South Surrey dog trainer gets BC SPCA AnimalKind accreditation – Peace Arch News
A South Surrey dog trainer who is on a mission to strengthen relationships between dogs and their owners through science and humane training has earned BC SPCA AnimalKind accreditation.
The organization announced Bianca Steinmetz’s achievement in a press release Tuesday, March 15, hailing accreditation as “a convenient way to find reward-based dog trainers who understand the role that skill-based training methods evidence has in strengthening the human-animal bond”.
Born and raised in Germany, Steinmetz is the owner of Bianca’s Dog Training & Behavioral Consulting, located at 16124 9 Ave.
According to the statement, his training journey began more than ten years ago. She worked at a dog daycare before owning a dog walking service. Deciding to get the education and qualifications to become a humane dog trainer led her to open Bianca’s Dog Training & Behavioral Consulting.
Receiving BC SPCA AnimalKind accreditation is his latest achievement.
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.
“Luna was a patient teacher. We began to learn from each other by observing, and over time we developed a language that was our own,” Steinmetz said in the release.
This relationship cemented Steinmetz’s passion for impacting the way humans and dogs interact.
“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 begin to connect and work 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.
Working with trainers who use outdated techniques can harm dogs,” said Nicole Fenwick, BC SPCA’s head of research and standards.
“The dog training industry is still unregulated and anyone can call themselves a dog trainer without any formal education to understand dogs,” she said.
“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 based on science. Be AnimalKind Accredited offers it all. Their vetting and auditing process is second to none. My wish is that this will become the standard for all trainers to follow.
Steinmetz’s company is the latest to receive AnimalKind accreditation.
On the Semiahmoo Peninsula, Ocean Park Dog Training at 101-2430 King George Blvd. is also accredited.
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.
The AnimalKind Standards for Dog Training – the second set of standards developed – launched in January 2019.
For more information, visit animalkind.ca
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