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Reactive Rachel? Being Aware of Your Own Fears as a Dog Pro

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Cost: $25.00 for Members
$55.00 for Non-Members
Target Audience: Beginning Trainer, Intermediate Trainer
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Reactive Rachel? Being Aware of Your Own Fears as a Dog Pro

With Michelle Sevigny

Are you a new trainer who is hesitant to make connections with other professionals or been met with less than open arms from other trainers? Do you want to take the CPDT exam but keep putting it off? Do you get angry or worried when another trainer opens a nearby business? Do you have new ideas to promote your business but never seem to get around to them? Do you want to train dogs full-time but are hesitant to leave your current job? Using trainers’ language plus scientific research, philosophy and personal experience, Michelle takes a humorous look at how your own fears may hold you back regarding professional and business development. This will be a thought-provoking presentation but you will also gain practical tips and techniques to determine your own triggers plus learn management tools to deal with your fears when they do appear. All things are difficult before they are easy. - Thomas Fuller

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn how to identify their own fear triggers and how to manage
  2. Participants will learn how to break down their negative patterns and change into positive patterns to accomplish all the things you want out of life

Presenter Information:

Michelle is an entrepreneur, writer, runner and dog lover.

She is the owner and Director of Business Development of Dogtime Canine Recreation Company where she helps Dogtime trainers grow into the best trainers they can be. She is also the creator and Director of Instructor Development of Dogsafe Canine First Aid and author of Dogsafe: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know in an Emergency and Operation Find Fido: How to Find a Lost Dog Fast. Michelle is also the creator of Share Your Courage Network, an organization that, through workshops, inspires people to create the lives of their dreams.  

Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and Psychology and was a Vancouver police officer for nine years before switching directions to work with dogs full-time. She experienced an ‘a-ha’ moment about human fears when she took her own knowledge about fearful dogs and applied it to herself. She continues to research and write about how fear and anxiety stops people from doing what they really want to do.

Michelle continues to blast through new fears while living in North Vancouver, BC and shares her home with Monty, a rottweiler adopted from the Vancouver city animal shelter.


  • CCPDT: 1.5 CEUs
  • KPA: 1.5 CUEs
  • IACP: 1.5 CEUs


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