Dog Training in Toronto

Your Toronto Dog Trainers

We’re a team of experts. And while you can learn how to teach your dog to sit from videos online, you can’t access the wealth of knowledge that comes from working with dogs and humans for over 62 years. And all that experience teaches us there is more than one way to approach any situation and how to get results quickly. And when you join the CC family, all that knowledge is at your disposal. That’s why, regardless of your situation, we spend a lot of time learning about you and your life. When we understand your goals and aspirations, we can better facilitate your relationship with your dog.

We offer three different training programs:

Not sure which one is right for you and your dog? No problem.

The Puppy Program

I spent 2 years volunteering at a local dog school. And what I saw, over and over again, were new puppy parents who didn’t have the knowledge they needed to fully integrate their new puppy into their lives. Yes, they came to every class and diligently did their homework, but SIT and DOWN don’t really help when puppy is jumping and nipping. Don’t get me wrong….puppy classes are great. If you want to socialise with other puppies and other humans, or learn basic skills in a distracting environment, they are the perfect solution.

But what do you do when your puppy is peeing on the rug? Or barking and hiding from your neighbours? Or jumping on your senior dog? Or turns into a Tasmanian Devil every night at 6pm?! Puppy classes can’t be there to help you in your home when you need it. And four weeks of a pre-set curriculum doesn’t give you the knowledge you need to fully and painlessly integrate your puppy into your life.

And I thought: there has to be a better way to help our puppy parents.

The Puppy Program is the answer.

At Citizen Canine, we know every human and family and puppy is totally unique, and therefore, we create The Puppy Program for each new client. It’s about facilitating the relationship YOU want for you and your puppy.

Great! But what does that even mean? It all starts with a conversation. We talk about you. Your family. Your goals. We talk about your experience with dogs. We talk about how you want your puppy to integrate into your home and the type of activities you want to do with them. The type of relationship you want to have with them. We go deep. Real deep. And then…..we take all that information and we build a plan. Just for you and your puppy. Hence why we say: think of us less as trainers, and more as facilitators.

The Puppy Program is a series of private sessions in your home and neighbourhood. There are no set number of sessions, it all depends on you and your goals. However, our experience has shown us most clients will usually require between 4 and 8 sessions to work through their goals.

We highly recommend getting in touch with us BEFORE you bring your new furry family member home. (We even encourage you to get in touch with us before you select a breed, a breeder or a rescue agency.)

Puppy Program Packages:

Puppy Prep Package

This is a single session to help you prepare for when your new puppy comes home.  It covers approximately 48 hours:

  • The 24 hours BEFORE puppy comes home. You learn how to set up your home and get everything ready for their arrival.
  • Puppy pick up. You learn the best way to manage your new family member when you separate them from their mom and siblings and the best way to transport them.
  • The 24 AFTER puppy arrives in your home. You learn the how to manage your new family member once they come home.
 

The Puppy Prep Package is designed to teach you everything you need to prepare your home, and transition your new furry family member from their first family to yours with confidence and success.

$247 + HST for in person

$197 + HST for virtual session

Puppyhood  Package– Pick up to 6 Months

This package includes:

  • 6 one hour in person sessions covering:
    • bathroom training
    • crate training
    • building routines
    • basics of leash walking
    • basic management skills i.e. sit, down, drop and recall
    • appropriate games and activities
    • foundations of enrichment activities
    • and there’s always time for:  ‘My puppy does            , is it normal?’

We typically recommend that the first four Puppyhood Package sessions run consecutively from arrival home, and the last two sessions are booked for when your puppy is approximately 6 months old.

Puppyhood Package $1347 + HST

Puppyhood  to Teenager Package– Pick up to approx. 18 Months

This package includes:

  • 8 one hour in person sessions covering:
    • bathroom training
    • crate training
    • building routines
    • basics of leash walking
    • basic management skills i.e. sit, down, drop and recall
    • appropriate games and activities
    • foundations of enrichment activities
    • jumping
    • relax on a mat
    • leave it
    • engage/disengage
    • basics of loose leash walking
    • focus activities for inside and outside
    • protocols for visitor to the home
    • going to the dog park safely
    • and there’s always time for:  ‘My puppy does            , is it normal?’

As with the Puppyhood Package, we recommend that the first four sessions run consecutively from arrival home, and the two sessions can booked for when your puppy is approximately 6 months old, and the final two are booked for your puppy is older, approximately 12 to 18 months.   

 Puppyhood to Teenager Package:  $1597 + HST

Life Skills Training

Sometimes, life changes, and we need new skills. Same with dogs. Life Skills Training is about refreshing a skill or learning something completely new. This could be anything:  recall, walking on leash, reactivity, anxiety, new rescues, stranger danger, resource guarding.

Again, this starts with a phone.  On that call, we’ll talk about where you are now and where you’d like to be.  Then we build a plan, just for you, to bridge the gap.

Single Skill Development:
this could be leashing walking, recall, jumping
2 one hour sessions: $447 + HST

Complex Skill Development:
this would include, but is not limited to: reactivity, anxiety, new rescues, stranger danger and resource guarding.
4 one hour sessions: $997 + HST
Or
6 one hour sessions: $1347 + HST

The number of sessions required is determined by the trainer at the first session

Independence Training

Is your dog uncomfortable staying at home by themselves?  Do they bark incessantly or destroy things?  Are you getting noise complaints from your neighbours?  Do you want to be free to leave the house, and know your dog is going to be okay?  This is the program for you.  

All sessions for this type of training are done virtually, so as to minimise the excitement of having a new person in the house while training is happening.  

Three virtual sessions, plus email assistance between sessions.  $597 + HST