Take your dog from reactive to relaxed
Does your dog bark and lunge at the end of the leash?
Are you tired of the judgemental looks on the street?
Let me help you get your dog from barking and lunging to calm and collected.
Cranky Canine™ is a tried and true program (Est. 2011) that targets leash-reactivity in dogs. It uses science-based methods and humane techniques to get results.
Cranky Canine™ can help. Join the waitlist now.
Cranky Canine™ is a guided online program for dogs of all ages, suffering from leash-reactivity. The program runs for 6 weeks and is taught through video, worksheets, and daily live support in our discussion group.
More cost-effective than private lessons and you still get plenty of individual attention so that you can make progress at your dog's pace.
Cranky Canine™ is right for you if:
- your dog is barking and lunging at people or dogs while on a walk
- if you're tired of using corrections to no avail
- you've tried so many of the products on the market geared towards this behaviour challenge but haven't seen a change
- you've hired a trainer and all you've done is work on "obedience" like "heel" or "leave it"
- you're as anxious as your dog is when you leave the house for a walk
- you long for peace and enjoyment on walks with your dog
You're in the right place.
By the end of the Cranky Canine™ program, you will have:
- a clear understanding of your dog and their behaviour
- the ability to read your dog's body language and more accurately predict their behaviour
- the skills to be able to change how your dog feels about their triggers
- the skills to help your dog recover from setbacks
- taken a few big steps towards peaceful walks with your dog
- the confidence and support to keep going with a clear plan in place
Get on the waitlist for the next Cranky Canine™ cohort in 2022
About your Coach, Caryn Liles
Certified Professional Dog Trainer & Behaviour Coach
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.
With multiple certifications under her belt, she is a lifelong learner; she earns continuing education credits each year, ensuring that she is up-to-date with her skills and knowledge.
Her certifications include:
- Certified Dog Walker (CDW)
- Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA)*
- Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT)
- Family Paws Parent Educator (FPPE)
- Fear Free Certified Trainer (FFCT)
Caryn has trained dogs, cats, horses, chickens, a rat and even a goldfish. She has a soft spot for German Shepherds and reactive dogs. Most of all, she loves humans! A lifelong learner and lover of psychology, humans are her favourite species.
*Caryn declined recertification with this regulatory body for personal reasons
Don't take it from me...take it from our students!
Here's what they're saying:
Here are just a few of our success stories, out of over 1800 graduates from our program:
I cannot say enough good things about Caryn and her team. She is honest, super smart, funny, and compassionate.
We have been working with Caryn at TCCE for a year from when we first brought Harlow, our 2-month-old puppy home to now, when he is a full-fledged adolescent!
We've done everything from the basic puppy program to her webinars to now we are doing the Cranky Canine program, as we work on Harlow's leash reactivity.
I cannot say enough good things about Caryn and her team. She is honest, super smart, funny, and compassionate. She gives us the confidence we need as first-time dog owners to navigate the ups and downs of having a dog.
I would highly recommend Caryn and her team for anyone looking for some training guidance.
We Caryn and The Centre for Canine Education!
The Cranky Canine program at The Centre for Canine Education was an absolute necessity for me and my cranky adopted dog.
The Cranky Canine program at The Centre for Canine Education was an absolute necessity for me and my cranky adopted dog, Sienna.
The most important things the course did for us were that it helped me build my bond with my dog, it taught me how better read her body language, and assured me that I wasn't alone and that there was a community of people and a catalogue of valuable resources that I could continue to refer to in our ongoing learning.
While Sienna has changed dramatically and is much more manageable now, there is always something to work on and we have stayed on as members so that we can keep up with our learning and take advantage of all the excellent modules, and the updates that they continue to make to the modules!
Mostly I'm just happy to know that she is clearly a happier pup than the stressed out girl that arrived at my home in Aug 2020. Would wholeheartedly recommend the CCE to all dog owners.
I had used 3-4 trainers before finding Caryn as I was not getting the results I was looking for.
I have been working with Caryn and The Centre for Canine Education for almost a year now and she has changed my and my pup's life!
I adopted my pup a year ago and had never had a dog before. I had used 3-4 trainers before finding Caryn as I was not getting the results I was looking for.
Since working with Caryn, I have a dog that will now walk with a loose leash, can comfortably pass pedestrians on the sidewalk as well as bicycles, scooters, motorcycles, and more!
We have the training tools needed for continuous training and being a member of TCCE provides me access to ask Caryn questions whenever I need as well as meet with her on a weekly basis.
I 100% recommend TCCE for training methods based that are based on education and what is best for your dog, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Enroll in Cranky Canine™ today and look forward to peaceful walks with your dog!
Get on the waitlist for the next cohort in 2022
Listen, I've been doing this a long time and one of my super-skills is listening to people, not just dogs.
I know what it's like to adopt a dog and feel like I'm in over my head with a challenging behaviour issue like leash-reactivity and feel anxious and embarrassed.
I also know what it's like to feel inundated with advice from many different sources and struggle to know what is going to work and what is totally bogus and outdated.
My job is to save you time hunting and pecking for bits and pieces of information that may or may not work, to provide you with science-based information vs. pseudo-science, and to help you succeed.
Shankari & Daniel
Our experience was filled with validation & support
We took Cranky Canine and 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 further 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.
Katie & Tim
The time invested in the training has truly brought out the sweet, lovable dog that we knew was inside.
I can't express how much the team at TCCE has helped us with our dog.
When we rescued him, we were told that he was shy. After a few months, our dog was starting to be very reactive to a number of triggers. 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. We were referred to TCCE and started to work on counter-conditioning.
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. We are truly thankful to the entire team at TCCE, and our so grateful for the support in and out of the classroom environment!
Sarah & Keith
Our 200-pound Great Dane, had gone through half a dozen trainers, without success, until we found TCCE.
Danforth, our 200-pound Great Dane, had gone through half a dozen trainers, without success, until we found TCCE.
He has improved so much since he began lessons with Caryn. 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.
What's Inside Cranky Canine™
This six-week guided online program includes:
PLUS these Early-bird bonuses to give you unstoppable momentum in achieving your dog training goals:
Muzzles help keep dogs safe! Yes, they prevent dogs from biting and doing serious damage, but they also prevent dogs from picking up dangerous items off the ground on walks - and from eating poop.
Teach your dog to LOVE their muzzle so that it's a great experience for everyone!
Most dogs suffer from a lack of impulse control - just like some of us! When we suffer from impulse control issues, we can get stuck in dangerous patterns.
Dogs with reactivity need some help in this department so they can learn to happily anticipate triggers and recover faster from setbacks.
Let's tackle this one together!
Frequently Asked Questions
Don’t I need in-person training?
No! We're getting the same great results with this program that we were getting in our in-person group classes and private lessons!
A good teacher can do just that, you know! ;)
This program is guided every single step of the way, and it’s super detailed so you'll gain confidence in handling your dog within the first 3 modules!
Plus, when you hire an in-person trainer, you only have access to them during your class or lesson. With this program, you’ll have access to me five days a week. Here, you'll never be without answers!
Do I get 1:1 coaching with this program?
This is a group program so there is no one-on-one coaching, but you will absolutely get individual attention in our Community and our Q&As!
How do I get feedback on what I’m doing?
You can provide video in the Community if it is safe to get footage and I can coach you on your handling and mechanics. Otherwise, you might be surprised at how well I understand your descriptions and how easily I can help!
How long do I have access?
You have lifetime access to this program! "Lifetime" means the lifetime of this course. It has been running since 2011, so you can see we're not going anywhere anytime soon.
You'll also get access to the updates to the program! This is huge value since we are adding more content and updating the information regularly.
Are you certified/qualified?
You bet I am! I'm glad you asked.
I have been certified through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, I am a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer, a Family Paws Parent Educator, and a Fear Free Certified Professional.
Note: I have recently discontinued my membership to CCPDT.
What methods do you use?
I wish everyone asked this question! The training industry is unregulated, and this means that anyone can be a trainer and do whatever they want to your dog without much more than a wrist-slap for even the most abusive crimes.
For that reason, you need to ask these questions and you should demand transparency.
We use science-based and humane methods.
We do not use aversives. We do not promote or condone the use of aversives such as:
- physical violence
(hitting, kicking, choking, slapping, poking, jabbing, leash corrections, pinning/Alpha-rolling, biting, pinching, helicoptering, scruffing)
- aversive tools and equipment
(prong/pinch collars, choke/check collars, spray collars, shock collars, sonic anti-bark devices, electric mats)
- the use of force or intimidation
(staring down, physical moulding into position, yelling/screaming/barking at the dog, throwing items at/near the dog)
We do not subscribe to outdated theories such as The Dominance Theory; you cannot be "Alpha" to your dog since the term "alpha" is synonymous with "breeding pair".
We do not enforce deprivation-training (starving the dog, withholding water or oxygen).
Okay, so what do we use?
We use humane, family-friendly, safe, non-violent methods of training. We train horses, belugas, elephants, hyenas, and bears this way, so you can certainly train your dog this way.
We use rewards (food, play, affection, praise, access to resources) to increase the desired behaviour. This is called Positive Reinforcement.
If required, we use reward-removal (prevent access to a resource, withhold treat, tug, praise, affection momentarily) to decrease the undesired behaviour. This is called Negative Punishment.
More than anything, we set the learners (you and your dog) up for success by managing the environment, preventing problems before they occur, and help the dog make the right choice.
Do you offer a guarantee?
Yes and no!
Because we're dealing with two species (human and dog), I cannot guarantee results; no one can guarantee behaviour. That would be unethical and if you get a guarantee like that from a trainer, you should run in the opposite direction.
However, I guarantee I will give you my all! For these weeks that we will be working together, I will be dedicated to you and your cohort-mates, supporting you along the way and providing humane, science-based information.
Can we work together in person?
Since the closure of our brick and mortar in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I am not offering in-person training as I have a high-risk family to protect.
I am happy to refer you to a trusted colleague who may provide in-person training, if that’s what you need!
I can now manage her outbursts while out on the streets more effectively than i ever could.
I highly recommend the Cranky Canine program!
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 takes the time to make sure you not only understand the exercises but demonstrates ways for you to overcome the specific challenges of your dog.
We finally had a trainer that listened instead of assuming...
Caryn was able to get through to my reactive dog when no one else could, and gave me the skills to not only train him out of his issues, but form a deeper bond.
We finally had a trainer that listened instead of assuming, adjusted the plan to suit our specific needs, had answers to our questions, could back everything up with evidence, and understood the reality of training outside of a controlled classroom.
AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING.
Our dog, Sydney, just "graduated" from Cranky Canine.
AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING.
Our dog walker recommended the course after Sydney had a few cranky incidents at the dog park. I love that it's a group format. We each got a lot of individual attention and the class was affordable.
Caryn is so knowledgeable. She has 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.
We hadn't used this approach with Sydney before and it worked wonders. It has been worth every penny and minute we have spent.
I have been where you are.
I can help you get to where I am.
For years, I was teaching classes and private lessons and feeling guilty for being unable to give more to my students than the hour they had paid for. To maintain a training business, I was trading hours for dollars and, all the while, knowing that people needed more. More time, more support — more everything.
You simply cannot get enough from a couple classes or private lessons to give you a fighting chance at modifying reactivity.
When we opened the online Academy, I had a lightbulb moment: my students get the same amazing results as in-person classes. But on top of that, they gain a level of knowledge that is unparalleled. The skills are easily transferred because the foundation is there.
The students are more satisfied because they have access to me five days a week! That’s something I could never have accomplished before in one-on-one training.
I am so excited to be able to offer this to you, knowing that you'll feel the same.
You'll have access to consistent, safe information, almost-daily guidance and support, PLUS the added benefit of a community that doesn't shame you or blame you. They support you because they understand you — they’re in the very same position.
It's time! There's a seat with your name on it.
You've done your research. You've checked me out. You know you'll be more successful if you join us and get regular support rather than "going it alone".
It's a small financial commitment that’s well worth what you're getting out of it. You've got that warm and fuzzy feeling. I feel it too. I know we're going to rock this together.