Pet Services

Dog Training Classes and Behaviour Consultations

Toronto Humane Society is proud to offer a variety of training classes for you and your pet. We are passionate about advocating for, and educating pet owners about humane, compassionate, and trust building training practices. We pledge our commitment to providing you and your best friend with a constructive, supportive, and inspiring environment for strengthening the human-animal bond!

Group Dog Training Classes

Our group training classes are led by certified animal trainers and designed to meet your dog’s needs at every stage of their life. From puppy classes to foundations skills, to intermediate and advanced levels, our group classes provide proactive, enriching and positive reinforcement-based curriculum to set you and your dog up for success as you strengthen your human animal bond.

Private Dog Behaviour Consultations and Training Classes

We offer private behaviour consultations and private training classes, both in–home and at our River Street location. Virtual classes are also available. Behaviour consultations and private training classes are suitable for dogs who struggle with problem behaviours and complex challenges. Our experienced animal trainers and behaviour consultants are highly certified and will create a plan to help you manage and resolve issues including, but not limited to reactivity, fearfulness, separation anxiety, jumpy, mouthy or hectic behaviour, resource guarding, and aggression. Private training classes are also available to owners whose dog(s) is already enrolled in a group class but would like one on one coaching to work through the group class curricula.


Dr. Jacklyn Ellis, MRes PhD CAAB CSB-C
Director, Behaviour

Jacklyn Ellis is board certified by the Animal Behavior Society as a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, is Certified in Shelter Behavior – Cat by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and is the Director of Behaviour at Toronto Humane Society. She earned her PhD in Animal Welfare at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, where she conducted research on methods for reducing stress in shelter cats. Her work has been published widely in peer reviewed journals and she has presented at many national and international conferences, particularly on feline stress and elimination behaviour. She has recently completed two chapters for a new edition of the leading textbook on the behaviour and welfare of shelter animals.

Beverley McKee, CDBC, CPDT-KA 
Senior Manager, Public Support Services 

Beverley McKee is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed, and a Fear Free Shelter Graduate. Bev oversees the Public Training and the Pet Parent Support Network programs at Toronto Humane Society and is known as a leader in the field. She has served on the executive leadership board of the IAABC, served a term as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer, and currently volunteers with both the IAABC and the Shelter Playgroup Alliance.  Bev is an avid dog sports competitor and has presented internationally on various animal behaviour topics. 

Our Team

Our team of animal trainers hold a variety of international certifications through prestigious organizations such as The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, The Karen Pryor Academy, Fear Free Pets and Family Paws. We offer many years of experience working with thousands of pet parents and their pets on both proactive training and behaviour modification training. We have extensive experience working with shelter animals to prepare them for their forever homes and aim to provide pet parents with an empathetic, evidence-based and results-oriented approach.

Contact Us

If you would like more information on our training services, please email us at publictraining@torontohumanesociety.com

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