Thunder Bay Dog Training

Take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about us. You can read about our fabulous & dedicated team by scrolling down this page. Also, please scroll down to view all the courses offered! If you are interested in drop in show handling or agility drop ins, please click on the 'drop in/ mat time' link! 




Start Date: Sunday February 23 from 1045am-1145am

Instructor: Karen Morrill

6 week course   Cost: $110.00


Start Date: Sunday February 23 from 1145am-1245pm

Instructor: Karen Morrill

6 week course   Cost: $110.00


Start Date: Wednesday March 4 from 6pm-7pm

Instructor: Beth Redfern

6 week course   Cost: $110.00


Start Date: Wednesday March 4 from 7pm-8pm

Instructor: Beth Redfern

6 week course   Cost: $110.00


Start Date: TBA

Instructor: Julie Revell

6 week course   Cost: $110.00


Start Date: TBA

Instructor: Julie Revell

6 week course   Cost: $110.00


Start Date: Sunday February 16 from 7pm-8pm

Instructor: Trish McGonigal

6 week course   Cost: $90.00

(Sign up in store)

RALLY OBEDIENCE (Beginners/ Novice)   

Start Date: Tuesday March 3 from 630pm-730pm

Instructor: Arletta Michaud

6 week course   Cost: $110.00

RALLY OBEDIENCE (Intermediate/ Advanced) 

Start Date: Tuesday March 3 from 5pm-6pm

Instructor: Arletta Michaud

6 week course   Cost: $110.00


Start Date: Tuesday March 3 from 8pm-9pm

Instructor: Arletta Michaud

6 week course   Cost: $110.00


Start Date: Sunday, February 16 from 5pm-6pm

Instructor: Trish McGonigal

6 week course   Cost: $110.00


Start Date: Sunday, February 16 from 6pm-7pm

Instructor: Trish McGonigal

6 week course   Cost: $110.00


Start Date: Saturday Feb 29 from 500pm-600pm

Instructor: Sarah Specht

6 week course   Cost: $110.00


Start Date: Saturday Feb 29 from 630pm-730pm

Instructor: Sarah Specht

6 week course  Cost: $110.00


Start Date: Saturday Feb 29 from 8pm-9pm 

Instructor: Sarah Specht

6 week course   Cost: $110.00

How to register for our classes

You can register for classes several ways.

#1- Click on the paypal button below & pay for your class online.

#2- Stop by our facility and register at The Dog House in person.

#3- Send an e-transfer payment of $124.30 to - password: poodle


If you choose the paypal feature or e-transfer methods of payment, you must download the registration form and fill it out. It can either be delivered to the store or brought on your first night/day of class and given to your instructor.

ALSO: You must email us at and let us know what class you are signing up for!

You will then be signed up! Just show up for class! :)

The application form MUST be filled out! If you cannot print it off, I will email you one!

Please be sure to bring these things to class! (we have them available for purchase in our store)

* 6 foot leather lead *  clicker * High value training treats ( and I mean GREAT stuff) * buckle or training collar​  

YOUR SUCCESS DEPENDS ON YOU!!!! So please bring a positive outlook & a lot of patience 


Class Registration!

Sign up for classes - $110 plus HST

C$ 124.30

(C$ 0.00 shipping)

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Our Registration Form

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Puppy & Perfect Pet Classes


Obedience Classes


Performance Classes



Drop In Show Handling Classes

C$ 25.00
Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Drop In Show Handling classes are Sundays at 1pm

You will get 4  classes for $25

You can either pay by using the paypal button, e-transfer me at (password: poodle) or stop by the store!

There will be different instructors every week and depending on the shows & how busy it is....we may have 2 classes. I will update this information on here, weekly so keep checking!

February 9- Norma Smith

February 16- Rae Ann Wark

February 23- Linda Larsen

March 1- Beth Redfern

March 8- Trish McGonigal

March 15- Rae Ann Wark

March 22- Norma Smith

Private Lessons & Consultations

Additional Information

You must contact us to book any and all private lessons. We need to know what is required ahead of time so we can work out a program for each individual dog.

The cost of private lessons is from $75/ hour to $100/ hour which must be paid for and requires a form to be filled out before the session begins.
Fear, Aggression, and Anxiety – Behavior Modification for Dog.
We’ll help you help your dog overcome fear, aggression, hyperactivity, and destructive behavior without the use of force, intimidation, or pain.

Common Behaviour Issues

Reactivity, fear and aggression towards other dogs
Reactivity, fear and aggression towards strangers, children, or inanimate objects
Separation Anxiety
Handling Sensitivity (grooming, touching, nail trimming, touching)
Resource Guarding (protectiveness towards toys, bones, or stolen objects)
Territorial Behaviour (barking at the doorbell)

What We Help You With
Understanding why your dog is behaving the way it does
Teaching you the underlying principles of how to humanely and effectively treat the issue
Training you to implement the exercises and protocols required to help your dog over the long-term

Key Principles
Focus on the dog’s emotional attitude, not its behaviour – Helping an animal overcome fear and aggression requires slowly teaching the dog to tolerate, and eventually like what it currently is afraid of or hates.  Punishing a dog using a choke or shock collar may stop barking and lunging but it does not change the dog’s emotional attitude towards whatever it doesn’t like. Therefore, punishment is not an option.
Set the dog up for success – Don’t put the dog in a situation where it rehearses bad behavior, and reward the dog for making good choices.
Manage the environment – Don’t put the dog in an environment where its triggers are too intense for it to handle.
Empower owners – Long-term behavioral modification requires consistency and patience.  Our goal is to train owners so they become as good at behavioral modification as we are.
Approaches used:  Classical Counter-Conditioning, Systematic Desensitization, Differential Reinforcement of Alternative Behavior, Operant Conditioning with Functional Rewards

With respect to Private Lessons

Please know that aggressive behavior and dogs that are hard to handle are the most common issues, we do work on several other issues that you may be having a hard time with. Please list your concerns on the contact form so we can work out a program that suits your individual needs!

***If you require "private" sessions with one of our trainers with respect to behavioral concerns or more advanced one on one training, please feel free to contact us.


Our Instructors

Karen Morrill- Owner/Operator, Training Instructor/ Pet Stylist, Pet Nutritionalist & Behavioralist


 I have been involved with dogs with what seems a zillion years. There is nothing more fulfilling than watching a dog who has been a 'problem child' flourish. My main passion is the conformation ring, and dog psychology. I work with several dogs that require additional care & understanding and realize that a dog's mind is unbelievably unique and complex at times.
I find it extremely rewarding when I can break through the barrier and achieve a level of mutual respect with my client dogs. Patience and a strong level of positive leadership is what is absolutely necessary and what I promise. Some people have 'a way' with dogs, some don't; I am proud to be one that does!
I have bred German Shepherd Dogs  for 20 years and have recently become involved with Afghan Hounds and the breed I grew up with....the Standard Poodle! FIVE dogs own me...and are the loves of my life
** Envy, London, Halo, Prophet and Player are fixtures at the center.
I am all about science based POSITIVE MOTIVATIONAL training and ensuring that you will leave our program with a dog that will give you a lifetime partnership of love & respect!

Elizabeth Redfern- Training Instructor


In 1963 the first purebred Collie joined me. She was Pixie, Ch. & OT Ch.Ravensglen Lovely, UD who set records for Collies, becoming the first Ch./UD titleholder in the breed history in Canada.  She was only 3 years old when she finished her Utility Dog degree, the highest formal obedience title available at the time. Since then, I have been involved in many areas of the dog world with a number of my dogs being Pixie’s descendants.  I have owned/bred/finished the Championships on many dozens of Collies, and completed titles on many dogs of other breeds such as Shepherds, Dobermans, Tibetan Terriers, Shelties, and so on.  I have enjoyed working on obedience titles and have a number to my credit as well as a tracking title and a number of CKC herding titles.  Currently my dogs and I are exploring the worlds of Rally and Agility.
I believe in positive training, the old methods were punitive, and I have chosen to be a partner with my dogs not a feared master.  It makes a world of difference in the quality of the relationship and in performance, quite frankly.  A wagging, happy, willing dog is such a joy!   Dog sports enhance the relationship of dog and person and I feel that a dog with a job is a fulfilled being and taking the relationship with a dog to that level is truly the ultimate “inter species” experience! Just after Pixie finished her UD, I started teaching dogs and their human partners and have trained all levels of formal obedience and also show handling and junior handling.  As well, I have had a career in classroom teaching that stretched for 35, busy, challenging and much enjoyed years.  Certainly, as has been noted, teaching goes both ways. I’m always learning from students!  That is very much part of the experience for me!

Arletta Michaud-Training Instructor


Arletta has always had dogs but got her first registered collie in 1970. She exhibits her dogs in conformation and performance. She has bred over 25 breed champion collies (rough & smooth) under the kennel prefix Glenwater, including a home bred Best in Show winner.

She has achieved Obedience Trial Championships on her collie and has earned many obedience titles on her collies & a sheltie with multiple class placements and High in Trials.

She is always competing with her dogs in herding trials and is constantly pursuing and learning more about positive training & canine behavior.

She is also a retired professional groomer

She has taught obedience classes for 35+ yrs and has the 1st Rally Master title in Thunder Bay & 1st Rally Master Collie in Canada

She is a Life Member of CKC, TBK&TC

Trish McGonigal- Training Instructor CKC Rally Obedience judge


German Shepherd Dog breeder under suffix VonMatris
Instructor for show handling and all levels of obedience since 1989
All breed handler with multiple Best in Show and Best Puppy in Show wins
Involved in dog sports since 1988
Over 20 High in Trials many from Open and Utility levels.
Seminar presenter of Play It Forward, Distraction Training and Stress and The Performance Dog and Handler
Long standing member of Canadian Kennel Club, German Shepherd Dog Club of Canada and the Thunder Bay Kennel club.

Sarah Specht- Agility Instructor


I've had dogs all my life and a desire to go further into training than just having the everyday family pet. When I rescued Ginger (a Cairn Terrier....think Toto but red-blonde) I was finally able to pursue a sport I found when I was a teenager. While watching show jumping at a fair they had the horse/dog team competition and it introduced me to agility. I knew in the back of my head that my first dog would be involved no matter the breed. I've been training Ginger for 6 years in agility and been trialing for 4. I have had many great trainers (for whom I wouldn't be here without them!) and am finally able to step up and be one myself. Ginger has also taught me a lot as well. She's shown me that even the dog with great drive in class will be a 100% different dog in a trial setting. I've had to be creative with the way I run her and a lot of thinking outside of the box (and on my feet!). She has definitely been an adventure to learn with and I'm happy my first agility dog has been a bit of a challenge. I'm hoping that I can guide my students into successful teams who have fun out in the field. I want to share my love and enjoyment of the sport and I hope I will be able to pass that on to them.

Julie Revell- Training Instructor


Tollers are my dog of choice!  I was constantly asked why I would choose such a difficult dog to train for my first dog!?!?  Tripper was my 1st fur baby in 2003.  I diligently took him to obedience classes until a training group introduced us to positive training methods.  Then my relationship with Tripper changed and I never looked back.  I became a sponge accumulating a massive library of current and progressive trainers, constantly learning!  We trained for and/or competed in Obedience, Rally, Scent work, Tracking, Hunt and Working Certificate Trials and Agility.  We'd attained numerous titles with HIT's and HIC's until cancer took him from me.  My relationship with Jet (yes, another Toller) is a work in progress with a couple of titles added to his name!  I don't believe in a cookie cutter style of training.  The more tools the better!  The more fun the better!    Enjoying the journey is the name of the game.  My Toller and our relationship comes 1st