Burnaby Dog Trainer Recognized by AnimalKind Accreditation

The story of Julia Lomb, PhD, owner and trainer at Neighborhound Dog Training in Burnaby, has always involved animals. Lomb’s love and admiration for animals earned him a degree in veterinary medicine in Germany and later a doctorate in the animal welfare program at the University of British Columbia. 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.

Julia Lomb with her dog, Blue.

Lomb works with dogs and their families by meeting their needs through humane training methods. Lomb says, “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 in leave alone. 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 businesses 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to determine whether a trainer is using science-based methods that have been shown to work and are better for dogs, or outdated techniques that cause fear and pain.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,” says 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.

Lomb says, “As an animal welfare scientist, I find it hard to believe and accept that there are no regulations in dog training and related professions, even though so much knowledge and skills are necessary to carry out humane and effective training. 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 myths about dog behavior or methods. obsolete dressage. 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.

Fenwick said, “It takes a community effort to raise the bar in the dog training industry, and we are grateful that companies like Neighborhound Dog Training are joining the program. Their commitment to using scientific, effective and humane training methods has a positive effect on the well-being of dogs.

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.

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