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Margaret Ekosky is the founder and owner of the Winnipeg K9 Education Centre.

Margaret began teaching Puppy Obedience and Life Skill classes in 1991, under the name "WOOF".   She later changed the name of her school to Winnipeg K9 Education Centre (reg'd), to better reflect the type of training and educational services offered to dogs and their humans.

When the school was founded, Margaret taught the Gentle Puppy, Family Pet, and Intermediate levels, and Annice Baraschuk (of Rye Golden Retrievers Reg'd) taught the Open and Utility Competition levels. A short time later, Margaret expanded her teaching duties to all of the levels, competition classes included.

Margaret introduced a positive, challenging method of training that greatly enhances the dog-owner relationship, and allows handlers to experience the joy of teaching their dogs the art of obedience. Equally important, the dogs also learn to enjoy obedience as a sport! Many students have benefited from Margaret's ideas on new and improved ways of teaching and learning, and have described her classes as 'enjoyable' and 'very creative.'

The school proudly boasts a huge alumni of all-breed Obedience Titled dogs.   Many of our Title Holders are High in Trial achievers, and several are Multiple High in Trial winners, including Margaret's own German Shepherd, OTCh/Ch Ladejamar's James Cagney.

Margaret would like to express sincere thanks to all those who have volunteered in one capacity or another over the years at Winnipeg K9. Many students have assisted helping out in the classroom, while others have helped out with the organization of award presentation nights, student parties and events such as Obedience Fun Matches.

Margaret also wishes to express her appreciation to students past and present, veterinarians, and those in the pet supply business who continue to support the school through their referrals to our classes. The students and their families must also be highly commended on their hard work all year round on collection and distribution of hampers to all of the Doggie No-Kill Shelters in Winnipeg.

About The Instructors...

The Instructional Team includes:
  • Margaret Ekosky ~ Owner, Training Director, and Instructor (all levels)
  • Instructor/Assistants and a Business Manager support the Family Pet Level 1 course
  • All staff are volunteers who have collectively owned and trained a variety of dog breeds, and have trained their own dogs at Winnipeg K9.
In addition to Obedience, our team members are involved in other canine pursuits, such as
  • conformation
  • tracking
  • retriever trials
  • agility
  • St. John Ambulance pet therapy
  • Canine Blood Bank
  • breed clubs
  • and other volunteer activities.

They would be pleased to speak with you and direct you to other avenues of interest that can enrich the lives of you and your dog.  The possibilities are endless!

A Winnipeg K9 Student
Ch Redbae's Wild Licorice CD WC JH TT CGC CGN
Blood Bank Donor
Winnipeg K9 Student
Our instructors are Pet First Aid Certified.  We are pleased to offer one of the lowest instructor - student ratios in Winnipeg.

Meet The Team...

Margaret Ekosky
Owner & Training Director

Margaret and her Dogs
~ Ladejamar's Nautical  ~  OTCh/Ch Ladejamar's James Cagney, OFA, CGC  ~
~  OTCh/Ch Siebenmark Lawrilyn's DejaVu, ROMC, TT, OFA, CGC (inset)  ~
~  Ladejamar's Irish Eyes CDX, CGC, OVC  ~
~   Ch Ladejamar's British Nobility CD, CGC, OVC  ~  Ladejamar's Jigsaw OFA  ~
~   and new addition Ladejamar's Asja von Riesa CD OFA
(not pictured)  ~

Margaret is the owner, Training Director, and Head Instructor of the Winnipeg K9 Education Centre. She began training dogs in 1980 and became an instructor soon after. She is a breeder of German Shepherd Dogs under the Ladejamar Reg'd kennel name. All of Margaret's trialing dogs have excelled in Obedience, earning many of their titles in straight wins. All have been the recipients of Multiple High In Trial awards.

Margaret's current working dog, Ch OTCh Ladejamar's James Cagney, earned his Dual Championship with three straight wins in Utility with an average score of 197.5 as well as High In Trial. He is Von Willibrands free and has also volunteered as a blood donor.

Margaret promotes Responsible Dog Ownership and Canine Good Citizenship through various avenues in the community. With her dogs, she has donated time to local institutions such as the St. Amant Centre and Personal Care Homes, and raises funds for charities such as Canine Vision Canada, Pet Adoption & Rescue Centers, and the Fire Fighters Burn Fund.

Jackie Nelson

Jackie and Gala
~  OTCh/Ch Norland's Galadriel, RN, HIC  ~

Jackie began in competitive obedience in 1989 with her first German Shepherd, Ceilyn.  Their successful partnership culminated in the achievement of Ceilyn's Obedience Trial Championship in 1993.  By the time Fleinn joined the team in 1991, Jackie had become an obedience instructor.  She continued to actively compete in obedience with Fleinn, and together they achieved his Obedience Trial Championship.  The crowning achievement of Fleinn's career came in 1999, when he and Jackie campaigned to the #2 ranked German Shepherd in Obedience  ~  in all of Canada  ~  as well as the #10 rank in the Herding Group.  He achieved this in 18 trials with 4 High In Trial wins and a working average of 195.4 points out of a possible 200.  Fleinn was also honoured to be the first dog awarded the Gerry Bay Memorial Trophy, given by the Northwinds Dog Club for his High In Trial win at their December show in 1999. Jackie and her dogs also train in the sport of Tracking; She and Ceilyn achieved their first CKC Tracking title in 1997.

Jackie and her current German Shepherd, Gala, earned their Novice title(CD) in 2006 with a High In Class win. In 2007, within a four month span, they earned their Novice Intermediate (CDI) with three High In Class wins, and their Open title (CDX) with 2 High In Class awards. In 2008 they earned their Utility title in 3 straight trials, 2 of which were High in Class wins. Two weeks later they achieved their Rally Novice title (RN) and earned their first leg toward the Rally Advanced level. They finished the year with a glowing endorsement from the judge as Gala passed a Herding Instinct Test. Gala is now officially known as OTCh/Ch Norland's Galadriel, RN, HIC and has made 14 & counting blood donations for the Canadian Animal Blood Bank.

Amanda Halayko

Amanda and Zeus
~  Ch Lazer's Coming On Strong CDX, CGC, CGN  ~

Amanda is one of the newer members of the Winnipeg K9 Team.  She and her dog Zeus began at the school as students in June 1998, when Zeus was just 4 months old.  They achieved the CKC Companion Dog Excellent title in May 2003, and are now well on their way in their training for the Utility level.  Amanda also handled Zeus to his Show Championship during the summer of 2002.

Amanda joined the Winnipeg K9 team as an Assistant Instructor in 2000, and particularly enjoys working with new students and young puppies.

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