Andrea: Owner & Lead Trainer
The star of the show really is Nova; my rescue bully breed, without her there would be no 'us' and this awesome community we are building wouldnt exist. Ive always loved animals from an early age and have been really good with them; from volunteering to my own pets to boarding friends dogs, I thought I knew what I was getting into when I adopted Nova but boy was I wrong. Taking a positive reinforcement approach for the first year of our relationship I felt like a total failure and like I must be the problem, there were alot of tears and I almost gave up but just like Nova I can be very stubborn when I set my mind to something so I kept learning and kept putting one foot infront of the other. I researched every method I could find, worked with various trainers and even enrolled in a Dog Trainer program at Canine Academy but the most important learning Ive done has been hands on in our day to day lives.
Truly the only consistency I have found in working with dogs is that what works best for one dog doesnt necessarily work for the next. We are working with individuals from dogs to humans and there are emotions involved, preconceived notions about 'the right way' and even trainers who have been in this industry for a very long time can get stuck in their ways. When I started The Job of Calm my only goal was to help others learn how to improve their relationships with their dogs and it continues to be the foundation of my business to this day. I am and will always be forever grateful for every dog I have the honour to work with and I try to keep an open mind with each one in order to allow them to teach me what works best for them.
Nova continues to teach me about determination, consistency, patience, boundaries and how to keep an open mind every single day. Our goals for our relationship have shifted over time and continue to shift as our relationship grows. If there is one thing I would love to be able to help every owner feel its that their goals; whatever they are, can be achieved.
Jess: Structured Group & Private Walks
Hiya! I’m Jess and this adorable guy is Bronson my 5year old Chinese Sharpei. Bronson has lots of energy and he loves a good stroll through high park or tagging along around the city. We love our pup and have always been interested in learning more about dog training and how to accomplish structured walks.
Having the opportunity to join The Job of Calm team was a perfect fit for me. I have learned so much in my short time here and am eager to continue expanding my knowledge. Helping our dogs and seeing their progress has been such a wonderful experience.