Sunday, 16 September 2012

Full Boot Camp - Dog, Puppy Training, Behaviour Modification, Rehabilitation, in Ottawa, Hull


Behaviour Modification;

All Breeds - from small to large including Pit Bulls
For dogs of all ages - puppies, teenage, senior dogs... 

Dog and puppy training sessions with the Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer - in your home, your yard, your neighborhood.  

Imparting Skills for a Lifetime
To be a well-adjusted, happy, healthy canine - dogs require life skills. Life skills are best imparted by one who can see and understand how each piece of knowledge dovetails into the next and can then share the knowledge with true understanding – physical and psychological to another. As intelligent, sensitive beings, dogs do not require domination nor treats to learn they simply require what they give to others: compassion, kindness, understanding, patience, will, persistence and awareness backed-up by calm-considered-confident and clear communication provided with consistency (physical communication, i.e. voice, body language must be truly consistent with emotional state).  Dogs rely on instinct and intuition; they actively and consciously use all of their senses. A dog will do exactly what you really ask them to do - my advantage and ability to observe, asses, address, coach and teach effectively relies on my capability to adopt and deploy the methods that are used by canines to teach and communicate with each other. Too many humans rely on man-made tools and conceits rather than leveraging the beauty and clarity of a dog’s way.
 "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." -- Edward Hoagland

I provide one-on-one training with my clients and their puppies, teenage and adult dogs of all ages…one or multiple dogs. Whether you just want to bring your dog up right from the get go, or you have adopted a rescue dog with a past, or you are experiencing behavioural issues (i.e. anxious, obsessive or aggressive behaviours of all kinds) from low intensity to high intensity (‘over-threshold’, ‘red-zone’).  Perhaps your dog has been placed on doggie Prozac and deemed ‘hyperactive’...I have worked with many dogs labelled and drugged for being hyper – I remove the need for such drugs. Such dogs are hyper-sensitive and require structure, truly good communication and nutrition, not drugs.  Whatever the case I can resolve the behaviour. I have never failed a dog and it’s human. 

Full Boot Camp
I offer an all-encompassing ‘full boot camp’ session (in your home) where I will address everything – from physical to psychological to diet/health. A session is typically 4 hours but may extend up to five hours depending on the issues at hand. If you would like to understand what a full boot camp session at your home includes and my methods just email me ( and I will send you the information. You can also read this for more information about my methods and what I cover in a full boot camp session.This type of session is invaluable as it addresses every aspect of daily life with your dog and ensures that your dog does not develop behavioural issues.
  • Anxiety or over-excitement and/or motion sickness in vehicles; 
  • Barking; 
  • Begging for Food, Food Surfing (tables, counters, from children, etc.) 
  • Bolting out your door; 
  • Chasing your cats, and other small animals; 
  • Chewing/ biting your hands, feet, clothing etc.; 
  • Crate Training; 
  • Dog-to-Dog Aggressive-reactive Behaviour; 
  • Dog-to-People Aggressive-reactive Behaviour; 
  • Fear of People, Places and Things; 
  • Food Aggressive-Reactive Behaviour; 
  • Grief; 
  • Unwanted Guarding Behaviour of people, places and things; 
  • Inability to Settle-down (calm) and Relax…’hyper activity’; 
  • Inappropriate Behaviour with Guests; 
  • Obsessive Behaviour, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD); 
  • Marking in the House;
  • Poor Leash-walking habits (pulling, weaving, flopping);  
  • Separation Anxiety; 
  • etc.

Session Cost All-Encompassing Boot-Camp Session (4 to 5 hours) - Session cost is determined on a case by case basis.
Fees above are as per my standard service area.

If you reside out side of my in-person session area, I also offer sessions via phone, Skype and Facetime.

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…22 years experience living and working with dogs.

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

Client Comments/Recommendations...
Hi Karen

Thank you once again for the great information and for your help with Floyd. These techniques are much better for us all. The techniques are working and oddly enough Floyd is responding very well with Rachelle. We are going to the cottage this weekend so we will be able to practice these techniques with Stella being around.

Thank you

I'll keep you posted on our development.



Hi Karen,

I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed meeting you as well as our very informative day.  I am a visual person, so now when I look at your articles I know exactly what is expected of me and my dogs.  My husband too was very impressed.  Now, if and when I can get my two little darlings out of bed (they are completely exhausted with their first day at school) we will begin to work on all you have taught us.  I actually had to laugh at them earlier this morning.  I was packing to go the cottage and took out their leashes to pack them and usually they get so excited, but this time they only rolled over in their beds as if to say "not right now mommy" as they continued to sleep. 

Last night when we ate our supper, I wanted them to lie down away from the table, well they actually decided to lie just outside the kitchen in my hallway.  Tyke just stayed there but Benny actually did ask for permission to come into the kitchen when supper was over.  He's a pretty smart little guy....stubborn but smart.  He also asked permission to come on the couch later in the evening.  I am so-o-o impressed!!!  Tyke however was quite happy to just snooze in his bed.  He didn't even want to play with his treat ball....he was just pooped.  

Thank you again so much for your patience, time and advice.  We certainly appreciate it.


Good morning Karen,

Toby is a different dog after the session we had with you! Thank you very much for sending this great information after the session....slowly reading through have a good web site!!!

We are having great success with Toby, all thanks to you!!



Hi Karen,

I just wanted to thank you again for everything you've done to help us. You're such a beautiful and dedicated person. I was extremely pleased with the session and although it was a lot of information, I did learn a lot and it certainly built my confidence up. After work this morning, I took Nikita for a walk with the "let's do this" and "not giving a crap about her reaction or the other dog" attitude and it really helped. With my head high and back straight, we marched right by dogs and of course she reacted, but I kept her going and looked far ahead, and didn't let it bother me. It felt great to walk her this way and I look forward to seeing her transition into a more balanced dog. I'll keep you posted on her progress!

Thanks again!


Hi Karen, 

Thank you so much again for the session and for all of the info you sent! I'm starting my 2 weeks of vacation next week and will have more time to do some reading. Jazz is doing great! We ordered pizza Sunday night and when the doorbell rang she just looked at Ben &I, not a peep! We had her in a down stay and both went upstairs and she didn't move!! We are noticing a big difference in her already and are so proud of her. Our session with you was one of the best things we have ever done for her and OURSELVES! You are amazing!  Thanks again and jazz sends a big kiss back :)


Jen & Ben

Sent from my iPhone


My two year old chihuahua Abbey has had severe car anxiety from the day we brought her home at 12 weeks. It was been miserable as we like to travel to see our kids and I also enjoy taking my two chihuahua's where ever I can. I tried everything, the spray, the tape, the jacket, strong tranquilizers and those did not even work! She always wanted to go but once in the car she would cry and whine non stop,,while her sister would just enjoy the ride and love the warm sun. I was miserable, Abbey was miserable and giving her drugs was not my idea of a solution as it is dangerous to give such a small dog these drugs. well I followed Karen's advice, I did everything she said, it did not happen overnight but all of a sudden I realized my car was quiet and I looked back amd she was snuggled up with her sister enjoying her outing. We were at our wits end as this was going on for two years and to pay a sitter to come to the house is 100.00 a day so it made it very expensive when we could of taken her and we all would of been so much happier. I have referred Karen to many of my dog friends and they are all amazed at her gift of understanding the relationship between the owner and the dog. I knew it was something I was doing but just did not know how to fix it. When ever an issue comes up as dogs are like kids always learning or I am still learning this is where I find the answers. thank you Karen from Abbey and Maggie and especially mommy! We think you are the best dog trainer out there :)

Nancy Lucky



I have to thank you so much for you time! You are so great! And so fast! It shows that you are truly dedicated to the betterment of the dog It is such a warm feeling to know that there are people who think as you do in their approach to dog training. I have learned so much from your expertise! It just reiterates what I believe in. Dog training is my heart and soul and it's all about the dog! Please feel free to visit my web site. I would love to stay in contact with you.... maybe you could mentor me! Again thank you so much for you efforts. They are priceless!!!!!
Jeremy Majors
            Majors Academy Dog Training

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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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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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the Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer
Holistic Behaviorist - Dogs
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