Canine Companion I

This program lays the foundation essential to every canine companion.

Our beginner class teaches you how to communicate with your faithful friend. Your dog’s reliability increases with each success. Using a building block approach to training, both you and your dog are set up for success.

Verbal commands and hand signals are used throughout the program. Exercises such as settle down, walking on leash, sit/down/stand stay, coming when called, sitting from a distance and the command “off” (no paws or jaws) are introduced at this level. Your pup will learn how to settle down while surrounded by their buddies during the question and answer segment of class and during the demonstrations provided before each exercise. We also provide a list of establishments you can take your pup/dog to practice the “settle down” to increase social skills and easily accept new environments. Your dog will always be welcome back when good manners are displayed. The settle down exercise will be one of your favourites. It is truly a must for anyone with a new pup or dog. You will be showered with compliments.

Our socialization (puppy playtime) segment is certainly a favourite part of the program. Great care is taken to group the pups according to size but most importantly – temperament. There have been occasions where a large breed pup is grouped with the small dogs to promote confidence around other dogs. In other cases we have grouped a smaller dog with the larger pups as they genuinely prefer the exuberant play.

Every dog who comes through our classes must feel confident and happy to be there.

Individual attention is a priority at Pup-Eez. Each pup moves forward at its own pace.




  • I was introduced to Joy's training by a client in 1992. Over 15 years of practice I had never seen such results in young animals. The combination of Joy's personality, patience and technique leads to a learning experience for her clients and a well trained pet.
    Dr. Greg Usher, Usher Animal Hospital

  • Clear and organized... pleasant and fascinating classes -- great fun!
    Bill Cameron, Toronto News Broadcaster

  • Joy is a new breed of trainer, using the Dunbar Method... trust is built by noticing and rewarding good behaviour.
    The Toronto Star

  • I feel very fortunate our veterinarian recommended Pup-Eez so highly when we were looking for a puppy class. You are very skilled, professional and knowledgeable. Thank you again.
    Sarah & "Jack"

  • Bailey says, "Thank you for all you have taught my owner. She is improving everyday. You are a wonderful teacher. Your love of dogs is obvious and you are terrific with each and every one of us. You are even patient with our owners. We all look forward to the next level."
    Love, "Bailey" (Natalie & Paul, too)

  • My experience with Pup-Eez was with our 4-month-old Rottweiler, Baron. As an instructor, Joy was extremely knowledgeable, motivating and helpful. Baron went on to complete the Intermediate Program and attained a St. John's Therapy Dog certificate.
    Jacqueline Kennedy

  • Jennifer and I would like to express our gratitude to you and your staff at Pup-Eez. Being first time dog owners we were in over our heads selecting a rare and temperamental breed. Thanks to you and your staff's patience and dedication, we have raised a puppy that is obedient and a joy in our home. Best of all, you genuinely enjoyed helping us. Thank you all.
    Eddy, Jennifer and "Jin Jin"

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Joy Oja - Head Trainer

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 Therapy Dog Congrats!


We just had 6 more of our graduates accepted to the St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dog Program.

“Balfour”, “Rita” and “Cheyenne” are featured in the Spring 2012 Newsletter “Bark & Post” – Congratulations!! (Click to Download PDF)

“Roxi” , “Poydras” and “Nessie” from our 2011 Etobicoke class are also graduates.  Everyone at Pup-Eez is very proud.