Nova Dogsport is a facility dedicated to dog sports and training located in Harrietsfield, Nova Scotia.
We offer group and private lessons in Agility, Rally Obedience, Formal Obedience, Basic Training, Scent Detection and more.
Our indoor and outdoor rings can also be rented out by individuals and groups.
Growing up, there was never a day Lindsay didn’t share with animals. She spent her free time riding and caring for horses, working at a cat boarding facility, and training her household pets.
In 2013 Lindsay apprenticed under Sublime Canine Services, then started teaching their Agility Foundations course. She earned her Operant Conditioning Behaviour Analysis Levels 1 and 2 through Dalhousie University and Cloverfield Behaviour Services. In 2015 she opened Nova Dogsport to accommodate the growing agility and dog sport community within HRM.
Lindsay and her family Shelties Quincy and Mocha joined the Sublime Agility group in 2010 and successfully compete in agility, disc dog and previously obedience and conformation. New addition Pinto arrived in 2012 and has already participated in disc dog, agility, and obedience events.
Lindsay instructs all levels of group and private agility classes. She also helps organize training practices and fun matches, and builds agility equipment (www.facebook.com/connaughtagilityequipment)
Lindsay can be reached at [email protected] or Ph#: 902 402 4127
Adina MacRae first studied animal learning and behaviour when she earned a Psychology degree at Dalhousie University. After completing her Bachelor of Public Relations at MSVU, she adopted her first dog “Buddy,” a Boxer/Pit Bull mix from the Bide Awhile Shelter (www.bideawhile.org) and got a crash course in dog behaviour. Shortly after Buddy’s adoption, Adina began training dogs and conducting behaviour assessments on behalf of the Metro SPCA. She remains current in her understanding of dog behaviour and has graduated from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute and attended conferences held by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers (CAPPDT). She has presented at the NSSPCA Animal Wellness Conference and hosted seminars on various dog behaviour and training topics.
After becoming involved in Flyball as an outlet for Buddy’s energy, Adina discovered her passion in Canine Agility. She began competing in 2003 and has instructed others with a focus on relationship development and confidence building since then. She has trained 15 dogs to competition level including two rescued Chihuahuas, her deaf Border Collie mix and Borzoi. In 2015, Adina and her Papillon Dare were selected to represent Canada at the World Agility Open championships in the Netherlands, she has won a UKI National and has had multiple podium finishes at the Canadian Open.
Adina also enjoys competing in Disc Dog and has dabbled in Rally Obedience and Conformation. Adina’s other life passion is professional dog walking and she has operated Dogs on the Go, a dog walking and pet care service, since 2003. She currently services the west and south ends of the Halifax Peninsula. Please contact Adina MacRae by email at [email protected] or by phone at (902) 441-9775
Jenn Embree began her life working with animals at the age of 13 when she first starting taking riding lessons. She eventually used a co-op course in high school to job shadow local riding instructors and coaches. While still in high school she began working as a stable hand, groom, and lesson assistant at Briarwood Farms, assisting with teaching children ages 8-17 at summer camps for three years. While there she volunteered to ride every problem horse that no one wanted to deal with just to spend more time in the saddle.
After university she went on to work as a groom full time, traveling around North America working with many a-circit horse trainers such as Ian Millar, and eventually assistant managing a training barn in Ontario.
Jenn was first exposed to positive reinforcement training after returning to Nova Scotia with her shepherd mix Naala when she started taking classes to help with her dog’s reactivity. In 2011 she started agility with Sublime Canine with her new rescue dog Mufaasa, and has been hooked ever since. She now competes her with two rescue dogs while continuing to attend seminars and classes from such top trainers as Jenny Damm, Denis Fenzi, and Silvia Trkman, with a strong focus on competitive agility and motivation.
Jane McNee, who is newly arrived in Mahone Bay NS (May 2017), is the embodiment of Change of Pace Dog Training. She has been working with dogs and playing the game of Obedience for over 35 years. While her first love is Obedience, her passion and experience include Rally, Agility, Herding, as well as dog behaviour.
An accomplished obedience competitor, first with Shetland Sheepdogs, then with Australian Shepherds, and currently with her Pyrenean Shepherd Fidjit, Jane has successfully competed in local, regional and national trials. Through the years, her dogs have achieved over 40 HITS, Top Dog rankings with the CKC, AKC & ASCA (Australian Shepherd Club of America) and have earned All-Star Top 10 placements in both Obedience and Rally. Jane’s teaching philosophy is to develop attitude and attention in the dog while laying the foundation for accuracy and drive.
To discuss and/or to book a private lesson, contact Jane at [email protected] For more information on Change of Pace Training visit www.achangeofpace.ca
Cindy has been involved with dog sports since 1997, training and competing with several of her dogs in Agility, Conformation, Obedience, and Rally Obedience. She has been a member of the Superdogs and Glooscap Hot Dogs Performance Teams.
In addition to these sports, Cindy has been involved in Scent Work in the last several years. After working with some of the top trainers in Nova Scotia, two of her current Manchester Terriers have earned titles through SDDA with very limited trialing. At 12 years of age, Razamataz earned the prestigious SDDA Scent Detection Elite title, making him the first Standard Manchester Terrier in Canada to do this! We are excited to have Cindy offering Scent Work classes here at Nova Dogsport.
Leanne started working with dogs in 2008, being heavily involved in rescue. She initially started working with a pit bull rescue then began volunteering her skills in training and fostering for several other local rescues. Along the way she immersed herself in training, reading books, taking online courses and seminars and shadowed other local trainers.
She launched the Not Naughty Dog in 2020 with a mission to help people who are unnecessarily struggling with their dogs. Her true passion is puppy training and helping owners set off on the right foot to building a strong relationship and solid foundation that will carry forward as the dog matures.
In her free time she loves hiking off the grid with her 3 dogs Oleander, Monty, and Artie, as well as competing in agility and disc.
Logan has always had an interest and love for dogs and animals. He worked at a dog boarding facility for 5 years where he also did some grooming. He has studied and gone to several seminars on canine body language and behaviour. Logan is now starting up a dog walking business (The Forward Paw Dog Adventures and Training Services) and instructing group classes. Logan loves to teach tricks and helps others live their best lives with their dogs.