Our Instinct

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Holly Forrest is the head trainer of True Instincts.

She is certified through The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), the only independent certifying organization for the dog training professional. After graduating through Sue McMullen’s Canine Academy, she worked with A Leg Up in Toronto teaching group classes and worked privately with pet parents solving behaviour issues. She is a proud member of Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers and Doggone Safe – Dog Bite Prevention Through Education.

Holly has worked with canines for seven years to treat a wide variety of issues including; separation anxiety, aggression towards other dogs and people, new babies in the household, child safety around dogs, guarding food and toys, pet assertiveness, raising puppies, cat/dog interaction, rescue dogs, general house rules and manners.

Holly is trained in pet first aid, and committed to furthering her understanding of canines through attending all professional seminars possible and looking for new certifications to improve her already outstanding arsenal of qualifications.

When not training privately, Holly currently teaches small group classes for obedience and behavior modification and maintains close ties to colleagues in the industry to progressively study the latest developments, use new practices, methodologies, equipment and terminology in the science of dog training and behaviour.

Holly Forrest is committed a well-balanced relationship with family life and the pets. She lives by example and has a 4 year old daughter, 2 year old son, a five year old Flat Coated Retriever “Alvin” and “Louie the Cat” who is nearly seven. Louie has been trained to fetch, sit and lay down on verbal command or hand gesture. Who ever said cats run the show?

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