Positive Dog Training and
So many of us have dogs in our lives! They give us joy, companionship and unconditional love. If we are feeling low, they can provide comfort and make us feel better, just by being there. Those of us who are dog lovers could not imagine life without a waggy tail to greet us when we wake in the morning, or when we come home.
Sometimes though, dog owners need help with their dogs either because there's a behaviour issue that has cropped up that they aren't sure how to deal with, or they just need their puppy or older dog to behave a little better and have some manners.
I offer behaviour consults on a one to one basis if you have a dog with behaviour issues. My sole focus is on you and we can meet at a time and on a day that suits your busy schedule.
I offer group classes with a maximum of 6 students, at a venue in Brentwood Bay. OR if it's easier for you, we can arrange those classes privately at a time and a day that suits you. I am happy to offer classes online for students who are not close enough to attend classes in person.
WELCOME TO WOOFERS
Where you and your dog will always be treated with kindness and respect
Could your walks together be best described as you wrestling with your dog on the leash while he lunges and barks at other dogs or people he sees, bringing out his inner Cujo? Do moving objects send him in to a barking lunging frenzy?
Maybe your dog is convinced he was a sled dog in a past life and feels obliged to drag you down the street because well, walking nicely on leash is something you haven't gotten around to teaching him or you don't have a clue how?
Perhaps you no longer let your dog off leash because you can’t get him to come back to you. Are his favourite games "Keep Away" or "Sorry, I Can't Hear You"?
Do you keep him on leash now because you got tired of screaming at the top of your voice "FLUFFY COME HERE OR ELSE!!!!" for half an hour or more, before Fluffy got bored and came back?
Could your state of mind be described as
"At. The. End. Of. Your. Tether"?
If you can identify with any of the above, then Woofers is here to help you!
I can be perfectly honest and say before I became a trainer, I had been through all of the above myself! I can remember feeling sometimes that "having a dog isn't supposed to be like this" and feeling only dread at the thought of taking the dog for a walk. I remember the judgmental looks from other people and the times when they felt the need to make a "helpful comment ". I remember only too well how stressful it all was.
Because I've been there, done that, I can empathise with your struggles and the stress it causes! My goal is to help you with those behaviour issues and hopefully help to alleviate the stress it's causing you and your dog.
I can offer you a one off session with me privately that I call Puppy 101!
Getting a puppy?
Been a long time since you had a puppy?
Maybe you're worried?
If this is your first time with a puppy, you need to be prepared. That includes what to have available for your puppy when he gets home, how to manage kids and puppy, how to get housetraining started etc.
Maybe you've had a puppy before but it was a long time ago and you just want to be reminded about all the stuff you are going to need to acquire, or do before and just after you get your puppy.
This private video or in person session with me will last up to 75 minutes and can answer all those questions that you need to ask so you can feel prepared once puppy arrives!
PUP ESSENTIALS TRAINING CLASSES
Pup Essentials is a training class which will teach you how to train your puppy starting at 10 weeks, older dog, or teenage dog in basic obedience cues to help become a well behaved member of the family.
In a group class:
In group classes at a venue in Brentwood Bay with a maximum of 6 dogs per class.
The same curriculum, but with you as my only focus, at a time and place convenient to you. This is handy if your lifestyle makes it difficult to commit to a once a week group class. This can be in your yard, or outside in a quiet park.
Please go to my training page for details of the blocks of group classes coming up