All of the head instructors at When Hounds Fly are either Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partners, or have earned their Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed designations, or hold academic degrees in animal behavior. We proudly maintain the highest standards of ANY dog training school in Toronto.
Sara Russell, KPA CTP
Sara Russell graduated the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behaviour under Carolyn Clark in 2016.
Sara previously worked at the Toronto Humane Society for over 10 years managing the Feline Behaviour Department where she incorporated positive reinforcement in the shelter’s feline enrichment program, designing and implementing protocols and behaviour modification plans for both animals in the shelter and when assisting pet parents experiencing behaviour concerns at home.
Sara is always dedicated to continuing education whether it’s attending yearly conferences, online seminars or reading books to sharpen her training skills and behavior knowledge. Just in 2016, she completed Terry Ryan’s Chicken Camp Workshop, and most recently became certified through the Fear Free Initiative to assist veterinarians, pets and pet owners in making veterinary visits a fear free experience for everybody involved through prevention, management, modification and force free handling.
Sara currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).
She is also a trainer for the 2017 Jackson Galaxy Foundation’s Cat Pawsitive Initiative which aims at teaching shelter staff and volunteers clicker training skills to modify behavior in shelter cats and assist in making them more adoptable.
Tim Alamenciak, Associate Instructor
Tim Alamenciak is a part-time dog trainer with When Hounds Fly who is currently studying in the IAABC’s Principles & Practice program. He was a teaching assistant at When Hounds Fly for more than a year before joining the instructor team.
Tim is a journalist by day and a voracious reader who always stays on top of the latest science of dog training. His primary research focus is working with dogs that have aggression and reactivity issues. He has direct experience with his own dog who came with a suite of triggers that included just about everything on Toronto’s busy streets.
Tim was the recipient of the IAABC’s 2017 Rebecca Park Scholarship, an award that recognizes a commitment to professionalism and excellence in the field of dog training.
He lives in downtown Toronto with his girlfriend and their dog, Bonnie Beans Sweet Potato Pie.
Claire Kilburn, Administrative Assistant
Claire Kilburn is our team’s administrative assistant, and she is currently responsible for processing answering email inquiries and ensuring our new students have a smooth onboarding and registration experience.
Claire is currently a student at McGill University, pursuing a major in Environmental Biology. She has a strong passion for nature and one day hopes to have an impact in the field of wildlife conservation.
Claire joined When Hounds Fly in early 2015, when she was looking for volunteering opportunities with animals. She spent over a year as a weekly classroom assistant while completing high school.
While she enjoys working remotely from Montreal, Claire misses the lively atmosphere of the school and the abundance of happy faces (both furry and not!)
While Claire does not yet have a dog of her own, she does share her life with two cats, Avery and Pepper. Naturally, she’s clicker trained them both and they’re pretty good at Sit and Touch on cue!