Do you ever find yourself overwhelmed with choice when it comes to choosing a dog trainer or dog daycare? Are you worried about choosing the wrong one? How do you know if a pet professional is going to handle your pup in a caring and ethical manner?

Unfortunately, there really are no official standards of care that pet professionals are expected to follow and therefor, it’s up to industry leaders to create the standards and educate pup parents on what to demand from the people they trust with their dogs.

In this episode we’re going to talk to the founder of Dogma Training, Megan Stanley, who’s been setting the standards of care in the dog training and dog daycare space for over a decade.

With Megan’s help, we’re going to arm you with the knowledge you’ll need to choose your next pet professional.

Megan’s qualifications include:

  • Founder of Dogma Training and Dogma Academy in Calgary, AB Canada
  • CPDT-KSA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge and Skills Assessed)
  • CBCC-KA (Certified Behaviour Consultant Canine, Knowledge Assessed)
  • FFCP (Fear Free Certified Professional, Trainer)
  • Vice-Chair of the Canadian Association of Professional Dog Trainers
  • Served on the Board for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers for 4.5 years


  • What are “standards of care?”
  • How you as a pup parent can drive positive change in the pet industry
  • The right questions to ask any pet professional to determine their ethics and standards of care.
  • One important sign you may be using the wrong training methods
  • How food works to alter emotion and behaviour in dogs
  • What it means if your dog is not food motivated

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