About Puppy People

Dear Dog Owner:

Since 1985, we’ve offered thousands of clients in the GTA the best in family dog training. We are always updating our programs and have recently launched a new course especially designed for graduates of our puppy programs. We were voted “Best Dog Trainers” this year for the third time in York Region and in North York in 2005.

All Puppy People staff are highly trained and knowledgable about positive training techniques and problem solving. Based on solid knowledge of animal behaviour and training theory, our programs are motivational, effective and fun! We specialize in working with children and feel that dog training should be a “family event” so your dog will respond to everyone in the household. Our instructors have travelled world-wide to learn from the best animal behaviorists and trainers. They are dedicated to helping you build a wonderful relationship with your dog.

Meet Our Puppy People Team

All Puppy People trainers are highly skilled dog trainers who have a passion for helping clients solve their dog problems. We simply love what we do and it shows!
All of our trainers and assistants are certified in Pet First Aid.

Scott Nygren, Instructor

Scott works primarily as a Dog Walker, Pet Sitter and Puppy Visitor (training). He’s been working with his own dogs since 2001, when he and his wife adopted an American Eskimo Corgi mix named Fezzik. Currently he has 2 Icelandic Sheepdogs as well; Soley, who has a CKC Championship, Canine Good Neighbour, Rally-O N (and working on advanced) and is Temperament Tested, and Tindra who is currently working on her CKC Championship and also has her CGN. Scott also, as an amateur, helped two Icelandic’s (Soley, and Tindra’s father) to group 4ths in CKC conformation shows.

Scott continues to keep up to date whenever possible by continuing his education in dogs and dog training. He started as a dog walker in 2004, and established himself under the name Sundog Pet services in 2006. He has helped raise many little puppies since 2004 which gives him a practical knowledge and understanding of various temperaments of breeds and individual puppies. He has also helped raise two litters out of Soley as well.

In spring of 2006, he started his tutelage as an assistant instructor with Puppy People and became a full instructor in 2008. He has taken many courses to keep his knowledge up to date and continues to practice careful observation of human-dog and dog-dog interaction.

Donna Davidson, B.A. Psychology, Founder

Donna started Puppy People in 1983, to help families develop a positive lifelong bond with their dogs. Donna is a best selling author, lecturer, and an expert on dog training and the use of positive training techniques. She is the author of numerous articles in consumer pet and trade publications and has appeared on; The W network, CFRB Radio, and was a regular guest on CITY LINE five years. In 1996, she was named “most commanding trainer of the year” in Toronto Life Magazine.

Ms. Davidson is the co-author of the best selling book, The Canadian Dog Owner’s Companion, A Guide to Selecting, Caring For and Training your new Dog or Puppy, published by Macmillan. She has been a keynote speaker at; All About Pets, The Ontario Veterinary Association and the Toronto Academy of Veterinary Medicine. Ms. Davidson holds a B.A. Psychology from York University. She holds numerous certificates from courses on effective communication, early childhood education and solving canine behavioral problems. She is the founding member of The Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers. Donna lives in Cambridge with her husband Wayne and two dogs, Tara and Tango.