CURRENT COVID-19 RETAIL HOURS
11:00am – 5:00pm – MON – SAT
GROOMING AVAILABLE – BOOK TODAY
MON – FRI – 8:00am – 5:00pm
05-2020 – DAYCARE IS BACK
TUES/WEDS/THURS -7:30am – 5:00pm
VIRTUAL/IN-PERSON DOG TRAINING AVAILABLE
GROUP/PRIVATE LESSONS AVAILABLE

About Our Team

Our amazing team and their exceptional skills and love of animals.

Sarah Dixon

Owner

Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant/Certified Trainer

Sarah Dixon is a dog trainer and behavior consultant with nearly two decades of experience. 

Sarah specializes in a variety of complex behavior problems, including leash reactivity, resource guarding, separation anxiety, aggression towards dogs or people, and severe fear and anxiety. She spent several years working as a full-time trainer and behavior consultant in Manhattan, which provided her invaluable experience on handling behavior issues in a condensed, chaotic urban environment.

Sarah has had articles publushed in industry journals and books, has presented workshops throughout North America, has several online courses. 

  • IAABC Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant 100% 100%
  • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner 100% 100%
  • Product Knowledge 100% 100%
  • Certified Trick Dog Instructor 100% 100%

Nicole Courson

Worked at Barks and Recreation since 2016

Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant/Certified Trainer

Nicole had always enjoyed living and helping with animals. After years of dedicated volunteering handling dogs and working through problem behaviours she decided to pursue a career in dog training and behaviour consulting, followed by the opportunity to apprentice under Sarah Dixon in 2016. Nicole has graduated with certificates from the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Professional program and courses through the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC) to build a well-rounded understanding of behavioural sciences and their application in animal training and care.

  • IAABC Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant 100% 100%
  • Customer Hapiness 100% 100%
  • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partmer 100% 100%

Amy Rennette

Worked at Barks and Recreation since 2013
Certified Trainer/Retail Expert
Amy has always had a love for animals and got her first professional training certification through Animal Behaviour College in 2013. Amy recently completed the Karen Pryor professional dog training program. Her specialty is helping people and their dogs work through any fears or anxieties and relearn to enjoy life with each other.

  • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner 100% 100%
  • Certified Trick Dog Instructor 100% 100%
  • Pet First Aid Certified 100% 100%

Ashley Main

Worked at Barks and Recreation since 2016

Certified Trainer/Retail Expert

Born and raised in the Kootenays, Ashley lives here with her husband, two kids, a dog and two cats. When taking on a puppy that challenged me her she found Barks and Recreation and fell in love with the company and their positive training methods. Now a Certified Professional Trainer through KPA she is looking forward to being out in the community working with you and your companions.

 

 

  • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner 100% 100%
  • Certified Trick Dog Instructor 100% 100%
  • Pet First Aid Certified 100% 100%
  • Product Knowledge 85% 85%

Kaylee Borrowman

Worked at Barks and Recreation since 2015
Merchandise Manager, Daycare Supervisor, Retail Expert
Kaylee has been fostering cats, kittens, and small animals for the BC SPCA West Kootenay Community Animal Centre since August 2013 and starting volunteering there in November of 2013.

  • Pet First Aid Certified 100% 100%
  • IAABC Principles and Practices Course 100% 100%
  • Customer Happiness 100% 100%
  • Product Knowledge 90% 90%
  • Passion for animals 100% 100%

Brenda Ross

Worked at Barks and Recreation since 2019
Pet Groomer 

  • Certified Groomer 100% 100%
  • Pet First Aid Certified 100% 100%

Stephanie Halverson

Worked at Barks and Recreation since 2019
Retail Expert

 

 

  • Customer Happiness 100% 100%
  • Product Knowledge 80% 80%
  • Passion for animals 100% 100%

Timely Support

Our team is busy but always ready to answer your questions and give you a helping hand. Please contact us via phone, email, social media, or come into the store.

Compassion

The staff is here because of their love for all animals. Feel confident in bringing your furry family member into our store for a fun play date in our daycare, some help with training, a nice new haircut, or for high-quality food and products.

Skill & Education

Our staff’s compassion pushes them to constantly add to their education and self-learn about all our new products and services. We like to encourage this to ensure that we are offering the best service we can and keep ahead of the competition.

Don't Be Shy. Get In Touch.

If you are interested in working together with your pet, send us an inquiry and we will get back to you as soon as we can!