"I just want you to know that my dog Kristal has made such leaps and bounds since working with you on her agression with other dogs using your positive reinforcement methods...she now alerts us to dogs we don’t see and waits calmly for her treat..I am so impressed and she is so much more enjoyable..I just wanted to tell you that you have enriched our lives 100% and We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Thank you so much! "
- Amanda McKernan + Kristal
"Last year I was faced with a horrible situation. I had
adopted a German shepherd puppy and already had
a 9-year-old dog. They had gotten into a bad fight,
which Elvis my elder dog instigated. After the fight, they
could not even be in the same room together. I had
tried everything I could, but the end result being that
they had to be in separate rooms, and muzzled. This was
horrifying for me and heartbreaking. That's when I called
Sabrina for help, instantly she gave me tips, instructions
and motivation. We worked together for a few weeks,
she explained everything clearly to me, gave me notes
and straight forward homework. After some work,
my dogs were back together, something I never thought
possible! To this day, if I ever have any problems or
concerns, she is always available, armed with skills, facts, and positivity. You can see how passionate she is about animals through her work. It was the best call I have ever made for my dogs and I"
- Jay Sarah, Growler and Elvis
"Sabrina is a wonderful trainer. Very thorough when it comes to explaining a certain step. I never knew my puppy would catch on to tricks so quickly. My puppy loved every time she came over and enjoyed every step of the training. You see the love she has for animals and the great knowledge she holds. I would recommend her 100%.
I can't wait for our next training class :)"
- Nancy Synagridis and Hades (Polite Puppy 1)
"After trying numerous training tactics we were at our wits end, nothing seemed to stick! With two dogs, and one being very young, we had our hands full. Sabrina saved the day with science based training that just made sense! If food and positive reinforcement doesn't motivate your pooch, you're not doing it right. Tuna fudge and Sabrina's knack for understanding animals has made our lives easier with two very active dogs. I would recommend her services to anyone looking to train their dog, from basic to intermediate."
-Angelika Joachimowicz, Kyo and Lucky
"Sabrina is a fantastic trainer, she helped me a lot with my anxious dog and gave me really great material to help me to continue working on my own time. She really knows her stuff and is amazing with dogs!" -Allison Gauthier and Ruby
"Funny enough, another dog trainer recommended Sabrina to me since she was booked solid. After a quick email and a super prompt reply from Sabrina; I knew I was in it for the log run. My dog Rosetta immediately fell in love with Sabrina and we booked sessions after our first meet and greet! We got detailed weekly homework which was clear and easy to follow. My dog had previous obedience training but I just needed some more tools and good advice. Well you get all of that with Sabrina! She is very knowledgeable , patient and super sweet. She truly loves animals!!! We just kept on booking sessions but have now taken a little break but we have lots of homework and material to work on during the colder winter months! Sabrina was able to break things down for us and Rosetta has made so much progress and I am now able to really gets the results I always wanted! I could not recommend Sabrina enough! Rosetta was always super tired after our training sessions! Tired dogs means happy owner! Thank you Sabrina for all of your help and see you in the spring!"
"We got our first pet and really didn't know what we were doing. Sabrina gave us all the right info, taught us training strategies, and trained our pup!" - Jat Il
"I consulted Sabrina as my dog Barkley started acting uncomfortable at the dog park and he was snarky with some of the more intense dogs. Sabrina helped me to understand my dog's behaviour and that he was just going through normal stage. I saw a difference almost immediately since I was fixing my reactions to his behaviour and helping him to feel more secure in uncomfortable situations. Since our initial consultation, Sabrina has been so helpful with the typed notes from our session and multiple email exchanges about the changes I was seeing. I recommend Sabrina 100% for all your dog training needs!"
- Leslie Redmond
"Sabrina is absolutely amazing! I'm continually impressed with her vast knowledge and deep compassion for animals. She truly loves her job and has your dogs best interests at heart <3 I can't say enough good things about her. She's incredibly kind and experienced. Her training methods are fun, positive and effective - just how dog training should be. I highly recommend Sabrina and Ivy League Dogs!"
- Lindsay Campbell
"Sabrina a de super bonnes idées et elle les communique très bien! Elle est facile à rejoindre et on a pu avoir une consultation rapidement. Bella l’a tout de suite aimé et elle était surtout très attentive à Sabrina. Les notes écritent son super appréciées aussi! Elles nous a tellement donné d’idées que c’est bien utile. Merci!"
- Marie-Élaine Bosisio et Bella
"We could not have gotten through the past 8 months without Sabrina! She has helped us through basic training as well as specific issues with Maisy. She definitely has the magic touch with dogs!"
- Christine Mayers and Maisy
"Sabrina is our very own dog whisperer! She's demonstrates an incredible repertoire of solutions to best suit our dogs training needs while always focusing on positive, incentive based training. She's great about showing the dog owners how to complete the training and then sends a really useful analysis, recap and homework. I openly and strongly recommend her to anyone with a dog, no matter the age or breed!"
- Jeremie Clarke and Blue
"I honestly can’t recommend Sabrina enough and only wish I could take her back to London with me to continue Thors training. Thor in general is a lovely dog, and was so lovely and non aggressive on leash until the last 6 to 8 months or so, when, due to unfortunate incidents where he was attacked, on separate occasions by 3 different dogs (luckily and thankfully, none caused any physical harm), he become reactive and aggressive on leash. It got to the point where I dreaded coming across other dogs while on leash with him as I didn’t know how he was going to react.
After the first couple of sessions with Sabrina his on leash behaviour improved immensely and I was more confident taking him out as Sabrina gave me valuable tricks, tips and exercises to enable us to have stress free walks.
Sabrina also worked with me on Thors recall and he is much better at coming back to me when I call him. He wasn’t great before and only came back to me when it suited him, after the training sessions with Sabrina, it’s every time I call him now
Sabrina made the training sessions fun and enjoyable while all the time I learned a lot from her as did Thor. She has a gentle caring, kind personality, which you can clearly see from the way she interacted with both me and my dog."
-Niamh Fitzpatrick and Thor
"We have a four and a half months teckel puppy that loves Sabrina more than anyone in the world! He learned all the essential commands for a puppy in only 4 classes. I am so surprised at the results! Plus she helped us with the specific issues we had with him, and all her suggestions and tips really worked!!! She is sweet, super professional and incredibly knowledgeable, plus she really has a special connection with our Galileo! We will most certainly continue his education with her! I highly recommend!!!!"
-Flavia Majlis and Galileo
" Sabrina has helped us immensely with our young Mastif/Lab mix Turbo (around 2 to 3 years old). We adopted Turbo fully untrained from the SPCA in 2017. We were able to work on his normal manners but were very much challenged by some additional issues he had. Turbo used to jump on people, was frustrated with being on a leash, he guarded his food, and finally kept barking and lunging at other dogs.
Although Turbo had many different things to work on Sabrina was very professional and organized in planning and executing Turbo’s training. Sabrina did a thorough analysis of Turbo in the beginning to fully understand his issues (especially his leash frustration and issues with other dogs). The training process itself was very structured, supported by many explanations and documents for later reference, and she never asked too much of Turbo in the sessions itself. She was very accommodating to our busy schedule as well.
Finally, we are very happy with our decision of engaging Sabrina for Turbo’s training. We had selected Sabrina in the first place due to her approach of basing her training on thorough education, experience, and updated research. Her professional approach shows in her methods of training and the results she is able to achieve."
-Thomas Keller and Turbo
"Sabrina was amazing in every sense of the word. She was patient, very accomodating and taught our dog a lot of stuff! Not to mention that our little Luna loves her now! :) she is very skilled in what she does. I would highly recommend her to anyone as a trainer. It was extremely worthy!"
-Antonella Victorero and Luna
"Sabrina at Ivy League Dogs really knows her stuff. The 1st time we met was when I was volunteering at @HSICanada rescue for the Korean dogs rescue where she helps rehabilitate dogs of all shapes and sizes with different temperments. Then with POSITIVE Reinforcement always helps dogs
to become social and adjust into a healthy household enviroment with people and others dogs.
A few months later we called upon Sabrina's service for our own 3.5 yr old Rescued Akita who was extremely social with people but not big dogs. We also have 2 cats and his past he had cats in his previous household but being in a rescue for 8-10 month things had to be rewired again.
Positive homework tools were given for my 80 lbs now 100 lbs Rescue to work on build a positive relationship with our 2 cats. With Sabrina exercises in 2 weeks cats and dog were harmonious with each other now at 10 months one of our cats and him sleep together.
Patience, Practice, Reward, Repeat....
2nd issue Dog encounters. She worked and gave us many tools how to positevely calm and reward good behaviour. Now at 10 months he is a more sociable dog with other dogs, going from zero tolerance when 1st rescued ... to most small dogs and 10 large size dogs in the area.
Lunging, Pulling is a thing of the past.
See our Rescue's progress on my Instagram or Facebook @gardeneatharmony
Ivy League Dogs Totally Thumbs up.
Thank so much🐶💕"
Anita Chakraborty and Takai
"As soon as I contacted Ivy League Dogs, I felt reassured that the training with my new puppy would be successful. Sabrina was kind and eager to meet Archie and work on his fears and his high risk of fleeing. As soon as I met her for a private session I knew that together we could turn Archie into a self assured dog. She was patient and understanding and her training tips were steadily gaining ground with Archie. Just 2 months into his training of 1X/week, Archie has taken great strides towards becoming a confident and well adjusted dog. We always look forward to our training sessions with Sabrina. She's a pleasure to talk to and Archie loves her and especially her treat bag!"
-Doriana Bisegna and Archie
"After only one consultation, Sabrina was able to help us address the frustrating behaviours that we wanted to see change in our 1 1/2 year old border collie x husky, Kylo. After less than 2 weeks of applying her tips and advice, we’re seeing incredible improvement in Kylo’s behaviour and Kylo is responding very well to the enrichment and stimulation. Thank you for your help!!"
-Olivia Blacklock and Kylo
"Sabrina was really great with our new dog Annie. We used her obedience program and we feel so much more comfortable training our dog. Sabrina taught us many techniques for training Annie and she has come a long way in just 4 classes.
We really appreciated how good Sabrina was with our dog, her great explanations for us, and that she would e-mail us homework that we could use in between classes and for future reference.
We would absolutely recommend Ivy League Dogs to a friend."
-Dave Huehn and Annie
"Eh oui Lola a maintenant 9 mois et des poussières. Elle est propre depuis presque 2 mois sans pipi pad que j'ai en horreur! Ton aide à été cruciale et tu m'as rassurée en répondant aux questions essentielle de ma compagne de vie.
Merci et continue à mettre de l'amour entre le maître et le chien. Lola sort de sa cage et va directement dans la cour!!!"
-François Boucher et Lola
"Sabrina helped train our puppy and even though we had lots of dog experience and thought we knew what we were doing, it went much better with her expert coaching. I can't recommend Sabrina highly enough and if you are considering training a dog or puppy, start as early as you can, you won't regret it and you'll have a better bond with your little friend."
-Sanjiv and Rosie
"I can't recommend Sabrina enough. She gave us concrete steps to get our puppy understanding all the basic commands, but she also helped us focus on specific problems (like biting, leash pulling, and potty training). She gave us homework every week and was very accommodating to our busy schedule. She was always available if ever we had questions. I'm so glad we invested in these classes, we just love our puppy even more now that she is trained."
- Catherine Gravel and Maya
"Sabrina at Ivy League Dogs is the most patient teacher for both the dog student and the owner! Her gentle and encouraging method of teaching is highly effective and my dog, Barry simply adores her. He is a sensitive and easily frightened dog but, Sabrina’s training has given home confidence and courage. I did not believe that he could become the confident and self assured dog he is now. Sabrina has worked a miracle for me and my pup. Our lives have been greatly improved by this training. Most of all, I appreciate the way Sabrina listens when I describe Barry’s habits and my concerns about him. She takes it all in and treats him according to his individual needs and quirks. She is a trainer that respects the knowledge and observations of the owner as much as her own observations of her furry student. We have a great working relationship and Barry has never been happier."
-Peggy Sakow and Barry
"Sabrina was so great and our dog loved her! We were having a hard time finding a dog trainer whose methods we felt comfortable with. Sabrina's approach and exercises are broken down into easy digestible steps and we saw results instantly. Her work is proof that you do not need to use fear based methods in order to train your dog. We ended our sessions feeling closer to our pup and with our pup feeling more confident and secure. Highly recommend!"
- Eddie Jude and Tito
"Our puppy George was very excitable and struggled with basic obedience and house training. Sabrina was a great teacher and really helped us to adopt the consistent behaviours that helped George to become better behaved! Beyond her sessions with George, she left us with valuable homework that allowed us to continue his training on the daily. After our training sessions ended, she remained super helpful and responsive to our questions. I highly recommend her!"
-Gabriel, Alessia Faustini and George
"Sabrina is an amazing dog trainer. I first called her when we were going crazy with our new puppy and not only she calmed us down but she made sure we had all the tools and tricks needed to manage our new puppy. Sabrina always follows up with exercises and homework so we and our puppy don’t forget the lessons learnt. Finally she is always available by text if we have any questions or dog “emergencies”. We are so happy to have found her!"
-Jessica Sanchez and Ruben
"Huskies are known to be a challenging breed to train. I have two and I confirm that it is a true statement ! My younger one, Yuki, is adorable BUT.... suffered from a few behaviours that needed serious training: recall, resource protection, jumping on people and fear of harness. When I communicated those objectives to Sabrina, I was laughing internally thinking that no matter how good she is, it was NEVER going to be fixed ! Well, 6 months later and lots of practice, I can proudly say that there are ALL fixed (apart from a few occasions where Yuki is just being... Yuki). But if you knew him before and after Sabrina got involved, you would call this no less than a miracle. Sabrina goes beyond the regular training that can be found else where. She understands dogs at a level hard for me to understand. She knows what to do, suggests exercises that are easy to understand and practice in my busy day-to-day life. She never gives up until the results are achieved. She came back after a few months to help me with something Yuki and I were struggling with (fear of harness) and proposed a new approach... that is working after just a few weeks. Finally, something important to me, I never felt judged by Sabrina. We all do our best with ours dogs and we know we are not perfect. The last thing we need is to feel lectured. It never happens with her. I highly recommend her even for the most problematics behaviours. Plus, she is really sweet and got great treats :)"
-Nathalie Robitaille and Yuki
"Sabrina was recommended to me by a family member but as I live in a different city I didn't use the recommendation at first. But then I had an incident where my dog "grabbed and shook" another dog. I contacted Sabrina and she responded quickly, we were able to set up a Zoom appointment. Sabrina was incredibly kind and helpful, with advise for both training and products to help with my dogs behavior. I plan on continuing to go to Sabrina and highly recommend her."
-Stephanie Bentsvi and Roosevelt
"I highly recommend Ivy League Dogs!
Sabrina is very responsive via email and even during this quarantine time, she found the solution to provide us with an online course, which we found extremely helpful since it allowed us to execute the training ourselves with her guidance.
She provided a demo for each one of the exercises with her lovely foster dog Kiara and it really proved useful to see her doing the exercises before applying them to our dog."
-Diana Tapia and Churro
"Awesome service. Extremely helpful and clear with explanations. Really takes the time to understand the unique issue circumstances to give a personalized path to the results you want 💖
Cares about your results and will follow up with you in case anything changes!!"
-Sophie Ricard, Bubbles and Peanut
"Sabrina is an amazing trainer. You can tell she really loves and cares for all dogs. Her teaching method is very effective, and it focuses on the well-being of your dog. She's taught us that dog training is not just useful for humans, but it also allows a dog to have a happy existence. We would recommend Sabrina to anyone looking for help with their pet."
-Shardul Baral and Peanut
"Sabrina is professional and quick to understand what is needed with a dog and his owners, but she also listens and gives suggestions that are very helpful. We are hosting our "grandson" for a while, and her calm and her advice helped us get a great first experience dog-sitting for an extended period. Her approach is done through positive reinforcement and consistency, it works!"
- Michelle Goulet and Bruce
"Sabrina trained my little Yorkie. We’re almost done training now. I can definitely say our 4 month puppy is better behaved than most grown adult dogs. I had a lot of questions at first as it was my first dog and she took her time to answer them all for me. I would recommend her training to anyone, she’s a great trainer A+"
- Nav Francis and Coffee
"Sabrina is a fantastic trainer! I have really appreciated her knowledge about raising dogs and her compassionate, step-wise approach to training. My puppy is thriving thanks to her help "
-Gabrielle Parizeau and Mochi
"Sabrina is amazing and very knowledgeable. She’s very patient and made sure to understand our needs and concerns. She was able to help us and our dog with our daily little challenges. Highly recommend!"
-Sophie Gervais and Phoebe
"Whatever I write I couldn’t even begin to convey what an amazing trainer Sabrina is, the outstanding job she has done helping my dog with all of his behavioural issues and how much she has completely transformed both our lives.
Due to his background he wasn’t comfortable with strangers, with anyone coming into my home or with people getting close to me. He used to bark incessantly at visitors and follow them around the home which was intimidating for a lot of people as he’s a big dog. In the end I stopped asking people to come over as it was just too difficult.
The biggest issue by far though was going to the vets. He was so afraid of them he wouldn’t let them come near him. It was so bad that in the end the vets insisted that he was heavily sedated before arrival and even then it was a fight to do even a standard check up let alone give him a vaccination. It was extremely traumatic time for both him and for me.
Sabrina had worked with my friend and her dog previously and she said she was probably the only one who could help us. She was right. Starting his training with her was a game changer. In a short time she had worked through a lot of his issues however a few weeks later the virus came and we had no choice but to stop the in-house training. We had just started his vet training and Sabrina sent me lots of notes so I could carry on getting him used to various new things - mimicking what the vet would do so he would become more and more comfortable with it each time.
Two weeks ago she was able to come back to my home and we continued with his vets training. This week she took us to see a lovely new vet and two days ago he had his first actual vaccine! He had it with no heavy sedation drugs, no forcing him and absolutely no trauma at all. In fact he was wagging his tail the whole way through it! He was now so comfortable with Sabrina and trusted her and the new vet so it was a positive experience for him for the first time ever.
If I hadn’t been there and watched it with my own eyes I wouldn’t have believed it. It was a very emotional moment for me after years of horrible experiences at the vets. I am just so thankful for Sabrina and for everything she has done to help us.
If you are thinking about working with a dog trainer Sabrina is the best there is. I have worked with many trainers but none of them were able to do what she has done. I guarantee that you and your dog will love working with her and whatever the issues are she will overcome them. You will be so happy and grateful that you found her - she’s amazing!"
-Sarah Chatton and Harley
"We absolutely love Sabrina! I will only ever recommend her. We were previously working with another trainer and just constantly felt like we were being lectured or doing things wrong. With Sabrina it was completely different! She really worked with us and made us feel confident in what we were doing! She gave us was effective tools and we immediately starting seeing results with our furbaby (as oppose to with our other trainer we were with them for almost two months and minimal to no progress was made). I really can't recommend her enough as she helped us work through our guy's fears (he's a rescue) and also basic training! I would give her more than 5 stars if I could!"
-Olivia Di Marino and Papa
"I have no words to thank Sabrina for all the help with our little dog, Amora. Amora has separation anxiety and I contacted Sabrina in a time when I was very demotivated. After months of training by myself, my dog had a setback. Sabrina was very helpful and provided specific missions for us to do in a daily basis. Once a week we would have a zoom call and she would do the mission with us. I can say that after a few weeks of training Amora has improved so much! I very much recommend Sabrina!"
-Milena Nardocci and Amora
"Working with Sabrina was the best puppy training experience I could have hoped for - the changes were noticeable even after just 1 class, and every session was fun and tailored to our needs. She sends detailed emails after every class with all the information covered, which is so helpful and allowed me to just stay engaged and listen during the session. I recommend her to everyone I know and anyone who asks, and I would not think twice before hiring her again if I need more training help in the future!"
-Milena F and Russell
"Maya was amazing when she came to work with Theo! Theo is partially blind and deaf, and is occasionally reactive to touch, making his training a little extra difficult. While he's an excellent dog, I had never been able to teach him the basics (sit, stay, down etc..). Maya came and within one session had him sitting on command! She was excellent and patient with him, and he loved her so much he would sit and cry at the door after she left his sessions. I would definitely recommend Maya (and the rest of the Ivy League Dogs team) for your dogs!"
-Jasmine Gallienne and Theo
"My dog and I have had such an incredible experience with Ivy League Dogs! Sabrina is incredibly knowledgeable and clearly experienced. I've also had the chance to work with Maya, who is very educated and compassionate. Both Sabrina and Maya put the dog first, focusing on positive reinforcement and force-free training. My reactive dog is making so much progress, and we're both developing so many new skills because of Ivy League Dogs!"
-Nicole Lorenz and Moose
"My dog, Murray, is fearful and reacts to other dogs while on leash. We have worked with Maya over the last year and have made amazing progress. Maya is not only incredibly patient and kind, but so very knowledgeable. Her passion is evident every time I see her work with Murray. She is by far one of his favourite people!"
-Lindsay Hales and Murray
"Sabrina is amazing! She helped our Pugapoo puppy prepare for eye surgery by getting comfortable with eye drops. We went from Frances running away when she saw the eye drop bottle to wagging her tail and sitting proper for them. Frances has become so comfortable with eye drops that she even brings the bottle to us when she wants a treat! If you're looking for a supportive trainer who believes in positive reinforcement and enrichment, Sabrina is the person for you. I've referred 2 friends to her, and both are as happy with her services as I am."
-Devon Simpson and Frances
"Nous avions eu recours aux services de Ivy League Dogs pour des cours de maternelle privés à domicile pour notre Shiba Inu de 4 mois. Audrée a été plus que fantastique avec notre petit chiot Ozai qui l'aime tellement. Nous avions beaucoup apprécié son approche structurée, progressive et positive pour son apprentissage. Ses conseils pratiques et personnalisés pour nos besoins spécifiques, ainsi que les exercices et devoirs nous ont beaucoup aidé avec notre shiba et nous voyons une différence dans sa progression à chaque semaine. Merci Audrée!"
-Khang Dang et Ozai Bui
"Sabrina did both obedience and separation anxiety training for my dog. Throughout both processes, she made the training approachable, manageable, and fun. My dog adored the training sessions (and the hot dogs..)! She also provided me with all the tools and support that I needed to be able to work through my dog's separation anxiety. While my dog has a more extreme case, we've still been making huge progress over the past few months and that ultimately comes down to the training that I received with Sabrina. Thanks for everything, Sabrina!"
-Amanda Barrios and Link
"My first contact was with Erika who projects a warmth and welcoming vibe. She is extremely clear and enthusiastic which was a pleasure. She did not hesitate to answer questions or address my concerns. You get the impression that the business is one where the space is safe to encourage flourishing not only with the clients but for the staff as well.
I was teamed with Maya who frankly is a magician and working with her was a dream! I have never had a pup before and having a professional and personable trainer to guide us has helped with my confidence. My puppers was immediately comfortable in her presence which was wonderful to witness. The structure of the sessions work really well for a newbie like me, and they also offer a day training service which I believe is an excellent choice for those juggling a lot of things and simply feel overwhelmed. Ivy League Dogs really demonstrates the effectiveness of positive reinforcement. Amos and I can’t wait to continue our education! Many thanks, we are truly grateful 😃"
-Tamanna Ali and Amos
"Amazing experience working with Sabrina for my dog’s separation anxiety. She was consistently thorough and patient with me, helping me understand how to work with my pup between live sessions. Highly recommend!"
-Samira Khajehi and Remi
"An old phrase ‘a teacher is born not made’ is how best to describe Sabrina. Sabrina has a natural way with dogs and their humans. She possesses extensive knowledge of dog behaviour. She is skilled at seeing what is needed to help dogs and owners to succeed in their relationship. She uses positive training technique. Sabrina helped me work through issues with my two goldendoodles - scared of car rides, uncomfortable being blow-dried, reacting to other dogs while on their walks. I cannot express enough how thankful I am to have found her. And my pups absolutely adore her. Thank you, Sabrina!"
-Ingrid Schmidtova-McMillan, Molly and Charlie