Hi! My name is Sho Papazian. I am the owner and founder of My Obedient Dog, which was established in 2010. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Dog Behaviourist as well as an active member of both the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers (CAPPDT)
and the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP)
. I've completed 3 years of schooling at Dave McMahon's Dog Training Academy
. I've also received certification in Dog First-Aid to ensure the health and safety of our beloved k9 friends.
I own 4 dogs, 3 Rottweilers and a Boston Terrier. Zoe is a 9.5 year old female Rottweiler who serves as my helper dog and assists me in rehabilitating dogs with problem behaviours. She is very loyal and intelligent. Her calm and stable temperament has allowed her to qualify as a Certified Therapy Dog, visiting the elderly in nursing homes and participating in reading programs at libraries with children. Guinness is a 11.5 year old male Boston Terrier. He is alert, well mannered, and always eager to please. He enjoys playing fetch and running on the treadmill. Z and Enza are two new additions to my pack. They are both 18 month old female Rottweilers, training to be demonstration dogs in obedience and dog sports, including IPO training, as well as key helpers in my dog pack.
Aside from my own dogs, my pack consists of client's dogs (who train with me), so the size of my pack may range between 4 and 10 dogs at a given time. My balanced pack assists in the integration of a new dog residing at my home.
From the time I could remember, I’ve always had a passion for working with dogs. Dogs themselves are my teachers. Every dog I work with teaches me something new, because they’re all individually unique. As my understanding of dog psychology has grown over time, it’s enabled me to bond with dogs, understand their needs, and develop effective ways of communication - even with the toughest and most challenging dogs - in the ways they understand and respond to.
My greatest passion is rehabilitating problematic dogs with extreme behavioural issues, such as fear, aggression, hyperactivity and other unstable behaviours, and bringing balance back in their lives. At the same time, educating owners about dog psychology to better understand their behaviours and effectively communicate with them.
With proper training, leadership, and guidance, every dog has the potential of becoming one’s best friend. I have no greater joy than to see humans and dogs create loving and rewarding relationships, through mutual understanding, trust and respect. I love what I do and wouldn’t trade it for anything else, which is why I’ve dedicated my life to training dogs and coaching their owners.