Author Archives: Renée Erdman


Positively Expert: Renée Erdman

Renée Erdman is a Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer and behaviour consultant focusing on the emotional needs and welfare of dogs and their guardians. She resides in North Vancouver, BC Canada where she runs Bravo Dog (, her pride and joy.

What It Means To Be Your Dog’s Leader

Posted on: March 17, 2017 - No Comments

We’re told as dog guardians that we need to be the "leader of the pack" and let our dogs know who runs the show. But, being a true “Leader” when it comes to our dogs may be very different than what you’ve been led to believe.

So…. you want to be a dog trainer?

Posted on: September 26, 2016 - No Comments

When someone finds out I work with dogs they always seem to say “you are so lucky!” ... and indeed I am. I wouldn’t choose to do anything other than what I am doing. But it’s not all cupcakes and butterflies.

How to Prevent Leash Reactivity in Dogs

Posted on: April 25, 2016 - 7 Comments

Hopefully these tips will be helpful to prevent leash frustration, and will give you a blueprint on how to approach on-leash greetings.

“Why Can’t My Dog Be Normal?”

Posted on: January 4, 2016 - 6 Comments

It may seem sometimes like everyone else has a “normal” dog while you struggle to make minute changes towards the better with your own. How can we cope?

Lowering the Bar For Our Dogs

Posted on: August 25, 2015 - 1 Comment

We really do have very high expectations for our dogs, sometimes more so than we do for human beings, and many times it’s not fair or realistic.

Let Them Stop and Smell the Roses

Posted on: July 13, 2015 - 4 Comments

The language still used today when referring to dogs and training is still quite archaic and often times indicates an almost slave-master relationship. But what if we encouraged choices?

Be a Witness

Posted on: May 4, 2015 - 3 Comments

How can you intervene when you see someone using dangerous or cruel methods with their dog so that not only does it stop then and there, but the future of the dog with their human looks much more promising?

Why We Should All “Get Leashed”

Posted on: April 13, 2015 - 15 Comments

It’s an all too common occurrence, and it shouldn’t be happening at all. Are you guilty of the “lazy leash syndrome”?