Safe, positive, and healthy human to dog interactions start with learning to understand and speak their language.  This full day course is uniquely designed for Veterinary Technicians, Kennel Attendants, Doggy Daycare Attendants, Professional Dog Walkers, and Animal Care Professionals and is broken down into 3 main components; Canine Behaviour, Dog to Dog Reactivity, and Canine Self Defense.  Throughout the day participants will learn how to read canine body language, understand vocal communication, identify their emotional state as well as how to change their emotional state to promote safety for both animal and handler.  The Canine Self Defense portion of this course equips the participants with the skills to defuse a volatile dog, safely break up a dog fight and protect themselves in the event they are attacked by a dog.

Topics to be covered include:

  • How to read canine body language
  • Understanding vocal communication
  • Typical breed group dispositions
  • Human to canine communication
  • Identifying and categorizing types of dog reactivity
  • How to defuse antagonistic behaviour displays 
  • How to safely break up a dog fight
  • Quickly assessing the intentions of an approaching dog
  • Avoiding errors when being approached by a hostile dog
  • Defusing displays of aggression directed towards you
  • Protecting yourself in the event an attack becomes unavoidable

Canine Foundations is proud to offer 5 OAVT (Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians), 8 CCPDT (Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers) and 8 IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants) Continuing Education Credits for Canine Attendant Training.

Dates & Locations


When: February 25, 2024, from 9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: Doggieville, 1166 Gorham St Unit 4, Newmarket, ON, L3Y 8W4

Cost: $250

Registration: To register for the waiting list please email info@caninefoundations.com


When: September 15, 2024, from 9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: Doggieville, 1166 Gorham St Unit 4, Newmarket, ON, L3Y 8W4

Cost: $250

Registration: To register for the waiting list please email info@caninefoundations.com


To be placed on a waiting list for our next class, or for information on ordering a private course, please contact our Corporate Training Manager at (647) 284-7584