Monday, December 29, 2014

Puppy Class in Milton - Milton Ontario Dog Training

Puppy Class coming!!! 
Did you get a new pup, or are thinking of adding a pup to your family for the new year? 
We have a great puppy class that starts young puppies off on the right foot, in a positive environment that lets them enjoy learning, improves the bond with your pup, and teaches the owner how to handle
typical puppy issues.
4 sessions, 45 minutes - 1 hour each. Cost is $125 plus HST.
January 31st, 1:00-1:45pm
For puppies up to 16 weeks of age - must have two sets of vaccines.
Space is limited, please contact us today for more information

Monday, November 24, 2014

Puppy Class - is that it? Dog Training in Milton

Puppy class, or private puppy training is a fantastic option to start your new addition off on the right foot, introduce them to simple obedience, start building a great bond and respect from your canine companion. However, puppy training is just that ... a start. In no way, shape or form should puppy training be the end of teaching your dog, just as in no way shape or form should grade one be the end of your childs education.

Puppies are constantly growing, changing, learning and exploring. Every day for a puppy is a learning experience and every day for puppies should be a new training opportunity. It would be disappointing to say the least, to end your puppy's "world education" at 16 -18 weeks old. Puppies need consistent, fair and clear training for an extended period of time before formal instruction should end to get the most out of your dogs training (though I believe, just like us humans, training and learning should never end) This time period going upwards of a year, and beyond with certain breeds/temperaments.

I always recommend my clients take a minimum of Basic Training after working through a Puppy Training session. It's great if everyone could add a Bootcamp or Real World type training session after Basic as well, to ensure that your puppy/dog can and will respond in real life situations.

So make sure that if you enroll in puppy training, that you continue your dogs education with basic training or beyond to get the most out of your dog's mind, to ensure that you have a good way of communicating with your dog and to keep your dog happy - a trained dog is a happy dog.

For information on our puppy training and basic training please feel free to contact us at or visit the website for details:

Monday, November 17, 2014

CARO Rally Obedience October 26th, at The Poodle Farm

To say I am proud would be an understatment! On October 26th two of my students competed in their very first Rally Obedience out at The Poodle Farm, in Vanessa, ON. Both did amazing and I am extremely happy with how they handled themselves. Trixie obtained two qualifying runs at the Novice Level and Theo obtained one qualifiying round at the Novice Level. Congratulations to both of you, your hard work paid off!!

Brandy also competed that weekend, and obtained her Advanced Rally Obedience title with CARO. On to Execellent!

We will be opening some Rally Obedience Classes at the Novice and Advanced level in 2015. Rally is an awesome sport, allows you to communicate with your dog throughout, and offers the opportunity to increase your dogs obedience skill levels. These classes will prepare you to compete, and give you and your dog a great goal to strive for. For more information on the upcoming classes, please contact or see the website for details.

Monday, November 10, 2014

December Basic Obedience Dog Training Classes in Milton

We have had a few spaces open up for our Basic Obedience Classes starting in December. This is a MUST class. If you take no other group training, you NEED to take this one. Prepares your dog to work around distraction, to maintain control, and know that calm behaviour is what you are looking for. Small class sizes for optimum individual attention.

Thursday December 11th, 7-8pm
Saturday December 13th, 10-11am

Class runs for 7, one hour sessions. Cost is $220.00 plus HST. This is for puppies/dogs 18 weeks and up. Classes take place at Hall #1 at the Milton Fairgrounds off of Robert Street, downtown Milton.

Please contact us ASAP if you are interested in signing up

Or visit the website for details:

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Milton Choice Awards - Number One Dog Trainer in Milton

 THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO VOTED!! Smart Dogs Canine Training received the DIAMOND AWARD for favorite DOG TRAINER in the Milton Choice Awards. We truly appreciate all of your support and your referrals. THANKS AGAIN for helping us make it to #1!!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Dog Training DEMO Class Biography - BRANDY

Last but not least, my little dog.
Brandy works for Smart Dogs Canine Training, is part of our DEMO Class, and was suppose to  participate in the 2014 Milton Fall Fair Doggy Deomonstration, but a ruptured cyst the day of, and an emergency vet trip, prevented her from attending. Here is a little more about this intelligent little girl:

Brandy is a 12 year old, multi-titled, Jack Russell Terrier, and though not perfect, she is the perfect dog for me. She's done everything that I've asked of her, and I've asked quite a lot. She is a retired agility dog, though still plays for fun with the JRTCC, still competes every-now-and-then in Rally Obedience, and takes her job helping reactive dogs, very seriously.

Brandy loves learning, and thrives on using her mind. Though she is a senior (and sometimes cranky) she enjoys coming out and training with the rest of the DEMO class. She is awesome, my best bud, and my son's best bud. Couldn't have asked for a better dog!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Dog Training DEMO Class Biography - INDIE

Indie is part of our DEMO Class at Smart Dogs Canine Training, participated in the 2014 Milton Fall Fair Doggy Deomonstration, and here is a little about this smart girl:

Indie is a two year old Aussie. I have only had her since May 2014 and she has worked hard at obedience.  She is always happy and playful.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Basic Obedience Training - Milton, Ontario

 Smart Dogs Canine Training Basic Obedience Classes will begin again in December 2014. We have started a wait list for this popular class, and if you are interested in a spot, please contact us ASAP to be added to the list. You will receive an email as soon as registration is open if you are added to the wait list.

Class is open to all breeds from 18 weeks and up. Class size is kept small for optimum individual attention.

Please contact us for more information or check out the website for details:

Dog Training DEMO Class Biography - FINN

Finn is part of our DEMO Class at Smart Dogs Canine Training, participated in the 2014 Milton Fall Fair Doggy Deomonstration, and here is a little about this feisty guy:

Finnegan is a feisty 2-year old Welsh Springer Spaniel - with the world's waggiest tail! He is extremely curious and often getting himself into mischief. Finn loves people, sticks and playing tug. He lives for chasing squirrels and has made it his mission in life catch one...maybe one day. When he's not going to training classes or hiking in the forest, Finnegan can be found curled up on the couch with his favourite people.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Dog Training DEMO Class Biography - TRIXIE

Trixie is part of our DEMO Class at Smart Dogs Canine Training, participated in the 2014 Milton Fall Fair Doggy Deomonstration, and here is a little about this smart little girl:

Trixie is a 6 year old Jack Russell Terrier. At 2 years of age, Trixie was very reactive to other dogs, unable to work in close proximity of other dogs. With a lot of hard work and training, she has come a long way.  She can now work around other dogs, and is enjoying the sport of agility.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Dog Training DEMO Class Biography - PIPER

Piper is part of our DEMO Class at Smart Dogs Canine Training, participated in the 2014 Milton Fall Fair Doggy Deomonstration, and here is a little about this big girl:

Piper is a 2 year old Newfoundland. She was born in June and came home in August. Not much experience with water that year but introducing her every summer since. Would love her to be involved with water rescue and carting through the NewfClub but mostly I would love for her to become a therapy dog visiting hospitals and seniors homes. But for now she enjoys taking classes with Julie and socializing and getting her comfortable with strange noises. Love her to bits.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Dog Training DEMO Class Biography - THEO

Theo is part of our DEMO Class at Smart Dogs Canine Training, participated in the 2014 Milton Fall Fair Doggy Deomonstration, and here is a little about this sensitive guy:

Theo is a two year old male Standard Poodle. He has very distinctive colouring that is referred to as Phantom, with a black (blue) coat with tan on his eyebrows, face, ears, chest and legs. His Phantom colouring attracts a lot of attention and Theo loves every minute of it. He is always up for a good run in a field and his favourite toy is still his bear that he came home with at 8 weeks of age. Theo loves to sing and accompanies the piano when someone plays at home.

Theo has been training with Smart Dogs since he was 12 weeks old. His training has included private puppy training, group training and agility. Initial puppy training helped with walks and targeted problematic puppy behaviours. Further training helped to develop good routines both in and outside the home, confidence in new situations and to become an even more cherished part of his family.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Dog Training DEMO Class Biography - PALOMA

Paloma is part of our DEMO Class at Smart Dogs Canine Training, participated in the 2014 Milton Fall Fair Doggy Deomonstration, and here is a little about this sassy girl:

Hi! My name is Paloma and I am one year old. I was born in Nunavut. I don’t know my breed, but I’m 100% awesome. I’m curious, bright, and a little sassy. I like swimming, playing with my football, chewing on my antler treats, and training with the other Smart Dogs. I dislike sitting still and bedtime. My biggest wish is for all dogs to find their forever home like I did.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dog Training DEMO Class Biography - LUCY

Lucy is part of our DEMO Class at Smart Dogs Canine Training, participated in the 2014 Milton Fall Fair Doggy Deomonstration, and here is a little about this intelligent gal: 

Lucy is a 2 ½ year old Boston Terrier.  She is intelligent but sometimes stubborn.  Lucy likes chasing squirrels and bunnies, watching TV and taking her owners for walks.  Julie has been training her since she was a puppy and we are very proud of how much she has learned.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dog Training DEMO Class Biography - RANGER

We will be featuring bios of the dogs who took place in our Dog Obedience/Agility Demonstration at the 2014 Milton Fall Fair, and first up is Ranger.
   Ranger is part of our DEMO Class at Smart Dogs Canine Training, participated in the 2014 Milton Fall Fair Doggy Deomonstration, and here is a little about this handsome boy:
8 months old
Black Lab/Golden Retriever mix
A boy who loves to run especially if there is a ball involved.
Very loyal to his "pack"
He is a huge fan of snuggles and rubs
Showing to be pretty intelligent, working hard at his training

Monday, September 29, 2014

161st Annual Milton Fall Fair Comes to a Close - Dog Training Milton

Wow! What a fantastic weekend for the Milton Fall Fair. I don't think the weather could get any better for the end of September.

I just wanted to take a moment to give a huge thanks to my Smart Dogs Canine Training DEMO Class students who performed their this past Sunday. We've never put on a show before, and they stepped up and did amazing. What a great group, I'm extremely proud of them!!

A big thanks also to everyone who came by to watch the show, and thanks as well to the Halton Agricultural Society for inviting us out to show our skills!

I hope everyone was able to enjoy the fair at least one of the days on the weekend, was awesome family entertainment.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

161st Milton Fall Fair Doggy Demonstration

Sunday September 28th, Smart Dogs Canine Training and our Demo Students will be demonstrating obedience (and a little agility) and showing off the hard work they've done with their dogs. 1st demo show is 11:30am, then 1:00pm and finally 2:30pm. Come on out and say hi at the 161st Milton Fall Fair

A big thank you to the Halton Agricultural Society who has given us this opportunity to demonstrate our students accomplishments.

So come on out and meet Ranger, Indie, Finn, Trixie, Piper, Paloma, Theo, Lucy and Brandy. We will be at close to the main gates and the office.

The Fall Fair runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday with lots of events to take in, and lots of the kids to do.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Family Dog Obedience Training Classes in Milton, ON

Smart Dogs Canine Training beginner family dog obedience classes starting Thursday July 31st, 2014 7-8pm.

This is a great class for those just starting out with their dogs. We welcome puppies 5 months and up, and any age beyond that.

Dogs will learn the basics (sit, down, stay, come, heel) and how to work and focus around distraction.

Class runs 7 sessions, once a week for 1 hour. Cost is $220 plus HST.

Classes take place at the Fairgrounds, downtown Milton.

Please contact us if you are intersted in signing up. Space is very limited as our classes are kept small for optimum individual attention (max 6 per class).

Visit for more information or email

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Beginner Dog Training Classes in Milton

We have two Basic Obedience Classes coming up at the end of the month with a few spaces left in each.

Our Basic Class is a great way to teach your dog to listen and focus under the distraction of other dogs/people, gives you a great foundation for obedience commands, and enables you to build a better relationship with your dog.

Classes start:
May 29th, 7-8pm and May 31st, 10-11am

Classes run for 7, one hour sessions, cost is $226 including HST, out of the Fairgrounds, downtown Milton.

We keep our classes small for optimum individual attention and success, so spaces are limited. We are now also offering video homework to help you maintain the training outside of class.

If you are interested in training with us, please don't hesitate to contact or checkout the website

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Is it Spring Yet? Really? Well then get outside! Dog Training in Milton

I don't think I was exaggerating when I mentioned to someone that we've had about six months of winter, something I never want to think about again. But, and I say this with fingers crossed, I think we've past the worst of the worst, and we're on our way, finally, to spring.

That all being said, with the warmer weather upon us, it's time to get those dogs out and start practicing your obedience in parks, on walks, and anywhere that you take your dog. Dogs are contextual learners, meaning, for example, that you can teach them sit inside the comfort of your own living room, but the command becomes something new and different when you start to teach it on the walk, or at the park. Dogs need to learn, and be taught, that obedience is required everywhere, under every circumstance, and this can not be done without practicing in all circumstances so that the dogs become fluid in their knowledge and behaviour.

Keep in mind, when training and practicing, that the addition of distraction sometimes means that you have to take a step or two back to regain control, and there is nothing wrong with that. Taking a step or two back in training allows your dog to be successful under the new distraction or in the new environment, therefore facilitating learning, and making your job as a trainer far less frustrating. The more successful repetitions that you have, the higher the chance that your dog will continue the correct performance.

So if you want your dog to behave on the walk, at the park, or at your neighbours yearly BBQ, you need to take the time and practice in those situations so that your dog understands what is expected of him/her, and you can help them achieve this understanding in a fair and consistent way.

Have fun and enjoy the coming warm weather.