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The Best Dog Trainers in Dayton, OH of 2023

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Merlin Noble

May 25, 2023

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Welcome to the Dayton, OH Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2023. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Dayton 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 Ohio 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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The Best Dayton, OH Dog Trainers in 2023

Jenna Huffman

Helping people and their dogs connect is the absolute best part of my job. I've been working with dogs for 15 years and I've loved every second of it. I received my dog training certification in 2010 and have been focused on dogs and dog behavior ever since.

I am a certified trainer through the Animal Behavior College and the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. I spent 5 years working in shelters with all different breeds, sizes, and behavior issues. I am a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, an Animal Behavior College Mentor, and I am a Fear Free Certified Professional through Fear Free Pets.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, ABCDT, FFCP

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I offer personalized, one-on-one training tailored to meet the unique needs of your furry friend. With my in-home training, I work with your dog in their natural environment, allowing me to better understand their behavior and develop a training program to suit their individual needs. My specialized training for reactive dogs helps your furry friend cope with triggers and overcome fears in a positive and supportive environment. And with my puppy training and basic manners training, we can help your dog learn important socialization skills and good behavior for a happy and well-behaved life.

Behavioral issue focus: I work with a number of behavior issues including dog and human reactivity, resource guarding, fear, and anxiety. I use a personalized approach to training that is tailored to meet the unique needs of your dog, helping them learn coping strategies and positive behaviors that will improve their overall well-being.

Training methods: I use positive reinforcement methods that are as effective as they are kind. I start clients with a consultation and create a plan that is specific to them and their dog's needs. Starting with a management plan, training techniques, and follow up maintenance, I make sure your dog is set up for success from day one and continues to succeed through day one hundred.

Why I became a dog trainer:

I stumbled upon my beloved pup, Ares, as a sweet, innocent puppy wandering the streets of San Antonio. However, as she grew up, I soon discovered that she had severe anxiety and reactivity issues. Despite my best efforts to seek help and guidance, every piece of advice I received seemed to worsen her condition. From being instructed to yank her collar whenever she noticed another dog, to rolling her onto her back whenever she barked, and even squirting her in the face when she growled - none of these coercive techniques felt right to me.

It wasn't until I delved deeper into the world of positive reinforcement training that I finally discovered the true cause of her reactivity - fear. This realization allowed me to approach her with a newfound empathy, helping her to feel safe and secure in her surroundings, and finally make progress. Ares was my heart dog, and after a long life of sixteen years, she left an indelible mark on my life. Through her, I discovered my true passion - to guide owners and their beloved pups towards a brighter future. If you're feeling lost, scared, or confused, let me help guide you towards the path of positive reinforcement training - the same path that helped me and my Ares.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: What I love most about being a trainer is witnessing the "ah-ha" moment when owners finally comprehend their dog's behavior and what their furry companion is trying to communicate. It's a moment when everything clicks, and the owner realizes how to make the necessary changes to help their dog. At the same time, the dog also experiences an "ah-ha" moment, finally understanding what their owner has been trying to convey all along. It's a beautiful moment that signifies a stronger bond and mutual understanding between the owner and their dog.

My #1 dog training tip: My number one training tip is to enjoy the journey with your dog. Training is not just about reaching the end goal of having a well-behaved dog; it's about the process of building a stronger bond with your furry friend. So, instead of getting caught up in the outcome, try to appreciate every step of the journey with your dog. Celebrate the small successes along the way, and don't get discouraged by setbacks or challenges. Enjoying the journey with your dog will not only make training more enjoyable for both you and your pup, but it will also strengthen your bond and deepen your relationship.

Service areas:

Centerville, Ohio
Bellbrook, Ohio
Five Points, Ohio
Miamisburg, Ohio

Website: https://www.barkademics.com/


Sniffspot Dayton Top Trainer Frequently Asked Questions

How are Dayton dog trainers selected for this list?

These are the top dog trainers in Dayton 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 Dayton 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 Dayton?

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 Dayton 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 Dayton cost?

Dayton 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 Dayton dog trainer. How can I get listed here?

As long as you have a training facility or do in person training in Dayton 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 Dayton?

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 Ohio was $29,660 per year and $14.26 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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