About Me

Verena Schleich, KPA CTP Dog trainer and her doberman Athena
Photo by Erin Kobayashi

Verena Schleich, KPACTP is a professional dog trainer based in Osoyoos, BC. She loves all animals, and is passionate about positive reinforcement training. She spends her days with everyone else’s dogs and loves it, but is always happy to come home at the end of the day to her Doberman, Athena.

You can reach her at contact@pawsitivelygenius.com


Diploma in Business Marketing – Algonquin College

Dog Trainer Foundations – Karen Pryor Academy

Dog Trainer Professional – Karen Pryor Academy

Animal Welfare and Behaviour – University of Edinburgh

Dog Emotion and Cognition – Duke University

Pet First Aid – St. John’s Ambulance

Getting Into Shape: Solving Behaviour Issues Through Operant Conditioning and Shaping Techniques (workshop with Nicole Larocco-Skeehan, CPDT-KA) – Speaking of Dogs

May the Force Be With You – or Not with Kathy Sdao [PPG live webinar]

Play Your Way to Success! with Shade Whitesel [3 day seminar]

IAABC Self Study; DNA: The Basic Blueprint of Life with Jessica Hekman, DVM, MS

Chicken Camp with Terry Ryan [one day]

ClickerExpo 2017 [3 days]

  • Dr No: How Teaching an Animal to Say “No” Can be the Right Prescription – Ken Ramirez
  • Retrieve Reboot – Hannah Branigan
  • If You Build It, They Will Come: Training a Reliable Recall – Kathy Sdao
  • The Fab Five: Concepts That Will Make Your Training Rock! – Emilie Johnson Vegh & Eva Bertilsson
  • The Rat is Never Wrong: Training With an Errorless Learning Mindset – Susan G. Friedman, PhD
  • Control is an Illusion: Stimulus Control without Frustration – Sarah Owings
  • We Just Have to Dish: Training, Science, and Nerdy Stuff – Kathy Sdao & Susan G. Friedman, PhD
  • Wanted Training Consultant (Those Good with Animals Need Not Apply) – Ken Ramirez
  • Thinking Fast & Flow – Emilie Johnson Vegh & Eva Bertilsson
  • Turn Me On…(or Not): Inspiring Other to Choose Positive Reinforcement Training – Michele Pouliot
  • Keep Your Candle Burning: Avoiding Professional Burnout – Kathy Sdao