My name is Adam Smith. I've been an award winning athletic coach and professional corporate trainer for many years. Over the past 7 years I've been able to move away from corporate Canada and combine my love of coaching with my passion for dogs into AKA-K9.
I've worked with over 1,400 dogs both as a volunteer and as a professional. I am a certified professional Master Dog Trainer from Canada West Canine Centre and I continue to learn and grow from every dog I work with and through ongoing seminars and training opportunities.
I believe that obedience training is a way to exercise a dog's mind and body and must be a positive experience for both dog and owner. I focus on a relationship of communication and praise using modern techniques of calm, positive energy; typically without the need for treats, clickers, gimmicks or bribes.
My focus is on building a relationship out of respect and mutual understanding of consistent fair communication. I have been fortunate to work with all personality types including aggressive, fearful and hyperactive dogs with success.
The fact is that there are many ways to train a dog (and owner); I believe that all trainers must be open to different techniques and be able to tailor their methods to the dog that they are working with. This includes the use of various tools (collars, leashes, toys, etc.), methods and energies. I am here to pass on the knowledge that I have gained and to help others learn from my experience. I'm open to many different methods and I enjoy learning the logic behind each method so to use it correctly.
I've been very fortunate in my time within the dog world. I've been lucky to work with some of the best trainers in the industry and I've found that the techniques that I use are the same ones used by behaviorists around the world and have been proven successful with world titles in dog sports, obedience and agility as well as being used with utility dog training (such as Seeing Eye dogs, therapy dogs and even police/security dogs).
I truly believe that dog obedience is not just for the untrained dog, it is the best way to exercise a dog's mind and body while building a working relationship with its owner. I look forward to hearing from you!