Welcome to the Dallas, TX Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2023. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Dallas based on votes from the Sniffspot community and the general public. Over 55,000 votes were used in compiling this list. We have only included the top trainers with sufficient votes and the trainers are ordered in terms of the number of votes received. Trainers that tied are ranked in reverse alphabetical order based on first name. All dog trainers on this list are positive reinforcement only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. This list is a subset of the broader Top Trainers in Texas list. To learn more about our dog trainer contest, feel free to view the dog trainer contest post.
Dog training is one of the most important activities someone can do with their dog. Many come to dog training through a specific issue they want addressed, anything from barking to separation anxiety. Some have adopted dogs from animal shelters with an abusive experience and some just have happy puppies looking for everyday life skills. Trainers can help with all kinds of specific skills and issues, from leash manners to territorial aggression to anxiety around skateboards to common puppy challenges. However, what many discover is that working with a trainer is actually a way for a pet owner to deepen their relationship with their dog. The enhanced communication skills that result can increase quality of life, be a rewarding experience, be a social experience and lead to more harmonious relationships. Knowing that one’s dog is having a happier life can dramatically improve peace of mind. As the saying goes: happy dog, happy life. And it extends further than just the dog, to the pet owners. Owner empowerment can actually improve the relationship between owners. And finding the right trainer can make all the difference in the experience.
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I have my M.Psy, CGC, FPPE and am always soaking up continued education experiences. I have a passion for rescue and partner with many rescues locally and throughout the state to create educational programs and support their fosters and adopters. I have been working professionally with dogs for 15 years. I also run a small non-profit Sanctuary for feral dogs and cats and a few behavioral animals. Our motto is, "Where Passion Meets Purpose." We live that code in our work with our clients and with the animals we have the privilege of helping.
Certifications: Masters in Psychology, M. Psy., CGC, FPPE
More info about service provided: We provide holistic, positive reinforcement relationship building to reach any behavior or training goals. We specialize in all behavior modification and training.
Behavioral issue focus: Reactive dogs, fearful dogs, obedience issues, puppies, resource guarding, prey drive, separation anxiety and deaf and blind dogs.
Training methods: We offer Zoom and phone consultations that create an initial customized behavior plan and then we proceed with in persons as needed. Our work is comprehensive, relationship-centric and just as much about teaching the pet parent as it is the dog.
Why I became a dog trainer: To help give back to the community and create more ethical education on how animals learn and deserve to be treated in their life along side us.
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: The dogs!
My #1 dog training tip: Learn canine-body language and the science of how dogs learn.
Service areas: In person, DFW Area and Surrounding areas. Virtually, world-wide.
Beth began her dog training career in Milwaukee, WI over 20 years ago after graduating with an MS in animal behavior and is also certified in separation anxiety. She started her dog training career working for a dog training school in Wisconsin teaching manners, puppy classes and competition obedience. Beth titled her Rottweiler, Elmo, to Utility Dog and her English Setter, Schmog, to master hunter using only positive reinforcement.
Beth is passionate about continuing education and using modern science based methods. She owns Rehab Your Rescue behavior services where she sees clients virtually and in home. Beth specializes in aggression, reactivity and separation related behaviors. While Beth has a passion for the rescue dog (having 4 rescues of her own), she also works with dogs from breeders.
Certifications: MS, FDM, Cert. SAPT
More info about service provided: Private in home sessions customized to you and your dog
Behavioral issue focus: I specialize in aggression (human, dog to dog, intradog), reactivity, fear based issues and anxiety based issues
Training methods: I start with a virtual behavior consultation to discuss your dogs history, issues and goals. Then I build a training plan using reward based methods.
Service areas: DFW metroplex
I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). My focus is using modern, scientifically based, positive reinforcement training techniques. Providing education to owners so that they can build a better relationship and have a well-mannered dog.
I have been training dogs since 2010 while gaining extensive experience at a dog training facility that emphasis positive reinforcement training methods. While there I taught group classes in Puppy, Intermediate and Foundation Work, Rally and Obedience. I continued my education and became certified in 2014. My main focus is working one on one with my clients. Providing individual attention to be successful with the dog that they have so that they can take them out and about.
CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Accessed)
CCUI (Certified Control Unleashed Instructor)
More info about service provided:
Private In Home Dog Training
Basic Manners, Sit, Down, Stay, Loose Leash Walking
Out And About Training
Real World Training
Behavioral issue focus:
Pulling on Leash
Jumping on Guests
Bolting Out the Door
Training methods: Training plans are created and customized to the clients needs. Dogs are taught though positive reinforcement.
Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer because I wanted to share my knowledge. To teach people and their dogs how to live their best lives together.
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching people and their dogs grow together
My #1 dog training tip: The more often you reward your dog's good behavior the more often it will happen
Service areas: Arlington, Texas
Grand Prairie, Texas
Cedar Hill, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Tarrant County, Texas
I've been training dogs professionally for 14 years, specializing in building the human-canine connection through positive training methods
More info about service provided: We offer in-home programs, board and train programs, dog walking, and socialization field trips
Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, fear, and aggression, specializing in leash reactivity
Training methods: We use positive reinforcement methods- treats, toys, play, and environmental rewards as well as classical conditioning and desensitization techniques to change behavior
Service areas: Denton, Corinth, Argyle, Aubrey, Sanger, Lewisville, Highland Village, Flower Mound
Tiffany is a certified canine behavior consultant as well as the founder and owner of Boss Babe Dog Training, LLC.
She has been professionally working with dogs and canine behavioral modification for over 9 years. Tiffany specializes in aggression, with a focus on families with disabled pets. She is a licensed Family Paws Parent Educator, has received her title as a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine (CBCC-KA), a Certified Control Unleashed Instructor (CCUI) through Leslie McDevitt's program, and a Certified Family Dog Mediator (FDM) through Kim Brophey's Applied Ethology LEGS course.
She is extremely talented in her ability to not only effectively modify behaviors in dogs but also provide tremendous support, compassion, and guidance to pet guardians. She advocates for positive reinforcement, science-based teaching, and coaching style. She believes that these methods create an effective and enhanced understanding of the canine-human relationship. With each dog and handler team, Tiffany has the pleasure of working with, her dedication and drive to continue learning and developing her skills in the animal behavior field grows.
Certifications: CBCC-KA, LFDM-T, CCUI
More info about service provided: We offer private in-home training as well as virtual training and specialize in aggression, fear and anxiety based behaviors. We also offer training walks, sniffari's and separation anxiety training.
Behavioral issue focus: Stranger directed aggression, reactivity, intra-housemate aggression, resource guarding, puppy development and socialization, adolescent training
Training methods: We utilize positive reinforcement based training, start our training plans with an initial consultation and then move to either in home training or remote training.
Why I became a dog trainer:
Most behavior trainers have a dog that brought them into the behavior world, and Tiffany's journey in founding Boss Babe Dog Training was no different. Nadia is the dog that started it all, earning the nickname 'Naughty Nadia'. She was adopted by Tiffany as an adolescent, and let's just say she was not prepared for the rollercoaster of behaviors Nadia exhibited. On leash reactivity? Check! Dog selective aggression? Check! Arousal Control concerns? Check!
Tiffany soon realized that in order for her to support Nadia, she needed to learn more and that's exactly what she did. Tiffany read all the books, attended all the seminars, began certification programs, and supported Nadia in becoming the only sometimes Naughty girl she is today. Along the way, Tiffany's education grew into a passion. She began training and taking private clients, and soon Boss Babe Dog Training blossomed. Tiffany has immense compassion and commitment to working with both the dogs and the humans through training, and can't wait to see how BBDT continues to grow!
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love being a part of the growth in relationship and communication between dog and human!Rather than look at a behavior concern as a bad behavior, take a deeper compassionate look at why the behavior exists.
My #1 dog training tip: Rather than look at a behavior concern as a bad behavior, take a deeper compassionate look at why the behavior exists.
Service areas: Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
I was a musical theatre actor auditioning for broadway shows before the pandemic. During the pandemic, I walked dogs around New York City and became passionate about helping people and their relationships to their dogs. I started my education at Catch Canine Trainer's Academy and assisted group classes around the city. My first dog training job was at a reward based Board & Train facility called Instinct Dog Behavior & Training in East Harlem. I got married to my beautiful wife in 2022, and decided to move closer to her family in Dallas, TX.
In Dallas, I started working for an amazing dog training facility called What A Great Dog! and continue to teach there! I teach 8 group classes a week, and work the puppy day training program. I also have my own rescue dog, Gambit, who has fun training in agility and tricks.
Certifications: CPDT-KA, CCDTK (Catch Certified in Dog Training Knowledge)
More info about service provided: Group training classes in Manners, Puppy Training, Tricks, and Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Programs. Private lessons and day training for manners, puppy training, tricks, CGC and reactivity.
Behavioral issue focus: Teenage Reactivity, Sound Reactivity, Confidence Building, Frustrated Greeters
Training methods: I strive to create a training schedule and solution that works best for the dog AND human. I'm very mental health centered, and make my teaching accessible to a variety of different ages, genders and ethnicities. I also strive for my dog clients to be successful 99% of the time, if they are having a difficult time - we are taking steps back so they can feel successful and confident. I will also make sessions as fun and positive as possible!! I am HUGE about meeting your dog's needs first and letting your dog be a dog with breed-specific enrichment.
Why I became a dog trainer: When I was young, I had a very dog reactive shetland sheepdog. He also had a bite history. I never knew how to help him feel better around his triggers, but we still had a beautiful relationship that I loved and treasured. I became a dog trainer to help myself and others work on their relationship to their dogs and understand them and their needs better.
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Rebuilding people's relationships with their dogs. Puppies and dogs can be difficult and frustrating, but the more we understand their needs, the better our relationship is.
My #1 dog training tip: LET THEM SNIFF!! They will be more mentally stimulated and you will be less frustrated.
Service areas: Dallas-Forth Worth Area, Remote
Certified Professional Dog Trainer by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. AKC certified CGC Evaluator. Over 5 years full-time experience with local dog training facility - senior trainer.
Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer
More info about service provided:
Certified Professional Dog Trainer by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. AKC certified CGC Evaluator.
Helping you achieve a well-behaved K9 and important member of your family.
Providing in-house and remote private lessons. Specializing in home manners, walking, greetings, reactivity, confidence, and basic obedience.
Behavioral issue focus: Behavioral Issues: Jumping, barking, counter surfing, pulling on leash, destructive, reactive to other dogs, digging, and more house manners.
Training methods: Positive based training - rewards with praise, toys and food.
Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer to help owners communicate with their dogs and form a healthy home - to keep dogs out of the shelter and safe from euthanasia.
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a dog trainer is helping owners solve their dog issues and enjoy their time with their pets.
My #1 dog training tip: My #1 dog training tip is a bored dog will make-up their own jobs - which you may not approve of.
Service areas: Collin County
Karen Deeds, is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She is the co-owner of Canine Connection in Ft. Worth, TX with her husband, Bob Deeds, a retired Federal K9 Handler on Texas Task Force I.
Karen started her business in 1994 after realizing the need for educating the public about dog training and behavior while volunteering for a local humane society. She worked in the Assistance Dog Field for 15 years and currently provides her expertise on behavior problems including fear, anxiety and aggression. She has consulted and worked with thousands of pet dog owners, various shelters and many rescue organizations, as well as has testified in dozens of court cases regarding dog bites.
She currently teaches at two facilities in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex focusing on Reactive Integration and Competitive Obedience and Rally. She also specializes in Puppy Problem prevention in the home and working with Reactivity and aggression cases.Karen has presented seminars to the general public, rescue groups, animal control officers, at various dog training clubs, dog training facilities, and various shelters throughout Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Ohio, and Tennessee. She has presented at the Dallas SPCA, Texas A&M Veterinary College Behavior Club, Texas Animal Control Association Conference (2016 & 2017) as well as the annual Texas Unites for Animals (2017 & 2018) . She is often called upon to help rescue groups make difficult decisions about behaviorally challenged dogs in their care
Certifications: Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (IAABC)
For as long as I can remember, I have been mesmerized by and amazed by nature and its creatures. I have been an enthusiastic observer of animal behavior and avid learner of it. To this day, I continue to nurture my passion by working with the living creatures that are closer to us on a daily basis: our dogs.
Victoria is an experienced dog trainer with a life long passion in working with animals. She firmly believes in positive reinforcement training methods and scientifically proven marker training techniques. She created Positively Pups to make it her life working with animals and helping families get the dream dog they've wanted thru using these methods that get results.
"I enjoy showing how effective it can be to maintain training positively, keeping a balanced and attentive dog at the same time in a realistic way that my clients can apply themselves day to day. Helping clients achieve the companion animal they imagined is one of the best parts of my job."
Victoria has always had a natural draw to animals of all kinds- large and small! Born and raised in Texas, she had a great opportunity to see and experience a variety of animals and loved working with them all. Having a strong background in horses & the equine community, she learned how to communicate gently and effectively from the beginning with a respect for the animals she worked with & loved.
More info about service provided: Board and train, private sessions, classes, boarding, owner absent training etc.
Behavioral issue focus: Behavior modification, reactivity, fear issues etc.
Training methods: Positive reinforcement, clicker/marker training - science based without fear or pain involved
Why I became a dog trainer: Love of animals and an opportunity to work for myself!
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping people understand their animals and further bond. The dogs themselves!
My #1 dog training tip: Be kind and understanding. Baby steps, respect the dog you have.
Service areas: Dfw metroplex and beyond occasionally
I've been training for over 20+ years with thousands of happy clients. My goal is to educate people on why their dog does what they do. So they have a healthier, happier and more communicative relationship.
More info about service provided: Professional in-home, Zoom and group class dog training
Behavioral issue focus: Fear, anxiety, basic skills and puppy raising
Training methods: We use only positive reinforcement and fear-free training.
Why I became a dog trainer: Because I love working with people and their pets.
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Puppies!!
My #1 dog training tip: Watch your dog for communication - they are an open book if you pay attention!
Service areas: DFW Metroplex
I am an accredited dog trainer through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and a certified Family Dog Mediator through Kim Brophey's Applied Ethology LEGS course. I have also studied under Michael Shikashio CDBC, completing his Aggression in Dogs Master Course.
I have been working with dogs and their families professionally since 2012, starting off working in the shelter environment and later doggy daycare, before switching to training full-time in 2017. I've worked with dogs with an assortment of problems, but I specialize in aggression. My science-based, positive reinforcement approach to training puts an emphasis on clear communication, compassion for handlers and dogs, and having fun with each other. I believe in looking at the whole picture for both humans and dogs to help them learn to live their best lives together.
Certifications: IAABC-ADT, FDM
More info about service provided: I work at the What a Great Dog Training Facility in Frisco and Richardson where I teach an assortment of manners/obedience and nose work classes. I also teach private lessons there with a focus on reactivity. I also do in-home training through RAD Animal Training, specializing in aggression cases.
Behavioral issue focus: I primarily work with aggressive dogs, whether that aggression is directed at people or other dogs. This can be cases including leash reactivity, resource guarding, and more.
Training methods: I tend to refer to myself as a Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive trainer. I focus primarily on teaching dogs what we want them to do while preventing them from doing what we don't want them to do. I start with a consult to talk with the owners about what is going on and gather information about their dog and their lives together. We will discuss putting a training plan together and adjust as needed.
Why I became a dog trainer: My dog training journey started as many dog trainers do: with a dog that presented behavioral challenges. Potter, a coonhound mix with big feelings and an explosive personality, was my introduction to the world of behavior modification. Helping Potter learn how to navigate a world that overwhelmed him sparked a deep passion in me to want to help others with their own dogs.
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a dog trainer is helping dogs and owners learn how to communicate and understand each other - getting conversations going between them so that they can live their best lives together.
My #1 dog training tip: You can never over reward a behavior, but you can under reward.
Service areas: Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth, Frisco
Macy has been involved in the pet care industry since 2016. She joined Rover as a dog walker and pet sitter, taking on the care of animals with a variety of health and behavioral needs.
After adopting her border collie mix, Atticus, from a local shelter, Macy realized she had quite the behavior project on her hands. Atticus, like many herding breed dogs, struggles with noise phobia and environmental sensitivity. With no formal dog training experience, she dove headfirst into the world of behavior modification. After discovering R+ based training online and through a training center, she discovered her passion for training and behavior science.
She specializes in helping fearful dogs and enjoys developing life long skills with puppy owners. Her holistic approach to training focuses on how we can create long lasting improvements for owners and dogs alike by not only training new behaviors for client dogs but also emphasizing the need for appropriate enrichment, activity and management
Certifications: CGC Evaluator
More info about service provided: I work at What a Great Dog training facility where I day train puppies, teaching them basic obedience, handling skills and early socialization. I also perform in-home services for fearful and reactive dogs and also help maintain skills by providing in-home training
Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity towards other dogs and people, fearful behavior around people outside and in the home, desensitizing dogs to triggers
Training methods: I spend about 1-2 hours consulting with clients to see what training they've used in the past, to understand their goals and to also help them adjust their goals based off their dog's needs. All of my training plans revolve around having a happy, fulfilled dog and human, carefully crafting any learned skills around necessity and making sure they're easy to understand.
Why I became a dog trainer: I have a border collie mix that I adopted that needed a lot of help behaviorally. His needs pushed me to learn more about dog behavior
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching client's bond with their dog grow even stronger. Breaking down barriers with accessible information and watching my clients breathe a sigh of relief that their puppies are normal or that their dog's behavior needs are not the end of the world. That they don't have to believe certain dog behavior myths.
My #1 dog training tip: The best training is play. Regardless if you're using food, toys or praise, make it fun to work on for your dog and for yourself.
Service areas: Collin and Dallas County
Dog trainer who started in the zoological industry. Been training officially for over 5 years and unofficially since I was a little kid asking my dog to 'shake' not having a clue what I was actually doing!
Certifications: IAABC-ADT, FDM
More info about service provided: Group Classes, Private Lessons, Scent Work
Behavioral issue focus: Dog Reactivity, basic manners, AKC & UKC centered scent work
Training methods: LIMA based trainer, group evaluation prior to group classes, private lessons are information gathering, skill building, training plans and homework
Why I became a dog trainer: Dog training was as close as I could get to being able to communicate with my dog and become Dr.DoLittle. I like being able to listen to my dog and be able to understand and respond.
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I like helping people understand and embrace their dog.
My #1 dog training tip: People don't work for free, your dog isn't much different.
Service areas: In facility, Dallas, Richardson, Plano, Frisco, Prosper
How are Dallas dog trainers selected for this list?
These are the top dog trainers in Dallas as selected by broad voting from the Sniffspot community and the general public. These trainers are expert dog trainers, who received votes from their delighted customers, due to their excellent dedication to customer service, excellent results and general care they exhibit for their clients. Many have worked with thousands of dogs and are highly experienced trainers.
How can I get in touch with dog trainers?
Each of the trainer profiles contains a link to their website. You can click through to their website where you can find more contact information.
Are these Dallas dog trainers certified professionals?
Dog training is not regulated at the federal or state level, so there is no standard dog training certification and professional trainers are not required to be certified. However, certifications are important to show that a professional dog trainer has a standard of expertise to help train your dog. Each trainer’s certifications are listed on their profile.
What are the top certifications for Dog Trainers in Dallas?
Some of the top certifications in the dog training industry are CPDT- KA, IAABC, Karen Pryor Academy - KPA certification, Jean Donaldson's Academy - CTC certification and Fear Free Certification. You can review the dog trainer certifications for each specific dog trainer on their profile on this page.
What methods are used in the dog training sessions?
There are many methods for teaching dogs and a lot of disagreement about the correct training approach. All of the Dallas trainers included on this list use positive reinforcement training only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. This includes not using any specifically aversive approach to training or training aid, such as a prong or electronic dog training collar (also called remote dog training collar or shock collars). As for specific training programs and specialties, such as day training / doggie daycare or obedience training, you can see more information in each trainer’s profile.
Are dog training lessons in a training facility or are virtual options available?
Some dog trainers operate exclusively from a training facility, some do house calls and some offer video calls or other virtual options. There are pros and cons to each option and the most efficient behavioral training option depends on specific circumstances, for instance, what hours work best for you. A training center or training ranch can be a good option if your training plan requires facilities, training equipment or dedicated space. We recommend reaching out to the specific trainer you are interested in or browsing their website for more information.
Are dog training lessons private or in a group setting?
Every different circumstance of dog and owners may require a different setting, whether it’s housebreaking issues, anxiety issues, lack of proper socialization, food aggression or just bad habits. Each trainer has different offerings as far as whether they can offer clients a private training session or a group class. Trainers provide information about their private class and group class offerings in their profiles and you can browse their website for more information as well. It may make sense for your specific circumstance to reach out to the trainer to ask if they recommend group or private dog training classes. Some trainers also have a team of specialists that can provide even higher levels of service, or provide specialized sessions, such as pack walks.
How much does dog training in Dallas cost?
Dallas dog trainers have a wide range of costs for different services and phases of training. For instance behavioral modification that involves boarding is often more expensive than day training, and private lessons are generally more expensive than group lessons. Prices can also vary depending on specific behavioral issues. Lastly, some trainers have more overhead than others, We recommend first picking a trainer that provides the services that you are looking for, then reaching out to them to get up to date pricing.
Is training a dog good for the dog?
Yes! Training has many benefits for dogs. Whether with basic training skills or complex training techniques, going through behavior training with your dog can improve the bond that you share with them. Also, training can do a lot to improve the level of confidence enabling of a dog (and it can also help with building customer confidence!). Rather than being about exerting maximum control over them, it gives them more certainty that they understand how the world around them works. For instance, crate training can help a dog feel safe and at home in a crate vs fearful and uncertain. Dog training can teach important skills, such as leash control, potty training or a general level of obedience skills. And lastly, it’s just fun for the dog to learn life skills and for their family. Training can be very stimulating and enriching for a dog and serve them throughout their entire healthy life!
Can an aggressive dog be trained?
Yes! Any dog behavior can be worked on through training and coaching. Aggression in dogs is a serious issue, but it is also a term that is used very broadly. Many dogs that are thought to be aggressive are actually reactive, which is a different behavior altogether. A trainer can help you interpret signs of aggression, such as excessive barking, fear aggression and leash aggression, and type of aggression. If you believe you have a dog with aggressive behaviors, we recommend reaching out to one of your local top trainers to get their diagnosis and advice.
I am a Dallas dog trainer. How can I get listed here?
As long as you have a training facility or do in person training in Dallas you can be considered for this list. We update this list once per year, normally starting in January. Make sure to keep an eye on our social media and sign up for email updates with Sniffspot in order to be in the loop on the next round of nominations.
How much do dog trainers make in Dallas?
Dog trainer earnings vary widely depending on many factors, such as whether a dog trainer is an employee or owns their own full-service professional dog training business. According to ZipRecruiter, the average dog trainer salary in Texas was $30,675 per year and $14.75 per hour. It is impossible to say how much a dog trainer can earn with a full-service professional dog training company, because the size and profitability of companies can vary widely.
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