When clients follow my recommendations, there hasn’t been a dog I have not been able to help yet. Training is a joint effort between you and I, to get your dog to where you want them to be.
I offer a variety of private and semi-private lessons at your home, or at the location where training is needed. Web sessions are also available. Please click here for pricing. Below are some of the unique services I offer in the greater Toronto area:
Customized Private Lessons
Customized private lessons can be created based on both you, and your dog’s needs. Depending on what you’re hoping to achieve, and your commitment to your dog’s training, you may need weekly, bi-weekly or even monthly sessions. After each session you will get a detailed email with homework and tips to work on in between each session.
Below are just some of the areas I specialize in:
Before Getting Your New Dog Or Puppy Training
Getting a new puppy? This is extremely exciting, but can also be very overwhelming. I can help you by coming to your house for a 2-hour consultation to make sure that your house is ready for your new puppy. This session comes complete with a customized recommended to buy list, some beginner training tips, and an additional $25 off my Puppies First Steps package.
Rescue / Adult Dog Prepper
Rescuing an adult dog? This can be as overwhelming as getting a new puppy, but can be even more rewarding. I can help you through preparing your house for new rescue dog. This session comes complete with a recommended to buy list, some rescues dog training tips, and an additional $25 off my Rescue Dog Behaviour Modification package.
Consultations on Picking the Right Dog
Do you need help picking the right dog for you and your families lifestyle? Whether your looking at purebred puppies or adult mutt rescues, I can help guide you through this process and suggest the best dog for your lifestyle.
Your New Puppy Is Finally Home! Training
Puppies First Steps
These sessions are specifically designed to help you socialize and teach your puppy critical lessons before they are 4 months of age. These sessions include incredibly crucial lessons on teaching your puppy to be gentle with their teeth, potty training, and manners around food. These first steps are what could make or break your puppy from becoming a well mannered and manageable adult dog.
Like humans, dogs go through an adolescent phase too. Between the ages of about 6 to 18 months, your sweet, well mannered pup can turn into a ball of terror! These sessions will help you and your pup get through these tough times smoothly.
Need Help Getting Your Dog To Behave?
Adult Dog Manners
Is your adult dog driving you crazy? Have no fear, old dogs can always learn new tricks. These sessions teach adult dogs of any age to behave in their human environments.
Dog Behaviour Modification
Is your dog showing signs of aggression, fear, or anxiety? Don’t worry, you are not alone. There is always a solution to your doggy problem. I am experienced in helping with (but not limited to) the following issues:
- Food or object possessiveness and / or aggression
- Leash reactivity or aggression
- People reactive or aggressive
- Dog reactive or aggressive
- No respect for human personal space
- Potty training issues
- Separation anxiety
- Incessant barking
- Over excitement
- Destructive chewing
- Low confidence
- Biting, nipping or mouthing
- Jumping up
- Problems with grooming (brush biting)
- Socialization problems with other pets in the home
Rescue Dog Behaviour Modification
Rescue dogs can come with a lot of baggage. Dogs who have been abused, or lived on the streets all come with similar unwanted behaviours. Have no fear, you are not alone. I can help you and your rescue dog live happily ever after.
Other Specialized Services 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. These dogs have gone from being scared and insecure, to 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.
Teach Your Dog To Use Speech Buttons
Teach your dog to communicate with you using speech buttons. These buttons were originally designed to help non verbal children and adults, but are now used to help animals communicate with humans.
Any dog at any age can learn how to use these buttons. The only prerequisite is that you already speak to your dog using consistent vocabulary that they already understand.
Check out the following dogs who have mastered their speech buttons, and have better communication with their pawrents.
If you are interested in getting more information on speech button training, please contact me so we can speak about this over the phone, or video chat.
Preparing For A Second Dog
Getting a second dog can be extremely fulfilling for both you and your current furbaby, but can also end in disaster if you haven’t prepared for it adequately. Its extremely important that you prepare your current pup to be trained to the best of their abilities before bringing a second dog home, otherwise, your current problems will only become doubled once your second bundle of joy arrives.
Dog Park Etiquette & Safety
This is for every dog owner who would love to learn about the body language and signs of a dog that could be a potential danger to your dog at the off leash park. Unfortunately, not all dogs that frequent the dog park are friendly or safe to be around.
For those of you who have the dog that you might think is a danger to others; Does your dog have trouble at the dog park getting along with other dogs? Does your dog get into fights, or just plain old not listen to you when you call them? Do you have a leash reactive dog and you are unsure if they are capable of being polite with other dogs off leash at the dog park? I can help you get your dog socialized and we’ll behaved while at the dog park.
Walk & Train
Has your dog been rejected by a dog walker due to behavioural issues? I offer dog walk & train sessions to get your dog prepared for walking with a regular dog walker. I simultaneously walk and train your dog for one hour, working with any specific issues they might have while walking on a leash. The goal of these sessions is to eventually get your dog back into a regular dog walkers pack.
Don’t Live In Toronto?
Don’t worry, I offer Web Consultations. For these consultations to be effective, it is important that you have some videos of your pups behaviour that you would like to modify. Web consultations must be done over video chat, so that I can see your dog’s living environment, and see how you and your family interact with your pup while at home.
Still Not Sure If Hairy Tales Can Help You?
I offer free 15 minute phone consultations to answer any additional questions you might have.