About

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Project K9 offers the modern world of canine communication and training to Fernie, the Elk Valley and beyond.

Our training draws from the most humane methods and modern and scientifically proven techniques.  Working with us gives you and your dog access to the very best available.

Our ethos focuses on education and we believe that approaching the training process as an opportunity to bond with your dog makes the experience enjoyable, fun and promoted success.

Every dog and family is different and so we start with a blank sheet of paper every time. We get to know you, your family and your dog and build a plan to meet your expectations using a range of respectful, scientifically proven methods.

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The Best Care for your Best Friend

You can rest easy in the knowledge that you are in good company.  Our methods are the very same that are endorsed by the following internationally recognized organizations:

  • Pet Professional Guild

  • SPCA

  • Humane Society

  • Association of Professional Dog Trainers

  • American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour

  • Canadian Veterinary Medical Association

Our technique has been developed, reviewed and practiced for decades and is safe, kind and more enjoyable for both dog and handler.

It is proven to be the most effective method in teaching dogs new behaviours and in behaviour modification with not just dogs but other animals too!

It doesn’t matter if your dog is big or small, young, old, timid or reactive.  Project K9 is here to help and will make life for you and your dog calmer, less stressful and are rewarding.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I do training if my dog is not vaccinated? 2017-10-11T13:48:59-07:00

If your dog has not been vaccinated (or had a titer test) then private training is an option.

How does private training work? 2017-10-11T13:49:24-07:00

Prior to our first session I will send you a history questionnaire to fill out. This allows me to come to our first session fully prepared. If you are doing private training for behaviour concerns, the first consultation will be in your home and will be closer to 1.5 hours. This allows us to go over the history questionnaire, and begin to work on a modification program.

Can you help my reactive or fearful dog? 2017-10-20T16:29:46-07:00

f you’re having issues with fear, anxiety, or reactivity please contact me for a consultation. In many cases I will be able to explain what the behaviour means and develop a behavior modification program for your dog. There may be some cases where I will refer you to a trainer of my choice for either an in person, or a skype, consultation.

Can I cross over to Positive training if I’ve used tradition or aversive training in the past? 2017-10-11T13:50:17-07:00

Of course! You dog will thank you for it! In order to create new, positive, associations for you dog, we will teach your dog behaviours, and /or, new cue words for already taught behaviours.

Are training results guaranteed? 2017-10-11T13:45:56-07:00

There are a number of factors that come into play in regards to a dog’s success, including the dedication of the owner. Any trainers guaranteeing results should be regarded with a degree of wariness. What I can commit to us using humane, science-based training methods that are enjoyable for you and your dog, and customized training plans that fit your lifestyle.

Should I join group classes or private training? 2017-10-11T13:46:25-07:00

Group classes are more economical and are the appropriate choice for people wanted their dogs to learn basic obedience skills. Private training is a good option if you cannot commit to a weekly group class, or if your dog is reactive or fearful of other dogs and/or people.

Do you use food in training? 2017-10-20T16:30:18-07:00

Yes! Food is one of the strongest motivators for our dogs. In training this is called a “Primary Reinforcer”, which translates to “something that is rewarding because it is necessary for survival.” Food is first used in training as a lure to teach a dog a new behavior, then to reinforce the behavior. Your dog won’t need food rewards forever though. As dogs learn to generalize behaviors, the food can be fazed out, so as not to become a bribe.

Do you do clicker training? 2017-10-11T13:48:24-07:00

I can do clicker training. In training the clicker is used as a reward marker. You actually only have 2 seconds to reward a dog for a certain behavior, so clicker allows you to mark a behavior the instant it happens so you then have time to produce the reward. While clicker training can be the best method to teach some behaviors, I prefer to use a word as a reward marker instead.

If you have any other questions, please contact us

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