Meet The Pack (1)

Meet The Pack

Lise Hargrave, senior instructor at Blue Ribbon, has trained dogs and taught obedience and other dog sports classes since 1995. She first began teaching for a training club in Pierrefonds then also at a school in Sorel, and now owns her own dog training facility in Dorval.

Teaching and training at Blue Ribbon includes Agility, Competition Obedience, Rally-O, Nose Games, Freestyle and Tricks classes.

Lise has attended numerous training camps, seminars and lectures covering all facets of dog training and behavior as well as pet nutrition and health. An avid student of all that is dog-related, she incorporates this knowledge and enthusiasm into her daily interactions with handlers and dogs. Her extensive experience allows her to be creative in problem solving and to incorporate the latest in current training techniques in her classes.

She is currently loved by her Boxer Storm, Chieftain’s Stormy Weather.

Accreditations and Memberships:
Member of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers (CAPPDT)
Member of the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC)
Evaluator for the Canadian Kennel Club’s Canine Good Neighbour Certificate (CGN)
Mentor Trainer for the Animal Behavior College (ABC), an online school for dog trainers.

Harriet Schleifer – I share my life with my two Shetland Sheepdogs, Brandy (Banquise’s Brandy’s Touch) and my newest addition Astra (Herdabout Supernova Dream). Together we are involved in many canine sports and Brandy has won numerous titles (CGN, PCD, CD, AGN, AGJ, RAE, AKC Therapy Dog Excellent).

Recently I qualified as a CKC Rally judge. I have been training my own dogs at Blue Ribbon for 13 years, and I currently teach Rally, Agility, Freestyle and Nose Games.I am the co-founder of Blue Ribbon Therapy dogs, and I teach the Therapy Dog Preparation classes. I believe that dog sports deepen and enhance our relationships with our dogs and should bring joy to both participants.

François Tremblay – Hi, I present Kami and Kia. Two shetland sheepdog. I have been training my dogs since 2009 and I am a member of the Canadian Colley Shetland Sheepdog Association (CCSSA). My dogs have distinguished themselves and obtained titles in obedience and rally-o. Kami has her title of rally-excellent and open in obedience. We are working on her title inrally-master and utility. She’s the first dog that I train in competition level. Kia, meanwhile, has her title in rally-novice and novice in obedience. She has already had the highest score in her category in a trial. She has done fiew visit like a therapy dog. I love taking time to try to understand my dogs and find out how we can communicate better. Through these experiences, a relationship and complicity develop itself. I use games a lot in my training. It’s stimulating and dynamic! It gets me out of my routine and it is very rewarding to see his favorite animal learning and developing new skills. Training is the royal way to develop a stronger relationship with your pet and feel it part of the family. In my classes, I try to get the students to become the coach of their dog. I help students to get a better understanding of their pet and develop a mutual bounding.

Julie Turner has had a lifelong interest in dogs and their relationship with people. She moved to Montreal from the UK in 2003 and her first venture after moving here was to volunteer at a shelter, which she continued for a number of years. Her experience there of walking dogs, learning basic rehabilitation and training, as well as training human handlers taught her valuable skills in observing, communicating and listening at both ends of the leash. She has 2 husky mixes: Nina who is a certified therapy dog, and her more recent rescue and project in progress, Farley.

Julie firmly believes that the human-dog relationship is unique and very valuable, and her passion is to help people and their families attain the best possible relationship with their dog, no matter where their starting point may be.

Julie is an instructor on the Blue Ribbon team. She teaches in companion classes, and works with clients directly in private consultations. She is also an active therapy dog volunteer with Nina, and trains new dog/handler teams to prepare them for therapy visits.

Karen Broadway has always loved animals, dogs especially, and has owned many over her lifetime. She has been training at Blue Ribbon since 2009 with her first boxer Knuckles, then came Nilan followed by Vegas. Karen has mentored under Lise since day one and has been teaching classes since 2015.
Karen competes in Obedience, Rally and Conformation with her dogs, who are also certified therapy dogs with Blue Ribbon Therapy Dogs.

Karen has completed training in pet CPR and first aid.



Sharon Gibbons – I started training dogs in obedience in 1995 with my first Australian Shepherd Alex. Shortly after that, we took up Rally and then, after a few years, got bitten by the agility bug. Today, my Aussies – Easton (8 y) and Rooster (2 y) – and I continue to pursue obedience, rally and agility as we prepare for and compete in performance trials. I started teaching dog classes in 2000 and, since then, have enjoyed sharing my passion for obedience, rally and agility with countless students.

Rooster has a PCD

Lara Tabakian – Dogs have been my passion in life for as long as I can remember. Growing up I somehow always found myself surrounded by them; friends and family often invites me to walk, baby-sit and train their dogs. It was not until my first dog’s passing that the thought of becoming a dog trainer first occurred to me. That is the path which led me to Blue Ribbon, where I have been a dog trainer since 2015. I have an American Cocker Spaniel, Simba.

The training methods at Blue Ribbon are based on positive reinforcement, which is precisely the type of training I support. I look forward to working with dogs and their owners, as it is a constant learning experience for all involved!

Jessica GaudinI’m an assistant trainer here at Blue Ribbon. I originally signed up for their CAP Program to become a trainer, and not only did I fall in love with training dogs but I also fell in love with the school.

Working with dogs is a passion and lifestyle of mine. Not only do I assist training dogs here at the school, but I’m also a full time dog walker. My dog’s name is Cash (named after Johnny Cash) and he’s a black labrador/shepherd mix. We graduated from both companion classes and have now moved onto Agility, and we absolutely love it!

Jessica Moore is a graduate of the Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor online program at ICS College. She shares her home with her 3 rescue dogs: Tazi and Bonnie, who are American Pit Bull Terrier mixes and Louie, a Chihuahua mix.

Jessica is an advocate for animal welfare and rescue, and started volunteering at local shelters when she was 12 years old. She has always had a special spot in her heart for dogs. Since most dogs are brought to shelters because of behavioral issues, Jessica believes training can play a fundamental role in reducing the suffering of animals as well as creating safer communities for dogs and people.

Jessica and Tazi graduated Companion Rookie and Companion Pro together at Blue Ribbon and look forward to starting agility. She assists with companion classes at Blue Ribbon.

Shelley Borenstein has been a dog owner for many years, and has been a student of Blue Ribbon for over ten years training her dogs. Whiskey, her Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier competes in three different sports classes.

Shelley and Whiskey have achieved their rally advanced excellence the highest level at the time she will now begin work towards the new master program. Shelley brings her experience and love of Rally to students of our classes.

Shelley is certified in dog first aid, and is also a therapy dog volunteer with Whiskey. She is a member of the CKC and the AKC.

Louise O’Grady – I am the Administrative Assistant at Blue Ribbon and if you have called the Centre at any time, you have most likely spoken with me. I also assist in some companion classes. I have always had a passion for dogs and I have finally found my forever home at Blue Ribbon where I get to interact with both people and dogs.

I have completed Companion Rookie and Companion Pro with both my dogs – Max, a 14 year old hound mix, and Diamond, a 3 year old German Shepherd mix. We also participate in sports classes at Blue Ribbon.