Are you tired of being told to "be more Alpha"?

Trying to wade through the plethora of conflicting advice out there can leave you feeling confused, anxious, frustrated, and hopeless.

I'm certain that you have been given advice that sounds like this: 

  • Be more "Alpha"
  • Your anxiety is causing his anxiety
  • You're reinforcing her fear
  • He's being dominant
  • You have to show her you're the boss and you're in control
  • He can sense your fear
  • Your anxiety is travelling down the leash
  • He's trying to protect you
  • She's leading you and doesn't see you as the leader of the pack
  • It's your fault - you must have done something to cause this

It's mentally and emotionally exhausting to receive conflicting advice from well-intentioned strangers, family, friends, social media groups, the internet, and even professionals. 

Who's to know what advice (whether free or paid) is right and will work?

I've been where you are. I help people just like you, get control of their reactive dog without damaging the relationship. I can get you from where you are to a much more peaceful walk. 

Get fast results that last a lifetime!

And all the while, improve your relationship with your dog.

  • 24/7 access from any device

    This course is web-based and with your personal login, you can access it from anywhere in the world, anytime. Best viewed on a computer, however still manageable on a tablet or smartphone.

  • Start anytime

    You and your classmates will work through the material over an 8-week period. Classes start on the day you register and get relief fast!

  • Weekly LIVE group Q&A

    Once a week, participate in a LIVE chat with your instructor and classmates to answer questions and discuss lesson material and assignments. (Replays available in the resource library)

  • A roadmap from start to finish

    Step-by-step training plans, workbooks, and cheatsheets. See techniques demonstrated and taught with videos to bring the training to life!

  • Knowledge-Testing Quizzes

    Ensure you are understanding the material by taking the chapter quizzes. Take and retake quizzes as many times as you would like! The answers are not submitted or marked - they are simply for you.

  • Interviews with other qualified professionals

    To start, a recorded interview with a Veterinary Behaviourist so that you can understand whether medication or natural supplements are right for your dog.

  • Private discussion forum

    Access to the private discussion forum for additional support and cheerleading with your classmates and instructor!

  • Priority booking for one-on-one help

    Priority booking for one-on-one coaching (virtual or in-school), as well as exclusive access to our group Cranky Canine classes (Toronto).

  • Member Resource Library

    Access to our ever-growing Member Resource Library that is updated frequently with eBooks, trackers, articles, videos, and more!

Go from anxious to empowered

Walk your dog with confidence. Gain the knowledge and skills that you need to handle walks with your dog.

This eight-week program plus one month in our exclusive membership is only $247 USD.

You won't find a private trainer out there that can beat the value and support that this program offers.

Membership Program - Life after Cranky Canine

Keep the momentum and build on your success.

Monthly membership is only $19/month!

This membership program is designed with you in mind. 

When you have completed the eight-week course, you will need support to keep the momentum, the motivation, and the confidence. 

Your course fee includes one month in the membership program which provides you with continued access to the online course materials, (plus future updates!!), bonus materials, and four live group coaching calls per month for support. 

You also get access to other graduates who are here to support you, as you are here to support them! 

I've got you covered. The journey doesn't end at graduation.

There is nothing I love more than reactive dogs and their people. Truly. This is my wheelhouse and I'm so glad you're here.

Don't just take our word for it

Find out what our students are saying

A 200lb Great Dane and a long list of trainers

Sarah & Keith

Danforth, a 200-pound Great Dane, has gone through half-a-dozen trainers, without success, until we found TCCE.

He has improved so much. Most importantly, the tools we now have to manage him are excellent.

It's now a pleasure to walk our big boy, instead of something to dread. Thanks to Caryn and her team.

After just a few classes I was already seeing improvement.


My dog Baloo had recently become reactive on leash, so we signed up for the Cranky Canine class. After just a few classes I was already seeing improvement.

Now our walks are not nearly as stressful as before. We still have our days, but without the wonderful trainers at TCCE I hate to think where we would be now! You guys are amazing!

Corrections and punishment did not work.


I cannot thank TCCE team enough. I adopted a 6 year old fear-reactive dog named Teddy. I have had dogs all my life but was at my wit's end trying to help this little guy find peace with the world. Corrections and punishment did not work.

Caryn and her team showed him and I how to communicate in a positive way and it worked amazingly well. Teddy was scared and being tough just made him more scared.

I will always be grateful for what they taught us both. Teddy found his brave and was a much happier dog. Thank you.

The time invested in the training has truly brought out the sweet, lovable dog that we knew was inside.

Katie & Tim

When we rescued him, our dog was starting to be very reactive to a number of triggers (people, other dogs, scary plastic bags blowing in the wind). He would flip out on the leash at his triggers, and we were concerned that he would end up harming someone (including us), another dog or himself.

The lessons provided us with a toolbox which allowed us to walk confidently by his triggers with minimal reaction, by working to acknowledge his triggers before we broke his threshold.

The time invested in the training has truly brought out the sweet, lovable dog that we knew was inside.

There is no other training I would do than what is offered at TCCE


Our Golden became dog-reactive after a series of unfortunate events. It got to the point where walking him was darn near impossible. To go from the Walmart Greeter of dogs to that situation was challenging for our entire household.

The program was so incredibly helpful in teaching us tools that we could use on our own.

We can play in the park, go for walks with (select) other dogs, and generally be back to 'normal'. Something we weren't sure was possible at all for us. And all because we were taught such good observation, awareness, techniques and tools.

We have already seen substantial improvement


We and our doggy have just finished with the program. First of all, they are just amazing people. Not only that they are caring and knowledgeable, but they are also always positive and encouraging.

The program is very well structured and organized. The techniques that we were taught are based on positive reinforcement. These techniques are invaluable tools for handling our reactive dog.

After 4 weeks of training we have already seen substantial improvement. I highly recommend this program for any dog parent whose dog has dog-directed reactivity.

Huge changes in our 9-year-old rescued Pit Bull


I highly recommend the program! After completing the program just last week we have seen huge changes in our 9 year old rescued Pit Bull, Misfit! Being a dog with poor socialization skills using the tools we were given I can now manage her outbursts while out on the streets more effectively than i ever could.

Caryn and Mirkka take the time to make sure you not only understand the exercises but demonstrate ways for you to overcome the specific challenges of your dog.

I would not think twice about recommending them to any of my friends in rescue or anyone who owns a pet with " special" issues.

It has been worth every penny and minute we have spent.


Our dog, Sydney, just "graduated" from the course. AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING. Our dog walker recommended the course after Sydney had a few cranky incidents at the dog park. Mirkka and Caryn are so knowledgeable. And they have a warmth and great sense of humour too. None of us were made to feel badly about anything we had been doing (or not doing) to manage our dogs.

We were given lots of ideas and solutions and encouragement. They used a positive reward system (clicker training with treats). We hadn't used this approach with Sydney before and it worked wonders. I never knew she was so treat motivated! It has been worth every penny and minute we have spent. Thank you!

It was incredible.

Shankari & Dan

It was incredible. It taught us the skills to help our dog relax and make good choices, even on the busy city streets.

Our greyhound used to bark and lunge at other non-greyhound dogs, but we have not had a single such outburst in the past two weeks. I'm sure there will be some great days and some setbacks, but with the skills we learnt, I'm sure the setbacks will be fewer and farther in between.

Our experience at TCCE was filled with validation and support, even when we were at our most stressed and disheartened. We learnt so many skills that will help us communicate better with our dog. It truly rekindled my love for training and relationship building with my dog.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the methods taught in this course?

    Our course material is founded in behavioural science, so we focus on using positive reinforcement (adding something the dog likes to increase behaviour) and if we must, negative punishment (reward removal).

    We don't need to use corrections and force in order to modify this behaviour challenge - we've found a way to modify it much faster, and much more effectively!

  • What if I cannot complete the program in the time offered?

    No problem! We know that everyone has to work at their dog's pace when it comes to reactive behaviour. This program is available to students over an 8-week period and you have an extra month after graduation to review the material and take part in the monthly membership at no additional cost. If you would like more time, simply continue on in the monthly membership to keep getting the support you need and access to the material (with updates!).

  • What if my dog has other behaviour challenges?

    Then they're normal! None of us are perfect, so consider them a work (of art) in progress.

    I don't address other behaviour challenges in this course, but we can book some one-on-one time together to tackle those pesky problems.

  • I'm not sure if my dog can handle this.

    S/he is extraordinarily anxious in general / outside the home / refuses to eat when stressed.

    If your dog is experiencing generalised anxiety and is struggling to learn and retain, then it's time to speak with a a qualified professional.

    Let's book a consult in order to get to the bottom of this and get both of you some relief so that you can embark on a successful behaviour modification training plan.

    This program can still be extraordinarily helpful, regardless!

  • How long do I have access to the materials and other inclusions?

    You have access to the material and live coaching calls for as long as you are a member. Your initial tuition includes an extra month in the membership and should you choose to stay a member, you would pay a monthly membership fee.

  • Am I locked in for a period of time?

    When you pay the monthly membership fee, you are a member for a month. If you cancel your membership, you no longer have access after the end of the paid month.

    You can cancel anytime, however, keep in mind that your payment is not pro-rated, nor can it be placed on hold. Monthly membership fees are not guaranteed after a cancellation or missed/failed payment.

  • Will the membership fee remain the same, indefinitely?

    Because there is so much value provided in this membership program, your membership fee may change over time, but I will always give you ample notice and ensure that the value is ever-increasing.

  • What is your refund policy?

    I am super transparent about our programs and policies, so everything you need to know is right here on this page.

    I do not offer refunds as this digital service & product provided to you is available online and we cannot control consumption or track usage.

Not sure if this is right for you?

You love your dog. That's why you're here. You want to change your dog's behaviour AND save your relationship with that nearly-perfect dog of yours.

There is hope. That's why I've turned our Cranky Canine class into an intensive online program that offers unparalleled support and guidance through every step!

Many years ago I adopted a rescue dog, Parker, whose first three weeks were delightful, but after the honeymoon period, he began barking, lunging, and snarling at dogs.

Living in a busy downtown neighbourhood, I was constantly pulling off the sidewalk to hide between parked cars, dodging triggers, and coming home exhausted from the hyper-vigilance.

Of course, I reached out to my community for help. I hired a trainer and was taught to "correct" Parker every time he saw a dog. It worked for a while, but then as I gained confidence in his behaviour, I brought him closer and closer to dogs, and he became a "silent biter". Back to crossing streets again!

This drove me into the world of canine behaviour and I became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. In 2011, I launched the city's first and only reactive dog class, which was waitlisted every month for the next 8+ years. Over 400 dogs have graduated from this program!

I know what it's like to improve my dog's leash-reactivity and walk down the street feeling relaxed and proud. I want YOU to experience this too.

What are you waiting for?

Where else would you find this level of support for this price?


Stop spending money on private trainers when you could have so much more, for so much less!