Dog Training... For Dummies?

  • Feel like you're in over your head trying to figure out dog training with this new puppy and his new bad habits?
  • Needing physio for your shoulder after being walked around the block by your 80 lb Lab?
  • Or perhaps your dog's love of tunneling in the backyard has to come to an end?

First let's see where you are.....

You’ve just brought home the most adorable puppy, and while she’s cute, I’ll bet she’s definitely proving to be a handful!

Up at all hours of the night for whining and potty-duty, barking, chewing your favorite leather shoes to shreds… and as he’s getting bigger, so are the problems.  This is worse than a baby!

Or maybe you’ve had Rover for a few years already, and he is without a doubt the leader of the home, wreaking havoc in your life.

Either way, you’ve decided that enough is enough! You’re going to find a solution to his nipping, pulling you down the road on his leash, jumping up on everyone and everything, and barking if it’s the last thing you do.

Never fear - there IS an answer to your problems.  And why can you trust me with your dog's rehabilitation? It's a serious word - rehabilitation - but an overhaul like that in you and your dog's relationship is often necessary.

family dog trainingOur rambunctious cockapoo, Milo.

I'm a certified dog trainer, and have trained many clients' unruly dogs.  Not to mention my own... 

My first dog, Justice, used to be a certified escape artist who loved to run away.  After a lot of training and practice, she hung around home like she was supposed to, and came when I called her.

And our 3 year old Cockapoo, Milo... he is always training, but has come a long way since those early puppy days!

However, you're the only one who can decide if this is worth it... I like to let the results speak for themselves. As they say, the proof is in the pudding.

Welcome to Model Hound!

I'm excited to spend some time with you here, showing you the ins and outs of training the family dog. 

With information over-load these days, it's hard to know who to trust.  After all, this is a family member we're talking about!

True, the odors that she emits sometimes are enough to make even the toughest guy cry, and there are a few embarrassing habits like goosing your Aunt Gwen. Oh horrors. 

Well, all we need is love, right? 

Wrong!  Wrong, wrong, wrong.  Believe me, it's a whole lot easier to love your dog when she's well-behaved, too! Ergo, dog training.

Dog training is one of the smartest investments you will ever make!

If you’re reading this, either that bubble about owning a dog being all roses was already popped a long time ago, or you are thinking ahead and want to avoid the common pitfalls of raising a puppy.

If so, kudos to you! You’re taking a step in the right direction.  Calm, sure leadership coupled with dog obedience training will be the number one factor in turning around or preventing unwanted behavior.

There is very rarely such thing as an un-trainable dog.  If a dog has previously “failed” dog school, it's usually not the fault of the dog being unable to learn, but that of the handler or the methods used.

Why settle for Rover taking you for a walk and catering to his whims, when you can easily train him to follow you and your schedule?  Even if you’re not interested in turning him into a show dog, the peace of mind from knowing your dog is under control in any situation is enough reason to do so.

I say "easily", but don't mistake that for meaning that it doesn't take much effort. You only get out of it what you put into it, as with most things in life, and training, boundaries and consistency need to become your new normal.

Dog Training is the Answer!

After working at a dog kennel for a couple years in high school (and owning dogs all my life), I knew that I wanted to be able to help owners with the problems they faced in training. 

So I apprenticed for a year under an amazing dog trainer in Niagara Falls, Canada, and then opened my own doors shortly thereafter.  Fast forward three years later, and I wanted to be able to reach more people with my help. 

I wrote this website specifically for you (and for your dog, of course!).  A dog should be an enjoyable member of the family, not a terror.

So this site gives my best professional advice on how to solve common behavior problems, obedience training tips and techniques, dog and puppy care "need-to-know", and other types of training I'm passionate about.

If you're new to training, or neck-deep in trouble, start with Basic Obedience and House Training.  Here's to a new beginning!

Get started by clicking one of the images below to read more...

Dog Training Collars

Training Collars

Dog Digging

Dog Digging

Tracking Dog Training

Tracking Dog Training

Hypo-Allergenic Dogs

House Training a Puppy

House Training

Personal Protection Training

Protection Training

Drug Dog

Drug Dogs

Dog Leash Training

This is just a sprinkling of what you'll find here.  To keep up to date, subscribe to our RSS feed by clicking in the box below the navigation bar to the right of this page.

And to help you along the way, why not sign up for our free monthly e-zine, The Daily Fetch? 

Written exclusively for our subscribers, it will give you valuable dog tips, articles, and discounts on new e-book releases delivered right to your inbox!

Proper dog obedience training and common sense will make those annoying behavioral problems a thing of the past - and it doesn't have to be expensive, either. 

Let me lead you on the journey towards a happy, calm relationship with your dog, and have some fun along the way!