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Training & NoseWork by Donna Toews


Nosework is an activity for all pet dogs. It is an activity for every age, breed and ability as well as for handlers of any age or experience. It is a no-aversives, no-discipline, no-guilt, no-obedience fun activity that teams a dog and handler to search for odours. Students start by learning the foundation in a controlled fun environment where the dog is encouraged to find food. As odour is introduced, the teams work their dogs in four elements: interior, exterior, containers and vehicles. Donna Toews (CPDT-KA, CNWI) has been participating in NoseWork since December 2009 and proudly brought the sport to Canada in 2011. She and her dog Edge are the FIRST International Team to reach Elite1 status with NACSW. Join the fun!

Donna's Website


Hiking with Fido by Laurie McPhee

SUNDAY @ 11:30

Hiking with your dog is a fantastic way to enjoy our beautiful province but just like hiking alone you need to do some prep work. Laurie McPhee of K9ABCs shares some pre trip steps that will make your hikes safer and more enjoyable. Topics such as health, gear, emergency preparedness will be covered.

K9 ABC's Website


Cracking the Code: Changing Grim Behaviors & Understanding How Dogs Learn

SUNDAY @ 1:30 by Amber Cottle

Are behaviour problems in dogs really a problem? Or is it a normal behaviour for the dog but that its happening in the wrong place at the wrong time? This seminar will help you understand how dogs learn and how to teach your dog appropriate behaviours in any place at any time. Eventually the behaviours you don't want go away if we teach the dog to do something else!

Amber Cottle is a certified dog trainer and Behavior specialist with over 12,000 hours of experience training and rehabilitating dogs. Amber owns and operates a full time dog training center in Delta called the Amber Cottle Canine Training Center along with a private career training school called the International Academy of Canine Trainers. Amber has also volunteered hundreds of hours to the Delta Community Animal Shelter to help train and rehabilitate Shelter dogs.

International Academy of Canine Trainers Website


Backcountry K9: Hiking in the backcountry with your pooch by Adrian Nelson

SATURDAY @ 3:30, SUNDAY @ 12:30

Hiking with our K9 companions is an enjoyable outing for both our dogs and us, but like any backcountry adventure it comes with risks. A little knowledge and preparation can ensure our time outdoors is safe and enjoyable. Learn about local wildlife and how to keep our dogs out of conflict. The different types of dog backpacks, how to pack them, and traveling with a dog for an overnight or multi day trip, as well as some backcountry survival tips and tricks when hiking with dogs. Whether it's a short day hike through the North Shore Mountains or a multi-day trip through the Coast Mountain range, having the knowledge and proper equipment is essential. Join Adrian Nelson, Wildlife Conflict Manager for The Fur-Bearers, on this foray into backcountry K9 safety. Adrian is an experienced backcountry adventurer and dog lover who will share his years of experience and tips on traveling with dogs.

The Fur-Bearer's Website


Animals Do Talk! by Dale McCarthy

SATURDAY @ 12:30 & 2:30, SUNDAY @ 3:00

Animal Communicator, Dale McCarthy, will be at the Pet Lover Show to help owners connect to what is going on with their pet. Dale has the ability to communicate with animals by receiving their thoughts. The pets share information about their personality, how they view themselves, any behavourial problems and any possible health issues, as well as solutions for any necessary changes. Each pet shares insights that are so fascinating and amusing, that owners are usually laughing and crying during a session. As an Animal Communicator, Dale uses a form of telepathic energy that has is based on deepened intuition and can connect with people's pets, no matter how far away they may be.

Dale McCarthy's Website


Integrative Veterinary Care by Dr. Radica Raj DVM

SATURDAY @ 12:00 & 3:00, SUNDAY @ 12:00 & 2:30

Integrative medicine combines conventional Western medications and diagnostics with knowledge of Eastern medicine techniques to offer well rounded care and a better quality of life for the animals you share your life with. There are options outside of just using pharmaceuticals that can support your pet's recovery and diet and prevention to support overall health and wellness. Come and learn about different modalities for your pet's issue including QOL for geriatric patients, cancer treatments, uses for laser, chiropractic, acupuncture for paralyzed patients, chinese herbs for skin issues, PRP for partial cruciate tears and vaccine titres instead of vaccines.

Dr. Radica of Pheonix Rising Intergrative Vet Care has experience handling emergencies, surgical and internal medicine cases as well as chiropractic, acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and Regenerative medicine. She is more than willing to collaborate with your family veterinarian and specialists involved in dealing with your pet's health. Searching for a better quality of life for terminally-ill patients that suffered from the side-effects of medications, for the geriatric patients disabled by osteoarthritis and for the paralyzed patients that could not walk, Dr Raj supplemented her post graduate veterinary studies with her post-graduate diploma in Veterinary Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCVM) with the Chi Institute in Florida. She then completed a program in Animal Chiropractic at Options for Animals in Kansas and obtained an animal chiropractic certification from the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA)..Her scope of practice includes Internal medicine, Surgery, Emergency on-call, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and Regenerative Medicine.

Phoenix Rising Intergrative Vet Care's Website


CPR: Overview of CPR Techniques for Animals by Laurie McPhee

SATURDAY @ 1:30, SUNDAY @ 2:00

Join Laurie McPhee of K9ABCs to learn about Canine CPR. Laurie is a certified Dogsafe Canine First Aid Instructor, she's also a Primary Care Paramedic with the BC Emergency Health Services with 20 years experience. This brief "hands on" demo and practice will hopefully entice you to learn more about Canine First Aid and how to prevent ever needing the skills of CPR. This skill is applicable to many species. So, stretch it out and learn (or practice how to do CPR. All ages welcome. Note, practice will never be done on a live dog, only CPR manikins or stuffies.

K9 ABC's Website


Canine First Aid: Don't Learn it by Accident by Laurie McPhee


Laurie and Quincy love the outdoors and exploring new adventures, but this takes a lot of training and preparation. Laurie’s experience with search & rescue and 19 yrs as a paramedic broaden her view on the many things one can do to help prevent injury or illness with your pet. Although the main focus is on dogs most of this information is applicable with a variety of pets.

K9 ABC's Website


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