Kind Care Dog Obedience School – Vernon BC
Award winning dog obedience trainer
Life time member of the Canadian Kennel Club
Kind Care Dog Obedience School is located in the Coldstream area near Vernon, BC. We mainly serve the North Okanagan but also provide year round services for all dog loving tourist requiring pet training, puppy training or consultation for any dog problems.
Dog Training Services Offered:
•We offer pet training for all breeds and cross breeds. Training exercises are fun and easy for dog and owner.
•Our lessons are 1 on 1, teaching owner how to be a good pack leader. Lessons will cover any dog problems you may be dealing with.
•We also offer a three week boarding school program. Your dog will learn all the basics in dog obedience training. At the end of the program we will make you a DVD showing you how your dog responds to commands. There is also one free follow-up lesson with owner and dog to review lessons. We want you to be a good pet dog trainer.
•Consultant for any dog problems you may need help with. For example: dog aggression, excessive dog barking, dogs being too dominant, dogs biting people and children, natural dog remedies, dogs jumping up, puppy training, dog care, assessing canine temperaments, and more.
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Elsa Laplante has over 25 years experience as a professional dog trainer, handler and canine behavioural consultant. She is well known and respected for her expertise in dog training and canine behaviour. Elsa is also a life time member of the Canadian Kennel Club and the Rottweiler Club of Canada.
Elsa Laplante was born and raised in England and by the age of 11 she was assisting a neighbour exercise and train Whippets for whippet racing. During this time she was also actively involved with training horses. By the age of 16 she was working at a local boarding kennel. She was one of five Kennel Maids, taking care of approximately 100 dogs. She also assisted the kennel owner exercise his registered Grey Hounds that were used for coursing, a major event in the UK. She also had her own Boxer to care for, which she trained for conformation dog shows.
In the early 1970’s she emigrated to Canada and it wasn’t long before she purchased a boxer and trained her in Obedience. She also purchased her first purebred Shetland Sheepdog and trained her all the way to her CKC (Canadian Kennel Club ) Obedience Trial Championship. The Sheltie’s name was ” CH Forever Katrina”, pet name Kelpie. Kelpie’s offspring also achieved numerous obedience titles recognized by the CKC. Elsa is now a life time member of the Canadian Kennel Club. She is also a member of the Rottweiler Club of Canada.
While living in Terrace BC, she worked as an SPCA Inspector as well as the local Dog Control Officer for approximately three years. Elsa was also one of the founding members of the Terrace Dog Club. A few years later she moved to Vernon BC and worked as the local dog control officer / boarding kennel employee for approximately five years. During this time Elsa learned a ton of information about canine behaviour / people interactions because she dealt with this on a daily basis.
During the mid 1980’s Elsa opened a dog training school called ” Kind Care Dog Obedience School” where she offered one on one training, a three week boarding school program and the occasional group classes. Elsa estimates the number of dogs she has trained over her career is in the thousands. In the 1990’s Elsa rescued a Timber Wolf (Bodhie) from a couple who could no longer keep him. He was born and raised in the States in a wolf farm and smuggled across the Canadian border in the disguise of a dog. Bodhie provide Elsa with a unique way of learning about canine behaviour through the eyes of a wolf. He was also brought to schools where he educated young children about wolfs. Bodhie actually became a local celebrity.
From 1984 to present, Elsa has been a professional breeder, trainer and handler of registered rottweilers, where she has achieved numerous titles on her dogs, including good canine citizen certificates. Sprinkled throughout her career, Elsa has had time to work with mentally disabled adults and has taken courses in psychology. Elsa believes in the need for continuous learning, knowing that education is a journey – not a destination. In 2007 she attended the Cesar Milan (Dog Whisperer) seminar held in Seattle Washington.
Cesar Millan (The Dog Whisperer) did not coin the saying “Pack Leader”, but he sure made the phrase popular. There is no doubt dogs are social animals that require a strong confident leader and when there is no leader around, they take on the role of pack leader. Dog / human interactions are problematic if dog is pack leader and human is in a submissive role. In order to prevent a multitude of behavioural problems, it is essential that human be Pack Leader, or if you like – the Alpha dog. Dogs do not believe in democracy but rather hierarchy structure where the Alpha dog calls the shots and the submissive dogs must obey. The submissive dogs know their place and do not complain about it. It is what it is.
In today’s society people are attempting to humanize their dogs more and more and this in itself can cause problems. Take for example a large dog that has been spoiled rotten and is permitted to sleep on the bed. It is not uncommon for this type of dog to become protective over it’s bed and the person in it. Notice I did not say people in it. We have heard a few stories over the years about husbands rolling over in their bed (the dog’s bed) only to be greeted by a pearly white snarl.
The best time to establish Pack Leader status is when your dog is a puppy and s/he is easier to handle. The second best time to establish Pack Leader status is now. The easiest and safest way to establish Pack Leader status is with the assistance of a trained professional, not just a professional dog trainer who has taken a 6 week course but a person who understands canine behaviour. The instructor should use positive reinforcements and not punishment and have a wealth of experience to draw upon. It is important to know what type of temperament your dog has before you start changing the rules on him or her. You want to keep things safe for everyone. If your dog sees itself as the Pack Leader and you all of a sudden exhibit Pack Leader behaviours, don’t be surprised if you encounter an aggressive challenge.
Listed below are a few Pack Leader behaviours:
- Pack Leader sleeps in bed and dogs sleep on the floor
- Pack Leader sits on couch and dogs sit on the floor
- Pack Leader eats first and dogs eat after Pack Leader is finished
- Pack Leader walks through doorway first and dog follows second – with permission
- Pack Leader can take dog’s food or bones away at any time
- Pack Leader is able to scratch dog’s belly anytime he or she wants to
- Pack Leader provides dog with lots of exercise
- Pack Leader has dog release toys from mouth on command
- Pack Leader establish no go areas in the home
- Pack Leader will use body language, facial expressions and voice to establish dominance
In October of 2008 I attended a Cesar Milan seminar in Seattle Washington