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About Lifestyle Dog Training .........

Last Updated April 30, 2012


NEW LOCATION!2070 Queensway, Burlington

Contact: besslin@sympatico.ca or rowdydiscdog@yahoo.com


Lifestyle Dog Training
Dedicated to helping dogs live better lives
by providing
Canine Education to suit your lifestyle

In a world where things are geting increasingly expensive, it is the goal of Lifestyle Dog Training to bring you quality dog training at an affordable price. We believe that canine education should be available and affordable for owners of all income levels. Every dog deserves an education and every owner deserves to be able to afford to provide that education.

At Lifestyle Dog Training we strive to provide you and your dog with a positive and fun environment for learning. Our focus is on life skills obedience for the family pet; and canine athletic training for the sports minded dog & owner. We also offer specially designed and unique courses in specific areas of dog training. For full course descriptions go to the link "Programs Offered by ....."


Your Lifestyle Dog Training instructor is Jackie Parkin, who has been training dogs for the past 20 years. Jackie didn't start out to become a dog trainer. She had spent her life training for a career in dance & choreography, and was working in the stage/television/film industry. And then came Mickey-Finn, a mixed breed collie dog who was to change the path of Jackies life. Through Mickey-Finn Jackie became involved in obedience training. Through Mickey-Finn, Jackie became a vet assistant. Through Mickey-Finn, Jackie became an animal wrangler in the film industrty. Through Mickey-Finn, Jackie discovered dog sports. And before the end of Mickey's lifetime, Jackie retired as a performer and changed the path of her life to dog training.

Over the years Jackie has trained her own dogs at several different dog training schools, always seeking to find better, kinder ways to educate dogs. In the quest to always learn more, she has attended countless workshops and seminars with experts in the field > Karen Pryor, Gary Wilkes, Ted Turner, Turid Rugaas, Suzanne Clothier, & Chris Bach ..... to name but a few.

Jackie has trained her dogs in obedience, herding, flyball, frisbee, agility, trick training, high jumping, and musical freestyle. Jackie also trains/casts/wrangles animals in the film and advertising industries. She has written many articles on dog training for a variety of dog publications, and is also the author of two published books on dog training (1) Flyball Training From Start To Finish; and (2) Click! You're On Canine Camera.

She is the creator of the "Real Life Skills" training program and several other unique courses designed to help the companion dog. Her passion is to help dogs live better lives, by helping owners to forge a bond of understanding and respect for their companion animals.


Jackie is the founder of Southern Ontario Disc Houndz (
http://southernontariodischoundz.blogspot.com/) and trains and competes with her dogs in the sport of canine disc (aka frisbee). Three of her dogs are World Finalists in the sport of canine disc. She is also the captain of the Northern Borders Flyball Team (http://northernborders.blogspot.com/); and runs the dog sport performance team, Team K9 (http://teamk9.blogspot.com/) .

Jackie breeds border collies under the Besslin prefix, and is also actively involved in canine rescue. Jackie runs a small rescue called "I'll Stand By You All Breed Pet Rescue" (http://www.petfnder.com/shelters/ON374.html) and opens her home and kennel to homeless dogs and cats, providing foster care until adoptive homes can be found.

In addition to running Lifestyle Dog Training, Jackie also spent a year and a half teaching basic obedience classes for the
Hamilton/Burlington SPCA