"My Boxer Pup Vickie and I met Keara last winter at the dog park on Wilson Street when there was too much snow on the trails for the dogs. Keara has a boxer as well and we chatted about the breed for several minutes. We arranged to get Vickie out with Keara, Zia and the rest of the pack shortly after that. Keara is always punctual, very pleasant and communicative. Vickie is thrilled when she sees her! My pup has learned so much! I noticed an immediate improvement in how Vickie greets other dogs and how calm she is now. I highly recommend Keara, if you are looking for an experienced walker/ trainer to help your dog be the best possible family member. Thank you Keara and Zia!"
We LOVE Parkside Pups!! As a full time Grad student, I found myself feeling overwhelmed by school and really wanted to make sure my dog was getting the best! I reached out to Keara and she had an opening, so we jumped right in! I have felt so confident knowing that my dog is safe and that she is getting incredible socialization and training on the hikes. When hike days roll around, Lola is excited to get picked up and I feel so confident knowing that I made the best choice for my dog! Keara had been a game changer for us, and I know she could be the same for you! Best money you will ever spend for your doggy!
- Shayla & Lola
We have known Keara now for two years and in that time she has demonstrated a passion for dogs. To people she may come across as little on the quiet side but to a dog she has a calming confident connection with all she encounters. We have a strong willed and very energetic german short hair pointer who is not yet 4 years until July, it takes a special person to have the patience and persistence to work with such a strong willed and busy animal. Keara has had Wrigley over night and on adventure hikes and we have never once worried about Wrigley’s well being. An animal speaks volumes if you listen and that is one thing Keara does with all the dogs she works with. We have recommended Keara to many we believe in her and her abilities. Thank you for loving and caring for our fur baby!
The Roch Family
-Deanna, Jamie, Braden, Kayla Mae and of course Wrigley!
I’ve been a client of Parkside Pups since 2019 shortly after the business began. My dog Harley was a nervous, reactive puppy when she began adventure hikes with Parkside Pups. With the guidance and leadership of owner Keara, Harley has become a more reliable, confident, well balanced dog living her best life. I’ve also learned how to be a better owner with Keara’s thoughtful feedback on training opportunities and the ideal tools for my dog. Additionally Harley has boarded with Parkside Pups and with regular photo and video updates, I know that she is so well loved while I’m away. I have recommended Parkside Pups many times to friends and dog owners in my neighbourhood and have no hesitation in recommending Parkside Pups to any dog owner looking for a reliable, kind, thoughtful, well educated balanced dog trainer and pack leader.
- Sue & Harley
"Keara is my Fairy Dog Mother! She is so great with my dog and wears him right out- which isn't easy- and she's super lovely too!"
"Keara is AMAZING!! My dog cannot get out of the house fast enough when Keara arrives, I am confident that she is in good hands and I know Keara will treat her as if she were her own pet. Maggie has stayed at Parkside Pups on a number of occasions and she always comes home happy. Nothing is too much trouble for Keara, she always has time to give doggy advice and has a wealth of knowledge. I am so happy to have found Keara and Parkside Pups."
My husband and I could not be happier with the care Oscar, our Boxer, receives from Keara every week. Oscar runs out to greet her with his tail wagging nonstop, jumps into her truck, he won’t do that to get in our car, and returns home happy and tired. The videos and pictures Keara provides are top quality and we share them happily with family and friends. Oscar will not eat the day after his hike, this is consistent, he waits on top of the stairs obviously hoping his phenomenal friend is coming back for him. We could not recommend Keara more highly.
-Charlyne, Murray and Oscar Ashford
Amazing results after 2 days
I am still amazed at what a HUGE difference I have noticed in my 21 month old boxer after just being with Keara for 2 days.
Polo has been an amazing addition to the family, however with 2 young kids, his training was falling behind. He had come to us from the breeder crate trained.. and then lets say we reversed that work when he came home!
This resulted in him looking and getting into lots of trouble around the house. His recall also was very spotty!
I decided to send him for a weekend with Keara for a little tune up.
Not only is she amazing with all the dogs in her pack (from big to small), I was especially keen as she also has a boxer and understands this breed!
Of course I was going to miss my boy over the weekend, but she sent me lots of updates and videos of their training sessions. I was SO proud of my boy Polo.
When I went to pick him up he was a calm little pup… usually he would jump up and attack you with kisses from excitment….but he learned how to stay calm (OK I learned that too!).
That night.. Polo slept IN HIS CRATE!
No crying.. no whining…. no barging into my room and sleeping on my bed.
It’s been such a huge game changer for me.
I don’t need to be yelling at him to get out of whatever he’s into and he is way more relaxed knowing the crate is his safe space. Last night I was making dinner and he was looking for trouble. I said, “Polo.. BED” . And he went into his crate… and went to sleep. Door open.
IN regards to listening and recall, I took him to a very busy dog park the same day I picked him up. His listening was night and day, and recall was 100% better. I looked like a star in that dog park as my dog listened and stayed out of a fight another dog was trying to engage him in.
Our home is much more peaceful now and taking my dog out to an off leash area is much less stressful.
What more can I say but THANK YOU to Keara at Parkside Pups.
-Mariana Migliorini & Polo
I found Keara with Parkside Pups on a recommendation from a neighbour in February 2019, when my GSD Scotia was only 6 months old. I was struggling with her anxiety as a first time dog mom, and desperate for a safe place to socialize Scotia and to work on her confidence outside of my home. The second that Keara stepped into my home to meet Scotia, I knew that she would be a perfect fit. Scotia trusted Keara right away, and as a dog who normally took weeks to warm up to anyone, I knew that this was meant to be. Keara took Scotia on daily pack walks with such confidence and love, and Scotia was forever changed from that first pack walk. Keara was able to transform Scotia from a scared, unsure, and fearful pup to a confident, socialized, and interactive pack member in such a short time. The skills that Keara gave her have carried Scotia through cross country moves, new packs, and new friends with ease. When I introduced a second dog, Bama, into my family in 2019, I knew Keara had to be the first to meet her. Bama was an extremely sweet but fearful rescue, and I couldn’t wait to see the work that Keara could do with Bama. It was love at first sight for Bama, just like her big sister, and both girls could never get out the door fast enough when Keara came to pick them up for their daily pack walks! I attribute so much of their manners and socializing skills to Keara’s strong and passionate dog training abilities. Keara has such a deep understanding of dogs and how they think, and it shows with the control she maintains on her pack walks. The mutual respect that her and the dogs have for each other is SO transparent. Having accompanied her on many pack walks, I have been able to witness first hand how much every single dog appreciates and respects her authority, and how she knows the quirks and intricacies of every single dog. She loves every dog as if they were her own, and provides the highest level of care and attention to all dogs in her pack! I can’t say enough good things about Keara. 100/10 recommend!!
-Celeste, Scotia & Bama
Keara’s calm compassion & dedication to the dogs she handles, made me feel so confident about entrusting my beloved pup in her care. Keara is so truly amazing, dependable & dedicated to her customers. She has always gone above & beyond to help me in anyway she can, that will benefit the care & safety of my dog! I can’t give her high enough praise! Your dogs will love her & their adventures. Thank you so much for all you do, Keara!
Tanya & Quinn