Gaby Dufresne-Cyr - Dog Trainer and Animal Behaviour Teacher

Gaby Dufresne Cyr

Gaby Dufresne-Cyr is a prominent figure in the world of canine behaviour and psychology. With a background in psychology and education, she has dedicated her career to understanding and improving the lives of dogs. Gaby is renowned for her innovative approach to dog training, which focuses on building strong relationships based on trust, respect, and clear communication between humans and dogs.

As the founder of the Dogue Academy, Gaby has played a pivotal role in shaping the field of dog training and behaviour modification. Her holistic approach emphasizes the importance of considering each dog as an individual with unique needs, personalities, and learning styles. Through her work, Gaby aims to empower both dogs and their owners to achieve harmonious relationships built on mutual understanding and cooperation.

In addition to her work at the Dogue Academy, Gaby is a sought-after speaker and educator, sharing her expertise at conferences, workshops, and seminars around the world. She is also a published author, with articles appearing in leading publications in the field of animal behaviour.

Gaby's passion for dogs extends beyond training and behaviour modification; she is also a staunch advocate for animal welfare and humane treatment. Through her advocacy work, Gaby strives to raise awareness about the importance of responsible pet ownership and the need to address issues such as animal abuse and neglect.

Overall, Gaby Dufresne-Cyr's contributions to the field of canine behaviour and psychology have been instrumental in promoting positive, compassionate relationships between humans and dogs. Her dedication, expertise, and commitment to improving the lives of dogs have earned her widespread recognition and admiration within the dog training community and beyond.

In her spare time, Gaby practices dog, wolf, horse, and rat animal-assisted therapy with at-risk teenagers. She loves to write, draw, research, and organize social events. Gaby Dufresne-Cyr is the author of two books, the Dog in the Mirror is God and Animal-Assisted Therapy. I also travels internationally to speak about the science of dog training, behaviour management, alternative learning theories, and exotic animal-assisted therapy as a means of enrichment, training, and conservation. 

About Gaby's Dog Training Approach

Gaby Dufresne Cyr between two wolves

Gaby Dufresne-Cyr's dog training approach is deeply rooted in empathy, communication, and understanding. Rather than relying on one-size-fits-all methods, she tailors her training programs to suit the specific characteristics and preferences of each dog. This personalized approach ensures that dogs receive the support and guidance they need to thrive emotionally, mentally, and behaviourally.

Gaby's training methods are grounded in positive reinforcement, which involves rewarding desired behaviours to encourage their repetition. By using rewards such as treats, toys, and praise, she helps dogs associate good behaviour with positive outcomes, making learning fun and rewarding for both dogs and their owners.

In addition to positive reinforcement, Gaby also incorporates elements of behavioural science and communication into her training approach. She teaches students how to effectively communicate with their dogs through body language, voice tone, and clear, consistent cues. By improving communication skills, Gaby helps strengthen the bond between dogs and their owners, leading to better cooperation and understanding.

One of the key principles of Gaby's approach is empowerment. Rather than relying on dominance or coercion, she empowers dogs to make choices and learn at their own pace. This empowers dogs to become active participants in the training process, leading to greater engagement, enthusiasm, and success.

Overall, Gaby Dufresne-Cyr's dog training approach is characterized by its holistic, individualized, and compassionate nature. By prioritizing empathy, communication, and positive reinforcement, she helps dogs and their owners build strong, trusting relationships based on mutual respect and understanding.

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Gaby's Experience

Animal-Assisted Therapy - EMSB*

Mountainview High School (dog & rat program)
Perspectives One High School (dog program)
Focus High School (rat program)
Laurier-McDonald High School (pilot project - dog program)

Professor - La Pocatiere College

Relevant Information to the Animal-Assisted Therapy Profession 
Animal Training and Behaviour 

Animal Behaviour Consultant & Animal Trainer

Les Écurie Casa Blanca
Park Safari Zoo, Hemmingford
Au Coin des Quatre Pattes

Wolf Behaviour Field Guide

Wolf Park

Veterinary Assistant

De la Promenade Veterinary Clinic
Ahuntsic Veterinary Clinic


*Montreal English School Board

Gaby's Education

Concordia University

Psychology, cognitive-neuroscience (student)
Applied Human Science, Family Life Educator (Gr 2016)

Walks 'N Wags 

CPR & First Aid, Walks 'N Wags (2021)
CPR & First Aid, Walks 'N Wags (2018) 

Wolf Park

Advanced Exotic Animal Training 
Wolves, Coyotes, Foxes, & Bison Training 
Captive Wolf Management 


Dog Emotion and Cognition 
Horse Course: Introduction to Basic Care and Management 

Animal Behavior Management Alliance

Advanced Exotic Animal Training & Enrichment (2019) 
Advanced Exotic Animal Training & Enrichment (2017) 
Advanced Exotic Animal Training & Enrichment (2014) 

Quebec Association of Veterinary Medicine

Domestic Animal Safety & Health
Animal Rights
Animal Grieving