1208 Pine Ave.
        Trail, BC
        250-521-2275

RETAIL HOURS
MON – SAT – 11:00am – 5:00pm
GROOMING HOURS
MON – FRI – 8:00am – 5:00pm
DAYCARE HOURS
MON – FRI – 7:30am – 5:00pm
VIRTUAL OR IN-PERSON DOG TRAINING AVAILABLE
GROUP/PRIVATE LESSONS AVAILABLE

About Our Team

Our amazing team and their exceptional skills and love of animals.

Sarah Dixon

Owner

Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant/Certified Trainer

Sarah Dixon is a dog trainer and behavior consultant with nearly two decades of experience. 

Sarah specializes in a variety of complex behavior problems, including leash reactivity, resource guarding, separation anxiety, aggression towards dogs or people, and severe fear and anxiety. She spent several years working as a full-time trainer and behavior consultant in Manhattan, which provided her invaluable experience on handling behavior issues in a condensed, chaotic urban environment.

Sarah has had articles publushed in industry journals and books, has presented workshops throughout North America, has several online courses. 

  • IAABC Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant 100% 100%
  • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner 100% 100%
  • Product Knowledge 100% 100%
  • Certified Trick Dog Instructor 100% 100%
Cameron Dixon

Cameron Dixon

Worked at Barks and Recreation since 2010

Pet Portrait Painter, Retail Expert

Over 30 years of retail experience in a range of positions allowed Cameron to utilize his knowledge towards the retail portion of our store. His passion has always been animals and art and he utilizes his skills learned from his two Fine Art Degrees to create one of a kind pet paintings keepsakes and offers design experience with the social media and website development.

View some of his work: www.camerondixon.com

  • Customer Service 100% 100%
  • Product Knowledge 95% 95%
  • Artistic Ability 100% 100%
Barks and Recreation in Trail, BC - Nicole Courson - Certified Trainer

Nicole Courson

Worked at Barks and Recreation since 2016

Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant/Certified Trainer

Nicole had always enjoyed living and helping with animals. After years of dedicated volunteering handling dogs and working through problem behaviours she decided to pursue a career in dog training and behaviour consulting, followed by the opportunity to apprentice under Sarah Dixon in 2016. Nicole has graduated with certificates from the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Professional program and courses through the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC) to build a well-rounded understanding of behavioural sciences and their application in animal training and care.

  • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner 100% 100%
  • Certified Trick Dog Instructor 100% 100%
  • Pet First Aid Certified 100% 100%
  • Product Knowledge 85% 85%
Barks and Recreation in Trail, BC - Amy Rennette - Certified Trainer

Amy Rennette

Worked at Barks and Recreation since 2013
Certified Trainer/Retail Expert
Amy has always had a love for animals and got her first professional training certification through Animal Behaviour College in 2013. Amy recently completed the Karen Pryor professional dog training program. Her specialty is helping people and their dogs work through any fears or anxieties and relearn to enjoy life with each other.

  • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner 100% 100%
  • Certified Trick Dog Instructor 100% 100%
  • Pet First Aid Certified 100% 100%

Kaylee Borrowman

Worked at Barks and Recreation since 2015
Merchandise Manager, Daycare Supervisor, Retail Expert
Kaylee has been fostering cats, kittens, and small animals for the BC SPCA West Kootenay Community Animal Centre since August 2013 and starting volunteering there in November of 2013.

  • Pet First Aid Certified 100% 100%
  • IAABC Principles and Practices Course 100% 100%
  • Customer Happiness 100% 100%
  • Product Knowledge 90% 90%
  • Passion for animals 100% 100%
Our Groomer, Brenda R.

Brenda Ross

Worked at Barks and Recreation since 2019
Expert Groomer
Brenda grew up in the area and has a total of 14 years of experience in pet grooming. She works hard to make sure all the dogs and cats that come into our store are as comfortable as they can be during their stay. She works unter the International Groomers Association code of ethics and is working towards her Master Groomer Certification.

  • Certified Groomer 100% 100%
  • Pet First Aid Certified 100% 100%

Stephanie Halverson

Worked at Barks and Recreation since 2019
Retail Expert

 

 

  • Customer Happiness 100% 100%
  • Product Knowledge 80% 80%
  • Passion for animals 100% 100%
Kayla M

Kayla Mackenzie

Worked at Barks and Recreation since 2020
Daycare Supervisor, Retail Sales

 Kayla comes to us with previous experience at a larger daycare in Calgary. All our regular daycare dogs are always happy to see her.

 

  • Customer Happiness 100% 100%
  • Product Knowledge 80% 80%
  • Passion for animals 100% 100%

Timely Support

Our team is busy but always ready to answer your questions and give you a helping hand. Please contact us via phone, email, social media, or come into the store.

Compassion

The staff is here because of their love for all animals. Feel confident in bringing your furry family member into our store for a fun play date in our daycare, some help with training, a nice new haircut, or for high-quality food and products.

Skill & Education

Our staff’s compassion pushes them to constantly add to their education and self-learn about all our new products and services. We like to encourage this to ensure that we are offering the best service we can and keep ahead of the competition.

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Shop Online at Barks and Recreation’s Online Store

Shop Online at Barks and Recreation’s Online Store

We have the majority of our products available to purchase online at www.bnrbc.ca/shop If you live locally you can purchase online and pick up in-store, curbside, or have us deliver Tues-Sat evenings. We also ship across Canada and you will be able to see exactly how...

Barks and Recreation is Closed Good Friday

Barks and Recreation is Closed Good Friday

We are CLOSED the stat holiday of Good Friday and will we open regular hours the remainder of the upcoming weekend. Complete list of hours below: RETAIL HOURS:Friday, April 2nd - CLOSEDSaturday, April 3rd - 11a-5pSunday, April 4th - CLOSEDMonday, April 5th - 11a-5p...

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If you are interested in working together with your pet, send us an inquiry and we will get back to you as soon as we can!