ABCs 4 Dogs

Dr. Andrea Breen is a canine behaviour consultant and trainer whose work focuses on helping dogs and their humans thrive in their lives together. She works with dogs of all breeds and life stages and has special interests in fearful, anxious and reactive dogs, expectant families, and those with young children. Andrea works with a small number of caregivers across Canada (via Zoom). Based in Toronto, she is also Associate Professor of Family Relations and Human Development at the University of Guelph where she conducts research on dog-human relationships.

For bookings and inquiries, please contact Andrea at


All services are available Canada-wide via Zoom. Andrea is committed to making services inclusive and accessible for committed caregivers of all backgrounds, ages, abilities, levels of experience, and income status. Should you require a customized package or sliding scale fees (reduced for limited income), please inquire at

Looking for advice about an emotional or behavioural issue? Single Session Consults include an assessment, Q & A session, recommendations, and a follow-up email with a summary of recommendations and customized resource list. The standard cost is $120 + HST.

Ideally started BEFORE your new best friend comes home, the ABCs of Rescue program is customized to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and support you need to understand your new dog, minimize stress, begin to teach essential life skills, prevent behavioural issues, and create a strong foundation for a deep and loving bond. The program consists of 4 sessions (60-90 minutes each), links to additional resources and email support between sessions. The standard cost is $480 (+HST).

Before we can effectively change a dog’s behaviour, we have to understand it. Andrea’s behavioural assessments take a whole dog approach and include careful consideration of your dog’s physical and psychological health, including emotions, relationships, sleep, exercise, nutrition, movement patterns, sensory processing, behaviour history, learning style, and more. Consultations include two 60-90 minute Zoom sessions, guidance and support for you to collect specific video footage and photographs for the assessment, detailed analysis, customized recommendations, and a written report for your veterinarian. The standard cost is $390 (+HST).

ABCs of Dogs and Babies draws on Andrea’s unique background as a developmental psychologist, teacher, parenting educator, dog behaviour consultant, and licensed Family Paws Parent Educator. Andrea developed this program to help expectant families (of all configurations) prepare for life with baby(ies) and dog(s). Ideally started 3+ months before baby arrives, the program teaches parents and caregivers how to support your dog in the transition to “family dog”, prevent problems, minimize stress, and nurture healthy child-dog relationships. ABCs of Dogs and Babies consists of 4 customized sessions (60-90 minutes each) with Andrea + links to additional resources and email support between sessions. The program is available Canada-wide via Zoom. The standard cost is $480 (+HST).


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. Andrea’s articles on children and dogs can be found in Today’s Parent.


Andrea grew up riding, training and showing horses and has lived with dogs most of her life. She got “hooked” on learning as much as possible about canine psychology and behaviour while fostering rescue dogs and helping her 2 Mexican street dogs adjust to life with her family.

Andrea earned the Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour through the International School for Canine Psychology and Behaviour (ISCP) under the mentorship of Dr. Teresa Tyler. She is also an ISCP-certified dog trainer, a certified Dynamic Dog Practitioner , a licensed Family Paws Parent Educator and a graduate of the Aggression in Dogs Master Course. She completed the Puppy Power course with veterinary behaviourist Dr. Amber Batson and she is currently completing the intensive year-long Aggression for Dog Behaviour Professionals course. Andrea has also taken courses with Victoria Stilwell, Dr. Amy Cooke, Sindhoor Pangal, and Kathy Kawalec. She holds degrees in education and developmental psychology from McGill University, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the University of Toronto. She is a member of the PDTE (Professional Dog Trainers of Europe) and a content contributor at The DoGenius Institute.


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