The truth about dog boarding school


In this video the dog’s owner is just learning to handle his newly trained dog

Board and Train or Doggie boot camp

Mike Sent his dog Marcus to me for training. Marcus is a young German Shepherd and Mike enriolled him in the Board and Train program.Many people worry that if their dog is trained by someone else that they will not learn what they need to know in order to maintain the training ro that the dog will nto listen to them.While this can be true - it isnt the case here - and not with the way I do things.

The job of a dog trainer

I see my job here as two halves:1) Train the dog.2)

Educate theo wner so that the human end of the equation understands how to maintain the training the dog has received.

Off leash training

Marcus is trained both on and of leash. This means that Mike can trust his dog to obey him and to be responsive with or without a leash on and that means more freedom for Marcus and more peace of mind for Mike.

A happy and obedient working dog

Notice how Marcus keeps his eyes and focus on Mike the entire time they are working. He is present and happy to work with his person. True dog training builds teamwork and a good relationship.

3 Weeks to a new dog

The program is 3 weeks from start to stop and once complete we go through the transfer process. There is also a follow up lesson to be used whenever Mike would like to review things with me and there is unlimited lifetime support. The system is built for Mike and Marcus to be successful.

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:


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.


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.

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.

Montreal's Worst Dog Lesson 1

Here is Sadie our winner of Montreal’s worst dog@ her first lesson learning to play the follow and focus game.
Take a look at what a hard puller she was at the start of our first lesson and how drmamtically she improved over the course of an hour.

Training Montreal dogs and teaching Montreal dog owners to bring out the best in their dogs!

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