Sophie Amphlett is a Cooperative Paws Service Dog Coach in Wilmette, IL. In addition to being an SDC, she graduated from the CATCH Canine Trainers Academy Master Class with Distinction. Sophie is also a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI) and Certified Fun Scent Games Instructor (DN-FSG1).
Tell us about your dog training business.
I own NorthShore Canine Academy where I offer force-free, fear free, reward-based training. I focus on teaching dogs the everyday life-skills that set them up for success as loved and cherished family members. In addition to basic manners, I teach tricks and scent games. I also do behavior consultations and help families implement plans to modify challenging behavior problems.
I recently began offering service dog coaching, including guiding clients who are choosing a dog for service work.
What made you decide you wanted to train service dogs?
When I was a kid, I’d see the incredible jobs that service dogs performed and I was in awe. As I grew older, I realized the significant impact that service dogs can have assisting people with disabilities. Now, as a trainer, I’m thrilled to teach service dogs to perform important tasks and help service-dog teams work together – building bonds based on trust and mutual respect. It is a wonderful and amazing process to be a part of.
What motivated you to enroll in the SDC course?
I wanted to do the best and most professional course available — with a commitment to a force-free, fear-free philosophy. The Cooperative Paws Service Dog Coach course came up time and time again with glowing reviews. I spoke with Veronica and she sealed the deal! She is extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
What did you like most about the SDC course?
There are so many things – it’s difficult to just pick one! The course was well laid out, comprehensive, and easy to navigate. The projects were interesting and fun – for both me and my dog. And, of course, Veronica was always accessible and encouraging.