I'm Danika, and I'm so happy you're here. I'm a CPDT-KA certified dog trainer (certified professional dog trainer- knowledge assessed), and I really enjoy working with people and their dogs in an empathetic, gentle, and evidence-based manner. I'm not perfect, my dogs aren't perfect, and I don't expect perfection from my clients or their dogs! Guilt and shame have no place in my training, and neither do force or fear. What I hope we can find together is a mindful, easeful approach to training that builds trust and communication between you and your dog, leading to effective change and an improved quality of life for you both. My training may not fit the idea of "control" and "obedience" that you thought dog training involved, but I'm excited to show you how much the industry has advanced, and what modern, consent-based training can do for you!
I got started with dog training because of my puppy Ulu; she was a true wild child and I found myself struggling, stressed, and feeling utterly helpless. The process of training her was so challenging, fascinating, uncomfortable, and rewarding. It forced me to confront so many things about myself, and I grew immeasurably from the experience. That process then led me to becoming a trainer, with the intention of helping guardians and their dogs find peace, ease, and joy in their relationships... because I know exactly how it feels to be overwhelmed and struggling! After completing a training program and apprenticeship, I worked with renowned local company BabyDog for 3 years, climbing quickly to the position of Head Trainer, and specializing in helping reactive dogs and their owners. I became well-known around Victoria for my ability to genuinely connect with my clients, and provide them with skills for effective change. Finally, I decided to branch out on my own and start my own company, which is what has brought us together! Nodding Dog Training is my newest chapter, and I'm so happy to share it with you. I'm interested in animal behaviour, communication, and the human-animal relationship. I am a force-free, fear-free trainer, which means that choice, compassion, patience, and consideration of the animal's and owner's needs are at the forefront of my methodology. I love to learn, to read, and to continue educating myself to stay up to date with the most humane and effective methods to teach animals (including humans!). I recently adopted a second dog named Potato with my partner William, and together we also have a cat named Neko. The five of us live in our own personal chaos, but we try to experience as much joy, humour, and love in each day as we can.