Born and raised in Toronto, Ashley is more than familiar with the problems urban dog owners encounter on a daily basis. After graduating from college with a double major in Film & Advertising, Ashley launched an entertainment-focused social media company, requiring constant travel to other North American metropolitan areas including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Montreal. What she realized very quickly is that dog owners throughout all of North America were experiencing the same issues; misunderstanding, lack of education, unstable pack structure, and miscommunication combined with an undying love for their canine companions. They were willing to do absolutely anything, but nothing seemed to be working!
Ashley began studying dog psychology, dog breeds, and owner/dog relationships in different regions of North America and sharing her newfound knowledge with friends and family. Within a very short period of time, everyone in her social circle came back screaming, “Since talking to you, my perspective on my relationship with my dog completely changed… and guess what?!? All of the issues I was having with Fido are now gone!” Ashley couldn’t believe it. Could it really be possible that the millions of misbehaved dogs in homes (or worse, shelters) be the result of simple misunderstandings? Is it possible to prevent these frustrations, stresses, and fears with simple education? Ashley decided to leave the corporate world to find out.
Ashley studied canine psychology and behavior at CASI (Companion Animal Sciences Institute) and dedicated three years speaking to dog owners, breeders, rescues, vets, groomers, and other dog professionals. The result was Meet Your Mutt; the world’s first human and dog matchmaking company. Ashley invented a service that not only educates future dog owners about the needs and expectations of a canine companion, but also helps to choose the perfect dog for their lifestyle.
Ashley joined K9X in the Fall of 2012 as our resident canine behaviour expert and as a Hiking Leader. She has quickly become a valued and important member of our pack. In addition to her work with K9X's clients, Ashley consults on dog behaviour with her own clients and is currently studying dog nutrition and homeopathy. She often jokes that if everyone in the world used her “muttmaking” services, dog trainers would soon become extinct.
Ashley lives in Toronto with her loveable mutt, Avery.