It all started with a Boxer dog named Dante. Dante was a rescue pup whose funny ears that both pointed sideways in the wrong direction and unique Rottweiler paint job caught my eye! When he arrived here in Calgary from a Boxer rescue in LA, I was not prepared for the behavioural challenges he would bring with him.
On our first walk together, Dante frightened me with his extreme reaction to seeing another dog walking across the street. He spun in circles trying to get away from me (and he nearly succeeded), and to my embarrassment and confusion he screamed and barked loudly in despair.
At the time, I was a fairly inexperienced dog parent and I had no idea what was going on with Dante. I struggled to find good, concise information on how I could help him. I looked everywhere and I listened to so much conflicting advice; I didn’t know where to begin!
The training advice I finally settled on for Dante was not good advice. It was outdated and punishment based, and it turned my intuitive, sensitive boy’s excitement around other dogs, into a full blow fear of them. And the very worst part, was that I was the one that did it to him. A person that wanted nothing more in the world then to help my dog. A person that loved my dogs more than anything else in the world. A person that simply did not know better.
In 2013 I was much more experienced with all things dog, and had finally found myself a community of reward based trainers that taught me, and helped me help Dante. With the hopes of helping other inexperienced (or just plain busy) dog parents, I had the idea for a dog directory that weeded out the punishment based trainers AND the businesses that used these techniques to handle/manage the dogs in their care. REX in the City was born, and the website seemed like the perfect way for me to redeem myself for my naive decisions with Dante.
Because of my extensive experience with healthy dog diets and nutrition, not only would I eliminate the trainers whose methods damaged Dante, but I decided I would also help pet parents find nutritious diets for their dogs by eliminating the retailers that were selling unhealthy pet foods too. I wanted the REX directory to consist only of the most consciences dog businesses in Calgary; the business that were setting the standards for humane and safe dog care.
With the arrival of 2018 (Year of the Dog AND REX’s fifth birthday) I am proud to present the launch of this new and improved REX in the City website! The directory not only includes the same expertly curated REX Approved Services and Retailers it always did, but it’s now extended to dog friendly businesses too. I will continue to grow this site to be a positive, fun and safe space to find quality information about dogs. I genuinely want you and your pet to have the very best of everything!
Creator & Curator - REX in the City