky pesonality makes him a natural competitor in Agility, Obedience and Rally.
During the day Karen works as a mild-mannered legal assistant, but by night she becomes a bundle of energy and enthusiasm when surrounded by eager-to-learn four-pawed friends. Karen sharpens and refines her skills by attending seminars and workshops. Her attendance at every conceivable seminar and workshop in the GTA and elsewhere can be verified by her husband, much to his chagrin, but such dogged perseverance has enabled Karen to obtain, amongst other things, a Pet First Aid certificate. Karen has been with us since 2003 and ping pongs between the Ajax and Toronto locations. Karen also does private instruction and home puppy visits And if that is not enough, on her off hours, Karen can be found at canine performance shows, rocking the rafters with her sidekick Rigby.
In the summer of 2004, Lynn's husband brought home 2 German Shepherd puppies. One look at double-trouble was enough to send Lynn on the hunt for a great training centre. At Who's Walking Who, her dogs began an exciting journey through obedience, tricks and agility. It was there that Lynn discovered her great love for working with dogs. During the day, Lynn supervises the development and delivery of science workshops for children across southern Ontario. She enjoys gardening, reading, fitness and tossing a frissbee for her girls. Long with her husband and 4 children, her home provides refuge to all manner of creatures including rabbits, cats, guinea pigs, cockatiels and fish. Although she has a busy life, that doesn't stop Lynn from reading behavioral research and attending many behavioural seminars plus doing agility workshops. While both her dogs share a lot in common, Roxie is the speed demon, while Molly is more into precision work, which makes them the ideal combo.
With her first dog, Boston Terrier Joey, Doris was already a natural. Doing all the classes that WWW had to offer, it was fitting that Doris joined our team last year. While Doris will say that she had no clue how to deal with Joey, it was evident that Joey thought otherwise and quickly caught on to what ever Doris could toss at him. Doris spends her time travelling to the far ends of the globe, and capturing it all on film. By day she works as a manager in a software company. Joey and Doris love to camp and hike...and do Agility, Tricks, Frisbee, Rally...and to end the day with a great game of fetch!
When Cindy adopted Sky (her Australian Shepherd) from a shelter, life changed in a heartbeat. Cindy has been involved with dogs since childhood but took a path to work in the film business until she met Sky. Her interest in behavior modification led her to many seminars on the topic and she became a volunteer for the Aussie Rescue and Placement hotline. She has since adopted her second Aussie, Max and runs her own dog walking and pet sitting business - For Dogs Sake! in the High Park area. Please visit her website - www.fordogssake.ca. Cindy has been an asset to WWW since joining the team in 2006 and teaches both classes, and private lessons. Although Cindy does love to dabble in dog sports, her passion lies hiking, biking and rollerblading with her canine buddies. Her goal for Max is to get him involved in pet therapy. Rounding out her pack at home are her 2 cats - Nacha and Little Brother.
Suzanne got bit by the Agility bug a few years ago, and is now on staff as an assistant trainer in Ajax since April 2007. She grew up in a family of dog lovers, sharing her childhood with Golden Retrieves and one Cocker Spaniel. Working at Dupont in the day for over 8 years, Suzannes background is in chemistry. But, her interests go far beyond that, to include gardening, scuba diving reading and of course, her dogs. She shares her home with her hubby and dogs Shade and Katy. Shade is a 9 year old Rottweiller cross, much loved by her family. Katy has her own story. She was one of the Hurricane Katrina dogs. Of course, with that trauma came some emotional issues for Katy but after working diligently with her Suzanne has managed to do great work with her insecurities. She has recently started to compete in Rally Obedience.
As mom to Dante and Phoebe, life is full for Mindy. While she works for a Canadian Crown Corporation by day, she has a goal with her Italian Greyhound, Phoebe, to do her first Agility trial at the IG specialty show in Calgary this summer. It was a long road to bring Mindy and Phoebe together, but after patiently waiting for 5 years, she flew out to Calgary to pick up her baby in 2006. Mindy is a active member of the Italian Greyhound Club of Canada and has done rescue work for the club. Dante is her Jack Russell Terrier and the apple of her husbands eye. In fact, he was smitten with Dante the first time he laid eyes on him. Raising Dante from a pup was their introduction into the dog world. Mindy has been an assistant trainer with us in Toronto since 2006 and travel and photography are amongst her other passions. As one of our Head Trainers, she is involved in our Agility program, her main passion.
Rob's life revolves around family, running his own software development company and dogs..in no particular order. The dog world is the most recent addition and started in 2003, shortly after seeing an Agility trial. The challenge to train his miniature dachshund, Milo, was launched and Rob has enjoyed every minute of it. Rob was delighted with the use of marker based training and realized how quickly he could teach and motivate Milo. Rob's love of this breed led him to join rescue volunteers and to add Layla, a chocolate dapple dachshund, to his family. Rob and his gang do pet therapy work in his hometown of Markham and have made numerous appearances on TVO kids, BT, Animal Housecall and the Surreal Gourmet. His mission is to help homeless pets and he has created a rescue support group - "Helping Homeless Pets". When not doing his charity work, you can see Rob, Milo and Layla performing with the SuperDogs team across Canada and the USA. We were thrilled to have Rob join us in September 07.
Amanda and Jake, what a team! Amanda has been with WWW since 2008 as an assistant in our Ajax location. She realized her passion to work with dogs since becoming involved with Jake in training classes. Jake is a true terrier mix, including the soulful eyes that get him spoiled. He loves dogs and loves to go visiting at the nursing home, being a particular favorite. But throw a ball, and he will watch it roll, and watch you chase it yourself. Jake has a particular activity that keeps him busy. Hiding his own treats. Yes...you heard that right. Amanda will leave out his treats and instead of eating them, he hides them so he and Amanda can hunt for them. Now, on to Amanda. She rescued Jake from the shelter in 2000 and took him to training classes closer to her home. Once she completed her classes, she started to assist and hasnt looked back since. Shortley after, she joined our team. Since then, she has been an unofficial dog sitter for everyone she knows and seems to have a natural affinity for dogs, and can bring them out of their shell. Along with her passion for dogs, Amanda also has a passion for skiiing, curling, golf and gardening. Of course, they all come a close second.
Amanda (now known as "Toronto" Amand always had a dog in the family growing up, but it took a long time for her to finally choose a dog all her own. After two years of reseach and decision making, she finally brought home a mini golden doodle last spring. From the moment Amanda brought home her new puppy, Pyjamas, it was a match made in heaven. She started with WWW almost immediiately and both Amanda and Pyjamas enjoyed the classe so much they progressed through all the levels from puppy to Family Dog and up to Agility. It was a natural step for Amanda to join our team in the winterof 2009. By day Amanda is in the financial sector downown Toronto and has a broad range of interests including directing, acting and writing live theatre. She has degrees from York University in English and Fanshawe College for Music Business, so being in front of a class full of people and dogs is a perfect place for her.
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Joan Weston - Behaviorist
Joan Weston is our resident behaviorist, an expert in the field of dog behaviour and our problem solving guru. You can see Joan's bio on our "Behavioural Consultation" page.
Teri Byrne - Office Co-ordinator
Starting out at Paws For Thought (Gillians Pet Boutique) as a retail assistant in 1989, Teri has been Gillians right hand ever since. While Amy and Lane man the phones and the dog related questions, Teri helps keep things flowing in the office. Being our resident "jack of all trades", she tackles all the day to day tasks and always with a smile on her face!
Having only lived with a dog in childhood (her beloved Cocker Spaniel, Honey) Teri now spends time with her constant companion, Dakota the Siamese cat. Teri and Dakota are joined at the hip and if there was ever a cat who thought she was a dog, Dakota is it. Teri is a huge asset to the WWW team, and while not directly involved in the dog training side of things, Teri has a passion for all animals that is second to none.