Welcome to Training Loyal Companions private training programs!

Update for March 9, 2021

PRIVATE TRAINING OPTIONS AVAILABLE

Outside private training options available - weather permitting. For additional information contact Christie by phone or text 204-794-5456 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Private training is specifically designed for you and YOUR dog(s) needs. We use positive reinforcement training techniques combined with systematic desensitization and counter conditioning for best-long lasting behavior modification. We will interrupt and redirect to an acceptable behavior. Management training system in place until better behaviors are established.

Positive Reinforcement: Use of positive, desirable or pleasurable consequences to teach a behavior. An example is offering a dog a reward, such as a treat or toy for an acceptable behavior. 

Systematic Desensitization: Training plan designed to change a dog’s response to an upsetting scenario by breaking it into small pieces that do not trigger a fear response in the dog. The goal is to teach the dog to tolerate the situation without getting upset or anxious.

Classical Conditioning: Repeated pairings of a neutral stimulus with an unconditioned stimulus generates the unconditioned response, or one which requires no specific training. For example, the smell of food (an unconditioned stimulus) may cause a dog to salivate (the unconditioned response). Over time, the dog may learn to associate the sound of a wrapper or can opener (a neutral stimulus) with the food and may begin to salivate when he hears the noise (the unconditioned response). Eventually, the can opener or wrapper sound becomes a conditioned stimulus, one that elicits a consistent response. 

Interrupt: To turn a dog’s focus away from an unwanted behavior as an intervention to stop the unwanted behavior. From there, the dog can be redirected to an acceptable behavior.

Management: Controlling the environment so that the dog doesn’t have an opportunity to rehearse an unwanted behavior. For example, a management strategy for a puppy who chews on furniture is to keep him in a gated, dog-proofed area away from furniture.

We will educate you on the reasons why dogs do what they do, and what we can do to decrease the strength of the behavior in conjunction with how often the behavior occurs, until the behavior is extinct and has been replaced with another more suited and acceptable behavior.

Extinction: Ending a behavior by removing reinforcement. For example, a dog barks to get his person’s attention; if the person ignores the dog while he is barking, removing the reward of attention, that behavior ceases to be rewarding and the dog will stop barking. Extinction does not require punishment; instead, it relies on removing reinforcement of unwanted behavior. 

Behavior modification does not occur over night, and there is no magic wand 'fixed' for many behaviors. This will happen with time, training, consistency and above all patience.

It might take 4-6 weeks before you see some decent changes, and 8-10 months for behaviors to extinguish all together.

We specialize in puppy training from 8 weeks of age and on. From house training, kennel training, chewing biting mouthing behaviors, counter surfing, nipping, exercise requirements, house set up with kennel and bowls, to socialization and exposure, creating relationships with kids and dogs.

BEHAVIOR QUESTIONNAIRE

Each client is required to fill out TLC's behavior questionnaire, better understanding of the dog's routine and home environment, sleeping and eating habits, behavior problems or training questions.

WHAT TO EXPECT

On your first private training session, your dog's behaviors are being assessed as soon as the car is parked and your trainer starts their walk to the house. Is the dog barking at the window? How does the dog behave when I come inside the house? Is the dog showing signs of being friendly or stressed and anxious?

We will spend out 10 minutes or so going over your behavior questionnaire together. Your trainer will then discuss what we feel is best for training at that time, how many training sessions is needed, and start with the dog's foundation work.

FOUNDATION WORK

When starting a behavior modification program or any training program, we will assess and work with your dog on their foundation work such as impulse control self-control exercises, eye contact and connection work, 100% resource control in the house. We will work together on relationship building, understanding your dogs breed and breed traits, genetic dispositions and how we can work with your dog.

We discuss canine communication such as stress signals, calming signals and displacement behaviors. Basic training and cued commands such as sit, down, stay/wait, drop it and leave it.

BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION

We discuss and education of a wide variety of behaviors from your questionnaire, and discuss the different option on how to resolve the problems together. Every dog is different, just like every person is different. Each dog breed has a genetic-make up, each dog will think, process and learn differently from other dogs.

What the owner sees with their eyes and hears with their ears is not quite the problem at hand we really need to modify. Excessive barking, chewing on the leash during walks, getting into everything - are all the symptoms of the problem. We need to dig deeper and figure out the root of the problem and address that. The excessive barking might be caused by fear and anxiety, the chewing on the leash might be caused by stress, getting into everything could be a sign of boredom and not enough mental stimulation.

With a combined effort from the owners, to the dog and the trainer - education and training will lead us to a win-win-win training and behavior modification program.

Need a dog for distraction training or creating positive associations during your behavior modification program? We got one who is happy to help! There might even be a new puppy on the way, excellent for the imprint training program for young puppies!

Keep your training positive. Keep your relationship with your dog intact. Learn and grow together. Take the time to understand each other.

There are many different options to suite a wide variety of needs. Take a ready below for your options and packages.

ZOOM CONSULTS ON LINE LIVE

ZOOM consults work amazing as they can be booked in anytime. Virtual consults are great for: Puppy training and problems such as house training, kennel training, chewing biting and mouthing. Behavior concerns such as digging or counter surfing.

THE ADVANTAGES OF ON LINE TRAINING

On line training gives us the privilege to provide the transfer of knowledge through the internet.

FLEXIBILITY - Decreased wait time for booking private training and group dog training classes. With on line training private training can easily book in a few days to next day services.

MOBILITY - Any place with an internet connection, on line training can be available through desktop computers, laptops, tablets or phones. Easy accessibility, even when traveling – no missed classes.

EASIER ON THE POCKETS - On line private training and group dog training classes are extremely cost effective and very effective in learning.

SUBMISSIONS - Have a picture of a behavior you want your trainer to see? Captured a video of the behavior? Video and picture submissions are quick and easy.

COMMUNITY - Group dog training classes are live training classes, creating communities where you can meet different people who all have a love for dogs.

DECREASED DISTRACTIONS - On line learning provided less distractions, creating effective retention of information for your dog.

LESS TRAVEL TIME - Decreased travel time and getting ready time, creating more time in your day.

AREA EXPANSION - Opportunity to reach a extensive widespread area.

COMFORT - On line training creates an excellent level of comfort from your own space, decreasing stress and anxiety level.

AVAILABILITY

ZOOM consults are easily scheduled during the daytime Monday to Friday, evenings or weekends.

COSTS

$100.00 each one hour ZOOM consult plus GST = $105.00

Pre-payment prior to the consult starting is required by eTransfer. eTransfers can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. TLC has direct deposit.

IN HOME PRIVATE TRAINING

One-on-one in home training is a great way to help target specific doggie problems you are having with your furry companion. Depending on the behavior problem and training you would like to accomplish there are two options for costs:

OPTION ONE: BRUSH UP/ONE TO TWO TOPICS OF TRAINING

Each training session is one hour in length at $120.00 plus GST=$126.00 per training session.

One training session can give you the tools to solve part of the behavior problem, you may not get the full benefit from doing just one training session.

OPTION TWO: MOST POPULAR TRAINING PROGRAM

A package of three training sessions at $345.00 plus GST =$362.25. This works out to be $115.00 per training session.

For a 6 week extensive training program - you can completed this option twice!

Costs are based on City of Winnipeg limits only.

If you are not too sure which private training session works best for you and your dog, discuses it together with your dog trainer! We want to make the best decision for you, and your dog. You are more than welcome to start with one, and add on to create the package of three. Price is adjusted accordingly.

ADD ON

Nail trims $10.00 plus GST = $10.50 (Please allow extra time)

PAYMENT OPTIONS

eTransfers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. TLC has direct deposit.

Any questions please don't hesitate to ask. It is our pleasure to help you in any way we can!

Thank you, and happy training! - Christie Golebiowski Certified Dog Trainer