Golden Rule Dog Training

Proudly serving Toronto, Ontario

Services offered

All private lessons will be done outside or via Zoom. 

Not sure if virtual training is for you and your dog? You’d be surprised how many advantages there are!

1) There is no commute, so it saves time! There is no traffic, and no finding/paying for parking,

2) You can choose to participate as much or as little as you like. I can demonstrate the behaviors we need to teach with a dummy dog. Everyone that needs some feedback/troubleshooting can request it, but if you’d rather work on your own, you can. With some people opting out of some one-on-one interactions, those that actually need it will get more help.

3) With virtual classes, even if your dog is reactive towards other dogs or people, they can still participate.

4) We can record sessions so you can watch them again later if you need to.

5) Since I am also spending less time and money on commuting and renting space, I can afford to charge slightly less per class, saving you a little money

6)  I can get your follow-up training plans mailed out to you even faster, because I don’t have to worry about setting up/cleaning up a facility.

7) You can do them from anywhere in the world.

There is almost no downside to virtual training classes. There will occasionally be glitches where one of us experiences connection problems, but this is easily solved. If it’s only for a few seconds, we can just repeat whatever was missed. If it was a more substantial period of time, I can send you a recording of the parts you missed. If you have privacy concerns, you can either turn off your video so we see nothing, or use a background filter so all we see is you and your dog, or train with your dog outside your home.

Aggression cases in particular are especially well suited to begin on Zoom so that we can work on some trust building exercises before our first meeting. The first meeting with an aggressive or reactive dog can be very stressful for the dogs and the humans. A Zoom session ensures we got off to a good and it can be easily recorded if you wish so you can review the strategies and techniques we used.

If you have any more questions or concerns, please let me know. I can’t wait to meet you and your dog!

Private lessons outdoors or on Zoom: 

Outdoor sessions are avaiable as of March 8th!

Zoom sessions work the same as outdoor sessions but cost less. You can do your Zoom session in your home, on a walk, or anywhere else if you or a family member have a suitable electronic device and are welcome to record footage for additional feedback if you wish.

Private lessons: 30-60 minutes long and done live in real time online.

30 Minute Session - $50 on Zoom, $60 in person

60 Minute Session - $90 on Zoom, $100 in person

Each session will include a follow up email with a training plan, and some handouts to guide your efforts that you can save for future reference. I will also allow everyone purchasing a private lesson an opportunity to record some video of them working with their dog so I can give some additional feedback and help troubleshoot any problems you may be having.

First lesson begins with an introduction to clicker training and the way dogs learn. The remainder of the lesson is spent working with you and your dog on whatever issues you have identified. The first session will be on Zoom unless you don't have access to an electronic device to do the session. At the end of the 1st lesson we will devise a training plan together and I will provide you with detailed instructions to follow. I recommend waiting a few days to a week between in person sessions, but your first in person session can be scheduled as soon as the day after our initial Zoom session. Most clients seem to have the most success with 1 lesson per week, but we can be as flexible as you need us to be. You may contact me at any time with questions you may have.

1 Follow up lesson 

30 Minute Session - $50 on Zoom, $60 in person

60 Minute Session - $90 on Zoom, $100 in person

Package deal: 3 private lessons, 1 hour each for $250 on Zoom, $260 in person. Most introductory lessons only leave us with enough time to work on a couple different behaviors and answer some questions. In order to deal with multiple issues and get the additional support needed to avoid common mistakes, a three lesson package deal is recommended for anyone with multiple issues to address.

Package deal: 5 private lessons, 1 hour each for $350 on Zoom, $375 in person. If your dog has a long history of undesirable behaviors, then a 5 lesson package is your best bet. The longer the history of undesirable behavior, the longer it will take to reverse it. Having a variety of replacement behaviors at your disposal will help the rehabilitation go faster. A 5 lesson plan also gives us extra time to give you the skills you'll need to deal with new problems that may arise down the road.

Booking sessions is easier than ever, click here to see available times and reserve the time that's best for you right now before it fills up. Please remember to fill out the new client questionnaire below first:

For a one hour private lesson: https://calendly.com/goldenruledogtraining/zoom-private-lesson

For a 30 minute private lesson: https://calendly.com/goldenruledogtraining/zoom-30-minute-session

Flexible format Group classes: "Pawsitively to the rescue!" These classes were developed by me in as a collaborative project between certified Toronto trainers associated with Educanine and professional, ethical, dog rescues in Toronto. These seven classes are grouped by subject matter, and you are free to take as many or as few as you wish, with no time limit for taking any of the classes. We're pleased to be able to offer the intro class (Keys to Reliable Training) free  to anyone that adopts a dog from any of the Rescue Agencies we have partnered with. These classes are appropriate for any adult dogs, not just rescues. The format allows you to pick the classes that benefit you and your dog the most, and there is no time limit, so you never have to worry about missing a class. The other 6 classes in the series are devoted to specific subjects like loose-leash walking, recall, house-training, etc. You can register for classes here: https://educanine.org/training-classes 

Staff Training for Doggie daycare, groomers, and animal hospitals: Two hour session which includes me working directly with your staff explaining the science behind dog behavior, canine body language, techniques for restraint and behavior modification, and taking any questions they may have. I can also provide tips for setting up your shop to make it as welcoming as possible for easily frightened dogs. The rate is $85 per hour with a recomendation of booking 2 hours.    

Fear Free Victory Visits: For Veterinary clinics and grooming salons. If you have a canine or feline client that hates coming to your shop, I can come in and work with the dog or cat at your location for a 20-30 minute session to help teach Fear Free methods for dogs for just $40. The charge is for the human client and I will share $10 of the fee with your shop. So you will hopefully be able to give your clients a better experience so they come to you more often, you get to make an extra $10 dollars, and I do the actual training. It's a win for everyone! If the client needs additional in home lessons, I will also share a 10% referral fee with your shop.

​Puppy socialization classes! I have recently partnered with Zen Dogs on Church Street​ and am now working there to help train your dogs in one of Toronto's most iconic neighborhoods!  Go to the Zen Dogs website to register for Doggie Daycare and/or group classes for puppy socialization.  See you there! https://www.zendogservices.com/dog-training

 

I am no longer offering grooming services, but as a former groomer I am happy to answer your grooming related questions. I am a Fear Free certified trainer, groomer, speaker, and am Low Stress Handling certified as well, so if your pet needs help overcoming fear of grooming or vetting, please let me know, I can help!

For all services, cash, check or credit card is accepted.

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For a one hour private lesson: https://calendly.com/goldenruledogtraining/zoom-private-lesson

For a 30 minute private lesson: https://calendly.com/goldenruledogtraining/zoom-30-minute-session

I try to respond to every email within 24 hours. If you haven't heard back from me in that time, please feel free to email me at goldenruledogtraining@gmail.com.

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