About Us

Fangs But No Fangs works with all types of behavioural issues involving you and your dog. We specialize in aggression, but we are by no means limited to just that field. Some of the problems that pet owners call for help with include:

Aggressive behaviour towards strangers, Aggressive behaviour towards other dogs, Possessiveness, Dominance issues, growling or snapping at the owners, Inappropriate behaviour with children, Shyness, Housebreaking, Stealing food, Lunging or growling while on leash at dogs or people, Destructiveness in the home, Inappropriate barking, Chasing cars, bikes and squirrels while on or off leash, Inappropriate play with the family or other dogs, Dog sibling issues including fighting or barking, Generally rude, overly exuberant greeting behaviours, And more! We work with all sizes of dogs and all sizes of problems to resolve your issues before they get out of hand!

Fangs But No Fangs is proud to work using current scientifically supported teaching techniques. Our methodology is change through appropriate application of learning theory and resource control. We do not promote confrontational or force based methods.

How Does It Work?

Congratulations! You’ve decided to take the first step on the road to helping your dog and working through their problems. Oftentimes, this is the hardest thing to do! Now what happens? We book a consultation time for you. For basic pet obedience training, all sessions are one hour unless otherwise discussed. For behavioral consultations, the initial meeting is two hours. All follow up consultations are one hour unless otherwise discussed.

Pet Obedience Training: We will get together in your home for a series of one-hour lessons. The initial course consists of six sessions, scheduled seven to ten days apart. You are left with lesson sheets, a training calendar and relevant handouts each week to aid you in your training.

Behavioral Consultations: At the initial meeting in your home, we assess the dog, her environment and her issues. The client is taught a combination of training and management techniques to begin to alleviate the problems. At the end of the behavioral consultation, you are left with handwritten notes from the session and a number of handouts that pertain to you and your pet. You will receive a formal written report on the session via e-mail, fax or mail. This report will include training techniques, prognosis and follow up recommendations.

For more information about our services, please contact us at info@k9shrink.ca or 416-738-6059. For fastest service, please email us.

 

Our Team

Jamie Weston: Director Jamie was born and raised in Toronto. She has a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Jamie is involved in bulldog and pug rescue in the province of Ontario and has volunteered with various therapy dog programs.


Jamie is the “voice” of our organization; she serves as the primary point-of-contact for clients, is responsible for managing the day-to-day aspects of our organization by sending service and pricing information to clients; scheduling behavioural consults and puppy prep visits; administering our website; and scheduling seminars.


On a personal note, Jamie serves with various volunteer organizations. Jamie can be reached via email at info@k9shrink.ca



Joan Weston: M.A.Ed, IAABC Certified Canine Behavior ConsultantJoan grew up in Great Neck, Long Island, just outside New York City. After receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Joan re-located to Toronto to pursue graduate research in Motor Learning and Sport Psychology, areas that would form the foundation for her career in training and behavior. She received her Masters Degree in Education from Central Michigan University in 2017, and was Certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants as a Canine Behaviorist in May of 2018.


She is a head instructor at Scholars in Collars Dog Training located in Burlington, Ontario. The school, whose curriculum is based on science and positive training methods, has won the Readers’ Choice Award for best dog training school 21 years in a row, a remarkable testament to both the trainers and the methods.


Joan spent many years as a professor at Durham College, where she designed and implemented the Animal Behavior course for the Animal Care Certificate Program. An innovative and engaging teacher, she brought out the best in her students while upholding high standards for academics and learning. She is also the author of The ITREAT Protocol: An Integrated Approach to the Assessment, Training, and Adoption of Shelter Dogs. This is a revolutionary tool for humane societies and animal shelters providing a unique all-in-one program to help increase adoption rates and improve animal welfare.


Joan is a regular presenting speaker for professional development programs held by Toronto Animal Services and the Association of Animal Shelter Administrators of Ontario. A talented and entertaining writer, Joan also maintains a popular blog, and was honored to be nominated for the Dog Writers of America – Excellence in Journalism Award for her Dogs on the Couch column.


A lifelong dog owner and lover, she trains her bulldogs in a wide variety of activities, including competitive obedience, agility, disc, freestyle, and hearing service dog assistance. If you’ve seen her performing with her bulldog PotRoast on stage with the Woofjocks or the Canine Stars, then you’ve laughed along at their crowd pleasing antics and seen the power of positive training in action! When she isn’t performing with her bullies, she can be found on the ice, tending goal for her Stoney Creek Oldtimers’ team and trying to get them to a championship. She was honored with the Bronze T from the University of Toronto, and represented the USA at the Inaugural Women’s World Hockey Championships in 1987.