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Meet Your Trainer

Julia Volkov, Owner

CPDT-KA, ABC Certified Dog Trainer

Canine Good Neighbour (CGN) Evaluator

Julia is a spirited woman and graduate of the Animal Behavioural College in Canine Obedience and Education. Her dedication and passion for the animals combined with her patience for the job has made her a very successful trainer. Julia has spent over 10 years in the training industry working with many different dogs and has developed a unique approach to canine education. Her positive methods and willingness to work with you and your dog closely have "wowed" many people. Julia is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed through the CCPDT and continues to expand on her knowledge of the trade each year through the Canadian Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

On top of teaching her own classes and running the business, Julia has spent the past few years working with puppies and adult dogs at Canine Academy, teaching classes for the College Royal Dog Show, and being the oncall trainer and assessment specialist for Needlenose Greyhound Adoption. Raised on a horse farm, she has always had a deep connection with the many animals around her, big and small. She has experience working with aggression cases, anxiety, as well as her year long dedication to educating herself on many different breeds. She has also successfully trained her own dogs, one as a Service Dog for National Service Dogs in Cambridge, one as a Rally Obedience champion (who is also her loving companion), and an off-the-track "demo dog" Greyhound. Julia will also go that extra mile and come to you in your own home with training solutions and programs, or provide a selection of excellent classes to join with your dog. Don't hesitate to call or email Julia with any questions you may have, as she is more than willing to help!

Meet Your Assistant Trainers


Erin is a Ph.D. student studying livestock genetics at the University of Guelph and has been an assistant at JV Training since May 2018. Erin's family used to breed English Springer Spaniels, so growing up she had a lot of opportunities to practice puppy care and training. Currently, Erin owns a senior English Springer Spaniel named Hunter and a 1-year-old Springer pup named Remi. Erin loves trick training, hiking with the dogs and competing in various dog sports such as agility and dock diving.

Erin became interested in formal obedience and dog sports through the College Royal Dog Show. The College Royal Dog Show is held in March each year and pairs students at the University of Guelph with dogs from the community to teach various obedience skills over eight weeks of training classes before the big show. Erin has competed as a handler in the College Royal Dog Show for the last 8 years, and she was also the Director in 2016 and the Demonstration Team Coordinator for the halftime show in 2017. Erin has been assisting and teaching at JV Training since 2018. She became a Certified Trick Dog Instructor through Do More With Your Dog (2020) and now teaches Specialty Classes and our Advanced Levels classes.


Alyssa has had dogs her entire life. At 13, her family rescued a Samoyed puppy and she and Kalen were inseparable for 14 years. Alyssa worked hard from a young age to help Kalen overcome his past of abuse and undersocialization. Her passion for animals and behaviour started then and continued into adulthood as she graduated with an Honors in Psychology from the University of Guelph. She now has a 3 year old Samoyed named Stark who loves learning - especially when it comes to agility.

Alyssa has been assisting in positive reinforcement training classes for 4 years, and has been lucky enough to be helping Julia at JV Training since November 2019. Stark and Alyssa are a certified therapy team with Therapeutic Paws of Canada and visit a local nursing home weekly. Alyssa's goal is to get her Karen Pryor Trainer's Certification and continue her involvement in the training community. Alyssa and Stark are currently working on Sports Foundations and agility training. Some of Stark's favourite things are giving kisses to all of his friends, hiking and playing fetch with and pouncing on his Chuck-It. We can't wait to meet you at JV Training!