Debbi McArthur – Owner/Founder
Debbi McArthur, founder of Prairieburn K9 Academy has been involved in dogs from the young age of 12 when she was given her first dog Scamper a Lhasa Apso/Basset Hound cross. She has always had a special connection with dog and knew she wanted to help families live happy, harmonious lives together.
Debbi has an ability to connect with dogs and teach owners how their dogs see the world from a dog psychology perspective and how to better communicate with their dog. She is results focused as indicated by many happy clients and students.
Debbi has hands on experience with over 1000 dogs many of which were aggressive 1nd reactive dogs. This experience has given her opportunities to train under some of the most well-known dog trainers in the world including Cesar Millan and Heather Beck of K9 Lifeline.
Debbi has e-touch (e-collar) certification through K9 Lifeline in Draper, Utah. She is a Professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals, Canadian Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Canadian Kennel Club, Portage Kennel Club, German Shepherd Club of Manitoba, and German Shepherd Club of Canada.
She is also the founder of Longburn German Shepherds where she breeds and shows top quality German Shepherds for conformation and family companions.
Anthony Boldt – Owner BC Division
Anthony Boldt, new owner of Prairieburn K9 Academy BC Division is located in Kelowna, BC. Anthony started his career in the dog industry after meeting Debbi in 2015 when his dog Charlotte attended her board and train program.
Anthony has created a truly balanced lifestyle with his dog and has further evolved his training skills by shadowing Debbi over the years during many training sessions, seminars, board & trains, Day Adventures, ecollar (etouch) and her Foundations Workshops. He has one on one experience working with over 200 dogs with many different behaviour issues which has given him to knowledge and experience to take over our BC Division.
We are extremely excited to have Anthony join our Prairieburn family in BC!
Jessie Lavallee – Contractor
Jessie Lavallee is the owner of A Furry Tail Ending in Altona, Manitoba specializing in all pet grooming, structured dog daycare, raw pet food sales and pet photography. She started her career in the dog industry in 2012 at one of Winnipeg’s most prestigious dog grooming facilities working as a dog daycare attendant then moved on to train as a professional dog groomer. She was trained by some of Canada’s top dog groomers and became a Certified Canadian Professional Pet Stylist.
Jessie met Debbi in 2012 while they were competing in the German Shepherd show ring with their half brothers Cash and Oakley. Oakley has competed in obedience, sheep herding, agility and is a Certified St John Ambulance Therapy Dog. Jessie has been mentored over 5 years by Debbi and has now joined the Prairieburn K9 Academy team as a contractor to provide services to our Winnipeg and Southern Manitoba clients!