Canine Companion II

This program has proven to be a favourite at Pup-Eez as owners are continually impressed by their faithful friends.

The intermediate class is designed to provide you with the skills to enhance your dogs reliability. Now that both owner and dog have the foundation, we can begin to focus on developing reliable responses with distractions. A variety of distractions are introduced at this level to heighten your dog’s performance. Our canine companions do require distraction training so they can learn to hear your commands while distracted. This course is essential to your dog’s safety and your peace of mind. Exercises such as heeling, sit/down at a distance, out of sight commands, the introduction of distractions to sit/down stay and coming when called and more. Our goal is to teach your dog to understand the words so as to eliminate confusion. One example is the sit command. Many of us believe our dog understands the word sit, however when asked to “sit” from the down position, many dogs are quite confused. This actually means your dog does not understand the “word” sit. You will see increased reliability when your dog understands the words.

Other dogs will prove to be a major distraction for your dog. We take full advantage of our situation during this course. Our puppy participants will be strategically set up in various common scenarios to distract your dog. When possible we will also invite new dogs from other classes for added fun. We will demonstrate fun and exciting techniques which will assist your dog to continue to respond to you. Most importantly, dogs must be successful so they can learn. Each exercise at Pup-Eez is developed so both owner and dog are successful. Individual attention is a priority at Pup-Eez. Each dog 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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 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.