Catherine’s love of animals began at a very young age, which is when she decided to devote her time to learning everything she could about animals. She has an honours degree from Saint Mary’s University where she studied psychology and biology, with her research focusing on the behavioural ecology of European starlings. She then went on to complete her Masters degree in Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science at York University where she studied perceptual cognition in Sumatran Orangutans at the Toronto Zoo. Catherine came to study and work with dogs during her PhD at Dalhousie University where she studied factors that contribute to the performance of sniffer dogs with applications to Diabetic Alert Dogs.
After completing her PhD, Catherine (and her dog, Walker) moved to Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she lectured at Queen’s University Belfast in Psychology and Animal Cognition and conducted research on domestic dog cognition, olfaction, and behaviour. While working in Northern Ireland, she gained further experience with force free dog training and behaviour modification through mentorship with Al Rankin (CDBC, My Dog’s Best Friend). After three years in Northern Ireland, Nova Scotia called Catherine back home, but she maintains an honorary lectureship at Queen’s University Belfast. Catherine is a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC) and is working towards being IAABC certified.
Catherine is now the head trainer with Epic Tails Canine Adventures. She enjoys all aspects of dog training and behaviour modification but finds working with reactive dogs and their owners especially rewarding. In her free time, Catherine is often found exploring Nova Scotia wilderness with her dog, Walker.