Our Story

The Country Canine Care Story

CCC owners, Lisadawn and Rich ShacklefordHello! My name is Lisadawn, my nickname is LD. When I was 2 years old my Dad got transferred to work up north in Alberta in a small town, my parents bought me a puppy for company and it was love at first cuddle. I can’t imagine not having a dog in the family. My pack has ranged from 1 to 3 dogs depending on the year and the circumstance! I have enjoyed my pure bred dogs, mixed mutts, and rescue dogs. I have fostered a dog for PADS (Pacific Assistant Dog Society) and I volunteered for OWL (Orphan Wildlife) when I lived in Vancouver. During vacations, I try to spend time at local shelters and most recently enjoyed walking dogs in Belize at the Caye Caulker shelter where we vacationed in 2015 to celebrate my big five oh!

More recently, you may recognize me from St Joseph’s ICU where I have worked full time as a critical care nurse since moving here to the Island. Now, as I approach semi-retirement I am working part time at the new hospital. I am fortunate enough to be at a place in my life where I can pursue my dream to combine my love of dogs with my years of caring for people by creating a place where dogs are safe and cared for like a member of our family; a place where families are welcome to join in on classes; a place where you feel comfortable to leave your dog for day care or overnight boarding.

I am a current student of Canine Correspondence Studies (CCS) owned and operated by Norma Jean Laurette who is the founder of IPDTA (International Positive Dog Training Association) please see the link here on our website for more information.

My husband Rich and I moved to Vancouver Island in 2011 to co-parent Rich’s young children Dawson and Madison. We spent the first 6 years searching for the perfect property to purchase, raise our family and launch our business. Luckily, we found this lovely 8.5 acres at the end of Green Avenue in the heart of beautiful Union Bay. Green Acres Hobby Farm is our home – we live here on the property in our temporary home while we focus our energies on Country Canine Care. We plan to build our farm house in the Spring of 2018.

My husband and I are so happy to hear Deb is back in the Valley and offering her dog training services again! In the past we took 2 of our dogs to her, loved her style of training and had great success with our dogs and their obedience. We had our dogs go from puppy classes, to basic obedience, then to agility and on to scent tracking with Deb. She is a very knowledgeable and professional dog trainer with years of experience. We would not hesitate to recommend her. We look forward to bringing our future puppies/dogs to her.

J.M. - Courtenay

“We sent our dog Cooper to stay at Country Canine Care for a week. He was so excited when we dropped him off. There was not an ounce of anxiety in our usually anxious dog. He spent the week being loved and exercised. We picked him up happy and tired from all his exercise. We would recommend Lisadawn and Rich in a heartbeat. Their love of dogs and compassion to our anxious dog was obvious to both us and to him.”

Cooper & Cristi Dawes, Nanoose Bay

“I met Debbie just under a year ago … she pegged the age of our pup Taz at 9 weeks old … I was very impressed with her in the few minutes we chatted … we called Debbie for an assessment and have been working with her since. Her love for dogs and her work with them is without question. Taz and I attended her puppy class this summer; it was just the right size. Her professionalism and no nonsense attitude made the classes both educational and fun. We will continue to work with Debbie as our trainer and would highly recommend her to anyone that wants to train their dog properly.”

Irene and Taz Daigle - Cumberland

“Country Canine Care is the BEST!!! My dog Mischief loves it there and gets the best care ever…. she gets picked up and dropped off from the house which makes it so much easier as I don’t need to be worrying about getting to work on time, and she comes home clean, walked, brushed and happy. She’s almost disappointed to be home! I would recommend Country Canine Care to anyone looking for a fun, caring and safe dog care service provider.”

Gayle and Mischief McLaughlin - Courtenay

We were in way over our heads with our high drive, strong willed, rapidly over-powering German Shepherd puppy and by the time we reached out to Deb we had been considering re-homing as an option. The joy of our first family puppy was quickly becoming overwhelmingly stressful.

Together, working in both group and private lessons, Deb was able to effectively assess our dog, our lifestyle, and our needs. She provided us with practical, simple and effective training techniques that gave us hope. She clearly has a huge wealth of training knowledge, a deep admiration and respect for various canine breeds and an uncanny ability to ‘speak’ dog. Deb, hands down, saved our family from the heartbreak of re-homing our furry family member and we cannot recommend her enough for your dog training needs.

The McPhersons - Courtenay