Dog Training, Boarding & Dog Daycare Serving Belwood, Fergus, Guelph, Orangeville And Surrounding Areas
Our Dog Training Programs
Most dogs require a four week training program for general obedience & minor behavioral issues. If the behavioral issues are severe, then it's likely you'd need a six week program. This is something that would be discussed and addressed during your consultation with Meagan. Our programs are designed to achieve results and meet your goals within the duration of the program. Meaning, you don't need to continue taking programs once you've completed your 4 or 6 weeks. The programs are designed to meet your goals within that timeframe.
Meagan has been training dogs for over two decades now and for the last 13 years, professionally. She has been involved in behavior modification, specifically canine reactivity and aggression, and has developed several programs at Mayrich Kennels responsible for rehabilitating hundreds of dogs with severe behavioral issues. Meagan is an outspoken advocate for Reward Based Balanced Dog Training, Breed Specific Dog Training and the use of life saving training tools such as the Electronic Remote Training Collar and the Pressure (prong) collar. Meagan is widely respected among her peers and known for her successful work in behavior modification and proven results.
In addition to Mayrich Kennels, she is a mother to three children, a pack of dogs (made up of several different breeds) and a passionate sustainable farmer of free range and pastured livestock. She is a philosopher of the dog and spends what is probably far too much time hanging out with farm animals, and pondering life in the dog world!
I can't pinpoint the exact moment in time when I fell in love with dog training or when my passion for dogs was born. For me, a love of dogs and dog training was woven into the tapestry of my soul and has always been there! I don't have a story like other trainers who discovered training later in life after having a "problem" dog of their own, and I certainly didn't just stumble into training.
My early childhood was spent obsessing over dogs, every thought consumed by them. I'd waste away the hours daydreaming about dogs and perhaps most importantly, researching them. I was literally obsessed with researching dog breeds, temperaments, drives, origins, training and behavior and I still am to this day! Even before I could read, I would stare at each dog breed in the Encyclopedia of Dogs and dream about owning them all and training them all!
It's this obsession and research of individual dog breeds that has led to the development of my successful dog training programs and curriculum here at Mayrich Kennels.
I have to admit that I'm a bit of a renegade in the dog training world. You see, so much of dog training today revolves around one's rigid ideology. It has very little to do with the actual dog and more to do with the individual trainer's beliefs. Many trainers hold to "pack" ideology, viewing the dog as a wolf and instituting a training plan heavy in dominance, physical pressure and leadership. Others hold to positive reinforcement only and limited science. Forcing dogs to live in an intense state of anxiety day in and day out and to "perform" rather than to truly life a free life.
I prefer to honor the dog. In fact, I don't even view dogs as "dogs" in some broad general sense. My least favourite phrase is, "let a dog be a dog." What does that even mean? Besides being just ridiculous on it's face since dogs have been selectively bred to be nothing like one another, this type of thinking, along with the above mentioned training ideologies, promote the idea that all dogs are equal and thus subject to the same training system(s). The problem is that dogs are not equal. Dogs are individuals first, breed second and species last.
A dog is a product of selective breeding each bred for their own specific purposes and attributes, each with their own characteristics, drives and most importantly inherent nature. Once you understand this, you can overcome your dog's behavioral issues because you can get to the root of the problem and then institute an appropriate training plan, which is actually more of a life plan to be frank.
I firmly believe, and have the proven results to back it up, that most behavioral problems arise as direct result of a dog lacking mental (not physical) stimulation. The solution for these behavioral issues is to provide intense mental (not physical) stimulation and to fulfil the dog's genetic and inherent needs for life. (In case you just got very frightened, the good news is that this is actually very easy to do and requires little effort on the handler's part once you learn some simple principles and foundations!)
When dog owners and trainers fail to understand selective breeding and it's roll on canine behavior, the results are disastrous.
Right now in all facets of training, dogs are being mentally abused and forced to live mediocre and unfulfilled lives due to a direct lack of mental stimulation. It's my professional mission to change that through education. I strive to teach everyone I meet, from the student's I mentor to the clients and peers I work with about genetics and selective breeding and the importance of understanding their dog as an individual.
I have hundreds of success stories from dogs that have been recommended for euthanasia, to dog owners who were told they need to medicate their dog in order to live with them and everything in between. Perhaps you're reading this and have been told the same thing. Maybe you're struggling with your dog's behaviors or have invested a lot of time and money without tangible results. My encouragement is to not give up! If you follow a sound training program you can achieve results (in weeks not years!) and help your dog overcome their issues and most importantly, live a happy and fulfilled life.
Your Dog Will Learn
Whether you're taking a four or six week program, your dog will be taught reliable obedience and duration around distraction in the following cues:
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How Do I Register?
We currently have a waiting list for our Dog Training Programs & Consultations with Meagan until September, 2018. If you wish to be placed on our wait list for September classes, please fill out the information below and we will contact you as soon as we have an opening and get you set up!
**Please note: If you had submitted a form before March 27, 2018 you are on our list for May classes and will be getting an email within the coming weeks to set up times.