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 Dog Training 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 dog 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.

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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New Puppy Training

Dogs are given up, not because they cannot sit when asked, but because they cannot be handled, are afraid of the environment (dogs/people) and have bitten hard enough to cause damage.

More important than teaching sit or stay to your new puppy - is to spend the very important first 12 - 16 weeks teaching the following:

1) to enjoy having paws manipulated, poked and squeezed (nail trims, paws wiped, tourniquets applied, pulling out burrs, etc)

2) to enjoy being restrained (vet visits, groomers)

3) to enjoy body handling all over - eyes, ears, tail, mouth (children hug)

4) to enjoy the bath experience / being brushed, combed - (pulling out matts)

5) to explore and experience many different surfaces / sounds/ sights  / places / people - builds confidence

6) to give up items willingly

7) teach a soft mouth (bite inhibition)

8) most important is to experience people! (of different skin tones), men (beards, glasses, hats) women, children of varying sizes and ages. Not just family members. 

Your dog knows how to sit and lie down.  You see him do it all the time. The above mentioned goals have a finite window of opportunity. Take advantage of the first 3/4 months and teach your puppy the world is a safe place.

My New Puppy Program (in home training) focuses on ensuring your puppy gets a solid foundation.

Puppy Training TorontoWhat Clients Are Saying

Janis is absolutely fantastic! After we got our golden doodle puppy we were completely lost. We tried watching videos and guides on what to do but we were not seeing much progress. Along came Janis and our lives got easier! From the first moment she walked into the house our puppy loved her. Janis taught us how to train our puppy not by simply telling us what to do but first by showing us and then coaching us through the first couple tries while telling us what to watch for and how to set our puppy up for success. While the sessions are amazing, the best part of working with Janis is that she literally takes her work home with her and makes herself available to you via email (and we sent a lot of them!) If you need to train your dog look no further than Janis, you will not regret the decision.

Daniel Engel, Toronto 

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Dog Training Tip

Colder weather, dirty, wet ground leads to the need to wipe your dog's paws. 

If your dog is just getting used to having paws wiped, begin with one paw only. Prepare a Kong or container lid smeared with some peanut/almond butter to lick or soft treats to scatter on the floor.

Pick up one paw and present the food. While your dog is licking the lid or Kong, wipe gently. When the treat is gone, stop wiping.   Repeat.

You will have more success if you do one paw at a time and end on a happy note (before your dog begins to fuss), then if you try to do too much.

It's so tempting to want to do more if your dog is not fussing but try to adhere to one paw a day or one paw in the morning and one in the afternoon. Gradually build to being able to do all 4 and don't forget to reward good behaviour!

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