In 2018, Lynda Kitson became the new owner of Who’s Walking Who Dog Training Centres. Lynda has been involved with dogs all her life. She came to classes at Who’s Walking Who back in 2006, showed her skill as a handler and came on board as a Trainer the following year. She developed our Canine Freestyle courses, her favorite class to teach. Lynda also teaches many of our classes at Ajax and fills in at our Beaches location when needed.
Lynda is an active volunteer with Golden Rescue and writes articles for their newsletter The Guardian. Her dogs have performed with the Woofjocks Canine All Stars. Lynda is continually upgrading her knowledge in dog training and behaviour and was recently certified as a Pro Dog Trainer through Absolute Dogs. She is a Certified Walks ‘N’ Wags Pet First Aid Instructor and founded K9 Compass in 2012 through which she conducts Pet First Aid courses in Southern Ontario. Lynda lives with her husband and 3 Golden Retrievers – Augie (a rescue), Star and Tula.
Kristi came to classes at Who’s Walking Who in 1995 where she started training her beloved Shetland Sheepdog, Misty. She enjoyed herself so much that she never left. The sport of Competitive Obedience caught her fancy and Kristi could often be seen at trials. A year later, after developing her skills as a trainer, Kristi was asked to join the WWW team. Kristi has since shared her home with Ripley, a Sheltie and Owen, a rescued beagle. She has also performed with the SuperDogs and Woofjocks Canine Allstars.
Kristi spends her days working at an animal hospital. She shares her household with Stevie, her new Sheltie, Penny, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel and her husband. Her hobbies include kayaking, fitness training, playing in the garden, and photography.
Hilda has been a Trainer with Who's Walking Who for almost 20 years. Hilda’s love affair with dogs began at the age of six when a German Shepherd puppy joined her family. Hilda became more involved in formal training when a zany Boxer named Oscar came into her life. Hilda and Oscar shared a unique bond and they learned very much from each other over the years. Hilda has been very fortunate to have shared her life with several wonderful dogs including a Staffy, Irish Setter and Boston Terrier. She shares her home with her spouse Liam and a senior Boxer named Keegan.
Hilda is an advocate of adoption. She is a founding member of the K9-Rescue Me organization, a past director of Boxer Rescue Ontario and a former member of the St. John's Ambulance Dog Therapy Program. Hilda has dabbled in a variety of dog sports and activities such as Agility and holds titles in Rally-Obedience. Hilda enthusiastically contributes to a children's camp, wherein she teaches kids aged 10 to 14 years old the key fundamentals of dog training through a hands-on Junior Dog Handler Camp program at Pawsitively Pets Summer Camp. Her dogs have also performed with the SuperDogs and Woofjocks. In addition to attending several diverse training workshops and conferences and she holds a certificate in Pet First Aid.
Lesly has been with Who's Walking Who since 2008. Before she discovered dog training, she spent over 20 years training, riding and showing horses. She shares her home with her two rescue dogs Sinclair, a Pomeranian, and Red a Chihuahua Corgi mix. 14 year old Sinclair earned his expert Trick Dog Title this year proving senior dogs can still learn!
Red and Lesly compete in scent detection with two organizations - the Sporting Detection Dogs Association and the Canadian Kennel Club. Red recently achieved her SDDA Master Championship (SD-MACH) and she also has 2 CKC scent titles, Novice (SD-N) and Open (SD-O).Lesly is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI) and has recently achieved her Pro Dog Trainer certificate from Absolute Dogs. She also holds a certificate in Pet First Aid. Lesly recently retired as a municipal worker. She enjoys, playing with dogs, taking courses about dogs, and lifting weights.
Amanda rescued Jake, a terrier mix, from a shelter in 2000 and enrolled him into training classes. Very quickly her love and passion for dog training grew. During this time she developed her skills in both training and understanding dog behaviour. Amanda joined the WWW team in 2008 as a Trainer and teaches both our Private and Group classes. Amanda has a natural affinity for dogs and can often bring them out of their shell. Amanda loves to see the bond that builds between dogs and their people throughout their training journey.
After losing her beloved Jake, she once again took in shelter pup, Pip, a husky cross. Pip is a truly versatile dog and is a keen student. Along with an advanced level of obedience, he has taken Tricks, Musical Freestyle, Scent Discrimination, Flyball, Agility and Disc. Amanda also holds a certificate in Pet First Aid.
Tabi was first introduced to the dog world when she brought home an energetic 1 year old chocolate lab named Echo. They immediately started training classes and never looked back. Over the years, Echo and Tabi trained and competed in various dog sports, earning titles in Agility, Rally and Disc. In Echo's later years, the two enjoyed visiting retirement homes and doing therapy dog work.
In 2018, After bringing home a spicy little chihuahua mix named Jericho, Tabi joined the WWW gang. She is a trainer in our group classes, and also works in the office responding to emails and registrations. Tabi and Jericho attend classes regularly and Jericho currently has several Trick Dog Titles. Tabi also shares her home with two rescue cats, Rossi and Benelli, and her hubby, Jon. Tabi volunteers with Benevolent Bully Rescue and also holds a certificate in Pet First Aid.
In 2002, Angela started dog training lessons at Who's Walking Who with Skylar, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. These classes inspired her to start a wonderful journey into dog sports, ultimately taking Angela and Skylar twice to the Canadian National Agility Championships, and Skylar receiving his ATCh and his Gold award of Merit. After many years in a multi-Toller household, she now shares her home with a Toller, Westley, who is currently enjoying his Agility journey with regular training classes and competitions.
With over 40 years experience working as a Registered Nurse, Angela has now wound down to retirement. Always having a passion for learning, she is certified as a Pro Dog Trainer through Absolute Dogs. and is certified in Pet First Aid. Angela also volunteers for Team Dog Rescue. Fitness, weight training and Pilates keep her active. Angela has been a Trainer with with WWW since 2014, and loves the opportunity to help others experience the fun and joy in their dog relationships.
Sandra started with Who's Walking Who in 2003 after bringing her first Bernese Mountain Dog to class. She had previously worked at another training facility. When she was asked if she'd like to join the WWW team, she and couldn’t turn down the opportunity to work with people and their dogs. Sandra's full time job took her away for a while but now that she’s retired, she’s back.
Sandra has also assisted, and taught her own Berners, in Carting classes held by the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Ontario. This led her to participate annually in many Santa Claus parades in the Durham region since 2005. Sandra shares her home with her husband and 2 Bernese Mountain Dogs, Kindle and Oakley. She enjoys taking her dogs to all the classes Who's Walking Who offers.
Elizabeth grew up with Terriers and Spaniels. Her very own first dog was a rescued Airedale Terrier named Airdrie. She later adoped Sammy a Redbone Coonhound. Sangria, her most recent rescue is also a Redbone Coonhound. Her dogs have competed in Rally Obedience and most recently Scent Detection. Sangria recently earned a gold score in her Started title in Scent.
Elizabeth came to WWW in 2017 as a student. After demonstrating her skills as a handler, she joined WWW in 2018 as a trainer. Elizabeth believes there is no better way to have fun than to train and work with dogs. She loves working with clients and celebrating their successes. She is continually upgrading her skills as a dog trainer and holds a certificate in Pet First Aid.
Jason joined Who’s Walking Who in January 2003. He and his Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Kelsey, made quite an impression. Jason got Kelsey as an adult in July 2002. His training ability and enthusiasm, along with his willingness to learn stood out and he soon joined the team. In the spring of 2013 Kelsey passed away and now Jason is waiting for that right dog to rescue to bring into his household.
Jason works for the Town of Ajax in the Operations and Environmental Services Dept. managing grounds maintenance and sports fields. In his off-hours he enjoys Hockey, Lacrosse and Golf. He also volunteers with the Ontario Volunteer Emergency Response Team, a search and rescue team based in Durham Region. He shares his life with his wife Karen, their son Jakson and their foster cats Remmy and Tucker.
Jana has been involved with Who’s Walking Who since 2009. It was her Jack Russell Terriers Fez Marie and Ashburn Annie that introduced her to the wonderful world of dog training. Jana normally jumps in with both feet, this resulted in participating with Jack Russell Rescue, and being the past President of the Jack Russell Club. Soon after, Jana once again jumped as a Trainer with WWW. Her family currently live with Jack Russell Terriers Fonzi and Brush. They are have competed in in Rally Obedience, Disc, Agility and performed with The WoofJocks Canine All-Star Performance Team.
When not managing her teens, Audrey and Abigail, she tries to find time to enjoying running and cooking. Jana is dedicated to her own lifelong learning and that of others. She has been employed in the federal civil service for 20 years in the area of Performance and Learning consulting. Jana’s motto is LIFE is too short not to have FUN.
Susan came to Who’s Walking Who as a student in 2009. Susan did not grow up with dogs and taking classes gave her the confidence to train and connect with her dogs. At WWW she found a community of trainers focused on teaching practical skills that work. After a couple of years as a student, her expertise as a full-time teacher combined with her excellent handling skills made her a great fit and was asked to join our team of Trainers.
As an elementary teacher, Susan enjoys working with students of all levels, and has further honed her dog training skills teaching kids and shelter dogs at specialty summer camps. She recently became a new mom and has a new pup, balancing the two is definitely an adventure. Susan also finds the time to continue her dog education, and is Pet First Aid certified. In her free time, she enjoys reading, taking long hikes, and singing in choir.
Anette's association with WWW started 20 years ago when she took puppy and obedience classes with her Black Lab, Bella, and, then in 2012, when it was time to train her new fur baby, Lexie, a Border Collie mix, she remembered how much she enjoyed WWW and started all over again with puppy class. Lexie and Anette have taken almost every class that is offered, and never stop learning something new together.
In November, 2013, Anette added Blue, an Australian Shepherd/Corgie, to the family. Training in Anette's house is a family affair, as her son has become a clicker-master when training Blue and Lexie. When she isn't spending time with her pups, Anette can usually be found with a camera in hand or at her day job as a pharmaceutical marketer.
More than half of Kate's pets are rescues. In the beginning Kate and her dogs took every possible course with Who’s Walking Who. She enjoyed herself so much that she joined our team as a Trainer in 2002. When fostering a dog, she will often bring them to class in order to help them adjust and learn basic skills.
When not training Kate runs @DogLover.com (www.atdoglover.com), a canine massage and pet care services company which has combined her 20 years of pet knowledge and passion into one unique business. In her spare time Kate runs Dog - Ma Pet Rescue (www.dog-mapetrescue.com), a small Toronto based rescue, helping out dogs, cats and small critters in need. Kate and her dogs can often be found participating in various dog sport activities such as Agility, Disc, and Dock Diving. Two of her dogs, Little Alex and Tonks, have qualified multiple times for the Skyhoundz Worlds Disc Dog Championships down in Chattanooga, Tennessee and competed at The Worlds qualifier in Disc. They, along with the rest of her clan, can also be seen wowing the crowds, performing across Canada and the United States with The SuperDogs.
Peter became a Trainer with Who's Walking Who in 2014. He has always had a love for dogs. As a child he was usually found hanging out with the neighbour’s beagle, Chelsea. Most recently, Peter adopted a sweet and rambunctious rottweiler/collie mix named Roger. Peter and Roger can often be found playing fetch, preferably near any body of water, or doing long distance running. They also continue to further their relationship with plenty of dog training courses like Family Dog, Practical Living, Total Recall, Scent Detection and games based concept training. Peter is Pet First Aid certified and Roger is an excellent practice dummy as his love language seems to be touch and cuddles.
Peter works in energy and sustainability where he reduces energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for his clients. He also volunteers as an Ultimate Frisbee coach at University of Toronto Scarborough. Roger has shown a lot of enthusiasm for frisbees and frisbee players. Perhaps one day it will lead to a career in Dog Disc.