Shelley has always been drawn to animals, sharing her life with dogs and cats through her childhood, as well as horses, bunnies, chickens, guinea pigs, rats, and even raccoons and a squirrel.
In Summer 2016 she said goodbye to Nikita, her mixed breed, rescued "heart dog", after over 12 years and many adventures together. She also shares her home with Mika, a cat with personality to spare.
Even while working an office job years ago, Shelley had a passion for improving her dog behaviour knowledge and handling skills. She completed dog training at the International Academy of Canine Trainers and volunteered with local shelters and rescues to hone her skills. She ultimately decided to pursue her passion full-time and joined Bronte Pet Services in 2013, becoming our head walker in 2014 and a business partner in 2016. In 2017 she became a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer through Malena DeMartini. She specializes in reactive behaviour and separation anxiety.
Shelley is a strong advocate of positive reinforcement dog training and believes that forging a trusting bond with your pet, like all relationships, takes effort. But it is so worth it!