The what and the why
Locations: We serve the Halifax Regional Municipality and are located just 12 minutes from the Armdale rotary in Brookside NS.
When: We work around our client's schedules. That means we work mon-sat, morning till late night. 10:00am-9pm, Mon-Sat. Closed on Sundays.
Who: The people who we work with are motivated. Many of them have tried training that didn't work and are ready to do things the right way. They are not somewhat in need of a dog trainer, they are in desperate need, and are seeking the best of the best. Getting to the root of the issue is important to our clients. Our clients have lost the trust that they once had with their dogs, and want it back.
What we are good at: We train medium, large, XL-sized dogs of all breeds. We are not diverse trainers, we are highly specialized in a few areas.
1: Off-leash training all dogs
2: Aggression rehabilitation or all types
3: Leash aggression and pulling
What we don't work with: Puppies under 6 months and small dogs are not our sweet spot. If you have a puppy who is biting your arms and drawing blood multiple times a day, we will make an exception and develop a fitting program for you. Anything that is not in our wheelhouse, we will refer out to more fitting trainers.
The Mango Dogs Difference: We start all of our clients out in private training, and then progress into group classes as the clients are gaining control and confidence.
- We refuse to throw our clients into the fire by starting them out in a high school gym with 25 other dogs
- We support our clients over the long term
- We are specialized, we refuse to take money from people unless we know we are the best trainer in the world for that person and dog
Group classes: Our group classes are awesome. Our clients can drop in when they have time, no need to book ahead. Our group classes are judgment-free, everyone in the classes has already done our private training, and had struggled with the same issues your dog struggles with. No weird looks and no being set off to the side or segregated from the rest of the class. Our classes are held in a local park, we go for group walks, do obedience drills, exchange dogs, etc, in the real world.
What changes you will need to make?
While many dog trainers force their clients to make a lot of changes in their lifestyle with their dog, I actively try and avoid that as much as I possibly can. If you love to snuggle your dog/dogs on the couch, I couldn't care. Like to spoon your furry friend all night? No big deal. Want to play rough with your dog, cool with me. The thing is, I only pick a battle with a client if I HAVE to. For example, if your dog sleeps in the bed with you, and growls at your spouse every night when they crawl into bed, ok, now we have an issue that needs to be addressed. But for most dog owners, they don't have issues surrounding play, couches, sleeping on the bed, so I don't take issue. I only address things that are issues for my clients. I don't impose my views on others unless it's absolutely critical.
How much do you love me now? We can get plenty accomplished without significantly changing your lifestyle. When I train dogs I focus on things that actually move the needle, and silly things stripping away couch privileges do not move the needle in 95% of cases. People don't get dogs so that they can ignore then or treat the like they are second rate citizens. We get dogs so that we can enjoy them. And yes, we can own well-trained dogs who are easy to live with, without putting them on lockdown.
Mango Dogs trainers are balanced trainers. The term is incredibly ambiguous, so let's unpack how a good balanced training works. We believe that each dog is an individual and needs to be trained in a specific way. We use both positive and negative motivation in our training programs, and each dog will require differing amounts of each.
Some dogs are very sensitive to correction (negative motivation) and need to be treated as such. Others are willful to say the least and need a little more correction at times to ensure that they adhere to their owners commands.
Strengths and Weaknesses
As balanced trainers, we are able to take the great aspects from each style or training and utilize it where needed.
We use food, treats, praise, toys to encourage our dogs and our clients dogs to do the things that we want them to do. This type of motivation is particularly important when training fearful dogs and dogs with anxiety.
Positive methods are easy and fun for anyone to implement
Positive methods keep the dog being trained happy and engaged
Positive methods will increase the likelihood and speed that your dog will comply with your command
Positive based methods do not help create humility in the dogs that need it
Positive based methods are un-reliable when the distraction is very high
The majority of our clients do not want to have to carry around treats for the rest of their dogs life
The majority of our clients have tried only using positive methods by way of training classes that did not meet their expectations. Not to worry, our training is easy for anyone to do, and won't require you to live completely differently with your dog. Our training works in the real world. At your front door. On your walks, at the park, anywhere!
The tools we use to implement corrections will be described and shown below
Corrective techniques are incredible when looking to STOP bad behaviors
An essential part of training hard to train dogs off leash, we routinely train beagles, huskies, even wolf hybrids off leash
An essential part of getting to the root of things, every dog should understand that no means no and come means come. Jumping on people, pulling on the leash, attacking other dogs or people are not acceptable and will result in a correction
If corrective techniques are improperly used by an owner or trainer, the dog can lose confidence in the training process. This is why you need a qualified trainer to help implement these methods
I hit rock bottom after I met Ted. Walking into Ted’s shop with a dog I didn’t even really like because he was SO bad, I had no idea he was about to teach me how to create the two most important relationships I would ever have….the two relationships that would save my life. There are a lot of people who contributed to getting me to where I am. But, I don’t truly think anyone will ever know what a huge part ted played even though I barely know him in comparison to everyone else I owe my life to. It’s a really amazing thing. You never know who’s going to change your life. I am so lucky ted took us on as clients.Rebecca Jenkins
Positive (food, toys, treats, praise) keeps our dog happy and engaged and negative consequences keeps our dog accountable!
There are far too many dog training tools on the market to explain in detail, and so we will stick to the ones we most commonly use, e collars and prong collars.
We have been the go to trainers in Nova Scotia since 2009 for off leash training, and aggression rehabilitation because of our expertise in e collar training.
E collar training is by far the most misunderstood tool in the world of dog training. Often referred to as shock collars, they do not shock. The e collars that we use have three functions for communication.
They can be used in the water for dogs who swim, and have a minimum of a 1/2 mile range. They are used to get your dogs attention and can be used on leash, off leash, in the house, in the car, in the ocean, etc.
Typically we use the tone to communicate with our dogs that they should come back to us, and we use the pulse as a corrective measure. The stimulation feels like a Tens Unit that chiropractors and physiotherapy clinics use as a muscle simulator. This pulse is adjustable from 1-100 levels which makes it a versatile tool that can be used on dogs of all sensitivity levels.
Every year thousands of Nova Scotians contact us to train their dogs with an e collar because they have lost trust in their dog and can’t let them off leash.
Prong collars (also known as pinch collars) are mainly used for clients who struggle only with leash pulling/leash aggression issues. Over 85% of our clients contact us with such issues and at times we will suggest a prong collar.
It’s widely thought that prong collars were designed to mimic the bite of a mother dog.
Sometimes we hear people say that they would never, even use a prong collar, and yet they are allowing their dog to pull them down the street, hacking and coughing the entire way.
It’s a perception issue, humans see the tool and think it’s going to poke into the dogs neck and hurt them and that’s just not true.
We use this tool in our walk doctor programs to stop dogs from pulling and reacting to other dogs and people on the leash.
A great tool to ensure proper leash walking when a person has multiple dogs or a baby stroller. My wife walks three dogs while pushing a stroller with our daughter in it and we often teach expecting mothers to use this tool in anticipation of walking with a stroller.
Pricing and Programs
At Mango Dogs we only provide program based pricing. That means that we don't work per hour or per lesson. Our program fees are listed below so that potential clients can get a ballpark price before contacting us.
All of our programs start in private lessons, and then progress into group training classes so that our clients can maintain their training.
All training tools, private lessons, group classes, additional support, HST, is include in the cost of our programs.
***All of our programs cover leash walking, pulling, and all leash issues like lunging at dogs, people, cars, etc.
Our walk doctor program has been designed for clients who struggle with leash pulling and or leash aggression. We've trained thousands or dogs to walk nicely on the leash, and we can teach you how to do the same! This program starts out with 3-4 private lessons at our facility and then transitions into our weekly group classes. Group classes are provide for 6 months.
A prong collar is used in this program and is provided for you.
Our off leash program is for clients who struggle to gain their dogs attention when walking off leash. We've trained countless dogs to be 100% responsive off leash, regardless of their breed. This program starts out with 4 private lessons at our facility and then transitions into our weekly group classes. Group classes are provide for 6 months.
An e collar is used in this program and provided for you.
Off leash with behavioral issues (most common)
We have had people travel thousands of km's to have access to this program. It's for clients who struggle with their dogs dangerous behavior and can't trust their dogs anymore. Human aggression, dogs aggression, animal aggression, we've got you covered. We typically do 4-5 private lessons at our facility and then transitions into our weekly group classes. Group classes are provide for 6 months.
An e collar is used in this program and provided for you.
Clients with aggressive dogs who have multiple dogs in the home who are fighting, or own a dog/dogs who are aggressive towards children that they live with can expect additional costs.
If you want to meet for a free evaluation to talk about how we can help you achieve your training goals with your dog, please fill out the evaluation form below!
Ted will be in touch in 48 hours or less to book a time for you to come in for a free evaluation with your dog at our facility in Brookside NS. (12 minutes from the Armdale rotary)
We do not train puppies or small dogs under 30lb. Please do not fill out the form if your dog does not fit what we like to work with.
If you have a spouse, be sure that they can attend the in-person evaluation, this is required.
If you need to talk to someone ASAP, call Ted at 902-489-4269