BA, CPDT-KA, CTDI, CARO Rally-Obedience Judge, UpDog Games 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 and now teaches multiple dog sport classes at DogWorks Burnaby having 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! In 2016, Julia brought home a then 2 year old Border Collie named Flint, who has been 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, and has recently been certified as an UpDog Challenge Disc Games Judge!
Julia has done additional training in Nosework, tv 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, OneMind Dog). She also enjoys continuing her education by attending workshops, seminars, and classes with many different trainers in various fields of expertise, such as: Allison Maxwell (Heavenscent – Nosework), Bobbie Lyons (Pawsitive Performance), Kayl McCann (OneMind Dogs, McCann Dogs), Tombi Ericson (Disc Dog Sports), Ron Watson (Pawsitive Vybe), Sara Carson (The Super Collies, AGT Finalist 2017), Jane Elene Christensen (OneMind Dogs), Meaghan O’Neill and Teri O’Neill (MOTO Agility, World Agility Competitor), Anna Eifert (OneMind Dogs), Dani Fischbach (Germany AWC Team), Leslie Eide (The Total Canine).
She has also attended a number of dog training conferences such as: The BCSPCA Behaviour Symposium 2018, PVybe Disc Camp 2018, R+ 2.0 Camp 2019, Clicker Expo 2020, The Lemonade Conference 2020.
Rikki – TDCh, ATChC, VBA, BAoM, MSCDC, ExGBr, ExJBr, ExSBr, ExStBr, CRVX-MCL, CWRI, CWRII, CRS
4-time Doggy Fun Days Hot Dog Bobbing Champion (Current 3-year reigning champ! Over 40 different dogs compete each year) 😉
Flint – CRN-CL, CRA-MCL
UpDog Challenge Titles (Disc): 1 Silver, 5 Bronze, 5 Individual Achievements
Dec 2019 UpDog Trial: Flint took 1st or 2nd every round in the Experienced Division!