Canine Quest Professionals

A Little About Us

Canine Quest is a Grande Prairie business that was born out of a passion for dogs, cats and other small pets. Our love for animals put us on a mission to make professional training and professional grooming accessible to Grande Prairie and area pet owners.

We love what we do and take it very serious. Each one of us are Certified Professional Trainers and/or Certified Professional Pet Stylists. We continue to update our education on a yearly basis through workshops and seminars loving every minute of it!

Shannon Wallace

Shannon Wallace

KPA-CTP, Creator, Trainer

Dogs have always been an integral part of my life. There has never been a time I have not lived with a dog. Growing up on a farm in the Peace Country, gave me the opportunity to raise and work with a multitude of different dogs and animals.

 

EDUCATION

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Today, my animal family consists of dogs, horses, rabbits, geese and our cats. 

Niso partnered with me to achieve my Karen Pryor Academy diploma and is now my demo dog for training, canine first aid and workshops. Knuckles the cat was a stray kitten that followed my husband home from a walk sixteen years ago and decided to stay. Rizzo, is our shop cat who we adopted through Bandaged Paws Animal Rescue Association.  Rizzo is rather picky with her interactions…she can love you up one moment and then go for your ankles the next. Grey is a yellow lab and my Rally’O partner. Calder is our chocolate boy that loves his scent games. Kitty is a chocolate lab and on her way to becoming one of the sweetest therapy dogs. 

I graduated with distinction from the Karen Pryor Academy and now share my passion and training skills with fellow dog lovers in Grande Prairie and surrounding areas.

I am currently pursuing my Professional Pet Stylist certification through the Paragon School of Pet Grooming, Melissa Verplank . I just completed Level 1 – Grooming Technician Program 09/13/2020, and have two more courses to complete before I am a Certified Professional Pet Stylist. I am very fortunate to work along side four amazing groomers that are able to mentor me through this journey.

I am also currently enrolled in the National Cat Groomers Institute to become a Professional Cat Groomer.

I am a lifelong learner of anything canine, feline and equine.

Thank you for visiting,

Shannon

Krista Fougere

Krista Fougere

Professional Pet Stylist

From a young age, I always knew I wanted to have a career with animals. When I was 8 years old, I was gifted my first bichon frise Butler and my overwhelming love for dogs was born! 

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    As I got older, I became very interested in the art of grooming and decided to pursue it as a career once I turned 18 and was accepted into my first salon. I started in a corporate store in Ontario and while my love for the art of grooming continued to grow, I longed for greater growth and opportunity that I was unable to achieve in a corporate salon.

    After moving to Grande Prairie eight years ago, I began to learn the incredible art of  at grooming and I was so excited to start this new chapter in my stylist career, never realizing that cat grooming would become such a huge passion and outlet for me.

    A few years later, I had the amazing opportunity to work with a great friend to start Canine Quest and create the salon I had always dreamed to be a part of. We have been so fortunate to create an environment that caters to the animals and encourages continued growth and education as I had always longed for in my younger years.

    I have since been so lucky to have grown my family with the addition of my amazing little boy Elliott who joined my dog Odie (our little shop mascot) and my two cats Hobbes and Grinch. My animals continue to be my inspiration and catalysts to my passion and continued learning!

    This past year I have found a passion in competitive cat grooming, taking two first place and a fourth place ribbon. To be awarded in the career I have poured my heart into has been so rewarding and I am so excited to see what happens next and what learning opportunities will be in my future!

    I am truly blessed to do what I love, where I love and with some incredible fellow groomers and trainers surrounding me.

    Thank you for visiting,

    Krista

    Nicole McColley

    Nicole McColley

    Professional Pet Stylist

    I grew up on a farm near Wanham where we had many animals. I would always spend time helping my mom teach the foals how to walk on a lead and snuggle the calves when my dad was out checking cows.

    I’ve always had a love for animals so naturally my first job away from the family farm was as a bather in a grooming salon and in the spring of 2018, I went to school to learn how to groom. I joined Canine Quest in June and couldn’t be happier!

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      Growing up we had quite a few dogs and cats as well. In 2006 we got a kitten from my grandma, I named her Squishy after the jellyfish in Finding Nemo. When I moved to Grande Prairie in 2016, I brought her with me and she is loving town life, and even gets to come out camping with us. 

      In 2010 I volunteered at the SPCA with my high school class and I met a sweet husky mix puppy who quickly stole my heart. I went home and told my parents about her and once they met her, it didn’t take much convincing before we adopted her! She is currently living the life on the farm with my parents’ sweet Saint Bernard, Joe.  

       

      My husband and I have added a few fur babies to our family the last couple years. We have two young cats Ari and Nabs, and another older cat Uno, who made the trip all the way from Illinois with my husband when he moved here. We have recently added a mini Aussie puppy, Melody, to our family and she is such a smart little ball of energy!

      Kristen Mattson

      Kristen Mattson

      Professional Pet Stylist

      I am so happy to have been brought on to the canine quest team. I’ve learned so much and don’t plan on stopping any time soon, I plan on pursuing my cat certification within the next year. My instagram is @8bitdogs, where I love to post pets and work life on the reg. Join me as I continue to grow and thrive with your pets by my side!

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        From humble beginnings I’ve always strived to make the most of what’s put in front of me. 

        I grew up on Vancouver Island and surrounded myself with any animal I could find off the street. My love for animals is deeply rooted, from feeding squirrels out my window as a kindergartener, to bottle feeding rejected lambs through highschool. 

        I’m now 23 years old, bought a house with the love of my life, and have been grooming since August 2018. I love to learn new things, and build stable relationships with my four legged friends. I would like to venture into asain fusion grooming, and have considered travel to Malaysia for my certification. 

        I have a Pomeranian named Ponyo, and you’ll most definitely see my creativity spilling over onto him. We love to have fun playing in the more creative side of grooming, and I’m always looking for new pups to paint! Then there’s Trunks and Mushroom. A ragdoll and a tabby, that were the first pets I invited into my adulthood, I love them to bits!

        Jessica MacMillan

        Jessica MacMillan

        Professional Pet Stylist

        As a child I always knew that I wanted to work with animals when I was older, it was always a dream and a passion of mine. 

        I started my first job working at a pet store taking care of the animals. From there I started bathing dogs in a grooming salon, and eventually in 2016 I went to school  to become a professional dog groomer.  That same year, I got my first dog, a miniature schnauzer named Baxter. I have been able to practice on my own dog which has been a great learning experience and a fun journey. Getting to see the improvements in my grooms on Baxter has taught me a lot!

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          I have now been grooming for 4 years and every day is still fun and exciting. I started working at Canine Quest in July of this year (2020). I love that this is a job where I can continue growing my knlowledge everday, learn new things and I particularly love getting to know and bond with each dog, as they all have their own unique personality!

          In particular, I enjoy working with puppies and watching them improve and grow and helping give them a positive and fun experience with grooming.

          I look forward to meeting more puppies and dogs as my carreer with Canine Quest takes off.

          Kianna Lindsay

          Kianna Lindsay

          KPA-CTP, Lead Trainer

          Kianna is a certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training and has taken a variety of other training courses and seminars. She has been actively involved with training and instructing Rally, Obedience, Agility, and Pet Therapy. She has competed at Obedience Nationals, and in Conformation Handling Provincials, enjoys tracking, scent detection and scent hurdles. Additionally, Kianna has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and teaches grade one!

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            Sadie and Cedar are Kianna’s Golden Retrievers, and Mo and Brassy are her Quarter Horses. She enjoys spending lots of time outside with her animals. 
            She is actively involved in the community! She has volunteered for service dog organizations both as a trainer and puppy raiser. Being a Pet Partners Evaluator and Community Organizer means that she has been able to help pet owners become registered therapy teams, and assist with coordinating and setting up pet therapy programs. For the past 13 years she has been facilitating reading programs with her own dogs at the Library and many local schools. 
            Rizzo

            Rizzo

            Professional Cat Greeter

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            Training & Grooming – Serving Grande Prairie & Surrounding Areas – Canine First Aid for All of Alberta & Northern BC

            Phone: 780-538-1929

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