Surrey dog ​​trainer receives AnimalKind accreditation

Bianca Steinmetz, owner of Bianca’s Dog Training & Behavioral Consulting, is on a mission to strengthen relationships between dogs and their caretakers through science-based humane dog training. Steinmetz, who worked at a dog daycare before owning a dog walking service, decided to get the education and qualifications to become a humane dog trainer, which led her to open Bianca’s Dog. Training & Behavioral Consulting. It’s been over a decade since Steinmetz’s training journey began, and his journey continues with the latest success of receiving BC SPCA AnimalKind accreditation.

Bianca Steinmetz, owner of Bianca’s Dog Training & Behavioral Consulting, with her two dogs, Izzy and Boston Terrier Hugo.

Born and raised in Germany, Steinmetz grew up with German Shepherds, but it was her own dog Luna, a border collie Labrador mix, that sparked her interest in dog training. Steinmetz says, “Luna was a patient teacher. We started to learn from each other by observing, and over time we developed a language of our own. This relationship cemented Steinmetz’s passion for impacting the way humans and dogs interact. Steinmetz says, “If we can admire our dogs for who they are and treat them with respect, if we can see the bond with our dogs as relationships versus ownership, then we can begin to understand each other’s language. and start connecting and working. with each other.”

The BC SPCA created the AnimalKind Accreditation Program to help dog sitters find dog trainers who use science-based, humane training methods and are committed to animal welfare.

“Choosing a coach can be difficult. Dog sitters run the risk of working with trainers who use outdated techniques that can harm their dogs,” says Nicole Fenwick, Research and Standards Manager for the BC SPCA, “AnimalKind offers dog sitters a way practice of finding a dog based on rewards. trainers who understand the role of evidence-based training methods in strengthening the human-animal bond.

Steinmetz agrees, “The dog training industry is still unregulated and anyone can call themselves a dog trainer without any formal education to understand dogs. AnimalKind provides resources and advice for people who need help. They are trusted to make sure their dog’s best interest is at heart, and the advice they provide is science-based. Being accredited by AnimalKind offers it all. Their selection screening and auditing process is second to none. My wish is that this becomes the standard for all coaches to follow.

Steinmetz’s company is the latest to receive AnimalKind accreditation from the BC SPCA. “Dog sitters in White Rock and South Surrey can rely on Bianca’s Dog Training & Behavioral Consulting and Ocean Park Dog Training for their training needs. They can also rely on other accredited AnimalKind businesses in British Columbia that offer virtual services,” says Fenwick, “AnimalKind’s community of humane dog trainers is growing, which is positively impacting the well-being of pets. 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.

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