Providing science-based education and partnership in canine behaviour to Toronto's veterinary clinics
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Our Vettalks


The Toronto Centre for Canine Education offers FREE on-site continuing education for Toronto's veterinarians, veterinary technicians and veterinary hospital staff.  We cover topics such as canine behaviour, basic and complex behaviour challenges, consulting skills, and more.  VetTalks are held at individual clinics unless otherwise requested. We provide a full visual presentation, projector, and follow-up support. 


*Canine Behaviour for Veterinary Professionals

This VetTalk is strongly recommended as a first for veterinary clinics new to our services. This presentation builds a foundation with the basics of behaviour, body language, communication / ritualization, and helpful tips on how to apply this knowledge in a veterinary setting. 

Puppies and Early Socialization

There is never enough time to cover everything in a new puppy appointment, but this VetTalk will teach you all you need to know about puppies and the delicate developmental period between 5 and 20 weeks of age. Start your patients off on the right paw and set them up for a lifetime of success! 

Canine Separation Anxiety & Isolation Distress

Discover the secrets behind successful modification of this very real panic disorder. We will dispel myths, find creative management solutions, and analyze footage of systematic desensitization protocols. You'll walk away with science-based solutions for your patients and their humans - both of whom may be suffering! 

Canine Resource Guarding (Possession Aggression)

A natural response to growling is for us humans to punish, however what good does that do? Will it cause a silent biter? How can we stop a dog from guarding food, objects, spaces and people? Is this a dominance issue? We'll give you the answers you're looking for so that you can help your clients stay safe while modifying this unnerving behaviour challenge.

Canine Reactivity & Aggression (toward dogs and people)

Barking, lunging, snapping, and biting; by far the most common challenge dog trainers are called in by dog guardians. Reactivity and aggression toward dogs and people has become far too prevalent in our dog population in Toronto, and with the newly updated Dog Owners Liability Act in March 2017, we must be vigilant and ensure guardians have the knowledge and skills to modify this behaviour and keep not only themselves and their dog safe, but also professionals such as veterinary staff, groomers, trainers, and the public, of course!

Canine Fears & Phobias

Unlock the mystery of canine fears and phobias, whether they are logical or not. Learn preventive care for puppies, how to identify triggers, the best way to modify behaviour, and when to recommend pharmaceutical intervention. "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1932.


A focused talk to decode canine body language and communication rituals so that you can better understand what dogs are "saying" to you. We include a plethora of video and images to analyze and interpret.

Creating a Behaviour-Friendly Clinic

Let's create a behaviour-friendly clinic with the help of a Fear Free Certified Professional! This VetTalk is a great supplement to your already-Fear-Free-Certified clinic, or simply a crash course. From the waiting room to the surgical suite, from the home to the clinic, we have the solutions that can provide your clients with peace of mind, your patients with a fear-free visit, and less stress for your team. Increase revenue with the quality of care you provide! 

HANDLE WITH CARE (for veterinary professionals)

Handling dogs may be second nature to you, but passing the skill to a novice dog guardian may prove to be challenging and in turn preventing successful at-home care from occurring. Learn some neat tricks to teach your clients when they take their dog home to administer pills, topical treatments, ear drops, eye drops, dental care, basic grooming, and nail clippings. Also included is low stress handling tips in the clinic for you and your staff!

Talking to Clients About Behaviour

Let's put aside the canine equation for a moment and address the human at the other end of the leash - sometimes the more challenging of the two species in a tense medical situation. Let's learn some effective ways to communicate with our clients by using compassion and helpful scripts. We'll arm you with helpful handouts for your clinic to use to back up exactly what you're saying. 


If there is a topic you would like covered, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate each request.


$0 – at no cost to toronto Veterinary clinics

To avoid disappointment, please register as early as possible. Better yet, make us a regular part of your quarterly Continuing Education plans!  



Stay tuned for upcoming webinars for veterinary professionals and A NEW SUPPORT PORTAL EXCLUSIVELY FOR THOSE WHO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR SERVICES!



about us


Caryn is a Toronto-based Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge-Assessed, the first Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer in Canada, as well as the first professional trainer in Ontario to become a Fear Free Certified Professional. She is the founder of Whatta Pup! (est.2008, acquired by) and The Toronto Centre for Canine Education (est. 2012), hosting VetTalks for Toronto's veterinary community since 2015.

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.

Drawing on years of experience in the corporate world, she shares a wealth of knowledge in communication, technology, and leadership. Having studied languages, human resources, finance, and psychology, Caryn brings a well-rounded and creative perspective to the table when working with clients both human and canine.

As a lifelong learner, she earns continuing education credits each year, ensuring that she is up to date with her skills and knowledge. She is currently a student in the Academy for Dog Trainers, mentored by Jean Donaldson. Caryn has trained dogs, cats, horses, chickens, a rat and even a goldfish. She has a soft spot for German Shepherds and other misunderstood breeds, and three-legged dogs. 

Caryn has appeared on Rogers TV in a live episode of Toronto Speaks: Pet Talks, appeared as a guest in an episode of Doggy House Calls, on an episode of "Voyage de Chien" with Damien Robitaille, has been featured in the Globe and Mail Careers section., and has been interviewed on the topic of breed specific legislation on The Agenda with Steve Paikin

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