Sparky Smith, MSST, ISCP.Dip.CANINE.PRAC.,
Professional Certified Force-Free Canine Behaviourist - Comprehensive Solutions for the Toughest Problems
Specializing in Dangerous Dog Behaviour
Recognized Professional Force-Free Dog Trainer by Pet Professional Guild
Optional: House-Calls & Our Own Facilities located at the beautiful Muskoka Dog Social Club
Servicing Muskoka and Etobicoke - contact us if out of area to discuss what we have done for national and international clients
My husband and I have a mellow 12 year old Lab/Terrier dog, Molly, who is not socialized, and used to being 'the only child.' This winter we decided to adopt Chelsea, a one year old rescue Husky/German Shepard mix with lots of puppy energy. Chelsea saw Molly as a playmate but Molly felt very threatened by her. As a result, we were very concerned that they would get into a fight. Therefore, we kept them separated in our house. We were at a loss as to how to integrate them.
This led us to seeking out Sparky's help. Through her program we learned how to give Molly the assurance she needed. Sparky showed us how to have Molly understand that she was protected by us and NOT vulnerable to what she perceived as Chelsea's threat.
As well, we were guided by Sparky to show Chelsea that she was to leave Molly alone (not to try to engage in rough puppy play).
The end result is that we have a happy home. Molly feels comfortable being around Chelsea, and Chelsea leaves Molly alone. They now share the same areas throughout our house. They are comfortable walking side by side outside too.
Sparky was exceptionally professional at all times; always available for answering our questions along the way.
We have benefited greatly showing Chelsea ways to behave with various methods as building our bond with her.
I particularly enjoy all the positive methods we have learned regarding our training with Chelsea. Our understanding of our dogs' behaviours is greater for this program.
All the best,
Joanne and Fred
Over the holidays, our family remarked on the significant change in our dog, Tilley. She was much more confident, calmer, and well-behaved. We told them we had started working with a Dog Behaviorist, Sparky, who was recommended by one of the local trainers. Sparky placed us into her 3-month program to help Tilley with her fear of cars. She would spin uncontrollably and lunge after cars going by. We also wanted her to walk better, and to stop stealing clothes. The depth of knowledge and training Sparky provided us gave us everything we needed to help Tilley. We are now able to read Tilley's signals and communicate with her more effectively. We know now what is needed to guide and support Tilley through her fears and to show her what we want in a gentle way. We enjoyed the experience working with Sparky and would recommend her to anyone looking for solutions to their dog’s problems.
Carlie & Todd Willford
Now that we have completed the program we would like to express our appreciation.
We were skeptical at the start but we are more than satisfied with all the effort and work you put into helping us better understand our dog’s behavior. And of course, the training we received that showed us how to work with our dog. We learned why our dog behaves the way she does and how we can help her deal with her issues.
We realize that we have a lot more work to do but we are confident with the tools that you provided us, that we will have a more relaxed and happier dog.
We enjoyed the experience and we would highly recommend your services.
Cathy and Bob
When we reached out to Sparky we were concerned about the behaviour with our dog might be a danger to others. We tried training collars, taking advice from others, researching on google what to do, but nothing worked. We engaged Sparky to help us out with her force-free Comprehensive Behaviour Program. Now we have a dog we feel comfortable around. We now get in front of her behaviours before they get out of hand. We also know how to manage new events that might result in her becoming reactive.
The best part about working with Sparky is she was able to explain why our dog was doing what she was doing and how we can help her. We had to make some changes in our life but it was worth it. Throughout the months, Sparky responded back quickly to all our questions and provided great ideas to resolve problems that arose. And, an added bonus, our dog is no longer incontinent which was likely due to her overall anxiousness.
For those considering hiring Sparky to help them, we would definitely recommend her. Make sure she is the first place to go before trying anything else - it will save you time and money and lower your frustration. She will guide you to resolve your dog's behaviour, no matter how challenging.
Mike and Christine Kittl
"Working with Sparky and team has taught me so much. Honestly, Abby is a whole different dog. Just amazing"
"I met with Sparky about my Yorkshire Terrier who was driving us to despair with his constant barking. We felt we had tried everything. She partnered with us, developed a plan that worked for our family, and then trained and coached us. We were delighted with the results. The difference now is significant with noticeable reduction in his barking, he is more courageous and calm, and just seems happier. Sparky is easy to talk to, explains everything well and was very reassuring that we would have success even when nothing else had worked. We have no hesitation in recommending Sparky."
"Thank you Sparky for your help with Juneau! Our one-on-one sessions with you have assisted us to better understand what he is communicating, and your training plan to strengthen our bond and positively guide his behaviour is working. We have seen amazing results when we consistently apply the methods, and he absolutely loves the mental stimulation games! "