Dogs in the Park
Where Dogs and their People Build Better Relationships!

The Principals

 
Sue and Kayak enjoy an impromptu swim in a pond!

Sue and Kayak enjoy an impromptu swim in a pond!

Sue Alexander CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, CDBC has over twenty five years experience training and handling dogs, both her own and those of her clients. Sue has also been teaching dog obedience lessons since 1993. Sue has participated in a variety of dog sports including obedience, tracking, retrieving, Schutzhund and agility with her own dogs and those of her clients.  Sue recently lost her sport dog Eco and is now waiting to find the right canine partner to add to her life.  Outside of the dog training world, Sue is an avid outdoorsman, participating in camping, hunting and canoeing, and she is also an enthusiastic equestrian athlete.  Sue enjoys riding her mare Kayak, and learning the finer points of dressage.

Sue founded Dogs in the Park when she was a student at the University of Guelph, and she co-owns it now with her husband John.  Sue is particularly interested in the rehabilitation of aggressive dogs and the resolution of behavioural problems with dogs in family homes. In 2003, Sue wrote and passed the Certificate of Pet Dog Training and in the fall of 2004, she was accepted into the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants as a clinical member. More recently, Sue wrote and passed the Certificate of Behaviour Consulting Canine, Knowledge Assessed. For more information about Sue's credentials, please visit www.ccpdt.org and www.iaabc.org.

 
John enjoys working with Friday and MacKenzie at the same time!

John enjoys working with Friday and MacKenzie at the same time!

John Alexander BA CPDT-KA, The Puppy Guy was one of the original students of Dogs in the Park with his dog Alex.  After many years and many dogs, John made the transition from the financial industry to spend all of his time and energy working at what he is truly passionate about; helping puppies find their place in their family.  John is our primary puppy program developer and co-owner of Dogs in the Park; if you have a puppy in our program, you will likely meet John before you meet anyone else.  There is nothing like a warm puppy to bring a smile to John's face.

John and his German Shepherd Friday enjoy training for the Open Obedience Ring, for Advanced and Excellent Rally, and in Tunnels and Jumps in house.  They also spend as much time as they are able out on the trails preparing to backpack in Algonquin Park together.  Friday and John often share their adventures in the backcountry on our Facebook page where they talk about how training makes their work together safer and more interesting.  

Outside of the dog training world, John is a dedicated mounted archer, and he shoots arrows from the back of his mare MacKenzie.  Sometimes Friday joins John and MacKenzie on the archery range where they practice the delicate balance of integrating three species to a common goal.  John also enjoys reading, yoga and following the stock markets in his spare time.