unleash your dog's spirit 


Training Team



Shelley Cherniawsky,
Senior Trainer, Group Classes



Shelley has always had a passion for animals of all sorts since she can remember. Growing up with the family dog and eventually getting her own horse she spent any time she could finding new adventures with her dog or at the barn. Eventually after graduating from college and starting her own business in equine therapy, Shelley realized she had strayed away from her primary passion- working with dogs.

She successfully completed the dogma apprenticeship program and is thrilled to be having hands on experience in classes. Her long term goals are to achieve her CPDT-KA designation and continue to enhance the bond between owners and their dogs. Through working with reactivity concerns with her own dogs in the past she has become particularly interested in working with reactivity and further understanding canine behaviour through continuing education.

Shelley also works with disabled youth and would one day love to combine the two worlds together after seeing some amazing things between her dogs and her clients with how they can benefit from each other. She currently shares her home with her black mouth cur named Gus and border collie mix named ferro who are often with her everywhere she goes with any extra time spent hiking or finding new things to explore!

 Melinda Melinda Miller,
kinderPUPS Trainer & Private Training


Melinda grew up on a farm surrounded by animals which included dogs, horses, cats, bunnies, birds and even a pet skunk! She shared an extra special bond with her dog Mario who was with her from just an infant and grew up with her for nearly 18 years. After moving to the city to persure a career as a hairstylist, she realized how much she missed having a dog of her own. She welcomed her current dog Ben into her home a few years later.

Melinda discovered dogma while searching for a training program that was right for Ben. Falling in love with dogma's philosophies sparked an interest in dog training and Melinda immediately enrolled in dogma's apprenticeship program. Now Melinda has obtained her DCBC designation and is pursuing her new found passion of working with dogs. She plans to continue her education and eventually achieve her CPDT-KA designation. She is excited to help dogs and dog owners grow that special bond that she had with Mario and continues to share with Ben.

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Teresa Rule,
Private Training


Teresa has always had a passion for animals, and that devotion has only continued to grow. She was that child who was constantly trying to add to her already full household. Whether she was bringing home a "lost" dog, or a kitten who just happened to "follow" her home -- Her mom sure had her work cut out for her! Teresa grew up with two dogs and two cats, who she enjoyed her entire childhood with, along with most of her teenage years. Upon moving to Calgary in 2010 she started her own family that includes two dogs, Tria & Tydus,a bird named Buttons and her cat Sheldon. Teresa enjoys the outdoors during the warm summer months and spends a lot of her summers out at camp with her pets (yes, even her bird) who all very much enjoy camping as well!

Teresa had taken a completely different career path upon moving to Calgary, where she soon realized her passion for working with animals was something that needed to be fulfilled. She started looking online and soon found dogma's Apprenticeship Program which stood out from everything else with their outstanding philosophy and visions. Teresa began the start of a new career which she quickly fell in love with. Being able to work with others who share the same values and are just as passionate about animal welfare as she was, was something that couldn't be turned down. Teresa plans to continue her ever-changing education in canine behavior while growing with dogma and working closely with dogs and their owners in hopes to further strengthen their relationship and understanding of one another.‎

kris Kris Stanley,
Group Classes


Kris completed dogma's Dog Trainer Apprenticeship Program in 2013 and was one of our first students to fast-track the program and managed to come out with honours! He has always had a passion for dogs and was thrilled to learn of dogma's program after beginning to bring his two dogs, Duke and Mya, to dogmaU.

Born and raised in Newfoundland, Kris began his journey out west and moved to Calgary in 2006. He credits many positive changes in his life from when he adopted his two pitbulls, Duke and Mya, in 2010. They are both great advocates for the breed, with Duke helping many fearful/reactive dogs overcome their challenges.

Kris and our owner, Megan, quickly realized their shared passions and now share a home with Duke and Mya, and Megan's dog Deja, and cat, Domi! Kris works primarily in our Reactive urbanK9 classes and quickly becomes each dog's favourite person.

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Class Assistant


Lynn came to dog training after adopting her first rescue dog Cody. She had met a very enthusiastic and regular dog at the foster home but once he was adopted, she started to see his fears and anxiety manifest in the outside world and wasn't sure how to help him. She took to learning more about dog training to help Cody and completed a two year program in Ottawa at a training school. Since then, Lynn has adopted another dog Buffy and moved back to Calgary. Lynn is passionate about training and hopes to eventually get her CPDT-KA. She loves practicing Agility with Cody (although they don't compete due to his fears around crowds), practicing scent training with Buffy, and skijoring with both her pups in the winter. Her dogs have both summitted several mountains in the rockies and have come along on long backcountry trips. She's a lover of the outdoors and passionate about including dogs in her pursuits.

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Jodi Beedell,
Group Classes


Jodi enrolled in the Dogma Apprenticeship program in October 2015 and she hasn't looked back, she loves blending her people skills (developed over years in the field of Human Resources) together with a passion for enriching the lives of our most loyal companions. She has always had a natural propensity to provide love and kindness to all critters and many animals over the course of her life have played a huge role in shaping who she is today. In the Fall of 2011, Jodi and her husband moved from Vancouver to Calgary where she began her volunteer efforts with various animal welfare groups based in the city. Her volunteer efforts with animals are what prompted her to look into different career options where she could bring together her passion for animal welfare and her career. Jodi has completed the Certified Trick Dog Instructor course through the Do More With Your Dog program, has recieved a certificate from Duke University for Dog Emotion and Cognition, and has completed the Walks N Wags pet first aid. As she believes in always furthering her education. She has long term goals to continue her learning, and further her certifications, while advocating for reward based humane training methods.  She is still an avid volunteer in the city in addition to having provided a loving foster home for pups in need. She has three fur babies, Ichiro - the lovable mixed breed from the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force, Meeya - the sweetest reactive cattle dog mix and Leo - a domestic short hair ginger kitty who has been described as "spicy" on a good day!