Janis Mikelberg, SitStayLearn
Positive Reinforcement Training
Richmond Hill Dog Training
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 Why Train with Positive Reinforcement?

Learning begins the moment your dog enters your home!

A well adjusted, well mannered pet is the result of commitment, time and a trusting relationship. Understanding why your dog does what he does and learning how to change behaviour without force will produce a dog that is eager to learn and wants to train!

At SitStayLearn we use the most up to date science based positive reinforcement  dog training techniques to teach your new puppy, adolescent or adult dog. Understanding what positive reinforcement is and how to apply it are key to it's success. It's not just about cookies!

If you are unable to attend classes, private in home personal training is for you.

Training tools include the use of: food, toys, clicker, praise and any other “life reward” your dog sees as valuable. Training will never include: choke, prong, shock, shake cans, physical punishments or other tools which may frighten or intimidate.

Set up your new puppy to be successful or teach your adolescent good manners by focusing on what you want him to do. Learn how to mange the environment, provide opportunities for your companion to make the right choice and help him learn from consequences that make sense.

Leadership is established by fostering a strong, trusting relationship between you and your 4 legged companion not by force or intimidation. Successful dog training is a two way street.

Let's teach your new puppy to do the right thing, right from the start and guide your adolescent through those rocky teenage months!

Positive reinforcement training techniques work for any dog, at any age.  Before you know it, your dog will be offering you all kinds of great behaviours because he will have learned that it's fun!


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Puppy Training

Leash Walking

When you are teaching your dog to walk politely without dragging you around, it's necessary to do a few things.

1) exercise him in your backyard, basement, hallway, etc., first to burn off some energy.

2) have a mindset of " we are not moving forward if you pull - end of story - no exceptions - no cheating (on your part not the dog's). If you have any hesitation at all, you will not be consistent and your criteria will get sloppy.

3) know what your desired behaviour is. (walk close to your leg, walk in front, walk in back, walk 2 feet ahead, etc) There are many places your dog can be. You must decide which is going to be the "right" place.

4) be ready to praise and reward the desired behaviour every single time. I use a combination of praise to let my dog know he's awesome plus alternate a food treat or the opportunity to "go sniff". Sometimes I go wild and do both :)

5) I also use 2 pieces of equipment – a front clip walking harness and a flat buckle collar. My rules are: when hooked up to the harness, I don’t really care if you pull a bit. When hooked to the collar – absolutely no forward motion when pulling – no exceptions.

6) it takes a long time to teach a dog to walk without pulling. Be patient. Understand your dog is trying to learn something new and while it may seem like an easy thing to do, it’s not a normal behaviour for your 4 footed buddy.


Over the years, we have spoken to various dog trainers and enrolled our dog, a pure bread Springer Spaniel, in a few different training programs. As a result, we were not expecting to learn a lot new from Janis Mikelberg. We also had some fixed ideas about the behavior of our dog. But after just one meeting with Janis, we had an all-new perspective on the general behavior of our dog and what we could do to change the behavior we don't like (leash aggression). We particularly liked that Janis was unafraid to point out what we are doing wrong and that she promoted corrective actions that did not involve force or harsh discipline. She didn't oversell what was possible and she took the time to answer all our questions. Most important, we gained insight into what our dog is thinking when he becomes upset and this makes it much easier to understand what we can and should do to help him. If you want to know more about your dog's behavior -- and what you can do about it -- you should speak to Janis. 

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