Sparky's Comrade Inc. has been a dog walking company in Toronto since 2011. We have assisted in over a thousand dogs on a routine basis from walking to enrichment to training. We are reliable and experienced in understanding the best quality care when it comes to dog walking services.
We are certified dog trainers. We believe in a positive reinforcement, force free, science based method approach to dog training. We uphold these values in our every day practice with dogs, and believe behaviour can be modified without the use of aversive methods.
Often times, dog owners hire dog walkers for a simple service. Enrichment, Socialization and Bio Breaks at times you are busy at work. However, some dogs do need support to flourish in standard dog walking services. We are here to bridge that gap for dog walkers and owners.
Nicole has been working with dogs since 2011, when she started Sparky's Comrade Inc., a small scale dog walking company. Later expanding it to a corporation employing a small team of fellow dog lovers and dog trainer enthusiasts. Sparky's Comrade has grown into a Train and Walk Service for Dog Owners, and a Consultancy and Education platform for Dog Walkers.
Upon her journey with Sparky's Comrade Inc. she became heavily invested in learning more about dog wellness and behaviour. Her journey to become a force free and positive reinforcement trainer started there. She enrolled in The Academy for Dog Trainers in hopes of gaining an in-depth understanding of Applied Behaviour Analysis as well as a foundation of its application to Dog Training. She graduated The Academy for Dog Trainers in August 2019, and things snowballed from there:
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Nicole is most passionate working with dogs that struggle with Fear and Aggression related behaviour problems. Dog's that have a bitey-barky way of saying 'no thanks' is her bread and butter (or well.. cheese and hot dogs). Her compassion for working so well with clients in these areas of difficulties comes from her own struggles with her dog Peanut. A nearly 10 year old foxy-gremlin who has a lot to say, and packs a lot of punch when she's uncomfortable. Be prepared for some relatable Peanut stories when meeting with Nicole and know you are NOT ALONE!
She is also the owners of a Virtual Dog Training Studio called We Work for Treats.