Paus-n-Train provides year round dog training classes in Obedience, Agility and Rally-O. Drawing on the "Positive reinforcement" philosophy of dog training, Gwen Little uses what is commonly referred to as the "clicker method." With class sizes limited to 4 students per trainer, each participant can benefit from one on one time with the trainer.
Sharon Worsley began her dog training career as an apprentice in 1994. She became interested in dog training when she got her first purebred Bearded Collie in 1992. After taking her dog through a traditional type obedience school she entered her dog in her first obedience trial. It was a very terrifying experience for her dog, Shellby. Another Bearded Collie owner approached Sharon and offered to teach her a better way to train her dog. Then began the apprenticing at K-9 Klubhouse in Pickering.
She continues to further her knowledge of canine behaviour by attending many seminars and workshops that include internationally recognized instructors and researchers such as: Dr. Ian Dunbar, Gary Wilkes, Carolyn Clark, Cheryl Smith, Leslie Nelson, Donna Duford, Jean Donaldson, Turid Ruugas, Greg Derrett, Susan Garrett among others. One of her favourite workshops was Bob Bailey's -- Chicken Clicken. She found it so very rewarding to train a chicken!
In 2000, under the guidance of her mentor she founded Paus-N-Train Obedience and Agility. It started out in her backyard with an agility class of 4 students. Sharon continued her apprenticeship for another 3 years before striking out on her own.
Sharon believes only in “Training the Positive Way.” She is not a permissive trainer, just a positive one. She does not use force, yelling, squirt bottles, or shake cans to get rid of problem behaviors. Instead, she uses the main human tool, the brain. One must find ways to prevent the dog from practicing the behavior and rewarding itself while teaching the dog something else it can do. This requires problem solving and creative thought. Because the dog-human relationship is so important, force is simply not part of Sharon’s dog training toolbox. This methodology involves positive reinforcement with praise, treats or toys, integrating fun and play into all training lessons. This makes it fun and rewarding for both owner and dog.
Her methods are based on some of the best trainers in North America. The results of her training techniques speak for themselves. Sharon's three Bearded Collies have achieved their Canadian Championships, Companion Dog and Agility titles in ACC, CKC and AKC. Columbus continues to compete at the National level at the ripe old age of 12 years. He is a champion even as a veteran. Her latest acquired dog is a fearful Australian Shepard named Markus. He recently entered his first agility trial and coped so well with the other dogs and new people, Sharon couldn't help but be so proud that he had no reactions to either dogs or people.
Some of Sharon's agility students have also gone on to compete at the National level as well as enjoy competing their dogs in local trials. Many continue taking classes with her year round just for the fun of working with their dog.
Now Sharon passes the mantle of effective humane dog training as a mentor for ABC college and has invested in multiple new trainers. It thrills her to be part of growing the positive reinforcement movement in dog training.
Gwen Little has a BSc. in economics and is an honours graduate of Animal Behaviour College as a Certified Dog Trainer. To enhance her education with ABC College she mentored under Sharon Worsley and has been training at Paus-N-Train for several years now.
Gwen services the Peterborough area with both private and group classes and continues to assist Sharon Wednesday evenings for Dog Manners #1, #2 and Rally-O.
Continuing education is a strong personal mandate of Gwen's. It is important to her to be current and relevant with science based methodologies of canine training. She attends educational conferences and continues to take follow up courses through Animal Behavior College. She hopes to write her CPDT-KA which is an internationally recognized designation. Once accomplished, she will be the only CPDT-KA in this area. (CPDT-KA= Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed)
In Peterborough, Gwen is the only certified dog trainer and the only clicker trainer in the city and surrounding area. She prides herself in the science based method of training. Positive reinforcement training is the most humane, kind and fun way to train a dog. This method of training has the added bonus of deepening and strengthening the canine-human bond.
Gwen hosts educational/information seminars monthly for new puppy owners at PetValu in Peterborough and has written several articles for Freedom magazine.
She has spent her whole life around animals of all species. Becoming a dog trainer was a natural course for her to travel. She finds it hugely rewarding working with both dogs and their owners that she meets along the way.