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Meet the Oxford Dog Sport Team

It takes a village to raise a dog and we're here to help!

Sean Kent B.Sc., CPDT., FPMT.

Training Director / Head Trainer
Canine Athletic Care
ABID Executive Director

Sean has been an active competitor for over 25 years in Conformation, Obedience, Rally, Agility, Nosework, Lure Coursing, Trick Dog, Disc Dog, Freestyle Dance, CARO, Barn Hunt. After retiring from a 20 years career in Children’s Mental health and Family Counselling Sean decided to do what he loves which is Dog Training and now has been training Professionally for 10 years as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and FitPAWS Master Trainer. Sean loves working with teams in a training / coaching model and loves watching them grow and succeed. In 2014 Sean and his husband François opened Canine Athletic Care; a small dog training company which now still operates out of Wag Awhile Doggie Daycare in Newmarket and Oxford Dog Sports in Princeton. Sean continues to act as Operations Manager for Canine Athletic Care. In June 2019 Sean & Francois purchased Oxford Dog Sports where Sean is the Training Director and most recently, in December 2019, purchased All Breed International Dog Shows where Sean Acts as Executive Director. Sean also manages the careers of 5 outstanding Show and Performance dogs: Barbra-Jean (English Springer Spaniel), Nellica (Dutch Shepherd), Lorelei (English Springer Spaniel) , Edwin (Rat Terrier) , Amelia (Silken Windhound)

Francois Ginchereau

Operations Manager
ABID Vice President

 Francois has worked for 40 years in customer service, management and sales. He is our go-to guy for all things ODS

Helen Parkinson-Brown

Trainer

PhD, Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI) Helen teaches tricks, agility, rally, freestyle and pet obedience classes at Oxford Dog Sports. Her dogs - Pandemonium, Rue-star and Kwisatz Haderach, regularly compete in Rally-O, Agility, and Disc and together they tour with performance teams including the Fab Fidos, Team K9 and The President's Choice Superdogs showing off their skills and tricks. 

Jackie Parkin

Trainer

A force free positive reinforcement trainer with 30 years of training and experience in the dog fancy as competitor, instructor, film/tv/stage wrangler, and border collie breeder under the Besslin prefix. In addition to training dogs, Jackie has also trained and worked with domestic cats, farm animals, and a Celebes Ape. She is also the author of two published books on dog training. (1) Flyball Training - Start To Finish; and (2) Click! You're On Canine Camera. The latter is a trick and film dog training guide. Jackie is also the owner/producer of the Team K9 dog sport shows, and the creator of the CanEquis horse/dog sport shows.

Suzanne Wiebe 

Trainer

CDG, Certified Canine Behavior Consultant (ACDBC), Certified Trick Trainer (CTDI), Member of the Canadian Service Dog Trainer Association, and International Association of Assistance Animal. Suzanne has been a professional trainer for 35 years. She has been in many sports over the decades from running a sled dog team, working drug/bomb detection dogs, training herding dogs, and currently raising service dogs.

Will Alexander

Trainer

Will started handling professionally in 1986, and in 1987, took the Irish Setter Ch. McCammom Impresario to Top Dog All Breed. This also set a record as the youngest handler to have a Top Dog All Breeds. Will is one of only 5 handlers, who has had more than one Top Dog All Breeds. He has had a dog in the Top Ten All Breeds since 1991!Will also won Best In Show at Westminster in 2015. Will is arguably the most recognized professional handler in Canada

Jessica King

Office Administor

Trial Management and Office Administrator

Nancy Musters

Show and Trial Coordination

Book-keeping, administrative functions and corresponding secretary. Nancy will also be Table Steward or Ring Steward at many of our trials and shows.

Teri Knack

Registrar

Teri is a familiar face to Oxford Dog Sports, she has been training and trialing at ODS since the doors opened. Teri has been an active competitor in dogs for many many years and horses before that. Since retiring from the medical field she has become more and more involved in training in Obedience, Rally, Conformation, Herding, Agility, Nosework and Dock Diving. Teri and the new man in her life ( 3 year old Dutch Shephard ) Wizard stay busy showing and trialling.

Amber Best

Program Support Staff

Amber has had the pleasure of working in the canine community for the better part of her careers. She has worked in dog daycare / boarding facilities in both Calgary, and locally in the Kitchener-Waterloo region.  Being exposed to such a wide variety of dog breeds and behaviours, Amber has had the opportunity to learn much from them - which has led her to Oxford Dog Sports. Amber currently works with the Cambridge and District Humane Society as their primary Adoptions Counsellor. 

Amanda Mercanti

Social Media Co-Ordinator

Amanda has a 30 year history working with dogs which includes being the youngest person to compete in flyball and achieving multiple sporting titles by the time she was 12 years old. Amanda continues her mom's legacy as a great trainer and canine behaviorist. Her mom passed away Christmas day 2018 and the love of dogs is something they’ll always share. In her spare time, when not working with the dogs, you can find her hanging out with her horse, Ringo or finding a good documentary to watch.

Crystal Hope

Event Photography

Crystal of Crystallizing Images is our official trial photographer. Chronicle your trial successes with a beautiful shot of your dog! 

Kayla Grant

Web Design/ Technical Consultant

Kayla has a background in print journalism and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo. She assists with our website and social media.  She trains and competes in Nosework with her Alaskan Klee Kai and rent-a-Labrador.

Affiliate Trainers  

We also have a number of trainers who visit, rent, or train out of ODS! 

Michaela Bouzkova

For more information on Michaela's Theory, Workshops, Semi-Private Sessions, Private Sessions and Training please contact her directly: [email protected]

Kathie Grant

Jumping for Joy Dogsports

Kathie is the owner/coach of Jumping for Joy Dogsports and is an Agility Association of Canada (AAC) Master level judge. Kathie has been coaching at her home club since 2003 and has competed in agility for over 20 years. Kathie and her dogs also compete in Nosework and Dock Diving. 

Rose Apollonio

I’ve been competing with my dogs for 27 years, and teaching competitive obedience for 23 years. Teaching has given me the opportunity to work with a variety of different breeds from all seven groups. My dogs have titled in CKC, AKC, UKC, Shutzhund, Rally, Herding and Tracking events. I have over 500 HITs and over twenty 200 scores with 3 different breeds of dogs. I’ve had the #1 Obedience Dog in Canada 3 times, and been in the Top 10 twelve times. In addition, my dogs have achieved multiple Dog World Awards, placed second at the World Series of Obedience, won the Purina National, won the HIT of HITs, been invited to Crufts to represent Canada, qualified for the National Obedience Invitational (NOI) in the U.S., invited to compete at Westminster, as well as qualified for the Eukanuba Obedience Championships in Novice, Open, Utility and Masters. My Rottweiler (“Iko”) won the American Rottweiler Club Eastern Regional Obedience Championship; my Weimaraner (“Asia”) won the Weimaraner Club of America National Obedience Championship; and my Golden Retriever (“Edge”) won the Golden Retriever Club of Canada National Obedience Championship. I’m proud of the accomplishments that my dogs have achieved; but I’m also exceptionally proud of the accomplishments of my students over the years.