Kelly French-Mitrevski - Owner/ Behaviourist
Animal Antics is owned and operated by Kelly French-Mitrevski, BSc, MSc. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph, majoring in biology and minoring in psychology, and continued her education at the American College of Applied Science, completing her Master's in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling. Kelly is one of the only animal behaviourists with this level of education in the Windsor-Essex County area and is the first Canadian graduate from the American College of Applied Science. She is also a supporting member of theInternational Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and has attended their annual conference in 2011 and 2012. In November 2017, Kelly attended the Pet Professional Guild's conference in Orlando, to continue learning in her field.
Kelly has a love for all animals, and a lifetime of experience working with them, from dogs to cats to horses. She currently lives with Mira, a hound mix rescued from a shelter in Ohio (who was pregnant and had 5 puppies in December 2012), Bootso, one of Mira's puppies, and 4 wonderful cats. Prior to opening the new behaviour centre, Kelly worked as an Animal Behaviour Counsellor at the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society, where she helped assess and work with dogs and cats to help increase adoptability and smooth the transition into their forever home. She has also spent time at a local veterinary clinic, providing hands-on experience with dogs and cats everyday. She has been extremely active in a variety of community pet focused events.
Kelly follows scientifically-proven positive reinforcement, non-aversive animal training and is able to train basic and advanced obedience, as well as correct dysfunctional behaviours in dogs, cats, horses, birds, and small animals. Dysfunctional behaviours include aggression, fears, separation anxiety, litterbox issues, excessive vocalizations, and compulsions.
Kelly is always looking for more educational opportunities to further help you and your pets. She currently teaches all private lessons and in-home training, and assists as needed in group classes.
Jayden Mayville- Daycare Manager and Assistant Trainer
Jayden always knew she loved animals even though she only owned small animals (fish and hamsters) until her late teens when she become mom to a bearded dragon and sister to two beautiful Shetland sheepdogs. Before this, most of her experience was from family and friends' pets. Even from this, she knew she wanted to work in the animal industry. Just which career? She first volunteered at Town and Country Veterinary clinic, a great experience but also one that showed her she didn't want to go into the medical field. After that she volunteered at Woof-A-Roo 2015, which was a good opportunity to learn about current issues, training and careers within the companion animal industry. That experience helped develop Jayden's interest for Canine Behaviour, Positive Reinforcement and Animal Antics.
Jayden started with Animal Antics volunteering in the daycare and officially joined the team in 2016. She currently works full-time in the daycare and assists with classes-teaching the puppy group classes, and Dog Games, and assisting with the Reactive classes. During this time, her home has welcomed several foster dogs and helped them find their forever homes. In her spare time she also offers dog-sitting.
Jayden currently has a Bachelor degree in Forensic Science with specialization in Biology and a Diploma in Canine Behaviour Science and Technology through the Companion Animal Science Institute (CASI). She is also a member of the Association for Animal Behaviour Professionals. While at the University, Jayden volunteered as a mentor to younger students and as a teaching assistant.
In the future, she will pursue a Master's in Forensic Veterinary sciences, and hopes to work with working dogs (eg. scent detection, therapy and search and rescue) as well as help dogs that may be considered reactive (she has completed 2 courses directed towards dog aggression/reactivity through the CASI).
Kaitlyn Fox- Daycare Attendant and Office Manager
Kait's life began to revolve around animals nearly a decade ago when she adopted her first dog, Callie, from the Windsor Essex County Humane Society. After seeing how many homeless animals were in need, she began volunteering and helping out whenever possible. Eventually this turned into an employment opportunity. After moving to the Kitchener Waterloo area, she worked at the local shelter for several years. She enjoyed learning about disease prevention and working with the veterinary team, especially helping out with surgeries. In her spare time, she started dog walking and pet sitting. When she moved back to the Windsor area, Kait began volunteering at Animal Antics to get her “doggie fix”. She officially began working for Kelly in late 2016 and continues to pet sit in her spare time and loves taking pictures especially of her dogs.
Kait has opened her heart and home to many different species over the years. She has fostered kittens, puppies, snakes and beardies. Her favourite were the tortoises she named after the Fast and Furious characters and raced them down her hallway! She has been fur mama to a lop eared rabbit, cats, dogs and a dozen poison dart frogs. Currently she has a long haired silver tabby named Maybelline and a mutt named Farra. You will likely run into Farra at daycare or in one of the many training courses offered.
In the future Kait hopes to manage and run a secondary Animal Antics location, expand her pet sitting business and further her knowledge of canine behaviour and nutrition. She is currently researching different methods of canine enrichment and mental stimulation, using Farra as her test subject! She also hopes to welcome many more foster animals into her life and help them find their fur-ever homes.
Kelsey Jewell- Daycare Attendant and Assistant Trainer
Kelsey has been an animal lover from the start. She had a huge heart for dogs but her parents wouldn't allow her to have one of her own. Instead, she happily walked dogs in her neighbourhood just to spend time with dogs. She eventually did pet sitting and dog walking on occasion for family, friends and neighbours at 12 years old but her passion for dogs took off when she got her very own dog at the age of 15. After showing her parents how much she cared about dogs, her dad took her to get a puppy. That puppy was, Bentley, a Miniature Schnauzer, and he started it all for her.
She got her first job at The Well Mannered Dog Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she worked for 2 and a half years. There she worked in the doggie daycare and boarding section as well as participated in dog training classes and competition events. She learned a lot about dog body language and behaviour while working with the daycare and boarding dogs as well as the competition world of dog training. She entered her own dog, Bentley, in obedience and agility classes. Bentley earned his Advanced CGC and Kelsey went on to assist in obedience classes each week. This started her interest in becoming a dog trainer.
Kelsey moved on from there and began working for a fast growing dog walking company, Nature of the Dog - Dog Walking Co., in Grand Rapids as their first employee in 2014. She learned more about handling dogs and dog behaviour while pairing dogs to walk together and working on leash manners with them. A local dog trainer noticed her handling skills and asked to recruit her as part of her team. Kelsey jumped at the offer and began assisting in classes at A Pleasant Dog in 2016. She assisted in basic manners, agility and reactive dog classes. She especially enjoyed working with reactive dogs and implemented what she learned from classes with the dogs she walked during the day. She soon became trustworthy with the more challenging reactive dogs who needed walks. This became valuable hands-on experience. She also helped in the mornings at A Pleasant Dog, in-taking daycare and stay & train clients before dog walking each day. During her time at Nature of the Dog, she also rescued her second dog, Link, from a family who was going to surrender him to the shelter. Link is a “Chiweenie” and fearful towards strangers. He has taught Kelsey a lot of lessons about what it's like to own a dog who is reactive. Link also loves agility training and has been the perfect brother for her dog, Bentley.
When Kelsey moved from Grand Rapids to Windsor to be with her husband, she began looking for a place to continue training and working with dogs. She found Animal Antics and began volunteering as an assistant trainer in classes a few times a week. Once she was fully settled in Windsor, she began working full time and is now teaching classes as well as working with the daycare dogs. She is currently working towards becoming a CPDT-KA. In her spare time she enjoys training her own dogs, drawing, painting and thanks to her dare-devil husband, learning how to snowboard and do BMX.
Caitlin Foster- Daycare Attendant.
Caitlin’s journey with dogs began on a small island in Thailand where she volunteered at a shelter called Lanta Animal Welfare (LAW). Here she had to master a calm and patient approach to gain the trust of six different dog packs who had seen some rough days before they ended up at LAW. Caitlin’s calm demeanour led her to be trusted to work with the sick dogs and she could often be heard singing to them to help them relax.
After returning to Canada, Caitlin was immediately hired at a dog daycare and boarding facility and she hasn’t looked back since. She has followed her military husband, Kyle, around on different postings and has worked at several dog daycare and boarding facilities as well at a dog walking and in-home care company.
Caitlin and Kyle relocated back to Windsor in 2017 and a very pregnant Caitlin came into Animal Antics with her two rescue dogs Sandy (a senior husky) and Sunakh (a german shepherd mix). Here, she shared dog experiences with the Owner of Animal Antics, Kelly, who offered her a job when her maternity leave was up. Caitlin loves being a part of the Antics team and enjoys working with shy dogs to help build their confidence and trust.
Caitlin and Kyle have a handsome one-year old boy named Barrett who keeps them on their toes. Caitlin also works with a non-profit called Adopt-A-Vet. Its mission is to ensure all military veterans don’t feel left alone over the holidays. Caitlin is hoping to train Sunakh to become a therapy dog that can come with her to visit vets on the holidays. Before travelling around the world, Caitlin gained a history degree and an education degree from the University of Windsor. She also enjoys cooking and trying new cuisine, working out, playing softball, and raising the best little boy a mom could wish for!