EDUCATION & CREDENTIALS

Dog training is an unregulated industry.

 

Certified Trainer, Michelle Wieser participates in continuing education programs to ensure the training you receive is based on modern research. 

Michelle Wieser, KPA CTP

Certifications, Courses, Seminars & Workshops

2019

Anxiety Disorders in Dogs: Why Do They Happen, and How Can We Help? (Webinar)

Dr. Jennifer Summerfield, Veterinarian and Professional Dog Trainer

Understanding anxiety and how it differs from a fear response or phobia. Risk factors for the development of anxiety disorders. Clinical approach to treatment, including behavior modification and drug therapy options

Anxiety in Dogs: The Whole Story (Webinar)

Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD

The biology behind anxiety: the roles of genetics, early environment (as early as in mom's uterus!), and socialization. 

 

Aggression Treatment: A Review of Popular Protocols (Webinar)

Dr. Ken Ramirez, Executive Vice-President & Chief Training Officer, Karen Pryor Academy

A professional review of popular protocols to address aggressive behavior in dogs including Constructional Aggression Treatment, Look at That, Engage Disengage, Behavior Adjustment Training, Click to Calm, and Incompatible Behaviors.

Living and Learning with Animals for Veterinary and Animal Professionals, Edmonton Alberta (Seminar)

Dr. Susan Friedman

A professional course on the fundamental principles of learning and behavior and behavior analysis. With this information, animal professionals are able to guide clients to proactively teach companion behaviors and effectively analyze and resolve behavior problems that inevitably arise.

 

Adding a Second, or Seventh Dog to Your Home: How to Promote Success and Avoid Problems (Workshop)

Michael Shikashio, Certified Dog Behavior Consultant 

How to encourage successful introductions and avoid the conflicts when a new dog joins the family. Looking for an ideal match, safe dog to dog greetings, handling dogs with existing issues with other dogs, key concepts to encourage successful relationships between resident dogs and newly acquired dogs.

2018

 

Stressed Out: Does it Look Like You Think it Does? (Workshop)

Amy Cook, PhD

Understanding signs of stress from the most overt to the most subtle, and considering strategies for lessening stress when it comes up from the environment and from your training choices.

 

Stressed Out: Dogs, Hormones, and Stress (Workshop)

Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD

The original evolutionary purpose of the stress response; what stress hormones do in the body; the difference between acute and chronic stress and the different effects they have on dogs' health; and what we know about how long it takes the body to clear stress hormones. How the brain works and what that means for a dog's ability to focus through stress.

Puppy Start Right for Instructors (Certification)

Ken Martin DVM, DACVB and Debbie Martin RVT, VTS (Behavior), KPA CTP 

Karen Pryor Academy 

A comprehensive course developed by a Veterinary Behaviorist and Certified Trainer covering puppy socialization curriculum, growth and development, problem-solving, preventing or solving common puppy behavior problems, interrupting play appropriately, and safe class and teaching set-up. 

Intra-Household Dog to Dog Aggression (Workshop)

Michael Shikashio, Certified Dog Behavior Consultant

Case studies and behavior modification strategies for intra-household aggression. Determining a prognosis for a likely outcome in a case. Safely managing dogs with a history of conflict. Addressing competition over resources including food, toys, bones, beds, or owners.

Aggression and Reactivity, Vancouver, BC (Seminar)
John McGuigan, Glasgow Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant 
How to prevent, manage and implement training and behaviour modification strategies to improve aggressive and reactive behaviour. This course coveres lead handling, movement and working in harmony rather than against your dog to maximize the effectiveness of your behaviour modification program.

 

Behavior Medications (Workshop)
Dr. Jennifer Summerfield, Fenzi Dog Sports Academy

On overview of medications used to treat behavior problems (such as anxiety, reactivity, or aggression) in dogs. Goals of using meds in behavior cases; different classes of drugs and how they work; natural supplements and calming aids.

 

Empowerment for Problems Concerning Noise, Balance, Space, Environment (Course)
Julie Daniels, Fenzi Dog Sports Academy
Exercises to teach dogs to meet new environments and novel stimuli with tail wagging and head held high - for babies and adult dogs, dogs with confidence issues, dogs with general anxiety issues, reactive dogs, and dogs with very specific problems concerning noise, balance, space, environment, or performance.

 

Dog Trainer Professional Certification Program (Certification)
Instructor & Evaluator: Terry Ryan, Karen Pryor Academy 

Provides the knowledge and skills needed to attain to the highest standards of positive reinforcement training, and effectively teach these skills to others. Based on the most up-to-date behavior science, from foundation knowledge to advanced concepts in animal training, and behavior management solutions.

2017

 

Ready, Steady Squirrel! Skills for Focus Around Critters (Course)
Mariah Hinds, Fenzi Dog Sports Academy

Teach the skills needed for your dog to be able to focus on you when there is the scent, sound or sight of a critter or a combination of all of the above.

Basic Pet First Aid (Course)
Dr. Candace Stuart, All Paws Veterinary Clinic

            
Control Your Canine - Impulse Control (Course)
Mariah Hinds, Fenzi Dog Sports Academy

Self control games and strategies around distractions including food, toys, things in motion (cars, critters, people, dogs).

TEAM Sports Foundation: Level 1 and 2 (Course)
Heather Lawson, Fenzi Dog Sports Academy

Engagement and Focus, Heeling, Recalls, Fronts & Finishes, Distance work, Targeting, Jumping, Retrieving, Scent Work, and Impulse Control. Introducing all the core areas from the start makes sure that obedience remains fun for both the dog and the handler!

2016

 

Nosework Intro & Skill Building 2-day Workshop, Whitehorse, Yukon (Seminar)
Donna Toews CPDT-KA, CNWI, Reflection Pet Services

Introductory and intermediate scent detection training and handling skills. 

Developing Advanced Nosework Skills (Course)
Stacy Barnett, Fenzi Dog Sports Academy

Develop the teamwork necessary for successful trialing. Environmental considerations around airflow and weather conditions, aged hides, how to set up and work through distractions, how to effectively search an area, multiple hides, and problem solving individual team skills.

 

Dealing with the Bogeyman - Helping Fearful Reactive and Stressed Dogs (Course)
Dr. Amy Cook Ph.D, Fenzi Dog Sports Academy 

Address the issue of fearful and reactive dogs, including how to make your dog comfortable, confident, and focused in novel and challenging environments.

 

Growl Class - A Workshop for Reactive Dogs (Course)
Dr. Ian Dunbar

Dealing with dogs that are aggressive towards other dogs in a group class setting. The use of classically conditioning to rehabilitate and re-socialize dogs to once again enjoy the company of other dogs.

 

2015

 

Introduction to Nosework (Course)
Julie Symons, Fenzi Dog Sports Academy

Basic concepts in searching for odor, proper use of equipment, how to handle odor, how to make and place hides, how to make the search for scent extremely important to the dog.

 

Introduction to Nosework Search Elements (Course)
Melissa Chandler, Fenzi Dog Sports Academy

Work through each of the four elements of Nosework competition including interior, exterior, container, and vehicle searches. Learn handling techniques that help support your dog in his search.

 

Management for Reactive Dogs (Course)
Amy Cook Ph.D, Fenzi Dog Sports Academy

Learning strategies for managing and controlling dogs that are reactive to dogs and people. Leash handling skills for real-life dog walking, tricks to distract and create calm, strategies for minimizing in-home reactive barking, and advocating for the dog.

 

2014 

 

Recallers 12 Week Program (Course)
Susan Garrett

Fun games based training techniques to create brilliant recalls, and teach you to train your dog to make good choices by playing games only 5 minutes a day.

 

Agility Seminar, Whitehorse, Yukon (Seminar)
Sandra Katzen, Vortex Agility, Kent Washington
 

 

Agility Seminar, Whitehorse, Yukon (Seminar)
Janet Ooms, Calgary Canine Centre

            
Behaviour Adjustment Training (Course)
Grisha Stewart, Fenzi Dog Sports Academy

Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) is one of the most popular force-free techniques to rehabilitate and prevent aggression, frustration and fear in dogs and even other species. Learn how to: use a leash to maximizes your dog's learning and comfort, read your dog's body language, and safely manage walks and training set-ups to maximize learning and minimize stress. 

2003 - 2013 

 

Aggression Seminar, Whitehorse, Yukon (Seminar)
Monique Anstee, The Naughty Dogge, Victoria, BC

 

Agility Seminar, Whitehorse, Yukon (Seminar)
Michelle Ooms, NADAC Judge Calgary Alberta

    
Fiesty Fido Seminar, Edmonton, Alberta (Seminar)
Dr. Patricia McConnell Ph.D

Simple strategies for addressing dogs that react to others by barking, growling, stiffening, or hiding behind your legs.  

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