Staying On The Porch

Jake & Lucy on the porchJake and Lucy moved into their new place late August and Main St is very busy so they had to learn to stay on the porch unless they are on a leash.  In the first week they had a fail for running down the steps because there was a German Shepard barking at them from the sidewalk, but they did come back up on the porch when I told them to.  Week 2 was not good for Lucy as she had about 4 fails but came back right away when I told her.  Week 3 and no fails so far.  Its like there is an invisible barrier that they have learned not to cross unless on leash.

One Session and the Aggression is Gone

On Wednesday Lady (left) and Tazik (right) couldn’t be in the same room unless Tazik was muzzled and on a leash.  When I returned on Friday I walked in and saw them in the same room with no muzzle and Tazik licked Lady’s ear where he had bitten her a few days before.

It doesn’t happen very often but getting rid of aggression in one session is such a great experience I had to share.

5 Week Old Chocolate Labs

Took some pictures this week of 7 Chocolate Lab puppies.

CKC registered Chocolate Labrador Retrievers.

The parents have both excellent lineage (of Chocolates) and copies will be provided.

Both parents have had hip and elbows examined and x-rayed before mating to rule out any defects certified by the Orthopedic Foundation for animals

Both parents have had eye examinations and are clear of any defects.


The sire has also had DNA  testing done to rule out exercise induced collapse and Centronuclear Myopathy.

The Sire Bernfield Carho’s Fresh Brew is from Jerryru Kennels in Coldwater Ontario (they have a website) the owner is a long time breeder and Judge . Brew was brought in from Nova Scotia because of his fantastic lineage. He also has a Canine Good Neighbour award and many of both of their families have been guide dogs, therapy dogs and show champions.

The puppies will be registered and have all their paperwork, be dewormed and have their first needles.

If you are interested in buying one of these puppies call Louise at: 905-741-2134.

Leash Biting



I had a unique experience with Stella, a chocolate lab, with leash biting.  I have been successful every time with just telling the owner to ignore the behaviour and it will disappear.  It never took more than 2 minutes to fix.  Stella is a 13 month old dog that has very sharp teeth and as I am telling my client to just ignore the leash biting, I look down to see she has almost worked her way through the handle of the leash.

Time to switch gears and try something new.  I brought the leash to her and every time she put in her mouth I moved back and put the leash out of reach.  After about 6 times I came out and attached the bolt to her collar and when she took the leash in her mouth I removed the leash and put it out of her reach.  After 6 times I said lets teach a few more things before we come back to this.

I taught Stella “Watch Me” and “Off” and then went right to the recall exercise which I use the leash to teach and when she put the leash in her mouth I said “Off” and she dropped the leash.

Sometimes our methods don’t work as planned and we have to quickly find another way that will work to accomplice the desired behaviour.

Massi Meets Layla

Massi & Layla

Massi & Layla

Massi has good and bad days while I have been working with her, but this was definitely a good day. This is the second time in 2 weeks that we encountered Layla the Chocolate lab on our walk. 2 weeks ago Layla rushed right into Massi’s face but luckily she was wearing her muzzle and we got her settled down pretty quickly.
This time I asked the owner for a more controlled approach and not a face on face meeting and Massi never even flinched, I had the muzzle off within 2 minutes and as you can see from the picture they were siting side-by-side and getting along fine.

Massi was attacked by 2 chocolate labs when she was younger so she wants to attack any dark coloured dog on sight so this progress is excellent.

Thunderstorm Conditioning

It can be very frightening for your dog to experience a thunderstorm. You will notice different behaviour from your dog and it could be anything from barking, whimpering, sniffing the air excitedly or hiding somewhere.

This is not the time to coddle your dog, instead it’s an opportunity to get your dog used to these situations. Classic conditioning is the behaviour modification method I use in most of these situations.

addie-thunderWe are currently boarding Addie, a 9-year-old Coon Hound that is frightened by the sound of thunder. Last night we experienced some thunderstorms and Addie showed signs of anxiety, she went into a large crate we keep in the family room without prompting, staying in there while the door was open. When the thunder starts I condition her by feeding her kibble until the sound stops, when the thunder starts again I start feeding again. It will take more thunderstorms, but she is on her way to feeling less stressed in these situations.

Pass The Puppy Please


It’s such a joy to train a 12 week old puppy, they are like a sponge that absorbs everything.

Beckham, a Coton de Tuléar, came with a few problems such as not being house trained and the demand barking issue but she was cute as a button.

After only one accident (which was my fault) she hasn’t eliminated in the house even once. The demand barking took a day and a half to cure because they learn so quickly at this age.

Now let’s go for a walk and oops there is another problem, she seems to bark at every person she sees. Socialization seems to be in order so I knock on every door in the neighbourhood of people I know to play pass the puppy and 2 days later, after meeting about 30 people and many dogs, there is only the occasional barking at strangers. She still needs to meet about another 170 people to be well socialized.

After one week of daily walks and using my 10-second training method she can; Sit, wait, recall (come when called), watch me and walk right beside me without pulling. Now she is ready for her owners to pick her up today. They will finally be able to sleep tonight because the barking all night is finished. She loves her crate.

I love training puppies.


Dog Sense

Jake & Joanne

Its amazing what a dog can sense without any visual cues.  I took Jake and Lucy for a long walk while my wife Joanne had gone out to do some shopping.  After a little over an hour we returned and the dogs were really excited to get home which is unusual.  I didn’t know that my wife had returned because she had put the car in the garage.  When I let the dogs in the house they charged right in and searched for Joanne and found her right away and gave her the full body waggle.

How did they know that she was there?  Did they smell her?  Did they sense that she was there?  Did they feel that I thought she would be home on our return?

Dogs are great at anticipating what we expect of them but they are also amazing creatures that can surprise us with their abilities.