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The Best Dog Trainers in Little Rock, AR of 2023

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Merlin Noble

May 09, 2023

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Welcome to the Little Rock, AR Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2023. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Little Rock 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 Arkansas 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 Little Rock, AR Dog Trainers in 2023

Elizabeth Silverstein

Elizabeth Silverstein didn't think she had natural ability with animals.
She instead pursued her love of writing, focusing on nonprofit organizations while writing for local publications.

In 2012, Elizabeth brought home her own dog, a Miniature Schnauzer named Jeeves, and then started dog sitting for friends. She took several dog training classes and slowly began to see that she could learn how to communicate with animals. She started dog walking in 2016 and then started working as a dog training intern on a southern New Jersey farm. It was a sink or swim sort of environment that taught her a massive amount about dog behavior, since the farm catered to dogs with behavioral issues while using positive reinforcement methods.

When she moved to Little Rock in 2018, she volunteered with local rescues and tried working for other dog businesses. She earned her dog trainer certification and started Telltail Dog Training in 2020 because she saw a need for force-free, positive reinforcement training that focused on communication, while catering to the busy individual who might need evening and weekend opportunities.

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT)

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Obedience training, training classes, day training, basic and advanced training, potty training

Behavioral issue focus: I work with reactivity, shy dogs, and certain forms of aggression.

Training methods: I include consultations, training plans, and offer videos for day training.

Why I became a dog trainer: Because the bond between human and dog can be magical, and I wanted to help other people learn how to build that relationship based on trust and clear communication.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing people get excited about what their dogs can do and how they can grow together.

My #1 dog training tip: Be patient.

Service areas: Little Rock, North Little Rock, Sherwood, Benton, Maumelle


Terra Colson

I have been in the dog training industry since 2012. I have learned from many different trainers, many different styles, and I continue to learn more about Applied Ethology and how to use it in the dog training world.

I am from the Kentucky where the dogs ran free and they go junk food and left over scraps. As an adult I wanted better for my pets so I have spent my adult years making sure owners know how important diet, environment, communication and love is for our pets.

Certifications: Family Dog Meditator, Dog Trainer Foundation Certification, Certified Trick Dog Instructor, Pet Food Nutrition Specialist, AKC CGC Evaluator

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I teach humans to speak dog! Client learn how to be fluent in dog communication and learning how to read body language. I teach how to teach dogs in the most conflict free way by getting the dog to volunteer behaviors and reward them, but also teach them how to teach commands with luring and leash work.

Behavioral issue focus: I love working with reactive dogs, dogs with anxiety. It's a lot of work but the reward for the dog going from stressed to relaxed is worth it!

Training methods:

I prefer to think of my methods as a canine relationship coach. So I'm teaching the human how to inspire the dog to make good choices.

We start with an evaluation and then progress to session by session or a training package.

Why I became a dog trainer: Short story. I was giving a Belgian Shepherd that required me to work with multiple trainers and that turned into a career. I learned that there are so many kinds of trainers and the world need more kindness in training vs. compulsion. So here I am.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer:

Relationship building!

I love helping family's flow and work together! Changing the craziness to calmness.

My #1 dog training tip: If you convince your dog, it came up with the idea, your dog is more apt to repeat that behavior.

Service areas: Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Folsom, West Sacramento, Arden Park, Natomas, Roseville, Elk Grove


Sniffspot Little Rock Top Trainer Frequently Asked Questions

How are Little Rock dog trainers selected for this list?

These are the top dog trainers in Little Rock 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 Little Rock 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 Little Rock?

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 Little Rock 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 Little Rock cost?

Little Rock 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 Little Rock dog trainer. How can I get listed here?

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

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 Arkansas was $27,165 per year and $13.06 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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