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 Red Deer, 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 2019 license holder

*Proud board member of the Alberta Force Free Alliance

*Liability 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 3 day 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 4 dogs of my own, Billy who is a lab cross, 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 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~

~April 26 2019~

Today we said goodbye to our old man, Joe. Joe has been with us for 12yrs and would have been 14 yrs old in a few days. Ironically the same day that I adopted him. Joe had lymphoma and that he was anemic.

I made the decision to let Joe go today, at peace and before the pain or disease worsened.

He decided to show off when Dr Hudson brought out the good treats. I gave him the hand signal for sit, then down, then watch me, so that he could be comfortable on his blanket.

After several tasty treats, he was sedated. Once calm, he was given the final injection. We pet him and talked to him and I kissed his forehead while he melted into his blanket and fell into a peaceful sleep, never to feel pain or discomfort again.

I am sad. Mad. Relieved. Devastated. Lonely.

Guilty. I still feel guilty for the first part of his life with me when I was using pain and fear to train him. I created a dog aggressive dog back then and was told to euthanize twice when he was about 7yrs old.

Pride. I also feel proud for getting past my cognitive dissonance and recieving a real education so that I could teach him properly. That decision gave him another 7yrs. 7 years that I had to undo my mistakes. He forgave me for what I did even though I have never completely forgiven myself.

Joe is why I do what I do and why I choose force free. I promise you, that while I was watching him pass away, the LAST thing that went through my mind was "I wish that he would have been more obedient".

Love your dogs. Let them sit on your lap and eat your food and lick your face. When the day comes that they have to go, you'll wish that you had let them just be a dog.

Thank you Joe.... for everything. You taught me patience, kindness and the importance of an education. You taught me forgiveness. You taught me how to love and work with the dog I have, not the dog I thought I wanted.

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 4 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!