Humane, science-based training since 2008

At Liefdog we use humane, science-based training methods to work with dogs. We train using positive reinforcement: adding something to increase a behaviour. 

In layperson terms: offering dogs something that they like (food, play, human attention, environmental rewards, anything that your dog finds fun) in exchange for behaviours that we would like to see repeated. 

The first goal is to set the environment up to allow the learner to succeed, and teach the dog what we want them to do instead of punishing them. When addressing behavioural concerns, we start with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as a way of working through each layer of challenges to resolution. 

We do not use or condone the use of punishment through the use of aversive techniques (leash corrections, physical punishment, jabbing, kicking, yelling, intimidating) nor the use of aversive tools (prong/pinch collars, choke chains, slip leads, spray collars, shock collars as the fallout from using such techniques is far too great.

While we recognise that such consequences can be very effective in the moment, we also understand the effects that suppression can have on a learner and are not interested in taking that risk.

Our aim is to change behaviour in the most stress-free way possible for the learner and to help create and nurture the bond between people and their dogs.

Caryn Liles, CSAT, FPPE, FFCT

Professional Dog Trainer & Behaviour Coach

Caryn Liles
  • Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer - CSAT (2017)
  • Family Paws Parent Educator - FPPE (2018)
  • Fear Free Certified Trainer - FFCT (2017)
  • Primary TagTeach Instructor (2011)
  • Doggone Safe - Bite Prevention Presenter (2011)
  • Dog*Tec Certified Dog Walker - CDW (2013)
  • Pet First Aid & CPR (2008-present)
  • The Academy for Dog Trainers (2016) - student on hiatus
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed - CPDT-KA (2012) - allowed membership to expire due to personal differences

Caryn speaks from the heart, injecting humour and compassion into all her work. She strives to inspire pet guardians and pet professionals to take an active role in learning “doglish” and to communicate with compassion and curiosity through humane and science-based training.

Liefdog began in 2008 and quickly grew to a full brick and mortar location, running 6 days per week with a team of qualified instructors, dedicated to achieving stellar results with clients and their dogs. In 2020, Liefdog's brick and mortar location closed due to the pandemic and transitioned online to a membership model with clinic hours at various veterinary clinics in the GTA for 1:1 training & behaviour sessions.

Not to sweat! Caryn had been teaching virtually across North America for many years already, so this was an exciting transition that allowed Liefdog to reach dog guardians worldwide with almost-daily support and endless resources.

Caryn is recommended by other pet professionals, veterinarians and veterinary behaviourists. Clients jokingly (or not) refer to her as “my dog’s social worker” or “our therapist”.

Caryn has trained dogs, cats, horses, chickens, a rat and even a goldfish. She has a soft spot for German Shepherds and reactive dogs.

Previously known as Whatta Pup! (2008) > The Toronto Centre for Canine Education (2012) > The Centre for Canine Education Inc. (2019).