Dogs in the park - Dog behaviour problem solving
Helping solve behaviour problems in dogs since 1993
Canadian Company
For more information contact: 
Sue Alexander 
(519) 826-5315 
About Dogs In The Park


Dogs in The Park operates in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and was founded in 1993. From our humble beginnings, training dogs in the local park systems to our current state of the art facility, we have always worked hard to help people to build strong relationships with their dogs while achieving their training goals.
Over the years we have had puppy parties, celebrations of achievement, dog walks, special guests and several very tasty pot luck suppers. We now offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of puppies, adult dogs and all dogs with serious behaviour problems. We also offer free lectures on a monthly basis, and annual events such as Dogfest to celebrate our relationships with our canine family members.


About Sue Alexander, CPDT CDBC

Sue AlexanderSue Alexander has over twenty five years experience training and handling dogs, both her own and those of her clients. Sue has also been teaching dog obedience lessons since 1993. Sue has participated in a variety of dog sports including obedience, tracking, retrieving, Schutzhund and agility with her dogs D’fer and Eco, and she is currently looking for her next sport dog. Sue lives with a Traumatic Brain Injury and other disabilities and is assisted by Friday, a young German Shepherd who is doing double duty until Sue can find a successor dog. Friday would prefer to be working with Sue's husband John, competing in obedience and rally.

Along with several other community members, Sue helped to found K9 Helpers a charitable organization that trains and places dogs to assist people living in the Guelph/Wellington area who have psychiatric disabilities.

Sue is particularly interested in the rehabilitation of aggressive dogs and the resolution of behavioural problems with dogs in family homes. In 2003, Sue wrote and passed the Certificate of Pet Dog Training and in the fall of 2004, she was accepted into the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants as a clinical member. More recently, Sue wrote and passed the Certificate of Behaviour Consulting Canine, Knowledge Assessed. For more information about Sue's credentials, please visit and

John AlexanderJohn Alexander, BA CPDT

John joined the Dogs in the Park team in 2008, working first as a Puppy Class assistant and taking over the administration of the company. In 2009, John became our lead Puppy Class instructor as “The Puppy Guy”, and also began teaching our adult obedience class “Levels”.

We are very pleased to announce that in 2010, John earned his Certificate of Professional Dog Training. John volunteers for K9 Helpers as their primary puppy raiser and puppy consultant. John is currently searching for his next competitive obedience puppy and is still deciding on what breed might suit his desire to combine competitive obedience with recreational SAR and hiking and camping.

Jennifer Schilling, ABCDT

Jennifer SchillingJennifer was introduced to DITP in 2007 through the Animal Behaviour College.
As her mentor, Sue taught her the value of classical conditioning and the importance of working below threshold in the Good Dog and Walking Classes. The knowledge Jennifer attained during this period benefited her dog Buddy greatly and continues to provide her with insight on how dogs cope with stress.

Today Jennifer still assists every Wednesday with Walking and Good Dog Classes.
She can also be found on some Sundays joining a Levels class with her dog Harry.


Maja Hurd BSc

I am owned by two Cardigan Welsh Corgis Monti and Seren who would love to tell me how the world works not the other way around. I got Monti as a pet but he needed some obedience classes since he was unmanageable around the house and that is how I got hooked to dog training! Seren came to me three years later for competitive dog sports and as my foundation bitch for breeding purposes.

I have been involved with DITP first as a student in 2005 then as an instructor in 2006. I primarily teach Rally and some agility (specialty program).

I have been competing in Obedience, Rally, Conformation, Agility and just in the last year sheep herding. My first passion was obedience but most recently it has been agility and herding. I achieved with Monti a CDX in 2009 and hopefully utility in the near future. Monti has been number one Cardigan in Obedience in Canada 2009 and 2010. Hopefully one day Seren will follow the same footsteps. Seren so far had a great start achieving her CD in 2010. With both dogs I have earned several other titles in various dog sports. Both Monti and Seren have been top Obedience dog at the Cardigan Specialties.

Outside of dog training, during my spare time I enjoy scrapbooking, traveling and spending time with family.

Ben Eybergen

Ben EybergenBen joined the Dogs in the Park Puppy Program in September 2010 with his wife, Gemma, and his Puggle, Sasquatch. Starting as clients with no experience in raising a puppy whatsoever, John taught them the techniques, practices and tools of modern puppy training. Taking these lessons and skills onward to Levels Unlimited, Sasq' and Ben attended as many classes as they could to learn from Sue, John, Erika, Joelle and everyone else within the Dogs in the Park community, to work with our adolescent Dog and continue his education.

Ben volunteers for weekend seminars and workshops, as well as instructs within the Levels Unlimited program. Ben and Sasq enjoy playing Treiball together as well as recreational scenting/tracking.


Nadia Bifolchi

Nadia BifolchiMy day job is being a PhD student in statistics at the University of Guelph. I first came to Dogs in the Park after fostering a dog with some behavioural issues. We went through the Good Dog and Levels programs.

Currently I am dog-less but get my fix of puppy love by helping out in puppy classes, Good Dog night and taking some of the service dogs in training to Levels class.

I try and absorb as much knowledge as I can from Sue and John so that once I get a dog of my own (hopefully a boxer in the near future) I can put that knowledge to use.