The kind and caring treatment of all Raising Canine dogs is the steadfast philosophy of owner, Velvetanne, CPDT-KA. After 18 years as an Occupational Health Nurse, and 5 years working in Psychiatry before that, Velvetanne started questioning the aversive/corrective type dog training she was taught when she took her first Pomeranian puppy, Freezie, to puppy classes. Her challenging of this type of training continued two years later, with her second Pom puppy named Jamie. She finally realized that corrective type training was making both her dogs very fearful and stressed. Freezie eventually developed reactive behaviour such as growling and biting at people, and other dogs, when they tried to get too close to him.
Though research, Velvetanne discovered Positive Reinforcement Training, of which prompted her to take an accredited dog training program through PetSmart Canada. She loved this type of training so worked part-timer as one of their dog trainers. She loved training puppy classes, but also took a personal interest in helping other dogs with reactive behaviour as she did with Freezie. She then decided to branch out on her own to start Velvetanne’s Dog Training, offering both classes and private sessions.
She eventually left Occupational Health Nursing to became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CKPT-KA) which promotes Positive Reinforcement Training. This technique rewards the dog’s wanted behaviour, rather than correcting unwanted behaviour.
Velvetanne believes that the treatment of dogs must be humane and ethical. She goes beyond only focusing on dogs’ behaviour while training them, but she advocates the need to include how dogs’ minds work in relation to their behaviour. She looks at how they ‘think, feel, and then choose behaviour’! With this, Velvetanne is able to appreciate the dog’s perspective, as well as, the humans’ perspective during training.
She finds that the most common question from her human clients is “How do I get my dog to be calm?”
She stresses in her teaching that dogs chose certain behaviours due to thinking and feeling that they are either ‘safe’ or ‘unsafe’. Especially when we bring puppies and dogs into our very busy and chaotic human world. When we better understand dogs’ minds, we can help prevent and treat their issues such as anxious, stressed, and/or over-excitable behaviour.
Velvetanne wants to educate and teach humans how to create a life that is mutually ‘Calm’ for both them and their dog.
From her dog training business, she also recognized that so many dogs were left at home, alone (often times in crates), for extended periods of time each day. This is due to several different reasons. Velvetanne recognized a need for a daycare so dogs can receive the emotional and physical outlet they require when their humans aren’t able to provide this.
In September 2010, Velvetanne opened Raising Canine’s doors at the Crowfoot Village Shopping Centre in NW Calgary, servicing the surrounding NW communities.