I happen to love people as much as I love dogs. Working with dogs and their humans is the most rewarding experience for me. It has always been my passion to improve the relationship between a dog and their guardian so both can have a rewarding lifelong journey together. I achieve this through good listening skills, excellent people skills, and an extraordinary connection with dogs.
Training dogs is not just about obedience. It’s about understanding the dynamics of the relationship between a dog and owner. It’s about recognizing opportunities to help strengthen and improve this bond, and it’s about working together. All relationships take effort and the most rewarding ones require a lot of dedication.
I have had the opportunity to work with thousands of dogs and owners over the past 17 years and have gained over 15 thousand hours of experience. I started my journey after completing three levels of certification as a professional dog trainer and behavior specialist. I have read numerous books; attended many dog behavior symposiums, and participated in workshops for continuing education.
Amber has extensive experience dealing with behavior problems from her countless hours of rehabilitating shelter dogs and working with clients. She has devoted countless volunteer hours to training and rehabilitating canine behavior problems at the BCSPCA, the Delta Humane Society, and the Delta Community Animal Shelter.
Amber has served as an elected member of the Community Advisory Committee and as a Regional Councillor for the BCSPCA. In 2004 she founded the Delta Humane Society where she served as Director of Training and Rehabilitation, Executive Director and then as President for the Board of Directors. In 2005, Amber also founded, and is the Chief Training Instructor for the International Academy of Canine Trainers.
Kate is a Certified Dog Trainer and Behaviour Specialist from the International Academy of Canine Trainers.
Kate knew at a very young age that working with animals was her dream. In her early adulthood she started working at a local animal shelter and discovered her interest in dog behaviour and training. After working for the SPCA for 3 years, Kate, a mother of two young girls, began to pursue her dream of being a dog trainer.
After many years of working alongside a number of trainers and self study, Kate felt she needed to take her training to the next level. Kate completed Dog Behavior and Training Level 1, and Canine Behavior Specialist-Level 2 certifications at the International Academy of Canine Trainers.
Mitsue (Mits) has always loved animals. She came to Canada 20 years ago with her Canadian husband. Mits started working with dogs after graduating as a certified dog trainer from the International Academy of Canine Trainers in August of 2011. Mitsue completed her certification with high marks and was hired by Amber immediately upon graduation, to work in the dog daycare and to assist with clients in puppy classes. Her knowledge, experience, friendly smile and personable approach to clients makes Mitsue a valuable member of our training team. Mitsue currently assists puppy classes on Wednesday nights as well as Saturday classes when needed. Mits also works at Fido Freedom Dog Daycare located at the Training Center.
Christina Grady is a Certified Dog Trainer from the International Academy of Canine Trainers.
Christina’s passions for dogs has driven all aspects of her life. Her first professional experience with dogs began with professional dog walking and then working at a dog daycare and boarding facility. Her passion for animals led her to enroll in a Veterinary Assistant program. Upon graduation, she worked in both an emergency clinic and a specialty veterinary clinic. While working in the clinic she began self-study into dog behaviour, and began to practice positive reinforcement techniques. She attended the Dog Behaviour and Training Level 1 course at the International Academy of Canine Trainers in Delta, BC, where she obtained her Dog Trainer Certification. Christina owns The Canine Crew, a dog walking service servicing Coquitlam and Port Moody.
Christina assists with puppy classes, and teaches rally obedience and agility at Amber Cottle Canine Training Center. Christina loves dog sports because of the deep bond that develops between dogs and their owners.