Barks & Recreation Pet Services is owned and operated by Cameron Dixon BFA’s Fine Art (Visual/New Media) and Sarah Fulcher, Cert.CBST. Sarah is a West Kootenay native and Cameron is originally from Fort St John BC.
The pair met in Lethbridge, AB in 2004, and after finishing Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in New Media, were ready for a change and decided to move to Trail, BC. The move to the gorgeous area brought them closer to family, better weather, and a new relaxed lifestyle completed with a plethora of outdoor activities. Sarah and Cam have been in BC since 2009 and they and their furry family love it here.
Their family consists of three dogs and three cats. The cats, BoBo, Sparklepants, and Cedric, enjoy a cozy indoor lifestyle. The dogs, Dexter – a Belgian shepherd, Brew – an Australian Shepard, and Kilani – a Corgi keep Cam and Sarah busy and active. Cam, Sarah, and the dogs enjoy a variety of activities year round, including hiking, biking, agility, dog sledding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.
Sarah is a certified dog trainer with over 16 years experience working with rescue dogs and pets. She specializes in positive training and leadership, puppy training, basic obedience, fear and aggression issues, and “difficult” dogs. Cam is an animal lover with a wealth of knowledge gained from fostering and working with many rescue dogs with Sarah through the years.
Sarah started training dogs through traditional training methods, which are based on punishment/correction and the idea that the root of all problem behaviour is the dog attempting dominance. Everything changed when Sarah found Maui. She was 3 years old and had an abusive and neglected start to her life. The methods Sarah had been taught, caused the sensitive and free-spirited dog to simply shut down. Enrolling in an obedience class hoping for insight sparked Sarah’s interest in clicker training and started her continuing quest to learn as much as possible about dog behaviour and positive training as possible.
The clicker training class opened a whole new world for her, as she saw her independent dog turn on, become engaged and enjoying learning, thinking and being creative. Thanks to this first class and the effect it had on her dog, Sarah is now a dedicated positive dog trainer. She has since learned that much of what she first was taught is outdated and incorrect. Maui is a happy and confident, trained in dog sledding, competes in dog agility and competition obedience (she has her first level title through CKC), rally obedience and recently obtained her Therapy Dog certification through St. John’s ambulance.
Cam, as a talented artist and photographer, adds an extra dimension to Barks and Recreation by providing pet photography and custom portrait painting service. With a combined total of 10 years and two Fine Art degrees he has fine tuned his talents and love for all things artistic and his talent shines in everything he creates. 20+ years of retail work and management allowed Cameron to use his business skills in this venture. Together Sarah and Cam hope to provide a valuable service to pet owners in the Great Trail Area with their business.