Hi! I’m Alycia
Head Trainer at Freelife Canine
I’ve been an animal lover for as long as I can remember and began competing, first with horses, as a child, and then with my Labrador retrievers as a young adult in numerous dog sports.
I love watching a meaningful relationship develop between a person and their beloved dog. My goal as a trainer is to utilize effective and kind, modern science-based training techniques to teach your dog desirable behaviors. This positive reinforcement style of training caters to the overall physical, mental, and emotional and well-being of both you and your canine companion.
Alycia Rogal CPDT-KA CTDI
Alycia has been training dogs professionally for over 10 years and is a graduate of Canada West Canine Center where she earned the designation of Certified Master Dog Trainer in 2008. She has a unique background in which she has worked with many species of domestic and wild animals in a professional capacity due to her former career as a wildlife technologist.
Committed to providing the most effective and convenient solutions to her client’s needs, Alycia continues her education and professional development by attending several seminars and courses each year and keeping current on industry development and literature.
She believes that the center of any animal care plan is to look toward their emotional well being, not just physical but mental as well. , a life lived to the fullest and guided by love and nurturing in all capacities.
Alycia is the only trainer in the Cariboo and Northern BC region to hold a CPDT-KA certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).
She is also a Certified Trick Dog Instructor through Do More With Your Dog!® The official sanctioning and organizing body for the sport of Dog Tricks as well as being a Canadian Kennel Club Canine Good Neighbour Evaluator and Canadian Association of Rally Obedience (CARO) approved judge.
Alycia has earned over 50 performance titles to date with 4 dogs in numerous venues including obedience, scent detection, hunt, dock diving, tricks
What is a CPDT-KA?
A Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) is required to gain a minimum of 300 hours of trainer experience within 3 years prior to applying and provide recommendations from a veterinarian and certified colleague. In addition, they are required to pass an independent, science-based exam that is developed by the Certification Council For Professional Dog Trainers to demonstrate knowledge in Instruction Skills, Animal Husbandry, Ethology, Learning Theory, Equipment, and Business Practices & Ethics. A CPDT-KA has not paid tuition to attend a course which grants them certification and abides by an elaborate Code of Ethics.
What is a CTDI?
CTDI stands for “Certified Trick Dog Instructor.”
Do More With Your Dog!®, as the official sanctioning and organizing body for the sport of Dog Tricks, has established guidelines for instructor certification in order to ensure that standards of excellence are met when teaching the sport.
Certified Trick Dog Instructors may use the acronym CTDI after their name to indicate they have demonstrated the knowledge and hands-on training techniques applicable to this sport.
- Certified Professional Dog
Trainer – KnowledgeAssessed (CPDT-KA)
- Certified Master Dog Trainer (reg. 007-307)
- Bronze Level Certified Trick Dog Instructor (Do More With Your Dog!®)
- DogNostics Fun Scent Games Instructor
- CARO (Canadian Association of Rally Obedience) Judge and Professional Member
- Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) Canine Good Neighbor Evaluator and member
- Sporting Detection Dog Association
- Doggone Safe
- British Columbia Labrador Retriever Club
- Cariboo Kennel Club – Secretary
- DOGSAFE Canine First Aid Certified
Helping dog owners build a solid foundation for a mutually joyful relationship. Freelife Canine specializes in modern and effective reward-based and real-life training solutions.