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Graduates...

Have you and your dog participated in one of our classes, and you would like to be featured on our Graduates page, please send the following information to submit@motherknowsbest.ca:
  • your name
  • your dogs name
  • a photo of your dog
  • the breed/mix of your dog
  • level completed
  • age of your dog at graduation
  • notes (are you currently participating in classes for a subsequent level, etc. - please keep less than approx. 50 words)


gracie_greatdane (4K) 5star (1K)
Name: Gracie (LeanOnMe's Good and Plenty)
Breed/Mix: Great Dane
Level: Advanced Obedience & Agility
Age: 4 1/2 year
Owner(s): AM & Cindy
Gracie is the sweetest and gentlest dog. She loves to play with everyone she meets, people, kids and dogs alike. She's goofy, and very lovable. Gracie enjoys the classes and meeting her buddies on class night.
luci_sheltie (4K) 2star (1K)
Name: Luci (Windegor's Luci Fur)
Breed/Mix: Tri-blue merle Sheltie
Level: Level II - Novice
Age: 11 months
Owner(s): Jon & Cara
Luci has found a new home since graduating and her new 'mommy and daddy' are getting her back to basics. We know's she's doing great and is in the perfect home for her. We love you Snookie!
ruby_standardpoodle (4K) 2star (1K)
Name: Ruby
Breed/Mix: Standard Poodle
Level: Level II - Novice
Age: 1 year
Owner(s): Teresa
Ruby is a standard poodle with a mind of her own. We completed, but never really mastered level 2, so Ruby and I are repeaters. Since returning to school, Ruby at age 3 years is now mastering the come and the down commands. She now walks on a loose lead beside me through the park. Thank you Dorothy!!! I recommend you to every new dog owner I meet.
zander_chihuahua (4K) 5star (1K)
Name: Zander
Breed/Mix: Long Haired Chihuahua
Level: Agility Level II
Age: 5 years
Owner(s): Michelle
For those of you who were in the class with us, you know what a big difference doggie school made for Zander. We adopted him from the Toronto Humane Society and was a little "feisty" (understatement of the year). Now, thanks to Dorothy he is very well behaved.
annie_beagle (4K) 1star (1K)
Name: Annie
Breed/Mix: Beagle
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age:
Owner(s): Dennis & Val
Annie and her sister Maggie have just graduated Level I classes. They've done soooo well and their mommy and daddy are so proud.
maggie_beagle (5K) 1star (1K)
Name: Maggie
Breed/Mix: Beagle
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age:
Owner(s): Dennis & Val
Maggie and her sister Annie have just graduated Level I classes. They've done soooo well and their mommy and daddy are so proud.
jazz_germanshepherd (4K) 3star (1K)
Name: Jazz
Breed/Mix: German Shepherd
Level: Level III - Intermediate
Age: 15 months
Owner(s): Colleen
Dorothy enabled me to build a solid relationship with my dog and so now, I am currently pursuing schutzhund training or also known as protection, tracking and obedience training. This is the 'marathon' for dogs. It requires great skill, patience, training, handability, temperament and so on. She prepared me/us. We are doing and oh yes, did I mention this was a rescue dog??!!?
lambchop_poodle (4K) 1star (1K)
Name: Lambchop
Breed/Mix: toy/miniature Poodle
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age:
Owner(s): Laura
As a point of interest, she is an extremely rare colour for her size. As you probably know, Apricots are almost never available in a Toy.
watson_porcelaine (5K) 5star (1K)
Name: Watson
Breed/Mix: Porcelaine
Level: Agility Level II
Age: 11 months
Owner(s): Craig & Garth
willy_cockapoo (7K) 2star (1K)
Name: Willy
Breed/Mix: Cockapoo
Level: Level II - Novice
Age: 7 months
Owner(s): Joanne & Dave
His training helped immensely and he is a lovely dog to be around. He is extremely friendly and thinks every dog, cat, human, etc. wants to be his friend.
matisse_bichonfrise (6K) 1star (1K)
Name: Matisse (Normandy's Matisse)
Breed/Mix: Bichon Frisé
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 2 years
Owner(s): Monique & Richard
Currently 3 years old. Matisse is a Therapy Dog certified by the St. John ambulance
toulouse_bichonfrise (6K) 3star (1K)
Name: Toulouse (Normandy's Toulouse)
Breed/Mix: Bichon Frisé
Level: Level III - Intermediate
Age: 2 years
Owner(s): Monique & Richard
Currently 5 years old. Toulouse is a Therapy Dog, certified by the St. John Ambulance
spice_foxhoundcross (6K) 3star (1K)
Name: Spice
Breed/Mix: Foxhound Cross
Level: Level III - Intermediate
Age:
Owner(s): Anne
Spice is about 2 and a half years old and she has freckles.
jelly_foxhoundcross (6K)
Name: Jelly
Breed/Mix: Foxhound Cross
Level:
Age:
Owner(s): Anne
Jelly is currently enrolled in Level I classes. She is about 1 1/2 years old.
scoobydo_colliewhippetmix (4K) 1star (1K)
Name: Scooby Do
Breed/Mix: Smooth Hair Collie/Whippet Mix
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 1 year
Owner(s): Angi & Stef
Scoobs is learning not to be "Top Dog". She is a handful 24 hours a day. She's a jumper and a runner and Miss Guard Dog. She is however the most lovie dog I had, a true sweetie pie. She can't wait to go back to Dorothy for the next Level!!
dusty_labstaff (4K) 1star (1K)
Name: Dusty
Breed/Mix: Lab/Staff X
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 8 months
Owner(s): Lisa
We will be continuing on to participate in the next level! Dusty was a terrible puller on the leash and since taking the class she is great and our walks are so much more enjoyable!
tango (4K) 2star (1K)
Name: Tango
Breed/Mix:
Level: Level II - Novice
Age: 8 months
Owner(s): Jon
Tango is "the smartest dog in the whole wide world". Not only has she flown through level 1 and 2, but she is more reliable than the alarm clock. Getting through the last couple of weeks in level 2 was the most difficult for the "Tango-nator" but she prevailed and now working on those skills is almost becoming second nature for her. All this and only eight months old. We hope to start level three when nicer weather comes. Gee, I never got classes outside when I was at school.
loki_whippet (4K) 1star (1K)
Name: Loki
Breed/Mix: Whippet
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 4 1/2 months
Owner(s): Stephanie & Kevin
This was such a wonderful class to be a part of and Loki enjoyed the socialization. At first she was a bit timid, but with each class she became more confident. She stopped pulling on the leash as well and learned to sit on command. Her heeling is so wonderful, and she's now a real pleasure to take out for walks. When she picks up something she shouldn't have, it's no longer a challenge to get her to drop it. Dorothy's fantastic sense of humour made the classes so much fun, and her clarity in instruction grounded all of us. We get alot of compliments on our well behaved doggie!! We thank you Dorothy and we thank your wonderful team of trainers!! We're continuing to learn each week as we complete the second level of obedience training.
lola_bostonterrier 1star (1K)
Name: Lola
Breed/Mix: Boston Terrier
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 9 months
Owner(s): Kelly & Brian
Here's a picture of our little graduate, Lola, on our beach vacation. We gave her the "sit" command, that you taught in your Level 1 class, and she posed for the picture! Lola is such a loyal and loving little girl, she just wasn't aware of her status in our "pack". By taking your classes, we have really seen great improvement in her ability to listen and show how intelligent she truely is! We are currently enrolled in Level II and can't wait to see the results. It's hard to imagine we could be any happier than we already are. Thanks again Dorothy!!
max_bordercollie (4K) 5star (1K)
Name: Maxwell
Breed/Mix: Border Collie
Level: Agility Level II
Age: 6 years
Owner(s): Debbie
Mr. Max has made great strides since we got him from the THS 1 1/2 years ago. He has progressed through Dorothy's obedience classes and is now having an absolute blast with her agility training.
roxy_jackrussell (4K) 1star (1K)
Name: Roxy
Breed/Mix: Jack Russell
Level: Level I - Basic
Age: 4 months
Owner(s): Joe & Lucy
I would recommend that every new dog owner take this class. My husband and I have learned so much and so has Roxy. Thanks Dorothy!
chloe_boxer (4K) 1star (1K)
Name: Chloe
Breed/Mix: Boxer
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 6 months
Owner(s): Paula & Mark
We are extremely proud of Chloe – and surely she is happy with us for learning how to teach her. She is full of beans, full of love and wants please us. She’s an excellent student and truly terrific friend. We plan to enroll her in Obedience Level II and move on to Agility: so she can socialize, exercise, and have some fun!
jessie_bordercolliexshepherd (3K) 3star (1K)
Name: Jessie
Breed/Mix: Border Collie x Shepherd
Level: Agility Level I
Age: 3 years
Owner(s): Daniela & Tim
Jessie was rescued by the SPCA because of the deplorable living conditions in which his owner kept him. He then spent a few months in an overcrowded shelter in Eastern Ontario. When we adopted him, his manners with dogs and with people he found threatening were nonexistent; taking him out was a stressful ordeal. Dorothy's classes taught us how to let Jessie be the wonderful and intelligent dog that he is. After progressing through Obedience I and II, and Agility I, Jessie has confidence in his abilities and in our leadership. He says agility is a lot more fun than obedience because of the treats. He hopes to take Level II soon.
Caesar_Dachshundxshepherd (5K) 2star (1K)
Name: Caesar
Breed/Mix: Dachshund/shepherd mix (don't ask us how that worked)
Level: Level II - Novice
Age: 6 months
Owner(s): Gabriel & Heather
At first, we thought that Cesare was not an easy dog to train, but Dorothy has helped us to get the best out of him (and ourselves!) He is the sweetest! We are now looking forward to Agility!!
sydney_americanfoxhound (4K) 2star (1K)
Name: Sydney
Breed/Mix: American Foxhound
Level: Level II - Novice
Age: 2 1/2 year
Owner(s): Laurelle
Sydney came in to my life in the spring of 2003, my first dog, my first rescue, and truly the most profound bonding experience I've ever had. He is a typical "hound", and would pull and tug and try to run off at every chance, though at home he was a lap-dog wanna be. I was near tears when Dorothy first met us and explained to me the "mystery of heel". Amen. Sydney went from an unruly (yet sweet) beast to a dog that will walk well in a heel (with a haltie, mind you), will sit and stay, come on lead, and "down" (that last one is still a challenge...). I'm thinking of doing agility with him next to deepen our bond and keep his agile limbs, mine and nose busy! Dorothy is my Dog Whisperer, and has gotten me through some pretty emotional and rough training times when I didn't think I would learn a thing!!
chewie_chihuahua (5K) 5star (1K)
Name: Chewbacca Esperanza
Breed/Mix: Chihuahua
Level: Agility Level III
Age: 13 months
Owner(s): Hilary & Nick
Chihuahuas are notoriously stubborn and become very attached to their human companions. Asking a tiny, shaking puppy to sit and stay, while you leave the room can be harder on you then it is on them but with a lot of encouragement Dorothy proved to me that there's a lot my little dog can do on her own. Chewie is currently enrolled in her fourth level of agility and tolerating the world that is Rally-O, despite being very good at it.
Nikki_Papillon (5K) 1star (1K)
Name: Nikki
Breed/Mix: Papillon
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 11 months
Owner(s): Patricia
Now in first level agility!
Myla_GoldenRetriever (6K) 1star (1K)
Name: Myla
Breed/Mix: Golden Retriever
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 5 months
Owner(s): Lisa & Brad
We could not have asked for a more loving addition to our household. Myla loves to please and knew that when Dorothy told her to do something she meant business! Thank you, Dorothy, for teaching us how to train through kindness and making the experience educational and fun.
MillieEsther_ScottishTerrier (5K) 1star (1K)
Name: Millie (left) & Esther (right)
Breed/Mix: Scottish Terrier
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 18 weeks
Owner(s): Michel & Gérald
Golly gee! Thanks, Dorothy, for your patience in teaching our daddies how to speak doggy. It was a lot of work, but we knew they'd come around. Whew! Did they ever need it! A great big WOOF to you, Dorothy!
chupacabra_xoloitzcuintle (7K) 1star (1K)
Name: Chupacabra "Chupi"
Breed/Mix: Xoloitzcuintle
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 8 months
Owner(s): Denise
We got Chupi when he was 6 months old. He is a handful. Dominant and aggressive. But we love him. With the help of Dorothy and her team, we know Chupi will become the well behaved hairless angel he looks like in his picture. We look forward to Level 2!
malibu_blacklab (8K) 1star (1K)
Name: Malibu
Breed/Mix: Black Labrador Retriever
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 1 1/2 years
Owner(s): Jon & Michelle
Now participating in level II classes
barlowe_bernese 1star (1K)
Name: Barlowe
Breed/Mix: Bernese Mountain Dog
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 1 year
Owner(s): Mike & Dominique
When we got Barlowe he jumped and mobbed everybody and always pulled on the leash. Before meeting Dorothy, he ate 7 loaves of bread, 2 cell phones and a freshly baked sweet potato pie but now he's a new and improved dog. We want him to learn to sit from afar in level 2 for his safety's sake. Barlowe would like to become a farmer or therapy dog one day.
jake_wheatenterrier 2star (1K)
Name: Jake
Breed/Mix: Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier
Level: Level II - Intermediate
Age: 15 months
Owner(s): Lance & Catherine
Jake is a maniac who exudes energy 24 hours a day. When he is not wrestling with other dogs and chasing them down, he enjoys staring US down until we cave in and feed him treats. This is not hard to do; we are such pushovers. He is currently enrolled in his first level of agility. What fun will that be? We are all looking forward to it, especially Jake.
nik_chihuahua 1star (1K)
Name: Nik
Breed/Mix: Short Hair Chihuahua
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 3 years
Owner(s): Caterina
What a difference Dorothy made with my little ones. There was a huge difference in both of them even before the class ended. Kiki and Nik will continue to take Dorothy's classes because they've improved greatly after level 1 byt they need more help and have a lot more fun!
kiki_chihuahua 1star (1K)
Name: Kiki
Breed/Mix: Short Hair Chihuahua
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 3 years
Owner(s): Caterina
What a difference Dorothy made with my little ones. There was a huge difference in both of them even before the class ended. Kiki and Nik will continue to take Dorothy's classes because they've improved greatly after level 1 byt they need more help and have a lot more fun!
sidney_shetlandsheepdog 1star (1K)
Name: Sidney
Breed/Mix: Shetland Sheepdog
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 2 years
Owner(s): Jenet
I am extremely proud of Sidney, she is a great dog and deserves to have the knowledge of obedience. We plan on attending level II. Many thanks to Dorothy for all her advice and guidance. We really learned a lot.
kobi_cotondetulear 1star (1K)
Name: Kobi
Breed/Mix: Coton de Tulear
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 5 months
Owner(s): Dale & Judy
My down command gives my owners grief, because I am very stubborn about it, but I am very good with sitting and staying. I'm going on to level 2 soon and am looking forward to my off-leash freedom.
willow_goldenretriever 1star (1K)
Name: Willow
Breed/Mix: Golden Retriever
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 4 1/2 months
Owner(s): Lea & Jason
Willow loved her classes, and is looking forward to start her next level. We found the classes to be not only for her, but for us as well. We recommend it for anyone who wants to learn and have a good time.
reni_boxer 2star (1K)
Name: Reni
Breed/Mix: Boxer
Level: Level II - Intermediate
Age: 9 months
Owner(s): Lynne & Colin
Reni is just starting agility and looking forward to it. In his spare time, Reni enjoys playful romps with his white Boxer girlfriend Chloe, playing ball, and chillin' with mummy and daddy.
beta_labrador 1star (1K)
Name: Beta
Breed/Mix: Black Lab
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 7 months
Owner(s): Yogi
Beta looks forward to each class. He also enjoys the practice between classes.
Rocky Miniature Schnauzer 1star (1K)
Name: Rocky
Breed/Mix: Miniature Schnauzer
Level: Obedience Level I
Age: 2 1/2 year
Owner(s): Diana & Richard
Rocky is spunky and cuddly. We got him when he was about 6 months old and did a puppy training class elsewhere but he never quite "got it." Since rescuing a second dog (they both finished level 1 together), we found he still needs to work on his manners with kids and other dogs although he is the sweetest thing and has made such amazing progress!
Tabby Lakeland Terrier 1star (1K)
Name: Tabby
Breed/Mix: Lakeland Terrier
Level: Obedience Level I
Age: 8 1/2 year
Owner(s): Diana & Richard
Tabby was rescued only 4 months ago by my husband and I as a stray with unknown history. She is a laidback dog, but is easily overexcited by sprinklers, garden hoses, and vacuums and is a barker. The level 1 class helped us learn how to help her and she's done great! Walking her on a leash before was really stressful; now she is much better. Thanks for helping her transition so easily into our family.
Peanut Miniature Poodle 1star (1K)
Name: Peanut
Breed/Mix: Miniature Poodle
Level: Obedience Level I
Age: 4 months
Owner(s): Ildiko
Peanut is our crazy little dog with a big personality. We love him very much! Looking forward to Level 2 of his training.
Miles Jack Russell/Poodle Mix 1star (1K)
Name: Miles
Breed/Mix: Jack Russell/Poodle Mix
Level: Obedience Level I
Age: 3 months
Owner(s): Carly
Miles is starting level 2
Jasper Sheltie 5star (1K)
Name: Jasper
Breed/Mix: Sheltie
Level: Agility V
Age: 19 months
Owner(s): Linda & Jack
Jasper has now completed two levels of obedience and five levels of agility. I’m looking forward to future advanced level classes – pretty much anything to keep Jasper stimulated, as well as sharing time with the other great dogs in class and their owners. He’s grown into an amazing dog. He still thinks he’s king, but as a result of the training he’s attentive to him mama and can do some pretty incredible things. Watching the dogs play leap-frog is pretty incredible.
Harley - Standard Poodle 1star (1K)
Name: Harley
Breed/Mix: Standard Poodle
Level: Obedience Level I
Age: 5 months
Owner(s): Kerrin & Vince
Harley has just graduated the beginners class and had a great time socializing with the other pups. He has learned so much and so have we. He has an older brother, Nevada, a Yorkie, who is 7+ years old who is not into bouncing and playing around like Harley is, so Harley really looked forward to the play time before class also. We will be starting Level 2 shortly and I am sure we will be learning a ton more. We really like Dorothy's teaching methods. Dorothy has a wealth of knowledge in dog obedience and a great sense of humour. Her two assistants were also very helpful and right on top of any dog that was trying to act out in class. Thanks Dorothy. See you at the next level.
Filfil - Boston Terrier 1star (1K)
Name: Filfil
Breed/Mix: Boston Terrier
Level: Obedience Level I
Age: 4 months
Owner(s): Taleen & Michael
So this is Filfil: our little Boston with an immense personality. She is a little puppy who thinks she measures up with the big dogs. Our appreciation of Filfil has grown ever since enrolling with Mother Knows Best. We look forward to level II.
Frida - Jack Russell/Blue Heeler Mix 1star (1K)
Name: Frida
Breed/Mix: Jack Russell/Blue Heeler Mix
Level: Obedience Level I
Age: 7 months
Owner(s): Jennifer & Gerry
We all took the level one course ending in early October '06 I can't believe the change in Frida after each class. We always knew she was smart, but at each class she would learn each new lesson IMMEDIATELY! in front of our eyes. This class made me realize how quick a learner Frida is, and my responsibility to teach her as much as I can. Dorthy and her amazing team of trainers were always ready to answer questions, guide, and encourage Frida and I throughout the whole process of learning. Thanks so much for all the help!
charly_goldenretriever 4star (1K)
Name: Charly
Breed/Mix: Golden Retriever
Level: Level II Agility
Age: 1 year
Owner(s): Nancy & Monica
Charly completed 4 levels at Mother Knows Best in her first year. Now, at three years of age, Charly is back for a refresher in level II obedience. She's a lovely good-time girl, a retriever above all else. In short, she loves to be put through her paces. She has nothing but smiles when we say, "It's time for Mother Knows Best!"
roxy_shepherdxlab 1star (1K)
Name: Roxy
Breed/Mix: Shepherd/Lab cross
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 5 months
Owner(s): Nancy & Monica
Roxy graduated from Level I obedience at 5 months old. In the class, at times, she seemed not to know which end was up, but moving into Level II we see that indeed she has absorbed quite a lot. She enjoys her lessons, especially since her older friend Charly has taken her under her paw. Thank you Dorothy for all your sensible advice!
madison_pug 1star (1K)
Name: Madison
Breed/Mix: Pug
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 6 months
Owner(s): Erin
Madi is a stubborn little angel and the socialite of the pack. She is currently enrolled in Level II.
rocco_manchester 1star (1K)
Name: Rocco
Breed/Mix: Standard Manchester Terrier
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 6 months
Owner(s): Brent & Phon
Rocco is very intelligent and filled with energy. He responded quickly to Dorothy’s training methods and is now in level 2. He can be too smart for his own good and given the chance, he would con his way into the hearts of millions. Rocco makes life fun.
hugo_jackrussell 2star (1K)
Name: Hugo
Breed/Mix: Jack Russell
Level: Level II - Obedience
Age: 8 months
Owner(s): Jane
Hugo enjoyed this class very much as did I. We actually practiced the obedience outside of classes and saw a big difference in Hugo. We love showing off how obedient he is when people come over and everyone always says that he’s so well behaved for a Jack!
princess_pomeranian 1star (1K)
Name: Princess
Breed/Mix: Pomeranian
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 15 months
Owner(s): Michelle
ninja_peekapoo 1star (1K)
Name: Ninja
Breed/Mix: Peekapoo (Pekinese/Poodle)
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 6 months
Owner(s): Terry
I thought the class was an excellent environment for Ninja. I have definitely seen drastic improvements in his behavior and am very happy with the outcome. Thanks Dorothy!
maude boston terrier 1star (1K)
Name: Maude
Breed/Mix: Boston Terrier
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 5 months
Owner(s): Marcy
Everyone told me Bostons were hard to train, but so far it's been fun. Looking forward to level 2 and hopefully agility some day.
manny pug mix 1star (1K)
Name: Manny
Breed/Mix: Pug Mix
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age:
Owner(s): Dana
stella yellow lab 1star (1K)
Name: Stella
Breed/Mix: Yellow Lab
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 5 months
Owner(s): Darren & Christine
Stella has completed level I obedience and will soon begin level II.
tracker labrador retriever 2star (1K)
Name: Tracker
Breed/Mix: Labrador Retriever
Level: Level II - Novice
Age: 8 months
Owner(s): Dawn & Brad
Like many young Labs Tracker is exuberant, powerful, smart…and headstrong. Dorothy has helped us channel Tracker’s energy into positive behaviour and he is developing into a fine a companion. We look forward to refreshing our training periodically with Mother Knows Best and Tracker is looking forward to joining the agility program.
hunter_wheatenterrier 1star (1K)
Name: Hunter
Breed/Mix: Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 4 1/2 year
Owner(s): Lindsey & Jeremie
Hunter is a kind loving dog who loves to get into the thick of things, with children wrestling or just a good old romp around the complex, but what a problem with little mini dogs! – Hunter seemed to think they were something to eat! Well our sessions with Dorothy helped with that! He is now a model dog. We both look forward to going to the next level – maybe even get him off that pesky leash some day!
caper labradoodle 2star (1K)
Name: Caper
Breed/Mix: Labradoodle
Level: Level II - Novice
Age: 8 months
Owner(s): Marci & Richard
Caper was a great puppy to begin with but we wanted to get him trained properly since he was going to be a large dog. He understood and learned all the commands, although during Level II he wasn't always keen on doing them. He has learned so much from this training. Thank you so much Dorothy for all your help and advice!
elliot_bostonterrier 1star (1K)
Name: Elliot
Breed/Mix: Boston Terrier
Level: Obedience Level I
Age: 7 1/2 months
Owner(s): Andrea
We are still working on all of the commands that we both learned in class, but things are coming along well..I look forward to level 2 at some point. Thanks for giving Elliot the opportunity to play with all of the other doggies before class and teaching him his manners.
skylar_greatdane 1star (1K)
Name: Skylar
Breed/Mix: Great Dane
Level: Obedience Level I
Age: 1 1/2 year
Owner(s): Aneta & Henri
Skylar was a stray in Illinois and came to us through a rescue. She is a sweet and affectionate girl, but had very little training when she arrived. She can now heel, sit, down and stay. We are so happy with her progress we have enrolled in the next level. We can't wait to see how much more she can learn.
charles_chihuahua 1star (1K)
Name: HRH Charles (Charlie)
Breed/Mix: Chihuahua
Level: Obedience Level I
Age: 9 years or so
Owner(s): Norma
HRH was the worst dog ever and this was his last chance: was my foster dog but was unadoptable so it was keep him or put him down. He had bitten me (and only me) so many times because he is so dominant, although he loved everyone who didn’t try to control him. Even with her “falcon gloves” Dorothy could not get him to lie die! Took me 2 years but now he does it like an angel! He remembers every command, and is an excellent although sadly, aging, pet – he is close to 17 now. He is almost blind now, and has had 13 teeth removed, but he is still agile, otherwise healthy and thanks to Dorothy, a good boy! I can always tell a Dorothy-trained dog when I hear the familiar “ Ah-Ah” stern sound in the park!
daphne_westhighland 1star (1K)
Name: Daphne
Breed/Mix: West Highland White Terrier
Level: Obedience Level I
Age: 4 months
Owner(s): Sally & Stephanie
We are very proud of Daphne for successfully completing Level I. Her larger than life personality is still wonderfully apparent but her wilfullness has abated. She has always been a fabulous polar bear, but now, even more so. My thanks to Daphne for her patience as my education has progressed too. A big thanks to Dorothy for her help in transforming a terror into a treasure! And, mercifully, Daphne's taste for toes is lessening. Onwards to Level II!
tito_bostonterrier 1star (1K)
Name: Tito
Breed/Mix: Boston Terrier
Level: Obedience Level I
Age: 6 months
Owner(s): Chris
Tito and I had been training for a few weeks prior to enrolling, and I figured his progress in class was going to be like the progress we were already making: gradual. He's so sweet and smart that I think he wanted to obey me but just couldn't figure out what I wanted. Being in school was great for him because what we learned was so simple and direct. I'd learn a new command, do it once with him, and he'd know it. Amazing stuff Dorothy. Can't wait till level 2.
taxi_manchester 1star (1K)
Name: Taxi
Breed/Mix: Manchester Terrier Mix
Level: Obedience Level I
Age: 8 months
Owner(s): Denise & Mark
Thank you Dorothy!
ella_munsterlander 1star (1K)
Name: Ella
Breed/Mix: Small Münsterländer
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 4 1/2 months
Owner(s): Sarah & Wenzel
Ella has learned a lot in her first level of dog school. Maybe the most important thing was to meet other puppies to play with and learn how to interact with other dogs. She learned the commands in class very quickly. For us it took sometimes a little longer. But since we finally understood how to tell Ella what to do, the communication is now easier and more enjoyable. Many thanks to Dorothy and all of the team. We enjoyed class nights very much.
Jackson 1star (1K)
Name: Jackson
Breed/Mix:
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age:
Owner(s): Vis & Shannon
braxton_yorkie 1star (1K)
Name: Braxton
Breed/Mix: Yorkshire Terrier
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age:
Owner(s): Brian Barnhardt
dexter_yorkieXbichon 1star (1K)
Name: Dexter
Breed/Mix: Yorkie/Bichon
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 5 months
Owner(s): Ariel
Dexter has learned so much over the last six weeks and we're both excited to start level 2 this summer! Thanks for all the help and support, you are truly amazing at what you do.
penny_manchesterterrier 1star (1K)
Name: Penny (Pinecrest's Pretty Penny)
Breed/Mix: Manchester Terrier
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 4 months
Owner(s): Laura & Ernest
Penny is a very energetic, smart, and playful puppy. She has finished the first level of obedience classes where she has made many new friends. Penny has just started the second level of obedience classes. She is practising at home because she really wants to do agility training in the future. We are very proud of her!
bumble_jackrussellXpug 1star (1K)
Name: Bumble
Breed/Mix: Jackrussell/Pug
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 4 1/2 months
Owner(s): Jennifer & George
Bumble will begin Level 2 soon.
snickers_jackrussellXpug 1star (1K)
Name: Snickers
Breed/Mix: Jackrussell/Pug
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 5 1/2 months
Owner(s): Clayton & Michael
Snickers loved seeing her buddies every week. She’s doing pretty well with her training and we hope she continues to do well in Level 2.
maggie_jackrussellxbichon 1star (1K)
Name: Maggie
Breed/Mix: Jack Russell/Bichon Mix
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 5 1/2 months
Owner(s): Andrew & Ashley
We are in level 2 currently and having a blast! We all look forward to our weekly class and interacting with the other dogs/owners!
dexter_bichon 1star (1K)
Name: Dexter
Breed/Mix: Bichon Frise
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 4 months
Owner(s): Rebecca
Dexter proudly completed level 1 and enjoyed all the friendships and playtime with his pals. He learned valuable lessons and we both look forward to continuing with level two. Dorothy is a fantastic trainer and a wonderful teacher for first time dog owners like me. Thanks Dorothy!.
linus_bostonterrier 2star (1K)
Name: Linus
Breed/Mix: Boston Terrier
Level: Level II - Intermediate
Age: 6 months
Owner(s): Lyndsay & Travis
We are so proud of Linus for passing Levels 1 & 2! He loved going to his class each week, and we would love to take him to agility one day.
oscar_wheatenterrier 2star (1K)
Name: Oscar
Breed/Mix: Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Level: Level II - Intermediate
Age: 8 months
Owner(s): Chantal
Oscar had a wonderful time in level I and level II obedience training. We are very happy to report that not only do we have a much better mannered puppy but we know we can always keep him safe with the safety training you provided in level II. We look forward to the agility classes in the fall/winter season. Thank you!
moka_minpinscher 1star (1K)
Name: Moka
Breed/Mix: Miniature Pinscher
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 8 months
Owner(s): Sonya
"Moka is doing so well - was it not heart warming to hear all the kind comments last night about his progress? Some people could not believe it was the same doggie who arrived the first night." (Quoting Dorothy's Words exactly)
logan_doberman 1star (1K)
Name: Logan
Breed/Mix: Doberman
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 4 months
Owner(s): Lindsay & Matthew
Logan had so much fun in class, that he told us to sign him up for Level II!
sapporo_yorkshirexmaltese 1star (1K)
Name: Sapporo
Breed/Mix: Yorkshire terrier/Maltese
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 6 1/2 months
Owner(s): Nicole & Ben
Sapporo is extremely mellow for his age but he just soaked up the training! We think he's looking forward to level II.
lou_houndxgermanshepherd 1star (1K)
Name: Lou
Breed/Mix: Hound/German Shepherd X
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 15 Months
Owner(s): Andrea
Lou and I are so happy with the wonderful and effective training tips you taught us – all based on kindness and praise. We’ve become closer through the training and we look forward to Level II later this month! Thank you Dorothy.
lucy_beaglexspringerspaniel 1star (1K)
Name: Lucy
Breed/Mix: Beagle/Springer Spaniel X
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 5 Years
Owner(s): Lynne & Stephanie
Lucy is the sweetest girl. She loves people and especially children. She enjoys street car rides and will hop into any car that opens their door looking for another adventure. She enjoyed kitty snacks (Cat box), sleeping on my bed, greeting everyone by jumping up with wet and dirty paws and eating other dogs...that was until will sought out the expertise of Dorothy. Lucy has since given up her bad habits but puts her paws down at giving up kitty treats. She understands that there are no kisses from her pack if she chooses to continue with this behaviour. Non the less we owe a huge thank you to Dorothy and her team.
rocco_pug 1star (1K)
Name: Rocco
Breed/Mix: Pug
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 11 Months
Owner(s): Chris & Martin
Rocco just completed Beginner Level 1 and will now move on to Level II. We are very proud of him and his new obedience to the basic commands taught by Dorothy and her team. Rocco loved seeing his friends in class each week and would constantly try to get some play time in between lessons. Who knew a dog could learn so much in just 6 weeks. Definitely a sign of some great teachers!! Can't wait for the next level.
tux_huskyxshepherd 1star (1K)
Name: Tux
Breed/Mix: Husky/ Shepherd X
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 4 Months
Owner(s): Carolyn, Alex & Zoe
We are very grateful to Dorothy and her wonderful staff for this amazing and helpful experience! Not bad for a rescue pup from James Bay. On to level 2.
tyson 1star (1K)
Name: Tyson
Breed/Mix: Havanese
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 6 Months
Owner(s): Miranda
Enrolled in level 2 starting July 8th.
montana_shepherdwhippet 1star (1K)
Name: Montana
Breed/Mix: German Shepherd Whippet Cross
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 10 months
Owner(s): Agata
We are enrolled in Level2 and really can’t wait to go on to agility where Tana can make good use his speed and working drive.
daisy_malteseyorkie 1star (1K)
Name: Daisy
Breed/Mix: Maltese/Yorkie mix
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 7 months
Owner(s): Gwen
Daisy has learned that a girl cannot get by on looks alone. Under Dorothy’s guidance I’ve almost convinced Daisy that I am the Alpha dog. Dorothy has given us the tools to get started on a happy healthy dog and human relationship.
hugger_beagle 1star (1K)
Name: Annie
Breed/Mix: Beagle
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 5 years ?
Owner(s): Nora & Ben
Hugger learned so much at school we are sure he is coming back. He was a rescue, a stray from Ohio who has changed our family’s life.
duncan_labrador 1star (1K)
Name: Duncan
Breed/Mix: Labrador
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 6 months
Owner(s): Darren & Lisa
blondie_portuguesepodengo 1star (1K)
Name: Blondie
Breed/Mix: Potuguese Podengo Medio Smooth
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 3 years
Owner(s): Susan & Scott
Blondie has come a long way in the 6 months since we adopted her from Toronto Animal Services. She is our treasured pet. She is funny, affectionate and happy. With Dorothy's excellent training we are now able to eat our dinner in peace with our dog lying down exactly where we told her to. We can't wait to join level two next and then on to some agility. The skys the limit with Dorothy's help. Blondie is very grateful for this new life.
koda_alsatianshepherd 2star (1K)
Name: Koda
Breed/Mix: White Alsatian Shepherd
Level: Level II - Intermediate
Age: 2 years
Owner(s): Averil
Koda is looking forward to doing more agility training in the near future. She learned a lot in obedience training and applies her knowledge everyday. She has lots of energy that she channels into love and kisses for everyone. Thanks to Dorothy for helping create a wonderful, well-rounded dog!
max_cockapoo 1star (1K)
Name: Max
Breed/Mix: Cocker spaniel/Poodle
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 4 years
Owner(s): Jennifer
Thank you for teaching us the importance basics!
zekeandlucy_pugpoo 1star (1K)
Name: Zeke (fawn) & Lucy (black)
Breed/Mix: Pug-Poo
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 17 weeks
Owner(s): Rod & Craig-Ryan
Zeke and Lucy excelled with Dorothy's help and she also helped Craig-Ryan and Rod survive through the "Oh my god! why did we get 2 puppies?!!!! through to the "Yay! We got 2 puppies! Thanks Dorothy! Lucy and Zeke are looking forward to next semester!
tessa_ckcspaniel 1star (1K)
Name: Tessa
Breed/Mix: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 5 Months
Owner(s): John & Carrie
Tessa loved her obedience classes! She took a special liking to the gentlemen in her class: Boy-boy and Bowser. She misses them already, and can't wait to see Dorothy again in Level 2!!!
bailey_labradorretriever 1star (1K)
Name: Bailey
Breed/Mix: English Labrador
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 4 months
Owner(s): Gail & Justine
Bailey is a proud graduate of level 1 and her owners are looking forward to even more progress as she starts level 2.
ollie_westhighlandterrier 1star (1K)
Name: Ollie
Breed/Mix: West Highland Terrier
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 7 months
Owner(s): Nicholas & Sarah, Angie, Mario
Ollie will be continuing on to level two class. He has learned a great deal and so have we. Ollie walks very well on leash.
Thank you to everyone at "Mother Knows Best".
gracie_softcoatedirishwheaten 1star (1K)
Name: Gracie
Breed/Mix: Soft-coated Irish Wheaten
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 4 months
Owner(s): Helen & Jane
Gracie has learned soooooo much in course. I think of it everytime I take her for a walk, where she has gone from not having a clue, to heeling beautifully as we walk down the street. And, she won't pick up anything on the ground once I tell her "off"--in my Dorothy voice. It is a great start for this puppy. I never dreamed she would learn so much in so short a time. So, thanks very much.
disco_shihpoo 1star (1K)
Name: Disco
Breed/Mix: Shih-Poo (Shih-Tzu, Toy Poodle)
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 4 ½ months
Owner(s): Christina & Byron
Disco is quite the celebrity! He’s quick to make friends and mooch the attention of everyone he meets. When he’s not busy basking in your love, he’s off chasing dogs, birds and leaves in the wind. A fearless daredevil with an insatiable curiosity, he finds something new and exciting to get into every day. Thank goodness for Dorothy! Together we were able to teach Disco some rules without breaking his spirit. Now he’s happier (and safer) than ever! We can hardly wait for Level II!
caesar_rottweilerdoberman 1star (1K)
Name: Caesar
Breed/Mix: Rotti/Dobi
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 1 year
Owner(s): Rita
We really enjoyed the classes, made a huge difference in our everyday life. Dorothy is very no nonsense with the dogs (and owners) and gets the job done! We're looking forward to more classes!
ruthi_esspaniel 1star (1K)
Name: Karmadi's Better Bee Good - "Ruthi"
Breed/Mix: English Springer Spaniel - liver and white
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 1 year
Owner(s): Linda
Our loving "springer girl" is now an obedient graduate of Dorothy's Level 1 program. She'll be going on to Level 2. ~ Way to go "Ruthi".
monique_esspaniel 1star (1K)
Name: Karmadi's moments - "Monique"
Breed/Mix: English Springer Spaniel - black and white
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 16 months
Owner(s): Linda
Congratulations Monique!!!
moose 2star (1K)
Name: Moose
Breed/Mix:
Level: Level II - Intermediate
Age:
Owner(s): Lenni
Our dog Moose just graduated from Level II, we are very proud of him and EXTREMELY grateful to Dorothy for such expertise and good guidance. Thank you so much!
lizzy_bulldog 1star (1K)
Name: Lizzy
Breed/Mix: Bulldog
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 5 months
Owner(s): Janette
Lizzy learned all the basics under Dorothy's watchful eye. Dorothy treats everyone equally - both dog and owner! An amazing woman with amazing talents. We are so glad that we found her. Lizzy is looking forward to Level 2 this fall.
guinness_labrador 1star (1K)
Name: Guinness
Breed/Mix: Black Labrador Retriever
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 8 months
Owner(s): Alek and Johanna
We thoroughly enjoyed your classes and the 3 of us learned so much. Guinness is heeling, sitting, staying and very slowly learning to resist the urge to eat every sock in sight! We're looking forward to level 2.
fudge_saintbernard 1star (1K)
Name: Fudge
Breed/Mix: Saint Bernard
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 6 months
Owner(s): Vik
Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend? -- We appreciated learning how to train with positive reinforcement and being taught the rationale for the techniques. Dorothy's expertise in dog behaviour has taught us invaluable lessons. Fudge is bright, loved attending Level I and is starting Level II in June!
emilyangus_havanese 1star (1K)
Name: Emily & Angus
Breed/Mix: Havanese
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 18 months & 1 yr
Owner(s): Monica & Robert
Emily and Angus MacTavish are the sweetest and happiest pups. Emily "mothers" Angus as you can see by the picture. They had a great adventure with Dorothy's training and we are constantly practicing. Thank you Dorothy for showing us the way!
sheba_shepherdhusky 1star (1K)
Name: Sheba
Breed/Mix: German Shepherd / Husky
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 22 months
Owner(s): Matthew
Sheba was rescued 6 weeks ago and started classes that same week. She is a very friendly dog with a lot of energy and needs long walks every day so it was important to train her properly. Thanks to Dorothy our walks are getting better and longer all the time.
linkus_shepherd 1star (1K)
Name: Linkus
Breed/Mix: German Shepherd
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 5 months
Owner(s): Michael
Linkus is ready and excited to start Level II training in June! Thanks for a wonderful experience Dorthy!
ferris_springerpoodle 1star (1K)
Name: Ferris
Breed/Mix: English Springer Spaniel x Standard Poodle
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 17 weeks
Owner(s): Tessa
revy_husky 1star (1K)
Name: Revy
Breed/Mix: Siberian Husky
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 4 months
Owner(s): Agata
Train a Husky: Challenge Accepted
eleanor-rigby_malshi 1star (1K)
Name: Eleanor "Rigby"
Breed/Mix: Malshi (Maltese/Shih Tzu cross)
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 4 months
Owner(s): Meg & Jason
Described by Dorothy as, "The dog that you wake up to give a sleeping pill", Rigby is happy to be starting level 2, despite her tendancies to sleep through class!
sophie_bichon-shihtzu 1star (1K)
Name: Sophie
Breed/Mix: Bichon/Shih Tzu
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 10 months
Owner(s): Vicky & Rob
Sophie is currently in the level 2 class.
finnigan_goldendoodle (4K) 4star (1K)
Name: Finnigan
Breed/Mix: Goldendoodle
Level: Agility Level I
Age: 6 months
Owner(s): Emily
jackiejoy_jackrussell 1star (1K)
Name: Jackie Joy
Breed/Mix: Jack Russell Terrier
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 6 months
Owner(s): Eunice & Sergio
It was the most wonderful experience for my dog and for us, her mom and daddy. Jackie Joy learned many obedience lessons, making her quiet, focused, and manageable. We are looking forward for the next level with Dorothy.
jewel_miniaturepoodle 2star (1K)
Name: Jewel
Breed/Mix: Miniature Poodle
Level: Level II - Novice
Age: 6 months
Owner(s): Jasmin & Jeb
Jewel is still participating agility level 2 and she is enjoying so far. Jewel will attend to obedience level 3 in the future. Jewel always exciting to see her favorite teacher Dorothy! Jewel loves to meet new fur-friends.
king_belgianshepperd 1star (1K)
Name: King
Breed/Mix: Belgian Shepperd
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 1 1/2 years
Owner(s): Graye
wolfie_maltipoo 1star (1K)
Name: Wolfie
Breed/Mix: Maltipoo
Level: Level I - Beginner
Age: 5 months
Owner(s): Mary & Andrew
Wolfie is a little ball of energy and love! Thanks to Dorothy, Wolfie has become attentive and his agression has subsided. Our bond has developed and grown so much with the useful tips and tools we were provided in Dorothy's class. We can't wait until Level II. We are so happy with the results! Thanks Dorothy!!!
chester_australianlabradoodle 1star (1K)
Name: Chester
Breed/Mix: Australian Labradoodle
Level: Obedience Level I
Age: 6 months
Owner(s): Kathryn & Paul
Paul and Kathryn took turns handling Chester during his training. We appreciated Dorothy's positive, gentle approach without the use of 'treats'. We are ready to continue with Level 2 for off-leash obedience. Chester is a quick learner and adapts easily to everything we do. We take him everywhere and enjoy doing a lot of activities together. Obedience training has already helped develop more trust and respect between us to make our outings all the more enjoyable and rewarding.
dozer_frenchbantambulldog 1star (1K)
Name: Dozer
Breed/Mix: French / Bantam Bulldog Cross
Level: Obedience Level I
Age: 8 months
Owner(s): Shannon & Mike
lyra_chihuahuaX 1star (1K)
Name: Lyra
Breed/Mix: Chihuahua X
Level: Obedience Level I
Age: 7 years
Owner(s): Kathleen & David
Lyra came to us as a CCRT rescue. She may be small but she is fierce! Dorothy taught her that she's not the biggest dog in the class and taught us that she's a lot cuter when she's well behaved. Lyra learned so many skills and continues to work on her doggy manners.
millie_englishbulldog 1star (1K)
Name: Millie
Breed/Mix: Old English Bulldog
Level: Obedience Level I
Age: 5 months
Owner(s): Kristie & Lucas
When we first took Millie home it was very hard to get her to walk on her leash, and when she did she was always putting those breaks on! Millie just graduated from the Level 1 and her behavior has gotten so much better since starting Dorothy's class. She loved going and I really enjoyed taking her. Looking forward to starting level 2!
pepe_chihuahua 1star (1K)
Name: Pepe
Breed/Mix: Chihuahua
Level: Obedience Level I
Age: 2 1/2 years
Owner(s): Grace
I so love Dorothy's approach about establishing the right relationship between the dog and its owner, and her emphasis that this is a dog, not a person and understanding what that really means. Since taking Dorothy's class Pepe and I get on much better, now that we know what is expected of each other and who actually is top dog (hint: it's not Pepe!). Looking forward to taking Dorothy's Level II class and then putting this hyperactive little guy into agility. Now that should be fun!
scout_goldenretriever 1star (1K)
Name: Scout
Breed/Mix: Golden Retriever
Level: Obedience Level I
Age: 4 months
Owner(s): Deeter & Louise
Scout is already looking forward to Level II. Scout loves the water and loves to retrieve, we just need to work on the part of giving up what he retrieves!
simba_pomeranianchihuahua 2star (1K)
Name: Simba
Breed/Mix: Pomeranian / Chihuahua
Level: Obedience Level II
Age: 8 months
Owner(s): Christine & Sabrina
Simba continues his training at home and has progressed from student to teacher. He is a happy puppy that loves everyone and everything on four legs. Dorothy’s training and guidance has done us proud for Simba has brought so much joy to our lives. THANK YOU Dorothy – Mother Knows Best for sure!
zeus_bichonpoodle 1star (1K)
Name: Zeus
Breed/Mix: Bichon Poodle mix
Level: Obedience Level I
Age: 8 months
Owner(s): Debbie
Graduate from 1st level !!!
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