A Cow on the streets of NYC!

Off leash in the middle of New York City
by MontrealDogTrainer on March 11, 2016 in General
I love that I can trust my dog off leash.  It gives me peace of mind and allows her and I a lot of freedom in where we go and what we do.

We really love to include our dog in our travels and try to include her in our travels as much as possible.  As much as we just love her company – as a dog trainer it is beneficial in providing me with different environments and work on her training.
A Cow off leash in NYC’s financial district
My dog is a country bumpkin & so am I.  We live in Saint Lazare, Qc and love it here – but I also understand the need to proof my dog around major distractions in order to make sure she is reliable when i need her to be.  So what do we do when in NYC – we hit the streets!
A well trained Cow off leash in the middle of New York City
Cow has been working on a new command I call get in line – which means to get in between my feet.
We can use this both as a recall command as well as a form of heeling. I taught her this command a fw days prior to our trip and she had only done it in our home so far.
So now we are out in distracting environments and working the command and she is doing great.
She also knows something I call “put em up” which means stand with your front paws on whatever I point to – so we took advantage of the NYPD van for a photo op.

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Can you whisper to your dog?

Are you a dog whisperer?

by MontrealDogTrainer on July 29, 2016 in General

Do you have your dog’s attention?

I hate to use the buzz word but it does prove a point doesn’t it?  If your dog is truly focused -you should be able to whisper commands and your dog will attentively respond.  No different than if you are engaged in a conversation with someone and are truly with them in the moment – extra volume is unnecessary.
There is a local trainer who bills himself as ‘Montreal’s Dog Whisperer” however, after having retrained many of his clients dogs it is clear that there was no “whispering” going on.  If you have to speak loudly, raise your voice or yell at a dog – you have missed out on real communication and teamwork.

If you whisper - will your dog listen?

In this video I am whisopering to both Angel and Jarvis - and they are both responding perfectly! Proof that we do not need to rasie our voices and that dogs very accute hearing works in our favor when we train properly.
Off leash obedience
These two dogs have gone through an intensive training program and are at the midway point.  By now they know all of their commands and can be trusted off leash.
Dog training is all about communication – not domination
Both dogs are happy and willing to go to work.  We don’t only work on their skills each day but also teach them that training is a fun  and rewarding time.


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Is your dog's training distraction proof?

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Is your dog’s training distraction proof?
by MontrealDogTrainer on September 30, 2016 in General

Marlo staying on his place despite an other dog’s efforts to get him to run and play. Can your dog focus under distraction?

Teaching a dog to work even when distracted is a huge part of my training programs.
If you aren’t training your dog to focus on you and be reliable under distraction – your dog is not going to be able to listen to you when you need it most.
Fully off leash trained
Here we see a young puppy – Marlo – who is an  11 month old Husky showing how well he functions under distraction – by staying on his place while another dog does her best to get him to come and play with her.  This is Marlo’s 5th lesson and he is doing great. His owner Elie is very pleased as you can see by the grin on his face as looks on his dog with pride.  The gentleman in the ball cap with the female asked if they can approach us and of course we obliged since it was a great test for Marlo.


A well trained dog is a thing of beauty
There is a lady walking her 2 small dogs  by in the background as well who has stopped to admire Marlo and was even taking pictures of him.  Marlo’s owner tells me he regularly has people stop and ask about his dog and comment on how well behaved he is.
Montreal Dog Trainer, Nick Zevgolis is the owner of Family K9 Dog Training. Nick has been training dogs professionally for over 20 years and has helped thousands of owners train their dogs in all sorts of endeavours but especially to be well trained and well loved companions.

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This blog is for entertainment purposes only. Dog training is a highly specialized and risky endeavour. No information contained here is meant to be attempted on your own, ever. Neither Nick Zevgolis nor Family K9 can be held liable for any and/or all incidents or consequences arising from your dog's behaviour, or the consequences of your or your dogès actions.

Entraineur Canin Montréal , Nick Zevgolis est le propriétaire de L'école de dressage Family K9. Nick est un entraineur de chiens professionnel depuis plus de 20 ans. Nick a aidé des milliers de propriétaires de former leurs chiens dans toutes sortes d' efforts , mais surtout pour être compagnons bien formés et bien aimé. École de dressage Family K9

Legalities: Ce blog est uniquement à des fins de divertissement . La formation de chiens est une activité qui implique des risques pour le proprietere, le chien dn les autres personnes, chiens and meubles autour. Aucune information contenue ici est destiné à être tenté sur votre propre , jamais. Ni Nick Zevgolis ni L'école de dressage family K9 peuvent être tenus responsables de tout et / ou tous les incidents ou les conséquences découlant du comportement de votre chien , ou les conséquences de votre ou votre chien.


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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