About us

Mary Chaloner,

Owner and Head Trainer

As a dog behaviour specialist, Mary is passionate about her work and particularly about helping bridge the gap of communication between clients and their dogs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Concordia University in Montreal and has been working exclusively with dogs and their owners for over 20 years.

She is an internationally certified trainer and has established herself as an expert in canine training and behaviour in North America, and is regularly contracted by professional organizations when they need advice on dog behaviour and aggression. 


Career highlights:

  • Was head animal trainer for the popular TV show, Animal Miracles in over 80 episodes. She also appeared on camera several times as a stunt person.

  • Has successfully trained a number of dogs who have been certified and are currently working in explosive and narcotic detection units across North America.

  • Worked in Quebec with an enforcement agency in their highly specialized explosive detection canine unit.

  • Currently training some of the first diabetic alert service dogs in British Columbia. These dogs are highly trained over many months and are placed with clients with Type 1 diabetes – they are trained to alert on their owners when their blood sugar becomes dangerously high or low. 

  • Has given seminars on the topic of dog aggression and is often the resource used by other trainers when they have a particularly aggressive or difficult case.

  • Was one of three animal trainers recently invited to speak at the Vancouver Aquarium's speaker series, "The Psychology of Training". 

  • Has owned and operated one of Vancouver's most successful dog boarding and training facilities for over 10 years.

Credentials and training highlights:

  • Is a Certified Obedience Trainer and a Certified Protection Trainer – graduated from the North American Guard Dog and Training School in Langley, British Columbia.

  • Is Certified as an Explosives Detection Trainer and Handler both in the USA and Canada: initially at the Vom Kaiserhofe Training Center in Kansas, and then in British Columbia through the JIBC (Justice Institute of BC).

  • Is Validated as an Explosives and Narcotic K9 Handler through the JIBC and the RCMP.

  • Is a member in good standing with the NAPDWA (North American Police Dog Work Association), and has had the privilege of training with American handlers from the Pentagon, the Department of Defense, and the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives).

Personal accomplishments:

  • Is competitive in the sport of Schutzhund. (Schutzhund is a very demanding dog sport originating in Germany which tests dogs in obedience, tracking and protection. Also known as IPO.) Since 2014, Mary has competed at Regional and National IPO Championships in Canada with her dog "Karl Vom Haus Velipoje" (IPO 3). She was Vice Champion of the Western Region for 2016 and Champion of the Quebec Region for 2017 and in 2018 won the Prairie Regional Championships. Her goal is to compete in the World Championships for Canada.

Check out the video of Mary and "Karl" in competition.



Mary and "Karl" at a BC Regional Schutzhund competition

Mary's team at A Capable Dog

Mary’s team includes Boarding and Training Assistants, Cleaners, Administrative Support Staff, as well as various other certified trainers and handlers with whom she exchanges professional advice.