Our Training Philosophy
At Chaos K9 we specialize in working with extreme high energy breeds that are typically protection/guarding breeds, herding breeds, and hunting breeds. These high intensity dogs can be a ton of fun to own, however many dog owners and even most trainers who deal primarily with average pet dogs often struggle with these breeds because the same techniques that work wonderfully for the average pet dog often just simply don't work for these kinds of dogs. Our head trainer Angie Barron understands these high intensity dogs because she has dedicated her life to training them to do the jobs they were bred to do. We understand that most people who own high intensity working breeds as pets often get those breeds because they enjoy a high energy active breed and simply want control of all that energy and a dog that can turn it "off" in specific circumstances rather than the complete absence of that energy. While she is now living the country life with her Malinois/Dutch Shepherds and German Short-haired Pointers, Angie lived in the city for many years with multiple working/sport dogs, and has also lived with working/sport dogs in a family setting as well. As a result of this experience, Angie is very familiar with the unique challenges of living with these kinds of dogs in urban settings and in households with multiple family members (some which are more cooperative than others). The cornerstone to producing exceptional training results that last with these high intensity dogs is to develop relationships between dogs and owners based on mutual respect and clear communication. Every dog and every dog owner is unique which is why we believe in a customized and holistic approach to training that considers the needs of both the dog and the owner. You will not find cookie cutter training programs here. Whether you are looking for trainer that understands your high energy pet dog to help you live together peacefully or are looking to improve your scores on the trial field, we can help! For more detailed information on our training methods and philosophy please explore the resources provided below or contact us!
About The Trainer
Dogs have always been a very important part of my life as both pets and working/sport partners. I first got involved with competitive dog sport in the early 2000's when I started competing in Schutzhund (now known as IGP), and have since been involved with a variety of different dog sports such as competitive obedience, conformation showing, protection sports, field trials, and hunt tests. Throughout my career in dog training I have been extremely fortunate to learn from a wide variety of different trainers, including some of the top dog trainers in North America. I currently own and train the #10 pointing dog puppy in Canada for 2018, the GSPFCA Derby dog of the year for 2019 as well as the #2 pointing derby dog in Canada for 2019. I am an active member of the German Short Haired Pointer Field Club of Alberta (GSPFCA), a member of the Protection Sport Association (PSA), the training
director for a local PSA training club and am currently serving my second term on the GSPFCA board of directors. I have travelled across the United States and Europe to select puppies and dogs for breeders, sport competitors, and pet/companion dog owners.
Prior to becoming a professional dog trainer, I participated in a variety of horse sports and trained thoroughbred race horses professionally for over 15 years. During my time in horses I had the opportunity to learn from a number of very successful trainers and horses, including Bodhisattva who finished 8th in the 2015 Preakness Stakes against Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh. I earned my way to working as the assistant trainer for hall of fame trainer R.K. Smith before going on to train my own stable of horses across both Canada and the US. I also taught at Olds College in Olds Alberta as an instructor for the equine science horse racing programs.
My experience with training both dogs and horses at an elite level has given me access to knowledge few dog trainers ever get the chance to obtain. I have had the opportunity to put many training theories and methodologies to the test in a wide variety of real life situations, and I know how to get results.