Private Dog Training in Montreal
It is important to first understand that “dog training” requires the full commitment of the owner to educate themselves and to dedicate the time necessary to modify their own behavior in order to address any problem behaviors in their dog. Our philosophy is not only to work with the dog but to educate and empower dog owners so they can be the best pet parents they can be!
As problem behaviors get out of hand and worsen with time, its easy for people to give up or rationalize away the causes of the problem. It is common, and all too human, to experience frustration, anger, and helplessness, feeling that training your dog has become a lost cause.
Before you put yourself and your dog through that, research and speak to a professional dog trainer who can help you re-gain a balanced and positive human-canine relationship with your best friend.
The best advice we can give dog owners is to use preventive measures via private puppy training or group classes. The second best advice when a problem behavior is already established is to not wait to address it or hope it goes away on its own.
How Private Dog Training Works
Our dog trainer will come to your home to assess your individual situation and design a sustainable training program that best fits your lifestyle and your dog’s needs.
The first session requires a full day’s commitment on your part. Make sure to pick the date for your private dog training session on a day when you do not have any other commitments. All immediate family members are required to attend the training sessions (extended household members directly interacting with the dog on regular basis, ex: friends, neighbors or dog walker, are encouraged to attend as well) as consistency is key to resolving problem issues.
Immediately prior to the training session, you need to exercise your dog well so the physical energy is all gone leaving her mental energy free for the work ahead.
During your first consultation the trainer will establish a rapport with you and your dog, assess the problem behavior, explain and demonstrate the changes that need to take place to modify that behavior, and design a personalized training program for you to follow. This session last on average 3-4 hours and requires your undivided attention.
Your dog training program will take into account your dog’s needs, your knowledge and skill level, and your time availability, upon which it will build a realistic, sustainable and results oriented plan of action, complete with a list of training exercises and behavior modification for you and your dog.
Immediately following the training session, take the time to review, absorb and put to practice the the program and methods that the trainer developed for you. Remember that consistency across all family members and over time is the most powerful tool of dog training.
Some of the dog problems we specialize in:
Non-Compliance / Lack of Attention
When your dog “doesn’t listen” it can show up as: off leash recall problems, not responding by name when “busy” with something else, giving you little to no eye contact, or becoming completely unresponsive when over-excited. Dogs exhibit this kind of behavior when they learn to make decisions without input from you.
We will teach you what to look for in order to prevent this from happening in the first place. You’ll receive custom exercises that will ensure your dog comes running when called, and pays attention when asked to do something.
Nothing can be more disruptive to your family’s and neighbor’s peace then an obsessive barker. Most of the time that behavior will extend to the car or seeing other dogs on the street. The important thing to note is that your dog is acting out of instinct. We will teach you and your dog how to handle these embarrassing situations and re-familiarize yourself with well deserved quiet time.
Housebreaking / Potty Training
Weather its puppy mishaps or a marking behavior, a dog who consistently sullies the house can lead to a lot of frustration. We provide simple methods and solutions (with or without crating) to this very common problem. And if you prefer, we could do all the heavy lifting with a board and train solution.
The most common problem among adult dogs, it can manifest itself as barking, marking, property destruction, nipping and eventually aggression if left unmanaged. This kind of problem requires a restructuring of the home dynamic by first identifying and eliminating the underlying causes of the imbalance, then crafting the new mutually respectful rules of conduct among the family members, including of course the dog.
Aggression is the most severe of problems because people and dogs alike are at risk of getting harmed. Whether it’s aggression towards other dogs or humans, this kind of behavior should never be tolerated and has to be addressed at the earliest stages possible.
The longer the behavior is tolerated or rationalised away, the more severe it becomes. Aggression also becomes increasingly more difficult to rehabilitate as time goes on. A seasoned trainer will work with severe cases that other trainers may shy away from. We set a very intensive curriculum that will address the root of problem.
When a dog becomes too reliant on it’s owner and has no coping mechanism allowing it to be left alone in his safe environment, it will usually protest. This can manifest itself in many ways, eventually escalating out of control.
The symptoms separation anxiety can be moderate to severe, leading many people to sadly abandon the dog. It is one of DoggyDay’s core missions to lower the abandonment and re-homing problem that is so rampant in our city; by helping dog owners prevent and manage separation anxiety in their dogs.
Fear and Fear-based Issues
Some dogs are naturally extremely sensitive to stimuli and their condition does not necessarily mean they have been abused in the past. When your companion is on the shy side, this will require a much softer training method, and much more patience than a confident, happy-go-lucky dog.
Fear in dogs should also never be overlooked or cuddled away. It can quickly develop into fear-aggression, running off, or biting, if the confidence level is not methodically developed. We will teach you how to properly address your dog’s fearful disposition, in order to build confidence and stabilize the dogs mind. Because a stable mind equals a balanced life, for you and your dog.
Property Destruction, Chewing & Digging
“Honey, have you see my Rolex?” Sad but true, your dog doesn’t understand monetary value and you shouldn’t expect him to. Destructive behavior can stem from many things, such as boredom, dominance, anxiety or non-compliance. People usually don’t address destructive dog behaviour until something of great value has bit the dust. As as with everything else, we like to “nip it in the bud” before things get out of hand.
We can train your dog to know the difference between what is his/hers, and what is yours. Likewise, we will train you how to set your dog up for success, to avoid trouble in the first place. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Obsessions & Compulsions
When dogs aren’t given enough exercise, or chances to socialize, they often develop fixations or compulsions. Sometimes these could be merely annoying, but are often dangerous, for example, possessiveness of objects in the dog park which result in a fight.
We can modify these problem behaviors by teaching you how to redirect and prevent obsessions from setting in. We can also call upon the power of the pack at DoggyDay Centre Canin to bring your pup back to a natural, social and healthy state of being.
Private Dog Training Rates
No time limit
* First session requires a full day commitment on part of the client
* Distance charges may apply
* GST & QST tax apply to all invoices
|Package of 3||$90.00|
|Package of 5||$85.00|
* Distance charges may apply
* GST & QST tax apply to all invoices