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 Trainer

Veronica Malkova

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.

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 (2020)
  • Sponsorships/Ambassador with Vessi Footwear (2020)
  • Sponsorship/Ambassador with Naturawls (2020)
  • American Kennel Club approved AKC FIT DOG! club (2020)
  • E-Collar Technologies Dealer (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 (2019)
  • Sponsorship/Ambassador with Gunner Kennels (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)
  • Ongoing training/mentorship with Ivan Balabanov of Ot Vitosha Malinois & Premier Protection dogs: Plant City, FL (since 2016)
  • Ongoing training with Natalia Balabanov (since 2016)
  • Ongoing work 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.

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.

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) | DOB: December 2016

Liška was definitely a gift – she was born on Christmas Day! She comes from one of the top – if not 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 name speaks to her heritage: her canine mother Accola is Czech, and her human mother (Veronica) is too! Her name and commands are all in Czech to honour this unique heritage, as well.

Liška is not only Veronica’s demo dog, with a plethora of commands in two different languages and holds double digit titles across two countries, but also lives a life some dogs only ever dream of. From flying first class to various countries, to doing send outs and long bites with range-work going on in the background, to jumping off of 10 ft cement walls in to the Ocean, and even taking down a 200lbs man like he’s a bag of leaves – she is the definition of badass and the centre of Veronica’s whole world!

Yeti

(F Yeti Ot Vitosha DJ CGC CGCU CGCA TKA) | 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!

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!

Zeus

(CGN TKN) | DOB: June 2014

Zeus is a Yorkshire Terrier and was welcomed in as a foster in August 2014. We quickly fell in love with him after seeing how well he adjusted and took to Veronica’s training program. The prospect of giving him up was too much after we saw his potential, so we decided to keep him! We got him at a bare 9 weeks old, as an owner surrender, and he’s adjusted so well. He has a mighty personality – hence his name – and of course his cuteness gets all the attention from the humans. This little fella’s favourite activity is showing off all his tricks to those who come over and hunting the property like a machine.

Zeus

(CGN TKN) | DOB: June 2014

Zeus is a Yorkshire Terrier and was welcomed in as a foster in August 2014. We quickly fell in love with him after seeing how well he adjusted and took to Veronica’s training program. The prospect of giving him up was too much after we saw his potential, so we decided to keep him! We got him at a bare 9 weeks old, as an owner surrender, and he’s adjusted so well. He has a mighty personality – hence his name – and of course his cuteness gets all the attention from the humans. This little fella’s favourite activity is showing off all his tricks to those who come over and hunting the property like a machine.