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A Look at the 5 Best Dog Training Centers in Toronto

Whether it’s your puppy’s first steps or your adult dog’s aggressive behavior, only the best dog training center in Toronto can help you!

In this review, we selected the best dog trainers in the city for your fur babies. See which ones made our list and discover what they can offer.

The Cost of Dog Training Services in Toronto

It depends on the type of lessons, the duration of the training, and the learning format you enrolled in. You can refer to the table below for a breakdown of the estimated costs of dog training services:

Type of TrainingEstimated Costs
Obedience Training (Private)$80 per hour
Behavior Modification$440 (4 sessions)

$800 (8 sessions)

Behavioral Therapy Training$360 (4 sessions)

$640 (8 sessions)

In-Home Private Training$480 (4 sessions)

$880 (8 sessions)

Top Dog Training Centers in Toronto

We assessed the dog training centers based on the following criteria:

Training facilities such as their indoor and outdoor facilities, safety and cleanliness of the training environment, as well as the size and location of the training center.
Areas of expertise including dog training techniques (positive reinforcement with minimal corrective tools is preferred) and years of experience as a dog trainer.
Customer satisfaction based on the total assessment from our customer reviews and customer ratings on Google Reviews.
Fees and other related charges for all types of lessons.

1. Gemini K9 Obedience & Training Equipment

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SERVICES Online training, puppy pre-school (3-4 months old), puppy intermediate (4-5 months old), basic obedience – (6 months and older), advanced obedience training level 1, behavioral modification, aggression control, trick training, personal protection, alarm dog training, competitive obedience, odor detection
WEBSITEhttps://www.geminik9.com/
ADDRESS643 McCowan Rd, Scarborough, ON M1J 1K2
CONTACT DETAILS+1 416-297-1077
OPERATING HOURSSunday - Thursday: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Training facilities★★★★★ (5/5)
    Indoor and outdoor facilities    ★★★★★ (5/5)
    Safety and cleanliness    ★★★★★ (5/5)
    Size and location    ★★★★★ (5/5)
Areas of expertise★★★★☆ (4/5)
    Dog training techniques    ★★★☆☆(3/5)
    Years of experience    ★★★★★ (5/5)
Customer satisfaction★★★★☆ (4/5)
Fees and other related charges★★★☆☆ (3/5)

What we liked most about Gemini K9 Obedience is that they have comprehensive courses on offer. They provide everything from puppy training to basic obedience for dogs aged 6 months and older.

Apart from these courses, clients can also sign up for special training sessions. These include aggression control, behavior modification, personal protection, odor detection, and more.

Overall, we’re happy with what we’ve seen so far as lessons go. And we were even more impressed to find out how well their dog students improved after just a couple of lessons.

We’re just a bit iffy about the corrective tools that they use. The school believes in positive punishment and negative reinforcement, so they use slip and prong collars.

We honestly think that the technique it’s a bit old-school and could be updated. The only thing that’s keeping us positive about this is that it seems to be extremely effective as a supplement to positive reinforcement.

Other than that, they perform training sessions within controlled indoor and outdoor facilities. And with standby staff on the side, we have to give it to them in terms of dog safety.

The school accepts all dog breeds of all ages. The fees are quite expensive, but most clients we talked to say they’re worth every penny. 

That sort of endorsement only strengthened the positive impression they left on us. Ultimately, they’re a solid choice if you can get over the issues we mentioned, especially if you need specialized training for your pet.

Pros

  • Comprehensive training course
  • Large outdoor facilities
  • Offers online dog training services
  • Accepts all breeds and all dog ages
  • Provides skill-oriented training courses
  • Free evaluations

Cons

  • Uses corrective tools that some owners may dislike during training
  • Expensive fees

Customer Reviews

Smooth training process

In a nutshell Excellent experience! My 7 months Belgian Malinois just graduated the basic obedience course and will be moving forward with scent tracking. Mark was our mentor throughout the training and his experience, patience and great tips were key elements which made this work so well and smooth. Viper and I are Very excited to continue working with him and the Gemini team moving forward. – Ilinca Nicolescu

Amazing trainer 

Mark has been an amazing trainer! He helped with my Golden retriever/Lab mix dog’s aggression and basic obedience. He also instilled so much confidence in myself and my family when it comes to handling Ollie and Ollie is getting better and better every day! Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a dog trainer – Sonia Parmar

2. When Hounds Fly

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SERVICES Puppy start right, foundation skills, canine good neighbor, tricks class, rally obedience, scent detection, resource guarding, socialization, /anxiety, aggression, consent, recall games
WEBSITEhttps://www.whenhoundsfly.com/
ADDRESS1108 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X2
CONTACT DETAILS+1 647-993-2275
OPERATING HOURSMonday - Thursday: 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Training facilities★★★★★ (5/5)
    Indoor and outdoor facilities    ★★★★☆ (4/5)
    Safety and cleanliness    ★★★★★ (5/5)
    Size and location    ★★★★★ (5/5)
Areas of expertise★★★★★ (5/5)
    Dog training techniques    ★★★★★ (5/5)
    Years of experience    ★★★★★ (5/5)
Customer satisfaction★★★★☆ (4/5)
Fees and other related charges★★★★☆ (4/5)

One of the things we liked about When Hounds Fly is their set of training package options. Dog owners have the option to sign up for private classes or do group training with other dogs.

But the real highlight in these courses is the fact that they’re in an open-enrollment setup. This means you can start your dog at any time, according to what’s most convenient for you.

Another thing that earned our favor was their positive reinforcement method. Their style always involves the fur parent in the process, which is what we’re looking for.

Apart from that, they currently have a growing team of 12 dog instructors. So if you want to book private lessons, we’re sure they can accommodate you.

Finally, they have one of the most impressive track records we’ve encountered so far. Since 2019, the school has already trained over 12,000, which is an impressive number of graduates.

One thing that we’re not too stoked about is their virtual training sessions. Actually, they’re quite fun and effective – just a bit expensive at $150 for 1.5 hours.

Another concern that we have is they’re quite hard to reach at times unless you visit them in person. Fortunately, they have 5 locations in Toronto, so it’s easy to drop by any of them if you live close by.

Pros

  • Pros
  • Puppy socialization and foundation skills programs are open-enrollment
  • Accepts all breeds and all dog ages
  • Has 12 instructors for private training
  • Has trained over 12,000 dogs
  • Five locations in Toronto
  • Uses positive reinforcement for dog training

Cons

  • Issues with customer service and promptness
  • Expensive virtual training sessions

Customer Reviews

Knowledgeable instructors

We LOVE When Hounds Fly – the instructors are super knowledgeable and make the training fun, the schedules are flexible and convenient and we have learned so much! Definitely recommend this place to anyone with a dog of any age/breed/skill level! – Alex Howard

Great bonding experience

Absolutely loved coming here. Signed up originally as my boyfriend and I got a pup and neither of us knew how to train him. We learned so much and it was an awesome bonding experience for both us and the pup. Loved that the max class size was only 4 dogs as it allowed the training to feel very personalized. Would recommend it to anyone who is even considering coming here! – N. Sherba

3. Calm and Balanced Canine Inc.

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SERVICES Structured daycare program, daycare program, natural leadership program
WEBSITEhttps://www.calmandbalancedcanine.com/
ADDRESS3202 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N 2L1,
CONTACT DETAILS+1 416-746-6364
OPERATING HOURSMonday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Training facilities★★★★★ (5/5)
    Indoor and outdoor facilities    ★★★★★ (5/5)
    Safety and cleanliness    ★★★★★ (5/5)
    Size and location    ★★★★★ (5/5)
Areas of expertise★★★★★ (5/5)
    Dog training techniques    ★★★★★ (5/5)
    Years of experience    ★★★★★ (5/5)
Customer satisfaction★★★★☆ (4/5)
Fees and other related charges★★★★☆ (4/5)

Calm and Balanced Canine is a great choice if you’re looking for a more positive and private training session. Here are a couple of things that make them stand out, in our opinion.

First, they offer three major comprehensive programs designed to tap into specific skills. They offer a Structured Daycare Program, Daycare Program, and Natural Leadership Program.

We like these options because they give fur parents more flexibility in the way their pets learn. They can choose whether they want something structured or have their dogs focus on one-on-one training.

Second, apart from basic training, we also like that the place feels like a fitness center for dogs. It’s a great combination of a positive environment plus an open-concept facility that allows dogs to enjoy themselves.

On top of that, they also have an exercise area packed with treadmills to stimulate dogs indoors. And, they implement a so-called “free time” session where the dogs are allowed to casually play and mingle with other dogs.

Finally, they offer a valet service where they can pick up your dog from your home and drop them off again. Not a lot of dog trainers offer this, so this is something we truly liked.

The only issue we had so far was in terms of customer service. It’s a minor issue considering everything so it still wins a spot on our list.

Pros

  • Daily therapy is integrated into the training
  • Offers a structured timetable within the day
  • Has an exercise area with treadmills
  • Allots “free time” for dogs to play and relax
  • Has obstacles courses in the center
  • Valet services available

Cons

  • Minor complaints with customer service

Customer Reviews

Awesome trainers

We love this place and their staff. Our dog loves coming there for daycare when needed periodically if I’m out for a while. We also used them for boarding over Christmas holidays recently without any concern. Really nice facility recently expanded and awesome trainers and staff. Do yourself a favor, call them and explore this as an option. Our dog always comes back happy and well exercised when using them. – Brian Kneebone

Offers dedicated care

Above all this facility is a great place to board or train your dog. Not only are they knowledgeable in respect training but also in pet therapy for those with spectacular needs or the elderly. I first handedly have seen the growth of difficult dogs with dedicated care from Zorah and his team. I would recommend this place to anyone, it is worth it! – Estelle Phillips

4. Zendog

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SERVICES Dog daycare, dog walking, pet grooming, dog boarding, dog training & classes, puppy socials, puppy visits, cat visits, retail store, zendog photography, pop up events
WEBSITEhttps://www.zendogservices.com/
ADDRESS584 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2E5
CONTACT DETAILS+1 416-855-6636
OPERATING HOURSMonday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Sunday: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Training facilities★★★★☆ (4/5)
    Indoor and outdoor facilities    ★★★☆☆ (3/5)
    Safety and cleanliness    ★★★☆☆ (3/5)
    Size and location    ★★★★★ (5/5)
Areas of expertise★★★★★ (5/5)
    Dog training techniques    ★★★★☆ (4/5)
    Years of experience    ★★★★★ (5/5)
Customer satisfaction★★★★★ (5/5)
Fees and other related charges★★★★★ (5/5)

Zendog is a one-stop-shop for all pet needs from dog daycare, grooming services, and all pet products. But of course, one of their best services is the training sessions that they offer.

One of the things we liked is that they offer flexible one-on-one training options. You can basically book them for 30 minutes or 60 minutes, or even 5 sessions of 60-minute classes.

Speaking of classes, we also liked their approach to dog training. Each class starts with a personalized training plan and a strict methodology for dogs to follow.

The first session starts with clicker training and then the remainder will focus on the issues that the dog might have. It’s quite basic but at least they get into the specific issues, which we like.

As a whole, the classes are concentrated on positive reinforcement, and by now, you probably already know that that’s what we favor. Other than that, we also appreciate that the classes are a hybrid of zoom and in-person classes.

One more fun thing that we like is that they hold in-person play dates. It’s a great way for dogs (and their owners) to socialize so we give them a point for that.

If we have one concern it’s only the fact that the center isn’t specifically focused on dog training only. So that’s not their exact specialty, but they’re as good as the ones that do.

Pros

  • One-stop shop for all dog needs
  • Flexible schedule options
  • Affordable rates
  • Hybrid classes
  • Offers in-person play dates

Cons

  • No structure set of classes offered
  • Doesn’t specialize in puppy training

Customer Reviews

Excellent care for dogs

William and his team go above and beyond to take excellent care of my girl . I have a large breed dog that is under 2yrs . His walker Irena has met up with us on multiple occasions to review commands and walking technique In order to keep her training consistent . I love receiving updates and photos of my girl and the other dogs out walking .I would highly suggest zen dog services for walking and boarding your furry loved ones. – Stella Oram

Has everything you need

As a first-time dog owner, having a new puppy at home was amazing, but also a little overwhelming! I wanted to get everything right while my little monkey struggled through toilet training, teething, socialization and managing his boundless energy. Zen Dog had everything I needed to raise a happy, healthy pupper: the best-rated dog food, teething toys, harnesses, training classes, dog walking and a daycare with constant, loving supervision. Most importantly, they provided expert advice on how to survive the most frustrating stages of puppyhood with patience and kindness. Highly recommended, especially for first-time dog owners! – Zeena Abdulla

5. Raising Rover

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SERVICES New puppy, teenagers (5 to 24 months), training & behavior modification
WEBSITEhttps://raisingrover.com/
ADDRESS105 Heath St W #6, Toronto, ON M4V 1T5,
CONTACT DETAILS+1 416-996-7339

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OPERATING HOURSMonday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Friday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Training facilities★★★★☆ (4/5)
    Indoor and outdoor facilities    ★★★★☆ (4/5)
    Safety and cleanliness    ★★★★☆ (4/5)
    Size and location    ★★★★★ (5/5)
Areas of expertise★★★★★ (5/5)
    Dog training techniques    ★★★★★ (5/5)
    Years of experience    ★★★★★ (5/5)
Customer satisfaction★★★★☆ (4/5)
Fees and other related charges★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Raising Rover has all the things we’re looking for in a dog training center. Let’s walk through their offerings so you get a comprehensive idea.

For starters, they offer a wide range of classes suited for various types of clients. There are group classes for dogs as well as in-home classes that are customized for your dogs’ needs.

Both types of training setups earned our favor by providing great results to hundreds of clients. During our survey, past clients shared with us the significant progress that they noticed among their pets, and it was pretty strong as far as anecdotal support goes.

And while other schools tend to lack in the online setup area, we prefer this one for a better experience. So far, everything we’ve heard is great, so we’re considering this as a good sign of high-quality lessons.

Apart from this, we also value the 20 years of experience that the dog trainer has. Plus, she’s trained over 6,000 days throughout her career and is a Board Certified trainer through the CPDT.

Overall, we see the center as a more fitting one for dogs that are just starting out in the training process. Just take note that the courses are a bit expensive, which can be an issue for some clients.

Pros

  • Comprehensive dog training class
  • Customized dog training program
  • Board certified dog trainer
  • 20 years of experience
  • Group classes and private classes available

Cons

  • Expensive services

Customer Reviews

Absolute game changer

Caroline was an absolute game changer for our puppy. She helped us transform an anxious, reactive pup into a loving, confident part of our family. She did what many others couldn’t – she figured out specifically what style and approach Huey needed and helped us show up for him so we could all succeed. She’s the best! Highly recommend working with Raising Rover whatever stage your dog is in. – Amy Douglas

Provides excellent practical advice

We have trained two dogs (both labradors) with Caroline and she is fabulous with both dogs and human clients (who I expect may be more difficult).  She really cares about all the dogs she works with, she provides excellent practical advice and is always available for follow up.  Working with Raising Rover is one of the best investments we have made with our dogs and she provides excellent value for the cost. – Derek Vesey

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