Cranky Canine


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

This program is tafught by two instructors, a maximum of four dogs per class, visual barriers between dogs, timed entrances and exits, and have a screening process to ensure safety for all students. Two adult handlers are required per dog for safety.

Our group classes consist of four 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. 


    Group Cranky Canine Program for Dog-Directed Reactivity

    Tuition includes:

    • Our "Reactivity & Aggression" Webinar 
    • One 60min Private Assessment 
    • One 60min Group Trial
    • Four 60min group classes with LIVE decoy dogs to work with

    Class options: Sun 1:30pm / Mon 7:00pm

    Requirements: Two adult handlers. Dogs must be 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. 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 to read about our Specialty Class Policies.

    Private Cranky Canine Program for Human-directed Reactivity

    Tuition includes:

    • Our "Reactivity & Aggression" Webinar 
    • One 60min Private Assessment 
    • Four 60min private lessons with LIVE decoys

    The Private Cranky Canine program is offered to dogs who are reactive toward humans (and or dogs) or are not suited to group classes. 

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    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 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"
     

    Control Unleashed For Recovering Reactive Dogs

    Our Control Unleashed program is for recovering reactive dogs who have a good foundation through our Cranky Canine program or private lessons with The TCCE. Students will learn how to turn stress into fun and distraction into focus. We will teach our dogs to relax, focus, and work reliably in high distraction environments, creating a focused and confident dog.

    These classes are a perfect followup to the Cranky Canine program - mildly (or recovering) reactive dogs. It's a great opportunity to gain the skills necessary to be a successful dog-and-handler team in real life, whether on the streets of Toronto or in the agility ring.  

    Tuition includes:

    • A detailed handbook (value $35)
    • Two clickers 
    • Certificate of completion

    Prerequisites: Completion of our Cranky Canine program or approved through a private assessment. Dogs must be friendly toward people. Dogs must be up to date on Rabies vaccine. Titer test results gladly accepted.