Vanessa & Emily (missing Em & Chrissy)

About us

The Crate Escape team is passionate about dogs and their well-being!

We offer dog training, dog socials, in-home boarding & daily adventure hikes with pick-up/drop-off services. But more importantly, we offer a safe and fun environment for dogs to exercise, socialize and learn.

We believe in building relationships with dogs through fun adventures, training and play.  By studying the canine language and behaviour, we are able to connect and communicate in a way that both human and dog can understand. 

We are also passionate about continuing education.  In 2017, Vanessa, Emily and Sara all trained under Nelson Hodges and have been certified in Relationship Based Behaviour Modification.  The team takes time to keep themselves updated with training articles, videos, courses and most recently, the 2017 IACP conference.

We are here to make life a little bit easier!  We know that you love your dog and that you want the best for them, but because of busy schedules, it can be difficult to always meet their physical and mental needs.  We want to help you with that!

**We are insured and are Canine First Aid certified**

About Vanessa - Owner/Dog Trainer 



Vanessa has always loved dogs, and couldn't wait to get a dog of her own when she moved away from home. When she adopted her first dog Roxy, she quickly realized she had a lot to learn.  Roxy came with behavioral and aggression issues and that was the beginning of Vanessa's dog training journey.  

Vanessa's passion for teaching started at a young age, working in summer camps, teaching swimming lessons and attended university in an Education program.  During this time, she was rehabilitating Roxy and fostering rescue dogs which led her to the world of professional dog training.  Vanessa spent a couple of years working for a professional dog training company,  where she was able to develop her dog training skills before opening The Crate Escape Dog Adventures in July of 2014.

Over the last few years, Vanessa's dog training journey has flourished through experience with her daily packs, learning to read and understand the dogs language and behaviour.  In addition to learning directly from the dogs, she believes in continuing education by learning from other well respected professional trainers.  

Vanessa is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP #7079) and holds a variety of certifications from different styles of training programs.
•Mentorship Program 
•Dogsafe Pet First Aid certified
•Clicker Training with Sarah Fulcher (
•E-collar Training with Ted Efthymiadis (
•E-collar Training with Cheryl Ross (
•IACP conference
•Relationship Based Behaviour Modification with Nelson Hodges (
•Walks 'N' Wags Pet First Aid Certified
•IACP Conference
•Aggressive Dog Rehabilitation program with Cheryl Ross (
•Walks 'N' Wags Pet First Aid Instructor
•Dogmanship & Socialization with Chad Mackin (



"Life as a teacher begins the day you realize that you are always a learner"

Vanessa and her dogs, Spice (left) & Roxy (right)

Vanessa and her Tuesday crew

About Emily



Emily graduated the Veterinary Technology program at St.Lawrence College (Kingston, Ontario) in 2012.  After graduating, she moved to BC and has been working in veterinary medicine ever since.  

Her interests outside of veterinary medicine include hiking, biking and snowboarding.  She lives with her two cats, Buffy and Missy, and her Bernese Mountain Dog, Jackson. 

Emily is excited to have the opportunity to combine her love of animals and her love of the outdoors, with The Crate Escape Team.  We are lucky to have her leading adventure hikes!

"A dog is the only thing that loves you more than he loves himself"

Emily and Jackson

About Chrissy

Chrissy has been working with dogs for the past 4 years and has loved every minute of it. She is a veterinary assistant and is also enjoying working with cats. 


She loves spending time with her own Australian Shepherd/Border Collie named Bella. You'll often find them at one of the lakes or dog parks in town, throwing/chasing a stick or a ball. 


Bella was a completely different dog before starting obedience training. She's not only more well behaved. She is a happier, healthier more confident dog. Chrissy feels that training/hiking and boarding in the right environment along with positive reinforcement is very important, and she is happy to be a part of that.


Chrissy is excited to be a part of The Crate Escape family.
She operates our secondary location for In-Home Boarding.  Chrissy is also available for Cat Visits.

Chrissy & Bella

About Em

Em has always been an animal lover and grew up surrounded by many different kinds.  She has 2 dogs and 2 horses.  Her dogs Nala & Maelynn are both beautiful Bordercollie/Australian Shepherds who inspired her to explore the world of dog training.  She has been training her dogs, has started attending training seminars and observed dog trainers.  It is one of her goals to eventually be training dogs at The Crate Escape. 
Em is a real country girl; she currently owns two beautiful horses, Indy & Zira.  She trained them and now rides and competes with them, hoping to make her way up to some big competitions.    
In her spare time she loves to go two-stepping and line dancing.  She loves kayaking,  hiking to see the beautiful views of the okanagan, and spending time with her animals.
She is excited about getting to work and play with our four legged friends and to pursue her love and joy everyday.


Em & Maelynn

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