Dog Training

As a dog trainer and behaviour consultant, Andrea Breen helps dogs and their humans thrive together in their everyday lives. Her approach is rooted in deep appreciation for canine psychology and the complexities of dog-human relationships. She focuses on equipping dogs with essential life skills and nurturing mental and physical well-being using a variety of approaches that are rooted in gentleness and respect for dogs. Her methods emphasize observation to understand the individual dog’s needs, cognitive, social and bond-based learning, environmental modifications, enrichment, and positive reinforcement. In her “day job”, Andrea is an Associate Professor of Family Relations and Human Development at the University of Guelph and Director of the FIDO research lab, where she leads research on dog-human relationships.

Andrea is not taking on new clients at this time. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please reach out to

Background and Qualifications

Andrea holds degrees in education and developmental psychology from McGill University (B.Ed), the Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.M.), and the University of Toronto (Ph.D.). Andrea earned both her dog training certification and the Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour through the International School for Canine Psychology and Behaviour (ISCP). Andrea also completed the Family Paws Parent Education certification program and has completed extensive specialized training in canine aggression, including the Aggression in Dogs Master Course with Michael Shikashio and the intensive year-long Aggression for Dog Behaviour Professionals with Dr. Amber Batson. As the first licensed Dynamic Dog practitioner in Canada, Andrea has specialized training in conducting functional assessments using a variety of analytical techniques that can shed light on potential discomfort and pain that may contribute to emotional and behavioural issues. Andrea is an associate member of the Pet Dog Trainers of Europe (PDTE) and a founding member of the Association of Dynamic Dog Practitioners. Andrea is also a volunteer with SafePet Ontario and contributes to the education of other dog behaviour professionals as a content contributor at The DoGenius Institute.


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 interview with Andrew Hale of Dog-Centred Care. Andrea’s articles on children and dogs can be found in Today’s Parent.


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