About & Pack Leaders

About and Pack Leaders

At Doghaven we have a top-notch newly renovated facility that will have your dogs leaping for joy!

After their trail walks, exercise and training they will relax in our large 1800 square foot indoor relaxation area equipped with fresh spring water, air conditioning in the summer, beds and couches to relax on and friends to hang out with!

Your dog will frolic with friends on our grassy two-acre meadow and beach area, always under the supervision of our incredibly caring professionally trained Pack Leaders.

square foot indoor facility

At Doghaven we have a top-notch newly renovated facility that will have your dogs leaping for joy!

Your dog will frolic with friends on our grassy two-acre meadow and beach area, always under the supervision of our incredibly caring professionally trained Pack Leaders.

After their trail walks, exercise and training they will relax in our large 1800 square foot indoor relaxation area equipped with fresh spring water, air conditioning in the summer, beds and couches to relax on and friends to hang out with!

About our Pack Leaders

Rachele

I was born in Kelowna and have lived in Revelstoke, Prince Rupert and Queen Charlotte’s, before settling in Squamish in 1987. I grew up always with animal, whether it was, horses, chickens, geese, ducks, birds dogs and cats. I have always preferred the company of animals to humans, haha!
I have two cattle dogs aka heelers. One red, who’s name is Madeigh (rescue), she is 9 years old, and my other is a blue male and his name is Bandit, 4 years old. I also have cats, one a rescue, Mr. Boo’bers and a female stray, named KitCat.
I started working with Michelle in the fall of 2004 and have been with her and all the dogs since then. It is an honor to have the dog’s trust and unconditional love which is why I love to be with them. I cherish being with the fluffy floofers and cannot imagine not ever working with dogs. I take the upmost pride working with the dogs of Squamish and I absolutely love them all. I have been honored to know so many as puppies and still care for them as the grown to seniors and be with their whole life span. And I will always, always drop what I am doing to greet dogs outside of work. So much so I will be late for things sometimes!
Outside of work I am very active with Crossfit, powerlifting and Strongman competitions and Obstacle Course Racing. I have 2 children and boy, Nolan (12) and girl, Halle (10).
My goal is to one day have enough property to be able to rescue the unwanted senior dogs and give them a peaceful and loving home to pass the last of their time.

Desi – Canine Behaviour Consultant

Desi was born and raised in Bern, Switzerland. Her family got their first dog, a St. Bernard named Simba when Desi was 7 years old. However, it wasn’t until Desi started volunteering at animal shelters that she discovered her passion for caring for dogs that were abandoned or unwanted, mostly due to behaviour challenges.

Desi earned a Business Certificate when graduating from the School of Commerce of Bern and shortly after, in 2005, temporarily moved to Canada and spent the next 6 years traveling back and forth between the 2 countries. She decided to adopt a dog when she finally made a permanent move to Squamish in 2011 and ended up with a foster-fail named Tia, who at the time was deemed unadoptable. Desi wanted to better understand how she could help Tia and enrolled in a Canine Behaviour Modification and Training program. Unlike most courses that are taken online, Desi earned her certificate by apprenticing for several years. She has since worked with countless dogs with a variety of behaviour challenges and educates owners, giving them the tools to improve the lives of their four-legged companions.

Kyanna

Kyanna is a natural pack leader, calm and confident dogs are drawn to her and look to her for leadership. Kyanna loves the outdoors, there is truly nothing better than being outside with your pack!

Patricia

Bio coming soon.

Brianna

Brianna Drodge is everything a dog could ever want. She has worked along side, assisting dog trainers for the last few years. She has a natural ability to see each individual dog for who they are and she appreciates every dog she spends time with. She can handle even the most difficult dogs with ease. Brianna is best known for her patients, stability, and gentle nature.
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Miya

Miya as a child was always bringing home strays and injured animals to her family home. Animals have always held a special place in her heart. She has longed for a dog as early as she can remember and Watson, her Golden Doodle walked into her life when she was 16 years old. Miya has worked with dogs for almost 6 years and loves every minute of it. Working with dogs is Miya’s passion. She also has a Doberman whom she adopted 4 years ago named Apollo and this has completed her little furry family trio. Miya comes to Doghaven with a completed UC Davis course on dog nutrition. On her spare time she enjoys hiking and loves being in nature
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Thea

Thea has always been surrounded by dogs. Her family already had a little Shih Tzu when she was born, and when she was old enough to help raise new family dogs, her family got two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels named Lucky and Tricko. With two puppies, Thea discovered her passion for dog training and participated in several courses focusing on obedience, tracking, agility and clicker training. An unfortunate disease called Syringomelia, which is common for the breed, led Lucky to pass away at 4 years old. The time directly before Lucky’s passing was a testing time as he started to show a lot of unexpected behavioral problems. Thea played a key role in keeping him and his brother safe and happy during that time, and the events led her to become very sensitive to behavioral and medical problems in dogs. In 2016, Thea moved to Squamish to go to Quest University. She started working professionally with dogs in town in 2018 and joined Doghaven in 2019. Her favorite part of living in Squamish is the dog community. According to her, there is nothing more grounding than surrounding yourself with dogs because they teach you to appreciate life to the fullest.

Dogs that come to Doghaven will enjoy our outdoor off-leash adventures throughout the incredible trails of Squamish with the option to swim in the river or lakes on hot days.

We offer bike rides for higher energy dogs. We carefully select dogs that work well together so they have fun during our adventure walks. We only ever walk dogs in groups of 4 – 6 for safety reasons. Your dog is sure to be relaxed, well socialized and tired after a fun-filled day with our pack leaders at Doghaven.

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