Joan Weston: M.A.Ed, IAABC Certified Canine Behavior Consultant
Joan grew up in Great Neck, Long Island, just outside New York City.
After receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Joan re-located to Toronto to pursue graduate research in Motor Learning and Sport Psychology, areas that would form the foundation for her career in training and behavior. She received her Masters Degree in Education from Central Michigan University in 2017, and was Certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants as a Canine Behaviorist in May of 2018.
She is a head instructor at Scholars in Collars Dog Training located in Burlington, Ontario. The school, whose curriculum is based on science and positive training methods, has won the Readers’ Choice Award for best dog training school 21 years in a row, a remarkable testament to both the trainers and the methods.
Joan spent many years as a professor at Durham College, where she designed and implemented the Animal Behavior course for the Animal Care Certificate Program. An innovative and engaging teacher, she brought out the best in her students while upholding high standards for academics and learning.
She is also the author of The ITREAT Protocol: An Integrated Approach to the Assessment, Training, and Adoption of Shelter Dogs. This is a revolutionary tool for humane societies and animal shelters providing a unique all-in-one program to help increase adoption rates and improve animal welfare.
Joan is also a regular presenting speaker for professional development programs held by Toronto Animal Services and the Association of Animal Shelter Administrators of Ontario.
A talented and entertaining writer, Joan also maintains a popular blog, and was honored to be nominated for the Dog Writers of America – Excellence in Journalism Award for her Dogs on the Couch column.
A lifelong dog owner and lover, she trains her bulldogs in a wide variety of activities, including competitive obedience, agility, disc, freestyle, and hearing service dog assistance. If you’ve seen her performing with her bulldog PotRoast on stage with the Woofjocks or the Canine Stars, then you’ve laughed along at their crowd pleasing antics and seen the power of positive training in action! When she isn’t performing with her bullies, she can be found on the ice, tending goal for her Stoney Creek Oldtimers’ team and trying to get them to a championship. She was honored with the Bronze T from the University of Toronto, and represented the USA at the Inaugural Women’s World Hockey Championships in 1987.
Jamie Weston: Director
Jamie was born and raised in Toronto. She has a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Jamie is involved in bulldog and pug rescue in the province of Ontario and has volunteered with various therapy dog programs.
Jamie is the “voice” of our organization; she serves as the primary point-of-contact for clients, is responsible for managing the day-to-day aspects of our organization by sending service and pricing information to clients; scheduling behavioural consults and puppy prep visits; administering our website; and scheduling seminars.
On a personal note, Jamie serves with various volunteer organizations. Jamie can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org