The Dog’s Assistant was formed with the sole purpose of improving the lives of dogs and their owners throughout South Western Ontario and the GTA.

The Dog’s Assistant is owned and operated by Erica Garven CPDT-KA. Erica has over 18 years of experience working with dogs, and through achieving extensive continuing education credits, lengthy experience with real behaviour issues, and a list of client referrals, she has accomplished the pre-requisites and top exam results to be called a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). The Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers is one of the most respected certifications in dog training, and you may find more information about the Council on their web page,

Erica has been published in Animal Wellness magazine and the City Parent’s Baby Book, and is also a regular contributor to Boxer Rescue Ontario’s newsletter. She completed an apprenticeship program with an internationally renowned aggression specialist, has been educated as a Canine Nutrition Specialist, a professional member of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers, is certified in Pet First Aid, and has begun teaching the new generation of trainers through apprenticeship programs with The Dog’s Assistant. Erica is also the behaviour consultant for several rescue organizations in Ontario.

She has improved the lives of countless dogs and clients since forming The Dog’s Assistant, has a reputation for varying her techniques to match unique dog/owner relationships, and is known for never giving up on any dog, regardless of how serious their issues.

Erica can be reached by email at,
or by phone at 416-471-2737.

Erica has over 16 years experience working with dogs The Dogs Assisstant is Pet First Aid Certified Canadian Association of Professional Pet Trainers Certification Council For Proessional Dog Trainers

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