ABCs 4 Dogs Training

Dr. Andrea Breen is an ISCP-certified dog trainer and behaviour practitioner (ISCP.Adv.Canine.Prac), and a licensed Family Paws Parent Educator. She is the first certified Dynamic Dog practitioner in Canada and is skilled in using analytic techniques to detect discomfort and pain that may be causing and/or contributing to problem behaviour. Andrea 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.

Approach

ABCs 4 Dogs is rooted in a whole-dog approach that emphasizes canine physical and psychological well-being and close, mutually respectful dog-human relationships. Andrea especially enjoys working with new rescue dogs and families with young children and has a special interest in connections between pain and behaviour.

Andrea is a force-free trainer. She 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. 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.

Behaviour Consultations

If you are a dog guardian and would like to inquire about behaviour consultations, please reach out to Andrea by email at abcs4dogs@gmail.com. Individual consultations are available to people across Canada (via Zoom). At this time, in-person appointments are not available.

What to expect from an initial consultation:

  1. Initial zoom meeting. Andrea will ask lots of questions about your dog’s behaviour, health, day-to-day activities and relationships. She will provide initial recommendations you can implement right away.
  2. Wellness Assessment. Pain is a hidden factor in a large percentage of behavioural cases and should be ruled out prior to beginning any training program. You may be asked to provide copies of your veterinary records. You may also be asked to take some specific photos and videos of your dog’s posture and movement. These are used to look for signs of possible pain or discomfort that may contribute to your dog’s emotional and/or behavioural difficulties. Further consultation with your veterinarian may be required prior to beginning a training program.
  3. Follow-up meeting. We’ll discuss the detailed assessment and an individualized training plan. The training plan and recommendations will also be provided in an email.