ABOUT MONTESSAURUS PUPPY SCHOOL
Founder Jennifer Messer, DVM
Montessaurus Puppy School was founded in 1995, by Jennifer Messer, to
train pet dogs using, gentle positive methods. The Puppy Training Specialists
focusing on Socialization and Obedience for dogs under 18weeks of Age.
Jennifer Established and Operated the School in Guelph until 2003 at which
time it transferred to Hazel Dickie. Jennifer now serves as the curriculum consultant.
Jennifer completed a Bachelors Degree in Psychology at McGill
University, and a DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College. Jennifer has given numerous
lectures and workshops to Veterinarians, dog trainers, veterinary students, government
agencies, and the general public on a variety of canine behaviour topics, including
aggression and early training and socialization. She has been featured on television,
written extensively on canine behaviour for the popular media, and is currently a
columnist for Modern Dog Magazine.
Jennifer is well recognized as a leader in curriculum development for
young puppies, and her comprehensive puppy class program The Kinderpuppy Course: A
curriculum Manual for Instructors, published by PavSki Canine Educational Resources, is
being used by puppy class instructors across North America. The Course has been endorsed
by Jean Donaldson, and Dr. Ian Dunbar.
Owner - Instructor Hazel Dickie
The school has been operated by Hazel Dickie since January 2003 and has
the same fundamental philosophy to train pet dogs using, gentle positive methods and
have the dog fit into the household.
Hazels background in dog training started in 1958 when a pug called
Lanpark Penny who was then 12 weeks old chose the Dickie household as her home. Penny went
on to earn many titles in the show ring with Hazels handling, Penny taught Hazel a
lot, and lived until the ripe old age of 19 years, an enormous achievement for a pug and
at that time in most other breeds. Other breeds that have been part of the household at
one time or another include, a Jack Russell, Poodle, Shitzu Spaniel cross, Cocker Spaniel,
and a Springer Spaniel.
In 2003 Hazel completed the Instructor Training Course in Accord, New
York, instructed by Pia Silvani, and Sue Sternberg, winning the Best Trick in
the 2003 Incredible Training Challenge.
In 2005 Hazel had the privilege of going to Tanzania, with a group of
individuals to study animal behavior. The group included Dr Patricia McConnell, author of
The other end of the Leash Patricia is a qualified Animal Behaviorist and dog
Trainer. Patricia was only too willing to share her vast knowledge on this subject over
the time spent on Safari.
Hazel's Dogs, Mitzi and Mr. Gem
Instructor - Liz Pask
Liz Pask is a PhD candidate at the University of Guelph in the Department
of Human Health and Nutritional Science studying nutritional toxicology. Liz has been
teaching Puppy class and manners class for Montessaurus Puppy School for 4 years. Liz has
been involved with the Universitys College Royal Dog Show since 1994. Each year Liz
attends multiple dog training seminars and conferences to keep her techniques and
Liz has 2 Labrador Retrievers, Ripley and Mayberry. Ripley is a 9 year old
dog who has taught Liz an incredible amount about training and competing in dog sports.
Together they have earned 3 titles in Obedience and one in Agility (Canine Good Neighbour,
Companion Dog (CD), Novice Rally Obedience (RN MCL), Veteran Agility Dog of Canada
(VADC)). Ripley and Liz are currently working towards our advanced Agility title and our
intermediate obedience title. We also train in the sports of Tracking and Retrieving.
Mayberry is Lizs baby girl. She is 6 months old and will be competing in
Conformation this spring as a junior puppy. She is currently in training for Obedience and
Agility. Even though Rip and Maybee are hard working sporting dogs they also enjoy lots of
time going for walks and swims and hunting for apples in the woods.
Lizs philosophy of dog training is that she wants the puppies and
owners to learn the information using positive, reinforcing techniques.
Liz's Dogs, Ripley and Mayberry
Providing professional training for puppies and adult dogs
in the Guelph, Rockwood, Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo region since 1995.