The bigger the dream, the more important the team
Emma Murdock, founder & certified professional dog trainer of Walk With Me Ottawa
WWMO was born from my love of the outdoors and my passion for dogs.
I've been living life with dogs since I was in diapers. I would shred through the knees of all my snow-pants crawling around pretending I was a dog. I remember the precise moment when I was told for my eighth birthday that I would be getting my own puppy. A farm collie mix that I named Rosebud (after the chocolates!) She lived 16 happy years with me and my family.
Essentially, two things led me to this business: I was tired of having to spend my days indoors and there is nothing I love more than going for a walk with my dog. So, I decided to start a dog walking business because I am so incredibly passionate about dogs and their happiness and I love being outdoors.
I have since fallen in love with training dogs and their owners to help them to live more fulfilling lives. I also pride myself in providing this amazing workplace for passionate dog people like myself.
I strive to learn all I can about our canine companions. I invest a significant amount of money and time attending seminars, workshops and conferences each year to improve my skills and broaden my network. We are in it for the dogs, but this industry is really about the people and making their lives better. Expanding your network and working with like minded individuals is so fulfilling and truly helps you be the best that you can be.
Qualifications & Certifications:
Duke Ferguson Unleashed Potential School for Dog Trainers June 2018 - the only government approved dog training school in Canada
Trainers United Summit July 2016 + July 2017
IACP Conference Sept 2016 LA, CA. + Sept 2017 St Louis, MO. + Sept 2018 St Pete Beach, FL. (International Association of Canine Professionals)
Large Field Socialization with Jason Vasconi- Oct 2018
Nelson Hodges Relationship Based Behaviour Modification Oct 2016 + Oct 2017
Chad Mackin- Dogmanship and Socialization June 2017
Dinsdale Devil’s Little Bug
CGN TDI RN NBAR CD
(Canine Good Neighbour, Tricks Intermediate, Rally Novice, Novice Barn Hunt, Companion Dog-novice obedience
My dog Crickett has attained five performance titles in the five short months we have been competing. She is a Standard Schnauzer that was born on Christmas Day 2014.
We will continue to work towards further titles in CKC Obedience, Scentwork, Barnhunt, IPO and Rally Obedience. Crickett is the perfect dog to assist with our work as trainers because she knows how to read and respond to every type of dog. She’s amazing at bringing certain dogs out of their shell, or appropriately correcting the ones that need it.
I trust her in every situation and love that I can take her anywhere with me. She has driven across the country with me to Missouri, Florida and PEI and we will be driving to Colorado next year! She is well known and beloved by some of the top trainers in the industry.
Bart Bellon took one look at her and said “Now that is how a dog should be.”
We also have retired Old Man George who is 12 years old and lives to eat and sleep. He mostly hangs around at home but still likes to come on hikes everyday!
Coming July 2019- Male Giant Schnauzer pup from Firezone Giant Schnauzers in Baltimore, MD