Meet the  TNT Instructors

The TNT Training Center opened  in 1998! Owner, Janice Gunn is the main stay behind the training class structure. She has been training dogs for 47  years , but it’s not only her longevity in the world of dogs that has given her, her expertise. Janice has attended training seminars with some of the World’s best  dog trainers. The list includes, multiple seminars with Ian Dunbar, Terry Ryan, John Rodgerson, Truid Ruugas, Patricia McConnell, Jean Donaldson, Leslie Neilson, Ken Rameriz, Michelle Pouliot, Nichol Wilde, Brenda Aloff & Sue Sternberg just to name a few! There are many others as well. Janice has also attended APDT and 6 Clicker Expo  conferences these are the best of the best.  Her methods are up to date and she shares with you her expansive knowledge.  Janice herself is world-renowed and a highly succesful top International Competitor.

Janice has earned titles in many different venues, actually proving that she can train a dog, AND that her training follows through in competition where dogs exhibit stress and anxiety and often have a difficult time performing at their best. There is a fine balance in dog training when using food to train. Dogs learn very quickly in the presence of food, but when the treats are gone, only a properly trained dog will perform in the ring. And this requires a skilled trainer, one that understands how to find the balance between using food rewards, and yet still “teaching” the dog how to perform without food.

This is why TNT is so unique, Janice and her instructors actually DO compete with their own dogs and earn titles. They are not afraid to put themselves on display and show the world that they really do know how to train a dog. Janice herself has earned titles to the highest levels. This includes titles in conformation, agility, tracking, field trials, hunt tests and competition obedience.

We are confident that you can build a lasting relationship with your dog to diminish behavioral problems and expensive bills due to idle destruction or the uncooperative grooming or vet client. Decrease the stress of pet ownership and enhance your quality of life with your canine. We will teach you the skills for a healthy lifelong bond with your dog!

Janice Gunn

remi-heeling-with-Janice-2014Janice’s Accomplishments Include:

  • Member of numerous breed and obedience clubs
  • Multiple PERFECT 200 SCORES – with NINE different dogs
  • Has titled 11 dogs to the elite obedience OTCH title
  •  Numerous High in Trial and High Combined Awards
  • Has earned titles in obedience, field trials, Master hunters, conformation, tracking & agility
  • Successfully competes in obedience & hunt tests
  • Has been training dogs for over 45 years
  • Has produced 8 successful videos on competition obedience training
  • Has been a featured columnist for multiple dog magazines including Dog Sport and Front & Finish
  • Has attended over 50 of the top leading seminars and conferences on dog training
  • Is a highly sought-after Obedience Seminar Presenter and coach
  • Owner/operator/creator of TNT Training, est. 1998

Katrina Vavrovics

dog trainer Katarina Vavrovics

From a very young age I have had a passion for all things furry but especially dogs.  As I was unable to have a dog of my own growing up, this lead to me walking any neighborhood dogs whether they really needed a walk or not.

As a teen, I became focused on horses.  For the next 28 years  I’ve enjoyed Dressage training, competing in the Show Jumping ring, and horseback camping with my husband and our horses Zoe & Clyde. Throughout this time I owned several “spirited” farm dogs and came to realize I needed to up my game in terms of training my best friends to be more reliable companions.

In 2012 I got Wilson, a Great Pyrenees / Shetland Sheep Dog puppy who started my clicker training journey in earnest.  I began with TNT in 2013 with a focus on CARO Rally Obedience.  Seeing the results of the positive training we received here, I was hooked.  Wilson attained his Canine Good Citizen at 1yr old.  We earned our Advanced CARO Rally, Excellent CARO Rally title (l leg needed)  however I was unable to continue as I was getting ready to bring my first son into our lives.    Since then motherhood, working as a Farrier and the many demands of hobby farm life have been keeping me busy, but I still continue to keep regular clicker training sessions going and sharing this knowledge with my son.

dog trainer - Kat VavrovicsWorking as a Farrier by trade, Wilson is my ever-present sidekick and people constantly comment on Wilson’s impeccable manners and social skills.  This helps to fuel my ongoing passion to assist other people to understand the importance of a solid, positive training foundation for their dogs.  It brings me great satisfaction to aid people in seeing that their furry nightmares are neither unfixable nor untrainable and that the solution lies in better inter-species communication and training methods.

I’m so excited to be a part of Janice’s team at TNT and I look forward to helping you create a solid bond and partnership with your dog.

Kimberly Van Biert

I have always had a great love for all creatures. I shared my childhood with an enormous range of animals, both farm-raised and rescued. After incessantly begging my parents for a dog, they took me to California to pick up my first puppy, a purebred Australian Shepherd. I adored my girl, and while it would be years before I discovered the great world of dog sports my love for dogs was deeply rooted.

I spent my youth training my horses and competing in a variety of equestrian sports. I was an active member of the local 4H club showing Swine, Rabbits and Horses. As a young adult, I came to TNT for puppy classes and continued with further obedience classes where I fell head over heels in love with training. Since then, I have finished 28 Championship titles with my dogs, both in Canada and the USA, and have bred Australian Shepherds that compete in many venues, from Agility and Obedience to Rally and Tracking. In 2017 we added a Havanese to our home. My lovely girl Camila won a very prestigious award at the 2019 Canadian Havanese Nationals and my daughter Mikiah won Best Junior handler. I am a member of the CKC, ASCA and Canadian National Australian Shepherd Association, serving BC and Yukon as District Director. I have also served as show secretary for the local Australian Shepherd Club. I am a 4H leader with the Chilliwack 4H dog club, teaching youth about showmanship and husbandry. Three of my own kids are members of the club and I love that they can all participate in training and competing with our dogs in Agility, Obedience, Junior Handling and Rally.

I am forever grateful to TNT for opening a door into a deeper, more fulfilling life with my beloved dogs, and I am now thrilled to be a part of the team!

Kayla Chapman

Dog Trainer - Kayla ChapmanMy passion for animals started at a very young age. I can still remember my first trip to the local animal shelter where my family adopted a German Shepherd mix. I fell in love with her that day and thankfully we shared the same name which was enough to convince my family that we needed her!  Since then, animals have been a large part of my life.

My career at Langley Animal Shelter started in 2009, taking on many different roles over the next 10 years as an Animal Care Attendant, Adoption Counsellor/Trainer and Animal Welfare Manager. During my role as Adoption Counsellor & Trainer I was responsible for Temperament Assessments to determine training programs for individual dogs, training/lesson planning for potential adopters and giving lessons to the new adopter.  We used positive reinforcement and marker training. Working in the shelter gave me experience working with different breeds, sizes and temperaments. This is when my passion for training exploded. Positive reinforcement training is so successful in shelter dogs (and all dogs) as it takes a hands-free form of learning which really helps dogs that come from neglectful situations to have success with learning.

I have also adopted dogs over the years with different behavioural challenges which include dog reactivity, separation anxiety, resource guarding and fearfulness. This has helped me gain numerous skills in training and management.

Along with my 3 children, husband and current dog we recently added an Australian shepherd to our family. Teaching classes at TNT is the perfect fit for me and I am excited to provide my students with the skills to succeed and advance in their training.

Wendi Daechsel

I started obedience training in 1987 with a trainer in Vancouver and immediately enjoyed the process of bonding with my dog. In 1997, I purchased my first Belgian Tervuren and in 2003 we tried sheep herding. That was her niche. When she passed away, I got my second Belgian Tervuren.  When it became apparent that herding wasn’t his sport, I tried obedience and, after meeting Janice Gunn in 2010 at an obedience trial, she invited me to join the ranks of students at TNT Kennels.

Lori Little was our instructor and I trained with her for 13 years. I enjoyed her classes and the training techniques that were embraced by the facility. My dog excelled under her training and went on to place high in class numerous times as well as one high in trial. In 2012, I was asked to train another Tervuren for a breeder/friend. Pippa lived with me for six months each year for training and competition in herding. At the end of her third season, she was officially rehomed to me.Pippa went on to make the CKC Top Herding Dogs list three years in a row. In two of those years, she was the number one Belgian in Canada. Pippa also trained under Lori and achieved many high in class ribbons.

Since 2015, I have been teaching herding at Downriver Farm. In 2020, I became a CKC and AHBA herding judge and have judged and given herding clinics locally as well as in Halifax and Quebec. I have been training at TNT since 2010 and, with Janice Gunn’s mentorship, I look forward to passing on the tried-and-true techniques to my students that are the fabric of TNT Kennels.

Trainer Wendi Daechsel

Mais St. Thomas

Instructor MaisFor as long as I can remember there have been various furry, four-legged beings in my life. I believe many would agree that our world just wouldn’t be the same without them.

Wolfdogs and northern breeds are my passion. After extensive breed research there was still some uncertainty about lifestyle fit, however fast forward 24 years I am still hooked on the breed.

What they have taught me over the years has been nothing short of incredible. They are certainly a more challenging breed and that learning experience is what brought me into dog training.

Our pack includes Mr. Cypress, Miss Nevada and Miss Laska. Oh, and of course I have a beautiful gelding named Whiskey, my heart horse.

Today I have over 15 years of hands-on dog training experience. My personal animals have been trained for film, tv and trick training with Canine Costars.
I have studied canine behaviour with Autonomous Canine Academy and I have education in canine nutrition and experience working in animal rescue.

Years of behaviour training, using positive reinforcement, has allowed me to successfully train the dog in front of me for a personalized experience and connection.

I currently specialize in puppy training & canines with anxiety. I also have experience with reactive dogs. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing an anxious dog come out of their shell and show you who they’re meant to be.

I am grateful and excited to be invited into TNT’s wonderful world class training center to help build amazing well-behaved canines.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part one’s soul remains unawakened.”