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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 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.
I live in Halifax with my wife Kimberley, my two daughters, and our six dogs.
Obedience and Behaviour Modification
How I deal with behaviour problems 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, or 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. Below is a video of me training a dog on an e-collar where I demonstrate its use as well as talk about some of my other training philosophies. https://youtu.be/eQOuhjBep98 .
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.
Having full recall of your dog in any situation allows you and your dog to experience pure freedom together without worry. If your desire is to have your dog with you as you enjoy your favourite outdoor activity then our recall training will allow that to happen.
Socialization is achieved through obedience and proper introductions. Once we achieve the required obedience through one of our programs and fix any reactivity or aggression issues, we use our group classes to socialize your dog. In group class you can continue to improve your dog’s leash walking, social, and off leash skills in distracting environments.
Our puppy management classes take place Monday nights at 7pm in Bedford It is an on-going class with no start date and end date so you can start between 8 and 14 weeks and attend until your pup is 20 weeks of age. This class focuses on socialization, obedience, and typical issues you deal with while raising a well-balanced puppy. Upon completion, you can credit the amount paid for this class towards our Ultimate Obedience, Day Train, or Board and Train programs within 60 days of completion.
If you have a specific issue you are trying to solve or a specific behaviour you are trying to teach, we can design a custom solution outside of our regular packages to accommodate your needs.
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.