Does your dog listen to you? Does your dog frustrate you ?
Does your dog stop whatever he or she is doing when you say NO?
Can your dog walk on a leash without pulling?
Does your dog react towards other dogs or people?
I use dog psychology! Understanding how dog`s think and therefore behave. All behavior has meaning.
Using positive reinforcement without treats(no negotiating) and physical pain(no prong collar or E-collar).
Building a good working relationship with your dog through obedience training.
I am located near Deep Cove
in North Vancouver BC Canada.
I will come to see you if you live within 30 mins driving time.
North Vancouver BC
West Vancouver BC
Near the second narrow bridge
If you live outside of my service areas but you would like me to teach you, you can come to see me in North Vancouver BC.
I am fully vaccinated and follow work safe
COVID-19 safety protocol
Graduated and works at the International College of Canine Behavioral Science.
A canine behaviorist with more than 20 years of experience helping dog owners build a good relationship with their dogs, as well as teaching people how to become dog trainers.
My focus is to educate and help dog owners deal with their dog`s specific behavioral problems.
I was born in Tokyo. I moved to Canada in 1996.
I graduated from the International College of Canine Behavioral Science.
I took a professional dog trainer beginner program, an advanced obedience instructor agility program, a recreational tracking training program, and a personal protection training program.
I have been an instructor at the International College of Canine Behavioral Science since 2002 and still teach students who wanted to be dog trainers. I also started my own dog training business in North Vancouver BC and had a radio show on a Japanese station giving dog behavioral advice and training tips for over 8 years.
As a canine behaviorist, it is very important to understand how our dog thinks and behaves. That is why I educate and help dog owners understand their own dog and improve their communication with it.
My approach to each dog is different because all dogs have different personalities. The right training approach is the key to succeed. My mottos are "there are no stupid dogs" and "all behavior has meaning".
I love to help dog owners and their dogs have a happy life together. So, please contact me for a personal consultation.
All behavior has meaning. I will assess your dog and in its environment. Are your dog`s behavioral problems coming from breed related instinct or life experience or trauma ? I would like to find out the cause of the behavior. Then I will suggest some solutions for your dog`s specific behavioral problems with considering your dog`s breed and personality. Also I will explain our training theory and approach.
Subject covers: Diet and health, Vaccinations, Developmental stages, Fear cycle, Socialization with people and dogs, how to communicate with puppy, Teaching good behavior, Positive reinforcement & Positive association, Toilet training, Mouthing, Chewing, Crate training, Walking nicely on a leash, Jumping up on people ect
Consultation and assessment for a dog that has aggression problem.
One hour Obedience Training Lesson
I will coach you and teach you how to train your dog.
Pre paid 5 one hour training lessons
You have to have a consultation appt before purchasing this package.
Expires 6 months from the purchase date.
"I've had the pleasure of working with Yasuko since my puppy was only a few months old. Knowing my dog would be big I wanted to ensure I had the best knowledge to build a good relationship with her, and minimize any difficulties. Having had well behaved dogs all my life I appreciated Yasuko's kind, intelligent and supportive style when I needed to learn more. Yasuko brought out the best in me and my dog and I recommend her highly for anyone wanting to improve their relationship with their dog."
I really appreciate Yasuko's care and dedication to help Tonka! I looked for a dog trainer because when a guest came over to my house he would jump up on people, hump them and nip at their feet!! She came first for a consultation which I thought was by the hour but she stayed until I had exhausted every question possible! She was extremely patient with us and wow did I learn a lot!! At my house she assessed how Tonka and I relate to each other and our behavior. I learned so much I bought a package of lessons which was worth every penny!! She trained us to build our relationship instead of using treats which is extremely valuable since Tonka is a bulldog and is already a big boy. Tonka has become very polite with my guests now and we're working on outdoor leash training. I highly recommend this training!!!!
Thank you Yasuko!!!
"Awwwwwwww, thank you Yasuko! You are sooooo good for our boy, we just can`t thank you enough"
"You are a magician! Your advise is already working! Thank you so much!"
Yasuko Bonkowski is an Expert Trainer dedicated to building relationships between humans and animals.
A few years ago we adopted an Australian Kelpie (Working Dog), not knowing the history or the breed (just knowing she was headed to a kill facility). When it comes to a rescue. You don't know what you are getting, you have no idea what that dog's been through, or what is ahead of you. You can only hope to love them and it is well received.
Lesson One, Yasuko took the time to tell us about Australian Kelpies, their history, and their imprinted DNA… Strong-Willed mind of her own, is smart, versatile, and capable – when well trained and well exercised can learn almost anything, and requires a confident owner who can take charge.
Lesson Two, seeing and understanding what Yasuko could do that I could not; within minutes my dog was responding to commands… Yasuko then told me to do the same. It wasn’t about training the dog, it was about training the owner.
Lesson Three, building a relationship (trust); from the first day of training (within minutes) Yasuko had a bond with my dog, and as if without saying a word, she (my dog) said I’m ready to be trained.
In a very short period of time, I was no-longer being dragged up the hill or had to wonder if she was going to attack or go after another dog. Other Dog Owners see my dog today, and ask is that the same dog… and I say Yasuko. Other Services – We have also used their Dog Walking Service since 2020
I can’t say enough about what Yasuko has given me other than Smile and say Peace of Mind… and yes my Australian Kelpie can spot Yasuko 3 blocks away by just the sound of her voice; as Yasuko is training another Dog Owner
Yasuko has helped our rescue dog Jimmy. Her training methods are ethical and positive (no treats or shock collar required!). When Jimmy first came to us, we felt helpless as Jimmy showed aggression as well as severe anxiety. She has helped my family to understand Jimmy's behaviours, which allowed us to bond with Jimmy quickly. Unlike some other training methods, Yasuko likes to give everyone enough time to practice training tips and tricks. We are so happy and lucky to work with her. I highly recommend Yasuko to anyone who wishes to not only train their dogs but to bond with them as well. Thank you so much!
I have known Yasuko for almost 8 years, since our dog (Levi) was 8 weeks old and since then Levi stays with her at least once a week and while we are away.
Every one knows how stubborn Shibas are and with Yasuko’s training skills everyone are impressed by Levi’s behaviour.
She is amazing. Levi loves her more than us ❤️
We couldn't be happier with the service Dog Training for Life has provided us over the past 6 years. We noticed a positive change in Rudy's behaviour right from the first training session. Yasuko and her trainers are professional and truly care about the dogs they are training (and the humans too!). We would highly recommend services from Dog Training for Life. 5 stars are well deserved!
I used Yasuko Bonkowski of Dog Training for Life about 2 years ago for training with our dog Bailey a husky shepherd. Yasuko was awesome and helped immensely with Bailey. She has a wonderful demeanor and is very knowledgeable. She really understands dogs. I would highly recommend her for any dog training. We have used her for follow up sessions and have been been extremely happy with the help she has provided.
Yasuko has been a great trainer and supporter of my very fearful rescue Olivia. She came recommended by a friend, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Yasuko is patient, kind, and gentle and it’s evident in how responsive my dog is. She is not only helping me help Olivia succeed, but me too by building my confidence. If you’re thinking about finding a trainer to help you with your dog, look no further.
Thank you Yasuko for all you’ve done for Liv and I! Can’t wait to see you again soon
経歴：東京で生まれ育ち、1996年にカナダに渡りました。The International College of Canine Behavioral Scienceを卒業。Professional dog trainer beginner program, advance obedience instructor agility program, recreation tracking training program, persnoal protection training program を修了。
訓練士として20年以上の経験を持ち、またThe International Collage of Canine Behavioral Science にて講師としても訓練士の育成に携わっています。
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