Nicky Blackshaw is a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KSA) with 10 years experience working with dogs of all temperaments, breeds, and backgrounds. Her expertise spans behaviour assessments, behaviour modification programs, one-on-one coaching, working within a shelter environment and teaching group classes. Nicky holds her CPDT-KSA (credentials issued by an international governing body) and her training methods are grounded in science and humane training practices. Nicky is one of a handful of certified trainers across Canada that holds this level of knowledge and skills assessment.
Nicky is a contract instructor with the Calgary Humane Society and Sit Happens Companion Dog Training. She is also passionate about animal welfare and active in the animal rescue community – working hands on and providing guidance for foster homes experiencing various behaviour concerns and challenges. Nicky has also opened her home and heart to countless homeless cats and dogs in need, and worked with a variety of pets within a shelter environment.
Nicky shares her home with her husband and four pets (two dogs and two cats). Her youngest dog had a very traumatic start in life, prior to Nicky rescuing her, and struggles with many fear-based reactivity issues. Living with a reactive pet has given Nicky valuable daily hands-on experience and enables her to assess situations and offer solutions with empathy and compassion.
Staying up to date on the latest theories and techniques of reward-based training and canine behaviour is critical to ensuring Nicky has the best background possible to assist you and your unique circumstances. She regularly attends seminars, workshops and conferences, and reads various books published by behaviour experts.
Nicky is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers (CAPPDT).