Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Okanagan BC Instructor Simone Krebser of K9 Possible has been an important part of the Walks 'N' Wags Pet First Aid family for several years. Initially living on Canada's east coast, Simone originally came to us as a Distance Learning student.
Here's Simone's story:
"My name is Simone Krebser and I currently live in Penticton in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia with my two dogs.
I grew up in Switzerland and eventually settled in Canada in 2011 where I finally could pursue my passion through a career with animals. I’m now a professional dog trainer, Walks ‘N’ Wags Pet First Aid Instructor and as a well a proud part time office assistant of Walks ‘N’ Wags!
I grew up with all different kind of animals including: dogs, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, gerbils just to name a few. Since I was little I dreamed of working with animals to some degree but life took me to different career paths. This included an education in business and office administration, working in the hospitality industry and also a pet shop. Eventually I realized that there will be nothing else that will really make me happy other than having animals around me day in and out. All these different experiences built the important foundation for the skill set I require in my current career.
Arriving in Canada I knew it was time to follow my dreams and dig deeper into what I really wanted in life and this was to help animals live a better life in some kind of way.
I have always had that little knack for teaching people and as well dogs…both just seemed natural to me. I understood that if I want animals to live a better life I need to educate their people, there was no way around it.
In 2013 I started to professionally train dogs (first in Nova Scotia before I settled in BC in 2014). But before I felt confident to dive into this career, I wanted to prepare my self with some other foundation and I found Walks ‘N’ Wags Pet First Aid. I completed a Walks ‘N’ Wags Pet First Aid course in 2012 and quickly realized how this will not only enhance the quality of life of my own pets but also will give peace of mind to my future clients knowing they can trust me with their pets.
Once I started my career as a professional dog trainer I felt there was more that I could do than just help people enjoying their dogs more by having better behaved companions. While training is one step to keeping your dog safe, there is so much more. I was super impressed on how thorough the Walks ‘N’ Wags program was and how it boosted my confidence in being prepared for any pet emergency that I felt the need to wanting to share this with others.
In 2014 I completed my Instructor certification and started sharing this great experience with others. What I love about teaching the Walks ‘N’ Wags program is that I share my knowledge with people that are just as passionate about their pets and clients as I am. All the students are thrilled to attend the course and learn these skills.
Knowing the fact that I might have helped saving a pet’s life by sharing my knowledge, but also have given the person that has helped to safe or improve a pets life with what they have learned in the course a feeling of peace of mind is very gratifying to me."
Simone's sincere dedication to helping animals shines in her communications with people and with her teaching. We feel so fortunate to have Simone as part of Walks 'N' Wags!
If you would like to learn more about courses offered in BC's Okanagan and Kootenays, please visit the K9 Possible WEB SITE. You can also find other Walks 'N' Wags Pet First Aid course dates HERE.