ABCs 4 Dogs

Andrea Breen provides canine well-being and behaviour consultations in south-west Toronto and across Canada (via Zoom) through ABCs 4 Dogs. Andrea is a licensed Family Paws Parent Educator and the first Dynamic Dog practitioner in Canada. She specializes in pain & behaviour, fear & anxiety, new rescues, expectant parents, and families with young children. Andrea focuses on promoting close human-dog relationships rooted in mutual respect, trust, and understanding.


Andrea aims to prevent and address the root causes of behavioural issues. As such, all consultations begin with an in-depth assessment of the dog’s emotional and physical well-being, activities of daily living, as well as their behaviour and relationships.

Please note that Andrea is not taking on new clients at this time. If you are interested in being added to the waitlist for behaviour or Dynamic Dog consultations, please contact Andrea at abcs4dogs@gmail.com

Qualifications and Memberships

Andrea is a certified Dynamic Dog practitioner, an ISCP-certified dog trainer and behaviour practitioner (ISCP.Adv.Canine.Prac), and a licensed Family Paws Parent Educator. She has also completed specialized training in canine aggression through the Aggression in Dogs Master Course. Andrea’s work teaching dogs and their humans is also informed by her “day job” as an associate professor of Family Relations & Human Development at the University of Guelph (with degrees in Education and Developmental Psychology) and co-director of the FIDO (Families Interacting with Dogs) research lab.

Andrea is an Associate Member of the Professional Dog Trainers of Europe, and supporting member of 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.

Media

You can learn more about Andrea’s philosophy and approach by reading her feature article on animal rights and dog training in the November 2020 issue of the IAABC Journal and watching her recent interview with Andrew Hale of Dog-Centred Care. You can also read Andrea’s articles on children and dogs in Today’s Parent.

Ongoing Learning

Andrea continues to seek out opportunities to deepen her learning about dogs. She is currently taking Dr. Amber Batson’s Puppy Power course to deepen her understanding of puppy development and Bharcs Canine Essentials 101 to learn from Sindhoor Pangal’s work with street dogs in Bangalore.

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