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Renee and her dog penelope

Renée Erdman, Behaviour Consultant

I have been working with dog reactive behaviours for over 12 years now and have specialized training, education and experience in this field. I don't offer quick fixes. Here is what I do:

  • Assess your dog & their behaviour as an individual, no blanket approaches

  • Work with you as a team to determine what is realistic for you to be able to do and how

  • Coach YOU on behaviour change; you will need to change your behaviour for your dog's behaviour to change

  • Measure progress and make changes where needed

  • Work with your veterinarian or a vet behaviourist

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Academic & Professional Credentials

Continuing Education

  • Dr Susan Friendman Phd, Living and Learning with Animals Course

  • Aggression in Dogs Masterclass with Michael Shikashio

  • Dr Karen Overall, veterinary behaviorist, conference

  • WOOF! Conferences (every 2 years), United Kingdom

  • LEGS Ethology course, Kim Brophey

  • The Forensics of Aggression, Crosby/IAABC

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Training Methods We Use

Overwhelming evidence, combined with my observations with clients over the years, confirms that using minimally invasive, positive-reinforcement based methods are not only the most effective, but also don't come with the risk of behavioural fallout. I consistently recommend using food and toys effectively to change associations, reduce reactivity and maintain a strong emotional bond with your dog. I may recommend you see your veterinarian or a veterinary behaviourist if your dog struggles from high levels of fear and/or anxiety. No quick fixes exist!

Tools & Methods Not Recommended

Devices and techniques that cause anxiety, fear, distress, pain or injury, such as choke chains, prong, ecollars and shock collars, "invisible" fences, spray bottles, noise makers and citronella sprays. Methods such as alpha rolling and intimidation are not recommended.

If you are currently using these methods or devices and you are open to change, let's work together! I pride myself in using a non-judgemental and compassionate teaching approach for the humans too! It's so important to find a dog behaviour consultant that not only combines the use of science and evidence, but with years of experience as to why these approaches are not recommended.



I've been working with the Whistler shelter for 9 years now and serve on the board of directors.  Working with Lindsay the Director of Animal Behaviour and Welfare, we have implemented policies and procedures to keep staff safe and help neglected animals build confidence and prepare them for their forever homes. 

WAG is near and dear to my heart and truly an inspiration with a team that cares so much about the community and their pets!

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