Changing The Lives of Fearful, Reactive & Aggressive Dogs
Around The World

Behavior Concerns Addressed - Anxiety, Fears, Phobias, Aggression, On and off leash reactivity, Not Taking Food Outside, Same Household Aggression, Excessive barking, Fear of Fireworks or other noises, digging up the garden, inappropriate chewing, Pulling on the Leash, Inability to Settle, and many more...

reward-based behavior modification

that lasts a lifetime!

Expert virtual coaching you (and your dog) can feel great about.
Working with R+Dogs is different. We are shifting the landscape of what dog guardianship feels and looks like.

Sharing your life with a dog shouldn't involve power struggles, control and restriction. Instead of working against your dog, we show you how to work with them by looking through the lenses of knowledge, compassion, and appreciation.

Your perspective on dogs will be forever altered by our remote coaching.
"The “reward-based” behavior modification method promotes a dog-centric approach that highlights companionship over dominance and promotes a balance of human and dog desires and needs. It is critical for us to realize that dog training is just as much, if not more, about training humans as it for training dogs."   

- Greenbaum, 2010

"Love is not about possession, its all about appreciation."

- Chinese Proverb

Group Coaching

Group services are great for learning along side like minded individuals who can offer additional support.

Resolving Reactivity

Help your fearful or fired-up dog learn that the world isn't such an overstimulating place. (Suitable for dogs over 6 months of age)
All services are held online via Zoom
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Group Coaching

Group services are great for learning along side like minded individuals who can offer additional support.

Ace’n Adolescence

Support and guidance for those rough teenage years! (Suitable for dogs 6 months to 2.5 years old)
All services are held online via Zoom
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Group Coaching

Group services are great for learning along side like minded individuals who can offer additional support.

Calm the Fluff Down

Teach your dog how to have some chill. (Suitable for dogs 12 months and up)
All services are held online via Zoom
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Private Coaching

Private services are perfect for in-depth one to one help for guardians that require more personalised focused help.

Behavior Assessment

All new clients must start with our in-depth Initial Behavior Assessment. In this session we will take a deep-dive into your dog's history, routines and their mental and physical wellness to date.
All services are held online via Zoom
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Private Coaching

Private services are perfect for in-depth one to one help for guardians that require more personalised focused help.

Empower Package

You must first have a Initial Assessment before purchasing this package. In your Assessment you will be guided on which package is most suitable for you and your individual needs.
All services are held online via Zoom
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Private Coaching

Private services are perfect for in-depth one to one help for guardians that require more personalised focused help.

Thrive Package

You must first have a Initial Assessment before purchasing this package. In your Assessment you will be guided on which package is most suitable for you and your individual needs.
All services are held online via Zoom
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Virtual Coaching is the Perfect Way to Get the Guidance You Need

How does virtual training work?
Virtual training works very similar to "traditional" training in that you are at the centre of your dog's behavior change. Each individual dog team's journey with us will look different. Sometimes we focus more on your needs so that you can be the type of dog guardian you want to be, sometimes we focus more on coaching you through training exercises.

When exercises are set you will be provided resources to help you complete the training in your own time. Using our exclusive "Text the Expert" service you will be able to communicate directly with your dog pro, asking questions and get feedback in between your live Coaching Sessions to help you reach your goals. Everything will be explained and laid out for you within you Initial Assessment so that you feel confident and excited to get started!
But I’m not good with technology!
Working with us is much easier than you think! We work via Zoom which is used all over the world to connect people to experts, students, family and friends. The program takes only a couple minutes to download and you can use it on a phone, tablet or computer. From here you will just need to click the link that we will send to you in your confirmation email and - that is it, you're learning online with one of our experts live in front of you. It really is that convenient!
Wait, don't you need to see my dog's behavior?
No. We don't want to see your dog's undesirable behavior at all. We will request videos of you working with your dog on the tasks we assign, but we will never ask you to put your dog in a situation where they are likely to become stressed, reactive, or have a history of discomfort. There are many benefits to virtual coaching, including you not having to worry about your dog's behavior or stress level during the session. Your dog can even sleep through the session if they want!

The goal from the moment we start working together is to minimize the rehearsal of your dog's unwanted behavior. The Initial Assessment will provide us with all the information we need to understand your concerns and start formulating a plan of action.
Why does private coaching start with an Assessment?
The Assessment is a critical step that allows us to focus on your concerns and determine the best course of treatment for your dog. Prior to the Assessment, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire that will provide us with a good estimate of your dog and the issues you have. During the Assessment, we will ask additional questions and carefully listen to your responses to fill in any gaps that may exist. At the end of the Assessment we will provide you with a behavior prognosis and tailored options to reach your goals. Many clients express they feel reassured and ready to get started at the end of the Assessment which is exactly how you should feel!
What is your training philosophy?
Our training philosophy is steeped in behavioral science so it is not "ours", but has been used by experts in the field for years. Scientific evidence supports learning through positive reinforcement so this is what we follow - for you and your dog! We also know that behavior goes deeper than just how an animal acts. Behavior can be influenced by many different factors and it is our job as the experts to look at the "big picture" rather than just teaching you how to modify your dog's actions. The key to any successful relationship is compromise. Our expertise is in combining your needs and those of your dog to make your lives easier - and more enjoyable!

To be clear, our coaching does not include the use of force, fear or intimidation as that has no place in the learning process for sentient animals. Understanding your dog (as a dog and an individual) is the first step towards a better relationship and that is what we are all about!
What are the training tools you will recommend to me?
The good news is that you most likely already have the tools we recommend. We will ask you (and assist you) in determining what motivates your dog so that you can use it as currency. Dogs, like humans, act in their own self-interest, so we want to know what your dog likes and use that to our advantage. Food is the most common form of reward, but toys, play, touch, encouragement, and the environment can also be used. If you want to use a clicker, just let your expert know (otherwise verbal markers will be taught).

We recommend a well-fitting harness and different length leashes for your dog's equipment. We have suggestions for keeping track of your progress to make your virtual experience as easy and successful as possible, but this can be done using a modern mobile phone. All of this will be thoroughly covered in your Assessment.
Will you work with me if I have used different methods?
Absolutely! In fact, a sizable portion of our clients come from a background of using corrections/punishment. We recognize all too well what information is available to the public and how quick fixes can look and feel like the answer when you are desperate to help your dog! Working with us is a judgement-free experience all of our clients. We know you want the best for your dog otherwise you wouldn't be seeking us out! What we do ask is that you are open and honest with us while we are working together as it is important for us to know your dog's complete history. Our positive, compassionate approach is not just for the dogs! 

Meet

Renee Rhoades

Founder and Owner of R+Dogs

R+Dogs was my dream, but it took me a few years to realize it. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to help improve the world for animals; I just didn't know what that actually looked like. In my early teens, I started in dog and cat rescue before moving to veterinary medicine and finally finding my way into canine training and behavior. My passion for animal welfare, ethics, and evidence-based practices merged with my adoration for dogs, and then everything clicked together. This is my calling. And so R+Dogs was born, and it is blossoming into everything I have always wanted it to be - and more!

There should be no barrier when it comes to accessing accurate information, but as is the way with behavior, blanket advice lacks nuance when presented to the general public. Because of this it is important to me to provide varied ways to access humane learning materials. Educational materials such as our podcast (DogLogical) and social media feeds to help spread ethical information to the general public. On-demand webinars and eBooklets provide low-cost, high-value options for those on a tight budget. Our group coaching can help you realize you are not alone by connecting you with a community of dog guardians who understand and can provide additional support as you learn. And for those who want to go deeper with their dogs, we provide tailored, individual support through private coaching no matter where you are in the world.

I'm obsessed with dogs, but I'm even more obsessed with helping you and your dog live the life you deserve.

R+Dogs was my dream, but it took me a few years to realize it. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to help improve the world for animals; I just didn't know what that actually looked like. In my early teens, I started in dog and cat rescue before moving to veterinary medicine and finally finding my way into canine training and behavior. My passion for animal welfare, ethics, and evidence-based practices merged with my adoration for dogs, and then everything clicked together. This is my calling. And so R+Dogs was born, and it is blossoming into everything I have always wanted it to be - and more!

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Why us?

Did you know that to be a librarian, you need to have a degree, but anyone can claim to be a "dog professional" and start charging money? While many may not consider it, dog training and certainly behavior are sectors of the mental health field.

Dogs are animals much like us, with thoughts, emotions, and desires. Attempting to change an animal's behavior necessitates a tremendous amount of knowledge and skill, all while operating within a solid ethical framework.

Because the dog industry is unregulated, it falls on the individual to choose education, if at all, and at what level. At R+Dogs we are committed to not only degree-level education but also the dedication and passion to never stop learning. You can rest assured that we really are top experts in our industry.

Alongside our drive for continued education, here are four other principles to which we are loyal to:
  • A convenient and effective remote training model
  • Using modern methods rooted in ethics and welfare
  • An inclusive, non-judgmental approach
  • Empowering humans to think critically about dog behavior and guardianship
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