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Toblerusse - Pet Portraits

I met Ron today from Toblerusse.

Ron is a professional pet-portrait artist and painter specializing in dogs in Vancouver, BC. I am happy to add him to my "Fun Links" page in order to add more value to my clients through additional services - beyond getting your dog under control :)

You can find some of his work at and get a hold of him directly!

Pictures of Panco - Handsome and smart little guy with committed owners.


"Bad" Dog Bootcamp

We all can think of one person whose dog is really annoying, but the owner says he's cute. And all dog owners can think of one little habit their own dog has, that we know is bad, but we don't think it's a problem.

Depending on the dog's personality, bad behaviors can often escalate and become dangerous. A small dog jumping on a child can cause serious damage, and a dog that growls when you approach his bed is highly likely to bite you one day in the wrong circumstances.


Here's how you turn a bully into a respectful, calm family member.


These are 10 quick tips to use at home that will help get rid of bad behaviors and improve your dog's obedience altogether. All of these are based on dog psychology and we can discuss why in a later post if requested.


You will basically tell the bully who's boss without using physical force as physical force

* damages your bond with your dog

* is counter productive in training

* can sometimes trigger aggression.

For ten days, follow these guidelines:


1.Feed the dog after you and everyone in your family has finished eating. Do not tolerate begging (see 8.).


2. Nothing in life is free. If your dog wants attention, make her work for it first, by asking her to sit/lie down/shake first.


3. Do not allow the dog to climb on any piece of furniture.


4. Restrict the dog's access to certain rooms.


5. Do not give the dog any attention unless you've decided it's time to play/walk/cuddle.

6. Have the person that the dog respects the least feed the dog, and establish a feeding ritual where the dog has to wait before he is allowed to walk to the dish.


7. Feed your dog at set times, 1, 2 or 3 times a day. If the dog eats then walks away from the dish and there's food left in the dish, pick it up and throw it out immediately.


8. Use your crate at night for your dog to sleep in and ignore all tantrums the dog might throw. 

9. Put away all toys/bones/towels the dog may think he owns. You can only use them when you decide it's time to play, then you stop and put them away again.


10. On the walk, walk your dog. Not the other way around. Don't walk him offleash for the duration of the bootcamp if he doesn't come when called.


Rescuing a Fearful Submissive Adult Dog


So today I explained to my uncle how to best help his new dog, that he rescued recently. Seems the dog is fearful and submissive. I explained to him that dogs need a clear hierarchy in place in the house, otherwise they'll feel the need to constantly show submission - which is neither enjoyable for the dog nor for the owner.

True to my approach that is based on the dogs' deepest instincts, I explained to him how to use space and food to communicate to his dog that yes, he is clearly the one who makes the decision but also the one who will take care of her - so she can relax.


Puppy Mills - Christmas Puppies - Responsible Decisions

This week I have booked several training consultations - for example, one with a Lhassa Apso that I saw get in a nasty dog fight with a bigger dog, and another one that proves to be difficult for his family: separation anxiety, incessant barking and biting...


Puppy Mill
The mother your petstore pup left behind

In particular I am going to work with a puppy that comes from a puppy mill. I'd like to grasp this opportunity to remind everyone to please, please not buy puppies for Christmas. Puppies should always come either from a shelter or from a reputable breeder, and none of those two organizations would let you buy a puppy for Christmas.


Companies that will sell you a puppy for Christmas are mainly

* pet stores,

* online pet stores,

* fake rescue organizations that will let you "rescue" a puppy or adult dog for an excruciatingly expensive rehoming fee. Those are mostly found online.


All of the above are supplied by puppy mills. If you're not too sensitive to graphic images, you can Google the concept of Puppy Mills and you will quickly understand that buying a puppy online or from a petstore is the worst thing you can do if you call yourself a dog lover. If you're going to get a dog, get out there and meet with him/her in person. Spend some time together, figure out if the dog's energy level is right for you and your family, invest the effort and time to really think this through: this little guy will spend the next 10 years with you, are you ready for this?


Buying a puppy online is like buying a plush toy. You base your decision making on photos that have been stolen from fancy photoshopped galleries, without looking at the actual "product" you're shopping for. The puppy you will actually get will often be sick, traumatized and rarely purebred. The mother of that puppy will stay in the cage she has never left, and have another litter a few months later. She will never get vaccines, dewormed, treated for fleas or ticks, she will never get to build muscles by walking on the floor, she will never be clean because she's living in her own feaces, and buying one of her puppies is simply supporting this horror to continue.

Buying a puppy from a petstore might make you feel like you've spent some time with the dog, but the reality is that you need to spend several weeks, if not months or sometimes years before you know that you're ready for a dog, let alone for that particular dog. Only a reputable breeder or shelter will understand that you need the time to make your decision, and they will appreciate that. In a puppy store, the sense of urgency and the risk of buying the puppy just because he's so cute are real and the next few months will be very, very challenging - that is, if your puppy is healthy enough to live.


From a training perspective, it is very hard to work with dogs that come from petstores - from puppy mills as their most basic instincts have been suppressed in order for them to survive. The instincts that I base my training on are just not there. I can use other methods but they're not half as efficient as the ones you use on a mentally healthy dog that was born in respectful conditions. You will be faced with some challenges during the whole life of your dog - that's at least 8 years if you've got a healthy dog.


If you are considering buying a puppy for Christmas, for your kid, your Mom or your friend, please take the time to go to the nearest shelter and ask the dogs in the cages what they think. The average age of dogs that get in a shelter is 13 months old. Why do you think that is?


News from Happy Woof Dog Training

Hello and thanks for reading this blog!


Two major changes:  

  • Scooby has been an amazing student and responded to my training really well, to the point where he has been adopted by a family that owns another dog and loves the breed. He is now living in Ucluelet. He was a piece of work but I miss him like crazy!
  • Also, I have found a professional job and work regular business hours. I thus have to slow down my activity as a dog trainer but I will definitely keep helping dog owners outside of business hours. 


I am working on doing some major changes to the website, mainly removing services I can no longer offer. Thanks for your visit!


A few pics of Scooby


Scooby's adventures at Happy Woof Dog Training!

Here is an update on my latest project: rehabilitating Scooby, a Pit Bull from the SPCA that was out of control and unadoptable. Scooby came to live with me as a foster on February 6 and he has made progress every day since that day. Now, after several weeks of training and rehabilitation he is officially ready to go to his forever home!!!


With the consistent routine and training I gave him as well as the help of Jacqueline at Aquapaws Hydrotherapy Inc., Scooby has learned self control, polite behavior, patience, respect, and he has learned to bond with people. He has come a very long way. He has proven that he is extremely smart and eager to please his humans if treated with respect. I am really impressed with his potential.


To those of you interested in finding out more about this little dude, you can either get in touch with me through the website, or get in touch with Hug-A-Bull which is the rescue organization that he now belongs to. Thanks for reading!


Daisy and Claire!


Late Socialization - Using a Balanced Dog as a Sponsor

Hi everyone and thanks for reading our blog. Here are the latest news of what's going on at Happy Woof Dog Training!


I just gave Finn back to her Mommy. Finn is a little Yorkie mix who came in last Monday for a 5-days boot camp. I spent the week helping her with her undersocialization, getting her to overcome her fears and respond appropriately to things going on around her. It took a bit of confidence building at first, a lot of leadership every day and the sponsorship of Daisy in the end to help Finn become a better adjusted little dog.


Daisy is a balanced and confident Samoyed whom I invited to join us for the last two days of boot camp. Us humans can only do so much when it comes to rehabilitation or training. When dealing with a fearful dog or an undersocialized dog it is greatly beneficial to have the help of an older and confident dog. Daisy helped cheer Finn up, teach Finn to just ignore what's going on in the street, she taught Finn that big dogs are awesome, she got Finn to remain calm and focused on following me just like she does... And Finn would just mimic everything Daisy did! We even spent the morning at Paw Prints Grooming Salon on 4th Avenue to help train Finn through the process. She did great, with the help of Daisy who was remaining calm and relaxed next to the grooming table. The groomer Jenn I have to thank for her patience too... She did a great job making sure Finn was having a good experience.


Finn is still learning, and socialization will be an ongoing process, but she is more comfortable in her own skin and now she knows that things are not going to go wrong when a truck goes by or when someone sneezes near her. Thanks Daisy for your help!




Puppy Class Booked up!

Puppy Class Kitsilano

Our Winter puppy class seems to have been a huge hit and we opened a second class which is now booked up too...


We will no longer be able to take any bookings for puppy class before the spring. However, if you would like to watch one of our classes to see the training and socializing methods Claire uses, or chat with the students about what living with a puppy is like because you want to buy one in the future, you are more than welcome. Indeed we believe that you should make an informed decision when buying a puppy. We are happy to give you an opportunity to hear what it's really like from puppy owners themselves.


Send us an email if you are interested!