Heather is Playful Paws Inc. owner and manager. Heather has known she wanted to work in the animal community from a very young age. Dressing her childhood dogs in her doll clothes, entering the job force at the age of 15 working at a boarding facility, and quickly moving onto learning training and dog sports, only made it more and more clear.
With over our 15 years’ background in working with dogs she brings a down to earth, edgy feel to your canine experience. Heather is always looking to add to her qualifications in order to keep up to date, informed and helpful in this industry. Heather has her degree in Animal Sciences, certified in Humane Animal Treatment, Pet First Aid trained, and has her Canine Reiki Level 2 certification. Heather is currently workings to receive her Canine Reiki Masters, and Animal Communication.
Heather is a fur-mama to three beautiful dogs, and three cats. Cruzer, a border collie who keeps her on her toes. Dugan, a border collie/aussie mix is the mastermind behind her Specialized Daycare and Confidence Classes. When she says she understands, she does. Luna, a flat coated retriever, is her “foster fail” from Marley’s Hope Dog Rescue. Her three cats, Jacob, Bella, and Metro are all rescues as well. She also fosters and helps rescue organizations in any way she can.
When not working, playing with, or training dogs, Heather drastically enjoys travelling and has spent many years enjoying different dog sports such as Flyball. Disc Dog, Agility, and Herding.
Tiffany is a trainer in all classes and is the lead trainer in Playful Paws Inc. Specialized Daycare program. Graduating from Dalhousie Agricultural Campus where she received a diploma in Business Management focusing on Companion Animals. While in university she began volunteering and was later employed for many summers at Hope for Wildlife as a wildlife rehabber. You may have seen her on various t.v episodes.
After graduation she continued in volunteer work with Hope for Wildlife and gained a position at Homeward Bound City Pound where she found her true passion for training reactive, abused, terrified and neglected animals. At this point Tiffany decided to go back to Dalhousie and become a Certified Animal Trainer.
Tiffany joined forces with Animal Rescue Corps. Who she had numerous eye opening experiences traveling over North America to rescue animals in horrendous situations. Being involved in this type of work has given her a unique look into the behind the scenes of where our rescue dogs come from. Because of this, Tiffany has a special passion for rescue dogs and dogs with sever behavioural issues.
To add to Tiffany’s training skills to help reactive dogs, she is a Certified Canine Reiki Level 2 administrator. This helps her have a special bond and connection with these dogs through this Japanese healing energy. Tiffany is currently enrolled to receive her certification in Reiki Masters, and Animal Communication.
Jessica Is Playful Paws Inc. Daycare Manager. She is a definitely a dog lover, and has much hands on experience with dogs. Currently, a volunteer with Marley’s Hope Dog Rescue as their Training/Assessment Support, and foster home, allows her to expand her knowledge and experiences while giving back to pet community she so loves.
Prior to this, she volunteered as an Adoption Counsellor with the SPCA, and assists Heather with training classes. Jessica has proven herself to be an essential team member.
Other than spending the majority of her time with dogs, she is a bit of a travel bug, and always looks forward to her next adventure. Jessica is currently enrolled at Dalhousie University doing her Bachelor of Science, is Pet first Aid trained, and Canine Reiki certified.
Jordan joined the Playful Paws Inc. team in July 2015 as a daycare handler. Jordan has always had a love for animals, with a definite passion for dogs.
Jordan attended DaVinci College and was Veterinary Assistant certified in 2015. Adding to her Pet first aid and Canine Reiki certifications. Jordan is a pet mom to a Husky mix named Monty, who just may love daycare and the daycare dogs just as much as she does.
Randi spent most of her childhood growing up around family dogs, and followed this passion for mans best friend, centering her education around them. This devotion followed her as she attended DaVinci College to obtain a diploma in Veterinary Hospital Assistant.
Randi was a dedicated student and passed with flying colors. While in school she made a clear connection with her highest achievements in animal behavior and training. Randi is always willing to further her canine education and will soon be receiving her Caine Reiki Certificate, and is Pet First Aid certified.
In 2010 Randi joined the field of dog daycare and has yet to look back. Working with numerous rescues, fosters and helping many dogs with behavioral issues.
In June 2016 Randi joined the Playful Paws Inc. family, allowing her to work with more of these dogs, and assisting us in finding ways to help them succeed and have fun. Randi is a down to earth, fun loving person who you may very well find hiking her dogs in the woods or rescuing injured wildlife.
Katie has been with Playful Paws Inc. since the beginning, joining Heather at teaching classes in 2010, Katie quickly molded into the family. As an already trained daycare handler, Katie chose to join Playful Paws Inc. on this adventure and bring her knowledge, passionate personality, and experience with her.
Katie has completed her pet first aid with St. John ambulance, and will soon be Canine Reiki certified. Katie has completed obedience and flyball classes with her dog Diesel, who frequently joins us at daycare. She just recently adopted a new puppy, Obie, and they will be adding puppy class to the list of completed classes with Playful Paws, plus many more in the future!
When she’s not at work she’s typically found adventuring with friends and their fur babies.
Lisa has always been a huge animal lover, owning multiple dogs, cats, rats, mice, gerbils, and pigeons throughout her life. Having started her first real job at the age of 16 in a kennel, she felt as though she had discovered Heaven.
Over the years of growing up and testing out other fields she never felt quiet herself when she wasn’t working closely with animals. At age 25, she found her passion and love for horse but still new she needed to join forces with her true calling of working with dogs. Through this journey she has learned that a dogs love and devotion is unswaying and that the canine society is exceptionally loyal.
Entering the daycare field in 2009, Lisa has achieved multiple certificates. Bringing with her the Certification in Safety & Cleaning, Dog Behavior, Grooming, Play Yard Management, Pet First Aid, & CPR to the Playful Paws Inc. family. Since joining the family she has added her Canine Reiki Level 1 Certificate and has plans to add her level 2.
When not working, you will most likely find Lisa taking time to stop and smell the flowers, hiking her dogs, and enjoying all the love and beauty the world has to offer her.