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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.

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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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What is your dog's behaviour worth to you?

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A client said something very interesting to me today:
She said that she ammortized or broke down the cost of our training together over the lifetime of her dog - she said that she found it to be a bargain!

I walked away wondering what the actual number was and grabbed my iPhone’s calculator and calculated it to be pennies a day if he only lived to 12 yrs old (Angus I hope you live to be a VERY old man!).

I mentioned this to anohter client while we were chatting at the end of our lesson later that day and his words to me were “there is a huge difference between price and cost”.

Some of the smartest dogs and people in Montreal!

I am very fortunate to work with many bringht and interesting peiple and their dogs and feel that over the years I have learned many valuable life lessons from many clients - some of whom maybe didnt even realize how their wise words were contributing to the shaping of my perceptions of many different aspects of business and and life in general.

Dog training like any service is not all the same - there are different trainers with different specialities and varying degrees of ability. In other words when comparing services and prices we are not necessarily comparing apples to apples. To allow yourself to belive any different is setting yourself up for disspaointment.

Price Vs. Cost
Some people have told me they wanted to use my services but found another trainer that charges less.
That’s ok with me - and of course they are free to spend their hard earned money hwever they feel it is best used.
Not all but many have later come back to train with me becasue they didnt get the results they were hoping for.
In every single one of those instances they have all said that they wished they had done things “right” the first time instead of trying to save some money. In the end they ended spending more to get things done they way they had hoped it would be the first time - having to “spend twice rather than doing things right the first time.

“Do it once and do it right”
I apply this to all apspects of my life and it is something I have tried to teach our daughter as she is maturing and will soon be making bigger decisions in her life.
If something is important enough to you - don’t try and cut corners - even if it means working a little harder than you thought you’d have to or spending a little more than you thought would be necessary at the time. We have to live with our big decisions for years to come so I think in terms of “Big PIcture” in moments like those. Living with a dog is a commitment that lasts many years - I think this line of thinking definnitely aplies here.

To be clear I dont only work with well off people and their dogs - I work with people from all walks of life from studfents to seniors and people in penthouses to people who had to make sacrifices to pay for their dog’s training. The common denominator is that they want the very best training for their dog.
It reminds me of when I was a broke musician in college - I had a couple of pairs of old beat up jeans and no pocket money at all but my guitars anbd amps were top shelf. I was driven then to pursue a carreer in music and my priorities were to invest in the things I needed to try and make that a reality.
Every dime I made from teaching guitar and gigging or working odd jobs went into my gear becasue that was my value system.
I didnt become a big rock star and moved onto my other passion fo training dogs and transferred my passion and work ethic to building up my reputation for quality training of dogs and helping people better understadn their pets over the years.

Looking back ahead - a career of training Montreal dogs and helping their owners

Over 20 years later I am proud of what I have built and happy to reflect on all the wonderful people and dogs I have had the pleasure of working with.
As I continue on my path - I remind myself to keep my eyes and ears open - so I don’t miss out on the lessons they ar eteaching me too.

Taken from Family K9’s Google Plus page.
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See video of Baylor the Bernese Mountain Dog working off leash in Downtown Montreal and in Montreal dog parks with Nick Here

See video of Baylor the Bernese Mountain Dog and Alycia working together for the first time - off leash in Downtown Montreal!

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See Video of MAeby a wonderful Beagle mix working with Nick
See her and her ownerJonathan in action - the same day she came home from training here.

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