Sheila Gunston Dip.CBST, PCBC-A       
Certified Dog Trainer, Accredited Professional Canine Behavior Consultant, Doggone Safe "Be A Tree" Presenter, Progressive Reinforcement Trainer and member of the Alberta Force Free Alliance.

Specializing in Complex Behavior and always working within the Laws of Learning Theory using Force Free, Positive Reinforcement methods and the Bond Based Approach.  

WELCOME to Hudson's Hounds! 

To the left of this page is the navigation area - please note that the only class currently offered is the "Insight to Reactive Rover" seminar and class.  If you are looking for Manners or Puppy Classes, please check out for a list of classes available.

For recommended trainers, dog walkers, daycare, boarding, grooming, etc throughout Alberta, please visit  for a thorough list of approved force free, educated professionals.

For boarding specific to Central Alberta: (North of Rimbey) (between Lacombe and Ponoka) (East of Ponoka) (South of Red Deer near Springbrook) (Near Leslieville)

Please remember that YOU are your dog's voice - do your research on any professional that you may be looking to hire.  The dog world is unregulated, which means that literally anyone can create a business, but they most certainly are not qualified to help you.

Please ask your trainer these 3 simple questions - if they do not give you an answer that makes you feel comfortable, please look elsewhere!

  1. What will happen to my dog if he gets it wrong?
  2. What will happen to my dog if he gets it right?
  3. Are there any less invasive alternatives to what you propose?



Are you currently using a choke, prong or shock (ecollar/stim) collar to try to reduce difficult behaviors?  These tools can actually create more harm than good - when pain or uncomfortable sensations are paired with certain stimulus, that stimulus can become a predictor for pain.  For example, your dog pulls toward another dog on a walk and you make a correction with one of the above collars to make him stop.  Your dog will quickly begin to associate pain with other dogs - this is one of the ways that we accidentally create leash reactivity and aggression! 

With that said, I have decided to help my wonderful clients to try a force free approach by offering a 10-15% discount on my services if you turn your choke, prong or ecollar in to me!  Book a private session OR group class and I will be happy to give you your discount and help you to learn how to teach your dog without force, fear or intimidation. Let's help our dogs to WANT to learn with us, not do as we say because they are simply avoiding a painful correction.  Please click on "Project TRADE" to the left of this page for more information!

Have a look around and if you have any questions at all, please see the contact us form.