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A dog trained by Shield K9

Professional Trainers. Guaranteed Results.

Haz Othman

Head Trainer and Founder of Shield K9

I first started working dogs 10 years ago as a K9 handler for a private security company. Since that time, I have done behaviour modification, obedience, private consults, protection training and competition dog sports.

I have also selected, raised, imported and trained numerous dogs for various working applications.

I am of the opinion that you can never know to much. As such, I am always studying the latest in training theory and application.

I also regularly attend seminars held by world renown trainers and continue to push my dogs and training to ever higher levels.

When I first founded Shield K9, my intention was to focus primarily on working dogs.  However, after seeing many dogs come out of other training programs that were still out of control, aggressive, anxious and exhibiting dangerous behaviours, I decided it was time to offer an alternative for companion K9’s… a BALANCED training approach that actually works out in the real world around everyday stress and distractions.

Sal Othman

Trainer / Kennel Manager

Sal is manages much of the day to day training and operations here at Shield K9.  He specializes in dealing with our resident hard cases and is also an excellent obedience trainer.

You will often find Sal on the training field working dogs or running one of our group classes.

Stephanie Cottee

Associate Trainer (Animal Behaviorist)

Stephanie is one of our part time associate trainers. She is also a practicing Animal Behaviorist with a Phd. in Animal Behavior from the U of G.

We value Steph not only for the knowledge and skill she brings to our training services but also for her practical pursuit of results.

When Steph first started training dogs she quickly saw that much of the methodology used by dog trainers today was flawed, ineffective and did not even make sense from a scientific standpoint. She then took the necessary steps to expand her knowledge and skill set to become the trainer she is today.


Carson Collins

Associate Trainer

Carson is a young, up and coming trainer that has the most essential trait necessary to being successful as a dog trainer. Carson wants results, and when he saw what we where doing here at Shield K9 he decided that he had to be part of the team. 

Carson does a lot of contract work with our Board and Train dogs ensuring that they are exercised, cared for and most importantly, trained!

Like all good trainers, Carson is constantly seeking to expand his skill set and technique.