Intensive In Home Training

2 weeks to a fully trained labradoodle

Off leash obedience in Montreal Dog parks

Here is a fun video of Lynn and Angus working together at the end of their 2 week intensive course.Nick went to visit Angus each day for 2 weeks and trained him for Lynn and then taught Lynn how to maintain the training Angus received - and they both did fantastic.

Dog training on Dr Penfield @ Percy Walters dog park. Distractions galore.

Lynn actually met Nick at the very same dog park while Nick was training another dog and Lynn was enrolled in another trainer's class and not getting the results she had hoped for.You can see Angus heeling on and off leash - doing place - even with another dog jumping up on his rock and then taunting him to play.Take special note of how obedient Angus is in the face of distractions and so playful with the other dogs when "off duty".

Making life easier for Montreal Dogs and their people

Andre wanted what every dog owner wants:
To be able to include his dog in his daily activities and be able to control her as needed.
Airdale Terrier aggressive problems Lachine Canal

Dog behaviour wishlist:

Andre contacted me by email about his Airdale Terrier Lizbeth and he had some specific problems he hoped to have corrected.:
She could be aggressive to people at times and in certain contexts.
No one could approach the car when she was in it - she would try and bite.
He could not go through a drive through with Lizbeth for the same reason.
Joggers and fast moving people were potential bites as well as strangers out on a walk.
She was bratty in the house and he had no off leash control outside.
His daily routine at a local cafe/bakery coffee and a muffin was a problem since Lizbeth would get too excited and bark in a frenzy when they got there.
Her greetings of people she knew were out of control at times and needed to be toned down - allowing Lizbeth and the people she knew to interact in a more pleasurable way.

Andre wanted what every dog owner wants: To be able to include his dog in his daily activities and be able to control her as needed.

Andre enrolled Lizbeth in
Family K9’s 2 week in home intensive training program - and the results you see in the video are at the end of the program - with Andre having learned to handle her just the day before.
Listen to what he has to say as well as watch how well he handles Lizbeth - all in 1 day since her completion. Note he also speaks about what he did with her in between our lesson - so
she is not just working becasue the trainer is present.

If the dog is trained properly - the owner as well as the trainer can have excellent control and reliability. Two weeks to a better dog!

The video shows a drive through @ a local Mcdonald’s for coffe with Lizbeth being perfectly behaved as well as Andre and Lizbeth showing off a variety of off leash obedience around joggers, walkers and other distractions right on the Lachine Canal, as well as a surprise run in with Andre’s housekeeper whom Lizbeth clearly adores and as you can see Lizbeth is happy to greet her and inetract with her - she does so in a perfectly sweet and charming ay rahter than getting wild.

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!


Dog Aggression, People Aggression and Possesive Aggression - sound like fun?

Cody’s owners enrolled Cody in Family K9’s in home Intensive training - Nick trained Cody for 2 weeks and then taught his owners how to maintain the training Cody received and have been doing great on their own since then.
Cody Galasso Greenstone4
Here is the email I got from Cody’s owner prior to training to give what you are watching some context:

Hi Nick,

Cody is a two year old Cockapoo who has had two trainers in the past year. One was quite brief to help train the basics. The second was a board and train for one week, plus a few sessions here and there. The latter was better for Cody but we still have nagging issues which we want to completely get rid one. The list is as follows:

- About 75-80% of the time, when walking on the street, he will lunge at people simply walking by. I have to move him to the opposite side of my body to ensure he doesn't lunge. However, if someone surprises us, it's game over.
- 100% of the time he sees a dog on the street, he will bark, tug and lose control. He simply does not like other dogs, no matter what. Occasionally, on walks with very docile dogs, he will get used to them and calm down. However, as soon as we enter a house or the other dog moves quickly, he will lose it and lunge at the dogs.
- He also gets protective over things like food, kleenex or junk on the street. There's no chance to reach in and take it out with our hands because he's sure to bite and draw blood. Although he immediately regrets biting us (he rolls over on his back or walks away head down/tail tucked) it's still unacceptable. We don't have kids yet but want to be sure this is not an issue when the time comes.

Here is an email from Cody’s owners several weeks after his training:
Hi Nick,

Thanks for reaching out.

Cody is doing very well. He's been very good with place (held it up to 45 minutes just yesterday without the zap). He's calmer in general around new people.

We're still working to get him better while walking by new dogs but has been very good around Dayna's parent's dog. Other than a few low growls, he's been very good. 

The Out command is working well too. Did not take long to train him and he does with everything. Still gets kleenex/toilette paper when we're not looking but is easily controlled after that point.

Walking/Heel is good too!

Thanks a lot for checking in. We can discuss at which point we need to do the refresher/update.

Hope all is well with you.


5 month old Havanese puppy fully trained in Beaconsfield!

Here;s Finn - a 5 month old Havanese puppy showing off how amazing a 5 month old pup can be!

5 month old Husky - fully on and off leash trained! Montreal's West Island

Riley is a 5 month old Husky puppy who just completed a 2 week course - where rather than go out to kennel for training - Nick came to Riley's home and took her out for a lesson each day. No need for the dog and family to be separated - and you can see Riley not only did great but had a blast in training.Full credit must also go to Riley's family who took the time to do a puppy class with Nick prior to her obedience training. We've all heard about Huskies and how they can be difficult - take a look at Riley and you'll be amazed at how well she is doing off leash - and keep in mind she is still just a baby @ 5 months old!

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.


Jack the rescue lab mix - DDO West Island Dog Training

This video has a playful tone.And why shouldn’t it?