Meet the Oxford Dog Sport Team
It takes a village to raise a dog and we're here to help!
Sean Kent B.Sc., CPDT., FPMT.
Sean has been an active competitor for over 25 years in Conformation, Obedience, Rally, Agility, Nosework, Lure Coursing, Trick Dog, Disc Dog, Freestyle Dance, CARO, Barn Hunt. After retiring from a 20 years career in Children’s Mental health and Family Counselling Sean decided to do what he loves which is Dog Training and now has been training Professionally for 10 years as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and FitPAWS Master Trainer. Sean loves working with teams in a training / coaching model and loves watching them grow and succeed. In 2014 Sean and his husband François opened Canine Athletic Care; a small dog training company which now still operates out of Wag Awhile Doggie Daycare in Newmarket and Oxford Dog Sports in Princeton. Sean continues to act as Operations Manager for Canine Athletic Care. In June 2019 Sean & Francois purchased Oxford Dog Sports where Sean is the Training Director and most recently, in December 2019, purchased All Breed International Dog Shows where Sean Acts as Executive Director. Sean also manages the careers of 5 outstanding Show and Performance dogs: Barbra-Jean (English Springer Spaniel), Nellica (Dutch Shepherd), Lorelei (English Springer Spaniel) , Edwin (Rat Terrier) , Amelia (Silken Windhound)
Jackie Parkin’s life literally “went to the dogs” when her heart was captured by a cute canine more than 30yrs ago. The late great Mickey-Finn changed the course of Jackie’s life, introducing her to dog training and competition dog sports. Always striving to learn more, Jackie spent years fine tuning her skills, attending workshops and seminars, and learning everything she could about learning theory and the most up to date, humane training modalities. Jackie has trained countless dogs of many breeds, and competed in a variety of dog sports, including obedience, agility, flyball, musical freestyle, disc dog, herding, and jack Russell terrier specific events. She was captain of the Northern Borders Flyball Team, founder of the Southern Ontario Disc Houndz Club, and was instrumental in bringing Skyhoundz disc dog trials to Canada, opening the door for Canadians to venture into the sport on an International level and qualify for World Championship competition. Jackie is a five time Skyhoundz World Finalist with her dogs Maeve, Rowdy, and Josie. In addition to competition dog sports Jackie has raised/trained border collies under the Besslin prefix, has performed with Superdogs, and is the producer of the dog sport performance team, Team K9; and the horse/dog performance show CanEquis. She is also a professional film wrangler and has worked on countless print ads, television commercials, tv shows, and movies. But dogs are not the only critters Jackie has had the privilege of training. She has also worked with domestic cats, a variety of farm animals, horses, a pot bellied pig, and a Celebes Ape. Jackie has written two published books on dog training. (1) Flyball Training, Start To Finish and (2) Click! You’re On Canine Camera; as well as a great many articles for a variety of publications over the years. Jackie embraces a force free, positive reinforcement method of educating her canine students. .
CDG, Certified Canine Behavior Consultant (ACDBC), Certified Trick Trainer (CTDI), Member of the Canadian Service Dog Trainer Association, and International Association of Assistance Animal. Suzanne has been a professional trainer for 35 years. She has been in many sports over the decades from running a sled dog team, working drug/bomb detection dogs, training herding dogs, and currently raising service dogs.
Kate has been training her own dogs for competition and performance for many years, and has been a member of the President’s Choice SuperDogs performance team since 2009. She has traveled all over North America with the show and has appeared with her dogs on television several times, twice having had the opportunity to perform with them during the half-time show at a Toronto Raptors basketball game. Kate also has an abundance of experience conducting training opportunities and workshops in her professional life, these skills cross over quite well to the world of dog (and their people!) training. Kate’s training philosophies are based in the science of learning, always with the goal of developing a mutually rewarding, trusting relationship with your dog as the foundation. Kate is a strong believer that fear, pain and intimidation have no place in dog training and the focus should always be around having fun with your best friend!
Will started handling professionally in 1986, and in 1987, took the Irish Setter Ch. McCammom Impresario to Top Dog All Breed. This also set a record as the youngest handler to have a Top Dog All Breeds. Will is one of only 5 handlers, who has had more than one Top Dog All Breeds. He has had a dog in the Top Ten All Breeds since 1991!Will also won Best In Show at Westminster in 2015. Will is arguably the most recognized professional handler in Canada
Show and Trial Coordinator
Book-keeping, administrative functions and corresponding secretary. Nancy will also be Table Steward or Ring Steward at many of our trials and shows.
Supervisor of Operations
Amanda has a 30 year history working with dogs which includes being the youngest person to compete in flyball and achieving multiple sporting titles by the time she was 12 years old. Amanda continues her mom's legacy as a great trainer and canine behaviorist. Her mom passed away Christmas day 2018 and the love of dogs is something they’ll always share. In her spare time, when not working with the dogs, you can find her hanging out with her horse, Ringo or finding a good documentary to watch.
Rachel has been involved with dogs for a decade now, working at animal hospitals, doggy daycare's, and even running her own daycare/boarding/walking services. She also got involved in many volunteering opportunities such as search and rescue for lost pets, fostering and most recently raising puppies for a local service dog organisation. Along side working at ODS, Rachel works as a trainer in the puppy program at the same local service dog organisation that she raises dogs for. It wasn’t until she moved out on her own that she got her first dog, Kyah. It was at that point that she dove head first into the world of dog sports at Oxford to keep up with her new furry bundle of joy. Team Kyah has participated in a number of sports such as dock diving, obedience, tricks, flyball, agility, nose work, rally, herding, triebball, sprinter and lure. Her hope for the future is to become a trainer in dog sports to share the love of sports and dogs with others. Rachel is excited to join the Oxford team and continue learning and competing in the many amazing sports offered.
Marissa discovered ODS earlier this year and was quickly introduced to the wonderful world of dog sports. Marissa and her golden retriever Luke have been enjoying everything ODS has to offer especially nosework and tricks. During quarantine Luke received his championship trick dog title! An accomplishment that symbolises everything they've learned and the bond they've strengthen thanks to this community. Marissa is excited to give back to the community that she loves so much, and Luke is excited to take in all the smells of the new building!
Crystal of Crystallizing Images is our official trial photographer. Chronicle your trial successes with a beautiful shot of your dog!
Web Design / Technical Consultant
Kayla has a background in print journalism and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo. She assists with our website and social media. She trains and competes in Nosework with her Alaskan Klee Kai and rent-a-Labrador.
We also have a number of trainers who visit, rent, or train out of ODS!
Kathie is the owner/coach of Jumping for Joy Dogsports and is an Agility Association of Canada (AAC) Master level judge. Kathie has been coaching at her home club since 2003 and has competed in agility for over 20 years. Kathie and her dogs also compete in Nosework and Dock Diving.
I’ve been competing with my dogs for 27 years, and teaching competitive obedience for 23 years. Teaching has given me the opportunity to work with a variety of different breeds from all seven groups. My dogs have titled in CKC, AKC, UKC, Shutzhund, Rally, Herding and Tracking events. I have over 500 HITs and over twenty 200 scores with 3 different breeds of dogs. I’ve had the #1 Obedience Dog in Canada 3 times, and been in the Top 10 twelve times. In addition, my dogs have achieved multiple Dog World Awards, placed second at the World Series of Obedience, won the Purina National, won the HIT of HITs, been invited to Crufts to represent Canada, qualified for the National Obedience Invitational (NOI) in the U.S., invited to compete at Westminster, as well as qualified for the Eukanuba Obedience Championships in Novice, Open, Utility and Masters. My Rottweiler (“Iko”) won the American Rottweiler Club Eastern Regional Obedience Championship; my Weimaraner (“Asia”) won the Weimaraner Club of America National Obedience Championship; and my Golden Retriever (“Edge”) won the Golden Retriever Club of Canada National Obedience Championship. I’m proud of the accomplishments that my dogs have achieved; but I’m also exceptionally proud of the accomplishments of my students over the years.