Off leash obedience

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.

Can you trust your dog off leash? In traffic?!?

Can you trust your dog off leash in the busy streets of Montreal?  Theresa can.

Owner & newly trained dog working together for the first time
Here is the best part – this is her first time working with Bella since Bella came home from training.  Bella was at training for three weeks and this is their first time working together – in fact it is in the first half hour of our lesson.  Theresa asked me if we would be able to heel Bella off leash after training and I told her of course we would – so I offered to remove the leash during our lesson and she was totally up for it.
Heel off leash – the key is focus
Bella is very focused on Theresa – you can see that she glues herself to Theresa’s leg – and watches her very attentively.
In all of her training Bella has learned that she has to focus and obey immediately – this can keep her safe and allow both Bella and Theresa much more freedom in where they go and what they do.

Off leash training can save your dog’s life

Leashes break or get dropped, collars come loose and slip off – doors get left open etc..   there is no shortage of situations where having off leash control could save a dog’s life.
Theresa had concern’s about Bella’s behaviour  – she would pull on leash, could not be trusted off leash and would eat any/everything she could find while out on a walk.   Such a nice transformation in three weeks of training.  
In kennel training program.
Bella can heel off leash (and on leash of course) come when called, drop what she is told to, sit and stay, go to and stay on her place (look for a future video of this) and much more.

Making the most out of your dog’s training
Theresa has the right attitude and wants to make the most out of Bella. I love working with people who are hungry to develop their  dog’s training. Below are a couple of emails I received from Theresa just a couple of days after Bella’s return.   I love working with people like this – it makes my job a breeze. I know I can train the dog – that is never a question – no matter the dog or issue.  What I don’t know (unless I have already worked with the owner before) is if the person in charge will follow through and make the most out of the training their dog has received. In Theresa and Bella’s case it is clear that not only will she maintain the training – but Bella will  thrive and even  improve.

 Montreal dog training reviews from happy clients:

Good morning Nick,
I hope you had a good weekend.
Bella is doing great. It’s so much fun walking her now, she heels close to perfectly, even on busy street as st. Catherine. The leave it command works also very very well.
Drop it and place work well but there she still needs a little more reinforcement
I’m very happy though that she is following the commands so well. I can’t imagine anymore how it was to walk her while she was pulling and picking up everything!! Thank you so much for your work with Bella. You really helped us. I’m so glad I had her trained by you!
I’ll keep you updated over the next days/weeks and then we can schedule a follow up session soon.
Thank you for everything!
Have a great day,
Hi Nick,
Just an example, I took a small video of Bella on Saturday on St Catherine. Find it below
Also, Some friends have seen Bella heel and they were very impressed. They said her walking behaviour changed so much, they could barely believe it!
This for now, I’ll send updates and videos along the way.
Take care and have a good day,


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!


Transferring the dog's new obedience training to the dog's owner

obedient labrador Retriever Montreal

On and off leash obedience in 3 weeks - K9 Boot Camp

Here is David working with Fenway for the very first time - just moinutes after Fenway arrived home from training.

Dog training and teaching people - bringing the team together

Fenway was in training for 3 weeks and has learned all of his obedience both on and off leaash - now I am teaching David how to properly handle Fenway so he is just as obedient to his owners as he was to his trainer and they are doing an excellent job together.

Obedience and a Happy Dog - Montreal Dog Training done right!

Fenway is so happy to work with his onbwers that he even gives David a little bunny hop at the end of being released from his place. David tells Fenway to stop and he does instantly. I love the enthusiasma nd will take that over a flat, lifeless obedient robot anyday of the week. It proves how happy Fenway is to work.

Owner and newly trained dog working together for the first time

heeling off leash montreal

Video of a newly trained dog and her owner working together for the 1st time!

Catalina had a hard time walking Mia on leash prior to training so needless to say she was beyond thrilled to be able to not only have her heel nicely on leash but have a very focused and pretty heel off leash too. Mia’s training is all done both on and off leash.

In kennel training done right. The dog is obedient to the owner from day one!

Here is a quick video clip from Catalina and Mia’s transfer lesson. This is their first time working together and Catalina islearning how to properly handle Mia and doing a wonderful job. You can see them coming together as a teama dn Mia is doing a great job of focusing on her owner and following her every command - even though I am standing right there and have trained her every day for the past thre weeks.


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!


Doberman pup from Ile Perrot Qc - fully trained @ 5 months old!

6 Month old Doberman Puppy Fully Trained!