PRIVATE DOG TRAINING
& BEHAVIOUR CONSULTING
KENNEL FREE DOG BOARDING
Woofers offers private, one to one dog training sessions and behavioural consults with clients using humane, force free and scientific training methods.
Woofers offers kennel free boarding in a home environment
My name is Bren Axon and it's fair to say that I am passionate about dogs! I've had 30 years' experience with dogs, mostly larger breeds.
My husband and I emigrated to Canada from the UK in 2006. Before that I worked in law offices for over 25 years and was also a Magistrate presiding in the Criminal and Family Courts.
I was involved with the RSPCA for many years with experience of the day to day running of a busy branch which included the rehoming of dogs and cats in our care. I also served the RSPCA as a member of the South West Regional Board.
When we emigrated to Canada my life changed! Moving allowed me to fulfill a childhood dream; to work with dogs and become a certified dog trainer.
I graduated with Honours from the Animal Behaviour College in 2010.
I am a professional member of the Pet Professional Guild, a well known international organisation that promotes positive and humane methods of dog training and handling. I am also a member of the Pet Professional Network an organisation supporting force free pet professionals around the world.
I am constantly updating my knowledge about dogs and dog behaviour as well as attending seminars and workshops in order to further my understanding of our canine companions and offer my clients the best service that I can.
Until recently, my husband and I shared our lives with two female Leonbergers, Juno and Bella. Sadly in Feb 2020 our darling Bella (on the left of the photo here) lost her brave fight with cancer and left us. Juno, her sister is still with us. We all miss Bella a great deal.
Juno has been depressed and lonely since Bella's passing and though we know that no dog will replace Bella in our hearts, we have a new addition to our family who arrived on 22nd September 2020 when he was 9 weeks. This time, a Leonberger boy whose name is Arik. The name is old Norse and means "Noble" or "Leader" (see photo on left - at 12 weeks old) We hope that Arik and Juno will become best buddies and Juno will no longer feel lonely or sad. . It's taken Juno a while to warm up to him, but he's a persistent little chap and his persistence seems to be paying off slowly ! He has a lot of personality and I will admit, he's not the easy puppy that Juno was!
I have shown Juno in conformation and have undertaken competitive Rally Obedience with her. In 2018 Juno acquired her Canine Good Neighbour certificate with the Canadian Kennel Club.
I am based in Brentwood Bay, Victoria BC and my services cover the greater Victoria area
BOARDING - PLEASE NOTE
At the present time I am not taking on any new boarding clients and am only boarding dogs belonging to existing clients.
Kennel Free Boarding
Woofers offers boarding for your dog in our home. Your dog will be loved and cherished as if he or she were our own and live as part of our family. My goal is to remove any stress that you and your dog may feel at having to be apart. I want your dog to feel happy and relaxed and I want you to feel secure in knowing that your dog is being cared for in a loving, experienced and knowledgeable environment while you are away.
I cover the greater Victoria area and for a small fee can arrange to collect or deliver your dog for you if it's more convenient
I only take a small number of boarding dogs at any one time.
If you are interested in using my boarding services, I will ask you to visit me with your dog for a short, no obligation pre boarding visit so that you can meet me and see where your dog will be staying. I will also at that time assess your dog to see whether I feel your pet will fit in and be comfortable in our home. If all goes well, I will ask you to bring your dog back and leave him/her with me (usually 3 or 4 hours) so that I can introduce the dog to my own dogs.
I never agree to board a dog without a pre boarding visit. This is a matter of safety for the prospective boarder and for other dogs in the house. This policy is written in stone and I never deviate from it.
All dogs must be sociable towards other dogs and humans, with no issues in regard to either.
Unfortunately, I do not board un-neutered adult males, dogs who are prone to barking, or any dog that has a bite history.
I am based in Brentwood Bay which is a short hop from BC Ferry Terminal and Victoria Airport.
$40 per day for a single dog
$70 per day for two dogs of the same family
Humane, force free and science based
Does your dog lack manners, basic skills or pulls on leash?
Perhaps your dog is what is called "reactive" and barks and lunges at other dogs on leash making you dread taking him or her for a walk?
Have you have acquired a rescue dog and are struggling with behavioural issues since he or she joined your family?
Are you planning on bringing a new puppy into your family, or you've just got a new puppy and not sure where to start with housetraining, training and all the usual puppy "stuff"?
Do you need help choosing a puppy/rescue dog to make sure it's the right dog for you?
Woofers can help!
I can show you how to teach your dog those basic skills and manners, including teaching your dog to walk nicely on leash. I can help you with a dog who is reactive on leash so that he no longer feels the need to lunge and bark. I can also help you with the common behaviour issues that are sometimes experienced with puppies and adult dogs. Dogs adopted from rescue can be wonderful companions. I know, because most my dogs have been rehomed dogs. However, sometimes they can develop behaviour issues and it's my goal to help new adopters resolve those issues so they don't get overwhelmed and dog doesn't end up being returned to the rescue organisation.
Who doesn't love puppies? We all do, but puppies can be hard work. I can help with advice about how to set up your home ready for your new puppy's arrival to make things much easier. I can also help you with all those things that you need to know, housetraining 101, puppy biting/mouthing, safely socialising puppy, how to get your pup walking nicely on leash etc.
What kind of training methods does Woofers use?
I use modern, humane force free training methods that are based in science and I will never suggest that you use a choke, prong or shock collar on your dog. Nor will I ever suggest you shout at, manhandle, or force your dog or puppy into doing anything by using pain and fear.
Modern, educated dog trainers never need to use these tools or scare tactics which dozens of scientific studies have shown to be detrimental to a dog’s physical and mental wellbeing. Using painful tools and fear in training is also detrimental to your relationship with your dog and you may end up with a dog that no longer trusts you or wants to be close to you.
Force free training is about giving your dog a choice and setting him or her up for success while he or she is learning. We use rewards to encourage your dog to learn; it could be food, a toy, or praise. It is the dog that decides what is rewarding, not us!
If apex predators can be trained to be co-operative with their handlers (for example at zoo parks etc for the purpose of medical examinations) by using force free training based on kindness and rewards, then we can certainly teach any dog the same way. Science tells us that every species, including humans, learns by behaviour that is rewarded.
Woofers offers private training for you and your dog to suit your schedule. This is ideal for clients who have busy lives and can't commit to a fixed training class regime or for dogs who have behavioural issues that makes them ineligible for group classes.
I will meet with you at your home, at a time that is most convenient to you.
Please contact me for details of fees.
Please click on the PDF document below to see details of my education related to dog behaviour and training