Humane, science-based training since 2008

At The Centre for Canine Education Inc. we use humane, science-based training methods to work with dogs. Our focus is primarily on positive reinforcement: offering dogs something that they like (food, play, human attention, environmental rewards, anything that your dog finds fun) in exchange for behaviours that we would like to see repeated.

We also occasionally use negative punishment (reward removal) in order to discourage behaviour, however, we must always set the environment up to allow the learner to succeed, and teach the dog what we want them to do instead.

Our approach must always start with the least invasive, minimally aversive. When addressing behavioural concerns, we start with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as a way of working through each layer of challenges to resolution.

We do not use or condone the use of punishment through the use of aversive techniques (leash corrections, physical punishment, jabbing, kicking, yelling, intimidating) nor the use of aversive tools (prong/pinch collars, choke chains, slip leads, spray collars, shock collars as the fallout from using such techniques is far too great. While we recognise that such consequences can be very effective in the moment, we also understand the effects that suppression can have on a learner and are not interested in taking that risk.

Our aim is to change behaviour in the most stress-free way possible for the learner and to help create and nurture the bond between people and their dogs.

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Meet your team:

Caryn Liles

Caryn Liles

Owner, Trainer & Behaviour Coach
Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer, Fear Free Certified Professional, Family Paws Parent Educator

Single Mama by choice to Eloise, dog-mama to Salinger (GSD), dog-nerd, obsessed with her family, cooking, crocheting, NFLD, and dark chocolate. 

Veronica Blanco

Veronica Blanco

Executive Assistant & Marketing

Dog-mama to Ruff, artist extraordinaire, reluctantly learning to cook, loves mixology and spending time training or outdoors with her sweet Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. 

Sue Wilson

Sue Wilson

Certified Trainer
Certificate in Training and Counselling, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Fear Free Certified Professional

Mama to Henry, Logan, Gina, Mouse, Lydia, Marky and Dee Dee. Anthropologist, obsessed with live music, loves summertime and Pugs.


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