It can be challenging living with an aggressive dog. The anxiety of running into another dog on a walk, visiting the vet, or having a social gathering can stress you and your furry friend.
If you and your dog are suffering, it might be time to look for a trainer that can help that’s right for your situation.
Below, we’ve listed some of Montreal’s best training programs for aggressive dogs. We hope you find the right trainer for you!
1. Family K9 Dog Training
Family K9 Dog Training is located just outside Montreal in Vaudreuil-Dorian. They claim to be “Montreal’s best dog trainer for over 25 years” and train the dogs that other trainers have deemed untrainable. (We love to see this level of commitment at Pooch and Harmony:)
Their YouTube channel provides loads of videos with Nick, the owner, training dogs. Check out this video on how to train playful puppies and reactive dogs:
Read more about Family K9 Dog Training and their behavioural training programs for aggressive dogs.
2. Ivy League Dogs
Serving Montreal and surrounding areas, Ivy League Dogs has trainers who are Certified Separation Anxiety Trainers (CSAT) and graduates of The Academy for Dog Trainers, earning their Certificate in Training and Counselling (CTC).
The owner/trainer, Sabrina, has done 25 different trainings ranging from Duke University to the SPCA’s aggressive dog training program. Sabrina got her start working at emergency dog shelters, gaining experience with all kinds of rescue dogs.
Their Reactive Dogs program will help dogs who show aggression toward dogs and people and anxiety or fear-based aggression. They also offer a Separation Anxiety program that can be followed in-person or remotely.
Check out the Ivy League Dogs training programs for aggressive dogs and visit their blog to read their articles about aggressive dog training.
3. Bark Busters In-Home Dog Training
Serving Montreal and nearby areas, Bark Busters In-Home Dog Training has been in business for over 15 years. Bark Busters is an international company that connects dog trainers with dog owners in 250 locations spread across six countries.
They offer in home training with a behavioural therapist and a lifetime guarantee, meaning they will return at any time if your dog shows signs of relapse.
Visit Bark Busters In-Home Dog Training for more information about their private lessons.
4. Laika Dog Training
Laika Dog Training is located in Montreal, Quebec, on Nun’s Island. Owner and Trainer Daria Rylkova utilizes a holistic approach to training, adhering to the Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive standards.
After studying neuroscience with a specification in addiction and brain reward systems as an undergraduate at the University of Florida, Daria moved on to sensorimotor learning and memory as a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University. This led her to adopt her first dog and learn about the different dog training systems, including how to care for dogs with behavioural problems.
Daria offers one on one and home school training packages. She will come to your home and train your dog while providing updates, notes, and videos so you can keep track of progress.
To learn more about their array of training programs for aggressive dogs, visit Laika Dog Training.
5. Bravo Fido
Brave Fido is located in Montreal, Quebec, in the Lachine area. They have been in business for over 5 years and have been featured on CBC, RDI Matin Week-End, and TVA Nouvelles.
Certified Dog trainer Jennifer Gailis holds a master’s degree in animal behavior and welfare. Through her work managing an emergency dog shelter she gained extensive dog behavior experience.
Sebastien Larabee, also a certified dog trainer, co-owned a dog boarding kennel and worked with renowned dog behaviorist Patrice Robert.
Their behaviour problems program covers all kinds of aggression, from biting, to fear based reactivity, to aggression toward dogs or people. Their programs are online-only, and they train your dog through weekly live sessions.
Read more about their online training program for aggressive dogs Bravo Fido.
6. Canine Education
Canine Education is located in Dorval near Montreal, Quebec. Founder and head dog trainer Josh Taylor has been training dogs for over 15 years including working with aggressive dogs and service dog training at various Montreal dog rescues.
Veterinarians recommend Josh for training dogs with severe aggression according to their website. Josh has hosted dog behavior conferences at Canada Post, schools, and at Costco for Service Dog Etiquette.
Josh is CPDT-KA certified (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed).
Josh’s extensive training includes a Duke University program, and the Professional Dog Trainers Association thereby winning our Pooch Praise.
Through private training, they are able to treat all kinds of aggression, anxiety, and reactivity through in studio or in home behaviour modification training.
To learn more about their private training programs, visit Canine Education.
7. Seirios K9 Academy
Located just outside Montreal in Vaudreuil-Dorian, Quebec, Seirios K9 Academy has been in business for over 7 years. Their training programs meet the CKC (Canadian Kennel Club), AKC (American Kennel Club), Canine Good Neighbours, and Canine Good Citizen program criteria.
Certified owner and dog trainer Chris Papakostas began his training courses with Princess, his rescue shelter dog that sometimes displayed aggressive behavior. He offers an impressive lifetime warranty and promise to transform your dogs in 45 days or less. They care for dogs with anxiety, separation anxiety, reactivity, and aggression and are willing to take on the most challenging cases.
Check out their Instagram to see all the dogs they’ve help to rehabilitate so far, or visit their YouTube channel to view their training methods.
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Visit Seirios K9 Academy to discuss the customizing a behaviour modification program for your dog.
Summary for Training Programs for Training Programs for Aggressive Dogs in Montreal
Every dog is trainable; it just takes the right trainer to help modify and prevent aggressive behaviour. That’s why we’ve created this list of training programs for aggressive dogs in Montreal.
We hope you find a trainer that suits your needs so you and your fluffy friend can enjoy each other’s company once again!