Nicola Barham

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Nicola (Nicky) works at Carolark -- The Canine Learning Centre, located in Kanata, Ontario.

In addition to her certification as a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), Nicky is also a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA). She has extensive experience in the dog show arena, having shown dogs in local, regional, and national shows, as well as at the prestigious Crufts Dog Show in England. With experience in dog obedience and agility training, she is committed to using only positive methods of education for our canine friends.

Nicky enjoys working with both people and animals. As a long-time foster parent with extensive behavior training, Nicky is experienced in teaching skills to children and adults in many situations. She believes that the scientific approach of clicker training is the key to establishing a true partnership between humans and their animal friends, and is an essential component of responsible pet ownership.


Growing up as an only child in a small town in England, Nicky’s affinity for animals began very early in her life. She rescued and rehabilitated many species, including snakes, rabbits, cats, dogs, and horses, although Nicky’s enthusiasm was not always shared by her parents! Her policy was, and continues to be, that "there is always room for one more." when there is an animal in need.

Accompanied by her husband, two dogs, and a parrot, Nicky moved to Canada in the early '80s. Their family soon expanded to include three children and a variety of pets. Over the years Nicky has housed and rehabilitated both wild animals and unwanted pets, many with severe emotional, behavioral, and health issues.

With a diploma in child psychology, Nicky moved into the field of child welfare. The Barham home has welcomed numerous foster children over the past 20 years. Nicky enjoys the challenge of teaching children of various ages and from very diverse backgrounds how to handle, care for and love the animals in their home. Her skills as a foster parent and trainer combined with her love of children and animals create a tranquil and theraputic setting on her family farm.

Instrumental in bringing a Pony Club to West Carleton, Nicky spent several years in the position of district commissioner, and competed at various horse shows. For the past 12 years, she has owned and managed Haytor Stables where she has boarded horses and facilitated riding lessons.

Her current menagerie includes five dogs, four cats, two pigmy goats, five horses, a rabbit, and several chickens.

Nicky’s passion lies in helping others discover the joy of training their dogs to be true members of their families.

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Carolark offers clients a wide range of dog training services including group classes, in-home consultations, Canine Good Citizen testing, as well as programs for individuals and families with dogs of all ages, from puppies to senior dogs and recent adoptions. Nicky's style of in home-training is ideal for one-on-one interaction, troubleshooting, and building a tailored program for you and your pet.

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Group, private and semi private classes at Carolark for all ages of dogs, from puppies to senior dogs. Canine Good Citizen testing, Rally O, tricks, agility. In-home services are tailored to suit the clients needs, from puppy to the harder-to-handle dogs, human reactivity, dog-to-dog aggression, or just newly adopted dogs.
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+1 (613) 591-3277
5933 Hazeldean Road
K2S 1B9 Stittsville , ON


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