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 an incredible instructor and I can't recommend her enough! We took her puppy classes with our first puppy ever and can't wait for the manners classes in March. She's incredibly smart and patient (both with the dogs and owners). She never judges, listens patiently and provides helpful tips for any issues you bring up. It's clear to see how much she cares about dogs as our companions rather than just as pets. I wish we could have weekly classes with Renée forever!
Renee turned around our training experience completely. She took the time to know and understand our dog and his quirks and set him and us up for success. Her expertise and passion show in her work, and her quest for continual learning leaves me confident that we’re learning the best. Thank you Renee - you made a huge difference to our family and helped us rookies learn how to be good dog owners.
Renée is knowledgeable, approachable and skilled - basically everything you want in a dog trainer! She is a strong advocate for force-free, humane, evidence-based training methods and will help you build a strong and trusting relationship with your dog. Doesn’t get much better than Bravo Dog.
We can work together on everything ranging from jumping up to fear and reactivity. Puppy training? We do that too!
We offer Puppy Kindergarten for 9 15 weeks of age and our Manners & More classes. Small sized classes to . focus on results
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.