Justine has been an animal lover since she could crawl. Growing up she rescued orphaned and /or injured animals from birds to raccoons and always had rabbits. Dogswere always a love but she was not allowed to have one at home so instead she cared for, walked and taught tricks to neighbours and friends dogs and enjoyed visiting and spending time with her uncles Boxers.
As soon as she was an adult she moved out and got a pup of her own and started on the path of dog training. Shortly after getting Axle, a Cao Fila de Sao Miguel (Saint Miguel/Azores Cattle Dog) she took a training course with Protection K9 Services to gain further knowledge and a certification. Axle to this day has been one of the best teachers for her being a very challenging dog, especially for a first dog (this breed really should not be for first time owners!), but she knew that she wanted to work with difficult dogs and knew she needed the challenge of raising a more challenging dog. Axle turned out to be a very dominant,high energy boy with a strong guard as well as very strong herding instinct, just as he was bred to have. He has gotten over his intense desire to chase cars/bikes/skateboards and is a very obedient and happy guy but his personality requires consistent rules even at 10 years of age.
Volunteering at the Barrie SPCA for many years also gained her a lot of experience helping walk, train and foster the difficult dogs as well as post op and pregnant dogs.
Justine has always run a small private rescue, not just dogs, but parrots and farm animals as well. In the near future she plans to have a full non profit sanctuary up and running to be able to help more unwanted animals.
The business started off with dog walking specializing in ‘difficult’ dogs and private training sessions and has evolved to include everything it offers today.
Justine strives to always be open minded and ready to learn something new to be able to best help ANY dog that comes her way. She works hard to fit in continuing education seminars with different respected trainers in the industry every year, such as Tyler Muto’s Conversational Leashwork and Ted Efthymiadis’ Aggression Techniques which are the two she feels she learned the most from.
She regularly has discussions on dogs with many colleagues and meets up with other trainers in person as much as possible to work dogs and bounce ideas off each other.
Her passion may have started as animal rescue but has evolved to more than that, it’s become a lot about helping as many struggling dogs and their OWNERS as possible!
Josh has loved all animals since he was a small child. He had a variety of pets growing up from rats and lizards to dogs. As a kid, he enjoyed training his family dogs for fun and as he got older, was given his first dog of his own. Coda was a beautiful Rottweiler who quickly stole his heart. He spent a lot of time in research prior to training ensuring as a large breed, she would be extremely well behaved girl, that always received compliments from family and on lookers. Very often others would notice and ask to utilize his experience and he would also provide information and training help to others.
From the first part of Josh’s working life, he discovered the freedom of becoming an entrepreneur, Electrical, and trades were what he loved to do and is considered a Jack of all trades. For 15 years of his life he specialized in the design, sales and installation of home automation/audio visual systems of all sizes and scales and took great pride in customizing client experience and tailoring designs to clients personalities and needs.
While doing this line of work, he quickly did not enjoy the fast paced lifestyle that came with it, decided on pursuing a passion instead and soon he found his way back to his love for dogs and animals in general.
He met Justine, and quickly became part of the business learning more about behaviour problems and improving his skills. He has become a very important part of the training process that we have at K9 Balance and loves helping people and their dogs learn and succeed.
Together Josh and Justine make for an experience in all aspects of business and training that is rarely duplicated.
Josh also happens to enjoy rescuing other animals, and is largely involved in promoting the animal sanctuary and learning to utilize it for the benefit of training as well as the whole K9 balance experience
He continues to learn in various ways and considers himself as a student of life. this also includes self education from many different trainers he can through reading, videos and seminars. His most recent seminars include Ted Efthymiadis’ Aggression Techniques and Jay Jack’s Play as the Way.
Josh has a love for the outdoors, snowboarding, live bands, motocross, and one of his favorite new things, personal development and helping others succeed in life.
He has definitely found his calling and will continue to be an integral part to everything this company does while helping dogs and their owners find balance!