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The Best Dog Trainers in Fort Collins, CO of 2023

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Merlin Noble

March 29, 2022

Dog Trainers

Welcome to the Fort Collins, CO Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2023. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Fort Collins 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 Colorado 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 Fort Collins, CO Dog Trainers in 2023

Lydia Rakov

Lydia Rakov started her animal journey working in the Animal Welfare field. Over eleven years, she worked with dogs in shelters around the US, including New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Pennsylvania, in an array of situations, such as emergency evacuations, hoarding conditions, and cases of neglect and dog fighting rings.

She has also been fortunate to work with dogs from Puerto Rico, Mexico, and South Korea. For the past three years, Lydia has been working in Colorado teaching humans and dogs how to have better relationships with one another and learn how to communicate. She specializes in puppies and serious behavior cases.

Lydia loves teaching both dogs and humans and believes that learning should be enjoyable and informative for both parties. She is a firm believer in dog individuality and force-free/ fear-free training.She is a CPDT-KA certified trainer as of 2020, and is currently working towards her CBCC.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I provide all types of training for dogs, but specialize in puppies and aggressive dogs. I teach obedience classes from basic through advanced CGC, and teach puppy socialization classes as well. I also teach reactive classes for dogs who struggle with their environment, and work privately with dogs involved in court cases. Two days a week I do day training for dogs that are sensitive to the 'daycare' environment, to help work on proper social skills and learning in a group setting.

Behavioral issue focus: I work with a lot of shy/fearful dogs, and dogs that struggle with intense reactivity to people or other animals including Stranger Danger dogs, and inter-household aggression.

I also work with a lot of puppies and teaching household management strategies, and good manners.

Training methods: I like to start with an Evaluation, to meet the dog in their environment and speak with the owners directly about the behavior issues that they are seeing. Then, we together come up with an individualized plan that meets the owners goals and sets realistic expectations for the dog to achieve.

I believe in positive, force-free, fear-free methods for teaching dogs, and showing them how to make good choices to get the rewards they are seeking. Each dog is an individual, and I believe in making training plans that are unique to every dog and their situation to help them be successful.

Why I became a dog trainer: I started working with dogs in a time in my life where everything seemed very dark, and dogs were the only thing that brought in the light and seemed to make sense. I started off volunteering in my local animal shelters and was there so often that I was offered a job. I started off as a dog walker, but quickly grew to love learning about dog behavior and training.

After a few years, and working with several different shelters, I became a member of the Behavior Team, and started working with the difficult dog cases that came through. Behavior consulting and training quickly followed, and I moved into the private training sector to work with households and individuals. I have been teaching training classes for four years, and I find great joy in watching dogs and humans find more effective ways to communicate with one another!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love watching a dog’s confidence build, and seeing that moment of understanding between a dog and person. Watching a dog transform into their best possible self is a truly magical moment that cannot be described, but is the best feeling in the world!

My #1 dog training tip: Dog training should be fun! If you are not having fun, neither is your dog! It should be enjoyable for both parties.

Service areas: Denver Metro Area, Boulder, and surrounding CO areas

Website: https://www.GoodDogDyno.com


Angela Murray

Angela's love of animals comes from her mother. She grew up tagging along and assisting in all aspects of her mother's dog training business. After becoming an intern at Wolf Park in Battleground, IN where she studied wolf behavior, she decided to pursue a career in canines. Wanting to make an impact on peoples' everyday lives and help dogs stay in their forever home, she picked dogs instead of wolf conservation.

Angela has over 28 years of experience teaching canine parenting classes, private lessons and working with canine behavioral challenges. She is a Certified Professional Trainer and Behavior Consultant through the Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers and an approved Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Angela has spent the last 5 years focusing on training other professionals and dog enthusiasts by creating and implementing a program at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL.

Angela has been a mentor for the Animal Behavior College & CATCH Training Academy and became a Nutritional Pet Care Specialist through DNM University in 2017. She believes in fostering a relationship that provides a dog's need to feel safe, allowing them unlimited potential to be the best they can be. Angela is always continuing her education and is currently attending the University of Washington' Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior. She currently shares her home with her high school sweetheart, their two sons, two Australian Shepherds and a cat.

Certifications: CBCC-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Group classes, private lessons, behavior modification, relationship building, and reactivity

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, fearfulness, resource guarding, separation/isolation distress, stranger danger, rover and baby

Training methods: First I help my humans learn to objectively see how their dog communicates through body language to minimize miscommunication. Then I help them see their dog as an individual to help them support their needs to improve the behavior that is of concern to them.

My training and behavior plans include body language and genetic education, management to set the dog and human up for success, training cues needed specific to their goals and supporting good healthy coping signals the dog displays. Both dog and humans are learning at the same time. I help coach my clients to have better skills in order to help the dog be successful thus building a better relationship between the two species.

Why I became a dog trainer: It's in my DNA! I love helping people view their dogs as sentient beings that have needs and wants based on their species, genetics and individuality. This helps them be more successful and understanding of their dog and builds a stronger relationship which in turns lessons the likelihood of relinquishment.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching the bond that is created when both human and dog are successful together!

My #1 dog training tip: Learn how a dog's body communicates is needs and wants.

Service areas: Fort Collins

Website: https://www.summitdogtraining.com


Chrissy Messick

I have a passion for and much experience assisting in the healing of others, as well as a deep-rooted love for animals. My dream for many years was to combine the two - I am honored to offer my experience and passion to you and your animal companion so you may both enjoy an integrated, mutually beneficial, respectful, and loving relationship together. By educating the human and training the animal through positive reinforcement and the science of applied animal behavior, together, we can create an environment for both that is full of understanding, knowledge, trust, respect and love.

Working from a holistic point of view, I look at the whole animal to see what their needs are on a physical, mental, emotional and soul level. Understanding each of these needs creates a foundation to build upon to ultimately reach the desired goal(s)/purpose for the animal and human.

I received my Masters of Science from Indiana University in Kinesiology with a major in Athletic Training, and my Bachelors of Science in Physical Education with a major in Athletic Training from Washington State University. For 15 years I provided medical care for the athletes at the University of Washington. During that time, I was also on the medical staff and traveled with many USA teams,
including the USA Women's Soccer team for the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Australia and the USA Women's Basketball team for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Greece.

When I'm not working with animals, I love spending time with my husband (Kevin), 2 girls (Rylee & Kensie) and Ginger.

Certifications: MS, CTC, CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: In-person or virtual training for reactivity, fear, aggression, basic manners/obedience, advanced obedience, puppy training, relationship building, animal communication, resource guarding

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, fear/anxiety, aggression, resource guarding and general everyday unwanted behaviors.

Training methods: A 20min informational call is scheduled to see if we are a good fit, we pick a program that works for them, prepayment and dates are scheduled. Initial appointment is gather info and then a training plan is made. Each appointment consists of education/exercises and homework and builds on the previous session. Once we are done with the package, one-off sessions are scheduled if needed. I can be reached in between sessions if there are questions. My approach is force - free and we go at the human's and animal's pace. I DO NOT use any type of aversive training. The goal is to build a trusting relationship between human/animal.

Why I became a dog trainer: I have a passion for and much experience assisting in the healing of others, as well as a deep-rooted love for animals. My dream for many years was to combine the two - I am honored to offer my experience and passion to you and your animal companion so you may both enjoy an integrated, mutually beneficial, respectful, and loving relationship together.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing the strength and understanding of the relationship grow between the human and animal.

My #1 dog training tip: Above all else, have fun with your animal and make sure they feel safe and happy.

Service areas: Boulder County and surrounding areas - Lafayette, Louisville, Erie, Boulder, Superior, Longmont, Broomfield, Nederland, Jamestown, Ward.

Website: https://www.theanimalnature.com/


Sarah Stiles

Sarah has been an animal lover since childhood - she was one of those children always dragging animals home asking 'can we keep it?'. Her specific interest in training and behavior started when she co-founded A Soft Place to Land in 2010, a rescue helping breeding dogs from commercial breeding facilities. The special attention these dogs needed prompted

Sarah to learn as much as she could about positive reinforcement practices in training. As ASPTL became known as a rescue that would take less-than-easily adoptable dogs with either medical or behavioral needs, Sarah fostered dogs of all shapes, sizes, and behavioral challenges. Sarah is a graduate and Certified Training Partner of the Karen Pryor Academy and a Puppy Start Right Instructor.

Certifications: KPA-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Group classes, day training sessions, private lessons, for both basic behavior skills and behavioral problems

Behavioral issue focus: I work primarily with reactivity in dogs, both dog to human and dog to dog. I also work a lot with adolescent behavioral issues, reactivity due to frustration.

Training methods: My training methods largely revolve around management to avoid the unwanted behaviors being practiced by the dog and building a strong reinforcement history of pro-social behaviors. Classes generally follow a set curriculum, but can be adjusted to the needs of the students in the class. Private lessons include a training plan, written recap of sessions, and video review.

Why I became a dog trainer: Starting out on rescue, I wanted to help dogs with behavioral issues find good homes. As I transitioned out of rescue I shifted my focus to keeping dogs in their current homes when I could, helping dogs and their humans become a great team.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing the human animal bond grow.

My #1 dog training tip: Look for opportunities to reinforce your dog's offered focus!

Service areas: Ft Collins, LaPorte, Loveland, Timnath, Windsor, Wellington

Website: https://www.summitdogtraining.com/


Melissa Bishop

Melissa Bishop began training dogs as a teenager, first in junior showmanship/conformation, and then in obedience. While living in Europe after college, she found and fell in love with the sport of dog agility. In addition to competing with seven different dogs of her own over the last 25 years, she has enjoyed teaching other people and their dogs about agility, rally, canine manners and tricks.

Melissa believes that good communication is the key to good dog training, and helps dog owners learn to 'read' their dogs and figure out what dogs are telling them through their body language. This can improve the relationship and encourage a sense of teamwork between people and their dogs.

Melissa is a Certified Training Partner of the Karen Pryor Academy and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed through CCPDT. She has a TAGteach Level 1 certification (Teaching with Acoustical Guidance), is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and served a 21-year career as a member of the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C. She is fortunate to live with four great dogs: Ruby, Maybe, T-Rex, and Pirate, who range in age from three to fourteen.

Certifications: KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA, TAGTeach Level 1

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: agility, tricks, CGC classes, therapy dog prep, basic rally, manners, new puppy, multi-dog household issues, reactive dog rehab, group classes and private lessons

Behavioral issue focus: reactivity, inter-household issues, adjusting to new puppy/new dog, resource guarding, potty training

Training methods: positive reinforcement, science-based, humane training

Why I became a dog trainer: I wanted to help people live happily and harmoniously with their dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I enjoy helping people learn to communicate better with their dogs so that everyone's needs can be met.

My #1 dog training tip: Set your dog up for success by being consistent and fair.

Service areas: Fort Collins, Front Range of CO

Website: https://www.summitdogtraining.com


Blythe Bouchard (Neer)

Hi! I'm Blythe. I am a multi-certified dog trainer specializing in service dogs, scent detection, and behavior modification. My favorite clients to work with are those who are excited to work with their dog every day, love to know all of the information and why behind the exercises, and want to learn as much as they can about their dogs. My client base is primarily service dog handlers and pet guardians in the neurodivergent, disabled, or LGBTQIA community. I am also disabled and neurodivergent, so I love to help those like me overcome their barriers to dog training.

Certifications: IAABC-ADT, CPDT-KA, CCUI, ANWI, FFCT, CTDI

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I specialize in behavior modification for reactivity, aggression, resource guarding, and separation anxiety. I also specialize in service dog training and more specifically scent detection tasks. I primarily train via zoom remotely in order to help dog guardians worldwide. I have a low cost membership for those who need a little support but don't need full one on one training.

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity (fear or excitement), Aggression, Resource Guarding, Separation Anxiety, Pulling on Lead, Barking, Growling, General Fear and Anxiety

Training methods: My methods would be best described as force free. The tools I use are non-restrictive harnesses, leashes, clickers, treats, and flat collars. My membership community is open all the time and is a small monthly fee for access to all of my online courses, live calls, and daily q and a. I also offer one on one private training. This starts with an application, then a behavior evaluation so I can get to know you and your dog, then a custom training plan for your situation. These can be conducted in person or remotely via zoom anywhere.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer after becoming disabled and learning to train my own service dog. It was an incredible experience, and I've always loved animals. I love to teach and share what I learn, so training dog guardians was the next best step for me. I noticed gaps in the industry for those of us who are disabled, neurodivergent, or LGBTQIA, so I wanted to provide a solution for those like me.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a dog trainer is watching dog guardians learn just how incredible their dog really is and how individual each dog's personality is as well. I love watching the relationships grow and the guardians leaving me with the tools to solve any behavior struggle on their own. They leave empowered, and it's really awesome to watch.

My #1 dog training tip: Meet your dogs' needs. Whether they are a pet, service dog, or working dog, all dogs have dog-like needs. In order to experience success in training, all of these needs must be met first. This is the biggest thing I see missing in my client dogs when first working with me.

Service areas: Loveland, CO, Greeley, CO, Fort Collins, CO, Kersey, CO, Ault, CO, Eaton, CO

Website: https://www.deltatails.com


Danielle Spady

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Certifications: KPA-CTP

Services include:

  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Herding training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Herding Foundations, Perfect Puppy Board N Train, Targeted/Skill based Daycare, Off Leash Reliability, Ask An Expert Train N Talk Hiking, Hiking Manners, Day Trains

Behavioral issue focus: My passion and niche is getting puppies off to the right start. Their first few months both before and after they leave the litter are the most impactful and the most chaotic times in their lives. So I work with all behavioral issues that show up from puppyhood through the terrible teen months and beyond.

Training methods: I am a positive reinforcement certified trainer and believe that there is more to living with dogs than just a formal training session. I teach people to speak dog and dogs the patience to listen. Both ends of the leash are equally important- teamwork between them is what makes their aspirations come to life.

Why I became a dog trainer: Because helping others understand dog language and needs changes lives in big ways for a household.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love teaching folks who are interested in the Why's of life and watching them see how expansive one's world with dogs can be.

My #1 dog training tip: Meet them where they're at and give yourself the grace of time to learn along side them.

Service areas:

In person- Northern Colorado, Front Range, Southern Wyoming - south of Laramie and Cheyenne
Remotely- All over the world

Website: https://www.avidaussies.com


Shay Cline

I am a graduate and Certified Training Partner of the Karen Pryor Academy and have been training professionally since 2017. During my training journey, I have had the opportunity to help with training every day skills like loose leash walking, as well as service dog work, and puppy raising- lots, and lots of puppy raising!

I teach group classes and work as the lead trainer of the Puppy Adventure Camp day training program at Summit Dog Training. This has further fueled my interests in helping support people through the challenges that come along with bringing home a new puppy, and helping them raise a dog that will be able to join them for a lifetime of adventures together.

I share my home with a spirited and tenacious terrier mix (Daisy), and a sweet and sensitive collie (Chona). We enjoy exploring the outdoors together, and participating in a variety of sports including rally, agility, and barn hunt.

Certifications: KPA-CTP

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I specialize in day training for puppies from 8-16 weeks; I work on teaching life skills, potty training, socialization, and gear conditioning/body handling. I also teach group classes for basics-advanced skills, and do private coaching/training for a wide variety of behavior goals.

Behavioral issue focus: Puppy and Adolescent dog behaviors, frustrated greeters, and shy/fearful dogs

Training methods: I train using positive reinforcement, and follow LIMA (least intrusive, minimally aversive) protocols when creating training plans. I collaborate with clients to help them choose training methods that feel obtainable, promote a secure/happy relationship between the dog and human, and maximize autonomy and welfare.

Why I became a dog trainer: I originally became a dog trainer because I loved dogs, but stuck around because I love working with people. I enjoy seeing people light up when they see what their dogs are capable of.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love training because it often involves coming up with creative solutions. I have used a cardboard box as a training tool 100s of times, and have no doubt that there are a hundred more ways to use one that I haven't thought of yet.

My #1 dog training tip: Ask for help! It's rare that we hit zero obstacles on a training journey, and it's a lot easier to navigate if you're not on an island. When I get stuck while I'm working with my own dogs, someone on my team almost always has an answer I may not have come up with on my own.

Service areas: Fort Collins

Website: https://www.summitdogtraining.com/


Cathie Lee

Cathie (AKA Cat) is a Colorado native from the Salida area. Her current stomping ground is in Northern Colorado, and her business K9 Wisdom has two locations in Loveland. She has been training dogs professionally for over 15 years and is a proud dog nerd! She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed, a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy, a graduate and Certified Dog Trainer through Animal Behavior College, a Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), and is a certified AKC (American Kennel Club) Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. In addition, Cathie is a Mentor Trainer for CATCH Academy, where she mentors aspiring dog trainers!

Prior to opening K9 Wisdom she worked in the Training and Behavior Modification Department of a nationally recognized Humane Society. While working at the humane society she gained invaluable experience working with homeless dogs with behavior problems, conducting Behavior Evaluations/Assessments and matching the right family with the perfect dog.

After leaving the humane society she became the Training, Behavior and K9 Coach Coordinator at Animal Friends Alliance and Grooming where she trains dogs and coaches volunteers on how to increase the adoptability in rescue dogs. The K9 Coach Class has became a huge success! Cat's main goal for the K9 Coach Class is to set dogs up in finding and staying in their forever home. The program improves dogs chances of being adopted through training and manners.

She believes dogs learn behaviors best with humane training methods. She values and believes in the power of relationship-based training and uses it as the core when working with clients and their K9 best friends. Knowing all dogs (and owners!) learn differently she uses training styles that work for the individual dog/owner team, setting every client up for success! She utilizes Mark and Reward based training as she feels this opens up the line of communication between owner and their canine sidekicks, all while speeding up learning!

Cathie has an enthusiastic devotion to keeping current on "all things dog". In doing so she is able to provide an unsurpassed training experience to her clients, while helping their four legged friends learn how to be well mannered and appropriate. She pursues ongoing continued education by attending seminars throughout the year and keeps current on all new canine literature.

Cat's main focus as a trainer is to help owners and their dogs create lasting bonds. She resonates with and strives to improve the lives of shelter dogs and dogs with behavior issues. Specializing in reactivity and dogs who lack confidence has given her a well rounded view of the canine world. Through her work with reactivity and aggression, Cat has created a well versed curriculum for dogs of all ages and struggles. In order to help her community reduce adoption returns, aggression and reactivity, Cat focuses strongly on teaching owners how to properly socialize their puppy!

Certifications: CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, ABCDT

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: We provide day training, socialization, private training for basic obedience, reactivity training and aggression. We also offer group classes for all ages, including puppies, adolescents, and adult dogs.

Behavioral issue focus: We specialize in dogs with reactivity to other dogs and people, and specialize in dogs who are shy, nervous and shut down. In addition, we specialize in rescue dogs who need extra attention to help them overcome situations from their past.

Training methods: We are a humane training company who utilizes mark and reward-based training to help owners communicate effectively with their dogs. We offer consultations which includes assessments and follow up behavior reports .

Why I became a dog trainer: Initially, my intention to become a certified trainer was to help rescue and shelter dogs. After many years working in the shelter world, I broadened my scope of dog training and now also enjoy helping dogs and their owners become partners and work together in a way that brings harmony to both dog and owner!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching owners' glow as they see their dogs grow into confident, well-rounded versions of themselves!

My #1 dog training tip: Every moment of every day you are around your dog you are training them! Dogs learn with every interaction they have with a person, during and outside of scheduled training sessions! Be aware of your actions and how you are setting your dog up to either succeed or fail in the environment you're placing them in!

Service areas: Loveland, Windsor, Longmont, Fort Collins,

Website: https://www.k9wisdomtraining.com/


Keecia Reid

My name is Keecia Reid I have been an R+ trainer for a little over 7 years and absolutely love what I do and I wouldn't change it for the world. I am the owner of Proper Paws Dog Training LLC my facility is located at 7679 W 88th Ave., Arvada 80005. Proper Paws Dog Training was awarded "Arvada's Best Dog Trainer 2022" at the end of last year. I am the only employee for my company but we will be expanding in the foreseeable future.

I work closely with a few rescue groups. I work with the dogs that are looking for homes that might have a few issues that are keeping them from getting adopted. I also work with the dogs that are newly adopted and already in their forever homes.

Training dogs and their humans is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I breath, eat, sleep etc.. dog training (you could say I am a tiny bit obsessed lol)
I share my home with two American Pitbull Terriers. My female Pitty Is named Azi she just turned 7 years old and my male Diesel who just turned 5 years old.

Certifications: AKC CGC, AKC URBAN CGC, AKC TRICK DOG EVALUATOR, 2022 Recipient of Arvada's Best Dog Trainer, Canine First aid and CPR

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: beginning and intermediate obedience, day training, puppy socialization, reactive dog programs, exposure training, puppy board and train, potty training, kennel training, loose leash walking, we offer custom training plans as well, we offer in home privates and we have a facility at 7679 W 88th Ave., Arvada, CO 80005

Behavioral issue focus: dog to dog reactivity, dog to human reactivity, fear, resource guarding from humans and dogs, dogs who pull on leash, over excitement, jumping up on people, counter surfing, anxiety, leash reactivity, dogs who hate to have nails trimmed, have a bath, get brushed, ears cleaned... adult and puppy potty training, fear of being kenneled, barrier frustration and much much more.

Training methods: Positive reinforcement, fear free, force free. We offer group and private programs for beginning obedience, intermediate obedience, reactivity, puppy socialization classes, puppy board and train, custom training plans etc...

Why I became a dog trainer: Because I love helping dogs and their humans better understand each other and when they understand each other the deeper relationship between dog and human is formed.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: After a couple sessions with a dog /human pair it is beautiful to watch the human grow into a super confident
and very competent handler in turn brining confidence to their dog. It is a great thing to watch!!!

My #1 dog training tip: You get out of it what you put into it!!
Will it be easy? Probably not. But it will definitely be worth it!

Service areas: Jefferson County, Adams County, Denver County, Arapahoe County...

Website: https://properpawsdogtraining.com


Ashley Foster

I bring over 25 years of experience as a trainer and behavior consultant to both clients and veterinary clinics and an ongoing passion for continuing education, she prides herself in offering Dogs by Foster clients the most innovative, effective, and dog-friendly training and behavior consulting services available.

Certifications: CBCC-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Our mission is to provide the most innovative, effective, and compassionate dog behavior and training solutions to dog owners and canine professionals by fostering human-dog relationships. We specialize in behavior - anxiety, aggression, reactivity, etc., and raising behaviorally sound puppies.

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, aggression, anxiety, fears and phobia, inter-home aggression, resource guarding, and more.

Training methods: I am a certified behavior consultant who utilizes positive, science-backed effective methods - we do no physical or emotional harm.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help people have happy and healthy relationships with their dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Enhancing and strengthening relationships.

My #1 dog training tip: Change emotions before teaching skills.

Service areas: Fort Collins and the Northern Front Range

Website: https://dogsbyfoster.com/


Beth Friedman

Beth is a canine behavior consultant and previous healthcare executive with a passion for the health and welfare of humans and animals. She has over 15 years of professional experience including owning two successful businesses.

Beth has been training canines, one human at a time using positive, research-based methods professionally since 2007. Beth has two graduate degrees, is a licensed clinical social worker, is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), an Elite Fear Free Certified Pet Professional, a Fear Free Coach, Aggression in Dogs Certified, and is a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT).

Certifications:

Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer, (CSAT)
Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC)
Elite Fear Free Certified Animal Trainer
Certified, Aggression In Dogs Trainer
AKC CGC Approved Evaluator

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: Canine Companion Consulting is the premier, full-service dog training team in Fort Collins, the surrounding Northern Colorado area, and virtually from anywhere. Beth and Wayne, a husband and wife team, have been training canines, one human at a time using positive, research-based methods since 2007. Our training services include, but are not limited to:
Beginner to advanced basic cues for dogs of all ages and breeds
Door behaviors and polite greetings
Generalized and specific anxiety
Separation anxiety
Fear and anxiety
Therapy dog preparation
Aggression with humans or other animals
Issues between pets in your household
Fence and barrier aggression
Leash aggression and reactivity
Basics and Manners training - door behavior, jumping, walking on a leash, sit, down, come, and more

Behavioral issue focus: At Canine Companion Consulting we work with pet parents to achieve their goals. We often work with canines that have fear and anxiety. This includes separation anxiety, fear of handling at the vet or groomer or being uncomfortable around humans, objects, or other animals.

Training methods: Canine Companion Consulting is the premier, full-service dog and puppy training team in Fort Collins, the surrounding Northern Colorado area, and virtually from anywhere. Beth and Wayne, a husband and wife team, have been training canines, one human at a time using positive, research-based methods since 2007. Private training targets your individual goals in your time, at your pace.

All of our private packages allow you the flexibility to choose the modality of each session best suited for you, your dog, and your goals, whether it is Remotely or in person in our training studio. We provide 2 well-educated and certified Canine Behavior Consultants, a Behavior Consultation Report that is amended after every session, Behavior Consultants that are available in between scheduled appointments to answer your questions to be a resource, and support you every step of the way.

Why I became a dog trainer: I have a passion for the health and well-being of canines and humans. I love seeing the human-animal bond flourish with training and understanding of one another.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching the bond between humans and dogs flourish due to mutual understanding.

My #1 dog training tip: Think like a dog. If you can understand the dog's perspective, then you will understand the reason behind the behavior and thus more easily modify behavior.

Service areas: Northern Colorado, Remote, Fort Collins, Loveland, Timnath, Wellington, Windsor, Greeley,

Website:  https://www.caninecompanionconsulting.com


Ana Melara

Ana Melara has been working with dogs and their families for over two decades, originally in N.Y.C. and since 2001 here in Colorado.

She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and member of the (APDT) Association of Professional Dog Trainers and a member of (IAABC) International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She is TAGteach Advanced Certified. (This means that she's also very good at teaching people.)

She keeps herself current by attending and hosting various workshops, seminars and conferences. Her training techniques are founded on praise-based, dog-friendly and people-friendly methods, and a fundamental belief that, as dog guardians, we are responsible for their well-being and training. Whether she is teaching basic manners, puppy house-training or addressing a dog's aggression issues, Ana emphasises to all of her human clients the profound importance that their gentle guidance and loving leadership plays in their dog's training.

Ana lives in Lakewood with her daughter and her two amazing dogs. Chaka, her 7 year old, brilliant, silly, crazy-pants trick dog and her youngest infant son; 5 year old Baldr, a sweet, baby Malinois/GSD X who has self appointed himself as the family therapist who drags around his queen sized woobie.

Ana can be reached by emailing [email protected], or calling 303-238-DOGS(3647).

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: basic manners, polite leash walking, potty training, coming when called, aggression management...

Behavioral issue focus: aggression, fear, over arousal...

Training methods: I train with praise-based, gentle methods. I see dogs and their people in person and virtually.

Why I became a dog trainer: I was put on this planet to help dogs to stay in their homes and to help homeless dogs to get a good home.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love helping dogs to be more lovingly understood.

My #1 dog training tip: Start training as soon as you get your dog or puppy.

Service areas: Denver Metro

Website: https://gracedog.com/


Sniffspot Fort Collins Top Trainer Frequently Asked Questions

How are Fort Collins dog trainers selected for this list?

These are the top dog trainers in Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins?

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 Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins cost?

Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins dog trainer. How can I get listed here?

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

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 Colorado was $35,180 per year and $16.91 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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