About the Director

Amber Cottle


Chief Training Instructor
Certified Professional Dog Trainer & Behavior Specialist

A word from the Director/Instructor:

Working with dogs and their humans is the most rewarding experience for me and I hope it will be for you as well. Training dogs is not just about obedience. It’s about understanding the dynamics of the relationship between a dog and owner. It’s about recognizing opportunities to help strengthen and improve this bond which is the foundation of all of the curriculums at the International Academy of Canine Trainers.

I’ve had the opportunity to work with thousands of dogs and owners over the past 13 years. I started my journey after completing three levels of certification as a professional dog trainer and behavior specialist. I have read numerous books; attended many dog Behavior symposiums, and participated in workshops for continuing education. The best credential of all has been the countless hours working with dogs.  They truly are our best teachers.”

Behaviour Specialist

The owner, director, and chief training instructor Amber Cottle, has been in business for over 12 years and has over 12,000 hours of experience in dog behaviour and training. After completing her Dog Training Level 1 Certification, Amber started her business in 2002 conducting puppy classes in the local tennis courts training 2-5 clients per week. She had only a few hundred dollars for marketing. Today Amber operates in a 3500 square foot facility, has several part-time employees, built and sold a dog daycare, and runs classes 6 days a week ranging from puppy socializing and obedience classes, recreational agility, workshops and seminars, intermediate and advanced obedience, and behaviour consultations. Amber continues to consult for the Delta Community Animal Shelter offering behaviour modification training and temperament assessments on shelter dogs. Amber has fostered excellent relationships with many of the local veterinarians and runs training clinics for Shelter staff and vet hospital staff.

Amber’s also has extensive experience dealing with behavior problems from her countless hours of rehabilitating shelter dogs. She has devoted hundreds of volunteer hours training and rehabilitating canine behavior problems at the BCSPCA, the Delta Humane Society, and the Delta Community Animal Shelter. She has served as an elected member of the Community Advisory Committee and as Regional Councillor for the BCSPCA. In 2004, Amber founded the Delta Humane Society where she served as Director of Training and Rehabilitation, Executive Director and then as President for the Board of Directors. In 2005, Amber founded, the International Academy of Canine Trainers, which is a government registered school for professional pet dog trainers and professional dog walkers. Amber continues her community work by helping to assess and rehabilitate behaviour problems for dogs at the Delta Community Animal Shelter.