Our TAG Team
Sheryl was born in Manitoba and moved to Ottawa at the age of eight with her military family. She has been a nursing aide with the elderly, a production planner in computer manufacturing, owned her own cleaning business, and is a retired OC Transpo Bus Operator.
Spurred by a nagging desire to take the spiritual connection she feels for dogs, Sheryl undertook and graduated from a professional dog training apprenticeship. She has been a professional dog trainer and handler since 2011, and has been trained by some of the best animal behaviourists and trainers in the world, including Jane Madigan. Sheryl has also attended workshops and seminars with Dr. Ian Dunbar, Sophie Yin, Nicole Wilde, Ken Ramirez (Karen Pryor Clicker Training Institute), Suzanne Clothier, Kathy Szabo and Alexandra Horowivtz. In the past she has volunteered with the Lanark Animal Welfare Society (LAWS) - a no kill shelter and the Australian Shepherd Rescue of Ontario (AROO). Sheryl is one of the instructors for the "Leads Program" offered by the Ottawa Humane Society.
Sheryl promotes a personal and peaceful, loving style of training that honours the dog's innate nature and instinct, while building confidence and connection in both dog and owner/parent.
Sheryl lives near the Greenbelt with her spouse Kim, a Cock-a-poo - Goliath, and their 11 year old cat - Earl - who of course runs the house. She is a proud mum of a son and Grand-mum to fourfantastic grandchildren. Sheryl is also the proprietor of Wild!2Wisdom.
Finola began studying canine behaviour in 2003, and has worked with hundreds of dogs and their owners. Finola’s knowledge of canine obedience and learning theory manage and resolve common behavioural problems such as barking, jumping up, digging, mouthing and pulling on leash. Finola has also studied a broad range of experts in the canine field, such as Dr. Ian Dunbar, Jean Donaldson, Dr. Pamela Reid, Pia Silvani and Turid Rugas, and keeps current by attending seminars yearly and reading contemporary articles on dog and animal behaviour.
Finola’s approach is based on Dr. Ian Dunbar’s lure-reward method and positive reinforcement techniques. She employs these techniques with compassionate but firm rules, limits and restrictions to help the dog learn appropriate behaviours for human society. Drawing on her experience and observation skills, Finola focuses on rewarding voluntary behaviours, and interrupting and redirecting inappropriate behaviours. She works on calming and de-arousing dogs so they are able to think and learn, and not to react or become stressed.
Finola believes strongly in responsible dog ownership, and promotes this as an evaluator for the Canadian Canine Good Citizen (CCGC) Certification Program, managed through Responsible Dog Owners of Canada . Certification by the CCGC program signifies that the owner has taken the time and effort to provide their dog with basic good manners.
Finola is enthusiastically dedicated to the well-being of all canines, and devotes much of her time to numerous causes and charities on behalf of our canine friends. Finola promotes, volunteers, and fosters dogs for local rescue organizations including Collie Rescue Network, Aussie Rescue of Ontario and others. Over the past 8 years, she has fostered dozen of reactive dogs, mindfully working with each one to build the relationship, reinforce great behaviours and respect the dog’s abilities.
Finola lives in Ottawa with her English Shepherd type dog, Rori.
In the summer of 2013 Charlotte did her co-op placement with Little Ray's Reptile Zoo, doing daily chores to help out with the welfare of many different types of reptiles.
In 2014 she spend a day working with the City of Ottawa assisting with the Spay / Neuter clinic. From the spring of 2016 to December 2017, Charlotte worked at the Ottawa Human Society as part of her course of study at Algonquin College. As well in the earlier park of 2017 Charlotte worked as a zoo keeper assistant at The Papanack Zoo.
Charlotte spent her most recent employment with the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. She has worked in the kennels to make the stay for the dogs comfortable and pleasant. She has also helped with basic obedience training.
Melissa graduated from the TAG Dog Training & Education Centre Apprenticeship program in 2017. She currently teaches Puppy and Family Pet Series classes.
Melissa is active in rescue work and has fostered numerous dogs.
In her spare time she dabbles in animation.
Nathalie graduated from the TAG Dog Training & Education Centre Apprenticeship program in 2017. She currently teaches Puppy and Family Pet Series classes, as well as is a regular Daycare Attendant.
Nathalie has a passion for Great Danes and is involved with Dane rescue. She is also a member of IAABC, CAPPDT, and APDT. Nathalie has pet first aid (certified) and volunteers at the Ottawa Humane Society in the Canine Behaviour Intervention group.
She also is a full-time farmer and owns and operates a successful organic farm near Franktown call "Pair A Gardens".
Christina studied canine behaviour under the direction of Cheryl Smith and is completing her TAG Dog Training & Education Centre Apprenticeship program.
Christina was very active in the rescue community and fundraised for many organizations. She has fostered all kinds of dogs but dogs with special needs are where her heart is.
Christina lives just outside of Ottawa with her son and two lab/shepherd brothers – Tyson & Taco. Tyson & Taco are littermates and Taco was born blind.