Kim Robertson is a Retired Veterinary Technician of 26 years, 
Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner - KPA CTP
Qualified Be A Tree Presenter, Pet First Aid certificate. 

Dog Sense is an insured business.

And now, host of "Kim, Your Dog Advisor" on Rogers TV Community Channel

 I offer the following dog training classes...

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Phone: 519-371-5336
Email: dogsensebykim@gmail.com
                      

 
 

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Testimonial

Training my Puppy, Liam, with Kim Robertson has been alot fun and a very educational experience. Liam and I started in Kinderpuppy and progressed through manners levels 1 and 2 and then on to dog training. We found that the inch-by-inch training had the largest and quickest results! Kim Robertson set us up to succeed from day one and cheerfully supported us every step of the way. She always gave us a review sheet of what we learned after each class and also included a handy training schedule to post on the fridge to help keep us focused on practicing each day of the week. She brought homemade dog treats (and recipes) to every class in case a dog needed a different reward for motivation than its owner brought in! Kim is as good at communicating with people as she is at helping you to train your dog. All I had to do was go the mile! Her years of experience as a veterinary technologist instilled my confidence in her. She integrated her observations of fearful dogs she handled in the vet's clinic and came up with techniques to help dog owners prevent (or at least reduce) the stress in these situations. I admire her for caring so much about dogs to do this for them and respect her values as a dog trainer and vet. tech.

Sincerely, Sandra Brennan and puppy Liam

NEW Skijoring Class starting Sunday November 25th at 1:30. Location the Owen Sound Veterinary Clinic.

Learn the directions for driving your dog on cross country skis. Then you will be set when the snow comes to go out and play in the snow with your dog. Class runs for 3 weeks on Sunday at 1:30 until 2:30 Cost is $70

Kinderpuppy Class

Kinderpuppy Class

The Kinderpuppy class is held on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm for one hour. The puppies can come to class after their first vaccination and anytime after 8 weeks of age up until 4 months old. The class is 3 weeks long to help fit in to parents' busy schedules. The cost is $70. The puppies will have some play time together, which is important for socialization with other dogs. They play short games to learn important behaviours such as to come when called, to sit, and to not nip. We discuss puppy problems like potty training, crying in the crate, nipping, chasing the cat, bothering the older pet, jumping up, guarding, and scaring the children.

 Next Class starts  Monday November19th at 7 pm. 

                                                                                                                                   Puppy "HOPE"   

 

Being given a treat is a wonderful time in Puppy Class.

                                              

                                                                         Picture by Candra Shank Photography

Leather Leashes for sale

Now making leather leashes of Latigo Leather, $45

Matching leather collar $30

Leashes are custom made, 1/2 inch-1 inch in width, 2 feet to 5 feet long.

Leather colour; Dark Brown 

This leash is too big for me," says Zeus my cat.

I will try harder next time Zeus :) 

Manners Class

Manners Class

The Manner class is a one hour class Thursday evenings for 6 weeks. I have two time slots at 7pm and 8 pm. The cost is $140. This class will help you teach your dog the manners to be a safe, caring and cherished pet. Our class is, basically, a lot of fun. Yes, the dogs learn. But it is very enjoyable to teach and to watch the dogs learn. A quote from a former student “I had great fun, and learned a lot; the class has helped me and my puppy.” So, what will your dog learn in this class? Basics to start with: sit, down, come, walk nicely, don’t jump up, and settle to a mat. You will be teaching your dog through games and positive reinforcement.

Next class will be Thursday November 29th at 8 pm. Registration filled.

Next class will be January 3rd at 7 pm. Registration open

Next class will be January 17 at 8 pm. Registration open

Register early to avoid disappointment. Classes kept to a small number for individual training and attention.

                      

                       "Russel" on best behaviour  

Intermediate Manner Class -Next class Fall 2018

Manner class a prerequisite for the Intermediate Manner class. 

Intermediate Class is a  6 week class

This is the class to establish and to polish behaviours, so your dog is reliable and consistent.

What will be covered in the Intermediate class:

Safety

  • Barrier Work: how to create an “invisible fence” without the fence.
  • Recall from “Recallers”  by Susan Garrett. Learn games to create a rock solid recall. 
  • Door safety: teach your dog not to run out when the house door or the car door is opened.
  • Toe Nail Trimming. Teach your dog to like it.

Fun

  • Tricks - Touch left or right.                  
  • Find the car keys or remote control.
  • Pick up your toys.
  • Ring a bell at the door to go out.
  • Shut doors or drawers.

Maintenance training

  • Walking on a leash. Walking on a loose leash takes practice. Keep up with practice by joining this  class.   
  • Stay. Be able to walk past your dog while the dog remains focused and stays.
  • Adding distractions to behaviours. Make your behaviours bomb-proof by adding distractions. Find out how to do it correctly so your dog succeeds.
  • What to do with a barking dog? 
  • More challenge with your Emergency Recall. Call your dog off wildlife, bikes, snow machines.

Classes are held Mondays

 

 

       Honestly, we don't make puppies sit in the corner!                                                                                          

                                                                    -picture by Candra Schank Photography 

Private Lessons

Time scheduling tight? No time for classes? How can you get your dog trained? Call for private lessons and have a well trained dog. Private lessons work around your schedule. With one-on-one attention, I can cover a lot of material in each lesson. All lessons come with handouts for future reference.

Behaviour Consultations

Help is available. If you have a concern or problem with your dog, help is here. I am an experienced trainer in positive reinforcement. I will take a complete history of your dog and the behavior problems you are having. A program can be set up to help you work through your dog’s issues. There is help. Just ask.

Completed Seminars and Courses on Dog Training

  • Seminar with Dr. Temple Grandin and Ian Miller, October 30, 2017
  • May 2017, Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, Rally Free Foundations, 
  • Clicker Expo 2017, 3 Intense days of study on dog training, and behaviour in Stamford, Conn
  • A More Thoughtful Approach To Shaping Creates More Precise Behaviors by Yvette Van Veen.
  • January 2015 Introduction to Dog and Cat Behaviour, University of Guelph, 6 month Course by correspondence.
  • December 2014 How Stress Affects Health and Behaviour. Strategies for Prevention and Treatment by Vetoquinol and Gary Landsberg 
  • October 19-20, 2014 Dogs Playing for Life by Aimee Sadler. A training program for shelter dogs featuring play groups.
  • Sept 21-22, 2013 Out of the Lab and Into the Field: Performance Dogs in the Real World, a seminar with Bob Bailey and Parvene Farhoody
  • June 5- July 15, 2013 Pet Anxiety, by Debbie Calnon, MACVSc, and Dr. Kersti Seksel, MRCVS
  • April 27-28th, 2013 Fear, Separation Anxiety, and Dog to Dog Play by Nicole Wilde 
  • September 30, 2012 Understanding and Preventing Canine Aggression
  • July 21, 2012 Walks‘N’Wags Pet First Aid
  • April 14th and April 15th, 2012“A Dog’s Dream,” presented by Dr. Sophia Yin
  • April 28th to October 4, 2011, Karen Pryor Academy Certificate for the Animal Training and Behavior Course. Qualified as a Certified Training Partner.  This training took me to Ottawa every 6 weeks for 8 months to be tested in a hands on demonstration. In between the Ottawa trips, the course was run on-line and training practice with my own dog. It was an intense course but worth every minute. Look up the course on www.karenpryoracademy.com 
  • March 2012 Clicker Expo, an educational conference on the science and application of clicker training.
  • May 15-16, “Dog-Dog interactions: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” A program in Professional Canine Education. Presented by Suzanne Hetts, Marc Bekoff, Dan Estep, and Nancy Williams.
  • May 14, 2010, A Road Map for Analyzing and Resolving Training and Behavior Issues. Presented by Suzanne Hetts, and Gary Landsberg.
  • April 18, 2010, ”Puppies...So Much to Know...So Little Time!” Presented by Dr. Jennifer Messer.
  • April 18-19, 2009, “Does the Name Pavlov Ring a Bell?” Presented by Kathy Sdao.
  • August 15, 2010, “What are Dogs Really Saying?” Presented by Dr. Patricia McConnell.
  • April 12, 2008, “Mind to Mind With Your Dog.” Presented by Sue Ailsby
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