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FAQ

Below is a list of frequently asked questions. If your question is not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Training Techniques & Methodology


What methods of training do you use?
I believe there is a time and place for all methods of training except for fear and intimidation techniques. The methods I use always depend on your dogs personality, and what types of behaviours we are trying to encourage or discourage.
Do you use treats?
Sometimes. When teaching new behaviours, I do use treats.  Once the behaviour can be preformed at a rate of success of 100% with treats, the treats will be quickly phased out in exchange for your affection.
Do you teach positive reinforcement techniques?
Yes, positive reinforcement is essential to a dog understanding what behaviour is good and which behaviours they should continue. Positive reinforcement can be in the form of food or affection, and while I use both, I do try to phase out food as quickly as possible, because your love and affection should be the most important reward. My methods and techniques will always be customized and catered to your dog’s needs.
Do you teach science based dog training techniques?
Yes.
Do you teach clicker training?
If this is what you want to learn, yes. When teaching new behaviours, I use this method, but instead of a clicker, I use my voice, and will use treats during the beginning learning phase. As soon as I know the dog understands the command, and is successful 100% of the time on the first command, I wean the dog off treats, and begin to use affection as the reward. Using your voice and affection is more successful at creating a deeper bond between you and your furbaby.
Do you use punishment?
In dog cognition, punishment is known as something you add to try to take away unwanted behaviours. I prefer the word “correction”. Often, this correction is as simple as asking the dog to sit. Dogs need to understand when they are doing something unwanted equally as much as they need to know when they are doing something good. That being said, I will not use any techniques that are based on fear or intimidation.
Will you train my dog for me?
My methods are based on building a relationship of trust and respect between you and your dog. Without developing that special relationship using the methods I teach you, the training will not be effective. The only training I will do for you, is to prepare your dog for behaving with a dog walker. See my list of services for more information on my dog walk-training.

Services

Do you offer virtual sessions online?
I am currently offering web sessions via Skype, What’s App and Facebook Video Messenger. These sessions are just as effective as an in person session, unless you are experiencing behavioural issues with your dog that you are physically having trouble dealing with. If you are having trouble controlling your dog, this is when an in person session becomes necessary. 
Do you offer boarding?
Unfortunately, I am not currently offering boarding. I can however recommend some great places and people you can trust, and will take great care of your dog. E-mail me and I can send them to you.
Do you provide dog walking services?
I only provides dog walk & train, however, I do have some recommendations for dog walkers in Toronto. Please e-mail me with your location and I will see if I have someone I can recommend in your area.
Do you offer board and train services?
Board and train in and of itself is simply not effective. It will not work unless the owners put in an equal amount of work when the dog is back at home.
You cannot expect your dog to change if you are not ready to change yourself. Changing your dogs behaviors requires changing your habits, and lifestyle with your dog.
In rare circumstances, I will do a board and train as long as I know that the owners are dedicated to the dogs training once the board and train is complete. The dog will revert back to their old ways if the owners do not continue with the work that is done during a board and train. I will never do a board in train before doing at least two or three sessions with you and your dog, to see if you are ready to put in the work.

If you think you and your dog would qualify for a board and train, please contact me to book a session so I can assess your situation and find you a solution to your doggy problems.


Training Tools & Equipment

What training tools do you use or recommend?
Specific training tools depend on your training goals or dogs behavioural issue. I might recommend specific training tools if I believe it will help. Training tool choices are always catered to your dogs specific needs.
Do you offer e-collar training?
I do offer e-collar training.

If used correctly, e-collar training can be an extremely useful tool for both rehabilitation of behavioural issues, as well as recall training. I have rehabilitated even some of the most traumatized rescues using e-collars. Before e-collar training, these dogs were scared and insecure. Today they are happy and confident pups.

E-collar training is very specialized and should ALWAYS be done with a professional who knows what they are doing. I will only work with specific e-collar companies for the sake of reliability. If you don’t already have an e-collar, and you are interested in getting one, I am a re-seller for E-collar Technologies, which is one of the brands I recommend. I will not sell e-collars to anyone without having a session with them first.

If you are interested in getting more information on e-collar training, please contact me so we can speak about this over the phone, or video chat.

Other Questions

My dog has previously seen other trainers and it didn't work. I'm afraid that there is no use, and I don't want to waste any more money.
I can promise you that if you put in the effort and work with me to make the changes and recommendations I give you, you will see an improvement, and your dog will and can get better. Only 1% of dogs can’t be rehabilitated due to neurological problems.
My dog has bitten someone (people or animal) - Will you still train my dog?
Yes. I will always be open to training a dog regardless of their history.

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