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The Best Dog Trainers in Miami, FL of 2023

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Merlin Noble

May 11, 2023

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Welcome to the Miami, FL Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2023. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Miami 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 Florida 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 Miami, FL Dog Trainers in 2023

Katie Casell

Katie Casell is a double certified dog trainer, having graduated with distinction from Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior (KPA CTP) and CATCH Canine Trainers Academy (CCDTK). She is a Certified Dog Trainer Knowledge Assessed (CDPT-KA), through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She is also a Fear Free Certified Professional Trainer (FFCP), a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT) and a Family Dog Mediator (FDM).

Katie believes that dog training should be engaging, motivating, and fun for both you and your dog, which is why all of her services utilize positive reinforcement. Training methods and equipment should never hurt or scare your dog.



Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I offer potty training, puppy training, private in-home coaching sessions, day training, all basic cues, trick training, distraction training, training for reactive dogs, training for aggressive dogs.

Behavioral issue focus: I typically work with fearful, nervous, reactive, and sound sensitive dogs.

Training methods: I use force free methods when training. All training starts with a consultation, where I give the humans things they can work on right away. After meeting the dog(s) and humans, I design a training plan that fits their particular needs.

Why I became a dog trainer: Because I couldn't find a force-free dog trainer to help me with my own reactive dog.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping dog guardians understand that their dogs are not being "bad", but are actually struggling. Once the humans shift their perspective, they are more likely to choose force-free methods.

My #1 dog training tip: Catch your dog doing things you like, and reward those things. Your dog, in turn, will start to do more things you like. It's a win-win!

Service areas: Homestead, Kendall, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, Coral Gables, South Miami, Coconut Grove, Doral


Christine Geschwill

Christine has been training professionally since 2008, utilizing relationship based techniques specializing in helping pets become ideal household companions.

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Private in home training catered to the clients specific needs

Behavioral issue focus: Fear/Anxiety, reactivity towards others, separation anxiety, basic household manners.

Training methods: Training plans are developed to the specific needs of each dog utilizing positive reinforcement techniques.

Why I became a dog trainer: So many families need help communicating with their dogs. If I can help them bridge the gap then I am happy.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping people learn to see their relationship with their dogs as part of the equation.

My #1 dog training tip: Be calm.

Service areas: Broward County


Sandra Machado

Sandra Machado was born in New York and raised in Brazil. There, her gift for communicating with dogs began with her work in the rescue of stray dogs. After obtaining an Associate Degree in Psychology and an International Business Bachelors Degree, she pursued a career in the corporate arena, where she had the opportunity to travel the world. Traveling exposed her to different cultures and their relationships with animals, dogs in particular. This led Sandra to follow her heart and work with dogs professionally.

Sandra is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer with the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), and a licensed Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT), whose renowned positive reinforcement methods entered public attention through the show 'It's Me or The Dog' on Animal Planet. As part of Stilwell's hand selected team by Victoria herself, Sandra became a member of a global network of world-class positive reinforcement trainers. Sandra is also a graduate of the Animal Behavior College, a Certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the AKC, a Certified Trick Dog Instructor, a member of the Doggone Safe program (an organization promoting safe relationships between children and dogs), a member of the Association of Force-Free Pet Professionals (PPG, Pet Professional Guild), a member of the Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers, a member of the South Florida Force Free Trainers Network and is certified in Dog First Aid with the American Red Cross.

As important as certifications are when choosing a dog trainer, experience, science based methodology, and above all, love and concern for the well being of dogs are just as crucial. Her work as Head Trainer of a local dog training company for years led Sandra to open her own business, Learned Behaviors Dog Training, where she could broaden her scope of clients and apply her expertise in dealing with challenging cases following a fully humane, force-free concept.

Sandra enjoys working with children and easing the communication between children and dogs. Engaging children in training and making it fun for all involved helps the learning process and prevents future mishaps.

Having trained many different breeds from teacups with potty training problems to 135-lb Mastiffs with reactivity and aggressive issues, Sandra proves that no breed is too big or too difficult to be trained force-free and humanely. Sandra was mentored by Force Free Trainers and Behaviorists and have applied the techniques on her own challenging rescue, a Ridgeback Pit Bull mix, which only validated the concept that fear should not be confronted with intimidation and pain.

Love for all dogs come naturally to Sandra, but her real passion lies on dogs much like her own; dogs with a real need to be understood, dogs perceived to have aggression issues, dogs that fit in what is known as the 'bully breeds' category and dogs that do not fit at all.

It is important to note that force free and positive reinforcement do not mean lack of structural conduct or free rein of the house. Sandra believes that patience, structure, consistency, a little more patience and a lot of love are the key elements to a happy, well balanced and confident dog, and therefore a great family member. Sandra also believes that, every dog, no matter how well-behaved, needs training, which will strengthen the bond between pet and owner.

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer with the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), and a licensed Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT)

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training



Sniffspot Miami Top Trainer Frequently Asked Questions

How are Miami dog trainers selected for this list?

These are the top dog trainers in Miami 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 Miami 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 Miami?

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 Miami 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 Miami cost?

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

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

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 Florida was $27,527 per year and $13.23 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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