Jordana “Jo” Lopez has always been passionate about animals. Growing up in Australia, she was an avid equestrian. Originally wanting to become a vet, she spent time in her teens volunteering at veterinary clinics and animal shelters. Her first education in dog behaviour came from her dad, who ran a shelter and passed on his knowledge of rehabilitating unfortunate dogs. Upon leaving home, Jo moved to San Diego where she worked as a trail guide and horse trainer – a dream come true! It wasn’t until Jo adopted Bellatrix, her Border Collie/Rottweiler Cross, that she discovered her calling to be a dog trainer.

Since then, Jo has been dedicated to gaining the knowledge and experience needed to become the successful trainer she is today. Through this she learned that dog training is about forming a partnership built on trust and communication. With an emphasis on practical skills, Jo has helped much of Vancouver’s canine population achieve reliable recall, good focus and solid leash skills. Jo believes in making learning fun, and has developed many games and activities that not only simulate your dog’s mind and body, but strengthen your bond at the same time. Using only proven positive reinforcement methods. Jo has successfully assisted many dogs with behavioural challenges; her specialties being reactivity and separation anxiety. You can see what Jo’s students have to say about their experiences here.

Jo and Bellatrix outside their home in False Creek

Jo and Bellatrix outside their home in False Creek

Jo and Bellatrix learning a new skill

Jo and Bellatrix learning a new skill

In this ever-changing field, Jo understands the importance of keeping up to date with the latest methods and tools. She is constantly reading about dog behaviour and loves testing out the newest products on the market! With an added interest in alternative therapies, Jo has an extensive knowledge of natural nutrition, is level 2 reiki certified, and has participated in TTouch Companion Animal workshops.

As if that isn’t enough, Jo is also actively involved in the world of dog agility, with a dream to one day be on a world team! Jo and Bellatrix are proud members of Paws Squad Canine Sports Club and spend most weekends competing at local trials. This dynamic team have recently earned their first title and are looking forward to their future in this challenging sport! Occasionally, Jo and Bella change it up a little, and go to Hope to learn the ancient art of sheep herding.

As passionate as she is about dogs, Jo is just as passionate about art! With a love for watercolour, Jo makes custom pet portraits, original paintings and handmade greeting cards which are available on Etsy.