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 Dog Boot Camp Program.
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.
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.
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.
Recently, Tracy has stepped back from the shelter to focus on her business of training people to train their animals. Many animals are surrendered to the Humane Society or rescue organizations due to bad behaviour. Often this can be avoided with some assistance in managing and applying positive training techniques. Socializing animals at a young age is crucial to developing a confident and well mannered animal.
Tracy and her husband Louie have four adult children Lauren, Brittany, Louis, David and currently two dogs Lacy and Lola with two grand-dogs Jaxon and Daisy May. They have also volunteered with the Windsor Essex County Humane Society as a foster family to many dogs in need.
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.