Cathie's Canine Connection & Co.  Meet Our Training Partners

We are extremely proud to have partnered up with a number of Science Based, Fear Free Dog Trainers, who just like Cathie, are committed to non-aversive training, and share the compassion, commitment, knowledge and experience you have come to know of CCC.

These trainers have each been hand picked by Cathie, carefully selected to ensure that they align with our Philosophy, Humane & R+ Training Methods, and are committed to Continued Education. 

Each of them have their own style, and flare and fun to teaching you and your beloved fur family member. 

All combined, we bring decades of experience to you, our valued clients.  
Karley Hertel
VSA-CDT, Cert. SAPT (she / her)

Karly Hertel is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, graduate of the Victoria Stilwell Academy, and a Certified Separation Anxiety (SA) Pro Trainer, trained by renowned SA training expert Julie Naismith.Committed to providing the most humane and effective solutions to her clients’ dog training needs, Karly avidly pursues ongoing continuing education and professional development by watching seminars and webinars and keeping current on industry literature. Karly has taken The Karen Pryor Academy's Puppy Start Right for Instructors course and Dognostic's Walk this Way Leash Training course.Karly teaches our Puppy Start Right Pre-School, Teen Manners & Basic Life Skills & Manners Classes. 
Holly Saitz, 
KPA-DTP(she / her) 

Holly is currently a Dog Trainer Professional and is awaiting her Certified Training Partner accolades from the KPA Professional Dog Trainer Program. Holly has been working with dogs professionally for over 10 years.  She has successfully completed the Dog Trainer Foundations and the Puppy Start Right Preschool for Instructors courses through the world renowned Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behaviour. Holly prides herself in having the knowledge of the latest science-based, and ethical techniques, when working with all dogs.  Holly teaches our Puppy Start Right, Teen Manners, & Basic Life Skills & Manners Classes, Connected Loose Leash Walking & Recall Classes.

Janice Lin, BA (she/her) 
Graduate of the International Academy for Dog Trainers
Janice’s K9 Training
Janice is a graduate of University of Victoria, majoring in Psychology (BA).Janice Lin, BA (she/her) Graduate of the International Academy for Dog Trainers.  
Janice is currently working to complete the Service & Therapy Dog Program at the Animal Behaviour Institute, and is also working towards meeting the requirements of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers to sit for the exam and achieve her CPDT-KA accreditation. (Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed). She is committed to humane, force free and science based dog training. 

Janice teaches our Tricks & Games classes.
Melanie Sparkes, 
K9 Nose Work®-ANWI (she/her)

Melanie is currently finishing the last of her requirements to receive her CNWI, (Certified K9 Nose Work® Instructor Certification), and is also completing the requirements of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers to to receive her CPDT-KA accreditation. (Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed). 

Melanie actively pursues ongoing education and professional development in K9 Nose Work® and Canine wellbeing, and is dedicated to humane, aversive free, dog training.

She is a member of several K9 Nose Work®Associations, currently volunteers at K9 Nose Work® Trials & Community Canine Events, and will soon be starting to volunteer with a local shelter.

Melanie actively participates in classes and runs her own dog, Finn. 

Melanie teaches our K9 Nose Work® Classes.  
Cassandra Greve, 
CPDT-KA & Graduate of the International Academy for Dog Trainers

Cassandra is a certified professional dog trainer with certificates from the International Academy of Canine Trainers and the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.  

Believing that ongoing education is crucial for success, Cassandra is committed to offering science based and ethical training methods and  makes it a priority to attend online seminars and conferences, as well as in person ones where she can. She also expands her knowledge by reading behaviour and training related texts and attending classes with her own dog. 

Cassandra teaches our Adult Skills classes and in the fall will introduce Agility - Just for Fun classes!