Tamryn has been crazy about dogs her whole life. As a child, when she was crying inconsolably, her family could stop the tears with the mere mention of a dog. “Oh, look – I think I see a dog over there”, someone would say. Tamryn would quickly wipe her tears away to catch a glimpse of said dog. A dirty trick, but they say it worked every time.
Tamryn’s first dog, Carly, helped her learn how to work with impossible cases. To the very end, Carly remained a strong and wild soul. The next dog was Layla, a boxer with insurmountable anxiety and aggression issues. As an added bonus, the 2 dogs fought each other on an almost daily basis for the first while they were together.
Carly and Layla’s legacy is seen in Tamryn’s dedication to helping people living with aggression and other behaviour problems in their dogs. She often feels the 2 dogs guiding her when she sets out to help a client reach their dog to facilitate resolution.
In truth, Tamryn’s favourite cases are the most difficult ones. She is never intimidated by aggression, only becoming more committed when she sees dogs who she knows she can help. And she adores stubborn, tough dogs who make her work to win them over.
Tamryn’s gentle nature has helped her stay clear of dominance-based dog training tactics and physically intimidating methods. She has spent many years developing unique dog training systems based on her special skill with dogs and the people who live with them.
As well as dog training, Tamryn loves nature and enjoys spending time on the land whenever possible. She and her dogs Bryssa (boxer) and Peasie (Boston terrier) can be seen around Kamloops enjoying the trails and beaches. She also lives with her husband Chris and Siamese cat Hannah.
Tamryn has invested over 20 years in developing her skill as a dog trainer. From the start, she explored all aspects of working with dogs: veterinary clinics, volunteering at animal shelters, fostering shelter dogs, pet sitting, obedience, agility, flyball, and therapy dog work.
After working at veterinary clinics, she realized she wasn’t made to be a veterinarian – there was not enough direct interaction and connection with the animals for her. She wanted to help dogs, and decided to look more into dog training.
She spent time with dog trainers, searching for the method and philosophy that she wanted to adopt. It took 4 years to find the people she would base her life’s work on – Kathy and Gary Gibson. She discovered them through the veterinarian she was working for, who recommended that she meet them.
Tamryn spent 5 years learning from dog behaviour experts Kathy and Gary Gibson. They helped her open her first dog daycare, where she spent time rehabilitating dogs with social issues. Tamryn honed her assessment skills and built her dog training techniques at the dog daycare, where she handled groups of 20-25 dogs each day.
When Tamryn and her family moved to Kamloops BC, she sold her dog daycare. In Kamloops, Tamryn opened a dog training facility where she offered group and private dog training programs, dog daycare and a shop with dog supplies. She has always remained committed to working with aggression and behaviour problems.
After 12 years with the dog training facility, Tamryn sold the business and took a few years to rest – leading to her current pursuit; focusing on private dog training programs to help people living with aggression and behaviour problems in their dogs.