DogGone Right! Angel

Dog Training Centre on Danforth

About DogGone Right! Inc.

DogGone Right! Inc. was founded by Margaret Pender in 2004. It began as an In-Home Private training, dog walking and home boarding service and has matured into a full time pet dog obedience training and behaviour counselling service. Margaret is the Owner, Head Trainer and Behaviour Consultant for DogGone Right! Inc.

The Danforth training location (pictured on the left) officially opened in October 2011 and is minutes away from the Beach at 3198 Danforth Avenue, just east of Victoria Park. Our DogGone Right! location is quiet, private and climate controlled, offering you just the right atmosphere to learn in and teach your dog in all seasons. Map and pictures.

Margaret Pender Trainer Owner Behaviour Counsellor

About Margaret Pender: How I came to be a Trainer and owner of DogGone Right! Inc.

Margaret spent most of her childhood around dogs, and a menagerie of other animals. Her father often joked about putting a sign on their front lawn saying 'Pender Zoo - Admission 5 cents'.

With the love of dogs later in life, Margaret adopted a number of shelter/rescue puppies and dogs with different behaviour problems and became the 'go to' person when friends and neighbours were having difficulty with their dogs from basic obedience to behaviour problems.

One of her dogs, Zach, a Shepherd cross, developed people aggression. This spurred Margaret to learn more about dogs and their behaviour by taking courses, attending seminars, and reading books by such well known trainers and behaviourists as Dr. Ian Dunbar, Pam Reid, Pat Miller, and Patricia McConnell.

In 2000 Margaret adopted Angel, a Shepherd cross with severe Separation Anxiety and some fear issues. Angel challenged her but Margaret was able to live up to that challenge, learn from it and made her even more determined to find out more about dogs, dog behaviour, and as much as she could about classical and operant conditioning, counter conditioning, desensitization and problem solving.

All of this led to Margaret becoming a full time professional trainer in 2004 helping others with their dogs from obedience training to behaviour counseling which she is extremely proud of.

Angel is friendly with strangers, children, and other dogs and loves running around with the most recent addition to the family, Molly a Golden Doodle.

In 2008 Margaret and DogGone Right! Inc. partnered with Jennifer Ego and the Pawsitively Pets Kids Camp. At Camp Margaret works with the Young Pups (5 to 7 years old) and the Cool Catz (8 to 9 years old) teaching dog safety and providing them with hands-on interactive training experience with dogs.

In 2011 in addition to working with the Young Pups and the Cool Catz Margaret added teaching/certifying the Mini-Vet campers (12-15 years old) Pet First Aid and acted as the Head Trainer for the Pilot project of Junior Dog Trainer Program at the Toronto Humane Society, in a highly specialized program where children (10 to 14 years old) learn how to train shelter dogs in basic obedience and learning the ins and out of positive reinforcement, clicker training and timing of rewards helping the shelter dogs to have a successful journey to their new home! The Junior Dog Trainer program has become so popular that in Summer 2012 it will be offered at both the Toronto Humane Society, and Toronto Animal Services North Shelter. Margaret will be devoting the majority of her days to the program splitting her time between each location.

Margaret renovated and opened the Danforth DogGone Right! training Centre in October 2011 where she has been holding pet dog obedience classes, Pet First Aid courses, Agility classes (both for inexperienced and competitive handlers) and recently added Sport Scent Detection classes and Rally Obedience (RallyO).

Blanche Axton

About Blanche Axton

Blanche Axton has been involved with dogs her whole life-from the Dalmatians and Great Danes her family raised and showed to working with canine rescue as an adult. Over the years, she has trained some of her dogs in agility, tracking, herding and therapy work. She volunteered as a therapy dog evaluator with Therapeutic Paws of Canada for several years.

Blanche currently coordinates Pugalug Pug Rescue, fosters pugs and sits on the Board of Directors. She also fosters for an all breed rescue called Speaking of Dogs. Blanche does temperament evaluations with Lorraine Houston (founder of Speaking of Dogs) for Toronto Animal Services to assess a dog's adoptability via the shelter or its appropriateness for admission to a rescue program.

Her focus in her rescue work has been on dogs with complex medical issues, sensory deficits (blind and/or deaf dogs) and dogs coming out of the puppy mill system. She is an advocate for appropriate nutrition for dogs, positive focused training and the importance of understanding canine behaviour and communication. She currently shares her home with two rescued pugs, a Japanese chin and one ginger cat.

Blanche is teaching Basic Obedience and Recreational Agility at DogGone Right! and will soon be offering classes specifically designed for people with blind and/or deaf dogs.

 

About Sheila Gibbons

Sheila is a lifelong student who enjoys sharing her passion and ideas with the wider community of trainers and students.

New to Toronto, Sheila began her training journey in Saskatoon. She was fortunate to learn from dogsports trainers committed to sharing their positive training skills and methods. Beginning with agility, Sheila was quickly addicted to absorbing knowledge and experience about different sports. Alongside her equally enthusiastic partner-in-sport Spencer, she has experience in agility, flyball, herding, rally-obedience, scent detection, and trick training. Sheila began as an apprentice instructor in 2010 in flyball and dogsports foundations. She has trained most extensively in CARO rally obedience, which has become her competitive sport of choice with Spencer.

Sheila believes in nurturing the bond between guardian and dog to create teams where dog and handler work as partners. Through a focus on this core partnership, Sheila shapes classes to individual dog and handler needs in order to set up the team for success. This partnership is built by emphasizing drive and enthusiasm in the dog through reward and play with the handler. This creates a dog that is eager to work, enjoys working with the handler, and a team performance that is a true joy to observe. She currently shares her home with two mixed breed dogs, Bailey and Spencer.

Sheila is teaching Rally Obedience (RallyO) at DogGone Right! starting Spring 2013.

About Andrea Varep Harrison

Andrea is an educator who is passionate about all species, including dogs and humans!

Having lived with dogs her whole life Andrea was an early convert to positive training for people and dogs. She has taken this message to the media many times including appearances on Breakfast Television and Animal House Calls.

Active as a foster home for Project Jessie since 1994 Andrea has had many opportunities to work with dogs of all breeds, sizes and temperament types.

Her competitive addiction is agility. Andrea and her 3 dogs have over 30 titles between them, with placements in Regional and National competitions with her rock star Brody (pictured with Andrea). Her super star dog Sally is the canine lead in the feature film “Saving Dinah" and Andrea was the animal talent coordinator for the film.

Partly as a result of her fundamental belief that training should be fun for both partners and relationship matters Andrea has embraced the activity of Sport Scent Detection and is looking forward introducing people to this new sport and trialing when the opportunity arises.

Andrea is teaching Sport Scent Detection and Competition Agility Foundation and Skills at DogGone Right!