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.