Our Associates

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Karing Holmes Dog Boarding & Training / K9 Handing

Kari has had a life time passion for dogs and has utilized that passion into a boarding and training facility located in Red Deer County. She specializes in large breed dog, as well as Animal Assisted Therapy. Kari has experience and has taken seminars or courses on: canine obedience and behavior management, canine nutrition, pet first aid, tracking, protection, herding, gun dog and scent detection. While Kari participates in many of these activities herself, she is happy to refer you to an appropriate trainer for many of them. Her true passion for training lies in her board and train program, and helping other reach their therapy dog, emotional support dog and service dog goals. Kari has a three year old German Shepherd named Vandal, who is a government certified service dog under the Alberta Service Dogs Act. She is working toward the goal of participating in Rally -O and competition obedience. 

Global Pet Foods - Red Deer

The majority of Global Pet Foods stores are franchise-owned and are spread right across Canada from beautiful British Columbia to the stunning shores of Newfoundland. They have become the third largest Pet Specialty retailer in Canada and sixth largest in North America. Their well-trained healthy pet care specialists are pet parents, meaning that they’re knowledgeable and passionate about making sure your pet has the best life possible. Everything they do is based on the belief that caring for pets must include proper nutrition, care, play, and love. From cats and dogs to birds, fish, and other small animals, they specialize in a wide selection of natural and holistic pet food, treats and supplements, in addition to toys and other essential products that pet parents need.

Professional Memberships

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International Association of Canine Professionals

The INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CANINE PROFESSIONALS is dedicated to the education, development and support of dog training professional world-wide. The IACP provides a community where experienced dog trainers mentor, guide and cultivate members to their full potential. Our commitment to the highest quality training increases our members’ skills and abilities, develops professional recognition and improves communication on training best practices. We support our members’ rights to properly use and promote effective, humane training tools and methods to create success for each dog and owner, while expanding the understanding and cooperation among canine professionals and dog owners across the full spectrum of the canine industry.

In achieving these aims through education and training, the IACP works actively to reduce cruelty and abuse to canine partners.

Animals & Society Institute

Animal & Society Institute helps improve and expand knowledge about human-animal relationships in order to create safer and more compassionate communities for all. They are the leaders in translating research on human-animal interaction into practice, providing essential knowledge and tools, and promoting evidence-based approaches that get results. Active and professional membership with Animal & Society Institute allows Buff Co. access to essential research, studies, strategies, and scholarly resources tools that are evidence-based and theoretically sound. This knowledge and collaborative opportunity lends to Buff Co.'s commitment to improving human-animal relationships and stay current with policies and practices involving animals in a professional setting.

Association of Balanced Dog Trainers

Our core belief is that in order to have a happy, safe and balanced dog it must get not only love and affection, but also have rules and boundries. These rules and boundries come from a place of love, because they prevent unwanted behviour and keep the dog safe in the human world.

Mission Statement: to educate.

The association is dedicated to education. Not just through training owners and their dogs, but also through giving advice to governing bodies in order to help their policy achieve these goals.

Our Vision

To enhance the welfare of dogs through education and to help create balanced dogs.

Animal Behavior College

Our goal is to provide a quality education and assure that every student graduates with a strong academic and practical foundation directly reflecting ABC’s mission to help animals. To accomplish this, we’ve spent years developing and perfecting an affordable and unique hybrid vocational training program which includes both hands-on and online training.

Associate Links

Please feel free to contact our associates through the following links.