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The Best Dog Trainers in New Mexico of 2024

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July 10, 2024

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This is a list of the top dog trainers in New Mexico, based on votes from the Sniffspot community and the general public.

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    Jen Havens

    Deaf dog training, Reactive dog training, Puppy dog training, In home dog training

    Taos, Taos County, El Prado, Talpa, Arroyo Seco

    For 40+ years, I lived in Monrovia CA where I founded and operated Two Dogs Pet Services, a professional pet care & dog walking company. We added puppy socialization, basic manners, and therapy dog training in 2017.
    I've worked as a barista, a nanny to three children, youth group director, customer service in retail stores and restaurants, and Out Patient Nurse Coordinator at Dr. Domotor's ...


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    Georgette Lombardo

    KPA CTP #21163, UW-AAB

    Reactive dog training, Puppy dog training, In home dog training

    Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Corrales in New Mexico

    I received my first certification from the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior in January of 2015. Later that year, I opened my business Pawsitive Training ABQ in April of 2015. At first, I worked my corporate job part time for a year as I built the business. As more clients began to sign up, I quit the corporate job and worked full time as a dog trainer in June of 2016. Puppie...


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    Melissa Winkle

    Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)

    Service dog training, Puppy dog training, In home dog training

    Albuquerque in person, international via live links

    Melissa Winkle, OTR/L, FAOTA, CHAIS, CPDT-KA is an occupational therapist and a professional dog trainer. She is founder and president of Dogwood Therapy Services, a human healthcare clinic and dog training facility specializing in human-animal interactions. She offers animal assisted occupational therapy, selection of pups and dogs and training for human-animal teams interested in animal assis...


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    Carolyn Kitts

    CPDT-KA

    Deaf dog training, Service dog training, Puppy dog training, In home dog training, Agility dog training

    Albuquerque, North Valley, Rio Rancho, Tijeras

    20+ years training dogs, nationally certified, fear free


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    Melissa Winkle

    Melissa Winkle, OTR/L, FAOTA, CHAIS, CPDT-KA is an occupational therapist and a professional dog trainer. She is founder and president of Dogwood Therapy Services, a human healthcare clinic and dog training facility specializing in human-animal interactions. She offers animal assisted occupational therapy, selection of pups and dogs and training for human-animal teams interested in animal assis...

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    Carolyn Kitts

    20+ years training dogs, nationally certified, fear free

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Welcome to New Mexico’s list of top dog trainers. The New Mexico list is based on 78 votes from the Sniffspot community. Only the New Mexico dog trainers with the top number of votes made this list. Trainers are ordered by number of votes, with Jen Havens at the top of this list with 41 votes.

Our rankings include trainers certified by CPDT-KA and UW-AAB. They also specialize in Puppy dog training, In home dog training amongst other training programs.

New Mexico dog trainer services include:

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

Dog trainers in New Mexico selflessly set pets up for success. Jen Havens shares why they chose this path: At first, to work with my own dogs in a way I felt good about after growing up learning that training and “control” were one and the same. Now, it's to help people understand their dogs, avoid frustration, and get the desirable behaviors while having a lot of fun! My deaf dog, 11 yrs now, needed positive reinforcement and I didn't know how to do that so I took a couple puppy classes with Paul Owens and decided I needed to learn and do more. Then I met Kat Camplin and heard about the science behind dog training and wanted more of that, too. Both were helping so many people and dogs and I wanted to learn how to do that in the same ethical and practical ways. Since meeting them both, I've brought home two more whippets and they have both made me a better trainer and continue to make me a better person.. All 4 trainers on this New Mexico list are committed to positive reinforcement. Trusted New Mexico trainer, Georgette Lombardo, uses the following methods: Methods always use positive reinforcement with a clicker to help the dogs learn the precise moment they have done a behavior the humans can reinforce. I have also used a process of counterconditioning on its own and sometimes paired with desensitization. Also beginning to use much more enrichment as a main focus of the plan. Each dog is an individual so no plan is identical to the next..

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How did Sniffspot choose the best dog trainers in New Mexico?

The Dog Trainer Contest decided the best dog trainers in New Mexico based on voting from owners in New Mexico. We highlighted 4 dog trainers in New Mexico. This includes 2 dog trainers in Albuquerque and 2 dog trainers in other areas of New Mexico.

What are the top qualifications and certifications for dog trainers in New Mexico?

The most common dog training certification in New Mexico is CPDT-KA, followed by UW-AAB, and Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA).

Are there dog trainers in my specific city in New Mexico?

New Mexico has city-specific lists for: Albuquerque

What type of training is done by New Mexico dog trainers?

New Mexico dog trainers offer 6 different training specialities, including: Puppy dog training, In home dog training, Reactive dog training, Deaf dog training, Service dog training, Agility dog training

Do New Mexico dog trainers work on dogs with behavioral issues?

According to our 78, Jen Havens is the top rated in New Mexico. Jen Havens specializes in: Deaf dog training, Reactive dog training, Puppy dog training, In home dog training

How do I choose the right New Mexico dog trainer?

In New Mexico, consider if your dog trainer has certifications from CPDT-KA, UW-AAB or Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). Also, does your pet need Puppy dog training, In home dog training, or something else.

What training methods do New Mexico dog trainers use?

While these vary by New Mexico dog trainer, Jen Havens says: I focus on the welfare of each dog, person, and household I work with and I'm proud to use effective, positive reinforcement using rewards, fear free, and humane methods of care and training. I teach how to recognize a dog's body language cues so clients are able to gain further understanding about what their dogs need and how they're asking us to meet those needs. My favorite ways to meet a dog's needs include enrichment, games, fitness, tricks, and creative use of the environment/nature. I love teaching clients how to get alternative behaviors to those frustrating, undesirable behaviors. Each household is different and each client gets to create their own training plan with my guidance on what we want to work on and in what order. Training must be doable for the entire household so I strive to give the client full control over their plan.

How can I make the most of New Mexico dog training?

While every pet is different, Jen Havens, our top New Mexico dog trainer recommends: Slow down. I find that when we back the bus up, take a few deep breaths, observe before acting, and try to wait a moment, our dogs figure things out a lot sooner. Giving them time and distance is all part of the slowing down, too.

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