Our mission is to provide premium, personalized, professional pet care services, which enrich the lives of companion animals and provide owners with peace of mind.
Each dog walk and pet visit is tailored to your specific requirements and the needs of your pets. Each visit and walk is designed to look after your beloved pet’s physical welfare, as well as considers their emotional and mental health. To minimize boredom, loneliness, and frustration we make sure to provide the appropriate engagement and enrichment for your pet’s species, breed, age, and personality. During walks we play games that engage the dog’s brain, encouraging confidence, leash manners, recall, as well as appropriate interactions with other dogs and people.
To ensure the safety and comfort of your pet, we use low-stress and fear-free handling techniques, always using the least intrusive, minimally aversive (LIMA) methods to obtain required behaviours. We are passionate supporters of science-based, positive reinforcement training techniques, which means lots of rewarding your pet with praise, treats, and toys. This keeps our walks fun and fulfilling for your pet!
Certifications & Memberships
About Maria Adams
Owner / Pet Care Provider
Maria has over 8 years experience as a pet care professional, both as a dog walker and kennel attendant with a municipal animal shelter. Committed to providing her human clients with peace of mind, Maria keeps her pet first aid certification up-to-date, sends updates and photos each visit, and pursues ongoing continuing education. She is currently working towards obtaining her Certificate in Training and Counselling from The Academy for Dog Trainers. Maria prides herself on running a business committed to accommodating the needs of both human and pet clients. When not out having fun with client pets, Maria enjoys spending time with her two Nova Scotia Duck Tollers, Penny and Nemo. Maria and her dogs practice cooperative care and life skills training, as well as participate in dog sports such as Rally Obedience, Musical Freestyle, and Tricks.
Maria’s Current Dogs
Penny is 10 years old, loves cuddles, hiking in the woods, and learning new tricks. She has earned her Canine Good Neighbour certification, as well as her Novice, Advanced, Excellent, and Novice Team titles in CARO Rally-O, and Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, and Excellent Trick Dog titles.
Nemo is 5 years old. He struggles with generalized anxiety disorder but has made huge strides since joining Maria’s family. Nemo is a playful, sweet dog, who requires a little extra care and attention. Nemo has earned his Novice, Advanced, and Novice Team titles in CARO Rally-O.
Education & Experience
As a lifelong learner, Maria eagerly seeks out and maximizes opportunities to expand her knowledge of pet care, animal behaviour, and dog training. She enjoys listening to animal training podcasts, reading about science-based animal behaviour and training techniques, attending courses and seminars, as well as learning from the amazing trainers and veterinary behaviourists who generously offer to share their time and expertise. Below is quick summary of Maria’s most recent professional education adventures. For a detailed list of all seminars and courses attended go here.
Dec 2020 – Certified Trick Dog Instructor
Successfully completed the Do More With Your Dog! Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CDTI) program, which required the demonstration of the knowledge and hands-on training techniques applicable to this sport. As a CDTI, I can coach and witness tricks to assist pet owners in achieving their trick titles.
May 23-25, 2020 – The Lemonade Conference
This exciting educational extravaganza was hosted by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and Fenzi Dog Sport Academy (FDSA). Delighted to learn from over 40 amazing presenters from around the world, who are leaders in dog training and pet behaviour. Over the course of the 3 days, I managed to participate in 25 live stream presentations, mainly focusing on ethology, husbandry, and enrichment. In addition, I am super excited to have access to recordings of the all other sessions, which I will be watching over the next few months.
Jan 10-12, 2020 – Karen Prior Academy Clicker Expo
Penny and Maria had an amazing time at Clicker Expo. There were fantastic speakers on a variety of great topics. As it is impossible to attend every session, she focused on the ones about working with anxious dogs and training for cooperative care. Also, really enjoyed lectures and labs on cue discrimination and practicing handler techniques.