Raise a Dog You Can Take Anywhere
We all dream about having that perfect dog: well-behaved, loves to travel, and is the right combination of respectful and friendly.
However, raising the perfect dog isn’t as easy as it seems. Puppies are rambunctious and have short attention spans (as you’ve likely noticed!). Just like young children, they need to be nurtured and given the right amount of constructive feedback in order for them to grow up well-behaved.
You want a dog you can take anywhere and who you can trust in any given situation, with young children, and other dogs. At BabyDog, we provide gentle and effective training techniques and help to socialize your puppy so they’re comfortable around other dogs and people.
One local puppy trainer recommended that I give my rambunctious puppy some private training, since she may require a bit more attention than she can get in a group training sessions. The private training sessions the same company offered were very expensive and I was a bit hesitant about spending a lot of money with that company.
Fortunately, I have discovered that Bosley’s pet stores have puppy socialization classes in different stores at different days of the week ran by Baby Dog trainers. So after discussing my situation with Aviva, one of the Baby dog trainers, I signed up for 5 private training sessions with her and I was extremely pleasantly surprised with the results. Aviva was not only training my puppy extremely well, she was also training me well enough so that I could help my puppy learn the necessary skills.
Both my puppy and even I have made lot of progress and I could not be happier with the attention, the skill and the pleasant way Aviva was helping both my puppy and me and the results were great in the end. After each session, Aviva sent me notes, so I could easily recall the points I should be practicing with my puppy. In the end, I had enough concise information, but I was not overwhelmed with it, so it was easy to manage it and to learn.
I would recommend Aviva without hesitation to anyone who wants affordable, first class training for their puppy.
We are certified, licensed, insured and DogSafe Canine First Aid Certified. We have years of experience working with dogs. We know no 2 dogs are alike. Every new puppy presents a new challenge, and that is why we love what we do!
Aviva Shtull, Owner and Lead Trainer at BabyDog
In the early 2000’s Aviva lived in Mexico and was devastated by the often horrendous conditions that local dogs were living in. She very quickly started taking dogs in to her home, nursing them back to both physical and mental health and then finding them loving homes. This started a journey of now 15 years of helping support canines no matter where she lived. Community education, rehabilitation, socialization, fostering, spay and neuter campaigns and much more.
Having fostered well over 30 rescued dogs herself, personally adopting three of them and finding loving homes for the rest she cannot think of a better career then helping owners of new puppies start off on the right foot. Helping educate new dog owners, providing safe opportunities for dogs to socialize, and training their families and the dogs to understand and respect each other is her passion.
Having completed a very hands on and thorough 2 year dog training apprenticeship with now retired dog trainer Heather Barron, Aviva continues to educate herself by collaborating with other trainers, constant professional development, and reading voraciously from all viewpoints.
Aviva follows many techniques and philosophies from trainers such as, but not limited to Dr. Ian Dunbar, Stanley Coren and Turid Rugaas. Certified in Dog Safe Canine First Aid, Advanced Wilderness First Aid, Cross Cultural Communication, Non-Violent Communication Facilitation, and Violence Prevention, rounds out her tool set.
Having so much experience with rescue dogs she appreciates the extra time and care required to rehabilitate and train dogs that have complex histories. She continues to volunteer on a regular basis with local dog rescue organizations to help their pups become more adoptable.
Before Aviva was a dog trainer she worked with children, youth and families in need of extra support, running programs for various non profit organizations including the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre and as Program Manager for Power To Be Adventure Therapy Society. Due to this experience she believes strongly in a collaborative and holistic approach to raising and training every dog and therefore always encourages the entire family to participate in her programs.
Aviva focuses on helping dog owners understand what they need to do in order to create humane, respectful, and clear communication between them and their dog. The over arching goal for each client is to create a sense of a team between a dog and their family. She absolutely loves her job and will do all she can to help you achieve your goals of having a dream dog, ‘a dog you can take anywhere’.Contact Aviva to start your puppy’s journey!
Dave Tomey, Tomey K9 Services
Dave owns his own dog training company however also sub contracts with BabyDog to help run some of the Socialization Classes, we love Dave and are so happy to have him as part of the BabyDog team. Check out his website posted above and read below to learn more about him!
Dave is a Certified Master Dog Trainer and owner of Tomey K9 Services. Having completed his training at Canada West Canine Center in Salmon Arm, BC. He is certified in all facets of basic and advanced obedience, socialization, utility training, protection training, tracking, scent work and temperament testing. He is also DogSafe Canine First Aid certified.
His training services are personalized to your individual needs and is committed to being flexible to your schedule, helping you reach your goals and providing exemplary service before, during and after your training.
With owning two blue nose pit bulls (Ellie-May & Jax) he is very passionate about spreading awareness of how fun, loving and loyal pit bulls really are. He volunteers with Flirting with Fido and donates his time to help get a head start on obedience training for their rescues.
Dave is very passionate about dogs and is excited to help other Victoria canine lovers with all their training needs.
Ruth Kasasian, Junior Puppy Trainer at BabyDog
Ruth is a home grown west coaster from Bowen Island, BC. She moved to Victoria in the spring of 2013, after having previously spent two and a half years in Alberta where she worked for Veterinary Simulator Industries. VSI is a company specializing in the development and production of anatomically correct animal training tools for veterinary students. These tools help to lower the amount of live animals enduring the discomfort of early veterinary student training, also minimizing animal cadavers, and allowing students to repeat a procedure hundreds of times on the same “animal” or “animal organ.” It was very rewarding work, knowing she was making a difference in the lives of pets and livestock.
While not at work, Ruth dedicating her free time to AARCS rescue shelter, where she fed, walked, cleaned and socialized dogs and cats, as well as trained new volunteers.
Ruth started with BabyDog in June 2016 as a volunteer. She quickly moved into an official position working as an apprentice trainer during the Shy Socialization Class, regular Socialization Classes, Group Socialization Walks, and is now the lead trainer for the Puppy and Dog Walking Program. She is also now offering private one on one training for those with new puppies looking for basic obedience and behavior modification.
Ruth is dedicated to making all training with BabyDog a positive, gentle, and fun experience for both pup and owner. She strives to give you the tools to develop, brick by brick, a solid, loving, and strong relationship built on guidance and understanding.