We have had the pleasure of knowing Stephen and Dalice in many different capacities over the past two years.
They opened up their home to us so that we could come and meet their dogs and gave us so much information about the breed. We saw first hand their love of the breed and years of experience.
After making the decision to get a Cane Corso, our relationship with Steven and Dalice didn’t end. They were there for every question, comment, and concern we had.
After a few short months we decided to go with the obedience training through Trillium K-9. Steven and Dalice came to our home and were very thorough and supportive as they walked us through obedience training. They taught us valuable techniques that we still use on a daily basis.
All the lessons and non-stop support that they provided us with have given us the tools to confidently handle any situation with Dakota.
Even though Dakota has graduated from the training months ago, we still are in close contact with Steven and Dalice on a regular basis with updates on health, grooming, and any concerns that we may have. We are not only very happy to have found a breed that matches our life style, but grateful to have breeders who are an amazing support system.
Thank you Steven and Dalice for everything you have taught us and for giving us the best gift, Dakota.
Katie & Cory
We are the proud new owners of Ryken, from the December 5, 2011 litter between Scandifio's Tiger and Wildwood's Mary Jane. We met Dalice and Stephen just under a year ago when we were looking into buying a Cane Corso puppy. We were looking for the best place to get a Cane Corso when a friend of ours who knew Dalice when she did grooming at Petsmart suggested Capital Cane Corso. Our first meeting with Dalice and Stephen clearly showed us the love they have for their animals and the dedication they have for producing quality Cane Corso's. Dalice and Stephen are both very friendly and after being there for a short period of time we felt like we had known them for years. It was easy and comfortable asking all of our questions and they are very knowledgeable about this breed and dogs in general. We knew right away that this was where we wanted to buy our puppy from. We were extremely excited once we found out we were getting our puppy and when we met Ryken it was love at first sight!!! Dalice and Stephen couldn't have picked a better puppy to suit our personalities and we could not be happier with him. Ryken is a fantastic example of the time and effort that Dalice and Stephen put in to making sure there clients are always satisfied. We would definitely go back to Capital Cane Corso when we are ready for another dog and recommend them to anyone looking to add a wonderful addition to their family.
Thank you so much Dalice and Stephen!
Wilbert and Kendra
Dear Steven and Dalice,
First of all, thank you for your unwavering support in our goal to raise our perfect dog. Remus has been a true blessing in our lives. We are first time Mastiff owners and your support and advices have been fantastic.
We initially chose the Corso for its stable temperament, now we have come to realize that its family traits are probably its biggest assets!
Remus truly is a friend to our 3 years old daughter and 9 months old son. If we don`t know where to find him, look for the kids and he will be there! Remus is now 7 months old, but you would never think he is a puppy. He is calm and he listens very well. He follows us around constantly, wanting to be part of the action whatever is happening. We don`t know if it`s the Corso or just him, but we like to think he is VERY special. The only thing he does not do is talk! Although you can read his thoughts on his face!
He has been a superstar everywhere we take him. From the vet, the pet store, walks and to visit friends, everybody actually comments on how good looking and good natured he is. He can be barked at, growled at it does not matter, he always has the same cool attitude. We take him everywhere, he loves the car, loves people and loves new situations. He was recently introduced to the snowblower, what a show that was!! One inch at a time he got closer and closer until he did not notice it anymore!
We also have come to realize that not only is he the most stable, loving and easily trained dog, he is also very intelligent. When we play hide and seek, he always knows which way to go to take a short cut. It sure brings giggles out of Lily every time! He also seems to just know when something is "wrong". Some kind of a sixth sense to him.
Your help and advices in his training were and still are ever so important. You and Dalice`s love for the breed and well behaved dogs is truly apparent. From the first time we met, almost a year ago to now, you have been patient and understanding with our reality of a busy live. It is my second time getting training with a dog, but truly it is the first time, as your training clearly surpasses anything I did before. We are looking forward to completing the advance obedience training with you.
Lastly, thanks you to you and Dalice for you dedication to this awesome breed. We are now clearly aware of what a GOOD breeder is, and that you are. We see that you love your dogs as family members, and it was very reassuring to see.
We will never thank you enough for bringing Remus in our lives, he truly is our perfect dog!
Kim, Eric, Lily and Isaac
To whom it may concern;
I recently purchased a Cane Corso from Stephen and Dalice Avent at Capital Cane Corso and had him pre-trained through Stephen with Trillium K-9 Training. I have been very impressed with the dog I purchased.
A friend recommended Stephen to me and I was impressed with Stephen's high level of commitment to the dogs.
He has a tremendous following and I understand why. Stephen takes great care in the training of these dogs. His skill is very apparent.
The training is of the highest level and the blood lines are top notch! After I took my dog home, Stephen was always available for any questions I had, I really appreciated that as I have had several things to ask him since getting my dog. I highly recommend Capital Cane Corso and Trillium K-9 Training. They are world-class breeders and trainers, and I wouldn't hesitate recommending them to anyone.
Brett and Gatti
We have had a number of dogs over the years from reputable breeders from whom we have received quality service and animal however this is the first occasion we have been compelled to write a letter in support of an individual breeder.
Stephen and Dalice are absolutely wonderful people in their own right and the love and attention they have for their occupation and specifically each dog that they handle is not only evident but is over flowing. We had the pleasure to meet Stephen and Dalice one month before our puppies litter was to be born. We were not familiar with the breed and Kristen was nervous of large (let alone giant) dogs. To say we were put at ease would be a gross understatement. We were introduced to each adult dog and quickly began to appreciate the calmness of the breed together with the commitment that Stephen and Dalice had in handling, training and caring for their “children”.
To visit a kennel is always interesting as it can be very telling of the individuals and the quality of the animals, Capital Cane Corso is unique. The Kennel if you can refer to it is a home for the dogs. Heated, vented meticulously clean. All of the Corsi are welcomed into the home and the puppies are nothing less than babies to Stephen and Dallas who ensure there needs (and many wants) are met.
We utilized the services of Stephen and Trillium K9 Training for our boy so he resided for 6 months with Stephen and Dallice, although it seemed very long as we, like anyone, wanted our pup the training, obedience, socialization and manners Grimm obtained was absolutely amazing. There is little doubt that Corsi are very intelligent and the manner in which Stephen trains taps into their potential. Well worth the investment both in time and financially to have a great dog made phenomenal.
The patience and assistance provided to us and our 4 children by Stephen and Dalice was exemplary. Prior to our puppy’s birth the many emails and questions we forwarded were answered along with far greater information being passed along. After birth our entire family was warmly received for visits as regularly as we wished, which was numerous. Each visit enforced our appreciation and respect for these dog lovers and caregivers, and the support was never in doubt. There is no question that in the future questions that need to be answered will be and that there will always be an open door for problems to be solved.
we cannot recommend more highly Stephen, Dalice Capital Cane Corso and Trillium K9 for anyone interested in this magnificent breed. You may be certain you will receive great information, superb service and the greatest dog, whatever the role required to fulfill your needs and/or wants, without any concerns. Just be aware, if you are not the right individuals for this breed or their dogs you will not be entrusted with one of their children; a great thing indeed for all that have the right intentions and the best reference that can be stated.
Thank you Stephen and Dalice for giving us the opportunity to have Grimm in our lives and your ongoing support and friendship, truly an honor.
Rob and Kristen
Letters from some of our clients..
I have owned a number of large breeds in the past, however first heard about and saw Cane Corsos several years ago on an Italian police base and soon fell in love with the breed. They seemed so powerful (majestic even) but also gentle and obedient. Upon my return to Canada I mentioned it to my wife, searched them on the Internet, but she dismissed the idea saying that the dogs were too big. This all changed last year when we had the opportunity to visit Stephen and Dalice and their dogs, and what I observed were two extremely knowledgeable and caring individuals. As others have mentioned, you can tell allot by visiting a kennel and spending some time with the owners, well after the initial visit our minds were made up soon after.
Our dog Zeus was to be a surprise Christmas present for our 10 year old daughter Jordan. Stephen and Dalice sent us pictures of the litter and continuously put up with our endless questions on how the puppies were doing. The time finally came and our little boy came home and became part of our family. Stephen’s training was immensely helpful in not training Zeus but in training me on how to handle such a powerful and smart animal, for that I thank him. Our little man has now grown and at 10 months weighs 115 lbs. he is the center of attention at any soccer field and has become the team mascot.
People seem to go out of their way to inquire about what breed of dog he is and to mention how gorgeous and calm he is for such a large puppy. I am not one to give praise easily, but I thank Stephen and Dalice for giving us such a wonderful addition to the family.
Carl, Brandy & Jordan
Hi Dalice and Steve,
I just wanted to thank you again for Saturday. Like I was saying to Dallice, I fell in love with Capone instantly but I fell in love with the whole breed on Saturday. They are such a loving proud breed and your love and attention to the dogs is very evident in the happiness of those dogs under your care.
Meeting Tiger and spending time with him this weekend has furthered my love of Cane Corsos. You are both exceptional people and your love of the breed shows in your dogs. You were so open and honest with us and that is a very rare attribute these days. You are building families not just breeding dogs and anyone would and should be proud to have a dog from Capital Cane Corso. I honestly did fall in love with Tiger so quickly. When it was time for me to go home on Sunday, I was a little lonely and sad without him. He is an amazing dog and that is a direct effect of you both.
I cannot thank you enough for helping Blake the way you did. Watching him and Tiger melted my heart.
Thank you both, so very much. I think I will be putting in an application for my own puppy soon.
(A letter from a close friend of the family that adopted Tiger, who came to visit our home)
Hey Stephen and Dalice,
I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate everything you have done for us and Mac. From the selection of the perfect dog for us, to the excellent training, and all the help along the way, he really is a wonderful addition to our family. You were able to answer every question we had and gave us incite when we needed it most. Not only is he the most handsome boy, he has a wonderful mentality and we wouldn't have wanted any other dog but him. We can not thank you enough for everything you have done for us, and we look forward to the rest of the training Mac will receive. Even more so, looking forward to the next puppy we will be getting from you in the future, another perfect addition I can only imagine.
Very Thankful Again,
Scott Lovell & Victoria Gray
Stephen & Dalice, I have never written a letter like this, just out of the blue, in complete praise & in awe of the subject matter. Somehow on this lazy Sunday afternoon I came upon your website. I was struck with the breed immediately. So beautiful & majestic with an easy gait & friendship in the eye. What a fascinating breed this is. Just gorgeous. I looked at every page on the site & fell in love with these dogs. They took my heart - I was very interested in the history, the standard, the picture pages, Oh my....each face I loved. But then the video's... I was actually emotionally moved by your love & respect for these beauties & the love & respect they in turn blessed you with in training. I watched each one go through the commands & was in awe. I fell in love with these wonderful animals. But you 2 are wonderful animal lovers & I've never seen such care & guidance as it was obvious you bestow on these beauties. By the end of each video, I was as proud as a new parent of one of these dogs. I felt like clapping. I was struck by the gentle easy commands, not a bunch of treat feedings, no aggressive treatment. It was a pleasure to watch your dogs in the training sessions you share with us. I feel grateful to have been able to see such a commendable family endeavor, so well done, with such respect & love for these dogs. And what a breed!!! I'm a small dog preference person, however I am truly in love with this breed & would give anything to have one of your dogs & have them trained by you. I would feel exactly like the lucky families that wrote the inspiring & appreciative letters on the client reference pages. Life is unexpected, you never know maybe someday I can make it happen. Last but not least I just want to thank you for how you care about & for this breed, I have to tell you, it may sound a little strange, it's odd to me even but by the end of the 3rd video with Dalice & Queen B I think it was my eyes had welled up & a tear ran down my face I was in such awe & grateful to 2 wonderful breeder/trainers. Your babies are just magnificent!- ( I loved Tiger & Queen B), but each one is very special.
Modesto, California, USA
Dalice & Stephen,
Bronx joined our family on November 22, 2013. He was the cutest and most playful pup we have ever seen!! We are coming up on our 1 year anniversary and we would not have made it this far if it wasn't for the excellent support and training we've received from Trillium K9 and Capital Cane Corso.
We've had multiple dogs in the past from Labrador to Shar-pei'. Having a Cane Corso has been a great deal of commitment to working and training our pup. We must say we've had "moments" of "I can't do this" or "he's too strong and very stubborn" Stephen and Dalice were just a call or text away to help assess the situation and come to the rescue. Their knowledge and experience was very valuable. They gave us such great help and assured us that this pup will mature into a fabulously loyal adult dog. They were right! Bronx is such a fantastic dog! Such a lover, obedient and a hard worker. He loves to please us by completing all his commands.
Trillium K9 provides in home training which helped us train Bronx and our family without having to head out. The training is terrific, effective as well as very practical. You must be willing to work hard if you want a Cane Corso. The rewards are truly worth it! A big thank you to Stephen and Dalice for their commitment to giving their best to their customers and the breed. A great team for sure.
Michele, Alexa, Danika,
Rylee (Cairn Terrier)
A letter from Dunstan:
WHO, and WHAT, is a “CANE CORSO”?
A “CANE CORSO” is: Very rare, noble, majestic, and powerful in presence, the “Cane Corso” is a muscular and large-boned breed. One of two native Italian "mastiff type" dogs that descended from the Roman Canis Pugnaces, the breed's name derives from the Latin "Cohors" which means "Guardian" ... They are extremely Intelligent, are easily trained. As a large and athletic breed, they need a lot of exercise. They are affectionate to their owner and bond closely with children and family.
I didn’t know that, but now I do; and, here is my story about Capital Cane Corso, TRILLIUM K-9 Ottawa Based, Obedience & Protection Training; Stephen Avent, Owner/Trainer; his wife and partner Dalice, who also runs their professional, home based dog grooming salon; my newly ADOPTED, Grand Champion 2013, retired, PRE-TRAINED OBEDIENCE & PERSONAL PROTECTION, CONSTANT COMPANION, GUARDIAN & PROTECTOR, JUNO ANGELO, and me.
I, Dunstan Briggs, an 80 year old senior, having had one heart attack, and having an on-going ANGINA condition, live with my wife, in a pet friendly, Hi Rise Condo in Osborne Village, an up-scale neighborhood, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In this fallen & broken world we live in, about May or June 2014, in broad daylight, I believe, a SENIOR was mugged, and seriously injured, at the corner of Osborne St. and River Avenue, in Osborne Village.
With my condition, I have to exercise and go on frequent short walks, day and night, even after midnight.
When I was a young guy, and especially now, I WAS, and STILL AM, A FIGHTER, NOT A LOVER. I NEVER WILL be INTIMIDATED. I thought, If that ever happens to me, I WOULD and STILL WILL, FIGHT. I realize, that would cost my life, if not from stab wounds, or gunshot, then probably a heart attack.
So, I said to myself: “If I can’t carry a gun; or even a stun gun, I sure as hell can own a professionally trained “Guard Dog” and any SOB who dares to even threaten me, will be my dog’s BREAKFAST or DINNER.
I, immediately, went to my computer and GOOGLED and found:
Capital Cane Corso, Trillium K-9 Obedience & Protection Training:
We corresponded back and forth for sometime and…the rest is HISTORY.
The gorgeous black brindle female whom they (Stephen & Dalice) retired after her Fall 2014 litter, is now MY ADOPTED, Grand Champion, retired, PRE-TRAINED, CONSTANT COMPANION, GUARDIAN & PROTECTOR, JUNO ANGELO. Her name is JUNO. I asked to add ANGELO. ANGELS have no gender so ANGELO is for MICHAEL the ARCH ANGEL, who cast SATAN and his band into HELL.
I went to HAMMOND, near OTTAWA, to meet and get acquainted with JUNO ANGELO, December 1st 2014. This is a MUST if you ADOPT or BUY. You MUST GO, MEET your COMPANION, GUARDIAN & PROTECTOR, and those responsible for his, or her, BREEDING and TRAINING.
When you see the TRILLIUM FACILITY, you know that this is a PROFESSIONAL TRAINING FACILITY. NOTHING BUT THE BEST. It all starts with the BREADING and TRAINING.
I spent 3 days with Stephen, Dalice & JUNO ANGELO, handling her with SUPERVISION. JUNO took to me like we had always been COMPANIONS. She was so OBEDIENT and LOVEABLE.
I then returned home and Stephen AIR CANADA CARGOED her to me on December 11TH
Now came the MOMENT of TRUTH. JUNO ANGELO and I were ALONE. How would she behave. Well, like the LADY GRAND CHAMPION she is.
JUNO PERFECTLY RESPONDS TO ALL MY COMMANDS: COME; SAY HI; DOWN; UP; SIT; STAY; HEEL; FOCUS; HURRY UP; GO TO PLACE; as though we’d been doing this, TOGETHER, for years.
In a CONDO of 900 sq. ft. plus balcony, on the 17th floor, she is very comfortable. She tells me every time she washes my face.
She is more OBEDIENT, and WELL BEHAVED than most of the residents in the building.
Just before CHRISTMAS, 2 children, a girl, about 5 or 6; and a boy, 12 or 13, separately, on 2 different occasions, asked if they could hug JUNO. I said “Of course, go ahead.” Both were just overjoyed. The boy got his face washed. He said “I’m never going to wash my face. again.”
This is the TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH. I was, just a couple of days after JUNO ANGELO arrived in Winnipeg, walking JUNO ANGELO after midnight. I was in the middle of the road on a crescent. I slipped on some black ice. I went down. There was nothing to hold onto to get me up. JUNO ANGELO, immediately, came to my front. She stood perpendicular to my face allowing me to place my hands on her back, and I got my, 80 year old,175 lbs. self, to my feet. You can bet, I thanked her profusely.
I haven’t had such a Merry Christmas in a long time.
So, what are you waiting for?