Boarding, Training & Grooming Centre
Our centre opened it's doors on December 21, 2012.
We are a small family owned facility in the business of working for you and your pets.
Our urban style facility provides a clean, comfortable and relaxed place for your pets to enjoy while they stay with us!
Lifetime Animal Advocate, Certified Professional
Dog Trainer, Owner
I have surrounded myself with animals for as far back as I can remember. Growing up with dogs, cats, geckos and any other creature I could bring home with me because I felt they needed my love and attention. This included leeches that, as a young girl, I "rescued" from my Dad's fishing supplies - much to his dismay I'm sure. My family understood and encouraged my passion for animals. I always dreamed of working with animals as a career and even co-founded a pet-sitting business in small town Saskatchewan in my pre-teen years.
No matter where my life path takes me, I will always find a way to give back to the animals. Working in a boarding kennel/daycare, volunteering for animal rescue organizations, fostering animals in need, rarely turning down an opportunity to pet-sit for friends or family, and of course, adopting a variety of pets to share my home with me. I am now fortunate to have a human partner who shares my love of animals. Life is good.
In early 2012, I traveled to British Columbia for an opportunity to take and to complete a certification course at the registered post secondary institute, Canada West Canine Centre, British Columbia. Now a certified Professional Dog Trainer, I add entrepreneur to my list of accomplishments and opened my own business called "Paws Republic Boarding & Training Centre." It's a perfect fit between my love of pets, learning and sharing what I learn, and my desire to help those in need - whether animal or animal guardian.
Saskatchewan is my home - the province I love. I want to share my passion as a certified Professional Dog Trainer with dog lovers in the Saskatoon area.
Certified Master Dog Trainer
My family and I have had animals in our household, especially dogs, for as long as I can remember.
My love of animals was always the center of whatever I did, so I decided to turned that passion into a career. I went to Salmon Arm, BC and in July of 2014 and received my certification as both an Obedience Trainer and a Canine Master Trainer. With what I learned there and with my work in the canine industry, during and prior my schooling, I have an accumulative 5 years experience working with dogs of all shapes and sizes.
I had started my own business doing dog-walking and obedience training in September of 2014, but Kristine offered me an opportunity in February of 2015, to expand my skills and learn from someone who has been in the business for much longer than myself. I jumped at the chance and haven’t looked back.
While I enjoy teaching dogs and working with their owners, and teaching them how to live happily with each other in their everyday lives, what I love most is working and challenging dogs to do more. My dog and I are in training to become a certified SAR (search and Rescue) Dog and Handler Team, as well as working to start Saskatchewan’s first Search Dog Association. I also enjoy doing line-tracking, and I’m also starting to learn what it takes to be in competitive obedience, and will hopefully be able to bring these skills to you in the future.
Dog Trainer, GRC Instructor
I have a background in working with young offenders and homeless youth so you can say patience and compassion to help comes naturally to me. I have owned dogs all through my life and have been volunteering with rescues for the past 5 years fostering and offering support to other fosters.
I have always had a soft spot for drivey dogs like bully breeds and fostered them exclusively. I also own 3 dogs, my 9 year old bully breed mix, Link, My 3 year old doberman Frankie, and my 4 year old shepherd /husky/Rottweiler mix Raven. And a ton of reptiles.
I have been mentoring under Kristine and Becky for over 2 years now at Paws Republic! I knew this was my place when I heard about our new dog sport GRC - my passion is helping misunderstood dogs and humans have a better relationship with one another and seeing 'difficult' dogs thrive is the reason I do what I do.
I knew how alienating life felt with reactive dogs and I don't want anyone else to feel that way with no where to turn. I want to work with owners to find the best approach that works for their dog because EVERY dog is different and every dog should have an opportunity to do the things they love.
As a dog trainer, my specialty is GRC Dogsports, Finding biologically fulfilling activities for dogs, E collar training, muzzle training and making dog sports accessible for people and their dogs
Behaviour Consultant, Instructor, Trainer
I grew up on a beef farm in rural Manitoba surrounded by livestock, horses, and my mom's Australian Shepherds which meant that my love of animals has been nurtured since the time I could stand up enough to look out the window when my dad took me with him to check the cows. My very first introduction to dogs happened when I was around four years old. A Dobermann by the name of 'Sarge' was my near constant companion and he is undoubtedly the reason why I became as committed to being a part of the dog world as I am. When Sarge passed I promised myself I would have my own Dobermann when I grew up and it was a promise I kept. Eventually.
Despite my deep and abiding love for all things canine, I didn't have a chance to really get into dog teaching and training until I moved to Saskatoon approximately fifteen years ago and acquired a Dobermann with a host of medical and behavioural problems that I needed to solve - and quick. I enrolled in a local obedience class and decided almost immediately that I wanted to learn how to teach so that I could help people and their dogs as well.
Throughout the last fifteen years I have been involved in almost every aspect of dog training, rescue, sports, etc. that you can think of. I spent two years at the Saskatoon SPCA as a Health Wing Attendant and on call Animal Protection Officer, coordinated the Bully Breed division of a local independent rescue, taught obedience classes for 13+ years, interned at a military and police dog training facility in the US, went to every dog sport seminar and event that I could manage, and immersed myself completely in learning all things Dog with the goal of using that knowledge and experience to help pet dogs and their owners live happy, healthy, and harmonious lives.
My training philosophies are developed around a balanced approach which focuses on positive reward and appropriate, fair correction. I work hard to facilitate clear communication between owners and their dogs so that learning can be based on understanding as well as mutual trust and respect. Nothing makes me happier than to help people develop amazing relationships with their dogs so that they can experience the joy and richness that dogs can add to our lives. After all, life is better when dogs are part of it (which is likely why I have eight of my own)! My areas of expertise include reactivity, dog aggression, canine psychology, and - my personal favourite - helping owners to train their dogs to behave politely on-leash so that they can enjoy every minute of their walks together.
I am absolutely thrilled to have been asked to train at Paws Republic and look forward to the opportunity to continue helping the people and dogs of Saskatoon!
Dog Groomer, Kennel Attendant, Animal Enthusiast
Growing up in a small town in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia not a whole lot of opportunities are thrown your way. Lucky for me I was thrown a curve ball in 2001 to go work in a grooming shop where I started off as a helper(age 11)and gradually learned new skills. I worked as a bather for quite some time and slowly learned drying, scissoring, clipping and many other techniques.
In 2009, I felt the need to start a new chapter in my life. I loved grooming and had learned so much as an apprentice but I was ready for change. I then moved to Fort McMurray where I got a job as an Animal Health Tech Assistant/Groomer. I worked under two amazing groomers who taught me show quality grooming and new pet styles. They also pushed me to do more and take bigger risks in grooming. Although I was hired for my grooming experience, most of the work I did was in the hospital. I worked alongside wonderful veterinarians who would feed my desire to know more. I entangled myself in learning everything I could from the cases that came into the hospital. My experiences at the clinic made me a better groomer and I will forever be grateful to have had that opportunity.
In 2011 I returned to Nova Scotia and took my Hair Dressing course but after graduating quickly returned to my 4-legged clients.(I like to joke that I needed the Advanced Grooming course)
I have had the pleasure of working with many groomers over the years and have learned new things from each of them. Saskatchewan became my home in 2013 and I began working for Paws Republic in 2014. I came to Kristine with 14 years experience in the industry and this year will be year 7 of grooming independently. I’m very excited to be back after my year on maternity leave and can’t wait to see what the future holds!