Alison's love of animals was apparent even as a very young child. Her childhood was filled with dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and, eventually, horses. That animal love would continue on into adulthood.
With the Calgary Humane Society, Alison produced a television show profiling some of the shelter dogs, cats, and rabbits awaiting adoption. The educational component of the show helped adopters make the right choices, and many of the "guest stars" found loving, forever homes. The program went on to win the 1996 National Media Commendation Award for promoting animal welfare, presented by the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies.
Alison began volunteering as an assistant at Sit Happens! Companion Dog Training, and now coaches and instructs group puppy classes, pet manners and obedience classes, agility, and Rally-O classes. She strives to bring out the best in every person and every dog she works with.
Sharing her home with her very tolerant husband, Darrell, her German shepherd, Paige, and her cats, Martin and Rocco, Alison still clicker trains and rides Doc, her 25-year-old quarter horse in the beautiful foothills of Alberta.
Alison is a member of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers), the CAPPDT (Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers), and is very proud to be a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPACTP).