Lucy Martin, BaSc CPDT-KA Living in a rural community has made animals a natural part of Lucy’s life from early on, although it was into her teen years before any of them moved into the house. Dogs (and cats) have been a constant in her life and have resulted in countless opportunities to learn about and from them. Each one adds a new layer of understanding about them as well as herself. Lucy’s current canine partner Rayna is a Rottweiler with a strong Germanic sense of order and rules which surely would make the world a better place. She is equally enthusiastic about the important things in life – food, family, food, and friends. Rayna and Lucy started puppy classes in Spring 2013 and have been DITP community members ever since.
Lucy has had many influences in her life, both from the human world as well as from the non-human world. She completed her BASc (Gerontology) degree at the University of Guelph and worked in that field for a few years before a change in location led to a shift into the hospitality industry. Eventually, Lucy followed her heart into work focused around animals. She sought out ways to get her hands on as many different dogs as possible in various capacities. Among other endeavours, Lucy completed her certification in Small Animal Acupressure & Massage, and followed that with an internship at DITP. In 2016, she successfully wrote her qualifying exam, becoming a professional Certified Pet Dog Trainer as well as a DITP Instructor.
Lucy fundamentally values mutual respect in how we relate with our dogs. For Lucy, this means making mindful choices about how to best approach, handle and communicate with each dog - always ensuring their feeling of safety, with the intention of strengthening the trust and cooperation we value from our dogs. Thanks to each dog and each person who shares this commitment and invites her to walk and learn with you.
Rachel Tiessen RVT BSC(Hons) CPDT-KA originally went to the University of Guelph to study Wildlife Biology. After she graduated, Rachel discovered that she had a passion for working with companion animals on a daily basis, so she channelled her career into the veterinary field as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She has completed the Dogs in the Park Intern Program and received her Certified Professional Dog Trainer Certification (CDPT-KA) in the spring of 2017.
Rachel started with Dogs in the Park in 2013, bringing her Lab mix Luna to the Good Dog program after they graduated from Vet Tech school together. With the skills they learned in Good Dog, they quickly moved on to tackle the challenge of learning new things in the Levels program and currently enjoy participating in Rally-O, Tunnels and Jumps and especially Tracking. When Luna is not chasing bunnies, getting stuck in the woods or rolling in something smelly, she entertains Rachel with her funny antics while learning new things (Luna is quite convinced that 101 Things To Do With A Box is the best game EVER). Because of her experiences with Luna, Rachel has a soft spot for dogs with behavioural issues and an understanding of what their owners are going through. This also motivates her to help puppies get the best start on life so they don't have to face some of these behavioural challenges. Rachel continues to assist in the Good Dog Program, but you cann also find her teaching in Levels and Puppy Classes.
Outside of the training hall Rachel enjoys hiking, birding, photography and playing sports.