My name is Nickala Squire, founder of Carefree Canine, Certified Trainer and Counselor by the Academy for Dog Trainers. I've worked with dogs professionally in different fields for much of my life. I have a wide range of experience with different breeds, behaviors, and sizes.
Featured at the top of this page is my first dog and my inspiration to become a certified dog trainer, Balfour the Great Pyrenees. He led me on a journey to find out why dogs behave the way they do and how to effectively modify their behavior. I was led to the Academy for Dog Trainers founded by the world renowned Jean Donaldson, which changed my life and continues to further my education even after graduation.
I'm a firm believer in evidence based, ethical treatment of dogs in all fields including grooming, veterinary care, daycare or training. I also have a passion for knowledge and this fuels my need for continued education and growth. There's nothing that pleases me more than to see dogs feeling happy and for them to feel safe to just be dogs.
All of my animals have been adopted or came to me in need of a home. Below are my helpers who gladly volunteer (for a small edible fee) to help me socialize and train other animals. Not pictured are my two elderly cats Buddy and Shiva who enjoy the quiet retirement life. In their prime, they helped raise dozens of puppies with kind and confident restraint.
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