The Dog Philosofur
 
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ryan brown: dog trainer

I have a small, exclusive dog training business based in Hamilton, Ontario. My goal is to help owners achieve the well-balanced, behaved and fulfilled dogs they deserve by increasing their knowledge and leadership skills. I do this by keeping my client base small in order to maintain a close relationship with the owners and their dogs.  

I have been training my own dogs for more than two decades. Several years ago I decided to make a career change to a life working with dogs and their owners to help bring balance to their relationships. I am a graduate of The Ferndog Trainer Academy and went on to increase my understanding of canines with an apprenticeship under Dave McMahon at his training academy in Niagara Falls, Ontario. I study the methods of the top dog trainers around the world and continue to improve my methodology. I am a certified Master Dog Trainer as well as a member of the International Association Of Canine Professionals. I am fully insured through ProFur, bonded and Pet First Aid Certified through St. John's Ambulance. I am the owner and sole trainer of my own private training business: The Dog Philosofur. I specializes in  canine behavioral rehabilitation through boarding and training in my home. I also provides private, in-home, one on one training with clients for a range of skills and issues. These range from novice & advanced obedience, off-leash training, advanced low-level e-collar training and behavioral modification of a wide range of canine issues.

Dog training philosophy

My dog training philosophy is based on leadership with a focus on consistency, structure and routine.  The techniques used have been tested and proven to be effective and humane to dogs. My first concern is always for the well-being of the dog, as well as its success in becoming a trusted, obedient member of its family. I used a balanced approach to dog training which means the program will consist of praise using food rewards, verbal and physical praise, toy rewards but also correcting unwanted behavior. Corrections may come in many forms: sound stimulus (verbal “no”, pet corrector, boat air horn, etc) tactile (water bottle, leash and training collar, e-collar) or withholding rewards (toys or treats until behavior is corrected).

Dog training like all things in life needs both the yin and yang to be successful. Unwanted behaviors cannot be diminished or extinguished without feedback for the dog to understand to stop. Once the unwanted behavior has been identified and corrected a wanted or acceptable behavior is taught and rewarded. Corrections are always on-time, fair and to the lowest level possible to induce a behavioral change. Praise is immediately given when a desired behavior is demonstrated.

I do not use or advocate for any form of physical correction such as using your hand, feet or object (such as a rolled towel) to “correct” a dog’s behavior. This can create a dog that is fearful or mistrustful of its owner.

I do use food rewards in training, but it is not to bribe the dog into a behavior. Food is used to lure a dog into a new behavior or as a randomized reward to strengthen known commands.

Real dog training, real results.

 
 
 
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MY Services

APPOINTMENT TIMES

Monday - WEDNESDAY:

5:30pm - 6:30pm

7:30PM - 8:30PM

sATURDAY

11:00am - 12:00PM

1:00PM - 2:00PM

3:00PM - 4:00PM

5:00PM - 6:30PM - Consultations

SUNDAY

1:00PM - 2:00PM

3:00PM - 4:00PM

5:00PM - 6:00PM

5:00PM - 6:30PM - Consultations

Closed Thursday & Friday

Single Daytime Appointments May Be Available Upon Request

 

In HOME Consultations

Behavioral Consultation

(90 minutes)

$175

During this 2 hour one on one consultation we discuss behavioral issues and multiple solutions to each one. Not every solution works for every dog or owner so providing numerous solutions is crucial to the success of changing behavioral issues. Clients will receive a written Training Plan containing the assessment and detailed training outline. I will also be available for any follow up questions or concerns.

Issues include, but are not limited to:

  • Crate Training

  • Jumping on People

  • Stealing Food, Garbage or Items

  • Chewing and Household Destruction

  • Barking

  • Mouthing and Nipping

  • Digging

  • Fear and Anxiety

  • Leash Reactivity

  • Aggression and Resource Guarding

 

Puppy Consultation

(90 minutes)

$175

This is perfect for owners with a new puppy. Canines need structure and rules from the moment they come into the home so that they learn how to properly assimilate to their new surroundings. Clients will receive a written guideline document. I will also be available for any follow up questions or concerns.

Topics Include:

  • Crate training & House Breaking

  • Walking and Exercise

  • Toys and Games to Play

  • Leashes and Collars

  • Basic Training Concepts

  • Do's and Don'ts

  • Suggested Rules of the Household

  • Correcting Unwanted Behaviors

  • Developing and Praising Wanted Behaviors

 

E-collar Consultation

(2 Hours)

$200

Although this can be a excellent tool for extinguishing unwanted behaviors, for those owners looking to take training to the next level e-collars are crucial. Modern, humane e-collar training is done at very low levels, paired with praise and reward. As with everything in dog training, timing is crucial. Although sometimes necessary, e-collar corrections are kept to a minimum. Clients will receive a written Training Plan containing the assessment and detailed training outline. I will also be available for any follow up questions or concerns.

The E-collar Consultation includes information and tutorials on:

  • Tour of E-collar Features

  • Setup and Use

  • Imprinting the Collar to the Dog

  • Conditioning the Dog to the Collar

  • Techniques for Correcting Unwanted Behaviors

  • Role Play Techniques (this ensures no mistakes will be made on the dog)

  • Demonstration of Use in Obedience



 

In Home Private Dog Training

 

additional 1 Hour Private Lesson (previous or current clients only)

$90

Private lessons can be booked for anything a dog owner would like to work on or as additional booster lessons for any curriculum the owner or dog may be struggling with. Clients will receive a written Training Plan containing the assessment and detailed training outline.


 

Loose Leash Walking (Heeling) Course

(2 Hours)

$250

In this 2 hour course the owner is instructed on the techniques to teach a dog to walk at heel position (beside handler, right or left side). In one session pulling will be greatly reduced and the handler will be left with the tools and techniques to eradicate the pulling typically in under 1 week. Includes leash and collar recommendations. If the dog is reactive towards humans or other dogs, they may need to be muzzle conditioned. Clients will receive a written step by step training plan for each lesson with homework and companion video. I will also be available for any follow up questions or concerns.

 

Behavioral Modification Package

90 Minute Consultation & 4 One Hour Private Sessions

$600 (Includes HST)

This is a perfect fit for behavioral issues of all types including aggression towards other dogs. Included is a 90 minute behavioral consultation where we discuss all types of behavioral issues and offer solutions. Follow-up lessons are used to create real-life scenarios where your dog has shown behavioral issues. During these lessons the owner is taught the techniques for handling unwanted behaviors including correcting aggression and leash reactivity. Any additional lessons needed are $75 per hour. Clients will receive a written Training Plan containing the assessment and detailed written journal after each session. I will also be available for any follow up questions or concerns.

 

Behavioral Modification Package WITH E-Collar

90 Minute Consultation, 4 One Hour Private Sessions & E-collar included

$850 (Includes HST)

This behavioral modification package is specifically designed for high risk behaviors such as aggression towards dogs or people. Included is a 90 minute behavioral consultation where we discuss all types of behavioral issues and offer solutions. Follow-up lessons are used to create real-life scenarios where your dog has shown aggression. The focus will be on re-socializing the dog to new people while eradicating aggression.  During these lessons the owner is taught the techniques for handling and correcting aggression. Please note a muzzle may be required for the safety of all involved including the owners, trainer and any helpers. Any additional lessons needed are $75 per hour. Clients will receive a written Training Plan containing the assessment and detailed written journal after each session. I will also be available for any follow up questions or concerns.

 

 

IN HOME Obedience training

 

Foundational Obedience (6 Lessons)

$550 (Includes HST)

In this course, clients receive a 60 minute orientation which includes; types of training equipment, training methods to be used and solutions to many common behavioral issues.   Following week one clients receive 1-60 minute private training session per week in home or at a predetermined location. Homework is given and for the dog to be successful the owners will need to do at least 1-45 minute training walk per day or ideally 2-30 minute training walks.

Curriculum includes:

Companion videos to review techniques taught & written course materials for each lesson.

Lesson 1 - Orientation, Sit & Release Commands (2 hours)

Lesson 2 - Loose Leash Heeling & Turns (At Left Side)

Lesson 3 - Down At Heel Position (At Left Side)

Lesson 4 - Stay (Sit & Down)

Lesson 5 - Place Command (Go and Stay on a Dog Bed)

Lesson 6 - Recall (Come When Called)

PUPPY PACKAGE: CONSULTATION & Foundational Obedience (6 Lessons)

$650 (Includes HST)

Let me help guide you through the first 6 months of the puppy’s life. The consultation (see puppy consultation) is facilitated before or just after your new puppy arrives home between 8-10 weeks. Canines need structure and rules from the moment they come into the home so that they learn how to properly assimilate to their new surroundings. Clients will receive a written guideline document. I will also be available for any follow up questions or concerns. At 16 weeks/4 months we begin the Foundational Obedience Course.

working Obedience (10 Lessons)

$900 (Includes HST)

 

This is the extension of the Foundational Obedience* course for owners that truly enjoy training with the companion and want high level engagement from their dog. Right from the start we begin working towards off-leash heeling. We introduce "stand" and begin body position changes from both heel and now in front of the handler. Stay becomes longer, further and under greater distractions. You'll also hone your dogs recall with advanced exercises. All lessons are 1 hour in duration.

Curriculum includes:

Lesson 1-3             New body position (Stand) and transitioning between them from at heel or in front

Lesson 4-6            Advanced stay commands: Duration, Distance and Distraction are increased

Lesson 7-8            In-motion commands: Dog learns to sit, down and stand stay while heeling

Lesson 9-10          On-recall commands: Dog learns to sit, down and stand stay during recall

*Please note Foundational Obedience Course is a prerequisite.

 

 

E-collar Training

Off-Leash Real Life Recall (E-collar Consultation & 4 Lessons)

$750 (Includes HST & e-collar)

Foundational or Working obedience courses are not prerequisites**

In this off-leash course the dog is trained to to come when called on the first command. This course price includes an E-collar Technologies Mini Educator E-collar and 25’ long line. ($300 value) These are the best, most humane e-collars on the market. E-collar work is always performed using the lowest working level for the dog. This is often a level lower than what humans can even feel.

The curriculum is taught in 3 phases:

Phase 1 - Long-Line Work & Conditioning

Phase 2 - Off-leash Recall

Phase 3 - Off-leash Distraction Proofing

*Please note you must still respect leash laws in your area.

 

 

Advanced Off-Leash Heeling & Real Life Recall (E-collar Consultation & 6 Lessons)

$900 (Includes HST & e-collar)

Foundational or Working obedience courses are not prerequisites**

In this course the dog is trained to off-leash heel (walk at the owner's side) and to come when called on the first command. This course price includes an E-collar Technologies Mini Educator E-collar and 25’ long line. ($300 value) These are the best, most humane e-collars on the market. E-collar work is always performed using the lowest working level for the dog. This is often a level lower than what humans can even feel.

The curriculum is taught in 4 phases:

Phase 1 - Long-Line Work & Conditioning

Phase 2 - Heeling and Turns

Phase 3 - Off-leash Heeling

Phase 4 - Off-leash Distraction Proofing

*Please note you must still respect leash laws in your area.




 

Board & Train PROGRAM

The board and train program is currently on hiatus. I’m working to complete some personal goals and simply do not have the time to focus on this program currently. I will update here with any changes or potential restart dates.

Private in-home training with clients and OVERNIGHT boarding for previous clients remain as usual.

Your dog will live with my wife and I, as well as our 3 dogs: Chickpea (female American Bulldog), Penny (deaf, Australian Cattle Dog and Ollie (Jack Russell/Chihuahua) in a quiet, structured home. They receive multiple training sessions, 2 walks, each day and structured play. I do not offer board and train programs for puppies under 4 months as I feel it is important for a puppy to be with its family during this crucial bonding time. Please note no result can be guaranteed when working with any living creature. I do not use harsh methods, but base the training on the relationship between handler and dog. Once trained the owners will still need to maintain the training once the dog returns home. If owners are lax in maintaining the training old behaviors and habits will begin to resurface.

PLEASE NOTE: Boarded dogs will be crated overnight and potentially for short periods during the day (typically 1-3 hours). This provides structure and safety for all the dogs in my care. If a client’s dog is not crate trained the process is required to be started at the owners home. This will help reduce separation anxiety at drop off and allow me to handle dogs in a safe, orderly manner.

I only facilitate a fixed number of board and train programs each calendar year. Due to the high volume of standard boarding requests I am closed for board and train programs during December, January, February, July & August. There is a $250 non-refundable deposit required to hold a board and train reservation.

 

4 Week Canine Behavioral Modification & fOUNDATIONAL obedience Program

$3500 (Includes MINI EDUCATOR E-COLLAR & HST)

During this 4 week training program dogs receive structured routine, on-leash balanced training, training walks, socialization to people & places, crate training and behavioral modification to diminish minor unwanted behaviors. Obedience commands that are taught include: sit & release commands, loose leash heeling & turns, down (at side), stay (sit & down), the place command (go stay on you bed) & basic recall. These are the basic commands every owner should have and will use daily while living with their dog in a harmonious way. The fee includes a consultation where we discuss the dogs behavioral issues and basic management solutions are given, along with a written assessment & training outline.  A training session will be scheduled at the end of the board and train, as well as a follow up session 1-2 weeks later in order to coach the owners during the transfer of commands. Provided at the completion of the board and train will be: regular updates, video diary of training & written training journal completed by me after each training session. Any recommended & agreed upon training tools, such as leashes, training collars or e-collars will be at the expense of the owner.

  • Jumping on people

  • Stealing food, garbage or items

  • Chewing and household destruction

  • Barking

  • Mouthing and nipping

  • Digging

  • Fear and anxiety

  • Leash reactivity

  • Aggression and resource guarding

Overnight Boarding

$50 (Per night)

(available to Previous Clients only)

Dogs are provided structured walks, off-leash playtime in our yard, meals and medication administration if needed. Dogs MUST be crate trained, but will not be crated more than 3 hours in the day and 8 hours through the night. Please provide the following: bed or blanket for dog to lay on, bowl for food, dog food, treats, Kong or other toy. These items will help the dog settle in and feel more comfortable. PLEASE NOTE - I do not walk dogs on head harnesses and only on a body harness if there is a medical reason to do so. I also do not use slip-chain aka “choke collars”. Acceptable collars include: flat buckle (no plastic clips), Martingale, Starmark or Prong, as well as e-collars and bark collars.

Custom pricing available on boarding over 1 week

 
 

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Hear From My Clients

Ryan is the absolute best “Go To Trainer”. Hands down—no question about it!!. He is knowledgeable, experienced, dedicated and passionate about what he does best!! He rehabilitates the most difficult and unbalanced dogs with amazing success. There is no one like Ryan.
— Sandra S.
Ryan is the best trainer I have dealt with so far! He is extremely kind and knowledgeable, a true dog lover!! Since Ryan has first started working with us, there has been a huge change in our dog! We are now the envy of the neighbourhood when they see how nicely he walks on a leash.
10/10!!
— Doug M & Hogan
Really knows his stuff and is passionate about what he does!
— Emily
Great trainer and lover of dogs. Really understands how to effectively use a variety of training techniques.
— Matthew F
Ryan was so good with our Chance. We have come a long way and the continued support has been amazing. He is such an animal lover, stubborn as heck, and truly passionate about what he does. You couldn’t have your animal in better hands.
— Holly M
We can’t thank you enough for all of the hard work you have put in with our Karma! We’ll keep you posted as she goes along but you’ve set her in the right direction and we can’t believe the difference in her already!
— Kim L
Ryan’s passion for dog training shows in his work. I find myself constantly inspired by him to continuously better my relationships with my dogs and keep up on all angles of dog training. His dedication, support, and knowledge makes him one of the best dog trainers around! Keep up the good work, Ryan!
— Jessye D
We sent Rocky in for a board and train and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Rocky went in a dog that couldn’t be walked, our kids were afraid of him and was totally bonkers. After coming home his loose leash walking is fantastic, he stays on place command and has integrated back into our family perfectly.

He’s still Rocky, very silly and lots of energy ...but now he’s balanced and a much happier dog. Ryan kept us in the loop every step of the way and gave us a very clear plan to keep Rocky progressing. It was the best investment I’ve ever made for any dog I’ve ever had.
— Joe O
Ryan is an awesome dog trainer. He genuinely cares about his job and the dogs he trains. I highly recommend Ryan and will definitely use him again for training, boarding and consulting. Thanks Ryan for an amazing experience! All the best to you in this new chapter!
— Jenn & Barry
 
He clearly loved what he does - the respect he has for the dogs he trains is apparent. Honestly I have a new found respect for what it means to be a “dog trainer” a real one! I won’t throw any specific training school under the bus, but I do my research .... and I thought I had an idea about what that meant. After a bad experience at “the best school ever”, i now understand why Ryan is so damn good at what he does..... he IS truly a balanced trainer, he IS truly in this for the dogs. Thanks for everything!!!!
— Carrie & Dexter
Within the very first lesson, Cooper stopped pulling on walks. It’s amazing to talk him on walks now. Such a great pup. We completed the novice course. Highly recommended Ryan for all your training needs. Can’t wait to start more training with Cooper.
— Krista & Cooper
Ryan has an excellent understanding of what is required to correct your fur babies issues. He is compassionate, understanding and very straight forward on what is required. He works with you and your dog to develop a training plan best suited tot he needs of your dog. Thanks Ryan.
— Harold & Lavender
We just completed the basic obendince course with our bull masttiff and our American bulldog. We could not be more pleased with the outcome! Ryan gave us all the knowledge and tools on how to work with our dogs. Our dogs are now model k9 citizens while out in public and balanced/ obedient in our home. We can’t thank Ryan enough for sharing his knowledge with us and we hope to work with him again the future.
— Vanessa, Gaz & Hendriks
My Springer Spaniel of nearly 5 years old and I took Ryan’s off leash training. I cannot even express how fabulous the training was and how much it has changed our lives for the better. The residual affects of an off leash obedient walking dog have translated into an obedient companion in the home. We love our Cam but he has given us a lot of trouble over the years. We tried the pure positive training and it did not work for us or Cam. Ryan’s approach works, it is a balanced approach that focuses on outcomes. Ryan is an excellent teacher and makes training your dog make sense. In a very short period of time with Ryan’s training and the follow through at home Cam has become an easy going, fun loving, obedient dog. I want to bring Cam with us everywhere now, where I used to worry about what he would do, if he would listen to me and if he would eat everyone’s belongings and/or knock them over. I’m not worried any more. I can trust my dog and my family and Cam are reaping the rewards of spending time with our amazing dog! Thank you Ryan!! We are so happy we found you. You have literally changed our lives.
— Erin & Cam
I can’t say enough about Ryan! I was desperate for someone to help us with our dog and he was recommended to me. Immediately, upon my first message to him, I knew this was the guy we needed. He was honest and open from the get go. He came into our home, explained everything and answered all of our questions. Although this was a serious behaviour that we were concerned about, we were still able to have fun while training and learning.

Our Luna, became very possessive/aggressive when it came to objects. Her pulling, while walking was enough that everyone dreaded walking her. We gave up the fight and let her on our furniture. The list goes on, but I think that’s enough for now.

Our biggest concern was her aggression with objects, as she bit and drew blood while we tried to take the object from her. I knew right away that this needed to be dealt with immediately! The thought of her aggression getting worse and the consequences if she was to bite someone while we were out with her was not an option.

After our first lesson with Ryan, Luna learned to “leave it” and “drop it”. Every lesson after that, we saw a new Luna. By the end of our sessions, we were amazed at the new Luna that we have.

Thank you, thank you, thank you Ryan!!! Amazing service.
— Denise & Luna
They don’t call Ryan The Dog Philosofur nothing! It was very clear from day one that Ryan had a passion for dogs and caring for them. I took my Frenchie to The Dog Philosofur to teach my dog basic obedience + off leash recall. I wanted to take my dog to photoshoots with me so he didn’t have to be left at home. Ryan was transparent from day one about his method of training and approach. During his stay Ryan kept me updated with how he was doing and sending me pictures of him.
After my first visit( 9 days after dropping him off) my mind was blown with how much he had learned. I was convinced at that point that Ryan was going to be able to get my dog to where he needs to be. In 9 days he was already mastering his sit stay commands and responding to his name when being called.

It has been about 3 days since I brought home Füli and I couldn’t be happier! Fuli has been with me to the malls and a photoshoot with no issues. He understands all his commands and is happy to do them. The best part is being able to walk him off leash and seeing by standards reactions to how well behaved his.

Taking my dog to The Dog Philosofur was the best decision I made in 2018. Thank you so much Ryan for all your hard work and dedication to training my dog... before you I thought dogs like this only existed in movies!
— Peter & Fuli
Recommending Ryan is an understatement! We cannot say enough about Ryan. He really is the only trainer people should see if they are struggling with their pups. Ryan took on the challenge of our two Frenchies who fought like pit bulls and brought them back to us obedient and loving one another. He helps you understand the mindset of the dog and the leadership you need as an owner. what works for one pup doesn’t necessarily work for the other. He has helped make our household calm, our dogs obedient, and our life fantastic. Thanks Ryan for your continued support! We wouldn’t be where we are with our boys today if it weren’t for you and your very patient partner in crime.
— Quinn & Ainsley
Thank you so much Ryan! Honestly you’ve exceeded our expectations so much with your training program- you’re so knowledgeable and your training techniques and approach simply work. It was a pleasure working with you and your amazing dogs
— Valerie S
Thank you so much Ryan for all your helpful training and guidance for both Cosmo and I! We are a much better team now and enjoy learning each new skill together! Cosmo is a great dog and we are so glad that we have him. We will make sure that we maintain all the rules and structures that we have established now. It has made for a much happier dog and as a result happier handlers😉. Thank you so much again!
— Sharon and Cosmo
 
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rates

 
 

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Boarding Per Night

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House Sitting Per Night

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30-Minute Daily Check-in

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12-Hour Daycare

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30-Minute Private Walk

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30-Minute Semi-Private Walk

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I look forward to hearing from you! I provide a range of services to suit the needs of any owner and canine. Your request will be responded to within 24 hours.

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A balanced training methodology is used which includes praise/reward as the primary motivator in addition to fair and humane corrections when necessary. Approved Training Collars, include: Flat, Martingale, Pinch Style (Starmark or Prong) or dominant dog collars. I also specialize in remote training collars (E-Collar). I do not train using harnesses, either head or body. Please note: Acceptable payments are cash or etransfer. Etransfer is not available for training under $250 or for boarding.