Choosing a Dog Training School

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You’ve got a lot of choice about where to go for dog training expertise.

So, why choose us?

First, read this article by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior – How to Choose a Dog Trainer

And, here are five reasons:

1. Start ANY Time Programs

Unlike other schools that have rigid start dates and require a committing to a single day and time week after week – new students join us at any time. Both our Puppy Socialization and Foundation Skills classes are setup to be Start Anytime at both our Dundas West and Pape Village locations.

2. Convenient Locations

We have two locations – one in Dundas West (Dundas West at Ossington, steps away from Trinity Bellwoods), and the other in Pape Village (Pape Avenue at Cosburn). Both are easily accessible by car (and have on-street, side-street, and parking lots nearby) and TTC.

3. Experience Counts

We first opened our doors for classes in January 2010. Since then, over 7000 dogs and their families have taken classes at When Hounds Fly. Most of our new students are referrals from past students, veterinarians, and other pet industry professionals. Our reputation and success is built upon the success of our students!

4. Outstanding Training and Effective Results

Utilizing the techniques developed and advocated by Karen Pryor (, our force-free methods are safe for all family members, strengthen (not damage) your relationship with your dog, and are scientifically proven to be the most effective.


Read about our training methods here.

5. Top Instructors

We were the first school to really bring serious clicker training to Toronto – nine years later, everyone else is jumping on the clicker bandwagon. But not all dog trainers using clickers are created equal. All the senior instructors at When Hounds Fly are either Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partners (KPACTP), or have their Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) designation, or both, so we are proud to maintain the highest standards of instruction of any school in Toronto.

Read more about our instructors here.

Still not sure?

Contact us and let us know what questions you have. Or, if you’ve like to come audit a class (without your dog!) and see for yourself, we’ve love to have you visit.

8 Replies to “Choosing a Dog Training School”

  1. Hi, I was recommended to your school by my Vet (Dundas West Animal Hospital). I have a 4 month old female Shih Tzu and I would like to enroll her in your puppy socialization classes. Please let me know if you have room and if so, what are your schedules. Looking forward to your quick reply.

  2. Hi,

    I would like to enroll my puppy into your puppy socialization class tomorrow or Sunday April 8th please let me know if there are any classes available?


  3. Hi! I have a 5 year old rescue who we got at 11 months old from the Toronto Humane Society. She did training classes in her first year with us and has been a very well-behaved dream.
    She does have some separation anxiety though (which we have made lots of progress on), but the remaining stress for her that we have not been able to tackle is her dog-on-dog reactiveness. She is aggressive with other dogs and it has become worse over time. We are interested in doing some socializing with her at your Dundas location and wondered if your program would be a good fit for this.

  4. Hi, I cant find your new student enrollment form anywhere on this site. Can you please email me one?
    I am interested in the Foundations training for my 10 month old boxer mix.

  5. Hi, my name is Joanne and I was give your number by my Vet. My dog Buddy is having some serious separation & anxiety issues. Not sure if this is the right place for him. I’m afraid to leave him b/c as soon as I do he starts barking and this stresses me out. Didn’t want to put him on meds cause that will cause other issues…so if u have any advice for me please let me know.


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