Dog Obedience Instruction Program
Canadian Student of the Month
Ryan Kwasnica lives in Springstein, Manitoba, Canada, and he trains in Winnipeg and surrounding areas. Ryan has four kennels attached to his home and he does in-home dog training as well. In addition, Ryan helps out a nearby rescue organization by rehabilitating some of its more troubled dogs.
- What prompted you to become a dog trainer?
Growing up, I always had animals in the home. As a 10-year-old, I managed to teach my husky/shepherd mix (one blue eye and one brown eye) how to stay within the boundaries of the yard. It wasn’t long afterwards that I was bringing home stray dogs to keep until I found families who could adopt them. I also used to stick my hands through fences to pet barking—and sometimes growling—dogs near where I lived. I remember thinking when I went to pet them, “You’re my dog.” I believe my thoughts, emotions and body language are what kept me from getting my hand bit off. I simply loved the dogs.
- During your volunteer hours, describe one pet story that touched you the most.
I remember one particular dog named Evander who didn’t walk well—I was warned about his bad walking behaviors. After working with Evander, he became one of the best walkers in the shelter.
- What has been your most rewarding moment as a dog trainer?
Saving a dog’s life from being put down because of behavioral issues. When the owners realized the behavior could be changed, they decided not to put the dog down.
- How did hear about ABC program and what convinced you to become certified?
I was looking on the Internet for a program that was well-recognized and international; one that offered hands on training and a good curriculum. What prompted me to become certified is that most people like to see certification that indicates expertise in their chosen field.
- What are your future plans as a dog trainer?
I plan on moving forward with my education so that I never stop learning. I plan on doing videos and workshops to help educate people on our very familiar furry friends and hope to advance my career through continuing education. I think I might even pick a particular field I might want to specialize in.