4 very different dogs

Ruby is a young Vizsla from Boucherville

Her owners did a puppy class with me in the fall of 2017. They have high hopes for her obedience and want a dog who listens despite Ruby’s playful puppy antics.

Puffy is a Golden Retriever From Saint Genevieve

She was sent for in kennel training because her owner could not control her.

Grohl is a Labrador Retriever mix from Montreal

He is a powerful boy with aggressive tendancies who has found a new lease on life with his training.

Strider is German Shepherd from Hudson, QC

He is a sweet yet reactive and powerful boy who was difficult to walk - despite his previous training.

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.

K9 snow day!

German Shepherd Snow

Dogs love to play in the snow!

Rover is enjoying being out in the snow and having some play/training time. Some light obedience mixed with play - keeping it fun and fresh for both trainer and dog.

Playing with your dog and obedience training at the same time!

He is working nicely off leash after only two weeks and can go from full on play to very focused in a heartbeat - which is the essence of focus and control.

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.

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!


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.

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.

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!


German Shepherd Dog wants to kill cars - St Sauveur, Qc

Odin was a very special case - his drive to chase cars and level of aggression when doing so was extreme.

His previous trainer could not resolve the issue no matter how hard they tried …

His owners had tried to train Odin with another trainer unsuccessfully and came to Nick in desperation for a fix - helping make Odin much easier to take for a walk and transform him from a beast to a very loveable pet.See Odin’s owners Testimonial here