Alison Stephens

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Alison Stephens's vision for enrichment of the human/animal bond is the reason she left her "other life" behind to focus on training fulltime, using positive training methods. Embracing these methods and incorporating the "power" of the clicker into training took the relationship between Alison and her German shepherd, Paige, to new heights. Everyone should experience such trust and respect, and have such fun! Alison's goal now is to share all of that with her students (human, canine, and equine).


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).   

Services Offered: 

Private in-home consultations and training, puppy kindergarten, foundation behaviors, pet manners, and individual dog walking, focusing on loose-leash walking

Group classes (taught at Sit Happens! Companion Dog Training) include puppy classes and basic obedience and pet manners classes

3431 Kerry Park Road SW
Calgary , AB


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