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Recommended Dog Training in Toronto?

Scijox
April 5th, 2010, 11:12 PM
Hey everyone,

I've already introduced myself and my 7 month old English Cocker Spaniel, Mia, in the new members section and I thank you all for the replies once again. Anyways, she's pretty much an awesome dog, perfect, and like a sister to me. However, I've got to admit that she's got a couple of problems.

Although my family, I, and Mia have come a long way (my sister brought her home from a not-so-reputable/responsible breeder I'm guessing, as she was 3 months old and wasn't housebroken at all, and we had to teach her sit, down, stay, come, leave it, heel, bed (crate) from scratch), we do have a few issues. For one, we are first-time owners, never had any sort of pet before (save for two turtles and a few fish!) and our training is most probably lacking in some regards. For example, she is a renowned leash puller, is very easily distracted, is very energetic/excitable around humans/dogs and jumps a lot, and it's very hard to get her in her crate.

We are looking for training to patch holes/reinforce our own attempts and expand upon other untouched areas (relaxed leash). I have done some research and I've narrowed it down to two options. I have omitted petsmart training for various reasons, although I don't mean to offend any others who have had success with this program; that's awesome. These are the two choices:

Jumpstart:

Involves a trainer coming over to your place and teaching your dog using a personalized program crafted from conversations with the owner. Some pretty good testimonials, and her credentials seem legitimate. She does her lessons in the neighbourhood outside your place, with, I think/not sure, some involvement from her dogs on some days.
http://www.jumpstartdogtraining.com/programs.html

P.S: Charges about $73 a class and recommends a duration of 6-8 classes.


OR

Puppy People:

Class-based program, not sure about any other details to be honest. Very close to our place, which is a plus.
http://www.puppypeople.com/ppabout.htm

I would be open to any and all suggestions/testimonials.
I would also greatly appreciate any and all input and I thank you all in advance! :thumbs up

mummummum
April 5th, 2010, 11:22 PM
I can recommend:

http://www.whoswalkingwho.net/index.html

Scijox
April 5th, 2010, 11:31 PM
Thanks mummummum, that seems like a legitimate place. I'll give them a call tommorow. Would you be willing to give a short testimonial (I understand if you'd rather not)? Do you know if they cover loose leash?

Thanks again!