Trying to resolve behaviour problems with a dog can make you feel anxious, frustrated, and hopeless.
You may have been given advice that sounds like this:
- Be more "Alpha"
- Your anxiety is causing his anxiety
- You're reinforcing his fear
- He's being dominant
- You have to show him 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
- He'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 is mentally and emotionally exhausting to receive conflicting advice from well-intentioned strangers, family, friends, social media groups, and even professionals.
Who's to know what advice (whether free or paid) is right and will work?
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 every moment, 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 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.
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!
Science-based advice that does not rely on gimmicks and quick-fixes
Clear and detailed lessons that help you become the expert on your dog
Step-by-step training plans with video instruction & demonstrations
Fillable and printable workbooks and cheat-sheets (so that you have a clear path to follow)
Weekly LIVE Coaching Calls & Q&A so that you can get the support you need while working through the program
A recorded interview with a Veterinary Behaviourist so that you can understand whether medication or natural supplements are right for your dog
A group discussion board for additional support and cheerleading
Access to the secret Facebook group for ongoing support
Two live group coaching sessions per month (replay available)
Two live Q&As per month (replay available)
Priority booking for one-on-one coaching (virtual or in-school)
A 200lb Great Dane and a long list of trainers
Sarah & Keith B
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.
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.
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.
Tim & Katie M
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 use a humane hierarchy that allows us to avoid unnecessary stress on the dog by setting them up for success by setting up their environment as best as we can.
Basically, if your dog gets it right, they get a reward. If they get it wrong, we reassess the training plan to make it easier for them so that they can get it right next time.
We do not use nor recommend the use of positive punishment (adding something aversive to decrease behaviour) or the use of negative reinforcement (relief from the aversive to increase behaviour).
In layperson terms, we don't use prong collars, choke collars, shock collars, spray collars, or any other device, tool, or technique that is designed to be aversive or harmful to the learner.
If you are currently using those tools, no judgement here! Simply give our methods a try for the eight weeks and see the difference!
What if my dog has other behaviour issues?
Then they're normal! None of us are perfect, so consider them a work (of art) in progress.
We don't address other behaviour challenges in this course, but let us know what you're experiencing and we'll point you in the right direction.
I can't attend the July 2019 series. Can I defer my payment to another cohort?
This feature is not available right now, so anyone signing up in June of 2019 will be automatically placed into the July cohort. Hang tight - registration for future months will open later in June 2019!
What is your refund policy?
We are super transparent about our programs and policies, so everything you need to know is right here on this page.
At this time, we do not offer refunds as this digital service & product provided to you is available online and we cannot control consumption.
The program is really fantastic so I'm sure that won't be a problem!
What if I cannot complete the program in the time offered?
This program is available to students over an 8-week period and classmates depend on one another for support. We ask that you check your calendar prior to registering to ensure that you have a few hours each week to consume the information and attend the live calls or recordings.
You have an extra four weeks 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 teachings.
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 you do not have one near you, contact your Veterinarian and request a "Vet-to-Veterinary Behaviourist" consult in order to get to the bottom of this and get relief for your dog so that you can embark on a behaviour modification training plan.
This program can still be extraordinarily helpful, regardless!
They offer hope, real-life skills and build confidence in owners.
The program taught us how to help our dog change her feelings and reactions when meeting other dogs.
I cannot praise TCCE enough. They offer hope, real-life skills and build confidence in owners. All of the training is done with positive methods - no pain, no punishment, no harsh leashes/collars. Their love of dogs was very obvious.
Our walks are sooooo much more enjoyable and less stressful than they used to be!
Our walks are sooooo much more enjoyable and less stressful than they used to be! I no longer panic when I see another big dog approaching because we have a whole bag of tricks to manage this situation with now.
Not only did Flair learn a ton, but maybe more importantly we learned a lot too about why he reacts the way he does, how we can help him feel calmer and happier, and how to manage potentially stressful situations.
Phenomenal care and support
But with the phenomenal care and support that was provided we've made huge progress changing her behaviour patterns.
All this with a progressive, positive training approach.
Everything about our experience has exceeded expectations!
Caryn is extremely supportive and patient. She is always sure to answer correspondences quickly and thoroughly. The notes she provides are detailed, practical and very helpful.
Everything about our experience has exceeded expectations! I would highly recommend Caryn!!