Obedience training isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity.

Why? Because a well-behaved dog is a happy, confident dog.
And every dog deserves to be happy and confident.

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Obedience training is about more than just “sit” and “stay”.

Real dog training is about developing the relationship between dog and owner to the best it can be.
It means building a solid training foundation so that you and your dog can exist in the real world in harmony.

(And to be honest, it’s just as much about training people as it is about dogs.)

Do you want a well-balanced dog? Are you willing to put in the work?

If so, we can help.

dog training in Ottawa, Ontario & TAMPA, Florida

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to “fix” your dog, we aren’t the company for you.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and in our opinion, neither is a well-balanced dog. But the results are so, so worth it. If you think the Coliseum is beautiful, wait until you see a bright-eyed and happy dog heeling perfectly beside his owner, making eye contact, eagerly awaiting the next command.

With puppy programs, one-on-one training, rehabilitation programs, competition training, police and military team training, and everything in between, every dog and owner can find what they need with The Working K9.

How You can work with The Working K9

01

Consultation

Training is not one-size-fits-all! Send us an e-mail so we can determine what you need, what your dog needs, and how we can help.

02

Initial Training

Depending on your goals and your dog’s current obedience level and issues, your dog may benefit from private training sessions, or a board and train.

03

Ongoing Training

Training should be something you and your dog are always working on together. Come to our “Open Gym” training days or register for one of our many workshops to keep those skills sharp.

Meet Your Trainers

Veronica Chircop

Born and raised in Ottawa, ON with family roots in the Czech Republic, Veronica has always had a passion for animals both big and small. Anyone who knows her knows that she doesn’t settle – she does everything at full speed and maximum effort.

Veronica will use every single bit of her extensive experience to bring out the absolute best in you and your dog and won’t settle for anything less.

Tell Me More!

She’s got show and sport titles to spare on several dogs, and a resume a mile long that includes training service dogs, Temperament Testing for A-class breeders, and training and teaching both police and military dogs across Canada and the United States.

So, she turned her passion into a lifestyle, created a company (and then another one), and aimed to be the best. Happy Tails Pet Care Services and The Working K9 are now leading their respective industries and have over 20 staff, combined.

She won’t sugar-coat anything, but she’ll be your (and your dog’s!) biggest cheerleader.

But what you really need to know about her is that she works hard and expects you to work hard too.

Mead

Although Mead grew up surrounded by animals yet holding a degree in human Psychology as well as finishing up her B.Ed., her passion for doing more with dogs truly kicked in when she brought home a little white fluff named Mac – a Great Pyr x Golden Retriever pup a few years ago.

Mead continues to learn everything and anything she can, even after going through Veronica’s apprentice trainer program, making her the General Manger of Veronica’s first company (Happy Tails Pet Care Services Inc.) for a few years, and now being the General Manager of The Working K9.

Tell Me More!

Mead currently runs all-things Ottawa for The Working K9, and you can catch her teaching workshops and teaching classes, hosting pack walks rain or shine, continuing her ongoing dog training education, and so much more!

In Mead’s spare time, you can catch her at the gym and enjoying some social time with her friends and family.

Whether you want a companion, service dog, protection dog, hunting dog, show dog, or anything in between, Veronica can make it happen.

(If you really want to analyze her credentials, here you go. You’ll need a few minutes.)

Certifications & Highlights
  • FitPaws Dealer (2020)
  • Sponsorships/Ambassador with
  • Fromm Family Foods (since 2020)
  • Sponsorships/Ambassador with Vessi Footwear (2020)
  • Sponsorship/Ambassador with Naturawls (2020)
  • American Kennel Club approved AKC FIT DOG! club (since 2020)
  • E-Collar Technologies Dealer (since 2020)
  • American Kennel Club Judge for: AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, AKC Canine Good Neighbor, AKC Community Canine, AKC Urban Canine, and AKC Trick Dog tests (since 2019)
  • Sponsorship/Ambassador with Gunner Kennels (since 2019)
  • Forrest Micke at First Dog: Westwood, NJ (2019)
  • Firearms Training – Florida Firearms Academy: Tampa, FL (2018)
  • The Balanced Dog – Brian Agnew: Thousand Islands, ON (2018)
  • Seminars and private training with Ivan Balabanov of Ot Vitosha Malinois & Premier Protection dogs: Plant City, FL (since 2016)
  • Private training with Natalia Balabanov of Canine Instincts Solutions: Sarasota, FL (2016-2020)
  • Ongoing training/mentorship with Greg & Theresa Chan of ConnQuest Dobermans: Newtonville, ON (since 2016)
  • OHS Pet First Aid: Ottawa, ON (2015)
  • Director – Dames Saving Danes Rescue: Ottawa, ON (2015)
  • Volunteer & Adoption Coordinator – Friendly Giants Dog Rescue: Ottawa, ON (2013-2014)
  • Founded Happy Tails Pet Care Services: Ottawa, ON (2011)
  • Protection & Self Awareness Course: Ottawa, ON (2008)
  • CanWest CanSpell: Ottawa, ON (2007)
  • Emergency Vet Course: Ottawa, ON (2006)
  • B.A.S.S: Ottawa, ON (2006)
Experience
  • Obedience (Schutzhund/IGP, Rally Obedience, Competitive Obedience, etc.)
  • Protection (Schutzhund/IGP, Police/Military K9 Criminal Apprehension, etc.)
  • Scent (Tracking, Scent Boxes, etc.)
  • Agility (Intro/Basic to Competitive)
  • Service Dog (PTSD, Autism, etc.)
  • Conformation (Handling, Baiting/shaping/luring, etc.)

Selected Memberships
  • Doberman Pinscher Club of Canada
  • American Working Malinois Association
  • North America Diving Dog
  • International Association of Canine Professionals
  • American Kennel Club
  • Canadian Kennel Club
  • German Shepherd Schutzhund Club of Canada
  • IPO Ottawa
  • Pet Sitters International
Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Czech

What does your dog need?

Services For Every Dog

Assessments

$100

Not sure what the best training route is for your dog? Veronica will take 30 minutes to assess your pup and give you her expert opinion on what will work best for your dog. Don’t worry, she won’t hold back. (This option is great for dog rescues who want to know where their intakes stand.)

Treadmill Training

$17

Exercising your dog on a treadmill is a fantastic mental and physical workout. (And perfect for those extra hot or cold days when exercising outside just is not possible.)

Learn all the techniques you will need to teach your dog to run on a treadmill with confidence in this easy-to-follow video and step-by-step written instructions.

Boarding

Starts at $50/day

Your pet will receive the same love and attention while you are away as when you are home! In your home or ours, your pet will receive care day and night, including walks, playtime, administering medication, and meeting specific feeding requirements. Your pet will thrive with their routine intact.ile you are away.

Private Training

Private Sessions

$150

Start from the basics or fine-tune your training: during private sessions, anything goes. Veronica will give you and your dog her undivided attention to work on whatever skills you decide warrant work. Expect her to give you homework! There is no set time limit, but sessions usually last 1-2 hours and typically occur in your home.

Board & Train

$2500+

When your dog enrolls in the Board and Train program, there is no moment that isn’t a training moment. Day in and day out, Veronica will work with your dog on their issues. Seeing your dog in their daily environment offers her a unique look into their behaviours and allows her every opportunity to correct and teach.

Typically, Veronica asks for a minimum of three weeks to work with your dog. Just like you’d assume: the more time the better – she’ll work with you to determine the best length of time for your goals. At the end of the board and train, Veronica will work with you to ensure you can continue building on the foundation she creates with your dog.

(Because dog training also means people training!)

 

Group Training

Open Gym

$10 for non-clients, free for WK9 clients

Open Gym in the CrossFit world means clients can drop in and use any and all the equipment provided to their heart’s content. Open Gym in the Working K9 world means the same thing – except instead of working on your body, you’re working on your dog. Drop in any time during Open Gym to work on confidence building, leash skills, agility, reactivity, basic commands, etc. in a fun, safe, and controlled environment with other liked-minded dog people. A WK9 trainer is available on site to answer any questions.

Classes, Workshops & Seminars

Pricing varies

Check out our Facebook page for upcoming classes, workshops and seminar dates under the ‘events’ tabs. We always have something on the go: from Heeling to Agility, there is something for every age, stage, and experience level.

Specialty Training

Police & Military

We have worked with police and military teams across North America on K9 target training, criminal apprehension, building searches, range days, single-purpose, dual-purpose, and more.

Please send us an email if your team is interested in working with us!

Competitive Team

New to competing? Need help refining your skills? Preparing for an upcoming competition? 

The Working K9 Show Team is all about regular and consistent training, supporting one another, and coming home with ribbons. Join the #dreamteam; get ready to hit the road and make a ton of new friends.

Assessments

$100

Not sure what the best training route is for your dog? Veronica will take 30 minutes to assess your pup and give you her expert opinion on what will work best for your dog. Don’t worry, she won’t hold back. (This option is great for dog rescues who want to know where their intakes stand.)

Treadmill Training

$17

Exercising your dog on a treadmill is a fantastic mental and physical workout. (And perfect for those extra hot or cold days when exercising outside just is not possible.) Learn all the techniques you will need to teach your dog to run on a treadmill with confidence in this easy-to-follow video and step-by-step written instructions.

Boarding

Starts at $50/day

Your pet will receive the same love and attention while you are away as when you are home! In your home or ours, your pet will receive care day and night, including walks, playtime, administering medication, and meeting specific feeding requirements. Your pet will thrive with their routine intact.

Private Sessions

$150

Start from the basics or fine-tune your training: during private sessions, anything goes. Veronica will give you and your dog her undivided attention to work on whatever skills you decide warrant work. Expect her to give you homework! There is no set time limit, but sessions usually last 1-2 hours and typically occur in your home.

Board & Train

$2500+

When your dog enrolls in the Board and Train program, there is no moment that isn’t a training moment. Day in and day out, Veronica will work with your dog on their issues. Seeing your dog in their daily environment offers her a unique look into their behaviours and allows her every opportunity to correct and teach.

Typically, Veronica asks for a minimum of three weeks to work with your dog. Just like you’d assume: the more time the better – she’ll work with you to determine the best length of time for your goals. At the end of the board and train, Veronica will work with you to ensure you can continue building on the foundation she creates with your dog.

(Because dog training also means people training!)

Open Gym

$10 for non-clients, free for WK9 clients

Open Gym in the CrossFit world means clients can drop in and use any and all the equipment provided to their heart’s content. Open Gym in the Working K9 world means the same thing – except instead of working on your body, you’re working on your dog. Drop in any time during Open Gym to work on confidence building, leash skills, agility, reactivity, basic commands, etc. in a fun, safe, and controlled environment with other liked-minded dog people. A WK9 trainer is available on site to answer any questions.

Classes, Workshops & Seminars

Pricing varies

Check out our Facebook page for upcoming classes, workshops and seminar dates under the ‘events’ tabs. We always have something on the go: from Heeling to Agility, there is something for every age, stage, and experience level.

Police & Military

We have worked with police and military teams across North America on K9 target training, criminal apprehension, building searches, range days, single-purpose, dual-purpose, and more.

Please send us an email if your team is interested in working with us!

Competitive Team

New to competing? Need help refining your skills? Preparing for an upcoming competition?

The Working K9 Show Team is all about regular and consistent training, supporting one another, and coming home with ribbons. Join the #dreamteam; get ready to hit the road and make a ton of new friends.

Success Stories

“Veronica has worked wonders with the few sessions already with our rescue fur baby. Her expert experience along with excellent skills in passing along training techniques you can apply for the regular day to day of dog ownership is appreciated. Her knowledge of different breeds and adapting the different aspects of training to various issues is invaluable. I went from wondering if I was even equipped to handle this more difficult breed with a troubled history as an owner, to now someday thinking we might have some dog agility skills in our future.”

– Christine Higgins-Azziz

(Adopted Bully Mix)

“Veronica is highly talented and does amazing things. She has been amazing with Freedom Dog Rescue Dogs.”

– Brigitt Larsen

(Founder of Freedom Dog Rescue)

“I love attending workshops and open gyms with Veronica. She is always pushing you and your dog to work, to learn more. Love it and can’t wait to attend more workshops!”

– Demi Tremblay

(Ex-RCMP German Shepherd)

“Veronica is super knowledgeable, caring, honest and gives you the best tools to become a better dog owner! Thank you Veronica for working with our family!”

– Adriana Rincon

(Multiple Small Breed Dogs)

“Phenomenal trainer! Highly recommend!”

– Stephanie Hoad

(Hound Mix Puppy)

“In the beginning of 2019 Veronica and I crossed paths, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Despite her heavy work load, traveling back and forth between Canada and the US, she promptly made time for myself and my dogs. We got in a lengthy training session and from there we clicked. Veronica has not only played a huge part in furthering my knowledge as a Military Working Dog handler, but also my wife’s success with our two personal dogs who are both Belgian Malinois. Her expertise, knowledge, and dedication set her apart from other trainers. My wife and I highly recommend Veronica and her team.”

– Anthony Hu

(US Air Force MWD Handler)

Meet The Current Canines

Liška

(S Liska Ot Vitosha CGN TKA RA SD ATD DS DM BH RATI RN) | DOB: December 2016

Liška was definitely a gift – she was born on Christmas Day! She comes from one of the top trainers in the world and two time world champion Ivan Balabanov’s Malinois kennel: Ot Vitosha Malinois & Premier Protection Dogs in Plant City, Florida. Her canine father, Ebor Ot Vitosha, was AWMA Champion in 2014, 2015, and 2016, and AWDF Champion in 2015 and 2016 – with absolutely nothing left to prove, Ebor was retired from the competitive world. Liška’s pedigree is first class.

Her name speaks to her heritage: her canine mother Accola is Czech, and her human mother (Veronica) is too! Her commands are all in Czech to honour this unique heritage.

Liška has plethora of commands in two different languages, holds double digit titles across two countries, and lives a life some dogs only ever dream of. From flying first class, to doing send outs and long bites with range-work going on in the background, to jumping off of 10 ft cement walls into the ocean, and taking down a 200lbs man like he’s a bag of leaves – she is the definition of badass.

Yeti

(F Yeti Ot Vitosha DJ CGC CGCU CGCA TKA RATI RN DS BH) | DOB: November 2018

Named after the cooler brand, Yeti is another Malinois from Ot Vitosha Malinois & Premier Protection Dogs. Yeti’s canine father C’Odin Ot Vitosha is an absolute beast, and hall of fame grandfather Qenny is the one and only American bred dog (of ANY breed!) to win the title of World Champion. He comes from phenomenal stock, and has taken on his pedigree’s uncompromising, powerful, and dominant traits in the competitive world.

Despite Brandon’s busy schedule as a physician, and Veronica’s busy schedule running two companies in not one but two countries, Yeti is worked almost daily. We respect the potential of our dogs, so we make time – no matter what – to train our dogs, and this pup is no exception. As a result, Yeti is already proving himself on the Schutzhund field. He earned his first title at the ripe age of 10 months.

Yeti

(F Yeti Ot Vitosha DJ CGC CGCU CGCA TKN) | DOB: November 2018

Named after the cooler brand, Yeti is another Malinois from Ot Vitosha Malinois & Premier Protection Dogs. Despite Brandon’s busy schedule as a physician, and Veronica’s full training schedule with Liška and the rest of the WK9 client crew, Yeti is worked daily. We respect the a-class pedigree and potential of our dogs, so we make time – no matter what – to train our dogs, and this young pup is no exception. As a result, Yeti is well on his way to really proving himself on the Schutzhund field in the Spring of 2020. He has already been exposed to show and trial grounds, and even earned his first title at the ripe age of 10 months. Yeti has a very promising future ahead of him as a sport and working dog!

Síla

(CH ConnQuest Million Miles an Hour v Kelview TKN) | DOB: December 2019

Síla’s name means “strong” in Czech, and she lives up to her name in every sense! DPCA Nationals 2020 Futurity nominated, Síla is feisty and sleek, and a real force to be reckoned with – but that is to be expected with her amazing breeders. Her mother, the indomitable Khalessi, was awarded two Best Puppy in Shows in her first show weekend alone and finished her Canadian Championship in two weekends. Her father is an American Champion himself whose lines are filled with Champion and Grand Champion dogs. During her second show weekend ever, Síla – who was only 14 months old at the time, came home with a Best In Show as well as a Reserve Best In Show – we’d be lying if we said tears weren’t shed.

Síla has a very bright future ahead of her in the show ring and we couldn’t be more excited to show her off.

Síla

(CH ConnQuest Million Miles an Hour v Kelview TKN) | DOB: December 2019

Síla’s name means “strong” in Czech, and she lives up to her name in every sense! DPCA Nationals 2020 Futurity nominated, Síla is feisty and sleek, and a real force to be reckoned with – but that is to be expected with her amazing breeders. Her mother, the indomitable Khalessi, was awarded two Best Puppy in Shows in her first show weekend alone and finished her Canadian Championship in two weekends. Her father is an American Champion himself whose lines are filled with Champion and Grand Champion dogs. During her second show weekend ever, Síla – who was only 14 months old at the time, came home with a Best In Show as well as a Reserve Best In Show – we’d be lying if we said tears weren’t shed.

Síla has a very bright future ahead of her in the show ring and we couldn’t be more excited to show her off.

Sage

(SOK’s Sage TKN) | DOB: May 2020

Sage gets her name from the fly-fishing brand, which is appropriate for this hunting dog! Sage has already demonstrated her propensity for the water, and Brandon is looking forward to hunting waterfowl with her for sport (alongside her competing with Veronica in AKC/UKC field trials and hunt tests, of course)!

Sage is out of the famous “Hank the Tank” from world-class Southern Oak Kennels, one of the best-built Labradors you’re ever likely to lay eyes on. Hank snagged his HRCH title before he turned two and never looked back. Sage gets her unbelievable work ethic from not only Hank but canine mom “Dixie”, another Southern Oak Kennels phenom.

Sage

(SOK’s Sage TKN) | DOB: May 2020

Sage gets her name from the fly-fishing brand, which is appropriate for this hunting dog! Sage has already demonstrated her propensity for the water, and Brandon is looking forward to hunting waterfowl with her for sport (alongside her competing with Veronica in AKC/UKC field trials and hunt tests, of course)!

Sage is out of the famous “Hank the Tank” from world-class Southern Oak Kennels, one of the best-built Labradors you’re ever likely to lay eyes on. Hank snagged his HRCH title before he turned two and never looked back. Sage gets her unbelievable work ethic from not only Hank but canine mom “Dixie”, another Southern Oak Kennels phenom.