Hi! My name is Natasha. I’m actually quite shy and quiet until I get to know you. Then, I can be quite loud and silly. I completed my BSc in animal biology and my MSc in behaviour and welfare at the University of Guelph. That’s where I found my passion for animal training. As a child my family always had pets. Cats, dogs, fish, horses and birds but while I was at school I couldn’t have any pets and I was missing having pets so I decided to take part in the student dog training program. It was a fun diversion where students from the University trained dogs that were donated by members of the community under the guidance of a dog trainer. At the end of the 8 weeks of training we got to compete in a small, fun obedience competition with the dog that we had been working with. The competition was part of the open house weekend for the the University. The following year, my roommate, who had been working with one of the local trainers found herself as one of the instructors. I had decided I was too busy with school work to par take that year. A couple of weeks in she was telling me about a dog in another class that was going to get kicked out because it was “untrainable”. She asked if I would come work with it in her class. It took a couple of days of pondering on my part and convincing on hers but I finally agreed to give it a shot.
This dog, Libby, is the one who truly showed me, my path and passion for training. She was far from untrainable. All she needed were consistency and clear indications when she was doing things correctly. Like a fair number of students at the university my goal was to become a veterinarian but this experience with Libby had me wondering about my choice and I ultimately ended up doing a master of science in behaviour and welfare with the new goal of helping animals and their people not with medicine, but by helping to bridge the communication gap between animals and their humans.