Cranky Canine

Cranky Canine is a one-of- a-kind, specialized group program for dogs who are fearful, defensive, or offensive toward other dogs while on leash. They often make embarrassing displays including barking and lunging at other dogs. 

This group program consists of three dog-and-handler teams working together on learning coping strategies for reactive dogs, including impulse control, relaxation, foundation skills, and building focus despite distraction. Most importantly, we work on changing your dog's emotional response to other dogs while on leash. Safety is our priority; there are visual barriers between dogs, timed entrances and exits, and a strict screening process to ensure safety for all students.  

    Tuition includes:

    • Four 60min group classes with LIVE decoy dogs
    • Lifetime support via private Facebook group from instructors and classmates (past and present) with "setup" opportunities
    • Regular LIVE Q&A webinars for followup support from instructors


    • One related webinar
    • One 30min virtual consult
    • Two 60min in-school private training sessions

    Next series starts September 2018


    (does not include the prerequisite program fee)

    To register, you must complete the prerequisites and receive an invitation to this program.

    Requirements: Dogs must be 8 months of age and up, friendly toward people and up to date on Rabies vaccine (within 3 years or titer test). Rescue dogs must be in your home for >1 month prior to joining the group program. Children under 16 years of age are not permitted in the school during Cranky Canine classes for liability reasons - please arrange for childcare if this applies to you! Each dog must have TWO adult handlers and we do not make exceptions to this requirement for safety reasons. Please ask us for creative solutions for solo handlers (dog walker, friend, family member, neighbour, or one of our paid assistants).  Click here for the form we ask that your vet sign if your vaccination proof is from outside Ontario. A letter from your vet stating acceptable titer test results gladly accepted.

    I highly recommend the Cranky Canine program! After completing the 4 week program just last week 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 and Mirkka take the time to make sure you not only understand the exercises but demonstrate ways for you to over come the specific challenges of your dog. I would not think twice about recommending them to any of my friends in rescue or anyone who owns a pet with “ special” issues.
    — Amy W. & "Misfit"
    We took the Cranky Canine course with our dog and it was amazing. We now have the tools we need to walk our cranky canine in downtown Toronto and our dog is much happier now that we can better manage his anxiety. I cannot recommend this course enough for anyone who as a dog with leash reactivity.
    — Stephanie K. & "Koko"
    Classes at The TCCE with trainers Caryn and Mirkka have been an amazing experience and helped so much! Our dog Dakota came to us from the Humane Society with a host of issues, but with the phenomenal care and support that was provided we’ve made huge progress changing her behaviour patterns. All this with a progressive, positive training approach.
    — Michael W. & "Dakota"