We are really happy with our puppy

There are a number of reasons why people are attracted to Daintree, but for us it was how much time, effort and care is put into the puppies before they leave for their homes - this is a really critical time in puppy development, and Daintree uses it to its fullest. After bringing home our puppy Piper (litter name "Thistle"), this effort really shows. We have had her a few weeks now, and everyone has remarked on how calm she is in new situations. She has met many people, including children and babies since we have had her - and she has been a rockstar. We tend to be skeptical people, and at first we weren't sure about the Puppy Culture Method (and the videos we had to watch!) but we're so happy we did watch them, because it has left us better equipped to raise a well-adapted and resilient dog. In the short time we have had Piper, we have found Trisha to be helpful and prompt with our questions - something as first time puppy-parents we really appreciate! We're really happy we decided to make our first puppy a Daintree puppy, and we are so thrilled that Piper was matched to us. We can't wait for her to be part of all of our adventures!

Sarah and Nick from Kelowna


Nick, Sarah and baby Piper. 

Photo: Tasha Hall  

Trisha will go above and beyond for every single puppy

For starters, our puppy is absolutely amazing!

She already knew how to use the potty box, sleep through the night in her crate, and mand (sit and make eye contact with humans to get attention). It is Trisha's incredible hard work that makes such amazing puppies possible.

Gotcha weekend was a fantastic experience and Zac and I are so glad that we got to meet Nala (Lupine) and her litter mates with their new families. We feel like we are part of a community raising our puppies together and it is great having them and Trisha there to help us out through the process. We would definitely recommend Daintree to anyone looking for a perfect little Toller in their life!

Trisha will go above and beyond for every single puppy.

Zac, Emma and Nala

Pic: BC Farm and Family Photography

Follow Nala on Instagram @atollercallednala


We really can’t say enough about how amazing Daintree is

5/5 🌟

We feel so happy to have gotten our puppy from Daintree.

We put a lot of research into deciding from whom we were going to get our puppy. Years after first hearing about Daintree and a few months of researching Daintree and other breeders, we were finally ready to apply. The application process is very thorough and helps  much to make sure that this breed and Daintree are the right fit for you as a future Toller owner. At the end of it all we were left with no doubt that we were ready to get a puppy from Trisha. Trisha puts so much care and attention into raising all the puppies. You can really tell that raising them to be confident and enriched puppies is a priority of hers. Having applied and been accepted before the litter was born meant that we got to be part of much of the daily goings on in raising the puppies. The amount of communication and education provided is remarkable and makes such a difference for the first few days after bringing your puppy home. Trisha really does want what is best for her dogs and takes all the steps possible to ensure that they are going to loving families that are knowledgeable about the breed.

Gotcha weekend was a fun and incredibly valuable experience. All the activities that Trisha planned are there to help you feel more comfortable taking your puppy home. She is there to answer any questions you have . The time devoted to this is remarkable. Having Trisha choose which puppy best fits your family is another amazing part of the Daintree experience. After watching the puppies grow and having close contact with the purchasers, she is able to make informed decisions based on the puppy’s and the owner’s needs and wants. Having your puppy handed to you for the first time was truly amazing. Overall ,it was an unforgettable and valuable experience. We really can’t say enough about how amazing Daintree is and how happy we are with our newest family member.


- Cassie and Rogan with baby Sunshine Jean formerly Heather, the Celtic litter.

📸 BC Farm and Family Photography


We have never seen this type of commitment from a breeder

Five stars from Oatcake’s new folks~

We are very happy with our Daintree experience. Right from the start, the communication was excellent. There is so much time and care put into matching your puppy and making sure you are on board with everything involving this breed.  We have never seen this type of commitment in a breeder. Trisha's main concern is matching her puppies for a long and happy life with clients. She is so helpful with concerns and questions, very knowledgeable and happy to share that with others. These dogs are so prepared to leave and start their lives in their new homes. I really don't think she could do more to prepare them. I would recommend Daintree to anyone wanting a wonderful pet.

-Linda and Murray, new owners of Oatis


 Murray, Oatis and Linda of Nanaimo BC.  pic by Tasha Hall, BC Farm and Family Photography  

Murray, Oatis and Linda of Nanaimo BC.

pic by Tasha Hall, BC Farm and Family Photography  

Daintree Tollers are the healthiest and happiest out there

Thank you Mario for this phenomenal review and for being so committed to little Chico (formerly Fergus.)

I've wanted to get a dog of my own for the past 25 years, but it wasn't until five years ago that I fell in love with Tollers when my friend brought one home. Now after five years of researching Tollers,  I finally felt I was prepared enough to raise a puppy and that Tollers were the right breed for me. However, I was dissatisfied with the many breeders I came across until I found Daintree. I could tell based off of the website and in communicating with Trisha how dedicated she is to raising her Tollers to be the healthiest and happiest dogs out there. Trisha offered a partnership in raising the dog, I didn't feel like I would be abandoned by the breeder after exchanging payment. I felt that I would be welcomed into a family, and that's exactly what happened.

Throughout this entire journey, I've felt supported by Trisha and Daintree. From the first message I sent her on Instagram to this first week home with our new puppy, Trisha has provided an open door of communication. She never made me feel bad for asking even the simplest question.

Gotcha Weekend was great! She provided such a special ceremony, revealing to each family which puppy they were taking home and having professional photos taken to capture that very special moment. She offered great real life training tips and a safe space for us to play with our new family members.

In order to get our puppy my girlfriend and I drove into a different country and back, a total of 22.5 hours round trip in 48 hours. It was not the easiest walk in the park; including getting stuck in the snow, a power outage, multiple pit stops for our puppy and the guilt of driving with a puppy for 12.5 hours but we would do it all over again in a heartbeat! These dogs have a beautiful coat of fur, are on the way to fully potty trained, and know how to mand by the time Trisha sends them home with you. Not once did our boy have an accident in the car, and was able to communicate to us when he needed something, all thanks to the time and immense effort Trisha and her team put in.

Thank you again Trisha and Daintree! We couldn't have asked for a better puppy or experience :)


 Alexandra, Chico and Mario on the day they met. Pic by Tasha Hall, BC Farm and Family Photography. 

Alexandra, Chico and Mario on the day they met. Pic by Tasha Hall, BC Farm and Family Photography. 

The whole experience has been wonderful; I highly recommend Daintree!


My husband and I are very thankful to have a Daintree puppy. I am a first time puppy owner and the experience couldn’t be better. It was great to be part of the group setting when picking up the puppies. It was informative and so much fun. Trisha is very thorough when deciding on families for her puppies and shares an incredible amount of information to help you prepare. 

Trisha’s puppies are not regular pups. She has prepped them to be well adjusted pups with a solid base from Puppy Culture. They already have clear understanding of many behaviours with positive reinforcement. She is always there for support and advice which also includes her circle of experts. Trisha sets you up with a Facebook group for your litter so you know how the other pups are progressing as well. That’s so awesome! Our Zoe (Cotterpin) has been such a great addition to our family. The whole experience has been wonderful and I highly recommend Daintree Duck Tollers. From the first conversation with Trisha to picking up your pup, it is absolutely clear she is doing it because she loves dogs with all her heart. If you are thinking about getting a toller, Daintree is the best option.


Brent and Corrie with baby Zoe  (formerly Cotterpin) on Gotcha Weekend. Photo: Tasha Hall, BC Farm and Family Photography.

I can not thank Trisha and her staff enough

I started my search for a breeder last year after waiting for a time in my life that would allow for a dog. I settled on Tollers and hit the internet looking for options. Initially I searched for a breeder close to home and after finding a few, I came across Daintree in a lot of comments and threads. Daintree’s level of communication and interaction is second to none. The screening process gave me confidence that I was dealing with a competent, caring breeder that was genuinely interested in finding suitable matches for her pups. As a first time Toller owner Trisha really helped me out prior to and after taking my puppy home, answering questions and giving advice. My little Norah (Mokey) is a delight and extremely well adjusted. She’s adaptable and smart and that is a result of her upbringing at Daintree, she is an absolute delight and I can not thank Trisha and her staff enough.

-Josh O, Alaska USA

Pic by Tasha Hall  from @bc_farm_and_family


5 STARS out of 5 for Daintree Kennels and Trisha!!!!

I had researched Duck Tollers for a while before finally contacting Daintree Kennel back in May.

I can tell you that I was very impressed with the website and all the information- the huge amount of links and the entire story and history of Daintree and the breed. I liked that the site includes a lot of info on raw food diets and vaccination protocol (which was huge for me).

No other Breeder and Kennel that I had researched offered this much info ( Not even close). I was very impressed when I sent in my application and they got back to me the next day.

The process from there was awesome and I had so much information given back to me from Trisha and Hailey as well ( Her admin assistant). To me this was a huge bonus moving forward.

When I had my phone interview with Trisha it was so laid back and easy going and I was impressed. I was also lucky to get in on the Summer Litter ( Muppets and Puppets) and was stoked!!!!!!

Trisha made the whole process so easy and created us a private facebook page that was unbelievable with daily videos and pictures and updates on the puppies from the day they were born. She answered many questions from all of us and we could see the puppies grow.  No other breeders that I know of  do this and make you even more interested for the day you get to pick up the puppy!!!!!!!

1 thing I will say is when I booked my room to go pick up the puppy I told the lady I was coming to pick up a Duck Toller and she said right away “Oh you are getting a Puppy from Trisha?  You are so lucky as they are beautiful puppies and Trisha is great”  well when I heard this I figured WOWSA!!!!  What a compliment and HUGE endorsement for Daintree Kennels and Trisha, that is a huge Feather in your Cap Trisha that people respect and like you enough to say that!!!!!!

I finally got to meet Trisha a few weeks back when I went to pick up Shamus (Kermit) and it was very nice to finally meet her and of course Shamus. I cannot be happier than I am with Shamus. He is almost completely house trained already and very smart as his training is going so good ( Thanks to Trisha for paving the way with the Puppy Culture method of raising and training puppies and the amount of time she commits to working with each puppy) as he was trained up so well already at 9 weeks when I picked him up.

It was very nice to meet 2 of the other proud Fur parents, but if you get the chance do not  miss the planned pickup weekend (I could not make it and had to go on the Tuesday) as you will meet more of the puppy owners and have a lot of fun!!) We had fun the day I went and did a few little training things and washed the pup and bonded with the puppies before we left.

I cannot say enough about Daintree Duck Tollers and Trisha Shanks.  I am glad I met her and very glad I had the chance to get 1 of her puppies and would recommend anyone to contact Daintree and Trisha if you want a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.  From start to finish (And it is not finished as I will always be in touch with Trisha and other owners of Daintree Dogs) this was the most fun and informative experience I have had with any breeder I have ever dealt with!!!!!

5 BIG HUGE STARS for Daintree Kennels

-Bill D, Coaldale AB


Bill with baby Shamus

Recommend Daintree hands down

I got my Zia (AKA Caterpillar from the Garden Litter) in 2012. She's my first dog. The process with Daintree was very specific and rigourous, because Trisha truly cares for the wellbeing of her dogs! I chose Daintree for the quality of the dogs, but also for the breeder. I visited her before getting my puppy too! I'd recommend Daintree hands down to anybody!



We are pretty spoiled to have a Daintree puppy

My husband and I cannot say enough good things about Poppy, our new puppy! As first time dog owners we are starting to realize that we are pretty spoiled to have a Daintree puppy! Poppy sleeps through the night and is so easy to train. Everyone we meet comments on her sweet, calm, and gentle temperament. I believe that a big part of the reason she is so easy to train and so adaptable is due to all the time and energy Trisha puts into her puppies from the day they are born.  Through social media we were able to watch Poppy and her sisters grow. Trisha took the time to send us videos and pictures daily which we really appreciated. As this is our first dog we have had a few questions since bringing her home and Trisha has been a great source of support. She never hesitates to answer my questions and emails back promptly. In the future if we decide to add another Toller to our family we would definitely get another Daintree puppy. 

Stacey and Jody 


Jody, Stacy and Poppy

We couldn't be happier

Big shout out to you and your team Trisha Shanks for the best puppy a family could ask for! We felt like we knew her from birth to picking her up with the daily play-by-plays and fun updates. She is such a gorgeous and brilliant little pup! We couldn't be happier. 

Jessica, Dave and kids


Happy to be members of the Daintree Family for life

We cannot say enough good things about Daintree. We picked up our little girl, Scout, and our lives have forever changed with this perfect bundle of puppy greatness. The entire process, from submitting our application, to speaking with Trisha on the phone, to watching our litter being born and the daily updates that continued right up until our memorable and so special puppy pick up weekend, we have felt so involved in our puppy's life and it's been second to none. Everything we were told Scout would do, she has and she has literally blown our socks off. Sleeping through the night since day one, doing her 'business' in her litter box, and just generally being such a sweet and well socialized puppy has truly made this experience nothing but rewarding and fun. Trisha's dogs are absolutely incredible and we are so happy to be members of the Daintree Family for life.

-Kate and Brett, Calgary AB

 Brett, Kate and baby Scout (Ariel.)

Brett, Kate and baby Scout (Ariel.)


Trisha has done a great job with her dogs which is reflected in her wonderful puppies. We couldn't have asked for a better pup. Thank you ever so Trisha!

-John and Lisa

Wrigley is the sweetest puppy ever!

While waiting for our house to be built, we stayed with my parents at their home. Wrigley was very spoiled as they are both retired and were home during the day almost always! They also live on a golf course that was a great place for Wrigley to run and play during the winter months with lots of geese to chase!


I just wanted to tell you that Wrigley is the SWEETEST puppy I have ever met. There is something to be said about the temperaments of the puppies that you raise. My parents LOVED having her around because she was just so sweet, cuddly, and just a pleasure to be around. This is so helpful for times when Ryan and I might need to go away as they (along with my sister) are begging to take care of Wrigley!


We are just overjoyed everyday that we have this incredible puppy with such an amazing personality, it has just been such a joy to watch her grow! She is such a dream with the other dogs at the dog park. Always happy and never aggressive.


Anyhow, I just wanted to send a thank you again for helping raise this amazing puppy that is such a wonderful part of our lives :)

-Kate H



Scout has made me proud

I just wanted to send you a quick update on something that I thought was amazing and I'm proud of about Scout (Biscotti.)

So she goes to a daycare in Nanaimo every week or so and absolutely loves it! Last Monday when I picked her up the girls told me she had been playing for 3 hours with this dog Molly. They told me that Molly is a middle aged and smaller dog and she usually isn't very social. When she comes in she just sticks to herself and her ball. They had only ever seen her socialize with one dog in all her time there. Until Scout. Scout and her played for 3 hours straight!! This was such a big deal that all the staff at the little/puppy daycare and the big dog daycare all came to see. They showed me the video and it was adorable. To top it all off, when i picked up Scout on Wednesday, they told me they had been playing again! The girls showed Molly's Dad the video of them playing, and apparently he was almost in tears. He had been sending her there to socialize but she always stuck to herself, but the fact that she was playing, and twice, and for so long with Scout made him emotional and so happy.

She's made me proud, and I think this speaks loudly to her upbringing. Since I brought her home I've had no problem introducing her to new things, people, and dogs and she's always great with knowing how to approach everyone differently. I've seen her understand when to gently approach an older sick (partially paralyzed) dog and she knew to stay gentle their whole interaction, compared to knowing when it's okay to play with other younger dogs. I think this is what has made her able to interact with Molly so successfully.

I just wanted to let you know this. Scout is an incredible girl who has the biggest heart, and I believe this has a lot to do with puppy culture and the socialization it encourages from the start. By bringing home a puppy who is already so adaptable and open to life has been amazing! So, thank you!!


Kristina and Scout

 Kristina with Scout, formerly Biscotti. 

Kristina with Scout, formerly Biscotti. 

I found myself comparing all other breeders to Daintree

My husband and I dreamed of having a dog together for years, it was what comforted us in our time apart due to him being active duty American military. We always knew we wanted to raise a pup together but never really knew what type of breed. I have always loved retrievers but wanted something a little more unique than a lab or a golden. Through some research we found the Duck Toller. At first I didn't think it was even a real breed due to how unfamiliar I was to them. Through more and more research, we fell in love. They had all the qualities we were looking for in a dog: athletic, intelligent, and unmistakably beautiful. Then came the hard part, finding a breeder that we could trust. There were only a handful (I found) in the states and everyone I had talked to didn't give me that genuine feeling that they actually cared. It seemed more of a business transaction. I found Daintree during my research and loved how invested she was in her dogs. It's not as common as you would hope it to be. I found myself constantly comparing the breeders in the US to her and eventually just decided to contact her and see if getting a puppy out of the country was even possible. She was very informative about how the process would go and didn't sugar coat anything to get my business. October of 2015 we came to the decision that going with Daintree was a no brainer and we started our process into the application. Unfortunately my husband got sent on a temporary deployment and we had to put the process on hold. I kept in contact with Trisha and we discussed all the questions I had. We decided a summertime puppy would be best so we could both be around to raise it. The application process is thorough which made us trust her even more with how adamant she was to make sure her puppies are going to a great home. After we were accepted she kept us constantly in the loop on who the mother and father would be as well as the puppies' development after they were born. We never felt like we weren't a part of our puppy's life even though we lived in a completely different country. There was a constant feeling of connection and I can't think of many breeders that would be that dedicated to do so. All in all we have nothing but incredible things to say about Trisha and what she does for this beautiful breed. We are forever grateful for her as well as to be a part of this unique community of Duck Toller owners.

- Ashley P., Florida USA



 Derek, Ashley and Emmet (formerly Branston.) 

Derek, Ashley and Emmet (formerly Branston.) 

Trisha went above and beyond

We could not be happier with our Daintree puppy, Fin (formerly Grover), who has been with us for almost a month now. Trisha puts a lot of effort into selecting families and getting families and puppies ready for their new homes. We felt very well informed and prepared. Fin had some anxiety when we first met him and Trisha stayed in contact and went above and beyond in helping us address it. You can tell that this comes from a genuine love and concern for each and every Daintree puppy. We are very grateful and highly recommend her!

He is the perfect fit for our family

We looked into getting a Toller in November and we were fortunate enough to have a male pup available for pick up, one month later (talk about good timing). Benji is the perfect fit for our family. He gets along so well with other dogs. He has been raised so well with the Puppy Culture theory and therefore house training him was easier than expected. Benji is now 14 weeks old, and after a trip to the vet today for his first check-up, he was deemed healthy! Trisha has made this experience a lot more enjoyable, from her daily photo and video updates, always being available via email and phone calls for any questions, and to providing tons of educational, helpful information. I could go on, and on, about how great Benji is and how great our experience has been. I definitely reccomend Daintree  Kennels to anyone looking for a Toller! Duck tolling retrievers are a unique breed, and with Trisha's guidance, they grow up to be amazing companions!