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Montreal & Vaudreuil Dog Trainer & Behaviour Modification Expert for 30 years!

Proudly helping Humans and their K9’s for 3 decades!  Using scientific, proven and humane dog training methods. 

Your Relationship with Your Dog. 



A total new perspective.

Meet Nick Zevgolis – Montreal’s Leading Dog Training Expert for 3 decades! Professional help in all aspects of Dog Training:

Montreal Dog trainer –  Family K9 Dog Training – Has been providing professional dog training services to Montreal Dog Owners  for 30 years!  Nick is often called upon by dog owners who have already tried to train their dogs with other dog trainers and not been able to achieve quality results.

In home dog training, one on one private dog training courses at the kennel and in kennel boarding and training options are available.

Dog Training Services Montreal & off island

  • Puppy selection
  • Successfully raising a well balanced puppy
  • Puppy training
  • Obedience training
  • Help with obedience issues
  • Help with dogs that trainers and methods failed with.
  • Consultations for canine problem behaviour 
  • Courses for Confidence building
  • Socialization
  • Behavioural problems such as:
  • Reactivity
  • Fear Aggression/Avoidance
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Soiling in the house
  • Excessive Barking

Professional Dog Training Services Montreal

Referred by Veterinarians, Dog Trainers, Groomers and of course, Dog Owners.

Nick is a big believer in providing the highest level of service to his clients and their dogs. He enjoys relationships with many clients that have spanned over the course working with of multiple dogs.  Family K9 Dog Training guarantees its training programs (except for Puppy Pre School since this is just the very beginning of raising an obedient dog).

Dog Training specializing in:

Building Human / Canine relationships

Through training, communication and understanding.

Family K9  has proudly earned it’s reputation the old fashioned way.  By providing Montreal area dog owners with the best dog training available for over 25 years. Attention to detail , professionalism  and treating  clients and their dogs with the utmost caring and respect. Backing all this up with a  guarantee.

In the 25 plus years that Family K9 Dog Training has been in business there have been a proliferation of new dog trainers that crop up each year.  Anyone can claim to be a dog trainer – please make sure you are working with a professional who has a long standing track record of success in canine training.

Nick is sought after in the training of from across Canada, the US and abroad as well.  See the Dogs trained across Canada and USA page for details.

143 reviews on
Helena Levitt
Helena Levitt
We brought our Goldendoodle home 12 years ago with no idea how challenging the puppy stage can be. Nick came highly recommended and so we reached out and he was amazing! He was patient, knowledgeable and incredibly skilled. After spending 3 weeks in his care our puppy returned with all the skills needed for a seemless transition into our family. We had such a well behaved, happy and trustworthy 12 years with her. Fast forward to today, we are bringing home our new puppy and have already secured a spot in Nick’s program. Knowing he will be part of this puppy’s journey brings us confidence that we can enjoy this next chapter with our new addition without the concerns that come with a puppy! I highly recommend his services.
Emerald Jayde
Emerald Jayde
I have known Nick for about 5 years now and in that time, he has trained my 3 dogs and my family dog. Needless to say, I trust him wholeheartedly with dogs and I recommend him to everyone looking for a dog trainer. In 2019, I brought him my 1year old Frenchie and 5 year old German shepherd family dog. Neither of the dogs had any discipline, it was super hard to walk them, they had zero recall, the GSD loved to bark and runaway. Good dogs, just not easy to incorporate into our everyday lives. The GSD had been previously trained but it just didn’t stick. The Frenchie had an excessive amount of energy and he didn’t know where to direct it. The 2 went to the “Board and Train” and it was the best decision we had ever made. Both dogs came back fully trained and ready to work. Nick supported us through the transition and we ended up with amazing pets! In 2022, I adopted a 5yr old chihuahua who came from an abused home. He was terrified and extremely towards dogs (except the ones in the house). He would lunge to kill, he didn’t care how much bigger the other dog was. He didn’t even know his name. I sent him to the program, and now he can heel, come, place, leave it and most importantly, he knows his name! I’ll attach a video of him leaving a dog alone. The most recent one, she came back last week from training. She is a 8 month old cocker that has very low confidence and very high energy. We wanted her to speak the same language as my other 2 dogs as she was getting hard to manage. Now, everyone is on the same page, we go for pack walks comfortably, I can put everyone in a place, I can tell them to leave it and know that they will. My cocker looks to me when she’s scared instead of reacting. The dogs are all more relaxed because they trust that I will guide them, and that is thanks to Nick’s training. I have given him 4 dogs with completely different personalities and the results have all been amazing. He tailors his training to the dog and makes sure to give the human the right tools to follow through. Forever my dog trainer, 100% worth it!
Romy Hutman
Romy Hutman
An exceptional dog trainer indeed! We've had the pleasure of working with Nick for over 20 years, and his dedication has always shone through. Maintaining a strong relationship throughout the training process, he's helped shape our fur babies into well-mannered companions. Highly recommend his services for anyone seeking expert guidance and a lasting bond with their pets!
Our beloved golden retriever Rex has just finished his obedience training with Nick. We couldn't be more happy. Nick is the best trainer we've ever met. He explained each step with patience and passion. Rex enjoyed each session, and we saw the improvement from week to week. We strongly recommend Nick experience to people looking to have the dreaming dog.
Jill Gale
Jill Gale
We recently adopted a 2 year old dog from a rescue that had been taken from a hoarding situation where she had very limited exposure to the outside world. Ellie had no training whatsoever and was very apprehensive around new people and reactive with kids. She was also a challenge to walk because she would react to any dog that barked at her. We knew we needed help with her and chose to entrust the training with Nick after reading multiple reviews (thanks for helpful!) and watching his educational videos. What a great decision. The consult with him enlightened us to why she was displaying the behaviours and what training she needed to help her feel safe and more confident. She spent 3 weeks in the in-kennel training while we were away on vacation and we came back to a huge transformation. When new people come to the house she greets them calmly and confidently. She heels like a pro on the leash and we are able to use the tools we were taught (yes, you have to be trained too :) to avoid confrontation with other dogs. Two days after we brought her home the grandkids came over and she was amazing with them. It is obvious that Nick is very committed to helping dog owners have the best possible life with their pet and appreciate being able to reach out to him down the road if we have any questions/concerns. It is without hesitation that we recommend Family K9 Dog Training.
Sarah Roy
Sarah Roy
I started training with Nick after having a few incidents with my 5 year old Aussie/border collie. After just the assessment, I could tell how knowledgeable Nick was and how well my dog responded right away. People told me my dog could no longer be trained being 5 years old but I knew they were wrong. We choose to do 6 training sessions one on one and after the first session, he was already learning and behaving better. I’ve never been able to walk him without having to walk very fast at his pace or without my arm extended. He would bark at dogs or people walking by along with lunging at cars. We have completed 4 training sessions and today I was able to push my daughter in the stroller and have Murphy walk right by my side for an entire walk, along with being able to walk pass people and dogs with no reaction. One person even asked if that was the same dog! I’m excited to see how far we will continue to get with not only walks but jumping on people when entering the house, barking at the window, and overall a calmer / happier dog. I am forever grateful to have taken the one on one sessions and learning myself how to handle my dog. I can see the benefits right away and can’t wait to continue training him. I highly recommend Nick to help with any age dog and breed.
Seham Slllll
Seham Slllll
There aren’t enough words to thank Nick in all the work and lessons he’s taught us and our 1yr old Odin. He is patient and takes the time to explain how we should approach situations to set ourselves up for success. I definitely feel a huge sense of relief knowing that we are now taking the right steps in giving a healthier quality life for Odin, all thanks to Nick. Nick - thank you for all that you do. I truly appreciate the time and effort you provided and look forward into keeping in touch for years to come!!
Michèl-e Robinson
Michèl-e Robinson
Nick delivers fantastic results and helps you develop a connected relationship with your dog! He is an incredible e-collar trainer (please don't try DIY e-collar training). I hired him for his six 1:1 training sessions plus the e-collar add-on and it changed my daily life for the better. Here's my story: My australian shepherd Heidi was rarely engaged with me and had developed violent aggressive behaviour towards dogs at age 2. She is the cutest ever, and sweet as pie when we're alone inside the house, but walking her caused my family and I so much discomfort stress that I was mentally preparing myself to give my dear friend away. Although I learned so much and felt great about my consultation with Nick, I couldn't afford to work with him at the time. It was obvious that Nick could help me, but I opted to meet with two cheaper trainers... only to waste my time and money. Eventually, I got the money together and took the leap! **It has been so, so worth it** My dog Heidi and I are living our fantasy. We are connected, happy and peaceful together. Instead of suffering through tense walks (or I should say pulls instead of walks) and tracking her down in the car after one of her runaways: now we walk on leash around the village for fun, and she comes back to me when I call her in from the field, even if she is on something's trail. I didn't think it was possible to feel so relaxed with my dog. I'm forever grateful ❤️ Note: I don't believe I would have reached my goals as quickly and easily without the e-collar add-on. And, please don't try to train your dog yourself on the e-collar; you can really mess up your relationship and your dog's personality.
Gianni Fusco
Gianni Fusco
There are many dog trainers out there but those like Nick and Family K9 are quite rare. We chose Family K9 almost 10 years ago for our first Cane Corse Zoe and she remained the reference to everyone that met her of an incredibly behaved dog. After we lost her in June we contemplated whether we ever embark on this journey again with another dog. What we knew without any doubt was that any other dog would have to be trained by Family K9 as we would rather sacrifice getting another dog before getting one that wasn’t trained by them. I’m am glad to say that we’ve decided to go forward with another Cane Corso and Kira has been the blessing we needed. We picked her up yesterday after what felt like the longest three weeks of our lives and the results are spectacular. We may sound biased after all these years but we truly cannot put in words what a difference it makes. Training any dog comes with a cost but after having trained our two dogs with Family K9 and witnessing the benefits first hand, we are convinced that it is an investment rather than a cost. What your dog will give your family back for many years after being trained by Family K9 is invaluable. Forever grateful.
Jason Wolofsky
Jason Wolofsky
Max, our 3.5-year-old, 70-pound golden doodle, is a gentle giant who's wonderful with kids and not at all aggressive. However, his needy behavior when people come over, his penchant for pulling during walks due to his incredible strength, and his selective hearing when it comes to commands without food were starting to pose some challenges. That's when we decided to seek the expertise of Max Dog Trainer Nick. After a three-week training program, Max returned as a completely transformed dog. While he's still very needy, we now have the tools to correct this behavior. Walking with him has become much more manageable, and when he gets hyper, we can put him in his designated "place." We've heard great things about Nick from friends who've used his services, and the hype is real! We're thrilled with Max's progress, though the real work is ongoing once you're back home. Nonetheless, Nick has armed us with all the right tools, and he's been incredibly responsive via email for any questions or concerns. We couldn't be happier with the results.

Training for you and your puppy to get started in a positive direction!

Puppies love to learn and teaching them good habits is much easier than correcting bad ones later on.  This course is designed to help people with puppies aged between 8-16 weeks old get started on the right track . 
Topics covered:

  • Crate training
  • Socialization
  • Housebreaking
  • How to properly play with your puppy. The most effective ways to do this to promote good habits, motivation, bonding and avoid problematic behaviour.
  • Avoiding separation anxiety
  • Teaching manners  such as not jumping, not nipping and not chewing or destroying items.
  • Light obedience
  • And much much more

Hands on training with you, your K9 buddy and Nick @ your home or at the kennel!

This course is designed for the owner who would like to have solid, obedience & control of their dog. Commands such as: sit, heel, come, place, leave it & off. Obedience as well as house manners are addressed and the course is taught in six 1-hour lessons.

All dogs should have good manners. Learning not to jump up on people and furniture, not to chew and destroy things which could be dangerous for your dog, not to bark excessively etc ..

Want to refine or take your dogs training to the next level?

Private obedience, coaching to help with your dogs’ existing training can be a very useful way to ameliorate your skill set.

Family K9’s most comprehensive dog training package!

Three weeks to a happy and obedient companion that you can confidently take anywhere. Your dog will receive daily lessons and playtime with the other dog as well as tons of TLC.

At the end of the dog’s training, Nick will teach you how to properly maintain your dog’s training for the rest of his/her life.

Nick’s methods are gentle and encouraging & help to strengthen the bond between human and dog. Family K9 is so confident in this service that it is backed it with a Lifetime guarantee.

This training package is in high demand with limited space available. Advanced reservations are required.

Nick & Boss – German Shepherd Dog in Training

In certain cases a consultation can prove very useful when we need to asses a dog’s behaviour prior to training. Or for those who live very far away a phone consultation is the next best thing to training together in a hands on fashion.

In-home dog training!

The leader is back @ your home!

Serving Montreal area dog owners as well as the outskirts and eastern ontario

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Videos and Dog Training Articles and blog posts important information for all dog owners interested in having a better relationship with their canine!

Cycling 100KM with my dog!

Family K9 Dog Training: Unleashing Harmony in the Montérégie Region! 🐾🏡

Attention all Montérégie pet parents! If you’re searching for a canine training experience that combines expertise, compassion, and a family-friendly approach, look no further than Family K9 Dog Training. Nestled in the heart of Montérégie, serving the regions of Vaudreuil, Hudson, Rigaud, Saint Lazare and clients from all over this premier dog training service is dedicated to transforming your four-legged family member into the well-mannered companion you’ve always dreamed of.

🌟 The Family K9 Difference: Expert Dog Trainer and Dog Owner Teacher with a Personal Touch !

Click here to read all about Family K9 Dog Training Services and get yourself and your dog on track to th best possible relationship!

Dog Trainer Montreal with Well trained puppy bulldog

A Collection of video clips of recent in kennel dog training students  

 In-kennel dog training is a popular option for those seeking comprehensive and effective training solutions. 

Understanding In-Kennel Dog Training:

In-kennel dog training, also known as board-and-train or residential training, is one fo family K9’s most popular services along with one on one lessons at your home or at the kennel as well.  Click here to find out more about Family K9’s training program and see some recent graduates in action!

Montreal dog trainer, helping dogs, overcome fears and phobias

Noise sensitive dogs – More common than you think

Our K9 companions bring boundless joy into our lives, but for some, loud noises can turn their world upside down. Whether it’s thunderstorms, fireworks, or even the clang of pots and pans in the kitchen, noise sensitivity can cause distress and anxiety in our beloved pets.  Today, we embark on a journey to understand and assist our canine companions in overcoming their noise-related woes.  Click here to read the full article and see a vide on how to help your dog with noise sensitivity


Unleashing Socialization Success for Montreal Pups

Welcoming a furry friend into your Montreal home? Discover expert tips on how to socialize your puppy, ensuring they become the bark of the town!
Click on the image to read more about how to properly socialize your dog, and watch an instructional video on socialization and obedience training.

Dog owners need to understand how to foster emotional health in their dogs. Teaching dogs that avoidance is not only ok but is actually encouraged is a very dangerous message that will doom a dog to getting locked into fear based reactions and patterns. it is a quality of life killer for both Canine and it’s owner.

Learn how to help build your dog’s confidence and how to avoid the common mistakes many dog owners make on a daily basis without even being aware they are doing it.

Another training school had told them that there was nothing they could do to help this dog and had relegated this dog to having to be boarded up behind sheets of plywood to keep it from trying to attack the other dogs in class.

Click on the image above or on this link to watch the video and hear about these dog owners’ journey of rescuing a street dog and how training helped save the dog’s life and give them all a future together.

Investing time and effort into finding the right dog trainer will not only shape your dog’s behavior but also strengthen the bond between you and your furry companion. So go ahead, embark on this exciting journey of training and watch your dog flourish under the guidance of a skilled Montreal dog trainer!

Click here to find out more about the best training services for your dog and your needs!

Dog parks are a popular place for dog owners to bring their K9 buddies.  They get to romp around and get some exercise and social interaction. Montreal (and its surrounding areas) is a very dog friendly city and as such has plenty of dog parks. So do the surrounding areas such as the West Island, the south shore and Laval.

The question is should you bring your dog to a dog park?

Click here or on the image above to read an article and watch a dog training video about the pros and cons of dog parks, as well as how to properly socialize your dog to set you and your dog up for success!


An article and videos from Montreal area, dog owners to learn about the right approach Anne Smart strategies in order to have a well-trained dog.

Click on this link to go to the article detailing important points every dog must know in order to have it all trained.

It is so easy and such a copout to blame the dog. A dog trainer should be an educator, a coach, and a motivator.  We should be guiding & building our dogs up and challenging ourselves to continuously find the right way for the individual dog in front of us.

Click on the link to see a video of this supposedly “dumb” dog in action. Far from them, he’s a wonderful, social, playful and highly trainable dog who needed a trainer that understood him and wanted to help him and his family have a good life together.

Play with a puppy should be fun and engaging for both the puppy and it’s human counterpart.

Learn how to properly play with your puppy from an expert so that you can optimize your puppies behaviour in record time and have fun together while doing it!

Click on the link to go to an article and video detailing how to properly play with your puppy.  

Sharing our lives, and our hearts with our dogs can bring lots of joy for everyone, but like everything else in life it’s important to understand the rules so that we don’t fall into problematic patterns.

Dogs want our attention and affection and of course we want to give it to them, it is best to understand the impact of our actions on earth dogs in order to understand how to enjoy your relationship with your dog without creating issues.

Click on this link or the image above to go to an article and dog training, video detailing important concepts for dog owners to understand, in order to train their demanding dogs.

Teaching a dog to focus especially under distraction is a cornerstone of good dog training.  If your dog cannot focus and be obedient when distracted it renders your training ineffective.  

“Handling a dog that cannot focus under distraction is like driving a car whose brakes only work under 30KM/H”

Here we have Popeye, a young poodle who is full of life, very sweet and playful. Click on this link or the image above to go to an article and video discussing and demonstrating important concepts in dog training in order to have a well-behaved dog around distractions.


Many dog owners make errors when trying to play fetch with their dog that ultimately cost them their enjoyment of the game.

Fetch can be a wonderful way to give your dog exercise and enjoyable activity that you can share with your dog.

Click on this link to go to a video detailing, some of the more common stakes, dog owners, make when trying to play fetch with their dogs and learn how to properly play this game with your dog.

No more pulling on leash

Focused heeling, communication and cooperation.

From playful dogs who pull on leash to get everywhere quicker to dog reactive dogs.

Dog Training for special needs dogs

Dogs possess very impressive adaptability

Teaching canine manners

Teaching dogs not to jump up, not to bite or bark excessively or steal/destroy  items

Reactive dog Training

Dog Training with an expert who has been providing dog training solutions for 3 decades!  

Help improve your dog’s behaviour today!

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