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Resume - Sheri Standen

     Sheri is a certified pet dog trainer through the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers (CCPDT).  She started her dog training career in 1995 when she volunteered at the Calgary Humane Society in the following roles:
  • Dog Training Assistant: Assisted a dog trainer in classes for four years.
  • Dog Behaviour Assessments: Performed assessments on dogs and wrote customized reports recommending the best home for each animal.
  • Dog Behaviour Hotline: Assisted callers with various dog problems.
  • Foster Parent: Fostered dogs who needed special care.
While working at the Calgary Humane Society, she opened up her own company starting with pet sitting which almost immediately lead to dog training.

In 1998 Sheri began teaching group classes herself in Calgary.  In 2000, she started commuting back and forth from Calgary to Salt spring Island, B.C. and teaching in both places offering classes and private lessons.  She has taught hundreds of dogs in a variety of classes.  Classes are intentionally kept small to ensure personalized training for each client. She currently teaches exclusively on Salt Spring Island.

Professional Development

Sheri continues to upgrade her skills by attending conferences, assisting other trainers in their classes and taking her dog, Magik in other trainers' classes.  She attends one to three conferences a year.

Sheri has always believed in the super friendly clicker approach to training due to it's overwhelmingly positive environment.  Over the years, she has been influenced by such well-known dog gurus as: Sue Ailsby, Chris Bach, Ian Dunbar, Pam Reid, Jean Donaldson, Turid Rugaas, Donna Duford, all of whom she has seen in person and all of whom are extremely positive in their approach to dog learning and training.

Sheri is very active on a number of computer dog lists where she contributes advice and learns from other dog owners and trainers.  She participates in many dog-related activities with her dog, Magik (see Magik's resume for the various activities).

Sheri is a professional member of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers (CAPPDT) and has been since the year, 2000.  She attends the CAPPDT conferences every second year when they are held in Western Canada.

Approach to Clients (2-legged and 4-legged)

Sheri is very approachable, friendly and is keen to create a close working partnership with her clients and pets.  If you are interested in the relationship she has fostered, please read a few of the many endorsements she has received on this site's home page.


  • Photos in Dog's in Canada Magazine.
  • Newspaper and magazine articles written by Sheri or about her.
  • TV appearances.
  • Obedience Trials.
  • Personal Performances.
  • See "Magik's Resume" for details on the above accomplishments.

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