Tail of the Boss, April Saulnier

Selfie of April hugging a puppy Golden Retriever

Thanks to April, hundreds of dogs have been saved, rehabilitated and placed in loving homes over the past 10 years.

April's Professional Titles:

  • Director of Fulfilling Hearts Dog Rescue,
  • Professional Dog Trainer,
  • Therapy Dog Evaluator,
  • Canine Good Neighbor Judge,
  • Dog Aggression Modifier,
  • Professional Pack Walker,
  • Professional Dog Groomer,
  • and Past Owner & Operator of Howl A Day Inn Notre-Dame (Dog Kennel & Daycare),

April's Canine Oriented Career Biography

April Saulnier has been involved with dogs since her early teens.

As a young child, she began by fostering shelter animals for the Greater Moncton SPCA, the largest Shelter east of Montreal. Throughout high school, she continued volunteering and attending training classes to further her knowledge. After graduating, April held various positions at the Moncton shelter and continued working there while attending Elite Dog Grooming Academy. She holds the Academy’s highest mark to date.

Training rescue and client dogs in various areas became an early interest to April.

Various businesses, city by-law enforcement clubs and clients have hired her to teach classes or train with their dogs. Working with the Moncton SPCA, Moncton Kennel Club, and Burkes Police Dog Academy has given April a large knowledge base to utilize in working with problem dogs and dealing with difficult behaviours. With the help of Stuart Murray, a certified Service Dog trainer, they created appropriate testing for therapy dogs. April then started the Moncton Kennel Club’s Therapy Dog Program; visiting local High Schools, seniors homes, and events! Thanks to Stuart Murray, she is continuing her education on service dog training.

A broad knowledge of medical care, nutrition and proper care of canine and feline companions is very important to April.

She attends seminars and workshops regularly with trainers like Brian Kilcommons, Brenda Alloff, Michael Ellis etc. Each year, she attends at least 2 seminars to continually improve her skill set. The importance of working with other trainers is priceless and this is what sets her apart from most. Graduating from ICS Canada’s ‘dog obedience instructor’ and Canine Correspondence Studies courses with honors has aided in learning different methods which are used in class settings. April is also the first trainer in the province to complete and utilize the Fear Free Protocol in her puppy classes.

April also regularly takes courses from Leerburg and continues to achieve new accreditations as often as possible.

Thanks to her local mentors; internationally renowned Bill Grimmer of Grimmer’s Canine College, and Jean-Marc Dugas of Acadia Canine, she has gained significant knowledge on scent work, service dogs, protection work and high-level obedience.

Giving back to the animal community is important to April.

During the last 10 years, hundreds of dogs have been saved, rehabilitated and placed into loving homes. Whether donating her time in being a Director to Fulfilling Hearts Dog Rescue, assisting the GMSPCA with fostering or training, April is very involved in the rescue community.