Managing Dog Aggression

Pam and Molly
Molly at the kennel

Walking a dog with dog aggression can be very challenging on a daily basis.

Having a dog who pulls on leash, barks and growls at and will possibly bite other dogs makes going outside with a dog highly stressful for the owners and dogs alike.

Professional training can help owners of dogs with dog aggression

Molly used to react very strongly to other dogs on her walks - as you will hear her owner Pam mention in this video - even dogs behind a fence would elicit a strong reaction from Molly.Pam knw there had to be a better way to get Molly to focus and calm down and contacted me for help .She enrolled in an in home program that consists of 6 lessons. Here we are in lesson 4 in this video and it is our first time working with Molly around other dogs. At this point Molly has the skills needed to control herself and it is more about teaching the human part of the equation how to properly handle the dog.

The problem with Poodles

Beryl - is a standard Poodle and she is just the dog I wanted to use to bug Molly. Beryl is friendly and pushy and I allow her to constantly invade Molly’s space during her lesson. Molly reacts strongly - and Pam hesitates for just a second. Once pam remebers to keep walking and gives Molly the heel command - things smooth out. The second time we do this Molly’s reaction is much less intense. After that it was smooth sailing and Molly just ignored Beryl for the rest of our lesson despite Beryl being a complete pest (Thanks Beryl!).

Dog aggressive dogs need to learn self control and to trust their handler and their training

This type of training is about much more than teaching a dog the meaning of the words heel or leave it. It is about an emotional state that we are trying to acheive. A sense of well being and calmness. Think of it like yoga for dogs who stress out too easily.

Teaching a dog like Molly to trust her owner and the training process means that Molly will feel comfortable while working and trust that nothing bad will happen to her in training and also out on her walks - resulting in a calmer, less defensive, less reactive dog. The less she reacts - the less stressfull each subseuquent walk is for her and this new energy just keeps feeding itself. Take a look at Molly’s body language and how relaxed her face and tail are while she is working.

Teaching a dog new patterns

A dog has a right to excercise it’s options! At times during the lesson Molly, who normally heels on the left even switches over to the right all on her own when passing by Beryl - in order to avoid coming too close to her. This was all Molly’s idea and one that we often see in training when the dog understands they dont have to react anymore to the dog/cat/squirrel/person like they used to in their past life. New patterns

When your dog aggressive dog can walk like this - you have done a wonderful job teaching them focus and trust their training!
Molly (the dog in front with her owner) is dog aggressive and Beryl - the nosy Poodle is helping condition Molly to stay focused and not react aggressively.
Molly at the kennelsniff

NYC Roadtrip with a Bulldog

Bulldog NYC dog training

Travelling with your dog

can be a lot of fun and we like to bring our English Bulldog Clara Hughes with us as often as possible.

Teaching your dog to adapt to new environments

Since we live in the country - there is a certain amount of adaptation that she has to make each time we venture to an urban environment.For instance -the only green space near our hotel on this recent trip was several blocks away. So I taught Clara to go on the road near the sewer for our mutual convenience.

NYC crowds and noise

The crowds are intense and a dog needs to feel comfortable walking through them - especially when low to the ground like a bulldog. Feet and bags are constantly in her face.Clara enjoys socializing with new people and makes friends wherever she goes.

NYC hotdogs

Every dog likes a treat. We’d go for a walk - I would grab a coffee and a hotdog for Clara.

Your dog’s cage - a home away from home

Clara doesn't use a cage at home - but when travelling we bring it with us.It allows her to feel at home wherever we are and she hops in on command as in the video - when loading out from the hotel into the van.

Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy in training


Puppies and young dogs are like sponges

They absorb information quickly and tend to retain well - given the right instruction.Take Amber as an example - here she is after one week of training and she is fully trained on and off leash. A couple of clips here demonstrate some of what she has learned.

Essential commands every dog should know

Heel, Sit, Stay, Come

Going for a stroll with your dog is much easier when these commands are firmly in place.

Off leash training for your peace of mind and your dog’s safety

Amber is trained to respond both with and without a leash - this makes living with her much easier and much safer for everyone.

Teaching your dog to go to and stay on her place is very useful

Especially at dinner time or when you just need your dog to settle down in one spot for a while.Amber is happy to demonstrate this one since she is always tired at the end of of a training session.

K9 snow day!

German Shepherd Snow

Dogs love to play in the snow!

Rover is enjoying being out in the snow and having some play/training time. Some light obedience mixed with play - keeping it fun and fresh for both trainer and dog.

Playing with your dog and obedience training at the same time!

He is working nicely off leash after only two weeks and can go from full on play to very focused in a heartbeat - which is the essence of focus and control.

Awesome dogs in training make for Awesome Dog Training Pics

Some pictures of dogs in training

Such obedient dogs!

Young Finn The Labradoodle - training in obedience and to be a therapy dog.

Daseot the PItBull - in a land far far away… On his place
Bermy the Labradoodle practicing his recall and doing great!
Bermy Recall
Bermy chilling with company.
Charlie boy. Oh Charlie boy - what a good dog you are turning out to be and what a project you have been!
Daseot holding a great sit and stay.
My 1
Daseot heeling and fixating on the camera in his face.
My Movie 1
Just a cool dog pic!
My

Dog School for Handlers and Trainers

Family K9 Montreal Dog Training German Shepherd Heeling

Here we see Bailey and Frank at work on their heel excercise.
Bailey was a beast when she came in for training - I honestly don’t know how Frank lived with her before she was trained.
She has the energy of a hurricane, is aggressive (although you’d never know it in this video) and pulled like CRAZY on leash
She is a very trainable dog as you can see here - and she has done well.

Key pointers to a nice and focused heel command

In this video I am teaching Frank some key things on how to properly handle her to get a nice and focused heel.

Walk your dog with a loose leash

Frank needs to learn the finer points of handling the leash & how to be more attractive to Bailey.

The Dog trained the owner

He has a tendancy to keep the leash tight. This is a result of Bailey dragging him around on leash for months before she came to me for training - so Frank being a big, strong guy is used to gripping his leash and holding on for the ride.
Bailey knows how to walk well now and Frank has to learn to walk with a nice loose feel to it in order to allow her to stay by his side.
It is a funny thing - but even a well trained dog will pull on leash if we apply tension.

Be attractive your dog

Bailey’s energy can be used to our advantage in this case and we want to make it fun for her to heel.
She is a fun, playful pup and is always ready for a game - why not incorporate that into our heeling?
Heel is all about teamwork - it is the dog and handler walking and working together in unison - make the dog understand you feel this way through your interactions.

Watch how Bailey gets excited when I clap my hands or talk to her - she gets a little too excited and jumps up.
That’s ok - I love the bouncy playfullness and over time she’ll learn to smooth things out.
She’s young and inexperienced and goes from 0 to 100 in the excitement department like a little kid.
But she gets the message that we are happy and having fun and her focus is fantastic - so a little bounciness is more than ok for now and we’ll keep refining things as we progress.

Building relationships through training your dog

The dogs tell it all - their body language tells a whole story Bailey’s body language indicates that she is engaged, having fun and eager to work with us.

When you are training your dog - you aren’t “just teaching her to do something” you are settng the tone for your relationship with her.
Think about that for a minute.
What do you want your dog to take away from your session and how do you want your dog to feel about your leadership?

Be your dog’s buddy and her boss!

Frank loves his dog. I mean he really loves his dog - I have a video from this training session where his girlfriend tells me all about how Frank spoils Bailey. I cut that part out t save Frank some embarassment:-)

Love your dog, spoil you dog - I do the same wioth mine and will always do so.

The key is to try to find the right balance point between being the dog’s buddy and the dog’s boss.
Being Firm, Fair and fun.

Look at how happy Bailey is to heel along side Frank or myself - she is more engaged, more vibrant and clearly loves the work we are doing.