We offer Puppy Kindergarten for 9 15 weeks of age and our Manners & More classes. Small sized classes to focus on results.
I don’t need to “see” your dog misbehave or struggle in order to help. You may have questions about your new puppy! We can help.
When I started Bravo Dog my sole goal was to help dogs and their owners. That hasn’t changed much over the years. Working as a dog trainer in North Vancouver and Vancouver has not limited me to helping other people, in fact, people all over the world learn about dog behavior through our Podcast, our Virtual Training and Online courses.
I continue to further my own knowledge with continuing education and certifications and ensuring we adhere to the BC SPCA Animal Kind Standards.
#1 dog breed of 2019:
#1 dog names of 2019:
Luna & Charlie
Most famous dog of all time:
Toto from the Wizard of Oz
Changing our dogs’ behavior, means changing our own behavior.
We rescued our dog Ellie from the SPCA who is wonderful but jumps and barks at other dogs. We were recommended to see Renee by multiple sources and she quickly assessed Ellie as leash frustrated but friendly with dogs off leash. Renee listened to our concerns gave us baby steps where we needed baby steps and gave us leaps where we needed leaps based on her assessment of our dog, not just wrote training steps. She coached us through the techniques for helping our girl, gave us the tools and encouraging us to trust our dog. If we hadn’t of started working with Renee, Ellie would definitely still be on leash, not allowed near other dogs, without an end in sight. I honestly cried a few times before working with Renee as I was overwhelmed. We are both so thankful for her guidance, support and understanding of Ellies behaviors and her coaching of Ellie and most importantly of us too. When we finally let Ellie loose in a dog park (which went awesome) I immediately texted Renee at probably 6 oclock on a Saturday and Renee was probably as excited as us. We aren’t done with training yet but we have guidance and milestones to reach and will absolutely continue to use Renee to get us to where we would like to be.
Renée is a true professional! In a world of unregulated dog training, Renée is passionate about staying educated and up to date with current scientific studies and findings in dog psychology and behaviour training. We brought our 9 week old pup to her Kindergarten class and I highly recommend it. While most people think they know the basics of teaching commands like sit, down, wait, leave it etc, I found it super useful learning about the timing and marking of such commands, when to offer a treat, when to stop using a treat as a lure and appropriate body language etc. Renée is also great with teaching you how to watch puppies body language and regulate their play so it is consensual and positive for all dogs involved. We learned so much from that class and Renée was always willing to offer other advice specific to our puppy. We also did a follow up private session with her as our puppy started to show signs of resource guarding and body handling issues - he was extremely mouthy and would growl and bite us very hard. In one session Renée offered us a few different exercises to practise with some printable handouts that made it very clear and easy to follow. In just one week of diligent and consistent training it was like we had a different dog! We have continued to use the advice Renée has given us and kept up with regular training and we are so proud of our boy today. He is a 6 month old Husky X and we are constantly complimented on how well behaved he is - something I credit to Renée's philosophy and approach to dog training, one which I have adopted as my own. Dogs are our partners in life, not our servants. We owe it to them to respect their needs and tendencies with compassion and do the work necessary to helping them learn positive skills and reactions. 'Quick fixes' like prong collars or scaring them into compliance will not help in the long term. Long story short, Renée is great, go book a session with Bravo Dogs!
Renée is incredible. The world of force-free dog training is better, part because of her influence. She is not only empowering to the pet guardians she coaches but also to dog trainers she mentors on her own and FREE time. She is warm, thoughtful and inspiring. I recommend her services no matter what type of dog training you’re looking for.
Reneé is amazing. She's patient, she's wise, she's smart and funny. Mostly though, she's passionate about what she does. She's an experienced trainer & behaviourist and a supportive partner when it comes to helping dogs and their people learn how to navigate their way through the world together. CANNOT.RECOMMEND.HIGHLY.ENOUGH!