Dog Training west island

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.

German Shepherd heeling in 360 degree video

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Ray is a wonderful German Shepherd who came in for training a week and a half befoe this was filmed he has great working potential and is progressing nicely in his training as you can see here in this clip where he is heeling alongside me and completely focused and engaged in his work.

Ray is not a 2 headed beast but the nature of the 360 degree filming as displayed on youtuibe will present all the angles in one flat “pancake” view which is disorienting - pls try one of the brownsers or apps to get the awesome 360 effect where you can pan and adjust the angles while you watch.

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:-)