I reached out to Gonzo after realizing my first foster dog was going to be a 65lb energetic and reactive Sheppard Mix. I was scared after my first walk with him, he'd pull me onto the floor. Gonzo was passionate and quick to answer any questions we asked. He gave us the confidence and knowledge we needed to direct Kelby in the right direction in learning to become a good adoptable candidate and now I look forward to our walks together!
Esther KKelby, Cream Shepherd
I am a virtual client of Okami Canine and I can’t recommend them enough! We live in the states and wish we can train with them in person. They took the time to assess our pack walking positioning as well as perfecting our engagement with tug play. They blend the theory on the why with the how-to so you are equipped with the knowledge to troubleshoot behaviors yourself. They’re also reliable and prompt with their replies which makes us feel 💯 supported even though we are miles and miles away! It really feels like we are a part of their family instead of simply clients. Your pups will be in great hands training with Okami Canine!
Catherine YAzuki, Shiba - Kirby, Jindo
We just finished our leash skills sessions with Gonz. We have a previously feral dog who can be anxious and he’s guided us through leash handling and nonverbal communication. He's passionate about dog training and he’s very patient with explaining the reasoning behind the methods. He’s made the sessions engaging, fun and most importantly effective!
Wensy WDexter, Pinscher mix
Thank you Okami Canine for taking in my 5 year old boy who never behaved on walks, he went from being overly distracted, hyper and disobedient to walking beside me under my control and lead. This is all thanks to Gonz's expertise, patience and suggestions based on my dogs behavior. I am so excited for our future sessions and I now have confident in my dog to behave cordially with other dogs and people on the street. We appreciate your help!
Jennifer NBobby, Doodle mix
"Gonz was great! I have a difficult dog and he handle him no problem!..."
Camila H.Chico, Staff-Bully mix
Gonz at Okami Canine is wonderful. He cares deeply about you being able to communicate with your pup. With his training and guidance I've been able to give my girl the confidence she needs to just "be". Thank you Gonz.
Elsie FDaisy, rescue
Okami Canine helped our dog become such a better dog citizen. Gonz showed us how to connect with our over stimulated Rottweiler so that we could start working on his reactivity outdoors and anxiety indoors. He is now a calm, cool, and collected rottie. Thank you so much!
Lonna GLoki, Rottweiler
If you are lucky enough to have Gonz work with you and your dog, and if you follow what he shows you, you’ll develop an amazing relationship with your dog. Changed my life!
AmyCody, Standard Schnauzer
Other trainers told me because of my dog’s age, he would stay set in his ways (being very reactive to other dogs). Well Gonz proved them wrong!! He did an amazing job with my dog and I learned so much about helping my dog. Thank You!
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LilyMochi, Shiba Inu
Gonz is seriously the dog whisperer! He is so patient and kind with people too as he trains them on how to best keep the training up at home. We cannot recommend Okani Canine enough.
Mason DRomeo, Beagle rescue
Okami Canine is amazing! I used to get anxiety taking Bruno for walks because of how he reacted to dogs, now we can comfortably go most places without hesitating.
SallyBruno, Rhodesian Ridgeback
I highly recommend Okami Canine. I did 5 intense weeks of private training sessions for reactivity. I learned so much that helped my dog like how to recognize the subtle signals he gave when he was uncomfortable, and how to help him feel safe. Gonz was my fourth trainer but the ONLY one who showed me reliable results.
Gina SBear, Malamute
Gonz offers much more than training technique. He presents concepts and principles that explain the reason behind techniques and when to use them. It wasn’t just dog training, it was life training.
Sarah HRiley, Weimaraner
There aren’t many people that actually know the science behind animal behavior, and can also use it to truly rehab dogs. Gonz changed our dog in the first 20 minutes of our first session! A few sessions later and our extremely anxious dog was exploring parts of our neighbourhood she never saw before because she couldn’t walk more than 10 feet without shutting down. Now she always wants to keep going farther! Thank you Okami Canine!
Mary A.Penny, Korean rescue
Excellent dog trainer, he gave me a lot of helpful info to educate my rebellious Shiba pupperina, he has a great understanding of dog psychology and I learnt from him to interpret some of my dogs behavior that wasn't clear to me before. 10/10 for the long-distance support, would book an person lesson right away, unfortunately we live really far away so we can't book personal lessons
Lisa H - Virtual ClientNori, Shiba Inu
Just finished my 2 hour training with Gonz and he was amazing. I feel like I have a new dog! Can't wait to practice everything I learned!
KristenJosie, Australian Shepherd
Gonz is one of the best trainers I know, I recommended him to help train any dog of any age. He was able to train our Shiba Inus. If anyone knows Shiba Inus, they will know these are the “untrainable” dogs but Gonz was able show us how wrong that is!
KariMochi & Yoshi, Shiba Inus
We rescued Mango last year at 2 years old. Her previous owner never potty trained her. She had extreme separation anxiety and impulse control issues. We were also worried that she was getting reactive on walks. We found Okami Canine on instagram and they changed our lives completely! We’ve been doing in-home training with Gonz for 2 weeks and Mango is a different dog! She loves her crate, her anxiety is almost completely gone, she has great impulse control and her walks are 98% percent to perfect!
We didn’t have any major issues with our dog Indy but wanted him to pay attention to us more and walk on leash better. I was impressed at how Gonz was able to explain the logic of how a dog's brain works and teaching us how to use the right approach for our dog instead of trying things that were too rigid. Our walks are great and Indy is always checking in with us now. Thanks Okami Canine.
MaxIndy, German Shepard
"My dog Cassie is a 90+ lbs Alaskan Malamute with a bit of a pulling issue and can be reactive towards other dogs... Gonz is calm and was able to redirect the dog's energy effectively..."
Esther W.Cassie, Alaskan Malamute
I've gained so much knowledge from Gonz, from simple leash control to various walking techniques. A gentle yet no nonsense trainer that I greatly recommend
Lorenzo LKota, Husky
Okami Canine was the best decision we made for our 2 dogs. We had been training them on our own to no avail. Okami helped not only with training but how to truly understand our dogs. Our 2 Shibas have never been so well behaved and on top of that our bond with them has never been stronger. Every training session was so enjoyable for both us and the dogs. We get to learn so much and Okami treats our dogs with as much respect and love as they do their own. Not to mention the constant support that is provided at any time, literally any time! It has been a life changer
MeganRosie and Kuma, Shiba Inus
We have been working online with Okami and we’ve been getting better results than the training we’ve done on site in classes with other trainers. We own a shiba, who is not very treat motivated, so the strategies we were given based around treat training really had limited success in very specific settings. We’ve enjoyed that with Okami, there is a problem solving process related to our dog’s specific needs out of which has come a personalized training strategy. One of the huge values we’ve gained is understanding why our dog does or does not do the things we want. The education in the psychology behind our dog’s behaviour and how to use that knowledge to better train him has made all the difference. I can only imagine what we could be achieving if we had the opportunity to train with Okami in person, but I have no doubt we’ll be provided with the guidance to accomplish this via online as well.
Joyce 1 - VirtualMeeko, Shiba Inu
I highly, highly recommend Okami Canine. I have a Antiguan rescue (Potcake) who’s quiet nervous in new environment and with strangers. She had started to develop some leash reactivity and it started to get worse as the training methods I was using was not working, she escalated I knew I needed help. I found Gonz on Instagram after talking to a few other people, I took the jump, messaged him and met up for a consult. At the initial meeting Nova was having none of it by the end of the hour she was more comfortable but still very unsure. It’s been about a month since we've been training and she’s made some serious progress! She’s barley reacting to other dogs and self soothes much more quickly in high stress environments. Gonz has been there every step of the way, answers all my questions, provides support, offers suggestions to help me help Nova navigate through life. I said it once I’ll say it again he’s got a client for life and I am so glad to have him as part of our journey!
The short and sweet version of this review is that Gonz has been incredible from start to finish with his leash training. What my partner and I admire the most is responsiveness to our detailed questions, honesty to sharing his personal experiences and knowledge, and most of all his professionalism with helping us train our dog! I'd recommend him to anyone seeking help with leash training or overall fundamentals! The longer version of this review and our full experience: My partner and I have a Shiba Inu named Kuma. There were two things that we remember clearly from our lessons. First we were impressed with the level of responsiveness and attention to detail that Gonz showed us throughout the training and continued showing us even after completing his course. Second, we have been grateful for all we have learned in those 3 classes. We now have a support line and tools/techniques that help us better communicate with Kuma. It's been a pleasure learning from you Gonz and we hope to continue learning and improving as we go along! Thank you so much!
Newton TKuma, Shiba Inu
Okami Canine Training is amazing to work with. They were very professional and I started to see some results immediately after first session. Gonz is very knowledgeable and takes the time to make sure you as an owner understands the process and why things are happening. He genuinely cares for the dogs which is what you want in a trainer. 100000% recommend!
Good trainer! Gon took the time to evaluate exactly what my dog needed, he even managed to plan out an overall game plan specifically on the type of breed i have and how i can improve his skills and confidence ( i own an active working dog ) Our training is still on going and my dog is improving.