Here's a bit of history on Mimi the Pack Leader.
Mimi operates Doggy DooLil Daycare & Bed n’ Buddies Boarding out of her home in North Surrey. For over 14 years she ran the daycare, got certified in Pet First Aid and Novice Dog training certification, as well as raised two beautiful daughters mostly on her own.
Mimi's successful dog daycare, boasts a dog friendly home environment with fun space, lots of toys, a Big dog bone pool and clean pet pro turf and tons of comfort. She has an air purification system for clean and sanitized air and an A/C for hot summer days. Doggy Doolil daycare is licensed and insured for the protection of everyones pet. Now with 16 years experience in dog wrangling and 9 years as a trainer, she's a great choice for all.
She believes membership and consistent attendance helps the dogs form a pack that's just like family. They all know each other and learn to treat each other with love and respect, and that helps everyone get along great. Now wouldn't you want to know who your dog is exposed to each and every day?
The most important part of having a pack of dogs is knowing who's in charge. There is no doubt Mimi has the love and respect of her pack. Here you get to go in to see her in action. She commands quietly and assertively, and they listen to her. With many puppies at one time, that can prove to be a challenge, but she won't give up. Consistency is key.
After 13 successful years, Mimi relocated her daycare to Bridgeview, down by Patullo bridge in the summer of 2017. She spared no expense and has installed Pet Turf synthetic grass with Zeolite. It was beautifully installed by 'Tanners Turf' using Rymar Canadian quality turf, to control odour and bacteria.
She installed river rock for a clean and easily maintained doggy doo spot. There is also a UVA/UVB protection sail shade installed creating a shaded area. She has updated the supplies with a ton of new dog toys and even got a new bigger dog pool, agility jumps and a tunnel. The dog waste is managed by Doggie Details Pet services and picked up weekly.
Mimi believes dogs need space, and when the right pack leader gives the dogs trust and supervision, they can cohabit together as a happy pack. She offers toys and mentally stimulating games, and does not use crates or kennels to separate the dogs. A truly open concept daycare that is just like your own private off leash park with it's own personal dog handler. No segregation or separation of age, size, or breed. It's a beautiful thing. And no barking unless mom or dad show up at pickup time, and then that only lasts a few seconds. We allow for that :)
Mimi was trained by Master Trainer Tony Parker of the 'Canadian Institute of Professional Dog Training' school back in 2011. She is an accredited Canine Instructor, and a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers. Mimi has her Pet First Aid certification and her C.P.D.T certification and is insured, licensed and lives on site 24/7. She earned certification for 'Animal Emotions' through the Illis ABC Animal Behaviour College with Karolina Westlund Phd in 2018.
Mimi's style of training is partly inspired by Cesar Millan, and she runs her pack with the same calm and assertive energy. She does not teach obedience classes, but offers private one on one sessions for basic obedience. Her passion is teaching pack leadership, one on one. It helps new or struggling dog owners learn how to establish leadership within the home and when out walking the dog. It's all about taking control and earning their love and respect.
She helps rescues find confidence with the help of the pack. And helps with the difficult pup or adult dog that just won’t listen. She even offers growling class, which it seems…is a great way to communicate with your dog. A growl is not always what we think it is!
Mimi has over 19 years’ experience rehabilitating a variety of behavioural issues in powerful large and small breeds using calm assertive energy, re-direction and positive reinforcement. She is not a certified Behaviourist yet, but is working to complete her full certification, and with years of studying the pack of dogs she had or worked with, she has immense understanding of pack behaviour and how the pack can help rescues find calm and confidence. She backs that up with customised behaviour programs for her clients.
The new 2018 'animal emotions' course she received certification for, gave her so much insight to what dogs feel and think about, and it has helped her understand the dogs and their individual issues even better.
Mimi helped rescue a Yellow Lab back in 2019, and named him Sandy. He came from a neglectful home where the owner left him as a very young pup in the back yard, day and night, until his rescuers came along when he was six months old to rescue him. He now loves having friends coming over daily to play with and to support him. He is now 2 and he lives the life! She's a true dog mom.
She rehabilitates dogs, and trains people.
I’m the alpha in our pack…and I’m always here to keep it calm, consistent and safe.
Mimi Jacobson C.P.D.T
So...what's so special about me, you might ask yourself. Well, nothing at all, really. I just seem to have a knack for understanding dogs, and have been called a dog whisperer on occasion. I always wanted to teach, so becoming an obedience trainer after the success of our home based dog daycare, just made sense.
I received my formal training and certification from Canadian Institute of Professional Dog Training founder, Tony Parker, a Master Dog Trainer and esteemed behaviourist.
I also studied 'Animal Emotions' with the Illis ABC - Animal Behaviour College by Karolina Westlund Phd.
Personally, I have many years experience with dogs. We had two toy Poodles and a Yellow Lab in the family growing up in Sweden, and mom brought them here to Canada when we all moved here back in 1979. Then I found Bowie, a Border Collie, when I was in my twenties, and he was an awesome Frisbee dog.
Last but not least, my rescue mutt Alfina. She was part Shepherd, Lab and Border Collie. She had all of the wonderful traits of each dog. She was the best retriever and she had amazing herding instincts. She was very vocal and the calmest Alpha dog I have yet to see. She had the love and respect of the whole pack, and it was wonderful to watch.
What I later discovered in running the daycare was that my dog Alfina took to being the Alpha almost right away. She held second position to me, and when I wasn't able, she stepped up to the plate. Rescues all gravitated to her calm and protective nature, and the pack would help and support the rescue dogs in every situation. I can honestly say, I couldn't do without my pack if rehabilitating a rescue was the mission.
So my unique training style came about after I took my personal knowledge of dogs and what I had learnt here in daycare over the years, and from reading Cesar's great books and watching his videos, and I took all that I learnt in Dog training and practice. Through R & D, I developed my own style of calm and assertive leadership training for humans. PackLeader Obedience was born.
Many ask me to train their dogs so they don't have to, and then come pick them up when I'm done. This can be done, but what they don't understand is, I could get your dog to do what I want it to right away, in most cases...but can they get the dog to do that once they are back home? I decided to start teaching the dogs owner how to communicate and own their space, set some rules and uphold the boundaries they have set in their home and life, so they don't end up frustrated and regretting even getting the dog.
I suggest you learn Pack Leadership, so you will know how to train your own dog, because training continues throughout their life, always learning new things and exploring new places. With good communication, you can teach your dog to do almost anything. They really are our best friends!