Julia Schwark, BA, CPDT-KA, CTDI, CARO Rally-Obedience Judge
Julia Schwark has a passion for working with animals, and has fostered over 30 different cats and dogs and volunteered with multiple rescue organizations. As she began fostering dogs she found that her real passion did not lay in the science of animal biology, but in the science of their behaviour and education. She then switched her program focus from BioChem (as she planned to move on to vet school) to Psychology, where she focused her studies on learning theory and earned her Bachelors Degree. The same learning theories applied to humans are also applicable to dogs and other animals, so this education has been hugely beneficial to her work in training dogs.
Julia has been working with many DogWorks trainers for the past few years, and also acts as the DogWorks office manager. Julia apprenticed with Dove Cresswell before beginning to teach her own dog training classes at DogWorks, as she worked towards her CPDT and CTDI certfications. Julia now teaches multiple dog sport classes at DogWorks Burnaby, has since earned her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed) certification and CDTI (Certified Dog Trick Instructor) certification too!
When not teaching classes or working in the office Julia enjoys competing and
training in many dog sports and activities with her dog, Rikki. Rikki was abandoned at 1 week old in northern BC at a shelter, and was hand reared until she was 6 weeks old and was then adopted by Julia. Rikki excels at many dog sports and loves to earn her cookies! Julia also recently brought home a 2 year old Border Collie named Flint, who is training in many dog sports and is turning into a particularly amazing Disc Dog!
Julia has trained and competed in Agility and Rally-Obedience for years, earning many titles and accomplishments, including multiple top 10 finishes at the Regional and National level! She is also a certified Rally-Obedience Judge for all CARO Levels, and loves to help more people fall in love with Rally! She also trains in Nosework and Disc Dogs sports as well.
Julia has done additional training in film work training and movie behaviours, and reactive behaviour management. As well as working and training with Dove, Julia trains in agility with Wendy Alexander (DogWorks, IFCS Agility World Gold Medalist), and nosework with Allison Maxwell (Heavenscent). She also enjoys continuing her education by attending workshops, seminars, and classes with many different trainers in various fields of expertise, such as: Renée Erdman (Bravo Dog), Bobbie Lyons (Pawsitive Performance), Kayl McCann (OneMind Dogs, McCann Dogs), Tombi Ericson (Dog Disc), Ron Watson (Pawsitive Vybe), Sara Carson (The Super Collies, America’s Got Talent Runner-up 2017), Jane Elene Christensen (OneMind Dogs), Meaghan O’Neill (World Agility Competitor).
If you have any questions you can contact Julia by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rikki – ATChC, MSCDC, ExG Bronze, CRVX-MCL, CWRII, CRB, ITD
3-time Doggy Fun Days Hot Dog Bobbing Champion (2014, 2015, 2017) 😉
2nd Place Steeplechase Finals AAC BC/Yukon Regional Championships 2017
9th place Jumpers AAC National Championships 2017
11th place overall AAC BC/Yukon Regional Championship 2017
7th place overall AAC BC/Yukon Regional Championship 2016
High in Trial CARO Rally-O Trial May 6th, 2017
Featured in Apoquel commercial and advertising, April 2017 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pd4kMhUT-fE)
Flint – Still in Training
Judges Award for great teamwork and potential! CARO Rally-O Trial May 7th, 2017
4th place in 4WayPlay UpDog Disc Competition June 2017 (His first disc competition ever!)
ASCA Rally X-Score May 2018