While I (Eileen) am the lead trainer at Freedom Dog, I have a network of support to help you. Most importantly my 2 dogs are professionals, having helped many dogs come out of their shells and develop healthy social skills (my youngest dog is just learning the ropes). They are joined by a network of canine helpers and their owners who regularly come for daycare / boarding to help with socialization and occasionally join me for consultations.
What ever your situation, we are here to help.
If you would like the guidance and coaching to do the work your self through private in-home consultations or if you would like to supplement your learning with day-training and/or boarding where your pup can learn in our home.
Private Consultations are the right fit for any basic life skills (like leash walking, handler focus, obedience, house training), amending nuisance behaviours (like barking, chewing, nipping, jumping, counter surfing) or behaviour modification for fear, anxiety and aggression. Sessions typically take place in your home but may also include walks in your neighbourhood or meeting at another location if beneficial for the dog and their progress. The number of sessions recommended depends on many factors.
Day-training / Puppy and Remedial Socialization
This is not a traditional board and train, and we are not a kennel. We focus on giving the puppy or dog social experiences to learn from other dogs and a professional trainer in our home. We specialize in remedial socialization for older puppies who may have missed early healthy exposure. We will also develop and practice basic life skills; recall, focus, calm around distractions, leash skills, house manners, and crate training.
Boarding / Decompression Boarding
Regular Boarding is reserved for suitable training clients only (all care is in our home, not a kennel, so dogs must be compatible). If you have a new rescue who is overwhelmed by moving into a busier city life please reach out to us to see if your dog is a candidate for decompression boarding.
Behaviour is a response to a (often) invisible experience. The question for us is not so much, ‘how do I make you stop?’ but, ‘What are you telling me – what do you feel, what do you think, or what do you need?