My name is Daniela and I am a dog trainer, specialized in service dogs training. I was lucky enough to grow up with dogs in our family. Currently we have 4 personal dogs. Aisha (2008) and Rocco (2016), both Spinone Italiano, and Macho (2011) and Tiny (2014), two mixed breed dogs. I have successfully competed in agility and do nosework, drug detection, obedience, tricks, task training, canicross/sledding and hunting/dummy training with our dogs. They also help me socialize, evaluate and rehabilitate dogs with fear, aggression or other training issues. I have worked with many rescue dogs, providing evaluations and training to prepare them for their future for ever homes. I studied dog training and service dogs training for over 4 years and stay up to date with the newest research in the animal training world (more info below). I am happy to talk more about my training methods, how you can train your dog force free, creating trust, confidence and reliable obedience without having to use various training tools. No matter which size or breed your dog is, I am looking forward to meeting you and your companion!
"Dogs are, after all, man's best friend. The least we can do is try to understand them a little better."
I believe that a big part of the training success is about the relationship between the handler and his dog and how well people can read canine body language. Learning how to read your dog and understanding what he is trying to say, will give you a lot of answers on his behaviour. My training methods are entirely pain and force free, meaning no shock collars, choke chains, prong collars or old school "alpha" theories. My training methods are based on positive reinforcement, the newest research results and my personal experience. I don't want robots on 4 legs. I aim for dogs that think, dogs that want to cooperate and make the right decision, dogs that are happy and form a reliable team with their owner. I use marker training to provide a clear and easy communication system between human and dog to ensure quick and positive training results.
IMPORTANT: I do not use shock collars, choke chains or prong collars and do not tolerate these in any of my training sessions. If you want to know how to train your dog successfully without a prong or shock collar, let's meet and I will teach you!
From an outsider's perspective, basic training can look either very simple or extremely difficult. Mastering basic obedience commands is an important part of being a responsible dog owner and I believe that any dog can learn at least the basic commands. With a little training the relationship between you and your dog will be so much better. Seeking assistance from a professional trainer benefits first-time owners and experienced individuals struggling with teaching commands or correcting problem behaviours. Don't hesitate to ask for help! The responsibility of owning a pet includes properly training and socializing your animal. Before considering adopting a dog or any other animal, please consider how much time you will need to dedicate in making sure you have a happy, healthy, well-socialized and well-trained pet.
Finally, dog ownership and training should be fun! Don't be too serious about it. Keep training positive and make sure both you and your pet have a good time! I offer training sessions for dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes. Please contact me to receive more information about scheduled courses.
Group courses (1hr)
Agility is a dog sport in which you direct the dog through an obstacle course in a race based on both time and accuracy. Your dog runs off leash with no food or toys as incentives, and you are not allowed to touch your dog or the obstacles. Your controls are limited to voice, movement, and various body signals, requiring exceptional training and coordination. An agility course consists of a set of obstacles laid out by a judge in a design of his or her own choosing in an area of a specified size. In competition, the handler must assess the course, decide on handling strategies, and direct the dog through the course, with precision and speed.
I have successfully competed with my dog Macho in agility and would love to help you train your dog. Agility is for dogs of almost all sizes and ages. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced agility team, your training will be adjusted to your skills, experience and goals. I offer private lessons, group courses or free test lessons.
$60-120 at your home
$60 at the Ranch
Does your dog bark at strangers?
Are you a future or first-time dog owner?
Is your dog showing aggressive behaviour?
Is he/she scared of something?
Would you like to know more about marker training?
Do you have a challenging work schedule?
Or do you want to teach your dog to switch the light off at night?
Private lessons are a great option to work on specific behaviour issues and concentrate on individual training goals. We will take the time your dog needs, set realistic goals and create a training plan together. Please contact me and we can discuss if this is the best option for you and your dog(s).
Board & Train is the perfect option if you don't have the time, patience, willingness or knowledge to train your dog. Training plans are always set individually, which gives us almost endless options:
Board & Train options vary from 10 days to multiple months. During this period, your dog receives daily one on one training sessions, enjoys multiple group walks a day and spends his free time keeping us company and joining us in our daily business. You will get the necessary training instructions, regular updates and follow up lessons to ensure long term training success.
As a service dog trainer I offer assistance to private people and organizations. You can either have your dog trained to your needs by me or benefit from the many advantages of assisted owner training. From finding the right breed and puppy until your working service dog, helping with task training, public access and solving uprising problems we will set specific goals and provide you with the know-how you need to be a responsible service dog handler. Please contact me for more information.
Whether you are going on vacation or have an operation planned or your dog can't stay home alone - your dog is always welcome to spend time at the Wettstone Guest Ranch! Your dogs join us in our daily activities and live with us on the ranch just as our personal dogs do. Does your dog need to catch up on some training? No problem, just let me know and I will work on it while your dog stays with us. To ensure that every dog gets enough attention and love, spaces for boarding are limited.
I also offer foster dogs a warm bed and training until they find a new home. And of course you can bring your dog with you for your vacation at the Wettstone Guest Ranch. Please contact me for more information.
Half day (1-6h) - CAD 20
Full day (6-12h) - CAD 30
Overnight - CAD 40
Special prices are available for long term stays, dogs from the same household and dogs that have completed training with me. Extra charges may apply for puppies, dogs with special needs or aggressive dogs.
2011 Certificate of competence - theory (1 day)
2012 Certificate of competence - practical test (2 months with Macho)
2011-2016 Volunteer work for wirvermitteln.ch – fostering, Transportation, checking of new homes etc.
2013 Seminar “massage for dogs”, Nicole Thali (1 day)
2013 Seminar “dog lunging for beginners”, Wendy Fischer (1 day)
2013 Agility intensive seminar, Sep Cadalbert (1 day)
2014 Agility intensive seminar, Jenny Stephenson (1 day)
2015 Certificate of competence – practical test (2 months with Tiny)
2015 Agility intensive seminar, Michi Brandstetter (3 days)
2015 Beginners course target searching, Ursi Rutz (1 day)
2015 Living with wolves – a challenge and enrichment, Monty Sloan (lecture)
2014-2018 Education as guide dog trainer, ATN Akademie für Tiernaturheilkunde
Learning and Education I – Exercises with the dog, Silvia Pfister (2 days)
Learning and Education II – Exercises with the dog, Silvia Pfister (2 days)
Learning and Education III – Exercises with the dog, Silvia Pfister (2 days)
Expression-behaviour of dogs, Joachim Leidhold (2 days)
Behavioural training I: On the way with your dog, Heike Benzing (2 days)
Behavioural training II: Anti-hunting training, Heike Benzing (2 days)
Ontogeny I: Handling of Puppies, young dogs and bullies, Irène Julius (2 days)
Ontogeny II: Handling of Puppies, young dogs and bullies, Irène Julius (2 days)
Planning and structuring of trainings and courses, Dorothee Schneider (2 days)