TAKE YOUR DOG FROM REACTIVE TO RELAXED
Are you tired of the judgemental looks on the street when your dog is barking and lunging at the end of the leash?
Let me help you get your dog from barking & lunging to calm & collected.
Cranky Canine™ is a tried and true program (Est.2011) that targets leash-reactivity in dogs, using science-based methods and humane techniques.
Do you dread walks with your dog?
Is your dog barking, lunging, and snarking at dogs or people when you're out for walks?
Leash-reactivity is embarrassing, frustrating, and oftentimes even dangerous. You've tried corrections, training a "heel", various collars and tools, treats, and training programs that focus on "obedience".
So far, nothing has worked to change your dog's emotional outbursts. Am I right?
You're mentally and emotionally exhausted receiving conflicting advice from well-intentioned strangers, family, friends, social media groups, the internet, and even professionals. How do you know what's right and what's wrong?
How many of these lies have you been fed?
- "Be more 'Alpha'"
- "YOUR anxiety is causing HIS anxiety"
- "You're reinforcing her fear"
- "He's being dominant"
- "She doesn't see you as the leader of the pack"
- "He's trying to protect you"
- "It's your fault - you must have done something to cause this"
- "What did you expect from a rescue dog?"
You're tired of throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks.
Stop. Throwing. Pasta.
Let me help you get your confidence back and teach your dog how you want them to behave when you're walking them.
You need a realistic (and kind) solution.
Here at The Centre for Canine Education Inc., you're in the right place. and I'm going to tell you all about how Cranky Canine™ can change your walks with your dog while keeping your relationship intact.
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 feel just as much anxiety as your dog does when you leave the house
- 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 have tried or are considering trying aversive tools to stop the behaviour in its tracks
- you long for peace and enjoyment on walks with your dog
You're in the right place.
By the end of this program, you will have:
- a deep and clear understanding of your dog and their behaviour
- the ability to read your dog's body language and predict their behaviour much more accurately
- 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 to keep going with a clear plan in place
How does this work?
This is an six-week guided online group program that provides you with:
- one robust lesson every Sunday morning
- video and text-based lessons with resources, worksheets, and interviews
- live support from me, Monday to Friday, in our private Facebook group
- a live group coaching session once per week
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.
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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.
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), and a Fear Free Certified Professional.
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.
Enroll in Cranky Canine™ today and look forward to peaceful walks with your dog!
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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, but also to provide you with science-based information vs. pseudo-science.
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 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; they are not so different from us! When we suffer from impulse control issues we tend to get stuck in dangerous patterns.
Dogs with separation-related distress need some help in this department so they can tolerate longer absences and recover faster from setbacks.
Let's tackle this one together!
When you are part of our Cranky Canine™ program, you are not 'going it alone'.
In this program, you will NOT be expected to just read a book or watch a few videos.
- You'll be walked through the program, one module at a time so that you have a specific focus for each week.
- Once a week, we will meet in our private Community for a LIVE Q&A with me! You can submit questions in advance or ask them live and get answers. (Replays available)
- Share your experiences and learn about your classmates' experiences in this private Facebook group.
- Get dedicated support from me, Monday to Friday each week!
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You are NOT alone. I am going to be here with you, every step of the way, from start to finish.
- After graduation, I don't just kick you out and wish you luck! Alumni get TONS of perks:
- Retain access to the course (and updates) and the (archived) Facebook group
- Get Alumni-only discounts on retaking the live guided course later
- An exclusive invite into our Cranky Canine™ Membership where you get continued support (Mon-Fri), live Q&As every month, live training classes, member discounts, and more!
Frequently Asked Questions
Don’t I need in-person training?
No! You'd be surprised! We're getting the same results we were getting in our live 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 is 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 won't have full access to them five days a week... (without paying through the nose, anyway) so at least 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. The animal training industry is unregulated (terrifying!) and anyone can hang a shingle and call themselves a trainer. In fact, there are even unregulated "certifying bodies" out there, making things even more confusing to the consumer.
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.
Click on each of those links to find out more about the organisations and get in touch with them if you have questions!
Note: I have recently discontinued my membership to CCPDT.
What methods do you use?
I wish everyone asked this question! As you know (above) 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. Let me explain:
We do not use/promote/condone the use of aversives and this includes:
- 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 does that leave?
We use humane, family-friendly, safe, non-violent methods of training. If we can train horses, belugas, elephants, hyenas, and bears this way, 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 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 do offer a guarantee that 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. If you need a referral to a trusted colleague who may provide in-person training, I am happy to do that for you!
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.
Are you still sitting there on the fence?
You want to be able to walk down the street with a dog that is connected to you, relaxed, easy to motivate, and adaptable to the environment.
You're tired of hunting and pecking for information online, spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on private trainers and getting nowhere.
Is what you're currently doing working for you?
If it were, you wouldn't be here looking for a solution.
Stop dishing out your hard-earned money for an hour at a time in private lessons!
This program has it all, PLUS the support you need every day in order to make some real progress.
I have been where you are. I can help you get to where I am.
For years I was teaching classes and private lessons, feeling guilty for being unable to give more to my students than the hour for which they had paid. To maintain a training business, I was trading hours for dollars and all the while, knowing that people need 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, a lightbulb went on when my students were getting the same amazing results, but on top of that, they were gaining a level of knowledge that was unparalleled. The skills were easily transferred because the foundation was there. The students were more than satisfied because they had access to me FIVE DAYS A WEEK! 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. Instead they support you because they understand you and are 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 and I check out. You know you'll be more successful (faster) if you join us and get regular support rather than "going it alone".
It's a small financial commitment for what you're getting out of it and you've got that warm and fuzzy feeling. I feel it too. I know we're going to rock this together.
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