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Guy Lapierre

Does Training Create a “Robot Dog”?

“I don’t need my dogs to be robots.” This is something I’ve heard several times as a trainer and I’ve had to explain to prospective clients that what you see on the surface may not be what you think. You can’t judge a book by its cover – so to speak. As a trainer, I often post video of my ... Read More »

Feeding Time is Training Time – Step One

This is how my puppy, River, eats every piece of food she gets. Feeding time is training time. My dogs work for a living. This provides some of the mental stimulation they need and when combined with physical exercise most of the behaviour problems we see simply go away or are severely diminished. This is how I instruct all of ... Read More »

It’s OK, He’s Friendly

“It’s okay….he’s friendly!!” Let’s discuss the importance of Off-Leash Recall. How many times have you heard an owner yelling that out to you from afar as his off leash dog runs towards you full tilt while ignoring all his owners attempts to call him back? Often the dogs name is repeated over and over and over, the word “treat” is ... Read More »

My Last Dog…

My last dog… No,…that is not a statement. I have not sworn off dogs and will most certainly welcome another with open arms when our 4 canine family members cross over the Rainbow Bridge. This isn’t a rant either,…rather an attempt to point out something that some dog owners often get hung up on. I’ve lost count of the number ... Read More »

Why I Became a Dog Trainer

I am frequently asked why I became a dog trainer. The answer is simple really – I love dogs and like to help troubled dogs. As you may imagine, the reasons go deeper than that so let me explain. A few years ago my wife and I adopted a rescue dog and we named her Karma. She’s a German Shepherd ... Read More »