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Meet Our Trainers

Bilinda Taras Krupa – Owner, Trainer and Behaviour Consultant

Bilinda is the owner of K9 Misfits, Dog Behaviour World and Georgia Peach’s Store and Spa. Originally from Ontario, She has been working with dogs and horses for over 35 years. She grew up in Ontario and has lived in Alberta since 1999.

Bilinda worked at the Edmonton Humane Society for ten years managing operations and then focusing on behaviour and training for the public. In her career, she has been fortunate to earn many awards and is honoured to have been recognized for her efforts with the rescue animals during Hurricane Katrina and Rita, featured on Alberta Prime Time and featured in Animal Sheltering magazine. She was a member of the City of Edmonton’s Animal Control Advisory board and holds membership in the CKC, CAPPDT as well as ALCA and AADC.

Bilinda has completed her Applied Canine Behaviour Consultant (ADBC) studies with honours, as well as holding memberships in the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) and CAPPDT. She is a certified Canine Good Neighbour Evaluator and assists many rescue groups, animal control facilities, veterinarians and shelters with her knowledge and modification programs.  She is a puppy culture breeder of registered Whippets. (Tarakru Whippets.)

Bilinda currently shares her life with her husband Doug, four Children, ten horses and her Pups, Sophee, Matilda, Wink, Q, Stella, Koko, Guinness, Kricket, Thor, Liam, Scarlett, Rouge & Hollywood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jenna Crawford – Trainer CBTMG, Behaviour Consultant

Jenna began her dog behaviour education in 2012 under the guidance of Bilinda as a Behaviour Specialist with the Edmonton Humane Society, and transitioned into the position of trainer shortly after. She combines Bilinda’s mentoring with her education in Psychology and Neuroscience to help her clients understand exactly why and how to motivate, support, and allow their dogs to be confident and handler-focused.

Jenna was introduced to the sport of agility just over a half-decade ago and it has been her passion ever since. She trains with some of the world’s top competitors and trainers, and has taught all levels of agility. She currently competes locally and across Canada with her teammate and rescue dog, Edge.

 

 

 

Tara Ferguson – Trainer, CBTMG, PPG member

Tara’s passion to learn about dog behaviour began in 2009 after her and her Labrador cross “Boomer” volunteered for the Canadian Search Dog Association. After hundreds of training hours both on and off the field, Tara and Boomer were tested by members of the RCMP K9 unit certifying for 6 different search profiles.

Tara began her dog behaviour education in 2015 when she enrolled in the K9 Misfits mentoring program, under Bilinda Taras Krupa’s guidance and graduated with honours in the spring of 2016. Tara is currently working towards becoming a Behaviour Consultant. She works on the K9 Misfits acreage with behaviour dogs.

Tara Currently shares her life with her two pups, Mika and Bailey.

 

 

Peter White – Trainer, CBTMG

Peter’s passion for dog behaviour began 5 years ago when he adopted a fearful, reactive pit bull x named Charlie. After learning a new way to connect with Charlie through many Misfits classes he made the choice to further his education. He enrolled in the K9 Misfits mentoring program, under Bilinda Taras Krupa’s guidance and graduated with honours from the program in the spring of 2016.

Peter currently shares his life with his wife, Stacey and his pups, Charlie and Chester.

 

 

 

Ashley Q – Trainer, CBTMG, PPG member 

Ashley’s passion for dog behaviour began when she adopted her reactive dog, Kade. After being taught aversive methods to help Kade she set out on a mission to find a better way. Going through all this made her want to help others with their reactive dogs.

Ashley’s second passion is the sport of agility from which she was introduced when she adopted her first dog, Nikki. She trains with some of the world’s top competitors and trainers and competes locally with her dogs Kade and Jaxson.  Ashley is also a registered Animal Health Technician (AHT), and works at a local veterinary clinic.

Ashley began her dog behaviour education in 2017 when she enrolled in the K9 Misfits mentoring program, under Bilinda Taras Krupa’s guidance and graduated with honours from the program in the spring of 2018. She is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and is currently working towards becoming a Behaviour Consultant.

Ashley currently shares her life with her hubby, Steve, Daughter Courtney and five pups, Nikki, Kade, Kody, Jessie and Jaxson.

 

Jessica Mayfield – Trainer, CBTMG 

Jessica’s passion for dog behaviour began when she adopted a very fearful Dogue de Bordeaux, Duchess. A couple of years later, 8-week-old Am Staff mix, Marlowe, joined the family. Marlowe was a challenging puppy, this prompted Jessica to sign up for classes and some private sessions with Bilinda.

After studying Environmental and Conservation Sciences at the University of Alberta, Jessica decided that she was better suited for a career working closer with animals. She spent 4 years working at a veterinary clinic where she enjoyed connecting with people and their dogs, but was alarmed by the number of behavioural problems and people’s lack of understanding in dog behaviour she saw daily. 

Jessica began her Dog behaviour education in 2017 when she enrolled in K9 Misfits mentoring program, under Bilinda Taras Krupa’s guidance and graduated with honours from the program in the Fall of 2018.

Jessica is passionate about educating dog owners and enriching the lives of our canine companions. She does agility, is an equestrian, and operates her own photography business specializing in equine and canine portraits and is currently working towards becoming a Behaviour Consultant. 

Jessica shares her life with her hubby, Dylan, her horse, Jazz and her three dogs, Duchess, Marlowe & River.

 

Kirsty Gardner – Trainer, CBTMG

Kirsty’s passion for dog behaviour began when volunteering at her local dog shelter in 2014, she was exposed to a variety of far-from-“perfect” but always lovable dogs waiting for their forever homes. Walking these dogs through the beautiful British countryside left her with a deep love of dogs that followed her to Canada where she volunteered at the Edmonton Humane Society for 2 Years. 

Kirsty began her Dog behaviour education at the EHS, but decided the best way forward was to expand on her education. She enrolled in K9 Misfits mentoring program in 2017, under Bilinda Taras Krupa’s guidance and graduated with honours from the program in the Fall of 2018.

Kirsty is currently in her final year of her PhD in physics at the University of Alberta, and is grateful for the existence of dogs and the joy that the opportunity to work with them brings.

Kirsty shares her life with her partner, Annika, two rescue cats named Fossey and Fonzie, and a Great Pyrenees mix named Odin. Odin has been big brother to several foster cats, has volunteered as a therapy dog, and enjoys lazy strolls around the neighbourhood.