Tracy Wood is academically educated in animal behaviour. She has her Bachelor of Science Honours in Biology for animal behaviour from Trent University, as well as her applied behaviour analyst (ABA) practitioner certification from studying under Dr. Susan Friedman, a psychology professor at the Utah State University. ABA, with its roots in human learning, offers a scientifically sound teaching approach and ethical standard that can improve the lives of all animal and human learners. Understanding how animals learn, studying animal behaviour, and helping dog owners better connect and communicate with their dogs is a passion of Tracy’s that she has brought to dog training.
After graduating university and working in the environmental policy field, Tracy was a volunteer foster home for Homeward Tails in Virginia. As a foster home, Tracy took care of litters of puppies to properly socialize and assess them before finding them their forever homes. Through this program, she learned from seasoned canine professionals about how to apply her animal behaviour knowledge to the dogs that needed the most help before being adopted out. This opened the whole world of dog training to Tracy and she has never looked back. Over the last ten years, Tracy has dedicated her adult career to canine behaviour modification training, working with anything from basic obedience to inter-dog household aggression, separation anxiety, resource guarding and reactive dogs of varying degrees.
Tracy strongly believes that experience and continuing education in your profession is what helps make you stand apart. In recent years, Tracy has become a certified Trick Dog instructor through Do More With Your Dog, the sanctioning body for the sport of dog tricks, as well as certifying dogs to become animal actors as an Animal Actor Certified Evaluator! She also keeps herself up to date in the field of canine behaviour science through the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, the Animal Behaviour Society and many other organizations that support and promote the latest research in animal behaviour.
At home, Tracy’s household is made complete with her four year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Risen and a three year old Border Collie, Fundy. Risen is a prescribed, owner-trained service dog for Tracy, helping her navigate certain aspects of her daily life and provides medical alert for a condition she has. Risen enjoys learning tricks and is a Champion Level trick dog, certified through Do More With Your Dog, playing fetch and taking leisurely strolls through the neighbourhood. Fundy is a Grand Champion level trick dog, and knows over 100 tricks! Fundy leaves loves learning anything and everything. She excels in tricks, disc, and agility. Both Risen and Fundy are competitive in barn hunt.
Tracy can be seen teaching the obedience classes for Flash Go., as well as the Reactive Rover and Trick training classes. She is also the official photographer for Flash Go.!