ABCs 4 Dogs

Toronto-based ABCs 4 Dogs focuses on raising Awareness of welfare issues in pet dogs, nurturing positive, species-appropriate Behaviour to enhance canine well-being, and deepening Connection in human-dog relationships.

Dr. Andrea Breen is an ISCP-certified dog trainer and behaviour practitioner (ISCP.Adv.Canine.Prac), a licensed Family Paws Parent Educator, and she has completed specialized training in canine aggression through the Aggression in Dogs Master Course. Andrea has a special interest in the relationship between pain and problem behaviour and is currently completing the intensive Dynamic Dog course to develop her skills in assessing pain and creating behavioural interventions that promote physical as well as mental health.

Andrea’s work teaching dogs and their humans is also informed by her “day job”. She is an associate professor of Family Relations & Human Development at the University of Guelph, where she co-directs the Families Interacting with Dogs (FIDO) research lab. An award-winning educator, Andrea is highly regarded for her warm, empathic approach and ability to create inclusive learning environments.

Training and Behaviour Consultations

If you would like to inquire about training and behaviour consultations, please reach out to Andrea by email at

Personalized training and behaviour consultations take the whole dog into account (including the dog’s physical and mental health, behaviour and relationships). Individual sessions are available in person (Toronto) and across Canada (via Zoom). Special packages are available for new rescues, families expecting new babies, and families with young children. Discounted rates are available for First Nations, Métis and Inuit families.

For quick tips on living with kids and dogs, check out Andrea’s recent articles on kids and dogs in Today’s Parent.

More about Andrea and Dogs

Andrea lives in Toronto with her partner, children, and 2 Mexican street dog mixes, Ash and Esme. She has shared her life with dogs since the age of 6 and grew up riding and showing horses. Andrea got interested in dog training when she took her first class with a positive reinforcement trainer in 2003. In 2018, her dog, Ash, developed “reactivity” to other dogs and her efforts to understand and help Ash led Andrea to become a professional dog trainer. You can read more about Andrea’s journey to dog training in this feature article on animal rights and dog training in the November 2020 issue of the IAABC Journal.

Andrea is an Associate Member of the Professional Dog Trainers of Europe, and supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC), and the International Companion Animal Network (ICAN). She teaches and learns with other canine behaviour professionals as a content contributor and den member with The DoGenius.