Dog training isn’t just one lesson and you’re done, it is a lifestyle choice. We pride ourselves on working to teach your dog new tricks, and teach you as their handler how to work with your dog so you can continue to train them with confidence for life. You know what they say; Give a man a fish, feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime. Any dog can learn new tricks and work towards positive behavioral changes if you’re willing to do the work that will inspire this change.
Our approach to training is reward based with balanced techniques; Balanced training is the most recommended style of training supported by canine organizations with positive results and is better for animal welfare. We specialize in balanced training, e-collar training, clicker training, sound aversion training, and relationship building.
As a child I always had an overwhelming passion for dogs. I can't remember a time when I didn't have a dog for a companion.
I started off in the law enforcement industry as a dispatcher for emergency services after graduating from Humber College, but never felt fulfilled by my career choice.
My passion for dog training sparked in 2014 when I helped to rehabilitate and build a positive relationship with a German Shepherd that had high levels of reactivity and aggression. I worked hard with several trainers learning how to rehabilitate him, including Sherri Davis, the owner of BRB K9 in Ancaster ON. This experience inspired me to pursue full certification to work with dogs. I graduated from a trainer certificate program in 2017.
Since then, I worked at the kennel for Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides where I was exposed to a variety of different training styles and mentorship by several other trainers. I also worked in a doggy daycare setting where I learned how to look after several dogs at a time. When starting out, I happily helped family and close friends work on their relationship with their dogs and built confidence in myself as a trainer. I have since then worked with clients to help them enhance their relationship with their dogs and encourage them to continue training everyday.
I always incorporate a balanced training method; with tools, lots of treats, love, and praise!
Training isn’t just a program, it is a lifestyle choice!
Proud Pawrent of a Siberian Husky and a Chihuahua!
- Erik Bodas
Ever since I can remember I’ve had a fascination with animals, especially dogs. I used to spend my mornings as a child watching professional dog shows and found myself surrounded by friends and family pets. While I’ve owned many animals, such as rodents, reptiles and birds, I didn’t get my first dog Toby, a Great Dane/Pitbull mix, until 2014 at the age of 18. He was four months old, emaciated and terrified of most movements and sounds. However, after only a few months together his personality bloomed and he’s become a very calm and balanced dog naturally with age.
After a year together we were ready to add to the pack. I adopted my second dog Cali, a 6 week old Pitbull puppy, who was the runt of the litter and had a very nervous disposition. Her behavioural issues began at the age of 5 months old when she began lunging and trying to bite anybody within eyesight. In addition to these behaviours she became very fearful and sporadic on walks or in any confined space. I was desperate to help her and so I started training with different trainers who, unfortunately, at that time only made her behaviour worse. That’s when I became determined to learn as much as I could about the psychology and body language of dogs.
Finding a balance in training using many different tools as well as force free methods has helped me help Cali in becoming a well-mannered dog out in today's society. I started my career working with dogs at a doggy daycare where I learned how to work closely with all breeds of dogs in a safe manner, all while watching with a keen eye the wide variety of behaviours one might see in different breeds of dog. I then started a job as a kennel attendant where I cared for the wellbeing of all dogs that stayed in our care, running groups of 20-30 dogs at once enhancing my study of different play styles and body language. I quickly moved up in my job from kennel attendant to kennel manager, with over 100 dogs and 15+ staff members to oversee. I got my certificate in dog training in 2021 and am now expanding my knowledge and bringing my expertise in behaviour and body language into the grooming field!
As your trainer it is my job to help create a positive change in your relationship with your dog through recognizing their individual needs and creating a customised program that works for you and your dog. I can’t wait to meet you!
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