Sarah Walters received her Animal Health Diploma in 1985. After graduating she worked in a variety of roles in veterinary medicine. She found her niche working for Humane Societies. Sarah always had a special interest in behaviour and the human/animal bond.
Sarah completed an internship with Dogma Training and graduated with a Dogma Certified Behaviour and Canine Educator (Honours). For three years she taught various classes at Dogma such as Puppy, Focus, Basic, and Recall.
In 2012 Sarah passed the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers exam and became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed.
Sarah initially took agility classes in 1992 when it was first introduced to Calgary. Although all Sarah’s dogs have been trained in agility, it was in 2010 that Sarah became serious about agility with her dog Aiden. Since 2010 Sarah and Aiden have trained regularly with well-known trainers Dante (Dante Dog Works) and Kim (Hyper Hounds).
Sarah has always had her own dogs and has enjoyed taking them to many types of classes and has participated in dog sport competitions earning titles with four different dogs in conformation, obedience, rally and agility.
Sarah has been an active foster parent for 15 years raising 18 litters of foster puppies. Raising all these puppies has given Sarah a unique opportunity to learn more about dog behaviour.
Continuing Education is important to Sarah and she stays up to date by attending seminars, workshops, taking on-line dog courses, and continuing to attend classes with her own dogs.
As a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, and Registered Animal Health Technician, Sarah is required to complete continuing education to maintain her registration.
Priddis Paws welcomes ’feisty fidos’ and ’fearful fidos’ and Sarah has extensive personal experience with both. Children handlers are also welcome; Sarah has taught kid’s dog classes and worked in Humane Education giving presentations in animal care to children.
Sarah opened Priddis Paws Agility in May 2014 as a way to share her knowledge and passion for dogs and agility with others.
Sarah teaches agility using positive reinforcement training methods. Treats, toys, and praise are used for motivation. She encourages a supportive setting for all handlers and their dogs.