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What would a strong relationship with your dog mean to you?

Élite Canin provides personalized, relationship-focused dog training to empower you and your dog to tackle any behavioral challenge

Hi, I’m Saskia, a certified dog behaviourist who believes your dog’s training should be as unique as they are.

​When my dog was a puppy, I reached out to several dog trainers, and even attended two dog clubs, hoping to give her the best life possible.  Unfortunately, they all left me feeling confused and frustrated. I got so much advice that was either contradictory, too strong, or simply unrealistic in real-life situations with my puppy.

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Does this sound familiar?

I wanted to better understand my dog, and I wanted skills that would help us navigate real-world challenges, so I dedicated myself to learning and training as much about dog behaviour as possible.

Now, with Élite Canin, I’m dedicated to giving this same knowledge of relationship-first, customized training methods to you and your dog. No confusion, no frustration, just effective dog training that works for your real life.

A PROFESSIONAL

DOG TRAINER,

YOU CAN TRUST.

Dog training is an unregulated profession, which unfortunately means that anyone with an ACACED certification can be a “dog trainer.”

 

But the truth is, it takes more than a 2-day certification to really understand dogs, their people, and the best training methods to help them work together. 

As a dog trainer, I've

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Completed many practical and online courses including Centre of Excellence, Esprit Dog Theoretical, Absolute Dogs, etc.

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Observed and been mentored by local canine trainers & behaviourists  both locally and online each with their own knowledge and methods.

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Studied 20+ canine behaviour and training books to deepen my knowledge.

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Taught puppy classes at a local Club Canin as well as volunteering with a local association that helps refuges with rehoming & adoptions.

Certifications

ACACED

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Formation au Métier d'Éducateur Canin (Pratique)

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Centre of Excellence

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Attestation D'Aptitude des Chiens de 1ère & 2ème Catégorie

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Give Your Dog the
Best Life Possible

My dog, Kaïa, changed my life in so many ways. 

 

She taught me patience, showed me how full and fun life can be, and she ignited my passion for helping dogs and their people.

 

Every dog is different, but every dog deserves to live their best life with the skills they need to be confident, safe, and happy, no matter what life throws at them.

Meet the team that will take care of your little friend

Saskia Van Der Stel

Kaïa is a 2 year old Malinois Mutt we adopted in the middle of two lock-downs. She was an incredibly fearful puppy who didn't even dare put down her paws outdoors. Kaïa has come an incredibly long way and her confidence continues to grow day by day.


Always overflowing with energy we often go on long hikes & adventures across the Côte d'Azur and are training to compete in Agility & Obedience Trials.

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& my malinois mix Kaïa

In-home & location training in:

Serving the Alpes Maritimes and beyond:

- Grasse
- Opio
- Cannes
- Nice
- Var

- Monaco


& even worldwide via online lessons!

Schedule your
training session with me now.

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