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Behaviour & Training

Whether you have adopted from us or not, we welcome you to utilize our training resources and partners below. Our goal is to provide pet owners with supports to get ahead of behaviour challenges before they become a problem.

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Linking pet owners to valuable training resources.

At the end of the day, we want to keep people and pets together. We truly believe that by providing resources to local pet owners, we can reduce pet surrenders due to behaviour issues.

Please check out the dog and cat behaviour and training resources below.

In-Person Dog Training Services

Looking for local, in-person dog training? Here is a list of positive reinforcement trainers, both in our communities and surrounding locations. For service offerings and pricing, please contact trainers directly.

Please see below if you are looking for virtual training services.

Virtual Feline Behaviour Services

Our friends at Toronto Humane Society offer virtual feline behaviour consultations, private training and class training services. Their programs are a fantastic option for cat owners struggling with unwanted behaviours or behavioural concerns.

Behaviour & Training Resource Articles

We are happy to provide a number of great behaviour and training resource articles by trusted sources and partners.

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GoodPup Virtual Training & App

The Humane Society is thrilled to partner with GoodPup, a 1-on-1, virtual, positive reinforcement training service that you can do at home, on your schedule, with trainers ready to help 24/7.

Through their easy-to-use app, you can access:

  • Certified Positive Reinforcement trainers
  • 1-on-1 virtual training
  • Same trainer each week
  • Training appts 9am-12 midnight EST
  • Same day training appointments / immediate support
  • 24/7 chat support for any questions
  • Affordable rates - pay weekly or monthly
  • Pause at any time and pick up later
  • Train multiple dogs on the same call

Rates: 1st week FREE, then just $34 USD/week!

Positive Reinforcement Training Model

Positive Reinforcement Training Model


What is Positive Reinforcement Training?

Positive reinforcement training uses a reward (treats, toys, praise, or other rewards) for desired behaviours. Essentially, a dog learns that good things happen when they do something you like.

Positive reinforcement teaching techniques use non-confrontational methods to work a dog’s brain. Things like rewarding positive behaviour, lessening a dog’s anger or frustration, and establishing routines and training actions that are incompatible with negative behaviour, all while enabling a dog to feel good.

Because the reward makes them likely to repeat the behaviour, positive reinforcement is one of the most powerful tools for shaping or changing behaviours overall.

Why Do We Believe in This Model?

The more heavy-handed approaches used previously were believed to achieve obedience in dogs. However, as science has evolved, so has our research and understanding of behaviour in companion animals. Modern science has definitely shown that positive reinforcement training is the most powerful tool for shaping or changing a dog’s behaviour.

Check Out More Resources

Want to read more about positive reinforcement training? Check out these resources.