Katherine Vooys-McDonald 

Thanks for visiting our website! I am the founder and head trainer at Canines In Balance. I have had a passion for animals from a very young age, having owned several dogs and a horse, but there was one special dog that sparked my desire to get into training. That dog was Jackson, a German Shepherd/Doberman mix that had a variety of behavioural issues, and is the reason behind Canines In Balance. We tried several “Positive Only” trainers to work on Jackson’s issues, without any results. Having personally owned a dog with serious behavioural issues, I knew I wanted to take my passion for animals and help other dog owners who are struggling with these same issues. I sought out a “Balanced Trainer” who took me on as an apprentice and we worked side by side with several serious behaviour cases. dog trainer hamilton
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With rescue dogs being so near and dear to my heart, I began working closely with a few local organizations. Seeing the number of dogs who are brought in to just one of the hundreds of rescues in Ontario, one of the thousands in Canada, and one of the tens of thousands in the world, has truly been an eye opener. My goal is to help dog owners before they feel the need to surrender their dogs, in hopes that there might be a few less dogs in the shelters waiting for their new forever home. I have also made it my mission to help the dogs who do unfortunately end up in a shelter become amazing canine citizens, increasing their chance of finding a new home. As a mother, I also take safety and proper interaction between children and dogs very seriously. I am a presenter for the Be a Tree program, and love helping parents and children learn to be safe around dogs and how to interact with them appropriately.
Over the past four years I have made a commitment to expanding my knowledge in dog training and will continue to learn more in order to serve you better. dog trainer hamilton 

Training experience:

4 month apprenticeship with Dino’s Therapy Dog Centre
Chad Mackin’s Pack To Basics Dogmanship 2 day workshop
Tyler Muto’s Dogmanship Through Feel 2 day workshop
Tyler Muto’s Aggressive Dog 2 day workshop
Robin MacFarlane’s Remote Collar 2 day workshop
Karen Laws’ Introduction to Remote Collar 1 day workshop
Monika Stuehler’s Creating A Calm Dog 2 day workshop
Online Animal Psychology Course (www.hollyandhugo.com)
Dog Emotion and Cognition Online Certification
Duke Ferguson’s Unleashed Potential Dog Training Genesis Online Training Program dog trainer hamilton
German Shepherd off leash training