"The Great Outdoors"

The advanced level is held exclusively outdoors. This course is designed to teach you how to train your dog to respond to you from a distance. Various locations are selected according to the lesson plan. You will learn how to convert distractions into reinforcements.

To maximize your dog’s safety and to build owners confidence this class focuses on coming when called, sit/down stay, sitting from a distance and walking on leash.

Common distractions we encounter are birds, other dogs walking and/or jogging with their owners, joggers, bikes, skateboards, strollers, and sometimes a very brave squirrel. When your dog is busy observing, listening and / or sniffing any of the above distractions, you will learn how to teach your pup to hear your command as well as respond from a distance.
It is quite impressive to observe the rate of response increase as this course progresses.

Our sit/down stay exercise is used frequently during the course. To ensure safety for all, when a biker or jogger is passing through, all of the dogs must go to a stay command. The dogs line up side by side or will group together and wait until their owners give them the okay to move. This is always such a proud moment for all as the biker or jogger gives a heartfelt “thank you” to the group. Many heads have turned and many smiles given to our outdoor classes. It is remarkable how a solid sit/down stay can positively affect those who are unsure of our faithful friends.


Sitting at a distance is an exercise we include in all our programs. We also incorporate the stay right from the beginner program. Our goal is for your dog to “sit and stay” the instant the command is given regardless of where you are and where your dog is. This is our safety command. When a dog can respond to sit and stay under any circumstances such as distance and distractions, this is a safe dog. The advanced course will develop your dogs listening skills.

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.