Liz Nishimura was always curious about animal behaviour and human behaviour and pursued her interest in acquiring a B.A. in psychology from York University. When she adopted a German shepherd puppy of her own, she was even more inspired to learn about dog training.
In September of 2004, Liz began an intensive training program to become a dog trainer and behaviour therapist.
Yves worked in the busy IT department of a national printing company as a computer analyst. It was his patience and trouble-shooting skills that helped him excel at what he did. Yves was impressed how Liz was able to transform a stressed-out dog and family into a harmonious human/canine pack, in just a few hours. It didn’t take much more for him to quit his job, to take the same training and join her with his newly acquired skills in dog training and behavior therapy.
Between 2004 and 2007, Yves and Liz had trained over 1,200 dogs and won numerous awards for their work. They were considered leaders of the pack by many of their peers. They each had their own clients but on occasion a particularly difficult case required both of them to work together. (To this day, this cooperation is a great benefit to their clients.) This teamwork was also evident in their radio broadcasts on CBC’s Wild Rose Country. The one hour show involved listeners phoning in their dog training and dog behaviour questions. Sometimes the questions were quite serious, other times they were quite entertaining. Yves and Liz also had a turn at television appearing on the Big Breakfast with their Rhodesian Ridgeback “Shambay” to discuss dog safety. The question of safety with dogs arose out of a report of a young girl who was attacked by a dog who was tied outside a café.
Towards the end of 2007, Liz and Yves decided to take on a huge life-changing challenge. They sold their booming business to move to Lyon, France to work and study dog training à la française. It was an amazing time, observing dogs as an integral part of French society. Dogs are welcome almost everywhere; in stores, in restaurants and on public transit. But don’t be fooled. French dogs exhibit the same behaviour problems that dogs do here. It’s just that the badly behaved ones stay behind closed doors. Dog owners all over the world need help with excessive barking, house training, over-exuberant behaviour, separation anxiety and aggression. Liz and Yves did training with several veterinarians and veterinarian/behaviourists and had some lively discussions with them as well. (The French very appropriately call dog training “canine education”.) They also volunteered their services to a recovering addicts drop-in centre Frequenters of the centre sought education on keeping their dog or dogs secure from conflict with other users of the facility. Liz and Yves were happy to share their knowledge and skills in dog handling during several visits to the centre. Towards the end of their stay they cooperated with the Fire Chief for the Rhone Alpes area (pop. 5,500,000). They helped rehabilitate an excellent rescue dog, with a remarkable resume of having saved many lives, who had developed some problem behaviors at home.
Sadly, after 3 ½ years, it was time to return to Canada. They left behind some great lifetime friends, and took with them many wonderful memories of amazing places and experiences. That Calgary is such a progressive city and has a stable economy made the choice and transition very easy. Yves and Liz were always impressed with the City of Calgary Animal Services and they came back to find that it has advanced to be one of the highest rated organizations of its kind in the world.
Since returning home in 2011, the total number of dogs that FURRY LOGIC has trained has risen to over 4000 dogs. This is remarkable whn one considers that none of the dogs were collectively trained in a classroom situation. To add to their accomplishments since returning, Liz has been interviewed on the CBC Radio show, the Homestretch with Doug Dirks and has written several articles for Citizen Pet Magazine.