Want to thrive throughout puppyhood rather than just survive?
You've brought home your furry bundle of joy, and it’s hard not to feel like you’re doing everything wrong. Like all puppy-guardians in their early days, you’re feeling overwhelmed.
If you’re a new adopter looking to raise your puppy while maintaining your sanity and your pant legs, then you already know that you need a professional who is there for you on a daily basis; not just once a week.
Everybody out there is “an expert”, and you’re getting conflicting information no matter where you search. It’s hard to know what’s right and what’s wrong with so much advice on Google, from the breeder, the vet, your friends, people at the park, and your family, too.
Wouldn’t it be easier to have a team of professionals guide you through this process, from start to finish, with consistent information that gives you peace of mind, effective strategies, and tangible success?
You're trying out a few different strategies, and just when you think it's working, your puppy changes direction and you're back at square one, and left scratching your head.
YOU'RE IN THE RIGHT PLACE.
I'm going to tell you exactly how we can give you the tools, knowledge, skills, and motivation to raise your puppy into the dog you've always wanted.
By the end of this program, you will:
Create positive associations...
...with new people, dogs, object, surfaces, sounds, and experiences to prevent fear and aggression from developing as your puppy grows into an adult dog.
Teach appropriate behaviours...
...so that your puppy behaves like a polite canine citizen and so you can take them many places with you, without embarrassment.
Prevent problem behaviours...
...like food guarding, picking up dangerous items, jumping on people, barking at dogs, peeing in the house, biting your feet and hands, and ignoring you when you call.
Build your confidence...
...with dog-dog play and on-leash interactions with other dogs and people.
raise a "handleable" dog...
...a dog who is comfortable being handled for things like wet paws, brushing, nail trims, ear cleanings, and basic procedures with your veterinarian or groomer.
I mean it! Really enjoy your puppy and this journey. Thrive, rather than survive.
You want a happy, healthy, social dog who is a joy to live with and you can take almost anywhere.
With so much work to do in so little time, how can you meet this goal alone?
YOU NEED A DOG TRAINER ON-CALL.
THAT'S WHERE I COME IN...
Join the Academy and follow the detailed puppy-raising course. Learn through video and text-based instruction, downloads and plentiful resources.
Connect with your Coach, daily (M-F), in our Community for support and guidance. Join our regular LIVE Coaching Calls to learn new behaviours, ask questions, and get individualised support.
Supplement your learning with detailed (text and video) training plans (called "Roadmaps") and "Quick Wins"; detailed solutions for typical problem behaviours.
Here’s what people are saying about the course
“I have taken two puppies to TCCE - they were very different and both got what they needed to get a good start in life. It is rare to find trainers who have such respect for a dog that they take the time and apply their expertise to see what particular dogs need to do to express themselves and build their relationships. I have also gotten very realistic and useful help in dealing with a troubled dog and I am very grateful for the compassion and care we received. I really recommend TCCE.
KAREN - CHICHI & POPPY
Frido has learned a lot since we joined and he is doing fantastic! The instructors are very friendly, knowledgeable and there is a lot of support outside the classroom. I highly recommend this school.
RAYMUNDO - FRIDO
The TCCE is AWESOME! I HIGHLY recommend them if you want to get your puppy started off on the right foot (or paw)! My puppy (and I) learned so much in the classes. Now that she's getting a bit older, we're noticing just how much of a positive impact that their positive reinforcement ways have had on us as a family! She has her days, but she's honestly so well behaved and she respects us a lot! A BIG THANK YOU! You guys are amazing!
CELENE - LUNA
Introducing the Practical Puppy Program
We’re a team of Certified Professional Dog Trainers who have not only raised our own puppies, but who train guardians like you, every day.
We’ve been running Toronto's best Early Puppy Socialisation classes since 2008.
Your trusted veterinarian has probably already recommended us to you.
We are an online Academy so that anyone, anywhere can raise their puppy into the dog they've always wanted.
Your tuition includes the 3mo course PLUS the full Membership Experience
THE PRACTICAL PUPPY PROGRAM
BASIC MANNERS & OTHER TRAINING COURSES
LIVE COACHING CALLS WITH Q&A
When you enroll today, you'll get access to everything for just:
Does your puppy have their Behavioural Vaccine?
"Exposure" is not socialisation. Socialisation is a process that creates predictable, positive associations with new and novel people, dogs, places, objects, textures, sounds, smells, and experiences.
Dogs who are properly socialised between 8 AND 16 weeks of age are far less likely to exhibit aggressive behaviour, fearful responses, and be surrendered as a result of behaviour problems.
You have a tiny window - let me help you make the best of it!
With such a tiny window in which you can socialise your puppy and give them the best start. This is not to say that this is your only opportunity, but it is to say that it's the best opportunity. Missing this window means that you might have a lot of challenging work to do during adolescence and adulthood. Let me help you minimise that work!
Read that again: "Exposure" is NOT socialisation.
Socialisation is a process that creates predictable, positive associations with new and novel people, dogs, places, objects, textures, sounds, smells, and experiences.
About your Coach, Caryn Liles, CSAT, FPPE, FFCT
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 five 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. She is certified as a Professional Dog Trainer, a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer, a Family Paws Parent Educator, a Fear Free Certified Trainer, and a Primary TAGteach Instructor.
TCCE began in 2008 and is recommended by Veterinarians and Veterinary Behaviourists.
Caryn has trained dogs, cats, horses, chickens, a rat and even a goldfish. She has a soft spot for German Shepherds and reactive dogs.
Here’s what people are saying about Caryn
SMART, FUNNY, AND COMPASSIONATE
I cannot say enough good things about Caryn. 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.
Chelsea - harlow
KNOWLEDGEABLE, CARING, WONDERFUL
Caryn is an amazing teacher, a fantastic mentor, a knowledgeable and caring resource and wonderful person.
CAIDA - DAISY & SPARROW
PATIENT, POSITIVE, SUPPORTIVE, GREAT SENSE OF HUMOUR
Caryn was an invaluable resource in teaching me how to effectively communicate with Layla utilising positive reinforcement. She was also very patient, positive and supportive with a great sense of humour, making the whole experience fun and enjoyable for both Layla and I.
NANCY - LAYLA
Traditional dog training classes are so outdated - you need daily support!
When we enroll in a group class, we enjoy the hour that we get with the instructor and other students, but what happens between those classes when you're living with your puppy in the real world?
You have a question and be stuck waiting until the next class to get answers.
You don't want to waste the next six days, practicing a technique incorrectly or trying five different strategies that aren't working - you need help, NOW.
Anyone can teach their dog to "sit" by watching a video. That's not why we join classes. We join so that we can be part of a community that understands our struggles.
Tap into the knowledge and experience from a seasoned instructor who can help you develop strategies for real-life situations that are quickly and easily implemented.
You could spend $200-$300 on just a handful of classes that have limitations on support.
Or you could spend less than that and get classes, coaching, support, a Community, and so much more.
Frequently asked questions
No one should ever have to "wait for the next round" to join a puppy-raising program. Gone are those days! Join now. The doors are always open and we can't wait to e-meet you and your puppy!
Your tuition is $197 (CAD, plus applicable taxes where necessary) and after three months you are rolled into the Membership at $19/mo to retain access to the programs and support.
Where else can you get daily support from a qualified Dog Trainer, five days a week, for under $20/mo?
I can't imagine why you would want to, but hey - sometimes life changes and we gotta do what we gotta do. If you need to cancel, you have full control! Click on your ACCOUNT button in the top right and you can navigate to your subscription and hit "cancel".
Please know that memberships are not pro-rated or refunded! Membership fees may change and we will not be able to honour your original fee if you rejoin later!
Why would you pay for TCCE's Online Academy when there is so much free advice out there on Facebook and YouTube?
Because you want the fastest and most effective path from where you are now with your dog to where you want to be. You could use those free resources and live in the "trial and error" loop until your dog is an adult with fully-grown behaviour issues...but why would you want to do that?
You want consistent, science-based advice that works. You want to avoid searching and pecking for information. You want it at your fingertips. You want access to a professional who understands you and your dog. You want a Community that supports you instead of shaming you or leading you astray. You want someone your Veterinarian trusts.
Dog training doesn't happen in an hour once a week. It happens all the time. That's why you need daily support.
In-person training certainly has its benefits, but 90% of the time, having a coach available to you, five days a week, is far more effective and supportive.
Puppies all develop in a similar way. Let an experienced puppy-raiser with an education in psychology, animal behaviour, and learning theory, guide you through your puppy's critical developmental periods.
There are so few instances where a trainer would need to see your puppy in action in real life. Trainers don't need to put their hands on your puppy in order to teach you how to shape your puppy's behaviour. You're the one who needs the coaching, so why not make it accessible for you?
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.