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 other dogs.
This program is taught 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.
Cranky Canine (Group) Program for Dog-Directed Reactivity
- Our "Reactivity & Aggression" Webinar
- One 45min Virtual Consult
- One 60min Private Assessment & hands-on training
- One 60min Group Trial
- Four 60min group classes with LIVE decoy dogs to work with
- Lifetime support from instructors and classmates (past and present)
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. 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).
Have a dog who is reactive to people? Cranky Canine group classes are not suited to this type of reactivity due to the high number of people in the room. Instead, register for our private Behaviour Modification program and work through the same curriculum in a more controlled environment.
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.
- 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.