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Meet Amy

Groomer/Trainer - Amy Atkinson


  • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner

  • BCSPCA AnimalKind Accredited

  • Fear Free Certified Professional

  • Certified Nose Work Instructor

  • ongoing Workshops, Seminars and Webinars


Meet my pups below

Animals have always had a place in my heart, and growing up I was often told I was likely to end up working with them in some capacity.

After completing my Bachelors in Animal Biology from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops BC, I moved to Port Moody BC and in 2010 got a job at a Grooming shop. Starting off as the receptionist I spent about two  years apprenticing  under 3 wonderful groomers until I was final able to call myself one.

After 9 years in Port Moody, in 2019 my husband and I moved to Northern BC where not only did I continue my grooming journey, but I also applied and was accepted into the Karen Pryor Dog Professional Course becoming a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP) and starting Northern Noses.


After 2 years up north, in the summer of 2021 I completed my circle ending back in Kamloops and not only continuing my training under Northern Noses but grooming as well.

Early January 2024 I started my journey to become a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) through the National Association of Canine Nose Work  and as of June 2024 got enough requirements, and jumped through all the educational hoops to become a fully fledged CNWI.

I started Northern Noses because I believe that owning a dog is an amazing and rewarding experience, but also a responsibility. Through training and grooming my own dogs I feel like I have a greater understanding of them, and I firmly believe in the owner-dog relationship being one of mutual understanding and respect.

My goal is to help you give your pups the most fulfilled life so that they can become happy and well-mannered members of the family through the use of only positive, R+, and  force free methods.



The Northern Noses Pups



Staffordshire Terrier/Australian Cattle Dog

DOB: Sept 2012

Completed Training: Basic Obedience Levels 1-2

Scent work levels 1-4 + ongoing

Tracking level 1

Agility Levels 1-2

Trick Class Level 1

Scent Work Titles: CW-SP, CW-SPA, CW-SD, CW-SDA, CW-SI, CW-SIA,  CW-SSS, CW-ScR1, CW-ScR2, CW-ScR3, DS1-Jr, SOG, DOG, SD-S, SSG-NC, SSG-NI, K9FunNGames Containers

Trick Titles: NTD, ITD



English Black Labrador Retriever

DOB: Dec 2018

Completed Training: Puppy Training Classes

Basic Obedience levels 1-2

Scent Work Levels 1-4 + ongoing

Tracking Level 1

Agility Levels 1-2

Dock Diving Foundations Course

Dryland Dock Diving Course (ongoing)

Barn Hunt/Happy Ratters Classes (ongoing)

Trick Class Level 1

Scent Work Titles: CW-SP, CW-SPA, CW-SD, CW-SDA, CW-SI, CW-ScR1, CW-ScR2, CW-ScR3, DS1-Jr, K9FunNGames Containers

Happy Ratter Titles: RAT, HRDN

Trick Titles: NTD, ITD, ATD

Dock Diving Titles: DN, DJ, DD-J

My Pups
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