Katherine Vooys-McDonald

Thanks for visiting our website! I am the founder and head trainer at The Crunchy Canine (formerly Canines In Balance). I have had a passion for animals from a very young age, having owned several dogs and a horse, but there was one special dog that sparked my desire to get into training. That dog was Jackson, a German Shepherd/Doberman mix that had a variety of behavioural issues, and is the reason behind The Crunchy Canine. We tried several “Positive Only” trainers to work on Jackson’s issues, without any results. Having personally owned a dog with serious behavioural issues, I knew I wanted to take my passion for animals and help other dog owners who are struggling with these same issues. I sought out a “Balanced Trainer” who took me on as an apprentice and we worked side by side with several serious behaviour cases.

With rescue dogs being so near and dear to my heart, I began working closely with a few local organizations. Seeing the number of dogs who are brought in to just one of the hundreds of rescues in Ontario, one of the thousands in Canada, and one of the tens of thousands in the world, has truly been an eye opener. My goal is to help dog owners before they feel the need to surrender their dogs, in hopes that there might be a few less dogs in the shelters waiting for their new forever home. I have also made it my mission to help the dogs who do unfortunately end up in a shelter become amazing canine citizens, increasing their chance of finding a new home. 

Over the past seven years I have made a commitment to expanding my knowledge in dog training and will continue to learn more in order to serve you better.  

Training experience:

4 month apprenticeship with Dino’s Therapy Dog Centre
Chad Mackin’s Pack To Basics Dogmanship 2 day workshop http://www.packtobasics.net/
Tyler Muto’s Dogmanship Through Feel 2 day workshop https://tylermuto.com/
Tyler Muto’s Aggressive Dog 2 day workshop https://tylermuto.com/
Robin MacFarlane’s Remote Collar 2 day workshop https://robinmacfarlane.com/
Karen Laws’ Introduction to Remote Collar 1 day workshop https://ontariodogtrainer.com/
Monika Stuehler’s Creating A Calm Dog 2 day workshop http://www.pawsinparadise.ca/
Online Animal Psychology Course www.hollyandhugo.com
Dog Emotion and Cognition Online Certification
Duke Ferguson’s Unleashed Potential Dog Training Genesis Online Training Program
Training Between the Ears 3 day workshop https://www.markmccabe.com/
Nelson Hodges Lost Dog Recovery 1 day workshop https://sites.google.com/site/k9content/
Nelson Hodges Relationship Based Behavior Modification 2 day workshop https://sites.google.com/site/k9content/
Michael Ellis Puppy Training online course http://michaelellisschool.com/

Katie Dion

Katie is the Assistant Dog Trainer at The Crunchy Canine. Katie began her passion for dog training with her dogs Aubrey and Reddington who proved to be challenging dogs to train. With several group classes, and lots of private training under her belt, then shadowing another well respected local trainer, Katie came on to join our team! Since 2018 Katie has been assisting with all of our private and group classes. She is very passionate about dogs and is a very talented trainer! Currently Katie covers our Puppy Privates, Puppy Training Visits, and Puppy Preschool. 

Training Experience

  • Don’t Blame ‘Em, Train ‘Em Level 1 Obedience Training
  • Don’t Blame ‘Em, Train ‘Em Level 2 Obedience Training
  • McCann’s Level 1 Obedience Training
  • McCann’s Level 2 Obedience Training
  • McCann’s Training Class on Walking with Reactive Dogs
  • Invisible Fence Perfect Start Plus Training Course
  • Invisible Fence Academy Dog Bites & Aggressive Dogs
  • Shadowed Drew Hawyard in Private Training for Reactive Dogs
  • St John’s Ambulance Pet First Aid Training
  • Michael Ellis Puppy Training online course
  • Training Between the Ears Level 1 

Tracy Millette

Tracy started out as a client of The Crunchy Canine when her new puppy Rigger proved to be more challenging than she expected! Over the past year and a half Tracy has participated in all of our programs from Puppy Privates to our Freedom From the Leash program! She is very passionate about dogs and customer service! Tracy handles all of our behind the scenes tasks and is our head dog walker!