Burnaby dog ​​trainer honored for kindness to animals

The story of Julia Lomb – owner and trainer at Neighborhound Dog Training in Burnaby – has always involved animals.

Lomb’s love and admiration for animals earned him a veterinary degree in Germany and later a doctorate through UBC’s animal welfare program. Lomb’s interest in animal behavior later led her to become a dog trainer and open Neighborhound Dog Training, now recognized by the BC SPCA’s AnimalKind accreditation.

Lomb works with dogs and their families by meeting their needs through humane training methods.

“I use science-based and compassionate teaching methods and offer training services for family dogs, with an emphasis on puppies and dogs that rush and bark on a leash,” Lomb said. “I love private training because it gives me the opportunity to really personalize the training of each team of dog sitters and to support each team at a high level during and between sessions.”

The BC SPCA created the AnimalKind Program to help find and refer companies with high animal welfare standards and qualified trainers who use only science-based and cruelty-free training methods.

Dog training is unregulated in British Columbia, which can make it difficult for dog sitters to know which trainers they can trust.

“When dog sitters are looking for a trainer, it can be difficult trying to determine whether a trainer is using science-based methods that have been shown to work and are better for dogs, or outdated techniques that cause fear and pain. to dogs,” said Nicole Fenwick, manager, research and standards for the BC SPCA.

While completing her PhD, Lomb provided research and auditing support for AnimalKind. A few years later, now a dog trainer herself, she is proud to have her own business accredited.

“As an animal welfare scientist, I find it difficult to believe and accept that there are no regulations in dog training and related professions, even though so much knowledge and skill are needed to conduct training humanely and effectively,” Lomb said. “Instead, we must blindly believe that the person or company we are asking for help with our pets has the right education and will not fall back on dog behavior myths or beliefs. outdated training methods.I believe the AnimalKind program is an incredible step in ensuring that dogs are trained and treated humanely and that it provides more clarity to the public on who to trust in their dog.

The BC SPCA launched the first set of AnimalKind standards – for wildlife and rodent control businesses – in 2018. Through a partnership with the UBC Animal Welfare Program, the BC SPCA, the Vancouver Foundation and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies provided funding to establish the program. AnimalKind Standards for Dog Training – the second set of standards developed, launched in January 2019.

Learn more about AnimalKind accreditation, what to look for in a trainer, or find a trainer near you at animalkind.ca.

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