Meet Dee Wilkie, Owner and Certified Trainer
I live in Winston, Georgia and am originally from Powder Springs. My husband Ben and I have been married since 2000, and we have 5 "four-legged kids!"
I began my career with animals in 2007 at Doguroo, a doggie daycare in Atlanta. I realized that working with dogs was my calling, so in 2010, I decided to become a certified dog trainer. In March of 2011, Clever Canidae was established. I initially began my business part-time while I continued to work at the daycare, but as of April 2015, dog training is now my full-time job.
I am on the board of directors for the Douglas County Humane Society, and also a volunteer at Douglas County Animal Services. Educating people about rescue and adoption, as well as advocating for shelter dogs is a passion of mine. Click here for more information about adopting a shelter dog and low cost veterinary services.
In memory of Jackson
Unfortunately we lost our baby boy Jackson on April 22nd, 2016. He was 10 years old and bravely battled bone cancer for 6 months. When we learned his diagnosis, we began taking him on adventures to the beach. We did everything we could for him, and tried to make him happy and comfortable every step of the way. He was always my favorite, and very, very spoiled! He was the best dog ever, and we miss him everyday!
"If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever." -unknown
In memory of Dakota
Our first dog was Dakota.....sadly he passed away from lymphoma when he was only 4 years old. As my first dog, I had no idea how to train a dog, but he forgave every mistake I made. He taught me about the unconditional love and loyalty that dogs offer us. His hobbies included tug-of-war and destroying stuffed toys.
“Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” – Vicki Harrison
Meet our fur babies!
First is our 14-year old border collie, Montana, which we got from a breeder when he was 9 weeks old as a companion for our first dog, Dakota. He is now the alpha of my pack. He is extremely intelligent and understands a wide variety of vocabulary. His hobbies include fetching and swimming!
Next is our 9-year old Husky/Whippet mix, Cheyenne. We rescued her from a shelter in when she was about 12 weeks old and slightly feral. She was food-aggressive, but with training, shows no more signs of food aggression. Cheyenne's hobbies include sunbathing, and chasing squirrels.
This is our 7-year old boxer/shephard mix, Charlotte. We found her on the side of the road when she was about 8 weeks old, covered in ticks and starving. I call her my "bad dog", because she has impulse control issues. She is very athletic and her hobbies include eating, and protecting the house from intruders.
Phoenix is a 2 year old Miniature Australian Shepherd that we adopted in May of 2015 when he was about 7 months old. He is great with other dogs, loves people, and adores children of all ages. His favorite activities include playing fetch, fetch and more fetch, and assisting me with training sessions!
Our newest addition, Denver is a 1 year old Cattledog mix we adopted from the Douglas County Animal Shelter in March of 2016. His whole litter was fostered by Pet Things, a local pet supply store. He is super smart and his favorite activities include hunting, digging, and herding his brother Phoenix! They are best friends and completely inseparable!