Q&A Dog Training
Science Based Positive Reinforcement Training
Masina’s love of and connection with dogs started at a young age, growing up on three acres, running around with chickens, cats and her beloved pugs. Her affinity for dogs made her the go-to friend for dog-sitting, dog-walking and all manner of play.
As with many passion careers, Masina’s work with dogs started by spending time doing what she loved — dog-walking, boarding and helping friends and family out with training advice. She’s worked as a professional dog walker for years, was a doggy daycare attendant, has worked in kennels, volunteered at rescue shelters and has fostered. She always knew she wanted to learn more about how to help people connect with their dogs through training. Masina graduated from Dog Stars Training Academy, has her Walks 'n' Wags Pet First Aid and is a proud member of The Pet Professional Guild- an international member organization founded on the principles of force-free training and pet care.
Masina’s continuously educating herself about training and behaviour to further her knowledge in the industry. She's acquiring more CEU (Continuing Education Unit) with courses and webinars. Currently, her goal is to dive deeper into understanding aggressive behaviours and why they come up when they do. Masina does not support the use of aversive techniques such as fear, pain or intimidation, nor aversive equipment such as prong, choke, or shock collars, all of which have been shown to increase the risk of stress, fear and aggression. Based on the latest scientific findings in animal behaviour, cognition and learning theory, Masina uses reward-based training or ‘positive reinforcement training’ in which the dog is motivated to offer a desired behaviour for a chance to receive something they like while unwanted behaviours are ignored or redirected. The dog will tend to do more of whatever results in something pleasing and avoid doing the things that don’t. Reward-based training is the most humane and effective way in training animals and addressing unwanted behaviours. It never uses adverse techniques, dominance over the dog or any kind of physical punishment.
As a dog owner herself, Masina appreciates the deep bonds formed between dogs and their people and people and their dogs. Her passion for training supports deepening the bonds and connections between humans and animals in ways that are positive, respectful, and effective. Whether setting foundations with a puppy or working on specific challenges, Masina understands the fears, frustrations and overwhelm that can be part of the training experience. She brings a grounded, calming and manageable approach, helping both humans and dogs feel encouraged and constructively challenged during and after each session.
We’d like to acknowledge that we reside, work and play on the traditional, ancestral and
unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. We are grateful to the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island who have cared for these lands since time
immemorial. We hold our hands up to their amazing resistance, resilience, and strength in the
face of ongoing dispossession and colonial violence.
Working with Masina over our sessions we got was so rewarding and interesting for both myself and my dog Pinot. She explained everything so well and the progress we made in only three sessions has been incredible. She has given us great confidence in our journey together & I cannot thank her enough!
I've got a rescue dog with some anxiety issues and from the first meeting my pup listened to all of Masina's cues and i had full confidence in her straight away. I've never had such helpful advice with any other trainer even down to homemade puzzles to keep him entertained! I would recommend Masina for any doggo needs! My Rocco was so happy after our sessions, he can't wait to see her again :)
We were recommended to Q&A dog training through a puppy friend on Instagram and she lived up to their rave reviews! Masina made us feel completely at ease and comfortable with the training and we also understood everything she explained. Miso our big pup enjoyed working with her, which hasn't always been the case with trainers, and we left feeling like we had made some positive progress (and definitely got our money's worth). We really loved how Masina watched each of our interactions with Miso and gave us personal tips to work on. So much of dog training is about how you act and speak first which isn't always considered. We had tried a few different trainers which were very unsuccessful so we are thrilled to have found Masina and already recommended to all our friends and family!