Souha is a phenomenal trainer who has an in depth knowledge of dog training and shows her love of dogs on her sleeve. Working with Souha challenges you and greatly increases the bond you have with your dog. As a new owner, she helped me gain confidence in raising a puppy and getting to the life I envisioned with a dog. Her method focuses on building a balanced life for you your dog.
I've been a volunteer dogwalker and foster parent for almost 20 years, so feel pretty confident in my knowledge of dogs. Yet, I still learn something new about dogs and dog handling in every conversation with Souha.
With her advice, guidance and encouragement, I'm moving from merely managing the behavioural issues of my rescue dog, to building a more confident, stable and happy (and less reactive) dog and, more importantly, a stronger bond of love and trust between us.
I initially reached out to Souha shortly after getting a puppy who was also my first dog. I was quickly overwhelmed and more importantly, I wasn't sure if I was making the best decisions for my dog. After speaking with Souha on our first call, I already felt more confident in the direction I was going.
Souha is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about her work. Her guidance and advice have transformed my relationship with my dog. While he is still young, Souha has helped me build a strong foundation for him to flourish in. As he continues to grow and learn, our hard work is evident in his confidence, attitude and behavior. Souha is not only a capable trainer but an excellent mentor. She gives me confidence that I'm doing the right thing by my dog and that I can handle the various hardships that come with raising a puppy. She's given me that confidence since our first meeting.
One of my favourite things about working with Souha is that she very clearly cares about her clients, both human and dog but particularly dog. She goes above and beyond to do what she feels is necessary for the dog's benefit and constantly makes herself available to answer any questions or concerns I may have. She's not always going to tell you what you want to hear, but everything she does is for the betterment of you and your dog's relationship. I highly recommend Souha as a trainer and as a mentor. Especially if you find yourself struggling with your first dog, Souha's vast experience and knowledge is invaluable.
When we adopted our sweet, gentle Goldendoodle Katie from a "breeder", which we later discovered was a glorified puppy mill, she was a 7 year-old breeding mother who had been used for producing far too many, very expensive puppies. She had no previous experience in a car or a home and, from what we could see, had likely never experienced caring human behaviour. She had a badly infected and ulcerated ear, worms, an unexplained open wound on her back hip, poor teeth and was extremely skittish.
Even though we were experienced dog owners, it became painfully clear after only a few weeks that we needed HELP with Katie. That is when we found Souha, founder and head coach at Way of Life Dog Training, who set us on a continuing path to a much happier, healthier dog.
Souha assessed Katie at our home and started us on the path to developing a greater understanding of canine behaviours and the need for much decompression with Katie. Through in-person and virtual training sessions, including Souha's "To Raise a Dog" online course, as well as her boarding services we required for an extended period, Souha has guided us towards developing a better understanding of, and relationship with, Katie.
Katie is now more confident, has discovered that food tastes good, and is demonstrating more curiosity when exploring in the backyard. We now see her walk with her tail up and a "smile" on her face! The few times we haven't been consistent in following Souha's advice, the negative effects on Katie's behaviour become readily apparent.
Souha continues to support us in building a deeper bond with Katie. She genuinely cares and has made herself available whenever we have questions or concerns. We will continue to work with her to allow Katie to heal and gain more confidence in order to make her a happy dog, living her best life! Great progress, with much thanks to Souha!
Souha is one of the most genuine coaches you can ever find in GTA. We have made so much progress with our dog under her guidance.
Souha is a GOD SEND!!! Extremely knowledgeable, professional and attentive. She really cares about the dogs and families she's helping. Not only do the dogs benefit, but us as their families do as well. Her understanding of the TRUE needs of dogs and humans alike leaves both forever changed, grateful and joyful. Thanks for everything you have done for Pixie, Dixie and us and for your constant support beyond!
I came to WOL after trying a number of different options and styles of training. WOL helped me to see my dog as a dog who needs my leadership to help him navigate his surroundings. I was told (by others) that my dog would always be reactive. I was not willing to accept that there was nothing I could do to help him. My WOL coach came to us without judgement and gave me all the knowledge and tools I needed to partner with my dog and show him that the world isn't such a scary place after all. This was also a lesson I had to learn myself in order for my dog to believe me. WOL helped me to build a relationship with my dog based on trust, as opposed to managing him correctly. He has become a thoughtful, confident companion. We trust each other and enjoy each others company. We can have relaxing walks and enjoy sports together just as I had hoped. There are really no words to express my thanks to WOL.
I used to think that to have a good pet dog means a dog that is obedient and will be there for the owners; and to fulfill a dog's needs is to make sure that the basics are done plus exercising the dog by letting him/her run around. Oh boy was I wrong. Souha taught and reminded us how a let a dog be a dog first, before he or she can be a companion. I used to push my own expectations of our dog onto him, unknowingly contributing to his extreme anxiety to environmental changes. Through Souha's dedicated mentorship, she has guided me and my partner to repair our bond with our dog, help him build his confidence, find calmness during changes, and he is showing us the wonderful goofy German Shepard that we knew he was inside all along.
Souha is one of the most talented and experienced dog handlers I have come across. I have worked with Souha for the last 10 years during my time adopting 3 rescue dogs. She has consistently demonstrated strength, passion, and expertise with proven results when it comes to dog training.
Whether you are looking to overcome specific behavioural issues or just want a stronger bond with your dog, Souha is the trainer to help you achieve your goals.
I have known Souha for over 10 years and I couldn't be more impressed by her dedication to the world of training and more importantly enriching dogs' lives. Souha's experience, authenticity, constant hunt for knowledge and desire to solve most difficult and complicated behaviour issues are quite exceptional. I have been a witness to her great work with several dogs including a shelter dog with absolutely no hope due to his severe behaviour issues as well as her previous and current dogs.
As the former manager of the K9 Behaviour Department at the largest animal shelter in the province for 14 years and being involved in the dog training and rescue world for 18 years, I would confidently recommend her to anyone who is in search of that dog-human relationship seen in the movies. It's truly spectacular to see Souha teaching a class or demonstrate exercises with her own dogs.
Souha's secret is that she is actually not training the dog Souha is training the owner to understand how dog works. How to communicate to the dog. How to integrate the dog fully into your life and how to enjoy a special bond with your four legged companion you could never have expected.
Wow wow wow!! Souha is always ON! Her dogs are so attentive and yet relaxed and ready to spring into action when needed. She has taught me to pay closer attention to how I behave around my dog so as to build the relationship needed for a strong bond and a focused dog.
Souha is a joy to work with and there is no place she cannot access to help both her human and k9 students to grow together.
I worked over several weeks with Souha and kept contact with her up to present moment. I learned a great deal that I could not possibly learn in more conventional settings. The hands-on practices were packed with details and tips and were done in real situations (i.e. around other dogs, new environments, etc.). I also learned a great deal about dogs' nutrition and healthcare from her. I believe what I learned from her, either her firsthand training or her excellent referrals, changed the fate of my dog. I have hardly known anyone more dedicated, driven, and sincerely in love with working with dogs than Souha in my life, and there is no one whom I trust more than her with my dog!
Do you want a calm dog? A happy dog? A dog that loves being a dog.... and your companion? You can accomplish these goals only if YOU are knowledgeable and properly trained. Dr. Souha Ezzedeen has the knowledge, the training, and a passionate desire to share with others. You will learn and your dog will howl with joy. - Paul Swiercz, Ph.D., Washington, DC, USA
I highly recommend Way of Life TM Dog Training for anyone seeking help with their dog's problem behaviours. Skilled and passionate about the human- canine dynamic, trainer Souha Ezzedeen guides you on a journey of revelation and resolution as you and your dog make lasting changes that will deepen and enrich your relationship. Souha's Way of Life TM is a transformative experience.
- C. Collins, Toronto, ON, Canada
Souha has been a pleasure to work with! She might actually be one of the most diligent and prepared people I've ever met. You can quickly tell she's passionate about what she does, and she's 100% invested in transforming the relationship you have with your dog!