About Us

Tracy Calsavara

Tracy is the owner/operator of Absolutely Fetching Dog Training.  For an number of years she was the manager of the Behaviour Department at the Windsor Essex County Humane Society.  She continues to volunteer her services consulting and leading the shelter’s Volunteer Workshops.

Tracy graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training and Behaviour  (KPA-CTP), studying under Carolyn Clarke. She is also a graduate from the Karen Pryor Academy in both the Shelter and Enrichment Training and Puppy Start Right courses.

Working  with shelter dogs gives Tracy the opportunity to study animal behaviour with a variety of breeds, and a variety of behaviours. Behaviour Modification, Enrichment, and Socialization are three areas of training Tracy uses to teach people to bond and form a working relationship with their companion dogs.

Tracy found her life’s passion by volunteering with the animals at humane society. Each case was completely unique. She always had to think out of the box to help them establish manners that increased the animals adoptablity.

Since 2010 Tracy has visited Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab Utah volunteering and completed week long workshops in Dog Handling, Advanced Dog Handling and Behaviour Modification. Tracy has also attended many seminars on positive dog training conducted by leading trainers including Kathy Sdao, Keith Rodrequis, Emily Weiss, and Karen Pryor.

Tracy believes in Relationship-based training.  Her training meets the needs of both her clients and their dogs. She helps her clients set their dogs up to succeed as well as understand how their dog is communicating through body language. The end goal is to have a well-mannered companion dog by developing a loving, trusting relationship.

Tracy decided to step down from her position at the shelter to focus on Canine Education.  Absolutely Fetching Dog Training was designed to help people socialize and train a great Companion Dogs. The other end of the spectrum, Behaviour Modification, is to help people that are struggling with their dog's manners.  

Tracy and her husband Louie have four adult children Lauren, Brittany, Louis, David, two granddaughters and currently two dogs Lacy and Lola with three grand-dogs Jaxon, Daisy May and Leonard. They have also volunteered with  the Windsor Essex County Humane Society as a foster family to many dogs in need.

Absolutely Fetching is affiliated with many of the local rescue organizations in Windsor-Essex.

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Dog training is a totally unregulated industry, which means that anyone, regardless of their knowledge, experience, or credentials, can open a dog training business. Learn more about Tracy's training methods and qualifications.