Motivating Delinquent Clients

By Gaby Dufresne-Cyr, CBT-FLE

As the busy season comes to an end, I’m happy to blog again and hear what you have to say. This week, I want to talk about delinquent clients, and by delinquent I’m referring to…

I kissed a Wolf and I Liked it!

By Gaby Dufresne-Cyr, CBT-FLE

Actually, I kissed many wolves throughout my career and yes, I did like it. The question is why? Why do we seek inter-species interactions and displays of affection? Some people risk their lives to touch…

Morphological Characteristics 

By Gaby Dufresne-Cyr, CBT-FLE

Morphological characteristic is a newly debated topic to which I’d like to shed some light. Recently, or should I say finally, the city of Montreal established what the morphological characteristics are for pitbull type dogs…

Dog Training Profession - Part 4 

By Gaby Dufresne-Cyr, CBT-FLE

Someone asked me a pertinent question the other day: “Why do some trainers feel they need to dominate, punish, control, choke, or even electrocute* dogs?” The following is my summarised answer. As is the…

Dogue Shop Update

By Gaby Dufresne-Cyr, CBT-FLE

Much time has passed since our last entry, and I think it’s fair I give you an update. Last summer, during the dangerous dog crisis, I graduated from Concordia University’s Family Education program. Following graduation…

Who Really Killed Christiane Vadnais?

By Gaby Dufresne-Cyr, CBT-FLE

Here’s an interesting question no one thought of asking; who killed Mme. Vadnais? The first answer which comes to mind is the dog did. What if the system is responsible and Montreal doesn’t want…

Common Sense Plight

By Gaby Dufresne-Cyr, CBT-FLE

Dear M. Trudeau, 

I know you’re a busy man, so I’ll make my plight short, at least I'll try.  

As a Quebec citizen you must be aware of Montreal mayor Denis Coderre’s decision to unilaterally ban…

Ban or Be Banned

By Gaby Dufresne-Cyr, CBT-FLE

The 2016 summer has been, without a doubt, the busiest anti-BSL season on record. I’m not an activist by any means, but when absurdity manifests itself, one reciprocates. Montreal mayor Denis Coderre absolutely wants to pass…

Dog Behaviour: Agonistic or Aggressive

By Gaby Dufresne-Cyr, CBT/FLE

With all the media hysteria (you can thank journalists and columnists for that) surrounding pitbulls, I thought I’d explain the difference between agonistic and aggressive behaviour for you. My goals is to demonstrate there are no…

Dog Breed or Pitbull Type

By Gaby Dufresne-Cyr, CBT/FLE
 

In light of yesterday’s city council in Montreal on pitbulls and other dangerous dogs (pitbull type) hearing, I’d like to take a minute and point out to the many Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) advocates…

“Pitbull” Bites Through Scientific Eyes

By Gaby Dufresne-Cyr, CBT/FLE

I normally don't write two articles in the same week, but this week is special. I decided to disregard my own rule and write a second piece. What follows is a huge summary of my…

Staffordshires & Bull Terriers Are Just Dogs

By Gaby Dufresne-Cyr, CBT/FLE

There’s never a dull moment at the Dogue Shop and this week is certainly no exception. Monday I was on Breakfast Television to talk about dog safety. After the show it dawned on me people simply…