The Canine Habitat is a division of Pet Intel. Inc.  Our Pet Intel. Team of Coaches works in collaboration with The Canine Habitat clients to bring clients the best service possible. Please visit Pet Intel.'s website  to find out more about complimentary services and discounts for Canine Habitat Clients and see our additional team member bios. 

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We all want the best care for our dogs. Finding a qualified and reliable person or place to care for your dogs while away can be stressful, especially if one of them requires specific care. The Canine Habitat is designed to cater to any and all dogs. We do not refuse clients based on behavioural or health profiles but instead outline an individualized program to suit each of their needs. We can provide accommodation for dogs of all sizes, breeds and ages. There are no hidden fees or extra service charges. Everyone gets the best care they can receive and multiple opportunities to learn, play and rest all while under the qualified supervision of top professionals. Each dog is treated with respect and is provided with typical rules and structure found in a normal home. Appropriate behaviour is always encouraged.

During your dog’s stay at the Habitat, every dog will have periods of ‘confinement’ no more than 4 hours at a time. This means there will be times when they are left unattended in a ‘safe place’. To help us ensure safety, we will require owners to fill-out a short questionnaire regarding their dog's behaviour. 

Meet Our Team

Working together to bring you the best.

Taylor, Live-In Attendant

​Veterinary Technician and BSc. Animal Biology

Taylor grew up on a hobby farm just outside of Perth, Ontario in a small town on the Rideau Lakes. Her love and natural ability to communicate with animals began at a very young age. To her parents distress she constantly cared for and surrounded herself with strays and rescues of all shapes and sizes, from wildlife to farm animals, and companion pets. She grew up steadfast in her determination to continue to work closely with animals, and obtained a BSc. in Animal Biology from the University of Guelph. Constantly thirsting for knowledge on how to better improve the lives of pets, she then attended St. Lawrence College for her Adv. Diploma as a Veterinary Technologist.

As a Veterinary Technician (Animal Nurse) Taylor has volunteered and worked with many local charities and organizations. Including but not limited to a Canine Obedience Trainer with the College Royal Show, OVC Neonatal Foal Watch Supervisor, OVC Canine CAF Socialization and Exercise Assistant, International Wildlife Rehabilitation, Guelph and Kingston Humane Societies, and LifeStream Animal Bloodbank. Her professional career has taken her on many adventures including working at a Standardbred Horse Farm, Queens University, Health Canada, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind and Ottawa Area Veterinary Clinics.

An avid horseback rider Taylor, both owns three horses as well as enjoys riding,training, and caring for them on her parents farm in her down time. Outside is usually where you will find Taylor, be it hiking with her dog Steel, swimming or spending time at the lake. No stranger to physical activity she enjoys getting her hands dirty be it mucking out stalls or staying in to work on furniture restoration and leather working projects. She also worked for 10 plus years as a Server and Bartender and enjoys cooking and cocktail pairings.

After gaining an extensive knowledge base on Animal Health, Taylor has happily discovered her talent and passion in Canine Training and Behavior Modification and has begun her Apprenticeship with Pet Intel. In addition she is excited to partner with the Canine Habitat 2.0 and will be living on site in Perth with her partner Tom and Steel her rescued canine companion. Taylor is excited provide your pets with the highest level of both medical/physical and mental/emotional care.

Jessica, Behaviour Coach

Dip. CBST, Canine Behaviour Specialist

Jessica has a Diploma in Canine Behaviour Science & Technology and has been working as a professional Canine Behaviour Consultant for 8 years. She's a mother of 4 and a nurturer of many. She has developed a strong philosophy in her business operation with the main principals being-- REAL, BALANCED, SMART, which is the way she attempts to operate in all aspects of her life.

Jessica believes in establishing harmony and balance using the path of least resistance with a focus on strengthening the human-animal bond. Jessica takes a unique approach to behaviour modification and training by translating canine language in to understandable human terms. She uses individual real life situations to create and implement behaviour change programs that are obtainable for the average dog owner.

She specializes in an organic approach to Service and Assistance Dog training that caters to the human-animal team and the bond between them.

She is a advocate for rescuing and rehabilitating animals and a huge supporter of responsible dog ownership education.

She has testified as an expert witness for the Provincial Court System, boarded, fostered, bred, owned and worked with many different types of animals throughout her life.

She worked alongside of Cheryl Smith (Owner of Forever Friends Dog Training, and an internationally recognized Canine Behaviour Specialist) as an apprentice for 2 years, and in addition has completed several intensive theoretical behaviour and training study programs with the Companion Animal Science Institute earning her a diploma in Canine Behaviour Science & Technology.

Jessica has worked as the Canine Behaviour Consultant at her local animal shelter where she assessed over 100 shelter dogs and provided staff and volunteer training. She created and implemented the "Meet Your Match" adoption program by screening individuals and pairing them with suitable canine matches.

She is also a professional member of the CAPPDT (Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers) and the AABP (Association of Animal Behaviour Professionals).

She was a Pet Behaviour Consultant Columnist for the EMC Record News distributed throughout Lanark County, Stitsville & Kanata. She has been published in Reader's Digest online, Canadian Living Magazine, Ferret World Magazine and has been interviewed as an expert on CBC, CFRA & EZRock Radio Ottawa.

Jessica acted as the primary trainer and operator of the a 6 month pilot project funded by DND) in Ottawa. She worked with active service members and veterans to train, evaluate and certify service animals to be teamed with injured soldiers and vets.

Jessica’s compassionate approach while working with clients and comprehensive understanding of behaviour and training issues, has made her a valuable addition to the industry.

Jessica is the mother of two boys and step-mother of a son and daughter . She enjoys helping children learn how to effectively communicate with dogs. Jessica has Chihuahua mix named Benito and an American Bulldog mix, Poe, a Basenji who she fondly refers to as "My little Weirdo", and her newest pack addition, a rescue Boston Mix named Zelda.

Her professional focus is to help establish or restore harmony and balance between owners and their pets by teaching them how to effectively communicate with their animal using applied science-based behaviour modification techniques.