Dog Trainer Toronto

All of the head instructors at When Hounds Fly are either Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partners, or have earned their Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed designations, or hold academic degrees in animal behavior. We proudly maintain the highest standards of ANY dog training school in Toronto.


Andre YeuAndre Yeu is the first dog trainer in the Greater Toronto Area to have both graduated from the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training and Behavior and to also be certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. He completed his Karen Pryor Academy study under Steve Benjamin.

He founded When Hounds Fly Dog Training in January 2010, starting as the only trainer in a single location, and oversaw its growth to two locations and a total of four trainers today. Currently he teaches Puppy Socialization and Foundation Skills classes at both locations.

Andre is often sought out by the media for his dog training expertise, and has appeared on television programs such as eTalk Daily, Global TV News, and currently he is the official dog trainer for the hit reality series, CBC’s Over The Rainbow. In print, he’s been interviewed by publications such as Canadian Living and the Toronto Star.

Andre grew up in Vancouver, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, with Honours, from the University of British Columbia. He lives with his partner, Hyedie Hashimoto, and their two rescue Beagles, Duke and Phoebe. With his previous rescue Beagle, Petey, Andre enjoyed training and competing in Rally Obedience. Petey had earned his Canine Good Neighbour and Rally Obedience Novice titles.


Rachael Johnston, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP

Rachael JohnstonRachael Johnston is one of the few dog trainers in the Greater Toronto Area to have graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training and Behaviour, and also be certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She completed her Karen Pryor Academy study under Helix Fairweather.

Over ten years ago, Rachael got her start in positive reinforcement training as a volunteer, a mentor and instructor at Sit Happens in Calgary. She graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy in 2009, studying under Helix Fairweather.

Rachael loves training dogs! It fills her with joy to see wagging tails and bright eyes as each dog uses their amazing mind to learn all the crazy things we humans want to teach! And it gives her just as much joy to see owners delighted by the discovery that their dogs are such intelligent and fast learners.

Previously, Rachael was the Operations Manager for Rover Achiever Pet Care and she spent six years walking groups of dogs in some of the most beautiful parks in the city.

Rachael lives with her amazing Vizsla, Oscar, who fills her heart to overflowing and who makes her laugh every single day.

Rachael instructs Puppy Socialization, Foundation Skills classes and Tricks classes at When Hounds Fly.


Sara Russell, KPA CTP


Sara Russell graduated the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behaviour under Carolyn Clark in 2016.

Sara previously worked at the Toronto Humane Society for over 10 years managing the Feline Behaviour Department where she incorporated positive reinforcement in the shelter’s feline enrichment program, designing and implementing protocols and behaviour modification plans for both animals in the shelter and when assisting pet parents experiencing behaviour concerns at home.

Sara is always dedicated to continuing education whether it’s attending yearly conferences, online seminars or reading books to sharpen her training skills and behavior knowledge. Just in 2016, she completed Terry Ryan’s Chicken Camp Workshop, and most recently became certified through the Fear Free Initiative to assist veterinarians, pets and pet owners in making veterinary visits a fear free experience for everybody involved through prevention, management, modification and force free handling.

Sara currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).

She is also a trainer for the 2017 Jackson Galaxy Foundation’s Cat Pawsitive Initiative which aims at teaching shelter staff and volunteers clicker training skills to modify behavior in shelter cats and assist in making them more adoptable.


Tim Alamenciak, Associate Instructor


Tim Alamenciak is a part-time dog trainer with When Hounds Fly who is currently studying in the IAABC’s Principles & Practice program. He was a teaching assistant at When Hounds Fly for more than a year before joining the instructor team.

Tim is a journalist by day and a voracious reader who always stays on top of the latest science of dog training. His primary research focus is working with dogs that have aggression and reactivity issues. He has direct experience with his own dog who came with a suite of triggers that included just about everything on Toronto’s busy streets.

Tim was the recipient of the IAABC’s 2017 Rebecca Park Scholarship, an award that recognizes a commitment to professionalism and excellence in the field of dog training.

He lives in downtown Toronto with his girlfriend and their dog, Bonnie Beans Sweet Potato Pie.


Claire Kilburn, Administrative Assistant


Claire Kilburn is our team’s administrative assistant, and she is currently responsible for processing answering email inquiries and ensuring our new students have a smooth onboarding and registration experience.

Claire is currently a student at McGill University, pursuing a major in Environmental Biology. She has a strong passion for nature and one day hopes to have an impact in the field of wildlife conservation.

Claire joined When Hounds Fly in early 2015, when she was looking for volunteering opportunities with animals. She spent over a year as a weekly classroom assistant while completing high school.

While she enjoys working remotely from Montreal, Claire misses the lively atmosphere of the school and the abundance of happy faces (both furry and not!)

While Claire does not yet have a dog of her own, she does share her life with two cats, Avery and Pepper. Naturally, she’s clicker trained them both and they’re pretty good at Sit and Touch on cue!