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Focused Fido is a local small business in Calgary started by Jacqueline (Jackie) and Gerrod O'Hara in 2015.  They decided to combine their passions of dog training and photography into a wonderful and affordable option for the dog owners!  Focused Fido strives to offer amazing service for an amazing price! All breeds are welcome! No breed discrimination goes on in this business!

Jackie and Gerrod have two "pit bulls" of their own and love working with bully and stigma'd breeds! Together, this dynamic duo have years of dog experience (Jackie has been training since 2010 and Gerrod has grown up around dogs) and are willing to make things work for your dog's quirks! Want to get photos done of your shy pooch? No worries! Gerrod takes his time so that he is able to get the shots you are looking for! Have a dog who has confidence issues? Jackie can help you devise a plan to build the confidence and help your pup blossom into a wonderfully confident canine!


Jackie and Tux.                                                                                    Gerrod and Beau.


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