Sheila Gunston IP-CBC, FPPE       
Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant, Certified (licensed) Family Paws Parent Educator and board member of the Alberta Force Free Alliance proudly serving Ponoka County and area!                                                                    

Specializing in Complex Behavior and always working within the Laws of Learning Theory, using Force Free, Positive Reinforcement methods and the Bond Based Approach.  I am a proud board member of the Alberta Force Free Alliance (AFFA), working towards positive change in the dog world.

About Us

Hudson's Hounds is owned and operated by Sheila Gunston, a Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant (IP-CBC) and a Certified (licensed) Family Paws Parent Educator (FPPE) and a board member of the Alberta Force Free Alliance who is available to you for Basic Dog Training and Complex Behavior Therapy.

About Sheila by Sheila:

*Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant (IP-CBC)

*Certified Family Paws Parent Educator 2018 license holder

*Proud board member of the Alberta Force Free Alliance

*Professional member of the APDT

*Supporting member of the IAABC 

*Liability and WCB insured

*Earned a Dog Obedience Instructor/Trainer Certificate (2013)

*Completed a 2yr Certified Dog Training/Dog Behavior Apprenticeship Program (2015)

*Pet First Aid Certified by Walks 'N' Wags Pet First Aid 

*Attended the Bond Based Choice Teaching (BBCT) seminar in Georgia, Feb 2016

*Attended Debbie Jacob's Fearful Dogs Seminar Sept 2017

*Completed Ian Dunbar's online Growl Class - A Workshop for Reactive Dogs Oct 2016

*Completed Ian Dunbar's online Reliability and Games 2 Day Dog Training Workshop Nov 2016

*Attended Dr Karen Overall's Immersion Weekend in Canine and Feline Behavioural Medicine April 2018, then again in April 2019

*Completed the 13 week Family Paws Parent Educator course Nov 2016, license to be renewed each year

*Volunteer experience with the Dogs With Wings service dog program, Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society, Pawsitive Match Rescue, Underdogs Rescue and Alberta Spay and Neuter Task Force.

I have been a dog lover my entire life. My mom used to show dogs when I was young and I don’t remember a time when we didn’t have at least one dog at home. I now have 5 dogs of my own, Billy and Joe who are lab crosses, Gus who is a Saint Bernard cross, Barret who is a Border Collie/Saint Bernard cross and Jackson who is a Beagle cross. I work with wonderful, reputable rescues like AARCS, Underdogs, Old MacDonald Kennels and Northwest Canadian Greyhound League. My life has most definitely “gone to the dogs” and I wouldn’t have it any other way!  

~A special note for our recently passed miniature daschunds, Oscar and Bailey.  May all of those tattered and squeakless squeaker toys be waiting for you just as you'd left them, on the Rainbow Bridge.  RIP sweet boys~

~On Jan 28 2017, we lost our very special boy, Hudson.  Hudson was and always will be, Hudson's Hounds.  He was the reason that I could help so many dogs with so many different things. He was always so patient and an incredible teacher to our young dogs, all of our foster dogs and to many of our clients' dogs as well.  He passed away at the young age of 8 1/2, after complications from surgery.  He will live forever in our hearts, we miss him terribly. RIP my boy. I find peace in knowing that you are no longer in pain and that you are with Oscar and Bailey now~

I am lucky enough to have a spouse who supports me in every way possible, even when our schedules drastically clash, or he comes home to find yet another dog in the living room who is in need of some serious love and attention. Sometimes they have mange and need extra TLC, sometimes they are so terrified of people that they do nothing but hide and sometimes they think they can chew on other dogs so they need some very specific behavior therapy. Our 5 dogs (with a little help from us) always find a way to help them along and eventually become adopted into their forever homes.

I look forward to meeting with you and your furry family members!! Please contact me via the "contact us" page!