Anyone can say they are a dog trainer. In fact we have seen some people list books they have read, or seminars they have attended as "credentials". But what have they accomplished? How long have they been training, have they personally had any success? We are proud of our continued success, and happy to be able to share our knowledge & expertise with our students!
"Ijaeda" CD, TD, BH, AD, SchH1, TT, Am./Cdn, CGC, HIC(s)
High Obedience In Trial (95 pts), 2001 Ont. Regional SchH1 Champion, qualified for SchH Nationals
"Isis" CD, TD, BH, AD, SchH1, HIT(s), TT, CGN
High SchH1 (98V-96V-96V), High Obedience in Trial, High in Trial (290V), 4x 1st in Class Wins for CD)
V-"Jadda" CD, TD, BH, AD, SchH1, TT, CGN, KKL 1a
High Protection in Trial (98V), 99/100 V-score in Tracking, High Scoring Shepherd in Trial (HDKOC)
Cairo von Immerstark BH, AD, TR1, HIT(s)
HighTR1 in Trial (98V)
& soon to be more!
Ch. ptd. "Cali" CD, TD, BH, AD, HIT(s), TT, CGN
High in Trial (SKDOC), High BH in Trial, 4x 1st in Class Wins for CD, Winner`s Bitch - Erie Shores KC Show
Dasko von Immerstark BH, AD, IPO1, HIT(s)
2nd place at 2012 Ontario Regional Championship (IPO1), High Year-End Tracking Dog (YRSC)
SG-Iraven von Immerstark PCD, CD (2 legs), BH, AD IPO1
High Protection in Trial (SSSC - June 2016), 2x High in Class for CD
A dog lover my entire life, I was never able to have a dog as a child due to my father's allergies. I walked and trained a neighbourhood of dogs and worked at dog groomers and veterinarian hospitals all through high school & university to get my "dog" fix! I obtained my B.A. in Psychology studying animal behaviour and learning theories with great interest. Much of this knowledge has been incorporated into my training methods.
For me it has never been enough just to do something with my dog - I have to understand why it works, or doesn't. I take pride in using motivational methods and have a wonderful relationship with my dogs which shows in their performances.
I started in the sports of Schutzhund, CKC obedience & tracking 22 years ago. During this time period I have titled many different dogs to a total of 47 performance titles and was also a CGN judge for the Canadian Kennel Club.
After breeding, raising and training German Shepherds under the kennel name of Immerstark Shepherds for many years I obtained my first Australian Shepherd in early 2022 - and well let's just say I'm head over heels in love. In less than 2 years I have put 36 titles on my 4 young Aussies including barn hunt, scent detection, conformation, trick, and sprinter titles with many more titles to come as they prepare for the rally and obedience rings.
Below are a few videos of me training my own dogs, puppies & actual competition footage of Iraven at Muskoka District KC doing her CD.
Here is SG-Iraven von Immerstark BH, AD, PCD tonight - she had the winter off and is raring to go - back to work momma dog....well - after puppies again ;)
Unleashed K9 Performance
Raven recall, finish
I first started competing in CKC obedience in the 1980's and shortly thereafter joined the German Shepherd Schutzhund Club of Canada to pursue the sport of Schutzhund (tracking, obedience & protection). I founded the Lakeside Schutzhund Club where I was the President for 10 years. I am also a past Training Director for the Ontario Region of the GSSCC.
Over the years I have raised, trained and titled multiple dogs from puppies all the way to SchH3, competing many times at a National level with a top 10 placing for Canada. My female V-"Trixie" SchH1, SchH2, SchH3, AD, KKL 1a Lbz was a Canadian National Siegerin. I have earned my Bronze, Silver and Gold Sports Medals in schutzhund, winning multiple High Tracking, High Obedience and multiple High Protection In Trial awards.
Prior to the Toronto Police Service having their own K9 Unit I was requested to use one of my trained dogs in a missing person search earning a letter of appreciation from them. I have also successfully trained a dog through to RCMP Police Dog Certification. I then got into TV work, with my trained dogs appearing in Littlest Hobo episodes.