Certified Trick Dog Instructor
Member of Alberta Force Free Alliance
Maegan initially started attending Sherwood Barks as a student in 2016; finding a passion for dog training. Maegan started spending more and more of her time at Sherwood Barks, volunteering, and then teaching group classes. In February 2020, she took the leap and left her 10 year career in finance to become the business owner of Sherwood Barks.
Maegan trained her first dog at the age of 8, competing in Conformation and Obedience trials as a junior handler. The training methods used at that time were 'alpha' with the use of choke chains and prong collars. In keeping with today's methods of training, Maegan currently uses a positive reinforcement approach. Today, Maegan participates in many dog sports including Agility, is a founding member of Ruff Go's Flyball club, and is Trick Titled with Lexi and George. She is also a Certified Trick Dog Instructor.
Maegan has three dogs:
George, a 1 year old Cavapoo
Lexi, a 5 year old Border Collie
Eli, an 11 year old German Shepherd Mix
Certified Professional Dog Trainer
Certified Trick Dog Instructor
Licensed Family Paws & Parent Educator
Member of Pet Professional Guild
Member of Alberta Force Free Alliance
Member of International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
After deciding on a career with dogs, Ashton started working in Dog Daycare in 2008, learning canine behavior and management for 2 years in a busy daycare. From there she moved into veterinary medicine and worked in a small animal practice for 4 years, managing the clinic as a veterinary assistant and clinic operations manager. Knowing she had a passion for behavior and training, she left the clinic to go back to school for Companion and Performance Animal Science at the University of Alberta and continued working in the Dog Daycare and Grooming business before starting at Sherwood Barks. In 2015 she began teaching classes at Sherwood Barks!
Today, Ashton is Sherwood Bark's Head Instructor and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, certified by the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, she has been tested and passed rigorous standards for knowledge and skills in science based dog training. Ashton has thousands of hours of experience running group classes and continues to love coaching dog owners to be the best handler and owner they can be. Watching puppy's grow into amazing family pets with the potential to do dog sports such as flyball, agility, discs and swimming is truly rewarding. Ashton is dedicated to keeping her education up to date with the latest scientific studies and seminars on canine behavior, positive learning and positive training techniques. She believes training your puppy/dog should be a positive experience leaving you and your pup bonded and happy with never ending potential.
Ashton has three dogs;
Chewy, an 11 year old Shih Tzu
Scotch, a 4 year old Border Collie and;
Burt, a 3 year old Jack Russell cross.
Ashton is involved in many dog sports such as: Agility, Disc and Flyball with both Scotch & Burt, each of her dogs are Expert Level Trick dogs and she is a founding member of Ruff Go's Flyball Club with Scotch and Burt!
Dana has had a passion and love for dogs her entire life and has been working with dogs for many years. Five years ago, while looking for a part time job, she landed at Sherwood Barks. We quickly realized how special Dana is; Her love of all dogs is evident, even on the craziest of daycare days!
Dana will find the good in all dogs and works hard to ensure every dog recieves the best care and experience in daycare. She the manager of our daycare and has two dogs of her own,
Smash, a 6 year old Frenchton (French Bulldog/Boston Terrier) and;
Buttons, a 3 year old Morkie (Maltese/Yorkie)
Sharlie has 15+ years experience grooming dogs, she is a wonderful addition to our team:
"I am super excited to be joining the Sherwood Barks team as their Professional Dog Groomer! Grooming dogs has always been one of my passions. I grew up in the Dog Show world with my sister and my mom, who was a Professional Dog Handler and breeder of Portugese Water Dogs.
I groomed my very first dog when I was 8 years old, a Portugese Water Dog of course!
As a young person, I began working with different Professional Dog Handlers and was able to gain knowledge in grooming many different breeds of dogs. I even spent a few years with World Champion Groomer, Shaunna Bernardin!
After leaving the Dog Show world, I worked and managed Pats Pet Care in Camrose for 7 years.
Currently my family has two amazing pups of our own, Major a Protugese Water Dog and Thunder, a Border Collie cross. I am looking forward to meeting you all, especially your amazing pups!"
After starting agility classes in 2017 with her brother's shepherd, Aadra found a passion for working with dogs. She loves the challenges that each dog brings, since none are the same and they all have something different to teach you. With her shepherd being quite reactive, it has taught her a lot about working with your dog’s strengths and advocating for them. After getting her second dog, she began to shadow puppy classes at Sherwood Barks and has been trying to get more involved with them ever since. Aadra currently has both of her dogs in multiple dog sports such as agility, disc and flyball. She works part time in the doggy daycare as well! Aadra has a BSc degree in mathematical sciences, and is working towards her Bachelor of Education Degree.
Aadra has two dogs;
Morten, a 4 year old GSD/King Shepherd
Nora, a 2 year old Australian Shepherd/Blue Heeler.
Fern grew up on a farm around all kinds of animals, but loved the family dogs that they always had, mostly Australian Shepherds, Border Collies and Blue heelers (basically any kind of working cattle dog). In 2015 she helped volunteer for a dog rescue, helping foster puppies. Always having a busy schedule, she was never able to have the time to get her own dog. However, when COVID happened, she saw the perfect opportunity and Annie came along! She and Annie started doing training at Sherwood Barks in the spring of 2020.
Fern Fell in love with training and took Puppy Level 2, Puppy Level 3, Tricks & Games and began falling more and more in love with training and being around Sherwood Barks. In October 2020 she began volunteering in puppy classes and loved being a part of the Sherwood Barks team so much that she started working part time in the daycare in March 2021! A week later decided to take the plunge and accept a full time position at the daycare. Soon after she applied and was accepted to become an apprentice trainer! She loves getting to know your dogs through training and daycare.
She has been obsessed with learning about canine behavior, positive reinforcement and science based training methods. It has been an amazing experience and she is forever grateful that she decided to start training Annie at Sherwood Barks. If you come to daycare you might see her own pup strutting about.
Annie is a 1 year old Keeshond, Great Pyrenees X.
Kelly has loved dogs since a young age having grown up with many family furfriends; including her first pup, Junebug the English Springer Spaniel.
After years of travel for school and work, she returned to Edmonton and took a leap when she locked eyes with Colbie at the Edmonton Humane Society last November. Kelly is dedicated to positive reinforcement training and has raised Colbie to be a therapy and emotional support companion since he came home at 9 weeks old. Little did she know how much energy and skill he would have!
After coming to Sherwood Barks in May, Colbie has attended Puppy 1-3, leash reactivity, agility, and tricks and games. Colbie has become a skilled Agility dog. Alongside shadowing classes, Kelly now works as a Daycare Attendant with her furry sidekick ever close by.
Colbie is a 1 year old Shepherd Labrador cross.
We also want to extend a huge thank you to all of the dedicated dog owners who support Sherwood Barks by volunteering their time every night and on the weekends to help our classes run smoothly. We wouldn't be here without you!
To apply to become a volunteer, please visit our volunteering tab.