You've got the itch. You want to try something new and different and you've always had a love for dogs. Working outside, getting paid to get exercise and spend time with dogs sounds like a dream.

Maybe you'd like to start your own business and be seen as The Expert. Maybe you'd prefer to leave the running of a business to someone else and work for an awesome company that supports your love of dogs.

Either way, you can't build a successful career by flying by the seat of your pants. You need an education in the field before you can be The Expert.

That's where I come in. I'm a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. I've been a Professional Dog Walker. I've taught Dog Walkers for over ten years, preparing people just like you to be successful and safe.

Why I created a Dog Walker Certificate Program

Years ago, I started out as a Dog Walker out of convenience; I had a dog with severe separation anxiety and couldn’t leave him alone. I was already working as an apprentice with a Dog Trainer, so it felt like the right path. I quit my corporate job and started walking neighbourhood dogs for a small fee. Word travelled fast, and I started taking on more and more clients. Before I knew it, I was walking dogs full-time and loving the experience I was gaining. I learned so much about dog behaviour and body language and it really helped me to build my dog training career. 

The only challenge was that it felt like trial-by-fire. I was learning everything on the fly and I felt like I was dodging bullets. I wished for a program that would teach me all I needed to know to have the confidence to run my business successfully and still love what I was doing. I studied other Dog Walkers and Pet Professionals and continued my education in animal behaviour, and finally launched Toronto’s first Dog Walker Course in 2009 - ten years ago! What started out as a four-hour program, grew into an eight-hour program, a two-day program, a three-day certificate program, and finally, a full online program. 

My passion is people AND dogs. I can't wait to share my knowledge, skill, and experience with you, and get to know YOU and why you can't wait to work with dogs. 

Your Instructor

  • Caryn Liles

    Owner & Founder, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Fear Free Certified Professional, Family Paws Parent Educator

    Caryn Liles

    Caryn speaks from the heart, injecting humour and compassion into all her work. She strives to inspire pet owners and pet professionals to take an active role in learning the language of animals and teaching them appropriate behaviours through humane and science-based training. Drawing on years of experience in the corporate world, she shares a wealth of knowledge in communication, technology, and leadership. Having studied languages, human resources, finance, and psychology, Caryn brings a well-rounded and creative perspective to the table when working with clients both human and canine. As a lifelong learner, she earns continuing education credits each year, ensuring that she is up to date with her skills and knowledge. Caryn has trained dogs, cats, horses, chickens, a rat and even a goldfish. She has a soft spot for German Shepherds and other misunderstood breeds, and three-legged dogs.

This program provides you with:

  • Lessons with clear and detailed information about dog behaviour and body language so that you can confidently understand dogs
  • Science-based advice that does not rely on myths and theories
  • Video assessments of dogs in action, to practice learning through observation
  • Hands-on training techniques that can be easily applied in real-life situations
  • Step-by-step training plans for basic behaviours to help you gain control of the dogs in your care
  • Tools & equipment so you're not fumbling with the basics
  • Group management & screening so you can be sure you're taking on the clients you want and pairing appropriate dogs together
  • Training in transport safety and emergency management so that you can be sure the dogs in your care are safe at all times
  • Group discussions and Q&A
  • Strategies for starting or improving your own business because while we do it for the love of dogs, we keep doing it because we can afford to!
  • Coaching in sales, business practices & policies, customer service because not everyone has a masters in business administration
  • Confidence in taking the next step in this career

Who should take this course?

If you...

  • are interested in a career with dogs
  • volunteer or foster with rescue organisations or shelters
  • are a current pet professional (dog walker, boarder/pet sitter, daycare staff, shelter worker, veterinarian, or technician)
  • love dogs
  • want to learn more about canine behaviour & body language
  • are tired of the 9-5 grind
  • want to run a business or join an already existing one
  • love being active in any weather
  • want to help people improve their relationship with their dog
Who should take this course?

Included in your Tuition

  • Lectures, photo & video analysis, assignments, and discussions

  • A final exam (online)

Successful Graduates receive

  • A certificate

  • Use of a digital badge for marketing materials

  • One-year membership in our exclusive inner circle, including access to a closed Facebook support group and continuing education opportunities

What our students are saying:

Chris, Toronto

The days flew by!

Chris, Toronto

“I had thought about making the jump to dog walking as a career for a number of years, but I wasn’t quite sure where to start. On paper, it is easy enough, however, I was looking for a little more guidance and direction, as there are a lot of variables when it comes to caring for pets – not to mention the mountains of misinformation in caring for dogs, in particular. Caryn provided a great deal of guidance and confidence in moving forward with my new career, and the course was loaded with quality information and personal experiences, which made the days fly by.”
Kim, Toronto

A refreshing outlook!

Kim, Toronto

“I took Caryn’s Dog Walker course and frankly didn’t know what to expect or what value I would get. The course was fantastic! Learned a lot and the hours flew by. Caryn definitely has a love for dogs and most importantly a willingness to share her knowledge and make the professional community more co-operative and cohesive. This was a refreshing outlook on top of first class information and delivery. I can’t wait to take the next course!! Caryn was also a wealth of knowledge for networking, reading and next steps.”A

Above and beyond what I was expecting

"I was wanting to express how much I enjoyed this course. I feel like I have benefited above and beyond what I was expecting, and that I have the skills needed to start and succeed at an ethically-run dog walking business. It has been my goal for many years to work for myself, and possibly grow a successful business.In the future when we need more walkers, they will need to be certified by your course. Let's change this city and its walkers for the owners and most importantly our dogs!"
Daniel, Toronto

Wildly impressed

Daniel, Toronto

“Caryn is both a fantastic resource and a consummate professional, wrapped up in someone with whom you feel like you’ve been friends forever. Both my partner and I took her dog walker training course and were wildly impressed with the amount of great information we received. Not only did we feel confident in embarking on this career change, but working with Caryn actually helped us grow and fill our business faster than we expected. Any time we have a problem, we know that Caryn has a great solution that benefits us, the pack, and our clients. I’d recommend her services to anyone looking to understand dogs or the business of dogs. And by business I don’t mean poop.”

Online Course Launches on July 1, 2019

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