Donna's love of dogs comes from growing up in
a pack of them kept by her animal loving parents. Donna entered
her first dog show in 1967, with Misty (a beagle / chihuahua mix).
Misty won first place for the smallest dog. Since then many wonderful
dogs have shared their lives with Donna and the last dog in particular
- Cricket was very special.
Donna started teaching people to train dogs in
1985, and later began teaching for Deep River Dog Obedience,
the Champlain Dog Club and the Pembroke Animal Hospital.
Since then she has trained thousands of dog / handler teams to work
together and have fun.
Donna has attended hundreds of dog training conferences,
seminars and is active in training her Australian Shepherd's, Zoom
and Haley, in CARO, CKC and AAC. She now trains dog / handler teams,
and dog training instructors.
Donna's favourite dog sport is CARO rally obedience.
She is both a judge and competitor. "I love Rally-O, the
kind where the family mutt is taken to the show and can compete
for fun and earn titles. It requires very little equipment and yet
offers excitement for both ends of the leash. The dogs love the
Evaluator for Therapeutic Paws of Canada
Cricket - 1993-2008
AAC starters, AAC Advanced, Masters, CGC-Habac,
CARO Novice, Advanced and Excellent-all MCL. Founding Member St.
John Ambulance Therapy Dog Pembroke Branch, TPOC Therapy - Dog Child
Certified, School volunteer - bite prevention -OSPCA volunteer -
bite prevention, Champlain Dog Club CCD, CCDX. Camp Dogwood North
3 x Iron Dog Firsts. Loving family pet.
"Cricket was instrumental in the development
of my career as a dog trainer. No matter what I asked her to do
she would always try her best. She taught me to read dogs and speak
dog." - Donna Whitmore