Choose your trainer wisely

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This morning I spoke with two different dog owners who already spent their money on training courses that left them feeling flat and they both abandoned the courses towards the end. Of course now - they are skeptical of dog training in general which makes for an interesting conversation for me since the next trainer they speak to is under a magnifiying glass.

Yelling, Barking and throwing discs at your puppy

or “I spent money on worthless dog training”

Caller #1 has a Shiba Inu puppy and was horrified at the thought of having to bark at her 3 1/2 month old puppy, use a choke chain and throw discs at it. When she challenged the trainer about this - and pointed out that her dog’s tail was tucked and he was in a corner - he told her “don’t worry - he’s fine”. She called the head of the franchise and gave them heck for what she felt was false advertising. They told her to keep doing what she was instructed to. Of course she knew better than to believe that line when she saw how upset her dog was - she trusted her eyes and cancelled the course.

I wish she would have seen these dog training videos in order to know exactly what I could have done to help her with her puppy:

Sasuke - Shiba Inu off leash trained - off leash on a busy road.

Jackson - 5 month old Doberman Puppy brought to Nick all the way from Boston fully trained

Julia and Cody - a 6 month old dog - fully off leash trained and working with the youngest in the family for the 1st time.

Jello - a 6 month old Weimeraner puppy fully on and off leash trained by Nick

Riley - a 5 month old Husky puppy fully on and off leash trained by Nick

Lola 1 - a 5 month old Boston terrier puppy fully on and off leash trained by Nick

Lola 2 - working with her owners for the 1st time

Finn - a 5 month old Havanese puppy fully on and off leash trained by Nick

Betty - 5 month old Toy Poddle puppy fully on and off leash trained by Nick

Porscha - a 5 month old Cane Corso puppy (who looks like a pony!) fully on and off lkeash trained by Nick

Angus - a wonderful labradoodle who was trained by another trainer and the owner met Nick in a dog park while he was training Baylor and couldnt believe the difference in the two dog’s abilities.

“Get in the corner with your dog “

Another dog owner payed an unreal amount of money for a group class and despite speaking to the trainers beforehand about her concerns about her dog’s behaviour towards other dogs - she was brought into a class full of dogs - not given any real, practical advice on how to handle her dog around other dogs and either told to stay in the corner or told to keep running him through hoops and balance beams.Sound like a plan for success?They then tried to sell her a package of private lessons


I wish she and her family would have watched these dog training videos before choosing the wrong trainer the first time:

Grover video 1 - a 140 plus pound Anatolian Shepherd Mix with Major dog aggression issues fully rehabilitated.

Grover video 2

Grover working with his owner for the first time after Nick’s training

Kaylee - a street dog that was recused and went through prior training only to be told by the trainer that she could never be around other dogs - Check this dog out!

Winston - major dog aggression and another dog and owner who went through prior training and failed, thinking the dog had no hope.

Jack video 1 A Rescue dog from Montreal’s West Island who had bit the neighbour and another behaviourist took several weeks only to be able to handle his paw! Really?!?

Jack Video 2 an interview with his owner post training

Cody - Dog Aggression, people aggression. Had been through prior training, No Results. See him here.

Nyka - Major dog aggression. Fast like a bullet. Had been through other training with an “expert” and still tried to attack dogs every day on his walks.

Good money after bad

I’ll be up front and tell you that I charge more than these people paid for training - BUT at leaast they would have gotten the results they were after with my training and it would have been money well spent intead of money wasted.Now they will have to pay a 2nd time in order to get the results they were hoping for and promised from the start.They both expressed the regret of their decision and reminded me how important it is to “do it once and do it right”.

Choose your dog’s trainer wisely!

I guess to a certain extent I am tooting my own horn and I hope it doesnt come across as arrogant - but I can tell you this after having trained 1000’s of dogs in over 2 decades:Not all trainers are created equally - kust like any other service, professi0n or industry - there are many different levels of “quality” and very often you get what you pay for.Price isn’t the only factor of course but it is an indicator and then you need to do your homework. Also word of mouth is something that I believe in very strongly. I cant tell you how many times I get a call from someone who was out walking their dog having a miserable time with it’s behaviour and they were stopped by one of my clients who offered them my phone nuber or website address.I may or may not hear back from caller number 1, caller number 2 already booked her training program for her dog by the time we ended our conversation. We’ll meet next week and get her dog on track.I completely get the skeptical nature some people have towards dog training in general and especially after they have been burned. No one likes to feel like they’ve been had - I have been there myself and hopefully have learned how to choose wiser the next time.

Choose your trainer wisely - your dog’s future depennds on it.

How do you train a 140 pound aggressive dog

Carefully and thoroughly.

Grover weighs over 140 pounds and is both heavier and more powerful than his owner.
He is dog aggressive and has attacked other dogs resulting in serious injury.

Grover is at the end of his training program and he has done great.
Here he is with his owner walking around Dr Penfield Park - with all the dogs runniing free and with several of them not only approaching but following him and trying to interact with him.

Dog owner and dog aggressive dog working together for the 1st time in Montreal Dog Park.

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Sheryl opted for an in home intensive training program to help Grover get past his issues with other dogs and it took us 2 weks from start to stop. This is Sheryl’s first lesson with Grover at the end of his course an they are off to a great start.

Sheryl does a great job and you can see how well Groveri responds to her. No change of body language at all when the dogs get up close and personal - and his focus is unflappable. Really great.

Did I mention it is their first time working together right after Grover’s training?

To add to things further - I am following them to give instructions and film and Grover is ignoring me - even though he spent 2 weeks glued to my side - and totally in Sheryl’s hands.

Trust your dog and his/her training

The reason we are at a dog park with a dog aggressive dog is to prove how controllable he is when other dogs come into his space. We would never purposely put another dog at any risk - and have taken every precaution - more than we need in fact to ensure things are ok. Grover’s behaviour is proof positive that the training has been succesfull and his attitude really shines and tells us all we need to know.
He trusts his owner and his training and even though he does not like other dogs getting into his space - there is no shift in behaviour nor any change in his body language when dogs approach him. He trusts his training and feels very safe working with Sheryl - the way it should be.

We cant control what we are going to encounter with our dogs once we head outside - so we need to build up our training for each person and dog’s specific needs.
Sheryl needs to know that Grover is well trained enough

A lovely review from Grover’s owner about her experience with Family K9 Dog Training

“Incredible! This was the forth time I have worked with Nick. This last time was to train my 140 lb Anatolian Sheppard who had become aggressive with other dogs over the past two years. I should have nipped his aggression in the bud right away but I kept on deluding myself to believe that I could control this and make it right myself. It had gotten to the point where I felt I might have no choice but to put him down and I was dreading every walk with him because I was so afraid he would attack a dog again and hurt both the dog and myself.
I am so glad I called Nick for help. He was incredible! Within three sessions Grover was already on his way to responding to the training. Nick is the consummate professional. He is a pleasure to work with. Always pleasant, very patient not only with the dog but with the owner and a fountain of useful knowledge about dogs and how their minds work. He is also very affectionate with the dog he is training. Grover was happy to see him everyday! On Friday he asked me to shadow him and Grover so I could see the new behaviour before he did the transfer session with me and I was bowled over. If you didn't know you would never guess that Grover has an aggression problem. Yesterday was the transfer lesson and I couldn't believe that I also could work with Grover, that he would respond to my commands and that I was back in control again. Nick adjusted the training to my needs as an owner with a physical handicap and I am so grateful for that. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone. If you the job done properly Nick is your man. Grover and I can't thank him enough!”

** A note about Grover’s muzzle.
He doesn’t need it - in fact in another video with Sheryl’s neighbour and her 2 dogs - you can see Grover working without the use of the muzzle and the dogs a very close by.
BUT - it gives Sheryl a sense of well being and that to me is very important because when the handler feels more confident - they are going to do a better job.
Further, Sheryl has done an excellent job teaching grover that the muzzle is a very positive thing - putting it on before walks and giving him a treat when he is wearing it.
He comes running happily to have it put on. Go Sheryl!