Dog Behaviorist Toronto – Reactivity, Fear, Anxiety, Aggression Problems

Reactive Dogs, Fearful, Anxious or Aggressive Dogs – Behaviour Modification for Dogs

 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, We’re here to help! We can see you in-person (outdoors), or for matters involving in-home issues, via videoconferencing, or a mix of the two, tailored to the specific issues you and your dog are facing.

 

“If you feel like you didn’t receive the value you deserved from a Virtual Consultation or Lesson, simply write into us explaining in detail how we missed the mark*, and we will deliver a make-up in-person class or lesson at no charge (either at our schools, or in-home service area)”

 

(*Within 72 hours of the lesson, we want feedback promptly!)

This is for you if…

You have a dog that is struggling with reactivity, fear, anxiety, or aggression problems.

  • Barking and lunging at other dogs (Dog Reactivity)
  • Barking and lunging at strangers (People Reactivity)
  • Aggression towards dogs or people (nipped or bitten or caused injury to other dogs or people)
  • Resource Guarding (aggression to keep toys, bones, or stolen objects)
  • Handling Sensitivity (aggression when touched, held, groomed, or restrained)
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Fearful and shut down in new or strange environments or around new people

“Rachael was absolutely wonderful – she is experienced, knowledgeable and makes you feel super comfortable and confident. She gave us great tips, answered all of our questions, and was overall an excellent teacher (showing us by example and then having both my husband and I try). We had moved condo buildings and our dog had become reactive to some of the new dogs in the building and in just 2 sessions with Rachael he has improved so much. He now seems relaxed and secure and excited about his new routine and skills.  How much she cares about dogs comes across and you can tell she really wants to help.”
– K. Turner

Our Values and Methods

Our organization adheres to the guidelines found in the Humane Hierarchy, which has also been adopted by many organizations such as the CCPDT.

In brief, you can expect that our behaviour modification plans will include:

  • Ensuring the health and physical well-being of the dog – that includes physical health (diet, rest, exercise, medical illness) and emotional well-being
  • Setting them up for success – Avoiding putting the dog in situations where he or she is likely to fail and do the unwanted behaviour
  • Desensitization and Counter-Conditioning – Presenting less threatening versions of the triggering stimulus and pairing it with things the dog really enjoys
  • Positive Reinforcement/Differential Reinforcement of Alternate Behaviour – Teaching other skills the dog can do instead of the unwanted behaviour

Rest assured, you will not find these kinds of techniques or tools in our training plans:

  • Leash corrections (jerking on the dog’s neck)
  • Punishment collars (choke chain, prong collar, shock collar)
  • Physical violence (scruff shakes, alpha-rolls, pinning the dog)
  • Fear-inducing deterrents (throw chains in bags, water balloons, pop cans full of pennies, “pet corrector” horns, etc.)

Availability:

Our team is growing and we strive to offer you fast turnaround from inquiry to your first booking. In a few cases of very severe aggression or anxiety, clients may need to book farther out for a senior instructor.

View our availability here on our Read-Only team booking calendar. Please do not actually book us via this calendar, as we only accept bookings from clients who have enrolled and whose cases we have accepted. We have published this here to give prospective clients a sense of what the lead-time between enrolling and first appointment is like.


“We are thrilled with how far King has come!
King is a rescue from the Toronto Humane Society and we got him a little over a month ago. He’s about a year and a half and to say he’s full of energy is an understatement. When we first got him we were told he was very dog aggressive, and probably wouldn’t do well in a condo.
Enter Stephanie – Within the first few minutes of meeting her we knew she was perfect for us. She’s extremely knowledgeable, confident, and you can just tell she loves dogs. She was very patient with the 3 of us and gave us confidence in our training. Without Stephanie we would have never realized how smart King is, and how much potential he has. “
– Steph, Dylan & King!

Our Service Area

In-home lessons are available as follows:

West-End In-Home Service Area (Bordered by Davenport, Runnymede, South to Lake Ontario, and Spadina)

Dog Training In-Home West Toronto

 

East-End In-Home Service Area (Bordered by O’Connor Drive, Woodbine, to Lake Ontario, and Parliament)

 

Dog Training In Home East End Toronto

Mid-Town In-Home Service Area (Bordered by Lawrence Ave W, Avenue Road, Mount Pleasant, south to Bloor Street)

Dog Training In Home Midtown Toronto

In-school lessons are available out of our Dundas West, Pape Village and Queen West locations. We are happy to work with you at our three facilities if you are outside of our service area.

What’s It Cost?

A private lesson package (Two Lessons, 90 minutes and 60 minutes), which includes a post-lesson summary write-up and applicable handouts/additional resources ranges from $300 (instructor) to $360 (for a senior instructor) plus HST. Please note, for new clients, we require payment in advance to finalize your appointment bookings.

*For Separation Anxiety Consulting Services , Click Here.

For details regarding class/training policies, please see our Policy page.


“A year after our private sessions with Andre, our beagle Jake sits on our front porch and watches dogs walk by without aggression — dogs that used to set him off on sight at any distance. We continue to use food rewards on walks and have reduced fear-aggression responses to a rarity. He no longer guards the porch when the postman, delivery people or friends approach. Can’t tell you how grateful we are for Andre’s sound advice.”
– Tom and Deborah

OK, I’m Ready to Learn More

Click here to learn about the Application Process for Private Lessons.

Application for Private Lessons