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.

Walking with a dog reactive dog


Seamus is a big dog with reactivity issues.

Read that again.

Huge Dog. Dog Reactive.

Makes going for a walk a big challenge.
His owners called and asked for help with reactivity issues and we arranged for training.

Teaching a dog reactive dog to focus

We worked on teaching Seamus a proper heel and to stay focused on his owners while out for a walk.
Here he is in lesson 3 and doing great.  We wanted to push the boundaries so rather than go for a walk around their neighbourhood we went to a busy park with a dog run located in the middle of it in order to challenge Seamus some more and to be able to teach his onwers the finer points about how to handle Seamus in more challenging situations.

Golden Doodle training

Why training your puppy from a young age is so important

Cisco is a 5 month old Golden Doodle.

His owners contacted me for training prior to his coming into their lives.We did puppy training with him when he was 10 weeks old - this is a 3 week course.@ the age of 18 weeks old his owners enrolled Cisco in the in home Board and Train programWhat you see in this video is Cisco at work when we are aproximately 1/2 way through his training.

What did your trainer do for your dog after only one week of training?

After one week of training :
Cisco is trained both on and off leash.
His focus and willingness to work are outstanding.
His attitude and bounce are terrific.
I am whispering to him throughout the lesson - and he is fully responsive and engaged in his work.

How to avoid common behavioural problems

Cisco’s owner’s started his training with me when he was 10 weeks old and enrolled in the in home Puppy Pre School program
In that 2 week program we focused on house rules and manners as well as some light obedienbce.
As a result Cisco also knows:
not to jump on people
Not to nip at hands or clothing
Not to destroy items or eat things he shouldnt
These are equally important and we started working on those skills when he was just 10 weeks old.

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.

Portugese Water dog puppy

Lily is a 5 month old Portugese water Dog Puppy from Danjek Kennels.
She has completed a 2 week long in home, intensive training program.
Lily has learned the basics and has done all of her training both on and off leash.

Essential commands to teach your puppy

Every dog Should know how to :

  • Heel
  • Sit & Stay
  • Go to their place and Stay
  • Come when called
As well as manners like not jumping up , not nipping and not putting things in their mouth that are undesirable.

Take a look at Lily doing all of this after 2 weeks of training.

Off leash training builds focus

Lily is trained both on and off leash.  This provides clarity and focus in training and teaches a dog to be reliable to commands.  Take a look at how focused and precise Lili is - even with people petting her and with the people passing her while she obeys off leash.

Nervous and fearful puppies need help to build their confidence

Lily is a sweet and social dog - but anxious.  Neighbours have commented on the changes in her since the start of her training - a more confident dog now.  She accepts the petting of the people on the sidewalk with ease and confidence.  In particular the gentleman with the vacuum - this would have stressed her and caused her to run prior to training.  Now it is not only easier to handle her - but Lili benefits from the added confidence of knowing she can sit there and all will be fine.

Help train my Portugese Water Dog

Slash 3

The cute and playful puppy got out of hand

The cute little puppy grows up to be a large and powerful dog. All of a sudden his antics aren't so funny any more.  What was once cute and funny now has become annoying and tiresome and despite how much as you love your dog he is becoming harder to live with.
Sound familiar?

Did some training already but didn't quite work

Like many people who call me to help with their dog - Slash's owners had already done a training course with their dog and unfortunately for them it dint provide the help they were looking for.

One of his owners' concerns was that he would just play dead during training.  This is what he did with his last trainer.

This is a form of avoidance and a very clever one at that.  It is up to the trainer to make sure this doesn't happen and to work with he dog's natural and playful instincts to bring out the best from him in training.
Slash is bred by Adriana Krupp of
Danjek Kennels and she recommended his owner give me call for some help.

My dog jumps, bites runs away and does not listen

Slash's energy level and drives were making daily life with him a challenge, Take a look at his video and you can see he is an intense dog.  Without proper training and direction he is trouble walking.  Post training he is a delight and a lot of fun.

I want a well trained dog but I don't want a robot.

Neither do I.
A lot of people worry about this and I don't blame them.  it is a common concern for good reason - a lot of trainers and training methods remove the dog's character for the sake of obedience.  I think it is plain to anyone who watch es Slash in this video that he is still a very spirited dog - yet able to be very obedient when asked to do so.

I want my dog to listen around distractions, come when called, heel properly and stop pulling on leash, and listen to me when he is excited

Have a look:-)

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.

The cutest Pomeranian you'll ever see

pomeranian in training

Little dogs should have training too

Small dogs should be trained just like their large counterparts - here is Mali showing us how it can be done.Mali is a Pomeranian - a breed I hold near and dear to my heart.

As a little kid - I used to take care of a poneranian for an elderly woman who lived in our building who couldn’t get out to walk her very much. She eventually gave me the dog - but that didnt last very long as I returned home from pre school one day to find my parents gave her away. Call it arrested development - but I have always had a soft spot for the breed since that day as a 5 year old kid when returned home to find I no longer had my little best buddy.

Training Reactive dogs to control themselves

On to Mali - she is full of challenges for her owner - a lot of it is centered around mali not being able to contain herself when she is excited - so most of our training has been centered around getting her amped up and forcing her to learn to manage her emotions.

Here she is working on her heel and place commands and doing great despite the high level of excitement I am throwing at her.

Retraining dogs that have alrady been through training schools or worked with other trainers

Like many dogs that I work with - Mali has already had some formal traiing but as her owner found out - it simply was not enough. The level and quality of the training left her wanting more from her dog. I am glad she sought me out becasue it has been a great to train Mali.

Little dogs can be obedient too!

yorkshire terrier

Little dogs can be obedient!

Milo is a great example of what can be done with little dogs in training.He is full of character and is showing it off here - working both on and off leash after only a week of training.

Obedient and Happy Dogs

I love how he bounces up and down in his heel - showing how happy he is to be working.It is very interesting to note that up until a week ago Milo would not want to go out for a walk and hated being out on a leash. Now he can heel both with and without a leash!

More small dog videos to come

Look for more videos of Milo and other little dogs at work - coming soon!

Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy in training


Puppies and young dogs are like sponges

They absorb information quickly and tend to retain well - given the right instruction.Take Amber as an example - here she is after one week of training and she is fully trained on and off leash. A couple of clips here demonstrate some of what she has learned.

Essential commands every dog should know

Heel, Sit, Stay, Come

Going for a stroll with your dog is much easier when these commands are firmly in place.

Off leash training for your peace of mind and your dog’s safety

Amber is trained to respond both with and without a leash - this makes living with her much easier and much safer for everyone.

Teaching your dog to go to and stay on her place is very useful

Especially at dinner time or when you just need your dog to settle down in one spot for a while.Amber is happy to demonstrate this one since she is always tired at the end of of a training session.

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.