About the Instructor

Tamara McFarland the Instructor

Tamara McFarland, B.Sc., CPDT-KA

Tamara McFarland, owner and instructor of Unleashed Pawsabilities, is on the cutting edge of the newest, most innovative and gentlest dog training methods available. She is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer. She earned this designation by successfully passing the Certification Examination for Pet Dog Trainers (CPDT) by completing a formal examination program administered by the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers. The certification testing covered knowledge of dog behavior and application of training techniques. The exam's five content areas included: Learning Theory, Instruction skills, Husbandry, Ethology, and Equipment. Tamara is only the second person in Nova Scotia to earn this designation. As a CPDT, Tamara is responsible for maintaining the Association of Pet Dog Trainer's code of ethics, earning continuing education credits and upholding the highest standard of training.

Tamara became involved in dog training while studying Science at the University of Guelph, where she decided to devote her life towards improving the relationship between people and their pet dogs. Above all else, she emphasizes the use of gentle methods to teach dogs in order to build and preserve the precious bond between owners and their dogs.

Tamara excelled as a student during a two-year hands-on dog training instructor apprenticeship and course, and graduated with honours from the Dog Trainer/Behaviour Therapist program in 2000. Tamara regularly attends the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers Annual Conference to keep abreast of developments in the dog training field. In 2007, she attended the Association of Pet Dog Trainers international conference which attracted over 1150 dog training professionals. She has also developed a good understanding of your dog's healthcare needs by working at two veterinary clinics. She is always improving on the classes based on new knowledge gained and feedback from the families and dogs that have participated in her classes. She continuously updates her skills and knowledge through attendance at numerous seminars held by the leading experts in the field of dog training, including the following:

And of course, Tamara has also learned valuable lessons from the dogs in her life - Poochie, Jake, Morai, Wellington, Genie, Sierra and Sage who all have a special place in her heart! Currently, she has a young family and dog and cat duo, Kelso and Jody.

Tamara dogs