Working like a dog - with the dogs!

A day of dog training for me typically involves training dogs at the kennel and visiting clients and their dogs in their homes and local parks as well. It is without a doubnt the greatest job in the world. I get to commincate, share, interact and learn from canines and humans alike, enjoy the outdoors, have a constantkly changing and stimulating environment and get to help people and their dogs acheive their goals and make their lives together more fullfilling.

Vaudreuil/St Lazare Dog Training In Kennel Training - K9 bootcamp

Here are a couple fo the dogs at the kennel in for training:

Leo - a German Shepherd mix who is a large, powerful and very excitable! In 1 1/2 weeks he has had a complete turn around and is now easy to manage and already trained to heel, come when called, leave it, place, sit & stay - all on and off leash - around some pretty huge distractions like when out playing with is buddies.

Dog Training St Lazare, vaudreuil, Family K9 com, Nick Zevgolis

Up next is Sauske
A Shiba Inu - whose owners called me becasue they were afraid for his safety since he is was constantly escaping from them when the door is open - and he would run off and make a game out of it - wanting the family to chase him around the neighbourhpd.
In the one week he has been with me he is has kearbned to not run through doors and to come whenever he is called. Sauske is a very independant, strong willed and sweet dog - true to his breeds characteristics.

Shiba Inu, Nick Zevgolis, Montreal Dog Training

Leo and Sauske having some playtime during training.

Puppy training in Westmount

Golden Retriever, Westmount Dog Training
Mosby Learning to leave the Leave it command

Mosby - Golden Retriever enrolled in Puppy Pre School
Mosby is a Golden Retriever pup - who not only needed training like all pupsdo - but also had a tendancy to be aggressive when possesing objects in and out of the home.
His owner ran into someone in the street who told her to google Family K9 and she contacted me for training. They are off to a great start - here is part of an email from his owner after our first lesson:

“Hi Nick,
I just wanted to say Thank You for today and the tools you gave me to help our family and Mosby. We had a really successful afternoon and evening and saw a big difference in his behaviour tonight. I know it's day one but I have high hopes his name will be downgraded soon to something more polite.
I look forward to next week.

Dog aggression Downtown Montreal K9 bootcamp

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Grover - Mix breed and HUGE owner signed him for in home intensive training. Dog aggression is a common problem many owners face and is no joke when the dog is any size - let alone over 100 lbs and powerful! In 2 weeks Grover will have completed his course and his owner can enjoy taking him out enjoying the ability to control her dog.

In Home Dog Training - Hampstead

Hampstead Dog Training, Nick Zevgolis, Family K9Frankie Labrodor Retriever/Pitbull Mix - Frankie’s owners had previously trained with another trainer and not acheived the results they were hoping for. After several different people recommended Family K9’s servcies - they contacted me and I have to say Frankie was a delight to train. Here he is @ the end of his course - completely on and off leash trained.
Here is a link to his video:
Frankie in action!
Frankie;s owners wasted no time putting everything they learned into ation - here is an email from the VERY FIRST DAY they began working with Frankie right at the end of their course.
I trained Frankie each day @ their home for two weeks and in that time he learned all of his obedience both on and off leash.
We had one lesson together at the end of the course and here is how they are doing right from day one of dealing with Frankie on their own.

Hi Nick, 

Thanks. He sat on place the entire dinner. Just came in from working with him, he's doing great.
We are thrilled so far!



He was fantastic again at dinner. One of my kids spilled there food as they were bringing their plate to the sink when they were done. He didn't move until I released him to let him eat it. 



Puppy Training in Brossard

Brossard Dog Training, Dressage de chiens brossard
Monty - Havanese - link to Finn - Link to Puma - Link to Board and Train - Link to Puppy class
Monty’s ownber found Family K9 through the facebook page
They have started Monty in in home puppy training and have plans to have Monty complete the Board and Train in kennel dog training program when he is old enough. Here is Monty learning to leave it working with his owner Niki.

Back home in St Lazare with my own Family K9 - see everyone tomorrow!

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Little dogs need training too


Training toy dog breeds in Montreal and all over - Family K9 Dog Training!

I am often asked if little dogs can be trained.
The answer is of course!
Here is Charlotte - a 5 month old 2 pound Yorkie terrier being taught to come when called.

Good dog training equals an obedient canine with a happy attitude towards the work and his owner!

I am equally impressed with Charlotte’s happy and upbeat attitude as I am with her recall.
Even with the other dogs around she manages to stay focused and has a nice puppy bounce to her when she arrives at my feet.

Obedience training is for all sizes, breeds, ages and mixes - all dogs can be well trained!

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The cutest Labrador Retriever puppy!


Leo is a 5 month old Labrador Retriever pup who has been trained with nothing but love and affection and it shows.

He is a wonderful little worker and a special pup.
Here you can see him working on his recall while the other dogs at the kennel are providng some big distractions.

The key to dog training is to adapt to the individual

dog’s character and needs and Leo is a happy, upbeat dog who likes to interact and play and loves affection - so his obedience is focused around that and you can see how he loves to work - becasue work equals play..

Take a look at how thrilled he is to be working.
Even thrilled to be called away from the dogs he so desperately wants to play with.

He is only half way through his training program - one and one half weeks into a 3 week program and then he and his owner will be reunited and his owner will be taught how to properly maintain his training.

Jasper - a true virtuoso!

Please help me with my dog! 2 weeks to a fully trained dog.

Here is Jasper working on a hot and humid summer day. The dogs are out - the distractions are there and Jasper handles all of this along with the heat and humidity with ease - he has come a very long way in 2 short weeks - he is fully on and off leash trained and capable of being obedient in a wide variety of situations.

Important points to consider when tavelling with your dog

Travelling with your dog can be fun

Road trips, hiking, exploring new places together, walks on the beach.
if you follow some basic tips and guidelines found here - you can eliminate much of the stress that can go along with taking your dog on vacation with you. We try as often as possible to include our dogs in our travels and having well trained dogs along with some planning goes along way.

Of course you know to bring along a leash and food & bowls & toys and bags to pick up after your dog - here are some other important things to consider:

Make sure vaccines are current and that you have the certificate with you.

Even if you aren’t crossing any borders and don’t need to show proof of vaccines - some hotels require ti @ check in. Further they may come in handy if you have to make an emergency trip to a vet while you are away.

Keep up your Crate Training!

Even if you no longer use or need a crate with your dog - a crate can be a home away from home and is worth travelling with. Your dog will be exposed to a lot of new smells/sounds in unfamiliar surroundings and a crate can have a very calming effect on your dog while you are out. And if you want housekeeping services - most hotels insist on your dog being crated.

What is the hotel’s Policy on dogs left unattended?

Some do not allow for dogs left in rooms unattended - best to know this before booking.

Leave your cellular number front desk when you are out.

In case of barking or worse. Some hotels are adding clauses to their contracts that will charge the owner of a pet creating a nuisance for any lost revenue that is a result of their pet’s behaviour. At a minim you’ll want to know if your dog is feeling stressed anyhow.

Find a local Veterinarian(s)

Google or ask the front desk if you are unfamiliar with the area - always good to have the info before you actually need it.

Help your dog establish a bathroom area and routine.

This is all the “greenspace” we had available on a recent trip to NYC - Cow adapted from country living to the big city and it’s limitations within the first day.

For the time being - this is home - help them understand that this is where you go - and bring your pet there often @ first - even if you deem it a little unnecessary - better safe than sorry.

Extra exercise to help alleviate the stress of change.

Some extra walking/running and obedience training is great as well since it takes a lot out of a dog to have to focus for extended periods of time.
Hyper used to love to run on the beach - fetching toys from the water and even getting on a surf board…

Drive safe

A seatbelt harness or a crate are safe ways to travel if driving to your destination. No one plans to have an accident but they happen and your dog can become a projectile missile if not crated or belted.

Bottled water

Dogs can have sensitive stomachs and changes in water can result in upset stomach - sometimes bottled water is best to help avoiding and potential problems.

A Dalmatian, A Pitbull and German Shepherd walk into a bar ...

Three different breeds - all with different needs

This is an interesting video - it includes a German Shepherd a Dalmatian and a Pitbull and all 3 dogs have very different temperaments, drives and issues.

Brady is a German Shepherd Dog from Chateauguay, QC who used to pull like mad on leash - was very reactive to other dogs and could get snippy if pushed by them.


Loco is a pit bull from Westmount, QC with both people and dog aggression

He could not focus on a command when another dog or person was around - and his aggression was escalating prior to him coming in for training which was cause for great concern to his owner. His owner was afraid to walk him in public for fear of an aggressive outburst towards people and dogs.

Lekes is a high drive Dalmatian from Gatineau, QC who could not stand still for 5 seconds. He lacked the ability to focus and just wanted to go-go-go.

In fact when his owners drove in from Gatineau, Qc to drop him off - we had to kennel him before chatting about training because he was all over the place and would not stay still - jumping, pulling, whining and crying and carrying on.

Brady the German Shepherd is 5 days into training in this video.

You can see Brady focusing nicely - his heel is coming along, his recall is solid and we are beginning to work on other things in the meantime.
I am pleased with his focus so far which is key to unlocking everything.

Lekes is just under 2 weeks into his training @ this point.

His heel is solid, his recall is great, and you can see his place is outstanding. In fact we have Honey the yellow lab outside running major distraction on Lekes and he rocks place like a champ. Solid.
Remember - he could not stand still without any distraction just under 2 weeks ago.
Big changes for Lekes.

Loco has been in training for a week and a half @ this point

Loco is working with a very boisterous Rott in his background. The Rott is dominant and pushy and has tried to urinate on Loco through the fence a number of times. Loco is also doing great - learning to focus better each day and is easy enough to handle @ this point.
I am not going to sugar coat it - Loco is lazy - you can see he moves slowly through his work - but hey - we can’t all be go getters and as ing as he is obeying and doing his best - that’s good enough for his owner to be able to control him when out for a walk.

The most important commands every Montreal dog should know

Commands every Montreal Dog Should know


The craziest things Montreal area dog trainers may tell you to do with your dog

All the crazy things dogs owners hear:


Porscha - Off Leash Heeling in 2 days!

Check out this 5 month old Cane Corso puppy heeling off leash after 2 days training!


Ziggy update - this bulldog is smarter than your honour student

English Bulldogs can’t be trained to be obedient.

Dont’ watch this video if you want to believe that statement.
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Happy Jack... 2 weeks of intensive training pays off

This video has a playful tone - and why shouldn’t it?


Dogs in Training

Have a peek at a couple of the dogs in training @ the kennel this week

… Chipie & Toby

A day in the life of Montreal's dog trainer

On any given day I could be dog training all over the island of Montreal: