Helping YOU to be your dog's best friend!


Tamara’s a trainer with special gifts. She knows how to communicate effectively with both dogs and their owners. Her lessons are fun and easy. The results will surely bring smiles to the faces of owners. She is also available for follow-up question as well as advice. There’s nothing better than having a well behaved pooch!

Ruth Morris

– Shana / Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Tamara used positive reinforcement, which made Mandy an eager student. The detailed course program was extremely helpful in reviewing all we had learned. Tamara is an excellent trainer and we appreciated her limitless patience with all of our questions. Tamara’s sensitivity, support, advice, knowledge and professionalism helped us immensely. Mandy become a “courteous canine”, and our family more knowledgeable.

The Forman Family

– Mandy / Golden Retriever

I loved Tami’s calm approach and they way you can read individual dog personalities! I still use many of the techniques you showed me and would love to have you back again to brush up. Tami’s true love for dogs and natural way with them is amazing!!

Lisa Graham

- Shae / Mix

We had taken our dog to a local group obedience class; but unfortunately were disappointed. When we were told about Courteous Canines, our dog and family were able to get one on one attention. The training was tailored to our needs. Maddy’s favorite part of the program was when Tamara would take us on field trips to town. That was real life socialization! They are extremely knowledgeable and good hearted dog people!

Frank Long

– Maddy / Retriever

My dog was afraid of her own shadow but Courteous Canines and Tamara Tokash worked with my family, myself, and my dog until she learned how to be confident and proud of her shadow!

The Heatly’s

– Brandy / Golden Retriever

I Believe that Tamara’s flexible approach and professional style with training has made Cocoa a dynamite dog. She was a great dog to begin with, but Tamara made her be all that she could be. She is two years old now, and when I see owners having a hard time, I thank Tamara silently for teaching me how to understand a dog and handle them with love and consistency.

Carol Greco

– Cocoa / Havanese

For the past 11 years, which I have had the privilege of sharing with my beautiful Australian Shepherd, not a human who has met him has failed to note what an incredibly well-mannered, obedient, self-restrained and sweet dog he is. I always say that I owe it all to Tamara Tokash! Working with Tamara is a gift. I feel so lucky to have someone of her caliber, character, level of knowledge, and astute insight into canine behavior teach me how to help my dog be the best he can be.

Susan Taylor

– Zoe / Australian Shepherd

"The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue."- Author Unknown


Tamara Tokash put her all into the training for my dog and me! She went the extra mile with each lesson. She has a plethora of knowledge on dogs and shows her concern for their well being

The Balsamos

– Auggie / Fox Terrier

We wanted to give our 8 week old puppy the best start possible; so I hired Jonelle Marchese of Courteous Canines to help me train him. It was a very pleasant experience for both my family and my puppy. Jonelle was such a thorough, patient & knowledgeable trainer. I owe all his good manners to her!

Tara Rosselli

– Ronde / Golden Retriever

We first met Tamara in 1998. We were expecting our first child and had a very rambunctious 9 month old female, black Labrador, Dagney. We had already tried another dog training service which did not work out. After speaking with our veterinarian, they recommended Courteous Canines. We immediately enrolled in two classes, “Babies and Doggies” and “Manners Training”. It was obvious from our first session with Tamara that this was going to be a rewarding experience for both Dagney and us. In addition to being extremely knowledgeable about dogs, you could tell she truly cared about them!

Rosalie & Steve and Szynal

– Dagney / Labrador Retriever

Courteous Canines proved to be an invaluable training program for us and our dog Comet. We learned how to communicate positively with Comet through hand signals, verbal commands and fun games. It gave us the tools to build a life-long relationship. What sets it apart from other programs is the individualized training plan, providing positive solutions specific to our dog. Comet also enjoys the special treats from The Happy Hound, especially the tripe chews and the dried sweet potatoes on a rope!

Barbara Morse

– Comet / Mix