ABCs 4 Dogs

Dr. Andrea Breen is a canine behaviour consultant who helps dogs and their humans thrive together in their everyday lives. Her approach is force-free, coercion-free and rooted in deep understanding of canine psychology, learning and behaviour. Andrea works with caregivers across Canada (via Zoom) and provides in-home sessions in the west end of Toronto. In her “day job” she is an Associate Professor of Family Relations and Human Development at the University of Guelph, Associated Faculty with the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare, and Director of the FIDO research lab, where she leads research on dog-human relationships. Andrea is a volunteer with SafePet Ontario and contributes to the education of other dog behaviour professionals as a content contributor at The DoGenius Institute. She lives in Dufferin Grove (Toronto) with her partner, 2 children, and 2 Mexican street dog mixes.

For bookings and inquiries, please contact Andrea at abcs4dogs@gmail.com


Services

Single Session Consults include a Q & A session and a follow-up email with a summary of recommendations and additional resources. The cost is $95 + HST for a 60-minute remote session or $130 + HST for a 90-minute session. Additional charges may apply for in-home sessions.

Ideally started BEFORE your new best friend comes home, the ABCs of Rescue package 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 cost is $480 (+HST) for remote sessions.

Andrea’s Dynamic Dog consultations dig deep to understand the root causes of dogs’ behavioural struggles and include consideration of physical and psychological health, including emotions, relationships, sleep, exercise, movement patterns, posture, 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 to share with your veterinarian. The cost is $390 (+HST) for remote sessions. For more on the Dynamic Dog process and the importance of considering undiagnosed pain as a factor in behaviour problems, check out this article in Dogs Today Magazine:

Andrea developed this program to help families prepare for life with baby(ies) and/or toddler(s) and dog(s). 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 cost is $480 (+HST) for remote sessions.

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

Qualifications

Andrea grew up riding, training and showing horses and has lived with dogs most of her life. She earned the Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour through the International School for Canine Psychology and Behaviour (ISCP) under the mentorship of Dr. Teresa Tyler. Andrea is an ISCP-certified dog trainer, a licensed Dynamic Dog Practitioner, a licensed Family Paws Parent Educator and a graduate of the Aggression in Dogs Master Course. She is always learning more about dogs and recently completed veterinary behaviourist Dr. Amber Batson’s “Puppy Power” course and is wrapping up Dr. Batson’s intensive year-long Aggression for Dog Behaviour Professionals. Andrea has also taken courses with Sindhoor Pangal, Amy Cooke, Leslie McDevitt, Victoria Stillwell, Kathy Kawalec, Rachel Leather (Canine Developmental Trauma) and Karen Webb (Applied Zoopharmacognosy) and she completed a mentorship with Winkie Spiers. She is an associate member of the Pet Dog Trainers of Europe (PDTE) and a founding member of the Association of Dynamic Dog Practitioners. Andrea holds degrees in education and developmental psychology from McGill University, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the University of Toronto.

Blog

New puppy socialization

The other day I went to our local farmer’s market. It was a beautiful day and the first market of the season. It was full of people chatting and shopping, children running around, dogs everywhere. I watched as a woman walked her tiny, very frightened puppy through the crowd. The poor little guy was doingContinue reading “New puppy socialization”