Upper Brookside dog trainer passionate about her job

Being bitten by a dog at the age of three did not deter Yan Mowatt from spending time with animals. On the contrary, she thinks it contributed to her desire to work with dogs.

“The dog ripped a piece off my cheek and that was something I didn’t want to happen to other people,” she said.

Over the years she has helped many dogs and people through training and education and has operated her own business (Little Moe’s K9 Academy) for approximately 30 years.

His father, known as Big Moe, was a ranger with the Department of Lands and Forests. He started raising German Shepherds when Yan was 10 years old and involved her in dog care.

Although she studied travel and tourism after graduating, Mowatt’s heart was working with dogs. She used a grant for female entrepreneurs to start a small kennel in Greenfield and put in long hours every day.

Yan Mowatt loves dogs and three of those who are very special to her are, from left to right, Cuda, Czech and Tsar.  Mowatt is the owner of Little Moe's K9 Academy and has spent many years training dogs.  LYNN CURWIN - LYNN CURWIN
Yan Mowatt loves dogs and three of those who are very special to her are, from left to right, Cuda, Czech and Tsar. Mowatt is the owner of Little Moe’s K9 Academy and has spent many years training dogs. LYNN CURWIN – LYNN CURWIN

“I worked alone, seven days a week, for years,” she said. “It was not easy.”

She moved her business to Onslow Mountain, then to Jennifer Drive in Bible Hill, before moving to Brookside a few years ago. The facility offers overnight stays, training, behavior consultations, agility classes, obedience and grooming classes and has also hosted shows. A bite prevention program for children also took place.

Things are busy, with two courses held six evenings a week, year-round. Mowatt employs eight regular employees, as well as one person who comes in once a week.

“I get a lot of dogs that others won’t take,” she said. “I get a lot of pit bulls and mastiffs and dogs with issues.”


“With each litter, I want to produce something better. I love German Shepherds. They are faithful and versatile and do not fear the cold. They are smart and can do so many things. I really like this noble look and I really like the black shepherds.

-Yan Mowatt


It uses operant conditioning, where rewards are given for the desired behavior. She warns against being overindulgent towards dogs.

“There’s a difference between spoiling and pampering,” she says. “You can spoil your dog, but he still needs to learn. They have to be taught to trust. »

Mowatt sometimes breeds his dogs, and puppies are usually sought before they are even born.

“I try to breed healthy dogs,” she said. “With each litter, I want to produce something better. I love German Shepherds. They are faithful and versatile and do not fear the cold. They are smart and can do so many things. I really like this noble look and I really like the black shepherds.

A very special dog for her is the Czech (Czech n Out Van Den Heuvel).

“She’s a once in a lifetime dog. I brought her from Montana and she comes from working lines. She participated in the bite prevention program, bringing happiness to so many children. She obeyed and She’s so smart and so nice. Talking to her is like talking to a person almost every day.

The dog was also a florist when Mowatt married Grant Campbell in August. Czech, at 14, is the oldest of six dogs in their home and is now retired.

Mowatt faced health and personal issues while building his business. In 2012, while in Chicago for a dog show, she suffered a stroke. She has a pacemaker and suffered from problems with it for over a year before surgery was performed to correct a wiring problem. She also had a cancerous tumor removed. A few years ago, she realized that alcohol was playing too big a role in her life and now attends AA meetings. She also went through two divorces.

“Grant is a huge help and support to me,” she said. “He helps a lot with the property and he really loves dogs. My children support me. I have been blessed over the past few years to have so many good people in my life and so much support. I want to encourage women to continue; Do not abandon.

“It hasn’t been an easy road, but I’m finally where I want to be. I have a real love of what I do.

Mowatt hopes to compete again with young dogs this year. She also hopes to expand her establishment.

“We are planning new things,” she added. “I’m not finished.”

More information about Little Moe’s K9 Academy is available online at https://littlemoesk9academy.com/

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