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Virtual Puppy Training
and online

Behaviour Modification

Educating a Puppy can be confusing. Getting current and up to date information can be challenging, and often time consuming  virtual training is effective, individually tailored and frees up more of your valuable time!

Leslie offers one- on- one virtual consultations, to educate individuals and families on a variety of topics.  Appointments are scheduled weekdays, between 10:00 am and 3:30 pm.

Each consultation is an hour in length. 

Comprehensive notes are emailed to clients after each session.

Committed to helping people learn to communicate with their dogs using positive scientifically sound methods.


Services Offered


Dog Trainers This exercise trains impulse control

Leslie specializes in working with families to prevent young puppies from developing behaviour problems. Being proactive is the key, by managing normal, naughty puppy behaviours appropriately, before they develop into established bad habits in the adolescent dog.

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After filing out a carefully designed questionnaire, Leslie will look at the dynamics of the family unit, along with individual preferences, to recommend suitable breeds for you to choose from. Herding breeds have a stronger affinity for nipping, especially things that move. So adding one to a family with young children may not be a good idea for a family. Leslie will also evaluate breeds owners are seriously considering, to see if they are appropriate for the family in question. She will help you decide upon a pure breed or mixed breed, adult or puppy. Or perhaps your family will decide that a cat is a better option once they realize the time and effort involved in training and raising a puppy!!



Knowing how to identify a good breeder is important when deciding where to obtain your new addition. Where and how your Puppy is raised and socialized prior to leaving the litter, will have a major impact on your puppy as it matures. Health and temperament are also critical considerations, both in the parents as well as the puppies. There are numerous recommended health clearances that should be done in adult dogs (both purebred and crossbred), before they are bred. Healthy parents free of common problems like heart disease, eye disease or hip dysplasia increase the likelihood of healthy puppies. Leslie can guide you through the process of determining how dedicated a breeder is in producing puppies that are both physically and behaviourally healthy!


This course covers puppy-proofing your home, grooming supplies to buy, appropriate toys to have on hand, proper accident clean up, basic house rules, potty training tips and creating a schedule to manage your puppy during the first few weeks at home. 


Puppies bite. And that's a good thing! They need to be properly educated on how to use their mouth appropriately with humans, by working through three stages of bite inhibition training. These steps take time, so until your puppy is trained to be gentle, and only target your hands, it's important to  manage puppy biting properly, so that it doesn't become a bad habit.


Educate your puppy how to make correct choices and resist the urge to snatch or steal food. Progress through a number of skills and appropriate challenges, to teach your puppy to ignore food, in order to get food!!! Food bowl manners, preventing resource guarding and taking treats gently are critical skills to teach a puppy, before they become bad habits in the adolescent dog. Teach your puppy to offer more appropriate behaviours, like sitting politely without being asked, whenever they know food is nearby.


Dogs understand remaining in place much easier if they are given a visual boundary such as a mat, dog bed or raised cot. Many dogs have been taught to go to the boundary, but don't understand how to remain there for extended periods, such as during meal times, or when visitors arrive. Comprehensive boundary training allows your dog to sit out on the porch with you, prevents jumping on visitors and can even allow you to leave your dog and move quite a distance away from them for example.


Loose leash walking is a difficult skill to teach. Young puppies either won't walk at all, or they quickly learn to pull you everywhere! Start your puppy off on the right 'paw', by learning how to manage your puppy and teach him to walk nicely without tension on the leash. Puppies are quick to learn appropriate leash manners, if the foundation skills are introduced right away. Walking should be enjoyable for humans and dogs alike! 


 Why is confinement training an asset to training your puppy? Where and when should a puppy be confined? What types of confinement and for how long? These are important considerations for a young puppy. A careful introduction to confinement is critical for making this positive and enjoyable for the new addition. This course covers how to  desensitize your puppy to confinement, rather than sensitizing, which ultimately creates anxiety.


Reliable recalls have several separate components that should be taught, before linking them all together.

When one component(or link) weakens in the chain, it can be removed and strengthened again, and then put back into the longer chain.

Recalls should be fast, and you should have the confidence your dog will come to you immediately, despite distractions!

Critical 'Must Do' List for Young Puppies 


1) Desensitize to novelty - build confidence in new locations.

2) Desensitizing to body handling - accept handling/grooming all over.

3) Prevention of Resource Guarding - food, toys, people.

4) Prevention of Separation Anxiety - be relaxed and comfortable when alone.

5) Reliable Recall - instantly and quickly.

6) Loose Leash Walking - No pulling! Walks should be enjoyable!!



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Leslie is passionate about canine behaviour.

Leslie graduated from Seneca College in 1991. She completed a BSc at the University of Toronto in Natural Science in 1989. She completed both degrees with honours. Leslie became a licensed Obedience and Rally judge in 2007.


As a Registered Veterinary Technician, Leslie knows the importance of client education and training puppies. She has extensive knowledge on how to prevent typical puppy behaviours from developing into bad habits in adult dogs. She believes that if a puppy starts off on the right foot, the chances of inappropriate manners or more significant behavioural problems like fear or separation anxiety developing are virtually non existent.





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Leslie will help you and your puppy get the best start in life! Foundation work is so important and she is excellent!!

Sarah A

“Leslie is incredibly knowledgeable about dogs, a real pro. Having her come into our household to work with our family at the same time, has really helped to get everyone on the same page."

Kevin Alger

Leslie is awesome! She brings so much knowledge and skill from the canine world directly into our home. We loved the one-on-one sessions, and when unexpected new behaviours appeared, lessons could be easily adjusted to tackle the new issues. Leslie explains the steps to success so clearly. For us, The Puppy Tutor  was the perfect choice!


 Scott and Ruth Anderson, Guelph

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