Guy Lapierre - Unleashed Potential K9 Halifax
Obedience and Behaviour Modification
I believe obedience is the key to a well-balanced dog. Through obedience one can build a solid relationship with their dog that has mutual respect and relevance. Once you have a solid relationship with your dog, obedience can be leveraged to overcome behaviour problems to reach a balanced state. Or, prevent them from developing in the first place if puppy training.
How I deal with behaviour problems, or raise a well balanced dog, is through obedience. I teach the dog some base obedience and then we proof it under distraction so it becomes manageable. Once it becomes manageable, meaning they can hold the obedience that is being asked for in the presence of their triggers (dogs, people, etc.), then we can further advance the dog to understand how interact with these triggers in a calm and proper manner. I use a combination of reward and correction. Reward is typically food and corrections vary from verbal markers, leash corrections, and via a variety of training collars. Dogs are properly conditioned to any tool prior to it being used and understand the concept of pressure/release. All of us at Unleashed Potential use the NePoPo® training philosophy and training system. Watch this video for a demonstration and further explanation of this successful system.
The end goal for all dogs in my program is to be able to attend our group classes when they are ready. You can attend group classes for as long as you own your dog. In group class you can continue to improve your dog’s leash walking, social, and off leash skills in distracting environments.
Board & Train
In this program your dog stays with us at our facility and is professionally trained by me. We then integrate them back into your home with instructions on how to make sure what they learned transfers over you.
In this program we instill the obedience we need through a combination of reward and correction to proof the obedience and leverage it to deal with the problems specific to your dog. Reward is administered by communicating with the dog that they have done right and are being rewarded for doing so. We integrate an e-collar (included in the price) into the teaching system so that it can be used to pressure behaviours when needed to make them reliable. E-Collar Demo .
Once success has been attained to the point that the obedience and problems are controlled, we will integrate your dog back into the home and begin to transfer the results and skills to you.
This program is results based so I do not quote for a specific amount of time - I quote for results. The average length of this program is 2 to 6 weeks but can vary depending on your dog. Once the board and train is complete you can attend group classes to continue to work on your dog's obedience and social skills.
This program is great for situations where, but not limited to, your dog pulls on leash, does not listen, does not recall or come when called, jumps up on people, is dog reactive or dog aggressive, is people reactive or aggressive, guards food, growls, barks, goes crazy when people come to the door, and much more.
In this program your dog is dropped off daily (Monday to Friday between 7:00AM and 8:00AM) to spend the day with us and we take them through the same curriculum as outlined in the Board and Train program. They are picked up at the end of the day between 5:00PM and 6:00PM and spend the night and weekends with you. We provide instruction and homework for you to do in the evenings and on weekends. This allows you to transfer the skills your dog learns with me to you.
This program is results based so I do not quote for a specific amount of time - I quote for results. The average length of this program is 4 to 6 weeks but can vary depending on your dog. Once day train is complete you can attend group classes to continue to work on your dog's obedience and social skills.
In this program we instill the obedience we need in private sessions as I would in the board and train program outlined above. This program is results based so it does not have a specific number or sessions or time line. We do whatever number of private sessions required to attain the obedience and make the behaviours manageable.
Once success has been attained to the point that the obedience and problems are controlled, you can attend group classes to continue to work on your dog's obedience and social skills.
Dog Training Genesis
The Genesis program is an online program that gives you all the background theory you will need to know as well as all the hands-on training instruction to train or resolve problems with your adult dog or raise a well balanced puppy.
First you will teach all the base obedience required and then learn how to develop an action plan to deal with any behaviour issues you may need to solve or raise a well-balanced puppy from scratch.
For an inside view of the Dog Training Genesis Program follow this link: Inside View.
Once you have completed the Genesis program and you have solved any issues your dog has, you are eligible to attend our group classes for one full year with an option to renew. There we can continue to develop your dog's obedience and social skills.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The button below is for those located in the Halifax Region as it is a package that includes Dog Training Genesis, E-Collar and access to group classes after completing the online program.
If you wish to buy Dog Training Genesis on its own without the e-collar or group class access, click here. (Puppy Management graduates must buy the package to receive their discount.)
Custom Dog / Puppy Training
I can build a custom program on an hourly basis to fit your needs. Understand that I can do individual sessions with you to work through your issues but there is no way to provide you a timeline or how many sessions it would take to accomplish your goals.
This option is ideal if your dog pulls on leash, jumps up, needs to be taught how to calm, barks, doesn't come when called ( recall ), is mouthing, nipping, needs to be house trained, and more.
* This option does not provide access to group classes and the e-collar is optional.
Assessments and Consultations
If you are not sure which program may be right for you and your dog, you can arrange a consultation with me and we can assess your situation.
I grew up in the country surrounded by farms where cattle dogs and hunting dogs were the norm. The intelligence of these dogs amazed me from a very young age and I’ve always had a deep desire to fully understand these amazing animals. As an adult, my wife Kimberley and I adopted a rescue dog named Karma that challenged just how deep my desire was. Karma turn out to be a 115 pound German shepherd / Bernese mountain dog mix that pushed me to my very limits. I spent a year and a half trying to fully understand her aggressive behaviour by learning endless theories, methods, and techniques that made little progress. Then, I found Duke Ferguson’s team at Unleashed Potential and they helped me turn her around. I was so inspired by what was possible that my wife and I started a dog rescue of our own in Karma’s name where we used Duke Ferguson’s training program to rehabilitate and fully train dogs surrendered into our care and then placed them in loving homes.
By thoroughly immersing myself in the Unleashed Potential program and other well renowned programs, I've now successfully trained many dogs with a variety of behaviour problems and developed a well-rounded understanding of the complex canine. My desire to continue to learn more led me to formerly train under master trainer, Duke Ferguson and become part of his team and now service the Halifax, Nova Scotia area. I may no longer rescue and rehome dogs but as a professional certified dog trainer I help dog owners train their dogs so they don't have to be rehomed.
I live in Halifax with my wife Kimberley, my two daughters, and our six dogs.
If you would like to see examples of my training, I invite you to check out my Facebook page where we post training sessions and the progression of dogs in training for all to see: UPK9 Halifax Facebook Page
I am a member of the IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals) and I adhere to their code of ethics.
The INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CANINE PROFESSIONALS is dedicated to the education, development and support of dog training professional world-wide. The IACP provides a community where experienced dog trainers mentor, guide and cultivate members to their full potential. Our commitment to the highest quality training increases our members’ skills and abilities, develops professional recognition and improves communication on training best practices. We support our members’ rights to properly use and promote effective, humane training tools and methods to create success for each dog and owner, while expanding the understanding and cooperation among canine professionals and dog owners across the full spectrum of the canine industry.