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Donna Toews (CPDT-KA, CNWI) has been training dogs and their humans for many years. A life living and caring for animals, and 20 years volunteering with breed rescue, naturally steered her to learn and apprentice in the training field.

In 2004, she created her owner-operated business, Reflection Pet Services, for training and petsitting. Her ongoing professional education includes seminars and hands-on workshops with top international authorities on animal behaviour and canine training. She is certified (CPDT-KA) with the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers and (CNWI) the National Association of Canine Scent Work™. She is a UKC Nosework judge.

She made a choice to offer common sense dog training methods where the use of aversives are not necessary. When dogs work for what they want and avoid that which they don't, it's elementary to change behaviours.

Donna became interested in K9 Nose Work® in the fall of 2009 and attended her first US seminar with the co-founder in January 2010. Many other seminars followed and excited to share this sport with others, in February 2011 Donna brought Ron Gaunt to Canada for the very first time and he demonstrated the sport of K9 Nose Work®. She participates in the sport by teaching classes, presenting clinics, hosting events and volunteering.

As the first trainer to present K9NW classes in Canada, she is also the first Canadian K9 Nose Work® instructor to title a dog and the first International team to earn NACSW Elite 2 title. Her dog and partner is the first English Cocker to earn NACSW Elite status.

Donna volunteers with area shelters and rescue groups to assess and rehabilitate their adoptable dogs. Part of her volunteer work includes teaching shelter volunteers appropriate handling of shelter dogs. To promote successful adoptions, she offers new adoptors of shelter/rescue dogs a training session.

She is the author of Introduction to Disaster Animal Response whose curriculum is being taught in Western Canada and was part of a disaster animal response consulting team for the Canadian Federal Government in 2007. Her efforts as a specially trained disaster responder volunteer include Firestorm 2003, Katrina 2005, Freshette 2007, Apartment Fire 2007 and BC Wildfires 2017.

 
 
 

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