In Home intensive training

Golden Doodle training

Why training your puppy from a young age is so important

Cisco is a 5 month old Golden Doodle.

His owners contacted me for training prior to his coming into their lives.We did puppy training with him when he was 10 weeks old - this is a 3 week course.@ the age of 18 weeks old his owners enrolled Cisco in the in home Board and Train programWhat you see in this video is Cisco at work when we are aproximately 1/2 way through his training.

What did your trainer do for your dog after only one week of training?

After one week of training :
Cisco is trained both on and off leash.
His focus and willingness to work are outstanding.
His attitude and bounce are terrific.
I am whispering to him throughout the lesson - and he is fully responsive and engaged in his work.

How to avoid common behavioural problems

Cisco’s owner’s started his training with me when he was 10 weeks old and enrolled in the in home Puppy Pre School program
In that 2 week program we focused on house rules and manners as well as some light obedienbce.
As a result Cisco also knows:
not to jump on people
Not to nip at hands or clothing
Not to destroy items or eat things he shouldnt
These are equally important and we started working on those skills when he was just 10 weeks old.

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.

Little dogs can be obedient too!

yorkshire terrier

Little dogs can be obedient!

Milo is a great example of what can be done with little dogs in training.He is full of character and is showing it off here - working both on and off leash after only a week of training.

Obedient and Happy Dogs

I love how he bounces up and down in his heel - showing how happy he is to be working.It is very interesting to note that up until a week ago Milo would not want to go out for a walk and hated being out on a leash. Now he can heel both with and without a leash!

More small dog videos to come

Look for more videos of Milo and other little dogs at work - coming soon!

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.

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.



5 month old Labradoolde puppy - off leash obedience with distractions

Finn spends his days at a medical clinic - he is the office mascot and loved by all.
It is important for everyoen that he is a well behaved and manageable puppy - and as you can see in this video - he surely is!
His owner Began his training with Family K9 when he was a young pup - and in this video he is 5 months old.
You can see him working both on and off leash - around a TON of distractions in this video.

Can a trainer really train my dog for me?


People often misunderstand the idea of a dog trainer training their dog for them

Having a professional dog trainer train your dog for you is a great way to get your dog on a fast track to wherever it is you are trying to get - whether it is obedience or helping resolve behavioural issues.
it isn’t that the dog will automatically listen to you once the course is done.
It also doesnt mean the dog will only work for the trainer and not for you.
The truth is somewhere in between and the devil is in the details.

Make sure your dog trainer is a competent professional who can deliver results

Step 1:
Train the dog.
Train the dog so that she understands what we want from her. Be clear in your work - clarity is key to communicating.

Step 2:
Make sure the owners understand their role in maintaining the training the dog has received.
This is a big part of the porocess and if you fail here all you have accomplished is having trained the dog fantastically for the trainer - which does the owners of the dog no good at all.

Step 3:
Support and follow up with the owners to make sure that they are transitioning properly after all is said and done.

Step 4:
If you are lucky like me - you’ll have wonderful clients like Angel and her family - that make the entire process feel like a trip to disney. None of it was work for me - Angel was a breeze to train and her family could not have been any nicer to work with. Thank you Chris, Mina and Maria - all the best to you and Angel. I know we’ll be in touch for a long time to come!


Can your dog stay on his place?


Here’a fun & playful dog training video:

K9 Boot camp - Train the dog to be focused, reliale and adaptable

Jarvis is in the middle of hsi intensive in home training program in this clip.
He has been taught to go to his place which is a mat in the house. Today I decided to teach him to go to a new place - something that is not entirely comfortable to hold for long periods fo time.

Off leash control

He does well - understanding almost imediately that the stool is his new place.
The n BAM - his owners show up - Jarvis has a huge emotional spike and breaks his command - and just as quickly is refocused to place again. Excellent obedience and off leash control.

Day 2:

Using distactions in dog training - can your dog listen when he is distracted?

We work on more distraction with a passing dog - you can see Jarvis’ waggin tail and the dog is clearly putting out the signal that it is interested in Jarvis - but Jarvis does nto flinch. To top it off - I go for a hike down the street and jarvis stays locked in!


How well does your dog Heel?

Angel is a young Shiloh Shepherd who has had one and half weeks of training in this video.

Does your dog know left from right?

I am playing a game with Angel to test her and see if she truly understands that she should only heel on the left.

I start her on the right - and she comes back. I move out of the way to trick her.
She comes back.

She clearly gets that she heels on the left hand side.

Can your dog heel off leash?

All of this is being done off leash - out in the street - with neighbours out doing normal daily things, kids playing basketball just down the street and other distractions around.
Angels is doing everything off leash after just 1 & 1/2 weeks.

Focus, Focus, Focus - the key to a well trained dog

Aside from our left/right game - Angels focus is outstanding. Watch how she never takes her eyes off of me - we connect from the moment we start to work until it is over. Dog trainign is about communication - and is a 2 way conversation - not a dialogue. Angel tells me all I need to know from her eyes and body language.

Labradoodle training

Labradoodles are becoming increasingly popular and for good reason:

They dont shed.
They are cute and can be had in a nice compact package.
And they are smart.

5 month old Labradoodle puppy off leash obedince trained in just one week

Here is Jarvis - a 5 month old Labradoodle who has had one week of training and is already doing all of his excercises both on and off leash.
he is a fantastic little pup - who has learned to Heel, Come when called, go to his place and stay there, Sit and Stay, Leave it, Not jump up, not bite.

Good dog owners are the key to raising wel behaved pets

His owners are fantastic and very involved with Jarvis, wanting him to be a part fo the family and making his training a top priority. We did puppy training when Jarvis was still quite young and this is the follow up to his puppy training and wil be the training that will carry him for the rest of his life!


What can a trainer do in 2 lessons?

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:


Training a 14 year old dog with Anxiety issues

14 years of behavioural problems corrected in 2 weeks of intensive training.

Taz is a 14 year old dog who has a long list of behvioural issues & he is currently on medication for his anxiety.
Anyone who knows Taz knows that he reacts to everyone and everything by barking. He has hurt himself by pulling too hard on leash, has eaten gravel and created multiple blockages as a result of nervous ness and displacement behaviours. His owner was resigned to live with him “as is” until a new living situation with another dog forced her to have Taz trained.
So here we are - starting out with a very senior dog - with a list of behavioural problems and are going to have him fully trained in 2 weeks time!

Dogs can learn and adapt at any age with the right help.

I will add videos of Taz’s training as his lessons progress - make sure to share this page with anyone you know with an older dog to shows them what can be done with any dog - even at an old age and a long list of behvioural problems!

Taz day 2:

Learning to come when called - Taz started learning to come when called - and was off to a good start. A very good start in fact.
All of Taz’s training is going to be done on AND off leash - so here we are already beginning his opff leash training on DAY 2. We are on a busy street in Kirkland, QC with lots of cars going right behind usand Taz is on point!

Day 3

Taz started learning to heel today. Taz is a very reactive dog who never passes an opportunity to bark at people on the street. So I took a chance to fil him around the guys working on the sewer. I allowed him to pause and observe them.
  • No barking?
  • Check.
  • Calm?
  • Check.
  • Come when called?
  • check.
  • Heel nicely after coming back?
  • Check.

Day 3 in the books:-)

Montreal In Home Dog Training - Frankie!

Frankie and Nick Zevgolis sharing a moment during a session.

Off Leash Control in Hampstead Dog Park

Frankioe can get caught up playing too rough with other dogs & his owners wanted to be able to control that. You can see when Nick tells him “that’s enough” as he is latching onto the big black dog - he stops instantly.This video was filmed less than 2 weeks after he started training with Nick. In fact Nick had Frankie off leash with his owner from Day 2 - and in her words she could not believe it!Watch frankie work off leash around all the other dogs - tail wagging - ready to play - but very focused and enjoying his work!

Different trainers=different results

Frankie and his owners had been through training doing private lessons at home with another trainer but did not get the results they wanted.
Frankie can now heel, come when called, sit & stay, go to his place, leave it, not jump and more. He has some fear aggression issues and those have been dealt with as well in the 2 weeks he was in training - making his life and that of his people’s much, much easier.

He really is a great dog and the training just brought out the best in him.