Carolark first opened its doors in Ottawa’s west end in 1992.
The dedicated staff at Carolark work to stay on the cutting edge of kind, scientific methods of dog training, studying with world leaders in the field. We have maintained excellence in our dog training services.
Carolark uses positive training methods that have been proven to strengthen the human-animal bond. We want well mannered cooperative pets. We want owners to understand dogs and how they think and learn. We believe that training should be fun for both you and your dog. We invite all dogs and owners living in the Ottawa, Kanata, Stittsville and surrounding areas to come have some fun as you teach your dog new skills and improve your dog's behaviour.
Meet the Trainers
Sandy Crosby took her first Rottie, Schatzie, to the Centre in the spring of 1993, and seven dogs later, is owned by her Rottie, Bender. Loving the friendly and positive style of working with her dogs she completed a comprehensive apprenticeship at Carolark and became an instructor in January 1997. She is a member of the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC), the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and Responsible Dog Owners of Canada (RDOC). To continue her education, Sandy attends many conferences including PABA, in Guelph, the APDT and IAABC conferences in the US, and others as often as she can, including K9 Search and Rescue workshops. Being a member of a Search and Rescue Team (SAR) for 5 years got her interested in K9 SAR and she now teaches tracking and air scenting. To give back to the community she volunteered her time at a local shelter for two years and currently with BARK (Bytown Association of Rescued K9s) to work with their foster dogs and parents. Back in Oct 2010, she earned a professional certification and is now recognized as a CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed).
Congratulations to Sandy for being a recipient of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Members of the Year 2015. The award is in recognition for volunteer service and contribution to APDT.
Recent research has shown that good-manners training is the single most common factor that keeps dogs out of shelters and in their home for their entire life.
In April 2011, Nicky earned certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and is now recognized as a CPDT-KSA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge and Skills Assessed). Nicky has also completed Dr. Susan Friedman Ph.D. - Living Learning with Animals (using the application of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to captive and companion animals), Puppy Start Right Program with Dr. Ken Martin DVM, Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and Debbie Martin, Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Behavior. She is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), Responsible Dog Owners of Canada (RDOC), Pet Professional Guild (PPG), and certified in Pet First Aid.
Gladys Manchester MFA, CPDT-KA, has a commitment to humane, force-free, science-based training principles and practices. A former arts education administrator and current 5th dan in Aikido, Gladys lives in Ottawa where she and her partner share life with their delightful canine and equine friends. Gladys is a CPDT-KA, Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed; certificate in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, University of Edinburgh; studied at Karen Pryor Academy; is certified in Pet First Aid; a member of APDT Association of Professional Dog Trainers, PPG Pet Professional Guild, and AAC Agility Association of Canada.
Janet MacLachlan teaches and assists Puppy Classes and Level 1 on Wednesday evenings. Since Janet adopted her first dog 25 years ago she has worked and taught at all levels. Janet has trained her dogs in obedience and competed in Rally-O and Agility as well as assisting with Treibball classes. She has attended many seminars over the years including those with Ian Dunbar, Jean Donaldson, Karen Pryor, Turid Rugaas, Patty Ruzzo, Chris Bach, Dee Ganley and Ray Coppinger. Janet has worked and played with other animals including a llama, a sheep and a wild pony at a zoo. Several years ago, she had the wonderful experience of handling one of her dogs who starred in a local movie. Janet volunteers in the Behaviour Enrichment Program at the Ottawa Humane Society and with Australian Shepherd Rescue of Ontario (AROO) evaluating, training and occasionally fostering a rescue.
Judy Miller started training her first dog in 1978 in Montreal. She moved to Ottawa and started training with Carolark in 1991. Judy is one of Carolark’s most long-standing members with plenty of experience. She teaches Level Two and Three, Treibball, Rally O and Freestyle (dancing with your dog) classes. She has attended seminars with Karen Pryor/Gary Wilkes, Patti Ruzzo, Jean Donaldson, Ian Dunbar, Terry Ryan, Chris Bach, Turid Rugaas, Anne Marie Silverton, Alan Bauman, Susan Garrett, Ted Turner, and has instructed at Camp Dogwould. In 2003 she became involved in CARO rally obedience and has been a CARO judge ever since. Judy currently has two Shelties named Corrie and Joey, who have competed and titled in CARO and Sport Detection Scenting.
Cassy Montgomery started taking classes at Carolark with her black lab mix, Lilly, in 2005. After two years of taking almost all the classes offered by the center, Cassy began assisting in the fall of 2007. She now assists when needed and continues to work with 6 year old yellow lab, Toby and her new northern rescue, Sunny. She enjoys snowshoeing and Rally Obedience with Sunny and Toby as well as trying out the new classes offered by Carolark.
Nicky has lived in a multi-dog household her whole life and began showing and training dogs as a teenager in England. After moving to Canada, Nicky’s family embraced and housed many “hard to place animals” with outstanding results, always using positive reinforcement, kindness and respect. Nicky currently lives with her husband and a variety of furry friends on their small farm in the country.
Nicky completed the Carolark apprenticeship program and in February 2009 was one of the first 100 trainers worldwide to graduate from the Karen Pryor Academy as a Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP). This requires months of intensive study and training practice with regular assessments.
Watch Jo-Ann and Nicky explain positive reinforcement clicker training methods on Ottawa's CTV Morning news.
Photo: Lynda Graveline
Heather Laundry is a co-owner of Carolark. Heather gained some exceptional knowledge and skill through the Karen Pryor Academy program with Carolark's Original Owner, Carolyn Clark. She has also completed the 5 day program at the Shedd Aquarium for Professional trainers and Dr. Susan Friedman Ph.D.'s - Living and Learning with Animals (using the application of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to captive and companion animals). Heather is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and The Pet Professional Guild (PPG). Heather is certified in Pet First Aid. A full list of educational background is listed here
Robyn Rittmaster is a CPDT-KA certified dog trainer and holds a certificate in training and counselling (CTC).
Robyn's background over the last 10 years comes from animal sheltering. She is currently an instructor at the Ottawa Humane Society and has been a long-time volunteer. Based on accomplishments at the OHS, she was awarded a scholarship to study with Jean Donaldson and graduated with honours from the Academy for Dog Trainers.
Before training professionally, she was a hockey coach at the University of Ottawa. Robyn competes in agility and rally obedience. Her all-time favourite sport is skijoring which she does with her racing dogs Karma and Journey.
Logan graduated teacher's college and celebrated with the most researched present ever - a puppy he named Libby. With his background in neuroscience and education, it's no surprise he caught the training bug! He honed his skills walking difficult dogs in busy Toronto before returning home to Ottawa. He soon added a second dog (Obi), fostered dogs with a local rescue, and began volunteering at the Ottawa Humane Society. He is currently enrolled in the Academy for Dog Trainers.
Logan began instructing at Carolark in the fall of 2018 and now instructs puppy class on Saturdays. He loves spicy, spirited puppies and has a soft spot in his heart for fearful dogs. He lives near Kemptville with his two German Shepherd Dogs (Libby and Obi) and two cats.
Laurin is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy in 2018. She is an avid competitor in Rally, Agility and Scent detection with her dogs. She is also a graduate of the Univeristy of Guelph with a degree in physics.
Laurin began instructing at Carolark in the fall of 2018 and now assists with puppy, super puppy and Good Manners Level I classes.