Saffrina: Dog Trainer. Zoologist. Sailor. Mum.

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So why did I decide to become a dog trainer?  For the same reasons I became a Zoologist. I love scientific studies, behavioural observations, problem solving, and continuous learning. Mix that with a deep desire to help people, and create a better environment for all of us, two legged and four.

Field work as a Zoologist was exciting, and took me to some wonderful places, but most of my wolf work was conducted from a distance and there was little opportunity for me to create a positive change. Think less Jane Goodall and David Attenborough, more 'crashing through dense undergrowth collecting wolf-hair and fecal samples'.

In 2010 I decided to go back to school to become a dog trainer, and what originally started out as a part-time endeavour quickly took over my life - I loved it. I believe I have found my true calling and I will never look back.

10 Random Facts About Me:

1. I've taken night classes in Sign Language, Belly Dancing and Welding.
2. I grew up with 18 dogs, ranging in size from 10lb to 90lb.
3. I've covered the coast of B.C. in a sail boat, but I've never drank wine in the Okanagan.
4. I was born in England, but tell everyone I'm Cornish.
5. I prefer to drink cider over beer (because I'm Cornish).
6. I used to played Field Hockey, Ultimate Frisbee and Roller Derby.
7. I can carve a birdhouse from a log using a chainsaw.
8. My first month in Canada was spent in Churchill, Manitoba, the next three months in Alert Bay.
9. I love eating prawns, but I'm severely allergic to lobster.
10. I can say “hello” in well as “I would like a shower please”.

Peck Red. Teaching my hen cue discrimination.

Qualifications & Workshops

  • BSc in Zoology from The University of Nottingham
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer, CPDT-KA
  • Graduate from the Dog Stars Training Academy
  • Diploma in Animal Care
  • NVQ Level 2 in Animal Management
  • Pet First Aid and Reiki Level 1
  • Nicole Wilde. Fear Aggression & Creative Client Coaching
  • Dr Sophia Yin. Lecture & Lab
  • Terry Ryan. Chicken Camp - Targeting & Discrimination
Saffrina is an amazing trainer! She is super knowledgeable and the way she explains things is very straightforward, not to mention her glowing, friendly personality and demeanour.
— Heather & Peanut

Professional Associations


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