Beverley McKee, CPDT-KA – Owner, Certified Dog Trainer and Group Dog Walker
Hi, my name is Beverley McKee and I am the owner and founder of Petunia and Company Professional Pet Care Services. My love of animals began at a very early age. My childhood, teens and young adulthood were spent mostly in or around a barn, where I trained and competed around the province in Hunter/Jumper competitions. During those
years, I always had my childhood pet dog Sprite (a somewhat portly miniature schnauzer) by my side and my mother and I were guilty of rescuing and sneaking home any number of barn cats to nurture along the way.
After university, I spent a number of years in the corporate world, but my morning and evening walks with my dogs were always the highlight of my day. I became interested in positive reinforcement training, learning as much as I could about clicker training, operant conditioning and classical conditioning. My interest grew less toward correcting an unwanted behaviour, but more toward changing a dog’s emotional response to external stimuli or antecedents and generalizing good behaviour through instilling confidence, positive reinforcement and relaxation, not through fear of reprisal. In 2017, I earned the professional designation of CPDT-KA through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
In 2011, I left the corporate world to fulfil a lifelong dream of entrepreneurship. I launched a dog walking business named Furry Friends Fitness in 2012, and in 2015, with a view to expansion, I renamed my business Petunia and Company Professional Pet Care Services to encompass a wider range of services including dog walking, educational seminars and dog training programs.
I currently live in West Toronto, with my two Australian Cattle Dogs Travis and Petunia, and travel with my dogs to King City on weekends where I continue to work on my equestrian skills. Otherwise, you can find me attending workshops and conferences dedicated to continuing my education in all things dog.
I look forward to meeting your pets!