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Paws Republic

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! 

Kristine O'Brien

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, Kennel Attendant,
Animal Enthusiast
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.

Conrad Keller

Dog trainer, Kennel Attendant, Animal Enthusiast
I was born and raised on a farm in southern Saskatchewan, always loved animals from the cows and chickens to our dogs, cats, rabbits and even a few snakes! 

After university where I studied psychology I realized humans where not whom I was meant to help, so I turned my attention to dog training.
I have an amazing and wonderful wife Kaitlyn and our basset hound Delilah, who is our social butterfly and my training partner.

I have been working at Paws Republic for 3 years now, 1 year being mentored by Kristine and 2 years as a trainer and kennel attendant.
I am also in charge of our foster and stray programs.
As a dog trainer, my specialty is socialization, exposure and behavior modification. 

Ashley Boyd

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!

Our Team

Meet Our Kennel Staff

These guys are the backbone of what we do during daycare and boarding! These are the ones who let your pets out, help supervise and the ones who play and cuddle (and spoil them just a little bit).


I am 22 years old and I have been working here for almost a year, but have a lifetime of experience with dogs - I am nearing the end of my education of becoming a veterinarian office assistant in hopes to further my career with all kinds of animals.
- If it has paws, it has my heart -


I have been working at Paws Republic for 2 years now. I am currently a senior in high school. I don’t have any pets of my own so every animal that comes in I I treat as my own! I have always loved animals so working here has been a dream!


I'm the newest employee at Paws but I have worked here since the first half of 2017,
I’m recently graduated but going to school right now and taking the legal assistant course at SBC!
I love it here at Paws and I’ve got two wonderful but very emotional dogs at home!


I started working at Paws Republic in 2016 after completing my highschool work experience. Although I am no longer working, I just can't seem to leave! I spend my kennel time volunteering and helping out with the animals. I love working with creatures of all shapes and sizes, so even though I've moved to a new line of work, how could I stay away?
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