dezfamilyHi! I’m Dez Klippenstein, founder of Animal Instincts Dog Training and Obedience, Wooftopia Dog Training & Recreation Centre, and fellow animal enthusiast; let me tell you about my journey into dog training. I have almost always lived with dogs and am very involved in the dog rescue world. All of my dogs, Kali, Nanu, and Harvey were adopted from local rescue organizations. You can read more about them here. I really got into training through my volunteer work with various rescues and now I am the official trainer/behavior specialist for Manitoba Underdogs Rescue, in addition to also being the foster coordinator. I love working with the dogs that come into care and helping them through their journey to finding the perfect “furever” home.

In addition to my training work with Manitoba Underdogs, I also lend my time to their Fix It! Manitoba program as Spay/Neuter Program Coordinator. Our goal is to collaborate with rescues and organizations to address the dog overpopulation issue in Manitoba. As a united group, we can educate the public to eliminate the unnecessary suffering and abuse our province’s dogs face. Learn more about Fix It! Manitoba here.

Training Approach

Our training method is called “Positive Reinforcement Dog Training”. This means that we do not use physical force to train the dogs we work with- no physical corrections such as hitting, pinning, or choking, and no yelling or intimidation. Rather, we set the dog up for success by rewarding the behavior we want, instead of setting them up to make a mistake and correcting them. Visit my blog for more information on positive reinforcement.

Just like humans, dogs have unique personalities and ways of learning. As well, each owner will have different expectations of their dog. Our classes and private training sessions are tailored to each dog-owner team to ensure we meet your needs.


Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior – Dog Trainer Foundations
Certified in Pet First Aid – Canine and Feline
Various webinars through the Pet Professional Guild and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers
I am currently working towards my CPDT-KA and CBATI.

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  1. Oh my God…..Desi is the greatest…..not only in her love for all living things but in everything she touches! A beautiful person through and through!

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