In Home Dog Training

Portugese Water dog puppy

Lily is a 5 month old Portugese water Dog Puppy from Danjek Kennels.
She has completed a 2 week long in home, intensive training program.
Lily has learned the basics and has done all of her training both on and off leash.

Essential commands to teach your puppy

Every dog Should know how to :

  • Heel
  • Sit & Stay
  • Go to their place and Stay
  • Come when called
As well as manners like not jumping up , not nipping and not putting things in their mouth that are undesirable.

Take a look at Lily doing all of this after 2 weeks of training.

Off leash training builds focus

Lily is trained both on and off leash.  This provides clarity and focus in training and teaches a dog to be reliable to commands.  Take a look at how focused and precise Lili is - even with people petting her and with the people passing her while she obeys off leash.

Nervous and fearful puppies need help to build their confidence

Lily is a sweet and social dog - but anxious.  Neighbours have commented on the changes in her since the start of her training - a more confident dog now.  She accepts the petting of the people on the sidewalk with ease and confidence.  In particular the gentleman with the vacuum - this would have stressed her and caused her to run prior to training.  Now it is not only easier to handle her - but Lili benefits from the added confidence of knowing she can sit there and all will be fine.

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

5 month old Labradoodle - In home intensive dog training - Laval, QC


“I love my dog but he is driving me crazy!”

Kobe is a wonderful puppy who was driving his owners crazy.

Like many people who bring home a dog - they wanted to enjoy his company and share their lives with their new best friend - but found it to be challenging - despite their best efforts.Kobe’s owners contacted me to help them and decided to have Kobe enroll in Family K9 In Home Intensive training program. What you’ll see in this video is the “before and after” shots.

2 Weeks to a brand new dog and a new relationship with your dog

Kobe’s owners filmed him acting up - which apparently was a non stop event in the house with him - and then you will see him on day 2 and day 3 of training - behaving, listening and focusing like a completely different dog.In one week - his training will be complete and then I will teahc his owners how to continue with Kobe where I left off.

Nice moments in dog training - week of July 18, 2016


My career as a dog trainer working in Montreal is never boring.

Every week I meet with new clients and their dogs, helping them train and in many cases retrain their pets to fit into their lives.I can be any and every where inand around Montreal in a day and by the end of the week if I look back on my schedule - I sometimes wonder how I manage to get it all done.

This week started with picking up a young rescue dog named Artie who is a shy and very loveable dog who needs obedience and is coming into the kennel. I brought Artie in and just let him settle and hang out while I trained some of my other dogs.
Artie getting used to his new surrounding and hanging out with Vader and Vito.

Dog Training in Montreal’s west island, South Shore, Downtown, NDG, Cote St Luc, Hampstead and all over.

Getting around in the summer traffic - especially this summer with all the road closures and construction has been especially tough.
The rest of my day has me in Downtown Montreal, Montreal’s South Shore and Ile Perrot.

Tuesday had me back at the kennel in Vaudreuil training my gang of Board & Train dogs and then on the road in Dollard Des Ormaeux (DDO), NDG, Cote St Luc and Hampstead.

I started to retrain a wonderful little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel owned by a charming older couple. They had previoulsy done a training course with Barkbusters and still felt they had not acheived any measurable results with their dog. They said the nicest thing to me after our first session - the husband commented that he felt he related more to his dog in the one hour we trained together than in the 6 months he had her. That made my day.

I also finished up a course with Vasco’s family - which was bittersweet. I had trained their last dog Spencer with them about 15 or so years ago. Spencer has since passed away and they called me prior to getting Basco as a baby to arrange for puppy training.
Vasco was a little hellion as a pupy - very intense and focused like a laser pointer.
When we finished puppy training I explained to his owners that they needed to wait until he was 4 1/2 months old to begin his obedience. When Allan contacted me and explained in an email that he “felt Vasco was ready to begin sooner becasue he was exceptionally bright” I knew that was code for “help us get this little ^&*^&* in line”.
Vasco is a well loved and I am proud ot say well behaved family member now.
Here is apicture of him doing place at our last lesson. This is right off of Sherbrooke street @ 5:30 rush hour - with people and dogs everywhere and lots of traffic.

It was nice to train together again after all these years and their boys - now young men - were babies when we last trained.

Wednesday was West Island and South shore both Brossard and St Lambert. I was also training a young pup at a medical clinic who is going to be a pet and therapy dog - and goes to work at the clinic ech day.

The rest of the week has me all over from the West ISland to the east end and the South Shore - it has been a busy week.

Dog training with distractions

Vader is working through some very impressive distractions while Vito does his best to bait him to go play .Vader has been told to go to his place and does an excellent job of controlling himself despite Vito’s best efforts. Vader is a young puppy - just about 5 months old - so this kind of distraction is extremely tough for a young playful puppy. Angel the German Shepherd who just started her training. Look for a full video featuring Angel in the coming days - she is nice young dog who belongs to a very special family and their story will touch you. Here she is learning to heel off leasha dn she completely ignores the boys out in the street playing basketball. Her owner was more than a little impressed when watching her work today and for good reason - her focus is already very good for a dog who has only been in training for three days.

Here are some video highlights from this week:


2 days in - no more pulling on leash

“Look Ma - no more leash pulling!”

Jersey is in training for 2 days when this was filmed.
He used to pull like a maniac - so much so that he took his owners down to the ground. Here he is on his 2nd lesson - and it is only going to keep getting better!

Fully Off leash trained in under 3 weeks!

Rescue mix breed dog training

Rescue dog fully off leah trained in less than 3 weeks

Here is Niko less than three weeks after he came in for training. I am so proud of how well he has done - and he is such a fun dog to train!

Off leash obedience with distractions

Niko is doing all of his excercises off leash - and with other dogs around and getting in his space to boot. He can heel, come when called, sit and staya nd go to and stay on his place - with all the other dogs pestering him. No easy feat!

My only regret is I forgot to bring along his training collar to the session and we used one of mine - which is clearly a size too big for Niko - he didnt mind - it just looks goofy to me:-)

How long will my dog need the collar for?

I call Bobby - a Scottish Terrier into the mix at one point. I trained Bobby last year and he is back for boarding so I thought it would be fun to include him as a distraction.

Bob/Bobby/Robert (as we call him depending on the day) was a hellion when he came in and had a good degree fo dog aggression - one of the main issues when his owner contacted me for training last summer.
Here he is - having fun with the little dogs outside - no aggression at all - no training collar and doing a perfect recall and place command - just cause he can!

Two obedient dogs off leash

2 for 1.
I Can’t comlain.
Both dogs keep their focus completely on me - waiting for the next command.

Dog training should be fun and produce results

Thanks to their training Niko and Bobby’s owners as well as the dogs can enjoy their lives with little stress and go whever they like without worry.


Saving a dog from being hit by a car

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Montreal's best Bernese Mountain Dog

Montreal's best Bernese Mountain Dog
What can I say about Baylor- what a great dog - they should all be like him.

Kicked out of his dog walking group for bad behaviour

Interestingly I ran into his dog walker at a local dog park and the dog walker told me all about what a pain Baylor was and how he had to kick him out of his dog walking group for bad behaviour. Eating everything in site,running off and not coming when called and being a pest in general.
This was encounter was @ Baylor’s 3rd lesson - and by then he was starting to work off leash already - and while he wasnt polished yet - you could see that he already knew to respond to allt he things we needed.
Here he is in this video after 8 lessons.

Montreal’s Dr Penfield dog park - exemplary behaviour

In the dog park Baylor shows off his skills:

  • Do a wonderful place and sit/stay with other dogs zooming around him
  • come when called while playing with other dogs.

Off leash dog downtown Montreal - can you trust your dog in traffic and around people and dogs off leash?

  • You can see Baylor heeling off leash in Downtown Montreal in full traffic.
  • Do place on a discarded sofa on Dr Penfield(?!) with people walking by and a noisy garbage truck next to him.
  • Come when called with complete focus.
  • Hold a sit/stay while another dog popped out of the doorway surprising all of us.

He has come a tremendous distance in 2 weeks!


Montreal's most obedient Beagle - Off leash dog training in Montreal

Montreal’s NDG Super Cheagle Maeby!Think a Beagle or Beagle mix cant be off leash trained and well mannered? Think again.

Montreal dog training

Maeby is a Beagle mix whose owners decided to have trained after having their first child. She is a sensitive and intelligent Beagle mix who has excelled at everything thrown her way and in three short weeks is fully on and off leash trained.

Take a look at her working on Heel, Come and Place as the surrounding miscreants try to corrupt her… her responsiveness and focus remain unshaken!
Go Maeby!

Here is video of Maeby working with Nick during her in kennel training program:

Here is some video footage of Maeby working with her owner for the first time the day she came home.
You can clearly see hiow well she is transferring to her woner and how well her owner has learned to concepts of how to properly maintain her training as they work together for the first time.

Airdale Terrier in Montreal's west island - DDO - aggression issues rehabilitated!

Winston's owners were frustrated with Winston's behaviour. he would try to attack other dogs on a walk - not just bark and pull - but really try to attack.
  • Winston’s owners had taken him to a group obedience class prior to trainign with Nick and not achieved any really useful results.

  • The instructor told them it would be best to walk Winston when no other dogs were out - as in 5 am or midnight. The instructor was serious.

They called Nick to enquire about training together and was apprehensive at first when they were told that it would only take six lessons of private, in home dog training and thought the price was high as well (their words)- but here you can see Winston before and after and you can hear for yourself what his owners have to say about the process and if they felt it was worthwhile.

A rescue dog story in Montreal, NDG

Post training: Evaluated by another dog trainer and told their dog was “very sweet!”.

UPDATE: Kaylee was rehabilitated through Family K9's methods and Sheree and Anthony's efforts and not only goes to the dog park - but was brought in to a local doggie daycare facility - where the trainer there evaluated her dog and told Sheree that she was "very sweet and did not need any training". Sheree grinned and took that as a compliment - of course this trainer didn't know the "old" Kaylee:-)

Rescuing dog from the streets

Anyone reading this who has rescued a dog knows that the dogs can come with their own individual quirks and challenges.Kaylee is a dog who lived on her own in the country and had to fend for herself until Sheree and Anthony rescued her. Kaylee had MAJOR dog aggression problems and had tried training @ another school with no success prior to finding Nick. The trainer they worked with told them that there was nothing to do about it and to avoid otherdogs and squirrels and all animals because it could not be fixed.

Biting Labrador Retirever Rehabilitated in Chomedy, Laval Dog Training

A video of Joanna and her male Labrador retriever Apollo.Apollo was a very aggressive dog who could not be trusted around people other than his owners and would bite if given the chance. Joanna enrolled Apollo in Family K9's remote training course - and now has complete on and off leash control over him and everyone is much safer and happier.

Yorkshire Terrier owner credits Nick Zevgolis with saving her dog's life! - Montreal, Qc

Andrea called Nick Zevgolis @ Family K9 Dog Training when Zippo escaped from a dog run in downtown Montreal on a couple of occasions.She was justifiably concerned that he would be hit by a car or get lost and wanted him trained so that they could continue to enjoy the dog and run and the freedom of being off leash and not have to worry about little Zippo's safety.

Teaching a German Shepherd how to Heel = Barbara & Ikie - NDG,Montreal, Qc

A dog can be both happy and obedient - proof is in the video!


Dog & Human Aggression Issues solved through training- South Shore, Rive-Sud - Richelieu

Dog Aggression and Human Aggression - corrected through training.


Interviewing Montreal's West Island dog owners

An interview with Tina about Jack’s training with Family K9 and Nick Zevgolis after Jack’s training has come to an end.


Jello 6 Month old Weimeraner -Laval, qc - off leash trained!

Jello is a young weimeraner puppy whose owner Martine started him off the right way.Martine and Jello did Family K9's puppy pre school and started Jello in obedience with Nick when he was aprox. 4 1/2 months old. Read More...

Julia & Cody - 6 month old schnauzer mix fully trained off leash - Snowdon, Qc!

This dog obeys everyone - even the children!


Arent beagles supposed to be untrainable? St Lazare Qc has 2 of the best trained Beagles!

We all know Beagles can’t be trained right?