Foundation Skills 1-on-1 Private Training

Want to learn some of the Foundation Skills curriculum, but with 1-on-1 coaching? Or, maybe you have taken group classes with us, but want extra coaching 1-on-1 in your own home/in your neighbourhood?

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: Fear, Anxiety, and Aggression issues are OUT OF SCOPE for this offering.

The Program

Private In-Home Lessons covering basic Foundation Skills such as:

  • Focus/Attention and Name Response
  • Walk With Me
  • Lay Down
  • Hand Targeting (Touch)
  • Go to Bed
  • Playing Tug (And Drop)
  • Sit-Stay, Down-Stay
  • Doggie Zen (aka Leave It)
  • Paw Object
  • Recall Exercises
  • Engage-Disengage
  • Behaviour Generalization

Also, if you have a puppy under 5 months age, we can help you with matters normally covered in Puppy Socialization classes such as:

  • House Training
  • Nipping/Biting
  • Preventing Resource Guarding
  • Handling/Grooming/Restraint Exercises

K. Turner

“Rachael was absolutely wonderful – she is experienced, knowledgeable and makes you feel super comfortable and confident. She gave us great tips, answered all of our questions, and was overall an excellent teacher (showing us by example and then having both my husband and I try). We had moved condo buildings and our dog had become reactive to some of the new dogs in the building and in just 2 sessions with Rachael he has improved so much. He now seems relaxed and secure and excited about his new routine and skills.  How much she cares about dogs comes across and you can tell she really wants to help.”

– K. Turner

Steph, Dylan, & King

“We are thrilled with how far King has come!

King is a rescue from the Toronto Humane Society and we got him a little over a month ago. He’s about a year and a half and to say he’s full of energy is an understatement. When we first got him we were told he was very dog aggressive, and probably wouldn’t do well in a condo.

Enter Stephanie – Within the first few minutes of meeting her we knew she was perfect for us. She’s extremely knowledgeable, confident, and you can just tell she loves dogs. She was very patient with the 3 of us and gave us confidence in our training. Without Stephanie we would have never realized how smart King is, and how much potential he has. “

– Steph, Dylan & King!

Tom and Deborah

“A year after our private sessions with Andre, our beagle Jake sits on our front porch and watches dogs walk by without aggression — dogs that used to set him off on sight at any distance. We continue to use food rewards on walks and have reduced fear-aggression responses to a rarity. He no longer guards the porch when the postman, delivery people or friends approach. Can’t tell you how grateful we are for Andre’s sound advice.”

– Tom and Deborah

Lauren R.

“We had an absolutely fantastic experience here. When we adopted our dog, Corky, she didn’t even know her name and didn’t know any commands. By the end of the Foundations Skills Class she knows a ton — how to sit, lay down and even go to bed! Most of all, the trainers gave us the skills and knowledge to train Corky on an ongoing basis. The trainers are awesome and always give individual feedback about your dog. Corky had a blast going to class.”

– Lauren R

Lauren K.

“My husband and I took the Puppy Start Right classes with our pup when we first got him. Two years later I still think it’s the best thing we’ve done so far as pet “parents”. In addition to teaching him the basics and teaching us how to properly train our pup, I think the early socialization made a huge difference in terms of how he interacts with other dogs. We take him to doggy daycare a few times a week and every time we pick him up the staff comments on how good he is with other dogs (even the ones who don’t typically play well with others).
The classes at When Hounds Fly were fun, informative and taught us how to train our dog instead of just focusing on teaching obedience and tricks. If you have a new puppy, I highly recommend the Puppy Socialization class.”

– Lauren K

Service Area

Lessons Via Zoom: Anywhere!


We regret that we can only see you for Foundation Skills 1-on-1 lessons in your home if you fall within our in-home service areas. Outside of service your area? We can see you in one of our facilities:

West End Service Area

East End Service Area

Dog Training In Home East End Toronto

Midtown Service Area

Dog Training In Home Midtown Toronto

What’s It Cost?

(January 1, 2022)

Initial 1.5 Hour Lesson – $165 plus HST

Single 1.0 Hour Followup Lesson – $110 plus HST

Package of Four Lessons (4.5 Hours Total) – $445.50 plus HST (10% Savings)

Please note, for new clients, we require payment in advance to finalize your appointment bookings.

For details regarding class/training policies, please see our Policy page: