Megan knew at a very young age that when she grew up she would be working with animals. It was when her parents, who always stated that “we could not have a dog because they were too much work,” brought home a 5 month old Golden Retriever out of pity that she really knew she could prove them wrong. This dog was the perfect challenge having already been re-homed 3 times in her short life span. Megan immediately went to work and enrolled at a local obedience club. “My first teacher was fantastic and knew how eager I was to change this pooch’s terrible ways and really taught me a lot.” The retriever became a civilized and enjoyable part of the Hird family.
When Megan finished high school she began working as an veterinarian assistant for vet hospitals and completed the Animal Welfare Program through the College of the Cariboo. This year-long course gave her an in-depth knowledge of animal anatomy and behaviour. Following this, Megan went on to complete an intensive dog-training program and became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) through a program in Victoria, all the while volunteering with local SPCAs and working at an open concept combination kennel/training facility. “Doing the dog training program, volunteering, reading and attending workshops really gave me the confidence to start my own business using my own methods to teach people how to train while having fun to better their relationship with their dogs.” Megan moved to the Comox Valley and started up Poochies in 2004 and has since trained thousands of the Valley’s humans and dogs. She is also a member of the CAPPDT – Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers.