Barbara revolutionized dog training in Regina, Saskatchewan by being the first to offer Manners classes instead of obedience classes, thus proving to be the leader of the pack in local dog culture. She forever changed how dog training is done in Regina by rejecting harsh coercion and punishment based training methods and instead chooses to train dogs with compassion and applied learning theory.
Barbara is a Dog Behaviourist and Certified Trainer and Mentor
who lives in Regina, Saskatchewan with her husband, their six dogs and is the owner
The Dog's Den Training School. Barbara received her Bachelor of Arts degree
majoring in Philosophy from Luther College at the University of Regina and her Mentor
Trainer Certification from Animal Behaviour College out of Northridge California.
inherited a great love of dogs from her father, Ken Lloyd, and was taught
respect for all living creatures from her mom,
Barbara attributes her Canine Behavioural Knowledge to having had the opportunity to be mentored by Sue Ailsby and having the privilege of raising and training several breeds. Three of Barbara’s current six dogs were adopted from the Regina Humane Society: Isis & Nakita her two Huskies and Artemis, a Briard, all born in 1999. Barbara's other three dogs include two rescues: Solomon a Great Pyrenees born in August of 2004 and Duke, a Yellow Lab born in August of 2006 and she also has one pedigreed dog: Gabriel, (Grischa Vom Tegler Fleiss VSPI, TT) a Pink Papered German Import Rottweiler born in September of 2004 in Berlin, Germany. Former dogs include Daisy Doolittle, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Kahn, a Neufi/Akita X, Riot and Rex, Rottweilers, Jake, a Terrier Cross, Odin an Akita, Timber a Siberian Husky, Belle & Shakira both retired racing Greyhounds, Gretchen a Miniature Schnauzer and Park Side Peppermint, Peppy, a Basset Hound.
Barbara’s approach to dog training is rooted in the belief that learning can only be facilitated when a trust relationship has been established between guardian and dog. Her skills and abilities are recognized by both municipal and Court of Queen’s Bench, veterinarians, breeders and trainers across Canada, Germany and the United States.
Supporting a strong belief in education, Barbara is routinely invited as a Guest
Lecturer at the University of Regina and at High School Psychology Classes to demonstrate
the Application of Operant Conditioning and Classical Conditioning. She is also
contracted as a mentor by
Animal Behaviours College out of California to
mentor students in an 18 week mentorship program to facilitate their certification.
Barbara is also a published writer and has a broad history of media appearances both on, and off camera as well as radio and in print.
Her television engagements include:
- A consultant for The Outdoor Life Network on the Trainability of Dogs & the Ten Most Ultimate Dogs TV program.
- a mini-series called The Dog's Den Show with co-host Jennifer Berg for Access Television
- a two part series called The Dog's Den for Sasktel Max Local on Demand
- a six part series For Pet's Sake for SaskTel Max Local on Demand
- a guest appeared on CTV's Indigenous Circle with Nelson Bird
- a feature piece on CBC TV’s Living Saskatchewan.
- The Dog Expert on Blue Sky Radio Show hosted by Jennifer Gibson on CBC Radio
- a seasonal weekly column Dog Gone Good Advice on the The Afternoon Edition with Colin Grewar on CBC Radio
Interviews for publication:
- the United States Rottweiler Magazine which is distributed internationally
- Total Rottweiller a Canadian Rottweiller magazine with international distribution
- a contact for production companies looking for dog actors and has provided a trained dog, Artemis, for movie performances
Recognizing the importance of Community Service, Barbara is active in many Pet Therapy Programs with
her Briard Artemis and Rottweiler Gabriel. These engagements range from Children’s
Bereavement Camps to working with developmentally challenged children and adults
to Alzheimer’s Day Patients as well as long term care patients in Care Homes
and in the Wascana Rehab Centre. In her commitment to the betterment of human/canine
relationships she promotes the
No Bite Program to numerous elementary school
students to teach them respect for pets and how to properly approach and pet a dog.
Professionally Barbara is committed to continuing education and travels throughout North America to attend workshops, lectures and seminars. She also competes in Agility, Conformation and Herding and is currently training dogs in Service/Assistance, Competitive Obedience, Drafting, Schutzhund, Endurance and recreational dog sledding. Her Rottweiler Gabriel was rated VSP1 and awarded First in his Class at the Alberta Sieger Show and passed his Canadian Temperament Test, TT in June of 2005 and her Briard Artemis is an Internationally Titled Herding Dog.