LINDA BARTON, BCCSDIP.DOGBHV, CCS
Chasin’ Tails Owner
Chasin’ Tails is owned and operated by Linda Barton, BCCSDip.DogBhv, CCS. Linda has obtained the Certified Canine Specialist designation through the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC). She has a certificate in behavior consulting through the British College of Canine studies, and is currently enrolled in the E-Learning for dogs Canine Behavior Consultant program as well as the CBCC-KA study program in order to stay current on the leading research in Canine Behaviour Consulting. She enjoys helping her dedicated staff members to understand the behaviors of the dogs in their care.
Linda believes strongly in continuing education in order to provide the most humane methods for modifying problem behaviors for our pets, and follows the Humane Hierarchy as outlined by the CCPDT. A member of the the IAABC (International Association of Animal
Behavior Consultants) She has 15 years experience in dog care and
considers herself very fortunate to make dogs her life’s work. Her favorite part of owning a dog care center is making the connection with her clients, and helping them enjoy their doggie companions as much as possible.
Cindy Peacock, CBCC KA, CPDT KA, KPA CTP, ABC AMT
Head of Animal Behaviour
Cindy is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP) and has served as Apprentice for the Calgary Humane Society, teaching behaviour classes and working on assessments of incoming animals. She is a Certified Behaviour Consultant Canine (CBCC KA) Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT KA) and has countless hours of first-hand experience working with almost every conceivable behavioural situation.
For over 20 years, Cindy has devoted herself to the care, understanding, and development of the human-animal bond. Her philosophy is that when we bring animals into our world we have a responsibility to work with them through training to not only manage that shared world, but to thrive in it.
Her goal is to keep dogs in their homes forever, and help their human companions reap the joys and rewards that such relationships bring.
Her work started with fostering animals, working with each as an individual to ensure they would have the best possible chance for success in a new home. In 2004 she joined the Calgary Zoo, and spent six years as a keeper/trainer. In 2010, she realized she could make a more direct impact by applying her years of experience and knowledge to working intimately with dogs and their humans, fostering positive and compassionate communication and a fun, meaningful, rewarding relationship.
Jesse Attrill, CPDT KA
Trainer & Class Instructor & Private Certified Trainer
Jesse has always had a deep love and passion for animals. When he was young, he grew up with horses and a variety of dogs, Cats, even a few wolf-dog hybrids. Growing up with so many animals really taught him the importance of understanding body language and how to communicate with them. Jesse started at Chasin’ Tails Dog Daycare Centre in 2012 where he advanced from a canine coach to a highly revered dog trainer by his clients and colleges. It was at Chasin’ Tails where Jesse first discovered his love the dog behaviour, he then became the facilities dog behaviour supervisor. This involves teaching dogs how to manage themselves and behave in the groups. Jesse also teaches workshops to the staff, building relationships with the dogs, safe handling and how effectively communicate with them in groups. Jesse began apprenticing with the different trainers at Chasin’ Tails, where he learned many different tools and techniques for dealing with different temperaments. Jesse has always liked to challenge himself, so its not surprise his favourite dogs to work with are the “hard to handle”. After becoming certified through the council of certified dog trainers and completing his level 4 accredited behavioural certification through the British college of Canine studies, Jesse has become the head trainer at Chasin’ tails. He oversees our Edu-play/Edu-puppy programs, does private lessons, and teaches many different classes like Elementary teen manners and Reactive L.I.F.E class. Lastly if Jesse didn’t have enough going on, he is a valued member of Halo Husky Haven and helps our rescues be successful in their forever homes.
Puppy Class Instructor & Apprentice of Cindy Peacock
Stephanie passion for helping any animal in need stems back to childhood, she was the one who would find strays and go door to door looking for the owner. Over the years her passion never left but was put to the back of her mind while she focused on being a mom to 5 children. A few having mental health needs and needing a lot of support and understanding. Now that they have tools to help them, Steph was able to focus on her passion again. She started volunteering with Halo Husky Haven, that turned in to a need to learn more about how dogs and human’s psychology are so alike. She started working at Chasin’ tails as a receptionist and shadowing any trainer that was open to teaching her. On her down time, she helps find homes for the Halo dogs, does Photography, and spends her time with her kids and husband. You may see her kids in tow when she is here on her days off working with the Huskies or one of the trainers. Its definitely a family affair.
Dj Tost CPDT-KA
Class Instructor, Edu.Play Trainer & Apprentice of Cindy Peacock
Dj has always had a passion for animals that started at a young age. Beginning with summers spent at her grandparents farm, which then lead to doing parades and showing horses across Alberta for four years in her early teens. Knowing she wanted to work in the animal world hands on, she landed her first animal related job at a dog daycare back in 2013. It was at her second facility that she really started to flourish and grow into the dog world. Doing mostly daycare work and dog walking there, she also got to experience the training side of things by shadowing and volunteering for classes in the evenings or any spare time. That’s where she found her passion, helping owners understand their dogs better. That’s what inspired her to apply at Chasin’ Tails, the amazing training department they have and Cindy Peacock as the head of behavior.
Dj has been with the Chasin’ Tails team since August 2019. She started out on the daycare side, moved to the health department and has now been on the training side for almost 2 years. She just recently received her CPDT-KA certification, co-teaching and shadowing Jesse when she can, teaching puppy playtimes and now beginning to do her own private sit downs and transfer sessions.
Apart from learning what she can from whoever she can, Dj is always taking her dog Leo on new off leash adventures, camping as much as possible in the summer, hiking, roller-skating and archery. Not much keeps her inside when it the sun is out!
“There is no greater feeling than knowing you’ve helped a dog and their owner with something they thought was impossible!” -Dj
Tracy Dupuis, CPDT KA
EdVantage Trainer & Apprentice of Cindy Peacock
Calgarian born and raised, Tracy’s love for animals started very young. Furry or feathered they were welcome by her and she learned what they needed to thrive. Fast forward to now with over 20 years of personal and work experience caring for animals. Her passion for training dogs sparked back in 2012. She learned about reward based training and began teaching group obedience classes at pet stores. She helped many people set their dogs up for success in training. She’s also worked as a veterinary assistant for an emergency hospital and pet wellness clinic. After taking time away to raise her child her heart was calling to work with dogs again. It was shortly after that she met Cindy Peacock and began her apprenticeship. Tracy is now CPDT-KA certified and ready to help dogs who need a little extra support with their behaviors. She operates our Ed-Vantage Socials Day School passionately, and she whole heartedly enjoys seeing the dogs make progress through the program.