Sharon Needham - CPDT, Owner/Manager & Trainer
Owner of TailWaggersK9Sport and trainer. Sharon has been involved
with dogs for almost 30years. Her recent dog Fred (who features in
many of the pictures on the website), has taken her through several K9Sports
as he actively competes in Agility, Tracking, Disc, Scenting, Dock Diving
and Ratting and anything else he can find). This has meant Sharon has spent
a considerable amount of time learning and trying for these sports.
This coupled with a passion to understand animal behaviour, Sharon has also
worked extensively Birds of Prey and with Elephants in Thailand.
The following are all instructors that we use at TailWaggersK9Sport,
we are delighted to work with such a talented and accomplished group of people.
Thank you for your support.
Nancy Trus is one of our fantastic instructors, Nancy has been working with animals all her life and has over 20 years experience in teaching K9s. Her passion is therapy dogs, she is an active member of Therapeutic Paws of Canada. She regularly teaches Obedience skills at all levels and includes Rally Obedience!
Providing Training in: Handler Training, Obedience, Rally Obedience, Puppy Skills, Bad to Good Manners, Distraction Workshkshops, Loose Leash Walking, Private One to Ones; CCGC Prep and Tests, Therapy Dog and so much more!!
Kim Cooper, head Trainers and Owner of Best Friends Dog Training in Ottawa,
Kim has been working with dogs for over 25years. Kim's passion is in K9 Search and Rescue
and she currently runs 3 qualified Cadavar Dogs. Kim regularly trains and certifies with the OPP.
An expert in dog handling and training. Kim is a prominent figure in the skills of K9 Search and
Rescue as well as an active member of Ottawa Valley Search and Rescue Dog Association
Providing Training in: Scent Detection (SDDA);Tracking; Search & Rescue; Human Remains Detection; Behavioural Issues
Norm has been teaching sport scent detection since 2012, he regularly teaches at Best Friends
Dog Training in Ottawa (www.bfdogtraining.ca). Norm and his German Shepherd, Trixie, are the
first team ever to achieve the SD-E title (Scent Detection – Excellent) from the
Sporting DetectionDogs Association. Norm is an accredited judge with the SDDA for all levels,
as well as an executive director and secretary on the board of the SDDA
Providing Training in: All aspects K9 Scent Detection (SDDA)
About Chantelle the fabulously talented and enormously enthusiastic Chantelle Charlebois owner and manager of Solutions Dog Training (check out her website at www.solutionsdogtraining.ca). An experienced K9 Trainer, Chantalle also provides workshops through Best Friends Dog Training in Ottawa (www.bfdogtraining.ca). She is a qualified K9 Agility judge and regularly competes with her K9s in agility and rally obedience trails
Providing Training in: Agility, Impulse Control for Dog Sports, K9 Reliable Recall Workshop,
Crate Games and many more
Maggie Bird has been training dogs since childhood. Dedicated to
science based, positive training she strives to bring both knowledge and enjoyment
to her teaching. She has titled dogs in Obedience, Rally Obedience (both CKC and CARO),
Conformation, Barn Hunt, Sprinter and Tricks.
Providing Training in: Rally Obedience both CKC and CARO
Julie Connor is certified ‘Rats!' Canada judge, an active member of the organization since its
start up in the spring of 2015. Jullie's companion, Remix achieved titles in his 1st year of
competing:IBAR (barn instinct), NBAR (novice barn), and 1 Q of his Advanced Barn title.
IBRH (brush instinct), NBRH (novice brush), and 1 Q of his Advanced Brush title.Receiving
a total of 4 titles earned in 5 months (for brush), and 6months (for barn)
Providing Training in: K9 Ratting
Pam Casselman has been playing flyball for 20 years and teaching classes for 15 years.
Pam’s personal dog, Legend, holds the UFLI record for fastest Malinois at 3.58 seconds.
Her retired whippet, Reach, held the fastest single time of 3.51 for three consecutive years from
2011-2014. Pam has trained multiple dogs to run 3.5s since then. Pam has experience training
many diverse breeds, from shih tzus to huskies. In fact, Pam trained the UFLI record holding
Husky, Niki, at 4.58.
Pam was captain of Burning Rubber for 10 years, a team with over 20 people and 75 dogs.
In that time the team won multiple regional championships in Region 2 and won UFLI
championships in 2012. Pam now travels all across North America teaching for clubs, and has
helped many succeed and reach 14 seconds.
Pam’s speciality is problem solving and approaching each dog as an individual.Adjusting methods to promote successes that works with handlers to personalize their experience with drills and props.
In her spare time, Pam enjoys spending time with her two children, dock diving, training scent work , obedience ,and dog sledding.
Providing Training in: Flyball