A successful daycare is built on positive client experiences and referrals.  Correctly matching canine personalities and play styles is a vital step to in achieving safe and enjoyable play sessions while helping the dogs achieve their daily physical and mental stimulation.  This course provides Daycare Attendants and Professional Dog Walkers with a safe and consistent process to assess dog sociability for the purpose of daycare and group play.  Participants learn how to; recognize signs of social affiliation, utilize safe handling practices, identify problematic group behaviour, distinguish areas of low tolerances and appropriately match personalities.  A combination of assessment styles are reviewed, including; history taking, exam style and observational, in addition to tips on courteous communication with the pet parent.  Participants gain practical experience in completing assessment and pack integration techniques, designed to decrease stress levels and promote safe, positive interactions, under the guidance of Canine Foundations’ Behaviour Consultants.  Our excellent instructor to student ratio ensures that each participant receives personal coaching, to sharpen their skills in determining compatibility with current daycare and dog walking clients.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Assessment procedures & protocols
  • Recognizing signs of social affiliation
  • Safe handling practices 
  • Flushing out areas of sensitivity
  • Identifying areas of low tolerance
  • Healthy play styles
  • Early warning signs of group difficulties
  • How to promote healthy play
  • Dog-to-dog play management suggestions

Canine Foundations is proud to offer 8.75 CCPDT (Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers) Continuing Education Credits for this course.

Dates & Locations

For information on ordering a private course, please contact our Office Manager at

(705) 835-3177