Friday, 14 September 2012

Puppy Obedience Training, in Ottawa, Gatineau, and the Valley

Puppy Training - Learning to last a Life-Time...
Full Boot Camp Session

Just imagine if you knew how to use those subtle and effective forms of communication that dogs employ with each other – a perfectly attainable goal in an in-your-home session with Ottawa’s Dog Whisperer.  What better way to provide your puppy with the life skills it needs to grow into a healthy, happy dog.

A  puppy needs life skills of which a few simple commands like sit, down, stay are only a small part…do you know that it takes all of a few minutes to teach a puppy to sit when one uses the language of a dog? Why would you take a multi-week course with a trainer who takes a full hour of your valuable time to teach you how to get your dog to sit? And another hour a week later to teach your dog to lie down and yet a third hour - three weeks from your fist session, to teach your dog to stay? 

What if you could learn 100’s of times more in one day, in the space of 4 to 5 hours? 

 What if,  in the space of only one day, you could learn all you need to know...hear it, see it, understand it, and do it - to ensure that your puppy becomes a happy, healthy well adjusted canine.

Imagine never having to worry about your puppy developing behavourial problems in the future....and what if, in addition to all of that you could learn about whole health nutrition for your puppy - good behaviour and good health and wrapped up in one!

Well with me you can achieve all of this in an in-your-home Full Boot Camp Session. 

I believe in providing my clients with a comprehensive and cohesive learning experience… I offer an all-encompassing ‘boot camp’ session (in your home) where I will address everything – from physical to psychological to diet/health.  The following list represents just some of the many things that I will teach you and your puppy during a private in-your-home  four to five hour Full Boot Camp Session with your puppy.

Did you know that dogs are better communicators than most people? – I teach you how to be a better communicator…

  • Awareness – yours and your dog’s;
  • Facial expression and body language (yours and your dog’s) – identification,  recognition, understanding and effects;
  • Learn to direct your dog without speaking (voice is not the best way to direct a dog).
  • Understand all of the ways in which humans actually communicate and how it affects your dog;
  • Know how to occupy space to communicate effectively;
  • Know how your state of mind affects your dog;
  • Know when your dog is asking for direction;
  • Nail clipping, grooming and chemical-free all-natural alternatives for maintenance of ears, bathing etc.
  • Potty Training;
  • Socialization as applicable to your situation – i.e.
    • Manors with other Puppies/Dogs;
    • Manors with other Animals (cats, rabbits, etc);
    • Manors around Children;
    • Manors around Guests;
  • How to get your puppy to stop chewing on your hands, your clothes, shoes, household items, etc. 
  • Manors in the house – i.e.: 
    • Entering and exiting the house with respect; 
    • Respectful use of furniture such as the couch, bed etc.;
    • Avoiding the development of counter surfing, food begging, etc.
    • Your dog’s food and treats – how to ensure gentle, respectful behaviour;
    • Teaching your puppy not to grab food, etc. that falls on the floor;
  • How to avoid creating separation and other anxieties in your dog, including aggression;
  • The walk;
  • Advice on equipment and food for your puppy…
    • The pet food and equipment industry is geared for profit first and foremost, and although it would be nice to believe that the manufacturers put your dogs needs and health first – it is important for the health and well being of your puppy to be informed…
    • Do you really know what to look for to ensure you are feeding your dog kibble and treats that are free of allergens, toxins and carcinogens?
    • Manufacturers’ use  hot words like ‘probiotic’, ‘antioxident’, ‘natural’, ‘omega fatty-acids’ but even the expensive products can be wrought with shortcomings – do you know what you are really paying for?
    • There are so many types of collars, leashes, harnesses, toys, chewables – do you know what is best for your dog?
    • Whole Health Nutrition (understanding how to select good dog food, making your own dog food, selecting healthy treats, alternate foods, losing and gaining weight, immune system health, fur and skin health, dental health, etc.), cancer and disease prevention. 
Session Cost 

*Full Boot Camp Session (4 to 5 hours)  - $500.00 plus HST
*note additional hours are purchasable at a discounted cost of $40.00/half hour and $80.00 hour while I am on-site at your home.
Fees above are as per my standard service area (i.e. Ottawa, Hull, Alymer, Barhaven, Arnprior, Bells Corners, Carp, Fitzroy, Orleans, Kanata, Renfrew, Stittsville, Manotick, Vars, etc.) 

If you reside in a further outlying area, depending on the exact location – I may need to add a km/time surcharge.

If you reside in another province or country I also provide a national and international consulting service via email.

I Offer Three Payment Methods for my Clients’ Convenience
  1. Cash,
  2. E-mail Money Transfer, and;
  3. Credit Card via Paypal.
Session Bookings
Sessions can be booked on weekdays and weekends.

I do not pre-assessments. As I work intuitively and can shift my methods and techniques on the fly to suit the individuals, I have no need to pre-assess. 90% of my clients have been to 2 or more trainers (who subsequently failed the dog and/or made the dogs issues worse). I am often the last resort between euthanasia and life – it is a responsibility that I take with the utmost seriousness and have never let a dog and its people down.  There are very few dogs that cannot be rehabilitated

My Methods

I do not force/dominance-train, nor do I treat-train as neither methods honor the intelligence or way of a dog.  If you would like to know more about my methods you can read more here. I do not use e-collars, prong/pinch collars, choke chains, haltis, etc. I teach my clients how to work without such devices.

I Teach/Train the human…
- To be aware of how their psychological/emotional state affects their dog;
- To understand how they are mis-communicating to their dog;
- To understand their dog; its body language, its reactions, its needs;
- To learn how to effectively communicate with their dog - including using less voice and instead
   more body language;

- To see when their dog is asking for direction;
- To provide leadership to their dog;

I coach and mentor the dog.

Session Follow-up
Post session I send my clients articles that reinforce what we went through in the session. My clients know that if they have a question that they can call or email me.

Working with dogs and their people is not just my ‘job’ – making sure your dog is healthy and happy is my passion…20 years experience living and working with dogs. 

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You can contact me at…
The Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer
Karen Rosenfeld
office: 613-622-7958
cell:     613-293-3707
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Mini Boot Camp Session

These session are only available to clients who have already done a full boot camp session with me.

This session is perfect for:
  • Clients that would like a follow-up session but don't require another Full Boot Camp session - you have had a Full-Boot Camp Session and have mastered the resolution of all behaviors but would like some reinforcement to finesse/complete your leadership skills.
  • Clients who are introducing a new element into their dog's life, i.e...
  • Adoption of a new dog/puppy into a home with existing dog(s);
  • You have a new baby and want to make sure dog and baby's relationship is a good one;
  • You have a minor issue that you have been unable to resolve (major issues must be addressed with a Full Boot-Camp Session);
  • etc.
  • Clients that want to reinforce or learn more about one or two specific topics - for example:
      • Nail clipping, grooming and chemical-free all-natural alternatives for maintenance of ears, bathing etc.;
      • Socialization and Manners with other Puppies/Dogs; 
      • Socialization and Manners with other Animals (cats, rabbits, etc)
      • Socialization and Manners around Children; 
      • Socialization and Manners around Guests; 
      • The Walk; 
      • Whole Health Nutrition  
        • understanding how to select good dog food;
        • making your own dog food;
        • selecting healthy treats;
        •  alternate foods;
        • losing and gaining weight;
        • immune system health, fur and skin health, dental health, etc.;
        • Cancer and disease prevention.

Session Cost 
*Mini Boot Camp Session (2 to 3 hours)  -  $300.00 plus HST (this type of session is only available to clients that have previously taken a full boot camp session)
*note additional hours are purchasable at a discounted cost of $40.00/half hour and $80.00 hour while I am on-site at your home.
I also offer National & International Consulting Services
For those people that do not live in the Ottawa Area, I do offer e-Consulting Services. I provide guidance (Dog Training, Puppy Training, Behaviour Modification, Nutrition, Health) to people both Nationally and Internationally.

Related Articles
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Feel free to leave a comment below - if your comment is polite, informative etc. I will publish it. If your comment is a quick question, I will answer it if time permits...

If you require additional assistance with your dogs you can engage me to...
1.0) Do an in-person session (see details below)
2.0)  Do a phone/email consultation (see details below)

1.0) In-Person Sessions are available to you if you live in the region of Ottawa-Gatineau, the Ottawa Valley and Region.
(i.e. Ottawa, Hull, Alymer, Orleans, Bells Corners, Manotick, Vars, Kanata, Stittsville, Smith Falls, Fitzroy, Carp, Arnprior, Renfrew, etc.) 
  and surrounding areas 
(i.e. Brockville, Smith Falls, Perth, Kingston, L'Original, Val-des-Monte, St-Pierre-de-Wakefield, etc.)
or if you will be visiting the area from out-of-town.

Methods of Payment (for In-Person Sessions):
Cash, Email Money Transfer and Credit Card via PayPal

2.0) If you reside elsewhere you can engage my world wide consultation service, details of which are provided just below...

My Hourly Fee
$100.00/hour in Canadian funds.

Purchasing Consultation Time:
Client’s often start out by purchasing an hour of my time and then augment that if required to suit the situation;
Or you can – if your situation requires it, purchase whatever block of time you want (i.e. multiple hours).

Methods of Payment:
Email Money Transfer and Credit Card via PayPal

1.0 Email Money Transfer:
1 hour = $100.00 in Canadian Funds;
For payment via email money transfer I provide you with a password (security information).

2.0 Credit Card via PayPal
1 hour = $100.00 + $5.00 PayPal Transaction fee = $105.00 Canadian Funds;
For payment via PayPal I send you a PayPal invoice to enable payment.

Method of Consultation – Canada, USA and Abroad (i.e. UK, Asia, etc.)

If You Are Located In:

1.0 Canada:
I can work with you via:
Phone with follow-up by email, or;
Via email only;
The choice is yours;
If you want to work via phone you provide me with your phone number and I will call you at the mutually agreed upon Consultation time.

2.0 USA:
I can work with you via:
Phone with follow-up by email, or;
Via email only;
The choice is yours;
If you want to work via phone:
You call me at the following number 613-622-7958, at the mutually agreed upon consultation time.

3.0 ALL OTHER GLOBAL LOCATIONS (i.e. UK. Asia, etc.):
I can work with you via:
Via email only, or;
Phone with follow-up by email…
The choice is yours;
If you want to work via phone:
You call me at the following number 613-622-7958, at the mutually agreed upon consultation time.

To Set-up a Consultation
Step 1 – Identify how you would prefer to pay for the consultation;
  Payment options as noted above are:
o    email money transfer, or;
o    Credit card via Paypal.
Step 2 – Identification of a consultation time that works for both our schedules;
Step 3 – You then pay the fee for the amount of consultation time you want to purchase;
Step 4 – Consultation takes place on the agreed upon time.

Contact me at

Office 613-622-7958
Cell 613-293-3707

Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer Services
Behaviour Modification;

Whether you are experiencing dog behavior problems and would like assistance, or just want to bring your dog up to be a well-balanced canine -  I offer both a local and international service for people with one or multiple dogs. 
I work with all breeds - from small (i.e. Yorkie, Pomeranian, Chihuahua, etc.), medium breeds size (including Pit Bulls) and large breed dogs...

International e-Consultation 

Contact me at

Office 613-622-7958
Cell 613-293-3707

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Note -

1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Nutraceuticals and Alternative Medicines:

When choosing to use any of the items or protocols in the article above, it is your responsibility to ensure safe use of the item/protocol. Food, herbs, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines all have drug interactions, most have health issue contradictions, some have side effects. Use of substances and protocols are your responsibility. Prior to use of any substance or protocol make sure you do your research - check for all cautions, contradictions,interactions, side effects. If in doubt do not use the substance or protocol. If the substance, or protocol is contradicted for your animal do not use. If your animal has an underlying condition you are not aware of substances may conflict with that condition.

2.0 The Real Meaning of Holistic…

Food, herbs, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’. It is important to keep in mind that the supplement industry is just as unethical as BigPharma, the Food and Pet Food Industry, and unfortunately many veterinarians.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (i.e. an herb) you are using a natural substance, this is not synonymous with holistic.

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that - overall health, and wellbeing.

Please do not expect a natural substance to miraculously remedy a health or behavioral situation. A natural substance may be used to treat symptoms. However, if the factors causing the underlying issue are not properly identified, analyzed and addressed you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach that identifies root cause, seeks to remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues, and builds a complete, and detailed approach to immediate treatment, remedy, and maintenance of long-term health = holistic.

I offer extensive consultation services - Holistic Diet, Nutrition Wellness and Holistic Behavioral, for people that are serious about looking after their dogs and cats holistically. If you want to engage my services you can contact me via email or phone.

If you are looking for additional free advice, please refer back to the articles on my site, do not contact me via email or phone - personalized service is for my clients / patients only.

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Wishing your dog and cat the best of health!

the Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer
Holistic Behaviorist - Dogs
Holistic Diet Nutrition Wellness Adviser – Dogs and Cats

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