Cathie Tims

CPDT-KA Certified Trainer

Cathie teaches Puppy SmartStart, and Beginner Programs, classes at our DOGSmart Training Center.


Cathie began her dog training career in 2004, volunteering as a trainer's assistant in North Vancouver.  In 2006, she discovered DOGSmart Training and met Trainer Alice Fisher. Excited to learn that DOGSmart was science based positive reinforced based training, she began taking a variety of classes with her two six year old rescued dogs, a Malamute mix and a Pomeranian.  This relationship with DOGSmart transitioned into a two year  apprenticeship with Alice. 

In 2010 Cathie received her CPDT-KA professional trainer designation.  She brings her many years of training experience and classes, along with her ongoing continued education, to her clients, offering them the most current science based training

Cathie shares her life with her spouse David and their current dog Coco Belle, a Field Spaniel.  Cathie and Coco Belle have taken many levels of DOGSmart Training classes, starting from when she was a 10 week old puppy.  Agility has become  Coco Belle's favorite! 


 Education Background

  • Currently enrolled in a 50 hour webinar series with Dr. Ian Dunbar's SIRIUS® Dog Trainer Academy. 
  • Ken Ramirez:  A Weekend with Ken Ramirez, 2013

  • Walks n Wags First Aid 

  • Kathy Sdao - DOGSmart Training - Vancouver, BC., 2012
    • Get S.M.A.R.T About Training - A 2-Day Seminar with Kathy Sdao
  • APDT Webinar with Irith Bloom (2011), 2012
    • The Four Quadrants of Operant Conditioning
  • DOGSAFE Canine First Aid Certificate, 2011
  • APDT Webinar with Gail Fisher, 2011
    • Dogs at Play: Recognizing, Evaluating & Understanding Styles of Play Behavior
  • Nicole Wilde - Vancouver, BC, 2011
    • Working with Fearful Dogs
    • Creative Client Coaching
  • Certifed Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), 2010
  • Dr. Jean Dodds - Victoria, BC, 2009
    • Canine Thyroid Disease
    • Vaccinations
    • Nutrition and Health
  • Dr. Ian Dunbar - DOGSmart Training - Vancouver, BC, 2008
    • Dog Aggression: Biting and Fighting
    • Training Adult Dogs
    • Puppy Classes & Games
  • Dr. Patricia McConnell - DOGSmart Training - Vancouver, BC, 2007
    • For the Love of a Dog: The Biology of Emotion in People and Dogs
    • Dog-Dog Aggression: Treating Aggression Between Unfamiliar Dogs