Mapleton Bark is truly the culmination of a life long obsession with animals and their welfare. Taking that passion and turning it into a profession lead owner Lindsay Cook to become certified (ABCDT) in positive reinforcement training and behaviour modification in 2008. Working initially for training center Bold Canine in Erin, Ontario, a relocation made self employment the logical next step. With the addition of continuing education courses completed in rehabilitation and fear issues, Lindsay was better prepared to help the dogs that truly had her heart.
Though a significant break due to life circumstances was needed, the Drayton community was ready and waiting with the support of the Upper Grand District School Board, who allowed for the use of their space for group classes, and the students who attend them. With the life spin that we were thrown early 2020, it seemed like as good a time as any to refocus efforts on creating the long dreamt of Mapleton Bark.
Next up is to write the CCPDT's Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) exam!
Lindsay truly believes in developing a strong relationship based in mutual understanding between you and your dog, and that caring for an animal in your home is as much about responsibility and respect as it is about love.
Riley The beautiful girl who started it all for me. Rescued from a rural pound in Ohio the day before she was due to be euthanized, this girl came to me full of both emotional and physical scars. We experienced a lot of life together, and because of her I went back to school to specialize in rehabilitating fearful and abused dogs. Not a day goes by that I don't miss her, and feel so grateful for everything she taught me.
Jackson Rescued from living as a stray in a dump, this boy had never known human kindness, life indoors, or how to do anything but survive. His soft heart matched his eyes, and when he came into our home as a foster we knew he was home to stay. He was probably the most gentle soul I have ever met.
Boomer Head Coach and Quality Control Manager - Treat and Toy Division Boomer joined the Mapleton Bark team from Moscow, Russia in 2019 after being found as a freezing puppy on the street. Boom is an exceptional teacher for children learning how to work with dogs. He often participates in dog testing for both reactivity and social group suitability, and is a great big foster brother to dogs and cats coming into our home for a soft place to land.
Maze Adventure Guide and Activity Coordinator The Amazing Mango (Maze) joined the Mapleton Bark family in February 2020 from Moscow, Russia where she was rescued from the city streets where she was surviving as a puppy with Parvo. Her enthusiastic presence and joyful spirit never fail to inspire and challenge me! Her hobbies include toad seeking, chasing bubbles, and singing to kids.
RIGGS Resident Trick Dog! This sweet boy came into our home as a foster in October 2020 and quickly showed us that he had chosen us as his forever family in no uncertain terms. He is currently working towards his next trick dog title. In his spare time Riggs enjoys building his talents in scent work and exercising his incredible jumping skills.
ARLO Dog in Training, Occasional Rodeo Clown Arlo was purchased from an auction in Alberta by someone who didn't want to see him sold for meat. He came home in July 2021, showing signs of minimal and poor handling. He has been a journey in remedial work, and encouraged me to dive into courses in horse training and relationship building as well as enlist the assistance of a trainer and coach to guide us in some of our ...trickier... moments.
"Dogs don't need adversaries, they need advocates." Shay Kelly
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