Our Team

The team here at Cultured Canines is the heart of our business. Our amazing trainers have gone through over 100 hours of hands on and classroom training so they are able to tailor their support for each individual dog and owner. Every instructor has their own approach and their own training experience to bring to the table.

This is not just a job for our instructors. All of our team members are here because they loved the relationship they were able to build with their dogs as Cultured Canines clients before they became trainers. They are passionate about sharing their knowledge and helping you achieve your goals with your dog.

 

Beth O’Connor

Founder & Owner

Team member since 2011

Quill, Leia, Jake, and Kirk

Before I became a dog trainer, my first dog, Jett and I were at the off leash park when he saw another dog across the street. Jett ran after it, and was hit by an SUV and died shortly after in my arms. This was, without a doubt, the worst day of my life. My family and I were convinced that Jett’s behaviour was “good enough” so we never did a proper training class with him. We just used treats to bribe him to listen.

After this horrible incident, I got a new puppy, Jake! I was determined to do everything right with him. I took a course through Pawsitive Dawgs with Jake when he was four months old, and we loved every minute of it. I saw that the training organization that Pawsitive Dawgs was a part of was offering a course in Calgary to become a trainer, so I jumped at the opportunity (the course was usually only taught in Kelowna). After a year of hard work and dedication, I received my training certification.

I became a dog trainer so that I could help show dog owners that having a dog that is “good enough” is not enough. I don’t want anyone to have to endure what my family and I went through with Jett. The single biggest killer of pets is not disease; it is behavioural problems.

I want to help you have the best possible relationship with your dee-oh-gee! The relationships I have been able to build with my four dogs, Jake, Leia, Kirk, and Quill has shown me just how amazing and complex the relationship between dogs and humans can and should be.  I love helping people have this level of understanding with their own dogs. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the bond between a dog and their owners grow and blossom.

 

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Jessica Reimer

Assistant Instructor

Team member since 2013

Harlem, Cassius & Willy

 

For as long as I can remember, animals, and in particular, dogs, have been a huge part of my life. I knew I was meant to work with and around dogs someday.

I am a huge advocate for treating all dogs equally no matter what their breed, size, or age. I want to change the worlds view about the Pitbull breed which is why in 2011 I got a bluenose Pitbull, Harlem, who is a perfect ambassador for the breed.

My love and passion for dogs led me to help out by fostering for AARCS. After about six months of fostering Willy, I realized I needed some extra help with his training. He had some behavioral issues that I was just not equipped to deal with, which is what led me to Beth and Cultured Canines. I initially tried a positive only trainer but had minimal success, so I contacted Beth to see if she could be of help. Within a few classes I saw improvements with Willy and quickly realized not only how beneficial “no treat” training was, but also how beneficial the outdoor group classes were. It was a no brainer to me that this was the type of dog training I strongly supported and needed to be a part of!

I am proud to be able to assist individuals and their dogs with any and all behavioral problems, and more so witness the same amazing relationship between dog and owner develop, that I share with my three dogs!!

Larissa Goldhart

Assistant Instructor

Team member since 2014

Theia

I adopted Theia in April of2015, and she tested me every day. From ripping up carpet, barking at new   people out of fear, chewingthe corner of a brand new coffee table to bolting out the front door and running away from me, she didit all. I was at the end of my rope, and didn’t have the knowledge to “fix” this on my own. I knew I wanted to take a training course, but I didn’t know how to choose, I did some research online and quickly realized there is essentially 2 types of training. I knew immediately that “Treat Training” was not for me, I desperately wanted to form that powerful bond with my dog without using food to do it. When I met Cultured Canines at the Pet Expo shortly after adopting Theia, I knew instantly that this group was the one for me.

The difference in Theia was almost instantaneous and she never ceased to amaze me throughout the course. Once we completed the course, I knew that I wanted to be involved in this amazing group of trainers. Since then I have been working with Beth and the rest of the team at CC and I haven’t looked back. Through CC I have met so many amazing people, and their amazing dogs, there is a culture within this group where these people and dogs become like a second family. And guiding these members of the “family” to realize their dog’s full potential and watching them form that special bond with their dog is nothing short of amazing.

 

Frankie Talbot

Instructor

Team member since 2017

Guinea & Evo

After taking other training courses with my extremely aggressive dog Guinea, I took Cultured Canines as a last ditch effort before giving up on her. The progress we were able to make through the COOL Course blew me away! Guinea can now be around other dogs and I had never even dreamed of that being possible before.

I adopted Evo in 2019 who was returned to his breeder due to aggression issues. Taking him through Cultured Canines classes and applying our training methods saved his life as well.

I am currently the manager at Paws Dog Daycare so you can rest assured that your dog’s training will be consistent when they come to stay! I also lead puppy courses and the occasional COOL Course.

Jessica Green

Assistant Instructor

Team member since 2016

Nala

Dogs have been a part of my life since I was born. I grew up with all sorts of animals, but dogs just have something about them that truly makes them your best friend, the most loyal friend of all. After the passing of our first dog, we got Nala. Life just isn’t the same without a furry friend to spend time with.

Unfortunately, Nala was more than I could handle with the treat training knowledge I had, she was not interested in listening and I was at my wits end. We did a ton of research and finally found Beth. Her “no treat” training, outdoor classes and overall approach sounded perfect for our energetic, and slightly out of hand puppy (the OG Land Shark!). I have never had a bond with a dog quite like I have with Nala and it is something I can attribute to the training and hard work. I knew that Cultured Canines and their methods was something I could 100% stand behind.

It is so fulfilling helping people gain a relationship with their dog that is everlasting, while also having a well-behaved dog they could be proud of. Seeing the changes in both owner and furry friend throughout the courses is something I am happy to be a part of.

Lisa Axelson

Assistant Instructor

Team member since 2018

Emma and Ernie

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Rebecca Neale

Assistant Instructor

Team member since 2018

Arlo

I got Arlo in the Spring of 2018 and knew right away that I wanted to sign up for classes. Arlo was a very challenging puppy and I was at a loss. Arlo was the type of dog who would do anything for a treat, but did not care to have a relationship with the person giving the treat. I felt like a vending machine! All I wanted was trusting, loving relationship with my dog. When looking for training classes Cultured Canines came highly recommended to me from more than a few friends and I was intrigued by the ‘treat free method,’ so I began the course in July. After each class my relationship with Arlo got stronger and stronger and I began to feel like a much more confident dog owner. Our training really paid off and I am amazed at the dog Arlo is today. Cultured Canines not only helped Arlo and I with behaviour training, but it also strengthened our relationship.

I was eager to begin my own training as an assistant trainer because I wanted to help others who were in the same boat as me. Building a solid relationship with your dog is a such a rewarding experience! I hope to continue helping struggling dog owners just like the amazing staff of Cultured Canines helped me.

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Ashley Miller

Assistant Instructor

Team member since 2018

Nash

Animals have always been a large part of my life. From family dogs, training and competing in show jumping to fostering behaviour dogs at local organizations.

I adopted Nash as a 1 year old and quickly learned that he had some serious socialization issues. I became a ball of anxiety anytime I had to take Nash outside.

This wasn’t the life I imagined with my dog so I began searching for a dog training program and stumbled across Cultured Canines. Their philosophy and no treat training sparked my interest, I signed up for the C.O.O.L. course right away.

Nash was the loudest and craziest dog in our class but with the support and guidance of the Cultured team, I started to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Every day my bond with Nash grows stronger and I am now living the life I wanted to with my furry adventure buddy. 

I love that I now get to be a part of helping others who are facing their own challenges with their dogs. 

 

Kayla Mathison

Assistant Instructor

Team member since 2017

Ash and Zoey

Katie Schroeder

Assistant Instructor

Team member since 2016

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Bryanne Kipnes

Assistant Instructor

Team member since 2016

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Taylor Kipnes

Assistant Instructor

Team member since 2016

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