About Caroline

A Passion For Dogs

Caroline’s passion for animals started at a young age and with Dr Doolittle, James Herriot and Jane Goodall as her childhood heroes, she set her sights on becoming a veterinarian.

But as they say, life is what happens when you are making other plans and in her first semester of a biology program at McGill University, she took an animal behaviour elective and switched tracks to specialize in Ecology, Evolution and Animal behaviour.

The path to launching Raising Rover in 2005

Four years of studying raptors, whales and everything in between and your trainer-to-be veered slightly off-course to become a financial advisor on Bay St.

While this path provided a great entrepreneurial training ground it never felt like the right fit so when her parents adopted a beautiful handful of a puppy a few years later she had her second lightbulb moment and decided to work with dogs.

After a 2-year mentorship program with one of the city’s leading training schools and evenings and weekends dedicated to learning as much as she could from leading experts in canine behaviour, Caroline became Toronto’s first Board Certified trainer in 2004 and with her dog Kali by her side she left Bay St to launch Raising Rover in 2005.

Raising Rover now

The field of dog behaviour and cognition was barely recognized at the time but has rapidly grown and now Canine Cognition labs at major universities are now the norm. 20 years of experience has only fuelled Caroline’s passion for learning and she still spends her free time taking courses to stay at the forefront of the field, taking pride in bringing her clients the very best approaches.

Kali passed after a rich lifetime of lessons and memories (you can read her story HERE) and Caroline now shares her life with Rookie the cat and a Cairn Terrier named Harry. Both rescues, they are not only eager training students but important teachers.

Professional Dog Training in Toronto - Raising Rover - Where Good Dogs Grow

Committed to staying at the forefront of the dog behaviour and training field

List of courses completed
Canine Freestyle
Michele Pouliot
Survive and Thrive coaching program
Dog Biz
The Aggression in Dogs Conference
3 day conference led by aggression expert Michael Shikasio
The Lemonade Conference
3 day conference held by Internatioanal Accociation of Animal Behaviour Consultants and Fenzi Dog Sports Academy
Canine Health Seminar: Thyroid Disorders
Dr Jean Dodds
Sugar, Serotonin and Schmackos: Raw Food and Canine Behaviour
Dr Nick Thompson
Canine Health Seminar: Vaccine-Related Issues
Dr Jean Dodds
What a Pithy: Making Classes Memorable
Kathy Sdao
Dog Aggression – What Do We Really Know?
Dr Lisa Radosta
Social interactions between dogs and humans
Fenzi Dog Sports Academy
Happy Crating! Crating as a Life Skill
Fenzi Dog Sports Academy
Managing a Skills Class – Ways to Create Success in the Classroom
Fenzi Dog Sports Academy
Keeping Safe – How to Handle Aggression Cases
Fenzi Dog Sports Academy
Expanding Your Business with Niche Classes
Teoti Anderson
Knowing Your Limits – Effective Boundary Training
Barbara Davis
Basic Behavioral Neuroanatomy
Dr Lore Haug
Introduction to Neurobiology of Behavior & Learning Part I
Dr Lore Haug
Introduction to Neurobiology of Behavior & Learning Part II
Dr Lore Haug
Virtual Consults
Katenna Jones
Real Resolution: Analyzing and Solving Behavior in Dogs
Fenzi Dog Sports Academy
Canine Health Seminar: Thyroid Disorders
Dr Jean Dodds
Sugar, Serotonin and Schmackos: Raw Food and Canine Behaviour
Dr Nick Thompson
Canine Health Seminar: Vaccine-Related Issues
Dr Jean Dodds
A look inside your cat’s head: The science behind your cat and how to strengthen the human
Kristyn Shreve
Chomp: Predatory Behavior in Wolves and Dogs
Monty Sloan
Treating Behavior Problems with Medication: The what, when, why and how Dr Lore Haug
The Gift of a Gray Muzzle: active care for senior dogs Kathy Sdao
Training a Cat Isn’t Like Training a Dog! Or is it? Jacqueline Munera
C.A.T. Constructional Aggression Treatment Dr Jesus Rosales-Ruiz and Kellie Snider
Fur Babies: From Wolf to Child Shelly Volsche
Do As I Do: using social learning to train dogs Claudia Fugazza
Resource Guarding between Animals: Causes and Remedies Ken McCort
Modular Dog Training Courses: An Instructor’s Headache or the Wave of the Future? Terry Ryan, Dr Suzanne Hetts and Dr Dan Estep
ClickerExpo Portland 2012 3 day conference presented by Karen Pryor Academy
TACT – Touch Associated Clicker Training Julie Robitaille
The Bite Threshold Model: Implications for Resolving Canine Aggression Kathy Sdao, Dr Suzanne Hetts and Dr Dan Estep
Working with dogs who guard food and other resources Trish McMillan Loehr
Advanced clicker skills: shaping and targeting Julie Flanery
We offer online training and virtual consultations for behaviour issues!