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Meet the Pack

Jessie Taylor
Jessie has lived in the Kamloops area for about 23 years, has a wonderful man and a talented teenage daughter. She also has three dogs: Hunter, Irish and Maya. All her dogs have different specialties in training, so you will likely meet all of them. Hunter is the biggest and the sweetest mini-bear you ever saw. Jessie uses him for meet and greets, reactive dog training and puppies. Irish is a cattle-dog/rotti and tends to be the dog with more assertiveness.

She is used for a lot of work-type training, such as nose-work, touch, hunting, etc. She is also good for young dogs that think they run the place. Irish very quickly can let a young dog know what is inappropriate with just a look! Maya is Jessie’s youngest and most shy dog. She does beautiful obedience and is training for Rally-O right now.

Jessie is continually studying Dog Training. Whether she is attending training conferences or workshops, studying online, consulting with other trainers from around the world or listening to clients, Jessie makes sure her toolbox of techniques is always fresh and usable.

Jessie’s heart has always been in the training side of the dog world and she has found that that is what she was best at. In the summer of 2016, Jessie decided that she wanted to pursue that and give her clients the best service she could provide. Nominated for #1 Trainer in Kamloops for two consecutive years, as well as Gold Sponsor for SPCA Paws for a Cause for three years, the people in Kamloops have come to trust that Jessie can help them with their training needs.

Jessie uses a balanced approach to training, which means she uses both negative (taking something away) and positive (adding something) methods. In this day and age, there is a lot of confusion and misunderstood language surrounding dog training (such as: positive, balanced, old school, alpha, etc.).

Jessie puts it this way: “I say, Yes and No. I use tools that best suit the client and the dog with what behaviour we are trying to achieve. I do not expect owners to follow only method because, quite simply, it may just not work for that dog or that owner!“ Jessie knows how to use several training tools including slipleads, haltis, muzzles, pet correctors, martingales, prong collars, distraction aids and is currently learning simple obedience with e-collars such as recall. Jessie always starts with teaching foundation and then builds behaviour on that solid foundation.

Tamara Walker

While I’ve always had a love for animals, I discovered that working closely with dogs was something I wanted to pursue when I started my first kennel job in early 2015. I joined Jessie on her hiking program in August of 2017 and can’t help but think how lucky I am to be surrounded by things I love: dogs and the outdoors! Jessie’s balanced training methods make her an amazing mentor in the dog world and I’m ecstatic to be a part of her team!

Note: Tamara will also soon be moving into the position of Hike Manager!

Hannah Keen
I’m Hannah! I am currently a bachelor of science student at TRU, and hope to attend vet school when I am finished my degree. Animals have always been my passion. I began working with dogs at a local daycare in 2016, however my family has fostered dogs for far longer than that! When I am not working and studying, you can usually find me outside skiing or hiking, or inside playing and writing music. I have two dogs- Maizy and Batman- whom are both rescues from California. Maizy is a whippet cross and Batman is a bit of everything! Both started out as fosters, but we failed miserably and kept them both!

I joined the MBD team in order to further my experience with dogs in a setting outside of daycare. Combining two of my favorite  things- hiking and furry friends- I knew MBD was the perfect setting for me. I admire Jessie’s recognition in the community for her unique and effective training, and I cannot wait to learn all I can from her and the entire MBD team.

Adrienne Ervin
I love working with My Balanced Dog because my job combines two of my greatest passions: dogs, and the outdoors. I moved to Kamloops in 2016 and am currently a student at TRU.

In the summer, I can be found deep in the bush planting trees with my pup Sally by my side. My dream is to one day open a pet boarding facility. I hope to continue working with dogs for the rest of my life!

Liberty Wendland

Hi I am Liberty! I am a bachelor of science student at TRU and I am also taking online courses to become a med lab tech assistant.

I have grown up around all types of animals and currently have a rescue beagle, named Meeka and two cats. Working at My Balanced Dog is the perfect opportunity to learn more about dog management and enjoy time on the trails. Hiking with the dogs has become the highlight of my week combining my passion for the outdoors with my love of dogs.

Ashley Schneider
My names Ashley Schneider and I was born and raised in Kamloops. I have always loved what the mountains and nature have to offer here. Whether it’s camping, hiking, snowshoeing or just exploring nature with my family and dog Clover, the hills have always been my happy place. Animals and pets of all kinds have always been a huge part of my life and owned a big piece of my heart. I’m so excited to now combine two of my life’s passions into one! Being with my pack of dogs and getting the chance to watch them run, leap, and splash through the forest is truly awesome. It’s great to see them so happy on their hikes. I hope to soak up all the knowledge from the members of our team and continue to learn what I can from the dogs too!

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