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The Best Dog Trainers in Seattle, WA of 2023

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Merlin Noble

March 29, 2022

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Welcome to the Seattle, WA Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2023. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Seattle 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 Washington 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 Seattle, WA Dog Trainers in 2023

Jenny Black

Hi! I'm Jenny and I'm currently the Behavior Program Senior Manager at Homeward Pet Adoption Center in Woodinville, Washington. I've worked in shelters in Washington State coming up on a decade now, and truly found my passion for shelter behavior here.

I'm originally from Texas, graduating from Texas A&M University with a degree in Biomedical Science. I'm a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a Certified Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA), and a Fear Free Certified Professional.

While my passion at work lies with the dogs and cats that need us most behaviorally, at home I spend my time caring for super senior dogs in need of end-of-life care. My husband and I foster and adopt hospice dogs who need intensive care to ensure their comfort for whatever time they have left. Our pets at home (who are the best foster helpers) include Kale (an old, reactive, fearful poodle mix with severe IBD), Posey (a very chill, old westie), Ruth (an old, blind chihuahua), and Lola (a toothless, sassy calico cat).

Certifications: 

CCPT-KA
CBCC-KA
FFCP

More info about service provided: While my main job is overseeing the behavior care provided to the animals at Homeward Pet Adoption Center (including enrichment, socialization, and behavior modification), my team and I also provide free behavior consultations to anyone who needs behavioral support. Our main goal is to help prevent or solve behavior issues that would have normally resulted in surrendering the pet to a shelter, but we are also here to have honest conversations about the shelter system and how we may be able to help someone through rehoming or other outcomes.

Behavioral issue focus: At Homeward Pet, we work with a wide variety of behaviors including fear, anxiety, shelter stress, reactivity, handling sensitivities, aggression, jumpy/mouthy behavior, and more.

Training methods: We evaluate our animals throughout their stay, creating unique training plans to meet their needs along the way. We also provide post-adoption behavior support to ensure our animals are as successful as possible after they leave our care. We use positive reinforcement-based training, following Fear Free methods whenever possible.

Why I became a dog trainer: I always saw myself working with animals, even as a very young child. I didn't know there were other paths to an animal-focused career besides veterinary medicine, so that was my intention going into my university coursework. As I worked in more and more vet clinics in a variety of roles, I felt that I didn't enjoy working with animals in that type of setting as much as I thought I would. After graduating, I moved to Washington State from Texas and starting pursuing other job opportunities. I found myself accepting a job at Seattle Humane and quickly found my way into shelter behavior. A few years later, I decided to become certified and make it official!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer:

I could never hold a job that felt the same every single day. This job involves a lot of problem solving, improvisation, quick thinking, and there's always something new happening to keep things exciting!

But I really found my passion helping animals through the shelter system. Being a source of comfort for them in such a difficult time can be really hard, but it's truly rewarding in every way. I love knowing that I can play a small part in so many animals' lives, doing whatever I can to ensure that these tough days lead to something better for them.

My #1 dog training tip: Focus on consent. Ensure that the animal you're working with is 100% on board with what you're doing. Let them have the freedom to make choices and opt out if needed.

Website: https://www.homewardpet.org


Keiko Swanberg

Keiko Swanberg, the owner of Zen Dog Seattle, LLC is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a Certified Control Unleashed Instructor (CCUI), a licensed AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator, and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). Keiko moved to the U.S. from Japan in 2000 and has been a long-time shelter/rescue volunteer and foster parent ever since. Her love of training blossomed through volunteering for shelter dogs and when she adopted a very fearful and reactive husky/shepherd mix named Akira, who became her business logo. Fearful and reactive dogs hold a special place in her heart. She shares her house with her husband, adopted dogs, cats, and often with foster animals from shelters.

After working with many top professional trainers and being an assistant trainer for 7 years, Keiko left the corporate world and started her own business, Zen Dog Seattle, LLC in 2021. Keiko teaches group classes and private lessons for all ages of dogs, including reactive rover, control unleashed, basic to advanced manners, canine good citizen, and agility. Her approach uses science-based positive reinforcement methods and does not use aversive techniques like prong collars, shock collars, force, or fear as part of training.

Certifications: 

Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA)
Certified Control Unleashed Instructor (CCUI)
AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I offer group classes and private lessons for all ages of dogs, including reactive rover, control unleashed, basic to advanced manners, canine good citizen, and agility.

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, fear, basic to advanced manners.

Training methods: I offer fear-free, force-free, positive dog training and behavior modification based on behavioral science.

Why I became a dog trainer: I saw too many dogs who were abandoned or surrendered due to behavior issues at a high-kill shelter I used to volunteer/foster for 12 years. I hope to help more owners to prevent their dogs from ending up at shelters.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing so many smiles through working with about 90 dogs (and 90+ humans) with different personalities every week!

Website: https://www.zendogseattle.com


Katie Carman

I started my career in the pet industry in 2011 where I worked as a daycare attendant at a doggy daycare, boarding and training facility called The Dog Spot. In the first year at The Dog Spot, I started assisting in dog training classes and soon realized that is where my passion lay. In 2012, I got my CCS certification in dog training and behavior through the Northwest School of Canine Studies. From there, I started teaching classes such as puppy classes, tricks and advanced manners.

In 2016, I took my career down another path and started working in animal welfare. I went back to school and achieved my Applied Animal Behavior certification from the University of Washington. I also started my job rehabilitating homeless dogs and cats in the behavior program at Seattle Humane. During this time, I focused my training on behavior modification such as fear, aggression and reactivity.

Certifications: CCS, UW-AAB

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 specialize in fear and aggression but also work on basic manners. We offer a variety of services such as private training/behavior consulting, walk and trains, trail etiquette training, puppy socialization and puppy board and trains.

Behavioral issue focus: The majority of dogs I work with are reactive dogs. As well as shy and fearful and need help working on confidence building.

Training methods: My training process includes behavior consultations, written training plans and training videos.

Why I became a dog trainer: I had fearful, reactive dogs myself. I wanted to learn how to help them and how to help other dog owners who may have felt as lost as I did when it came to building confidence and relieving anxiety in their dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping dog parents fall in love with their pups all over again. I also love to see dogs with behavioral issues start to gain confidence in themselves and their handlers.

My #1 dog training tip: Reinforce behaviors that you like and ignore behaviors you don't like.

Service areas: Everett, WA and Snohomish County

Website: https://www.katiesclevercanines.com


Sara Cohen

Sara has been working with dogs in the mountains for over fifteen years and loves bringing her diverse and dynamic background to her pet dog teams she coaches.

Certifications:  KPA-CTP, CDPT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: 1:1 private coaching, avalanche rescue dog training, trail dog training

Behavioral issue focus: Recall, leash reactivity

Training methods: Behavior consultations, individualized training plans

Why I became a dog trainer: To improve the relationships of dogs and their humans. To be an advocate for canines'species-specific needs. To coach others in honoring the commitment that they made bringing a dog into their lives. To act as a bridge between the dog and their humans for both to better understand each other. I am deeply passionate about the joy that dogs can bring to peoples lives and care deeply about reading what they need to feel fulfilled as well.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing lasting improvement in the relationship between the humans and their dogs.

My #1 dog training tip: Understand your breed of interest before bringing the dog into your home.

Service areas: Bellingham


Danette Johnston

Danette Johnston, Owner or Dog's Day Out, is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a Fear Free Certified Professional (FFCP) Trainer and Fear Free Coach, and a Certified Family Dog Mediator (FDM). Prior to becoming a dog trainer and behavior consultant, she worked as a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) in the state of Washington. She has trained dogs (and people!) working in animal hospitals and shelters prior to opening dog’s day out in 2000. She has published articles on dog day care and dog-dog interactions for The Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). She has lectured on dog behavior to Veterinary Technicians and students at the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians conference. Danette is a Licensed Canine Good Citizen evaluator for the the AKC and worked as a Delta Society Pet Partner’s (animal assisted therapy) Instructor and Team (with her dear departed dog Georgia). She is a Be a Tree presenter for Doggone Safe teaching bite prevention to school age children and is the creator/instructor of Barks & Babes, a specialized class for expecting parents on how to prepare their dog for the family’s upcoming human addition. Danette started a Shelter Training Program in which she works with shelter and rescue groups educating staff and volunteers working to improve the lives of shelter animals and to innovate modern sheltering. Danette is passionate about learning and continuing education. She attends conferences, workshops and seminars on a regular basis to keep up on advances in canine science and behavior. Currently Danette lectures in person and via webinar on a variety of topics and teaches group classes: The Basics (in-person and virtually for dogs and their humans anywhere!), Puppy Parenting (virtual), Beyond Basics, Teens & Tweens and Reactive ReDo at DDO as well as virtual and in-person private behavior consultations and lessons. Danette shares her home with Ernie, a brown tabby with many extra toes, one human teenager, and a very tolerant husband. After losing her beloved Border Collie/Pitbull mix, Rufus to lymphoma last year, she and her family have now downsized and gone a totally different direction by adopting Boogie, a 20 pound fluffy mop-dog.

Certifications:  Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), Certified Family Dog Mediator (CFDM), Certified Fear Free Professional (CFFP), AKC CGC & Tricks Evaluator

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Currently, I lecture in person and via webinar on a variety of topics and teach group classes: Puppy Parenting (virtual), The Basics (in-person and virtually for dogs and their humans anywhere!), Beyond Basics, Teens & Tweens and Reactive ReDo at DDO as well as virtual and in-person private behavior consultations and lessons.

Behavioral issue focus: I work with all levels but concentrate the bulk of my practice working with fear and reactivity.

Training methods: I use evidence based, positive methods of training only. Most private sessions start with a virtual consultation where we gather a behavioral history and devise a training plan based on your family’s expectations and goals. Prior to the initial consultation, you will receive a questionnaire in order for me to gain a behavioral history and to get a full picture of your dog’s life. You may be asked to send video if needed or, simply turn the camera on your dog to allow us to observe him during the session. Post session, you will receive an emailed training plan complete with written and/or video supplementation.

Why I became a dog trainer: 2002

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love working with humans to help them understand their dog better so that both animals (2 and 4 legged!) can have the best, loving, mutually beneficial relationship they can.

My #1 dog training tip: Learn your dog's "language" and how he communicates.

Service areas: Seattle

Website: https://dogsdayoutseattle.com


Olivia Petersen

Olivia Petersen, Owner, is certified in canine studies (CCS), SAPro (Separation Anxiety Pro Trainer), and FDM (Family Dog Mediator) of Sound Connection Dog Training.

Olivia is passionate about continuing her learning and education and takes courses, webinars/seminars that focus on canine science and behavior. Through working with clients, she has also gained more knowledge as every family and their dog(s) are individuals who's needs differ. She is especially passionate in working with dogs who struggle with separation anxiety or reactivity as her own dog has struggled with these. Prior to entering the dog training profession, Olivia worked in the veterinary field and dog boarding and daycare facilities.

Olivia recently lose her heart dog, Sauce, a 16.5 yr old Dachshund to cancer. She currently lives in Seattle with her husband and 6.5 year old Dachshund, Spud (who she is learning to teach nosework!)

Certifications: 

CCS
SAPro
FDM

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Private in home sessions, day training, behavior modification, remote separation anxiety training, puppy basics (house training, lifestyle skills, socialization)

Behavioral issue focus: I love working with dogs who struggle with anxieties. From separation anxiety to reactivity (lunging and barking at dogs, people, car, bikes, etc) both in the home and out in the world.

Training methods: Olivia is a positive reinforcement based trainer who uses scientific, evidence based methods to support you and your dog through fun, cooperative training. All clients and dogs begin with a consultation where we learn together how, why and what your individual dog(s) need From there, I build a training plan and we start the training. This could include day training for basic lifestyle skills such as sit, down, recall or a more intensive program where we focus on reactivity work. I also offer support to my clients through remote sessions. This is especially important for clients working through separation anxiety with their dog.

Why I became a dog trainer: Olivia decided to become a dog trainer while in college at WSU where she was originally pursuing Veterinary Medicine. She took courses in Neuroscience and attending talks by Temple Grandin and her career began. After leaving college, her passion grew even more when her current dog, Spud, struggled with anxiety related behaviors. Our relationships with our dogs (and animals) are some of the most beautiful ones we will ever experience. To have a sound connection with another being, is a gift and thus, Sound Connection was born.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping owners and their dogs have a deeper connection and understanding is my favorite part of being a dog trainer.

My #1 dog training tip: Train the dog you have today -Grisha Stewart

Service areas: Seattle; all neighborhoods, Burien, Kent, Bellevue, Mercer Island

Website: https://www.soundconnectiondogtraining.com


Nikki Johnson

I've worked in the industry since 2003 and have a passion for helping people and dogs, because I don't want people to rehome their dogs. Most dogs are abandoned because the owners didn't know how to manage the dog's needs. I aim to help fix that in as many families as possible. My expertise is in PTSD service dogs and dogs with fear based aggression, but I most commonly work with every day families that want to communicate better with their dogs.

Certifications: 

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Off leash training

More info about service provided: I provide help to clients and their dogs with basic obedience, advanced obedience, and almost any behaviors based in the needs of the general public. I've trained service dogs, rehabilitated fighting dogs, and specialize in dogs with fear based aggression.

Behavioral issue focus: My most common clients are those that purchased a dog from a breeder, thinking that it would be an easy endeavor because the breeder told them that their puppies are top of the line and highly intelligent but didn't mention the highly time consuming needs of that specific breed. My clients are often left with a dog that is unable to focus and doesn't listen to them. I am here to help and love teaching people about the breed of dog they own, why they do the behaviors they do, and most importantly how to train that specific dog.

Training methods: I provide a training routine based on the clients' needs, the dogs' needs, the home environment, and capabilities of the clients & dogs. Each client receives customized training and ongoing support. I don't have set classes, because each dog and client is different.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help save dogs' lives via teaching dogs and humans to live a happier life, together.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Driving down the street and passing a client walking their dogs and enjoying their time together.

My #1 dog training tip: Research the breed of dog you want or that you already have. Many people don't realize they purchased a dog that is doing what it's meant to do.

Service areas: Redmond, Kirkland, Bellevue, Issaquah, and Sammamish WA.

Website: https://picklesplayland.dog/training/


Cynthia Howell

My career with dogs began in 2003 at a large scale dog daycare in Seattle. I quickly saw how this unnatural, stressful environment was detrimental to the very dogs it was supposed to care for. I started a private dog walking and pet sitting service, Road Dog Walks, as an
alternative. Then, I was offered a position at a large pet insurance firm, Trupanion. I continued to operate my
pet sitting business while working in the large pet friendly office. I also served on Trupanion's office pet behavior team, helping establish protocols for a harmonious, dog safe workplace.
I became certified in 2018 and established my private training practice Diamond Dogs in 2019.
I began working for Dog's Day Out the same year, starting off in the small, 15 dog capacity daycare. My focus there these days is teaching. My group classes are the Basics, Puppy Play, and Train, a Recall/Loose Leash Walking workshop (in both locations) and assist with Reactive Redo in Burien. I am the lead trainer for Puppy Training Camp, and Teens Playgroup.

Certifications: 

Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)
Certified Family Dog Mediator (FDM)
Certificate, Canine Studies (CCS)

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided:

Private training sessions- in home and virtual. Day training with established clients.
Dog's Day Out: group classes- Puppy Play and Train, the Basics. Lead Trainer: Puppy Training Camp, Teens Playgroup

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, fearfulness, basic training, puppy development

Training methods: Everyone starts with a questionnaire followed by a virtual session, up to 90 minutes, where we go over the information provided and assess a plan forward. All training is positive reinforcement and part of what we assess is what is most reinforcing to your dog-- food, play, toys, access to specific things, etc. Every dog is an individual so this can vary, as can the training I would suggest-- private sessions (with or without guardian), group classes, or virtual sessions.

Why I became a dog trainer: Dogs have always been a part of my life, and study of animal behavior was always my passion. Twenty years ago I decided to make both of those things my daily business. After doing many things that depended on the understanding of a dog's well being, prioritizing the money being made instead-- I decided to get firmly on the side of the dog.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing dogs think and learn! Showing people how to communicate effectively with them is very satisfying.

My #1 dog training tip: Every dog is an individual; each dog in your life will learn differently.

Service areas: Georgetown, Beacon Hill, Capitol Hill, other areas by request

Website: https://www.diamonddogsseattle.com


Jen Gumas

Jen Gumas is the founder and owner of Wiggles and Woofs Dog Training and Pet Care. A zoology graduate from Michigan State University, Jen has volunteered with rescue dogs for many years, including with Seattle Animal Shelter and Seattle Humane. In 2021, Jen worked with a group of local trainers to launch the Humane Alliance of Rescue Trainers (HART), a national organization that connects rescue animals with behavior needs to free training and behavior consulting.

Jen earned her credentials as a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and is a certified dog behavior consultant (CDBC) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She is also a CBATI-KSA (certified BAT instructor). As a former National Board Certified Teacher with a master's degree in education, Jen's teaching style reflects her knowledge of best practices for both human and canine learning. It's Jen's philosophy that dog trainers must excel at working with both dogs and their guardians to help families succeed in living happily with their pets.

Jen enjoys working with dogs of all ages, breeds, and backgrounds. She especially appreciates working with rescue dogs and helping families develop good relationships with their adopted pets. Fearful and reactive dogs hold a special place in her heart.

A strong believer in giving back, Jen looks forward to continuing to help dogs with behavioral challenges in the community. When she's not working or volunteering, you can often find Jen hiking with her adopted miniature schnauzer, Ada.

Certifications:  CDBC, CPDT-KA, CBATI-KSA, M.Ed

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I provide 1:1 private coaching sessions, day training/walk-and-train sessions, and online classes. I specialize in helping reactive and fearful dogs, but I also help dogs and their people who are struggling with aggression, foundation skills/basic manners, puppy training, and a variety of other behavior concerns.

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, fear, anxiety, aggression, leash pulling, recall, jumping up on people, unwanted barking, trouble getting alone with other animals in the home, improving focus on handler, and house training.

Training methods: I am a science-based positive reinforcement trainer that does not use aversive tools, pain, fear, or coercion to train dogs. I use ethical methods that include making changes to the environment and teaching the dog what we want them to do in order to create behavior change. I offer basic training consultations (for manners and foundation skills) and behavior consultations (for behavior concerns such as reactivity and aggression) that can be on Zoom or in person. I gather a detailed behavior history for each dog to make a plan that best suits their needs, then work with their owners to reach behavior goals together. All of my sessions come with a written recap and additional resources such as handouts, videos, etc.

Why I became a dog trainer: I absolutely love dogs, and I also love teaching people. When I left the world of education, at first I was unsure of what to do next. Someone asked me: "What's something you love so much you would do it for free?" I realized that the answer was walking and training dogs: I was already doing that for free as a volunteer! I worked on my certifications to become a professional trainer, launched my business, and the rest is history!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a dog trainer is seeing relationships improve between people and their companions. Maybe before someone thought their dog was being stubborn, and they didn't realize the dog was confused. Or, they thought the dog was misbehaving out of spite, and did not understand the dog was fearful. I love helping people understand their dogs and helping them find solutions that benefit both the person and the dog.

My #1 dog training tip: Reinforcement drives behavior! In other words: whichever behaviors you reward your dog for, you are going to get more of those behaviors. If a behavior is not adequately reinforced, you will see less of that behavior. This is a big key to changing behavior!

Service areas: Redmond, Kirkland, Bellevue, and Woodinville, WA

Website: https://wigglesandwoofs.com/


Sugako Sasaki

Sugako, originally from Japan, started her dog training career as an intern with Companion Animal Solutions and Georgia Peaches Puppy Rescue while completing degrees in Canine Behavior Analysis and Animal Assisted Therapy. She then transitioned to working with autistic children under the supervision of Board Certified Behavior Analysts. After 5 years, Sugako returned to her love of dog behavior, providing virtual services in Japan and in-person services in Washington State.

Sugako's love of behavior led her to complete multiple certifications and courses. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), an Accredited Dog Trainer through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (ADT-IAABC), a Certified Family Dog Mediator (FDM), Fear Free Certified Animal Trainer (FFCP) and a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Trick Evaluator for the American Kennel Club (AKC). She is currently completing certification as a service dog trainer through Atlas Assistance Dogs.

Sugako specializes in shy and fearful dogs, leash reactivity, service dog training, cooperative care training. She enjoys providing canine enrichment with parkour training, as well as developing enrichment for senior and disabled dogs.

Sugako provides in person behavior modification and training services in southwest King County.

Certifications: 

CPDT-KA, IAABC-ADT
Family Dog Mediator
Certified Fear Free Trainer
Certified AKC CGC and Tricks Evaluator

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Service dog training, Behavior modification training for fearful, shy, reactive, and dog-to-dog aggressive dogs, canine parkour, puppy training camp lead instructor

Behavioral issue focus: Leash reactivity, overly excited dogs, fearful and shy dogs, adolescent dogs and senior dogs for enrichment and physical activities

Training methods: Direct behavior observation, create behavior modification plan, behavior modification training and puppy training

Why I became a dog trainer: I wanted to be a positive service dog trainer for special needs children. Also I wanted to teach life skills to dog learners in positive way without using any force or pain so everyone including people who have special needs or not can enjoy their lives with dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Teaching and help improving communication between the owners and their dogs.

My #1 dog training tip: Accept who they are and be the No. 1 advocate for your dog

Service areas: Seattle, W Seattle, S Seattle, Burien, White center, Tukwila, Kent, Renton, Des Moines, Normandy Park, Auburn

Website: https://www.happystretchdogtraining.com


Barbara Lombard

I have been a top Agility competitor in the USA since 2000. I competed on the AKC agility World Team traveling to Finland, Portugal and Germany earning two Silver medals. I owned and operated Turbo Charged Agility in Southern California for 15 years offering Agility classes, private lessons in home and at my facility. Now living in Washington State and offering classes at French Creek Pet resort.

Certifications: 

Services include:

  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided:

Agility classes at French Creek Pet Resort. Monday and Tuesdays. Practice sessions offered as well.
French Creek offers a variety of dog performance classes and events.

Behavioral issue focus: Teaching handlers and dogs to interact in a positive environment and approach to bring out the best in both.

Training methods: Start with basic foundation and bonding exercises. Help owners understand what they are requesting from their dogs and how to achieve that in a safe, positive fashion.

Why I became a dog trainer: I love dogs and love to train people as well. It is a great combination and very rewarding to see the handlers learn. Both dogs and handlers enjoy learning dog agility. When the lightbulb goes off, it is fun to watch and be a part of. Happy dog, Happy owners.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching the dogs learn new behaviors and their handlers being proud.

My #1 dog training tip: Be kind to your dog. Understand what you are asking of them and make sure you also understand as the trainer.

Service areas: Snohomish and King County

Website: https://frenchcreekpetresort.com


Margaret Hughes

"Margaret Hughes brings her life-long love of dogs together with positive training techniques that both you and your dog will enjoy." Twenty+ years ago I wrote that sentence on my first advertising brochure. It still holds true today. I love training dogs but I love training people more. My dog training background is in obedience, family style dog training, behavior modification and aggression. I love helping dogs learn manners, which in turn, creates a fun and enriching family life, for everyone, including the dog.

I am a certified dog trainer (CTC) through the SF SPCA's Academy for Dog Trainers, taught by one of the BEST dog trainers in the world, Jean Donaldson. I attended the Academy's In-House pilot program, and then their full fledged accredited program. Graduating the SF SPCA's Dog Trainer's Academy was an honor and cemented everything that I loved about positive training. I became one of the first in the USA to be certified by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, earning my CPDT. I am certified American Kennel Club CGC - Trick Dog - ACT Evaluator.

I've been involved in the sport of dog agility for over 25 years. Along with teaching group agility class for Dogs in Progress, I also offer private lessons, small group workshops and specialized focus sessions on a variety of agility subjects at my Go-Get-'Em Agility field.

Certifications:  SF SPCA CTC, CPDT, AKC CGC, Trick Dog, ACT Evaluator

Services include:

  • Agility training

More info about service provided: Dog agility training from foundation to competition. Group classes, private lessons, and specialized agility workshops. Online support through YouTube videos and the Go-Get-'Em Agility Podcast.

Behavioral issue focus: Agility instruction for dogs of all types, from worried dogs to exuberant.

Training methods: Starting with Beginning Agility Foundation training, which includes building up a dog's confidence and body awareness by learning foundation behaviors/skills that directly affect their willingness and confidence on full size equipment. The equipment that they will work on/around include, tunnels, travel planks, balance pods, back foot awareness items, target work, dog walk planks, cones, jump stanchions, carefully introduced, in one class, to a low A-frame, and an introduction, in one class, to a low tire jump. Handlers will learn about dog/handler connection, safety, handling, beginning crosses, dog's lines and more. All equipment is introduced and raised towards full height in Dogs in Progress' agility Levels 1 and above. First and foremost, safety followed by confidence and understanding by the dog and handler.

Why I became a dog trainer: I loved training dogs and people from the moment I started assisting the dog training classes at the place I worked. I went to every seminar possible and my love for watching dogs learn grew. I love helping handlers/owners see the amazing potential of their dogs and showing them how clever their dog can be.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: The moment a dog and an owner go from dog owner to sport dog owner, the moment they grow into a dog and handler agility team, it is a beautiful transformation. The dog has the moves and the handler does too, like a dance or poetry, but on dirt.

My #1 dog training tip: Foundation!!! Focus on the little stuff that grows (with continued training) into the big stuff.

Service areas: Woodinville, Maltby, Bothell, Duvall, Redmond, Snohomish

Website: https://gogetemagility.com/


Jacelyn Young

I'm an active competitor in a variety of dog sports, such as Rally, Disc, and even protection sports! I'm passionate about helping dog owners learn about how fun and rewarding dog sports can be, as well as making them more accessible for the average owner! I also love working behavior modification training plans and seeing the long term results from those cases!

Certifications:  ADT-IAABC

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Canine Good Citizenship and Trick Titling! Sport Puppy Foundations! Virtual Lessons! Training trackers and planners for dog sports!

Behavioral issue focus: Dog and Human Reactivity, Resource Guarding, Issues with Handling, Confidence Building.

Training methods: Establishing multiple marker systems, realistic applicable and fun training plans, training trackers for behavior modification and dog sports!

Why I became a dog trainer: After biting off more than I could chew by getting a Malinois as my first dog ever, we dove head first into training and I caught the bug! We dabbled in all the dog sports, and she was my first behavior modification partner! I haven't stopped pursuing learning since and each of my personal dogs and client dogs helps grow that passion by the day!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of dog training is the foundation for not only communication between two species, but also how we communicate with other people. My aim is to deconstruct behaviors into easy-to-understand building blocks to create a limitless foundation for training, that is easily replicated and understood fluently by not only other professionals, but the hobbyist and owner as well.

My #1 dog training tip: A mantra from one of my formative mentors is still one of my most used sayings! 'Slow is smooth and smooth is fast!'

Service areas: Seattle, Bellevue, Bothell, Edmonds, Kirkland, Issaquah, Everett, Shoreline, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, U District, Wallingford, Ballard, Queen Anne, West Seattle

Website: https://TrueNorthDogTraining.com


Erica Wells

I came in to dog training 18 years ago when I moved to Seattle. I worked in a small dog daycare for most of those years and that really gave me insight in to canine body language and managing arousal in adolescent dogs. I also owned a very reactive dog at that time and learned how to manage him in a much bigger urban environment than we lived in prior. When I adopted my 'failed' foster, a Brittany puppy in 2009 my whole world changed. Mimi was and is the smartest dog I've ever owned and I needed to speak her language.

I became one of the first CNWI in Washington in 2010 and Nosework became my main focus. It is still my primary training area in group classes. In 2014 we started truffle hunting and I continue competing in Nosework and truffling with my younger Brittany, Gator. Gator is the sweetest and has the biggest feelings of any dog I've ever owned and he brought me in to the world of Tenacious Teens and the Gun Dog world. It is still very rare to find people training R+ in the U.S. so much of the gun dog work has been trial and error but I firmly believe you do not need electronics if you train smart!

Certifications: 

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Nosework, Truffle Hunting, R+ Gun Dog, Bird Dog Puppy, Tenacious Teens, Total Recall, CGC, The Basics

Behavioral issue focus: High arousal in puppies and adolescent dogs

Training methods: I tailor my training to the dog in front of me and even more importantly the human in front of me.

Why I became a dog trainer: I got a Brittany puppy:).

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing shy dogs build confidence through Nosework, seeing humans stunned by what their dogs are capable of and helping dogs find their place in the world without compromising who they are:).

My #1 dog training tip: Be kind, build your foundation skills before moving on to harder, sexier things, be patient even when you feel it is impossible, set realistic goals-ask your trainer what those goals should be and how to get there.

Service areas: NE Seattle, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Shoreline, Kenmore, Bothell, Maltby, parts of Snohomish and Woodinville

Website: https://www.kokorodog.com


Tahnee Holcombe

Getting her start 10 years ago training sea lions, Tahnee learned quickly that positive reinforcement is key to working with large predators. Now a certified pet trainer, she uses the same principles working with dogs, cats, and their families. Sea Lion Way provides private training, day training, and dog walking. We focus on the whole pet (their health, environment, routine, past experiences, likes, and dislikes) and coach guardians to work with their pets. Using the science of positive reinforcement we create two way communication, boosting success and confidence, the sea lion way.

Certifications:  KPA-CTP and Family Dog Mediation

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

Behavioral issue focus: Separation anxiety and reactivity

Training methods: Consultations, training plans, and coaching

Why I became a dog trainer: 2021

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping families and their pets to better communicate with each other and work together.

My #1 dog training tip: Give your dog consistent positive feedback for desired behavior.

Service areas: Silverdale, Bremerton, Port Orchard, Belfair, High Harbor, Bainbridge Island, and Poulsbo

Website: https://sealionway.com


Alexis Brinkley

Alexis grew up with dogs and from a young age she always knew she wanted to work with them as a career. At the age of just eight years old, she was training basic obedience and tricks to her two rescued Chihuahuas, and now is trialing her dog Molly (a hound mix) in multiple sports. She has learned from some of the best positive reinforcement trainers in Washington State.  

Alexis loves to help find ways to satisfy the individual dog's needs, whatever the sport, and excels at teaching humans how to provide enrichment to dogs and puppies alike.

She just completed a rigorous positive reinforcement based behavior modification course, earning a certification in canine studies (CCS) throught the Northwest School of Canine Studies, and is pursuing a second certification through the School of Canine Science out of the UK.

Certifications:  CCS

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: I teach group classes as well as private sessions.

Behavioral issue focus: I mostly work with basic obedience and tricks/sport training, though I have worked with dog-dog reactice dogs and fearful dogs.

Training methods: I am a positive reinforcement trainer following LIMA guidelines. I create a training plan for each individual dog as no two dogs are the same and training goals are different.

Why I became a dog trainer: I have always loved animals and wanted to work with them in some regard. I fell in love with training when I got my first dog as an adult. Molly has taught me a lot and continues to teach me new things daily!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: The bond that grows between the dog and handler.

My #1 dog training tip: Knowing the value of different rewards and consistency. Rewards don't have to be food, every dogs hierarchy of rewards is different and can change quickly. Consistency in your training is the best way to create clear communication between you and your dog and makes it far easier for them to learn.

Service areas: Greater Seattle Area, Lynnwood, Shoreline, Mill Creek

Website: https://www.facebook.com/CanineSavvy?mibextid=ZbWKwL


Halley Hopkins

I've been certified CPDT-KA since October of 2020 and have worked with many types of personalities and behavioral challenges since I started my R+ training journey in 2018! Whether I'm teaching group classes, or working one on one, learning how our K9 friends communicate to us has always been of importance to myself, and I'm determined to spread my knowledge! My line of expertise typically fall within reactive dogs, but enjoy working with young puppies as well- setting them up for a successful adulthood!

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Group Classes- Obedience, Agility, Enrichment. Private Trainings- Reactivity, Aggression & Shy behavioral modification. Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.

Behavioral issue focus: I work one on one with mostly reactive dogs working on behavioral modification, follow-up behaviors, and confidence.

Training methods: I use all positive reinforcement and reward based training, evaluating different behavioral cases and creating a training plan tailored to the clients specific needs. As there is a not a one size fits all approach, I asses the clients foundational skills and build from there.

Why I became a dog trainer: Experiencing the hardship and journey of having my own people reactive dog led me on this path. The realization that her behavior was fear based made me want to explore the different opportunities and options I could give her to lead a more fulfilling and enjoyable life!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: The opportunity to see the progression of rehabilitated dogs, and how far they can go with an understanding of their emotional states!

My #1 dog training tip: Your leash is not a steering wheel, but a safety tool.

Service areas: Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Tacoma

Website: https://www.zoomroom.com/bellevue


Catrina Kindahl-Ross

I have been in business since 2011. I have prominently focused on advanced behavior modifications, and take clients from Everett to Tacoma. I have previously been a group training instructor at numerous locations incl Seattle Humane society. On my free time I am a mountaineer and hiker/climber and often take my two dogs, a German shepherd and a Lapponian herder on my adventures.

Certifications:  SCS, LLI

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Inhome training, day training, virtual, all levels of training but specializes in aggression, reactivity, stress, guarding, fears and anxieties incl separation anxiety

Behavioral issue focus: Dog reactivity, leash reactivity, fear of strangers, separation anxiety, resource guarding, fighting, shy dog, barking, puppy priorities

Training methods: Gentle, positive reinforcement based, consultation incl training plan. Discount Packages. Inhome or virtual.

Why I became a dog trainer: My young German shepherd was developing fears of other dogs and I wanted to understand what caused it and how I could help. I decided to take a dog behavior course, started volunteering at a local dog training facility and continued passion to dogs and modifying behavior made me change career.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing the owners relief when they realize they have the power to help their beloved dog.

My #1 dog training tip: Build trust. You are the source of everything good in your dog's life. If he/she trusts that, you have a lifetime bond.

Service areas: King county, Pierce County, snohomish county Everett and south

Website: https://www.gentlewaysdogtraining.com


Tracy Gorham

I have been training, starting with basic puppy obedience through obedience and then advanced competition rally and obedience for over 30 years. I've been associated with Chuckanut Dog Training Association as their head dog trainer for over 8 years and have received numerous accolades for my approach to training. Many of my students continue the Advanced Competition Rally classes to sharpen their skills and have been awarded many levels of achievement in the Dog Obedience and Rally competition world for their effort.

Certifications: Lynden

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Herding training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided:

My training philosophy is simple. I recognize every dog and handler team to be unique. My training is designed to address these diversities and are based on motivational principles. Our goal is to motivate the dog to learn and perform and to build confidence in both the dog and handler through successes with humane consistent training.

We treat each dog and handler as active participants, students to be taught and molded rather than forced.

Behavioral issue focus: Behavioral problems have become my top priority, I love working with the noisy but nice dogs, that lunge and bark while on leash. There is hope to change the behavior and it can be done, with time and fun games to work.

Training methods: I'm all positive training and I work with the problem dogs to reshape their brains to stay focused on you.

Why I became a dog trainer: I fell in love with training back in 1990 when I took my all American Dog to a training class, and was asked to take over the training sessions, fell in love with it since.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching the transformation of the dog going into a calming state and able to listen when in arousal.

My #1 dog training tip: Working the human to understand that the dog is following your body language. Start walking with your left foot. Don't call your dog's name all the time.

Service areas: Bellingham

Website: https://whisperingx.com


Ali Peace

Ali Peace is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) who has been training professionally since 2005. Despite her first word being "doggie," Ali studied Biological Sciences at Stanford and then spent 4.5 years in a Biochemistry PhD program at Duke before coming to her senses and switching to dog training. She has never looked back and never been happier.

Ali teaches group classes and private lessons in puppy, manners, canine good citizen, control unleashed, behavior modification and agility. Ali's dog training philosophy is to design training plans that are pragmatic and reinforcing for both the humans and the dog. For fun, Ali enjoys backpacking, trail running, cross country skiing, and making and eating pie.

Certifications:  CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Kinship Dog Training offers group classes and private lessons in Puppy, Manners, Canine Good Citizen, Tricks, Control Unleashed, Nosework, and Agility. We also offer private lessons for reactivity, resource guarding, and some aggression.

Behavioral issue focus: Kinship Dog Training works with dogs who may bark, lunge, and growl at other dogs, people, bikes, kids, or other stimuli. We help shy dogs, dogs who are fearful, and dogs who resource guard. We also provide training plans for dogs who need help staying calm, or recovering after an exciting or stressful event.

Training methods: Kinship Dog Training training plans typically rely on management to prevent unwanted behavior in conjunction with positive reinforcement to build desired behaviors.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer because I believe in the transformative power of the dog/human bond to change both of us for the better. I love the people and dogs I work with, and am grateful for the chance to try to improve their lives together.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love to see people and dogs sharing joy and communicating with one another.

My #1 dog training tip: Strive to have empathy for your dog and compassion for yourself. Break each goal into small steps to set both of you up for success.

Service areas: North Bend, Snoqualmie, Fall City, Preston, Issaquah, Renton, Maple Valley, Bellevue, Sammamish, Redmond, Carnation, Mercer Island,

Website: https://www.kinshipdogs.com/


Ruby Keefe

I am a graduate of The Northwest School of Canine Studies and a professional member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers. I am passionate about continuing education, which enables me to provide my clients with current evidence-based practices as they strengthen their relationship with their dog(s).

I believe ensuring a dog feels safe, and building relationship and trust is the foundation for working with companion dogs. Kindness and compassion are foremost in how we work with both dogs AND their humans.

Certifications:  Certificate of Canine Studies (CCS), Family Dog Mediator (FDM), Fear Free Certified Professional (dog trainer) (FFCP)

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: In addition to offering private in-home coaching/training for both dogs and their humans, I also teach group puppy classes at Seattle Humane.

Behavioral issue focus: Fearful/shy dogs, including those challenged with fear-based leash reactivity and stranger danger; misunderstood dogs; basic cues; behavior support; puppy support; newly adopted dogs; relationship building between dogs and their humans

Training methods:

For puppies under 1 year of age, my first session is an in-take session and lasts about 2 hours. It includes time working with the puppy, gathering information, an introductory training session, and an observation/coaching walk. Follow-up sessions are usually one hour.

For dogs over one year of age or puppies with past trauma, my first visit is a behavior consultation during which I complete a full in-take to gather information on history, observed behaviors, medical issues, needs of the family, etc., and conduct an initial analysis of the dog's temperament. This session also includes some time working with the dog as well as a 30-minute observation/coaching walk. I then take all the information back to my office and develop a Behavior Support Plan, which I review and begin implementing with the clients at the next session.

Methods
I use positive reinforcement (no aversives), humane and current science-based methods that focus on building trust and communication skills, supporting the dog with any challenging behaviors, and strengthening the relationship between dogs and their humans. As a certified Family Dog Mediator, I also look at the learning, environment, genetics, and self (L.E.G.S.) of a dog in order to discover why they do the things they do or struggle in certain areas.

Why I became a dog trainer: Lucy Bee, my incredibly challenged heart dog. Every class and trainer I was working with when she was a puppy had attended the school from which I ended up getting my certification. It was a journey I didn't see coming, but I'm so glad it did.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing dog parents fall in love with their dogs once again. Helping clients understand what their dog is trying to communicate and encouraging them in how to more effectively communicate with their dog. Sometimes just a small shift in environment, enrichment, or mindset can bring joy back into their lives.

My #1 dog training tip: Ask "Why?" (e.g., Why is my dog struggling? Why has my dog's behavior changed? Why did my dog respond in that way?)

Service areas: Seattle (below the 520) (Capitol Hill, Columbia City, Georgetown, Rainier Beach, etc.), West Seattle, Burien, Tukwila, Renton, New Castle, Maple Valley


Cathy Madson

I became a dog trainer in 2008, but I like to think that my career began when I was six years old and a stray wandered into my yard and became my first dog companion. I share my life with my partner, 10-year-old son, and two Cardigan Corgis, Sookie and Fozzie Bear. I love to geek out at dog behavior and training conferences, and when I'm not working, you can usually find me paddle boarding, reading, or knitting.

As a dog trainer and canine behavior consultant, I strive to help people and their dogs build strong relationships based on trust and clear communication through force-free dog training methods. With experience working with dogs in shelters, dog daycares, grooming salons, group classes, and private companion dog training, I've had the opportunity to work with hundreds of dogs and on a wide variety of behavioral challenges. I believe that preventive and proactive training is key to helping dogs live happy, well-adjusted lives with their family.

Beyond companion dog training, my specialties include canine separation anxiety, leash reactivity, and dog aggression. I teach group dog training classes at Seattle Humane in Bellevue, Wa.

I'm certified through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, earning both the CPDT-KA and CBCC-KA designations, a Fear Free Certified Certified Professional, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), and a training professional member of The Pet Professional Guild (PPG). I'm also a member of the Dog Writer's Association of America and have completed the Aggression in Dogs Master Course.

Certifications:  CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, FFCP (Trainer)

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: In-home and virtual puppy training, puppy socialization, and basic manners for dogs of all ages. In-home and virtual behavior consultations for aggression, reactivity, and separation anxiety. Group classes for puppy manners, basic manners, and reactive rover.

Behavioral issue focus: I specialize in resource guarding, dog-dog and dog-human aggression issues, and anxiety.

Training methods: I take a holistic approach to behavioral concerns, taking into account a dog's medical history, learning history, genetics, enrichment, and environment to build a behavior or training plan. I use force-free positive reinforcement methods and aim to help dog guardians better understand and communicate with their dogs.

Why I became a dog trainer: I saw a change in my relationship with one of my own dogs after I rescued him and was struggling with some of his behaviors. We attended a clicker training class and it was like a light bulb went on for both of us. Seeing how my bond with him was strengthened, I wanted to share this with more people and better the lives of dogs everywhere.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing the progress and change in dog behavior and watching people enjoy working with and living with their dogs again.

My #1 dog training tip: Pay your dog! Don't be stingy with treats, toys, or whatever reinforcement your dog loves.

Service areas: Kenmore, Kirkland, Woodinville, Bothell, Lake Forest Park, Shoreline, Edmonds, Lake City Way, North Seattle, Brier

Website: https://www.pupstandingacademy.com/


Four Paw Sports Center Dog Training

Four Paw Sports Center has four "classrooms", the smallest of which is 50 x 50, and is all indoors. We have been in business for over a decade and are locally owned and operated. We offer classes for baby puppies, elder states-dogs, and everything in between.

Certifications:  Most of our trainers are KPA certified

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Herding training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: Four Paw Sports Center is the place for your dog to learn, train, and grow. Group classes are offered in puppy manners, all-ages manners and obedience, Agility, Rally Obedience, Treibball, Parkour, Nose Work, and more. Classes are also offered for reactive dogs and excitable dogs.

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, lack of focus and/or impulse control.

Training methods: Our training is all positive reinforcement. Clickers are recommended but not required. We offer an abundance of group classes in many dog sports and disciplines. We also offer private lessons.

Why I became a dog trainer: Four Paw Sports Center has been in business over a decade.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: All of our trainers enjoy helping students reach their goals, whether those goals are competitive titles or having more consistent manners and good behavior. We have something for everyone and every dog.

My #1 dog training tip: Dogs do what works for them! If you are giving your dog attention, affection, or rewards for doing the right things, they will keep doing them. If you give your dog attention, affections, or rewards for doing the wrong thing, they'll keep doing them, too.

Service areas: Seattle Metro area, located in Lynnwood, WA

Website: https://fourpawsports.com


Diana Simonsen

Background
Diana has been involved in dog sports for over a decade - training, competing, and teaching. She is a patient, dedicated instructor and passionate advocate for positive, force-free dog training.

In the Ring
Diana and her dogs have achieved multiple Obedience and Rally titles in American Kennel Club (AKC) and United Kennel Club (UKC). Her first dog overcame behavioral issues to become the 21st German Shepherd to earn the AKC (Rally Advanced Excellent) RAE2 title and was ranked in the Front & Finish Top Ten German Shepherds in AKC Rally for four years.

Diana enjoys helping steward the obedience and rally shows, and helping judge Rally Fun Matches and 4-H competitions. She is working on the requirements to become an AKC Rally and Obedience Judge.

Outside the Ring
Diana participated in Therapy Dog volunteering with Therapy Dog International (TDI), visiting Assisted Living facilities. She volunteered for Washington German Shepherd Rescue, adopting dogs, doing home checks, transporting, and fostering rescued dogs.

She lives with her husband, her eight-year-old dog, Valen, and her two-year-old dog, Naia.

Certifications:  IAABC-ADT \| CPDT-KA \| FFCP \| FDM \| LSHC-S \| AKC CGC Evaluator \| CTDI

Services include:

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

More info about service provided:

Private Training
Some dogs learn better training one-on-one.

Enjoy training customized to your unique training needs. Our Private Training focuses on specific skills and progress at your dog's pace. We offer unique options that let you choose the training format best suited to your needs, schedule, and goals.

Class Options
In-person private training classes are offered at our large training facility in Carnation, WA.

Online private classes allow students from any location to train with us!

Special class arrangements can include outings to practice skills at local parks, dog-friendly stores, and in your neighborhood in King County (including Duvall, Fall City, Redmond, Kirkland, Woodinville, Bellevue, Sammamish, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Seattle)

Skills we train
Help puppies and newly adopted dogs thrive in their new home
Politely interact with adults and kids in your home and on your walks
Walk together by distractions such as other dogs and people
Create reliable recalls
Have trustworthy housetraining
Develop safe and fun play skills and off-leash skills
Practice skills for Rally Obedience, Canine Good Citizen, Therapy Dog
Train and evaluate for AKC and Do More With Your Dog Trick Dog titles!

Group Classes
Our small-size group classes are offered at our spacious training arena in Carnation, WA.
We offer Rally Obedience, Heeling Games, AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Community Canine (CGCA), Urban Canine (CGCU), and training for the Temperament Test (ATT) and Therapy Dog.

Behavioral issue focus: With additional training and certifications, we offer positive reinforcement-based behavior modification for dogs with Big Feelings about people, dogs, noises, and being left alone.

Training methods:

We use force-free, positive-reinforcement-based training to help you:

Build a good relationship with your dog.
Teach your dog better alternatives to unwanted behaviors.
Reduce frustration by setting you and your dog up for success.
Benefit from up-to-date, modern learning theory from a certified trainer.

How does it work?
We help you make the behavior you want your dog to do simple and easy. We employ the most up-to-date dog training methods to get the outcome you're looking for without physical corrections or aversives. When working with dogs who may be fearful or anxious, we use low-stress techniques to safely and effectively modify your animal's behavior.

Our commitment to ethical and humane training extends beyond your dog. While coaching you through your dog's training process, you can count on us to be encouraging, professional, and respectful.

Why I became a dog trainer: I switched careers from IT Manager to Dog Trainer because I enjoy working with people to solve challenges, overcome behavioral issues, achieve training goals, and have fun with their dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I get paid to help people smile, laugh, and have fun with their dogs.

My #1 dog training tip: Be clear and consistent with your cues, and give your dog the patience that you would want for yourself.

Service areas: Seattle, Eastside, Carnation, Duvall, Fall City, Issaquah, Sammamish, Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Woodinville

Website: https://www.dianasimonsen.com


Jen Lewis

Jen Lewis has been working with dogs professionally for 20 years, training for 19 years, and she has a wide variety of experience with all breeds, ages, and temperaments. She has a deep understanding of canine behavior and communication and has many professional accreditations and memberships.

Certifications:  AKC Good Citizen Evaluator

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Basic and advanced obedience training, problem solving, tricks, day training, potty training, reactive dog training, intro to agility and other dog sports

Behavioral issue focus: I work with everything from new puppies to aggressive dogs

Training methods: I use modern force-free methods. I revolve our training around fun, focus, communication and positive reinforcement so you can have a well behaved dog at home and in public settings. We want help you build a happy, healthy relationship with your dog and give you confidence in each other.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help people communicate with their dogs better and help dogs stay in their homes.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: The dogs! I love their individual personalities and quirks.

My #1 dog training tip: Ditch the bowl. So many behavior problems can be resolved with by giving dogs more mentally enriched lives. Simply feeding from puzzles, treat balls and snuffle mats can make a huge difference

Service areas: Puyallup, Sumner, Orting Buckley, Graham, Spanaway, Tacoma, Enumclaw, Auburn, Pierce County

Website: https://www.k-9confidence.com/


Nea Bromen

Nea has been training for over 25 years, working in nearly every area of the industry including shelters, vet clinics, and rescues to service dog organizations and specialty training facilities. During her time working with rescues, she developed a particular interest in dogs with reactivity which she describes as the most challenging, as well as the most rewarding. She believes that reactive dogs are just as capable, loving, and worthy as any other.

Using an evidence-based, positive reinforcement training and behavior modification approach, she helps build stronger relationships and improve the communication for both ends of the leash.

Certifications:  AKC Certified Evaluator

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Daycare, basic manners/obedience, group training, day training, separation anxiety/seperation related behaviors, Walk & Train, workshops, leash skills, grooming training

Behavioral issue focus: Dog-dog reactivity, leash-reactivity, separation-related behaviors.

Training methods: Evidence-based, positive reinforcement training with a LIMA approach to behavior modification. Behavioral consultations held in person or virtually, with custom behavior modification programs built after initial consult. Training programs implemented in person, virtually, and off-site where appropriate.

Why I became a dog trainer: I love being a part of improving the lives of dogs and their human families by igniting a passion for training, and guiding people to that "aha" moment where they start to realize how much their dog is communicating with them!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching the faces of my human and canine clients light up once they realize the training is clicking into place.

My #1 dog training tip: Have fun! Training should be an enjoyable activity for both you and your dog. Not having fun? Stop what you're doing and do your dog's favorite thing- fetch, tug, go for a sniffy walk, dole out belly rubs etc.

Service areas: Whatcom & Skagit Counties

Website: https://www.pawsitive-pooch.com


Ashley Alden

After college and a bit of traveling, I jumped in to a "big girl" job doing clinical research at a military hospital. I enjoyed my job, but felt like I was living a double life.

I'd wake up at 5:30 am, let my dogs out, hustle to work battling the I-5N commute, spend 8 hours per day working with human patients and rush home to spend any remaining time with my dogs and foster dogs.

Back then, I was heavily involved in dog rescue and always seemed to end up with the behaviorally challenged pups who needed extra TLC before being adopted.

Every minute of my "spare" time was spent training, playing, transporting, networking, and yah know, cuddling these foster dogs.

The more experienced I got at fostering, the more challenging the dogs I'd be asked to take on were - and I finally admitted to myself that I needed a bit more education if I was going to help them.

Some of these dogs drug me down the sidewalk. One of them barked all day and night no matter what I did, earning me a nasty note on my front door from a neighbor. One of these dogs attacked other dogs. One of these dogs had separation anxiety. Many of these dogs barked and lunged at other dogs and even people while on leash. The stories I could tell you!

I applied, and was accepted to, the Northwest School of Canine studies and haven't stopped learning since!

My mission is to utilize my unique experiences fostering over 200 dogs, coupled with my love of learning and knowledge, to bring my clients the absolute best solutions to their dog's behavior challenges, whatever they may be.

Certifications: CCS, PSDT-A, FDM

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Basic obedience to behavior modification, group classes

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, Over excitement, Basic obedience,

Training methods: Private lessons, group classes

Why I became a dog trainer: To help humans and dogs live a more harmonious life

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Improving the quality of life for dogs and their humans

My #1 dog training tip: Mind your leash tension

Service areas: Thurston County, WA and the surrounding areas

Website: https://www.bullishlybrilliant.com/


Elisa Rivera

An Evening with the Dworman's in Tulwika

I come from a background in training service dogs for people with emotional and physical disabilities. Equipped with this methodology, I apply these same training techniques to dogs as pets. The results are emotionally balanced, well-behaved dogs and people that can communicate better with their animal. I believe Positive Reinforcement Training can train dogs to do just about anything, from helping people with disabilities to just being chill, awesome dogs. Using skills learned from Bonnie Bergin, who pioneered service dog training, at Bergin College of Canine Studies, I apply these methods to your beloved pet.

Certifications:  Graduate of Bergin College of Canine Studies in Rohnert Park, CA

Services include:

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

Service areas: Seattle, Burien

Website: https://www.powerofdogtraining.com/


Michelle Reindal

Writer and multi-certified dog behavior professional focusing on the emotional health and wellbeing of our canine companions. Force free, choice-based learning to empower you and your dog. When dogs feel good, their behavioral health improves. I help dogs with big feelings and their people learn to regulate their nervous systems and find peace within their home.

Areas of interest: Neuroscience, Polyvagal Theory, Ethology, Human-Animal bond, What Dogs Teach Us

Certifications:  CPDT-KA, FDM

Services include:

  • Reactive dog training

More info about service provided:

Behavior consulting: Reactivity, Resource Guarding, Fear, frustration/over-arousal.
Foundational life skills: Building confidence and resilience, focus, recall, auto-checkins, building positive associations with environmental stimuli.
Competent in the following therapies for reactivity:
The Play Way, Behavior Adjustment Therapy (BAT), Control Unleashed Pattern Games, Enrichment and Nervous System Regulation.

Behavioral issue focus: Dogs who have big feelings about their environment -barking, lunging, cowering, fleeing, freezing - a nervous system response.

Training methods: Always force free, fear free, and informed by choice, ethics, and welfare. The Paid Pup operates more like therapy than traditional "dog training". I work with you and your dog to translate and help you understand each other better. I meet you where you are at and where your dog is at—I don't do long term behavior plans because that's not how life works. We check in regularly and I give you suggestions as we go depending on how you and your pup are feeling. You have control of how often we see or talk to each other. I'm your support person with resources and advice each step of the way.

Why I became a dog trainer: To take what I learned from my dogs and share the knowledge and help people and dogs thrive.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Connecting with people who want the best for their dogs and of course, the wonderful dogs who teach me every day. Also, slaying misinformation the general public has been taught about dogs.

My #1 dog training tip: Let your dog sniff.

Service areas: Seattle and Remote

Website: https://www.thepaidpup.com


Michael Nichols

Michael graduated from WWU's Fairhaven College in 1998, with an interdisciplinary BA focusing on education, science, and writing. I was very proud to be awarded the Whatcom Humane Society's Woof & Whiskers Award in 2010. In 2013, my dog Iggy was awarded a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award from the Whatcom Humane Society, for his therapy dog work in local schools, hospitals, Camp Phoenix, and the WHS Library Reading Program.

Certifications:  CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided:

Most of my work is by private lesson, focusing on fear, frustration, and basic skill challenges. I also teach obstacle course class, in which we concentrate on team work, fun, and enhancing proprioception for dog and human.

On occasion, I also work with other species that need help with fear-based challenges.

Behavioral issue focus: Overarousal and attention-seeking leading to mouthiness and jumping are frequent concerns. Most of my work concentrates on symptoms usually attributed to fear -- both inhibition and aggression.

Training methods: The goals is always to work on skills when the dogs is calm and safe, while slowly increasing the difficulty over time. There is no reason to hurt dogs, not even their feelings.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Working with people and dogs to help them both be more fulfilled.

My #1 dog training tip: There is no reason to hurt dogs, not even their feelings.

Service areas: Whatcom County

Website: https://dogguy.net


Hannah Halpern

My name is Hannah Halpern (she/her) and I am a KPA Certified Training Partner, a lifelong dog lover and an eager student of all things behavior. My passions are in understanding and teaching positive reinforcement techniques as means for dogs and humans to build strong, healthy relationships through science-based training, communication, and foundational skills.

In addition to my love for dogs, I am an artist and illustrator, graduating with a BA in Studio Art from Pacific University. My dream is to combine my passions for animals, art, and education to share knowledge in fun and informative ways with learners of all ages!

Certifications:  KPA-CTP, Fear Free Certified

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I’m honored to help families and their dogs with basic manners training, developing leash walking skills, recall, and teaching new behaviors as well as supporting and working with the families of new puppies! I strive to meet needs for both the dogs and humans I work with.

Behavioral issue focus: I focus mostly on training and teaching new behaviors and setting dogs and puppies up for success. Because I am relatively new in the industry and not yet a behavior consultant, I usually refer clients in need of support with behavioral issues to other more qualified professionals in my area.

Training methods: I offer private training sessions which include a consultation phone call followed by an in person (or virtual) session. After the session clients are provided with a comprehensive training plan and access to related resources. I teach using only positive and force free methods.

Why I became a dog trainer: I was working with a balanced trainer with my own dog, and realized after several years that while I saw behaviors change using the methods they taught me, the underlying issues weren't going away and ultimately my dog was getting worse, and more unpredictable. I didn't trust him, and I know he didn't trust me. That's when I started looking for other options, and stumbled across KPA. As soon as I started reading their material I was hooked! There's nothing more exciting than truly understanding what drives behavior and how we can learn to communicate effectively with our pets. It's changed the way I live my life, not just in how I interact with dogs, but all living things - humans too!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Giving people and dogs tools to communicate and learn in ways that work for them! My favorite thing is to see the lightbulb go off in a dog 's head when they 're learning for the first time, and starting to figure things out! It 's like being able to speak dog there's nothing cooler. The idea that we can communicate with, teach, understand and cooperate with another species without the use of force, punishment or manipulation is truly incredible and gives me so much hope, for animals and for humans.

My #1 dog training tip: Learn to read body language!

Service areas: Greater Seattle Area

Website: https://www.anhonestdog.com


Ken Ramirez

Ken Ramirez is the Executive Vice-President (EVP) and Chief Training Officer of Karen Pryor Clicker Training where he helps to oversee the vision, development, and implementation of training education programs for the organization.

A 40+-year veteran of animal care and training, Ken is a biologist and animal behaviorist who has overseen or consulted on training projects for many zoological organizations throughout the world.

He began his training career working with guide dogs for the visually impaired and continues to work with organizations training dogs for service work, search-and-rescue, bomb detection and narcotic detection. Ken has also maintained a close affiliation with pet training throughout his career.

Certifications: Executive Vice-President (EVP) and Chief Training Officer of Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Service areas: Tacoma and Seattle

Website: https://www.clickertraining.com/


Susan Oshie

Susan has more that 20 years experience as a dog trainer. She was a Licensed Veterinary Technician and worked as a representative for Purina calling on Veterinary Hospitals training staff and selling Veterinary Diets.

Certifications:  CPDT - KA, Fear Free, The Pet Professional Guild (No Pain, No Force, No Fear,) Certificate of Completion-Puppy Start Right for Instructors

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Puppy Preschool-Start Right, (ages. 8-12 weeks) Puppy Kindergarten, Puppy Day Camp, Sports Foundation Class, Socials, Adolescent &. Adult Manners, CGC class and testing, Growly Dog Class, Specialized Workshops on Recall & Leash Walking, Private Training

Behavioral issue focus: Leash Reactivity, Fear of people, & urban settings, Separation Anxiety,

Training methods: Positive Reinforcement, Force Free, Fear Free, No Aversive training equipment ( prong or choke collars.

Why I became a dog trainer: I have always loved dogs and the idea of training as my career has given me that opportunity!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Meeting people and their dogs has given me the opportunity to educate owners about having a healthy relationship starting with their puppies through adulthood.

My #1 dog training tip: Have fun and start by rewarding your puppy or dog for doing all the appropriate behaviors they are offering and managing the unwanted!!

Service areas: Seattle , Wallingford, Fremont, Green Lake, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Downtown

Website: https://www.paws4trainng.com


Penny Bolton

I am a art and science nerd- born and raised in the wilds of Seattle back when it was a wee bit less crowded. A degree in art, then years working with people in real estate (hint it's not about houses- it's about people) and finally on to animals. Became a "Master Birder" with Seattle Audubon and earned a certificate in Natural Sciences Illustration at the UW.

Really got into the "why" of animal behavior. I earned my certificate in Applied Animal Behavior from the University of Washington (2016) then earned my Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Professional designation(2017). Since then, I've dived deep into all kinds of behavior studying Applied Behavior Analysis with Dr. Susan Friedman(2018 and 2021) and participating in Convergence of Human and Animal Training and Technology, Control Unleashed conferences as well as multiple KPA Clicker Expos. I completed FearFree Shelters. Attended Aggression in Dogs Conferences. I volunteer at the Seattle Animal Shelter, starting as a dog walker then as an instructor for dog walkers and as a member of the Dog Behavior Team. The many dogs I have worked with there have taught me so much about stress, fear and reactivity.

I continue to study as dog training and science is rapidly changing. It is an exciting time to be involved. My focus has evolved from stopping behaviors after they happen to helping people and their animals (and other family members) set themselves up for success. It is more enjoyable to look for good things your dog is doing and reward those than to have them do something 'bad' and punish it. Plus it works!

Certifications:  KPA-CTP Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Professional, UW-AAB University of Washington Applied Animal Behavior

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I do one on one sessions with people and their pups. We focus on the client's needs and build behaviors that work for dogs and their people. Each session is personalized with focus on using the environment, food, toys and games as rewards.

Behavioral issue focus: I have worked with many dogs at the shelter who have behaviors that are challenging for an owner. Arousal issues- on leash, in the home, around other people or animals. Fearful or shy dogs. Potty training. Dogs and children. Issues around food. Bringing a new dog or puppy into the home.

Training methods: I meet with clients and their dogs in person or via Zoom, for remote clients, for an initial 1 1/2 hour assessment session. We discuss your history, needs and expectations. I share current dog training/behavior science as it relates to your situation. I use positive rewards that can include food, play, toys and environmental enrichment to build functional behaviors for you and your dog. During the first session I will show you some simple first steps to work on your issues and will follow up with a plan for addressing the problems you want to work on. This includes videos and written resources. We do a short zoom follow up after a week or two of practice. Then make a plan for more in person or zoom sessions as needed.

Why I became a dog trainer:

Every dog trainer has a 'gateway' dog. That dog you bring home and then realize you just don't know what to do with them. Ranger is an outgoing friendly herd dog mix. With some major phobias around noises and weather. He needs help dealing with scary things. I didn't realize that a lot of his 'problem' behaviors were related to fear.

The rescue I got him from told me to use a prong collar to make him walk nicely on leash. It didn't feel right to punish a dog when he didn't have the skills to walk on a leash plus it didn't get him to stop pulling. I started classes with a positive reinforcement training studio that used clickers and food. A light went on over both our heads. This can be fun! I am forever grateful to the folks at Ahimsa to showing us the way. It took me a while to really 'get it' but I was hooked on dog behavior. Ranger brought me to animal behavior and we are having a ball!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love to meet people and their dog family members. So many stories! It fuels my spirit to be able to hear people's concerns and be able to help them find solutions that make both them and their pup happy. I use my positive reinforcement skills to help dogs and people. My favorite thing is to see a pic or get a text from a client the day after a session telling me that "it worked!"

My #1 dog training tip: Ask yourself, and your dog, what are they trying to get? How can you set your dog and yourself up for success? Look for what you want and reward it!

Service areas: Seattle Metro

Website: https://pennybolton.com


Jess Keddy

Hello! I'm Jess, I provide low cost dog training in Bellevue Washington.

Certifications:  CPDT-ka (expected 2023)

Services include:

  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Group training, service dog training, private classes

Behavioral issue focus:

Training methods:

Why I became a dog trainer: I got into dog training when I needed a service dog, and didn't have the money to pay a program for one. I never do something just halfway, so I dedicated my time doing and learning as much as I could. Funny enough, the dog I chose to be a service dog was a behavioral case, and ended up washing, and I had to focus my knowledge somewhere else, dedicating my learning to reactive dogs.

I've since trained several service dogs for myself and others and helped many dogs through reactivity

My favorite part of being a dog trainer:

Honestly? I get to sit in a room full of puppies every once and a while. That’s my favorite.

I also genuinely love changing peoples lives with the small impacts I can make on their best friends. I love seeing a dog that people were terrified or embarrassed to take outside walk past triggers unphased

My #1 dog training tip: Keep it all fun. If your dog isn't having it- stop.

Service areas: Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, issaquah, Renton, Mercer island



Jinx Jasmin

Doggy translator with a focus behind your canine's behavior! Big fan of sniffaris.

Certifications:  PPG, PCC-DT

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Collaborative Canine Enrichment

Behavioral issue focus: Fearful dogs, overreactions on leash

Training methods: Collaborative approach with you and your dog. Behavior consultations and training plans included!

Why I became a dog trainer: As a pet mind-reader since birth (probably), I continue to study why dogs do the things they do, what they need, and how we can help them live their best lives!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Witnessing the hard-earned bond when a doggy and their guardian begin to understand one another.

My #1 dog training tip: Pay more attention to your doggy being good! Mark and reward their best behaviors to see them more often :)

Service areas: Greater Seattle & Beyond! Kirkland, Moss Bay

Website:https://doggy.dev


Allie Lowry

Allie has been training dogs professionally for the last fourteen years and has been involved in a variety of dog sports from a young age. As a child she began showing her Labrador Retrievers in Junior Showmanship, Conformation, and Obedience. Since then she has been an active part of the dog world and currently trains and competes with her Cane Corsos and Lowchen in AKC Conformation, Obedience, Rally, Barn Hunt, Agility, IGP, and other activities. She currently teaches in person classes and lessons at Ahimsa Dog Training in Seattle, WA, sees private clients in the Seattle area, and teaches virtually with Show Dog Prep School and privately where she assists clients across the globe.

Allie is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) with the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, and has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She is committed to using scientifically sound, positive methods to achieve the ultimate goal of happy, well trained dogs. Allie works on everything from puppy foundations and basic skills to more serious behavior concerns and competition skills.

Certifications:  CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Group Classes, In Person and Virtual Private Lessons, Puppy Training, Basic Training, CGC/Therapy Dog Training, Sport Training

Behavioral issue focus: Resource guarding, multi dog households, crate/car issues, grooming/handling issues, high drive dogs

Training methods: Positive training that's easy for people and fun for dogs

Why I became a dog trainer: That moment when it all comes together and you can see that the person and their dog are on the same page

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love helping people understand their dogs better

My #1 dog training tip: Our dogs are exactly who they're supposed to be. Trying to work with that instead of against it will always get you where you want to go fastest.

Service areas: North Seattle, Ballard, Fremont, Northgate, Lake City, Ravenna, Shoreline

Website: https://ahimsadogtraining.com/


Karen Beattie Massey

Karen is an active member of the dog training and dog sports community in the Pacific Northwest, who participates in ongoing professional training. She competes in agility, rally, and conformation with her dogs. She has competed internationally in agility as part of several different US teams at World Championships and the European Open.

Certifications:  CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Puppy training and socialization, including temperament testing - Manners and basic obedience - Advanced manners including CGC - Behavior consults for motivation, fear, anxiety, and reactivity. All levels of agility training - foundation through competition. Rally obedience and trick training.

Behavioral issue focus: Anxiety, fear, reactivity, motivation, and handler connection.

Training methods: Science-based, positive training approaches designed to increase dog confidence and improve dog and handler relationship. Group classes, private lessons, and behavior consults available.

Why I became a dog trainer: Karen worked in corporate training and instructional design. With her love of working with dogs this made the transition to a dog training career a natural fit.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing owners learning to connect and enjoy working with their dogs.

My #1 dog training tip: Having your dog offer to give you attention is the foundation skill for many other behaviors!

Service areas: King County, Pierce County

Website: https://karenbeattiemassey.com/


Zayne Brown

After relocating to Washington in 2014, Zayne started the journey of establishing Royal Families K9 in 2020. Zayne has spent the last six years working and gaining knowledge in the animal care industry, gaining experience in a variety of roles including Dog Training, Vet Tech, Groomer, Dog Walker, and Dog Daycares.

Zayne experimented with a variety of training philosophies before settling on positive reinforcement. This method of training has been used successfully with many dogs and their owners. Zayne's life's ambition is to share the knowledge and insight he's gained with the world in the hopes of helping people of all ages, income levels, races/ethnicities, and backgrounds develop a positive and fulfilling relationship with their royal canine companions. Royal Families K-9 now serves in the Seattle area.

Certifications:  AKC CGC

Services include:

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

More info about service provided:

Basic Obedience
Advanced Obedience
Potty Training
Puppy Training
Reactivity Training

Behavioral issue focus:

Leash Reactivity
Dog Reactivity
Owner Engagement
Anxiety

Training methods: I have a consultation with the owner and then once I have a good idea of their goals and we are clear on expectations and requirements then we move forward on a training plan.

Why I became a dog trainer: I grew up with animals and adore them. I desire for humans and animals to coexist in harmony, and I found early on that I am exceptionally skilled at bridging the communication gap between our species.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Waking relationships between owner and dogs grow.

My #1 dog training tip: They are always talking to us, we just have to take the time out to listen.

Service areas: Seattle
Ballard
Queen Anne
Magnolia
North, West, East, South Seattle

Website: https://mycrd.is/royalfamiliesk9


Judith Anderson-Wright

We utilize respected learning theory that supports both human and canine learners! Our Canine Educators understand how people & dogs learn. We understand that different dogs have different needs and varied motivation. We know that some clients are new to the joy of learning with their dog, and others are seasoned dog enthusiasts who are seeking to add to their extensive knowledge base.

Classes and private lessons are designed to be fun AND cognitively stimulating for everyone. We provide plenty of time for demonstration, practice and discussion. We vary our teaching activities to include games and problem-solving procedures. We focus on teaching humans and their canine family members how to effectively communicate with one another, and the results are happy people and dogs. We provide learning opportunities for puppies, elder dogs, and all ages in between.

Dogs who are shy, fearful and reactive have multiple classes and private lesson options. Agility, nose games and adventure field trips are also available. In partnership with Project Canine, we also offer therapy dog preparation classes, testing and certification opportunities. Mutiple CPDT KA instructors are on our teaching staff. We also offer a Canine Educator Preparation Program for our staff to learn how to be effective and caring instructors dedicated to creating a wonderful learning environment for all.

Certifications:  MA CPDT KA.

Services include:

  • Puppy training

Website: https://www.gogreatdog.com/


Eric Sueltenfuss

Eric Sueltenfuss, CCS (Certificate in Canine Studies) is a graduate of the Northwest School of Canine Studies. A former airframe and powerplant mechanic, Eric transitioned into the animal behavior arena working cat rescue, and managing a dog daycare and training facility, as well as a holistic pet supply store. Following his academic training in animal behavior, Eric built on this foundation working with clients on individual training plans, rehabilitating dogs in the behavior department of a large rescue, and managing dog-dog interactions and training at a daycare, training and boarding facility.

,,Eric is passionate about customizing force-free training and behavior plans for the success of both the human and animal clients. He has a deep understanding of dog body language and working with fearful and anxious pets. With a young son and multiple pet household, Eric is particularly in tune with the needs of families with small children.

Eric offers in-person training and behavior consultations in Seattle, south Snohomish and north King counties.

Certifications:  CCS (Certificate in Canine Studies)

Services include:

  • Board and train

Service areas: Seattle, south Snohomish and north King counties.

Website: https://companionanimalsolutions.com/


Ruth LaRocque

providing in-person and remote training and behavior consultations since 2006

Certifications: 

CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer)
CBCC-KA (Certified Behavior Consultant for Canines)
KPA-CTP (Karen Pryor Academy)
CTC (Jean Donaldson's Certificate in Training & Counseling)

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: pet manners and obedience, as well as fear/anxiety/aggression, can be done remotely or in person with single sessions or packages

Behavioral issue focus: fear and anxiety around unfamiliar people, separation anxiety, and leash reactivity are common issues I work with

Training methods: we provide behavior consultations and training plans for you to work with your own dog, or I can train foundation behaviors for you

My #1 dog training tip: learn more about dog body language and how to best respond to subtle stress signals before they intensify to more dramatic behavior

Service areas: Seattle and surrounding cities

Website: https://www.SeattlePetPals.com


Jennifer Schneider

Making tails wag since 1997

Certifications:  BA Psychology, ABC Certified Mentor Trainer, Certified Dog Obedience Trainer, AKC Approved Evaluator

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Companion Dog Obedience group classes, Rally Obedience, Reactive Rover, puppy training, behavior problems, fear

Behavioral issue focus: Aggression

Training methods: Positive reinforcement

Why I became a dog trainer: Change the methodology formerly used by most dog trainers in that time frame. Help dogs become happier companions.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Analyzing and identifying problems and solutions.

My #1 dog training tip: Treat your dog with kindness

Service areas: South King County

Website: https://www.pickofthelitterdogtraining.com


Jill Seward

Jill loves learning and expanding her knowledge, and attends regular seminars and teaching events. After leaving the corporate world in 2008, she started a popular Seattle area pet business, Little Furry Things. She managed a team of dog walkers and cat sitters and provided day training for reactive dogs. Jill now teaches Control Unleashed, Agility, and tricks classes at Kinship Dog Training in North Bend. She loves to see the confidence build in both owners and dogs while doing fun activities and can also guide them carefully through household aggression problems. She lives in Burien with her husband, Smoosh and Smudge the cats, Cheddar the ACD, and Mooney the Havanese.

Certifications:  CPDT-KA, UW-AAB, CPDT-KA, CCS

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: Classes and private lessons, agility, tricks, control unleashed, manners, aggression, and reactivity.

Behavioral issue focus: Aggression, reactivity, cat/dog relationship building, leash manners, and recall.

Training methods: I provide thorough initial behavior assessments and recommend training plans, classes, or alternate professional colleagues. I teach cue building using markers/clickers, and positive reinforcement methods.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help humans have more peaceful and connected relationships with the animals in their lives.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Laughing with my students, and seeing understanding emerge in animals and humans.

My #1 dog training tip: Animals are always learning from their environment, so set them up for success.

Service areas: North Bend, Snoqualmie, Issaquah, Burien, Seattle

Website: https://www.kinshipdogs.com/


Sandra Tung

Experienced and Practical Nose Work / Scent Work instructor/competitor. Seasoned competitor in a variety of dog sports

More info about service provided: Nose Work / Scent Work

Behavioral issue focus: Confidence, Drive Building, Obedience to Odors

Training methods: Positive Reinforcement Primarily

Why I became a dog trainer: To help deepen human and canine bond/relastionship

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Help owners/handlers to understand and appreciate their dogs and the joy to work together as a team

My #1 dog training tip: Break down behaviors you want to change/train in smaller pieces

Service areas: Greater Seattle area


Christine Bass

I am dedicated to using the most modern, scientific and kindest possible methods for communicating with our dogs. Let's work together to find a way to reach your goals with a plan tailored specifically for you! Dogs are amazing creatures and deserve the best lives we can give them.

Certifications: Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior from the University of Washington (UW-AAB), Dog Parkour Instructor Certification from the International Dog Parkour Association, Fear Free Pets Animal Trainer Certification, Aggression in Dogs Master Course Michael Shikashio

Services include:

  • Puppy training

Website: https://www.wildwoodcanine.com/


Ben Shimizu

My journey to becoming a dog trainer has been developing since I was a very young child and feeling very connected and understanding animals but not realizing it could become a professional occupation someday.

I've been a licensed massage therapist and educator for over 30 years and have also been a licensed animal massage therapist for 15 years. I have used these skills to help reduce stress in people and also rehabilitate and heal dogs and cats (often out of surgery) in a large heated pool for nearly 13 years and developed a close energetic connection and sensitivity through touch and intuition.

I use these skills now to listen and observe how people communicate with their pets and teach them by utilizing humor, authenticity and presence to elevate the entire family's awareness, involvement and commitment in transforming the life with their dog.

I make sessions fun, engaging and entertaining so learning happens naturally to deliver information and insight to tackle the many challenges involved in a dog's life through positive motivation and reinforcement.

I love training humans to be better leaders for their dogs so they gain the ultimate satisfaction of seeing their relationship grow and thrive over time.

Certifications: 

Northwest School of Canine Studies Teaching Assistant
State Certified CCS Professional Dog Trainer
State Licensed Massage Therapist (LMP)
State Licensed Small Animal Massage Therapist (SAMP)
Canine Aquatic Therapist

Services include:

  • Puppy training

Website: https://www.caninecornerstone.com/


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Sara Du Bouchet

Sara's done it all: pet sitting, dog walking, dog training, you name it! She started her animal care and training career as a volunteer at The Glendale Humane Society where she was later hired as a full-time trainer. Sara not only provided in-home training to adopters but her experience and instincts proved an invaluable asset to the development of behavioral adjustment programs.

Certifications:  CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • In home training

Service areas: Southern California, the Bay Area, and Seattle

Website: https://tullystraining.com/


Shawna Gallagher

Shawna has been working professionally with dogs for over a decade and is constantly working on her knowledge of dogs, as you can see from all of her certifications.

Certifications: 

Certification for Professional Dog Trainers - CPDT-KA
Family Dog Mediation - L-FDM-T
Service Dog Coach - SDC
Animal Behavior Dog Trainer - ABCDT

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: We provide in-home and at the facility private sessions, puppy classes, adolescent classes, mental enrichment classes, service dog program and fear and aggression privates and group classes.

Behavioral issue focus: We do a lot with leash reactivity, dog on dog aggression, dog to human aggression. Then on the fun side of things we do a lot with puppies and adolescents' issues.

Training methods: We always like to start off with a free phone call with one of our trainers, followed by a consultation and then we design a program that will allow you to be successful.

Why I became a dog trainer: My love of dog and human behavior and realizing that in this industry there is always something to learn.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Working with the people and the dogs in creating a strong bond.

My #1 dog training tip: Give dogs the time to be dogs.

Service areas: I am based out of Everett and will go north to Stanwood and south to all of Seattle plus the Redmond, Kirkland area and everything in-between.

Website: https://www.pcttr.com


Charlene Hoch

I first became interested in dog training while in college, finding learning theories especially intriguing. I have been working dogs for over 25 years. I fell in love with working breeds and began my love of training dogs with my first Rottweiler. I have trained in tracking, obedience, handler protection rally, agility, nose work and confirmation. I have titles on several of my dogs for canine good citizen, rally, agility, nose work, and tricks.

I have owned several Rottweilers, a Pumi, a rescued Fromosan Mountain Dog(Taiwan dog), and a Border Collie. I have learned lots from working with the most confident, high drive Rotty to a terrified street dog. My most rewarding dog training: having a dog that would protect you from anything to a fearful rescue becoming confident enough to earn master titles in agility.

I encourage my students to use Sniffspots to train and exercise their dogs in a safe environment.

Certifications:  BA in Psychology and Sociology

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided:

Companion Manners
Intermediate Manners
Sports Preparatory
Foundation Agility

Behavioral issue focus: The basics! Working with attention, recalls, body awareness, puppy behaviors like jumping, lunging on leash, biting, etc.

Training methods: I teach at Argus Ranch, a positive training facility. I use food and toy/play rewards. I stress capturing, marking, the rewarding the behavior you want.

Why I became a dog trainer: I love training dogs and seeing the bond between a handler and their dog evolve. It's fun seeing what training works with different dogs and their handlers.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing a team improve and the handler seeing they can be successful with their dog.

My #1 dog training tip: Find a reward your dog loves, use great timing to mark the behavior you want, and give that reward with enthusiasm!

Service areas: Auburn Washington between Tacoma and Seattle

Website: https://www.argusranch.com


Brenna Peterson

I currently have two dogs, a chihuahua mix and a border collie. My main hobby is spending time with my dogs. We like trick training, rally, agility, and other sports, and enjoy playing, walking, and hanging out. I am almost done with my Psychology bachelor's degree and love to learn. I like meeting new people and their animals, I enjoy drawing and story-writing, and studying languages.

Certifications: 

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Attention & focus, skills to help with reactivity, foundation skills for competition obedience & rally, competitive rally, puppy kindergarten, recalls, leash skills

Behavioral issue focus: I teach a lot of reactivity classes for dogs that are reactive due to fear, aggression, or frustration. These classes focus on three fundamental pieces: basic obedience skills, trigger work utilizing Behavior Adjustment Training, and mat-work for calmness.

Training methods: Break the skills up into tiny achievable pieces (splitting vs. lumping). How to prevent and manage undesired behaviors. Set the dogs up for success, avoid seeing failure during the learning process, and reward the dog for effort over perfection.

Why I became a dog trainer: I got my first dog, Ozai, the little chihuahua mix, at a shelter. He was very smart and picked up on learning new things very quickly but did not react nicely to people touching him. Working with him through his challenges to be able to compete in multiple sports was an amazing learning experience. This was further intensified when I adopted my second dog, Zuko the border collie, as he provided even greater challenges, being afraid of people, very dog-reactive, and very nervous in new places. He is also making great progress and we continue to learn together.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love seeing the progress that people can make with their dogs! It's very exciting when the person and their dog are able to learn new skills. Reactive dogs can be stressful to the humans, and being reactive is stressful to the dog; helping improve the lives of others is very rewarding to me.

My #1 dog training tip: Start small. Break down behaviors into their fundamental parts, mastering each piece before upping the challenge and putting it all together.

Service areas: Auburn, Puyallup, Spanaway, Kent

Website: https://www.argusranch.com/


Margarita Knowlton

I am a professional dog trainer (Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and Absolute Dogs PRO Trainer) and a Registered Veterinary Technician.
I have been working in the animal field for over 17 years. I have held positions as a veterinary technician, animal shelter worker and a professional dog trainer. As a military spouse, I have also had the opportunity to reside in different states as well as Europe, gaining experience working in a variety of animal related environments.
I am knowledgeable of fear and force free husbandry techniques for dogs and cats.
‚ÄãI completed the requirements for a Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior program from the Professional and Continuing Education departament, University of Washington.
I am an acredited Canine Hoopers UK and Canine Hoopers World instructor.

Certifications: 

Certified Training Partner, Karen Pryor Academy for Training and Behavior.Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior, University of Washington.Living and learning with animals professional course, with Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D. PRO Dog Trainer, Absolute Dogs.
Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology, Columbia State Community College.Canine hoopers UK certified instructor.

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Off leash training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: I offer fun dog sports on a one-to-one basis

Behavioral issue focus: My fun dog sports programs are suitable for dogs with reactivity, shyness, and fearful behavior.

Training methods: My training methods are based on LIMA (least intrusive method available)

Why I became a dog trainer: I want families to enjoy their dogs to the fullest. I want dogs to have a fulfilling, happy, healthy life with their humans

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing the light bulb moment on the dogs and their human

My #1 dog training tip: Enjoy your dog, have fun!

Service areas: Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula, Wauna, Pierce county

Website: https://www.k9companionacademy.com


Katie Borton

My passion for dogs began at the age of nine when my dog, Zucchini, taught me the importance of kindness, love, and attention. After reading tons of books on dogs and volunteering with animals all through my childhood, I went to Oberlin College where I studied biology and organic chemistry. During my college years, I spent my free time volunteering at the local dog shelter. It was then that I adopted her first soul-mate-dog, a pit bull mix named Butch who taught me so much about the innumerable ways that dogs can improve the human condition.

Upon graduation from college and excited to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, I worked as a veterinary technician. Despite my love of medicine, I discovered my passion was in the relationship with dogs. I left the veterinary field to start my own business called Merry Mutts. For 10 successful years, I combined my two greatest passions, mothering and dogs, as I ran off-leash dog park trips and boarded dogs in my home.

After adopting my second pitbull, Wookie, I was schooled in the ways anxiety can result in serious aggression. While striving to improve my understanding of Wookie and all dogs, their behavior, and the impact I can make on helping them integrate into our human world, I enrolled at the Northwest School of Canine Studies to become a certified dog trainer and behavior specialist. I applied my newly gained knowledge to help Wookie to become a happy, well-adjusted, and wonderful boy - not to mention eliminating his aggression. In 2013, I sold her company and joined The Pawsitive Packleader to continue to grow and develop in a great company. In 2014, I acquired The Pawsitive Packleader and have been helping dogs since.

Certifications:  Certificate in Canine Studies (CCS)

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I offer in-home day training and coaching for companion dogs with all types of behavior challenges, obedience, and puppy rearing.

Behavioral issue focus: I work with fearful, reactive, anxious, and aggressive dogs in addition to basic companion dog training.

Training methods: I am a force-free, science-based, positive trainer. My process begins with an initial evaluation and is followed up with verbal or written training plans and written training instructions.

Why I became a dog trainer: I wanted to understand and help more dogs and their people.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: The strengthening and fostering of relationships between dogs and their humans.

My #1 dog training tip: Listen to your dog!

Service areas: Seattle, Bellevue, Medina, Mercer Island, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point, Yarrow Point, Redmond, Kirkland, Bothell, Kenmore, Woodinville, Issaquah, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Brier, Lynnwood, Millcreek, Martha Lake, Alderwood Manor

Website: https://www.pawsitivepackleader.com


Corey Childs

Corey is the co-owner of Pet Logic Animal Training. He began his training career working with shelter dogs in Chattanooga. Doing training, assessments, behavioral modification, & husbandry; he helped them to get (& keep) forever homes!

After an internship with Chattanooga Zoo, his passion for training & animal care took him to Moorpark College where he obtained a degree in Exotic Animal Training & Management (EATM), He is also a certified professional dog trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).

Corey has trained & cared for a large variety of animals including: cougars, foxes, coyotes, falcons, parrots, turacos, beavers, monkeys, donkeys, rats, dogs, cats, gerbils, & many more!

Having worked with animal shelters in multiple states, he has a passion for adoption & rescue.

Certifications:  Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided:

basic obedience (sit, stay, down, come, etc...)
trick training & enrichment
puppy problems (socialization, biting, whining, chewing)
loose leash walking
leash reactivity
destructive behavior
jumping, mouthing, mounting
running away/not coming when called
demand barking (for attention, toys, access, etc...)
cohabitation of multiple animals/species
fear & separation anxiety
growling, biting, or other aggressive behavior towards people/animals
aggression or reactivity on leash towards other people/animals
resource guarding (food, toys, areas, etc...) from people or animals
anything else you might be having issues with

Behavioral issue focus: I work most often with dogs that come from an animal shelter background which often have no former training and may display fearful, rude, or anxious behaviors.

Training methods:

Training is about communication & relationship. The goal should be to teach our animals how to live with us, as well as strengthen our relationship with them. They are not born understanding our language, rules, or expectations. It is our job as their guardians to help them learn & to provide a happy, healthy, fulfilling life.

Modern animal training has come a long way since the days of punishment based practices & dominance theory. It has been shown that not only are these outdated methods based on disproven theories, but often lead to aggression, confusion, & learning impairment. The use of pain, fear, & intimidation is unprofessional, unethical, & unnecessary!

Why I became a dog trainer: I've always had a love of animals, and after working at a local animal shelter my love for both animals and training only continued to grow.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping to build/strengthen the bond between pets and their parents, making a better life for everyone involved.

My #1 dog training tip: Clear communication & consistency

Service areas:

Everett
Marysville
Lynnwood
Mountlake Terrace
Edmonds
Shoreline
Seattle
Lake Forest Park
Mill Creek

Website: https://www.petlogic.net/


Julie McCallum-Allen

In my dog training services, I educate owners and teach dogs how to work together for a lifetime. I also equip owners with activities that stimulate your dog and are fun for you to continue even after completing basic training classes, such as agility training. Lessons are brought to you where works best for you, at convenient times that work for you, and customized to fit you and your dog’s needs. I work with dogs of all ages from new pups needing to learn how to navigate their new world, to seniors with behavioral issues and everything in-between. For dogs with reactivity or aggression issues I modify the reactivity or aggression using techniques such as, Positive Reinforcement, Differentiated Reinforcement, Counter Conditioning and Desensitization Conditioning as needed to help your dog. My obedience training uses positive training techniques that enhance the greatest aspects of your dog’s personality, and when done correctly, minimizes the worst. Positive reinforcement work includes, praise, food and toy rewards, all in aid of teaching the dog how to be a good citizen. My goal is to build healthy and positive relationships between dogs and owners that will last a lifetime!

Certifications:  ABCDT, Aggression certification

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: In my dog training services, I educate owners and teach dogs how to work together for a lifetime. I also equip owners with activities that stimulate your dog and are fun for you to continue even after completing basic training classes, such as agility training. Lessons are brought to you where works best for you, at convenient times that work for you, and customized to fit you and your dog's needs. I work with dogs of all ages from new pups needing to learn how to navigate their new world, to seniors with behavioral issues and everything in-between. For dogs with reactivity or aggression issues I modify the reactivity or aggression using techniques such as, Positive Reinforcement, Differentiated Reinforcement, Counter Conditioning and Desensitization Conditioning as needed to help your dog. My obedience training uses positive training techniques that enhance the greatest aspects of your dog's personality, and when done correctly, minimizes the worst. Positive reinforcement work includes, praise, food and toy rewards, all in aid of teaching the dog how to be a good citizen. My goal is to build healthy and positive relationships between dogs and owners that will last a lifetime!

Behavioral issue focus: I've worked successfully over many years with dogs who have issues with barking, fear and related issues, destructive chewing, resource guarding, dog to dog aggression, dog to cat issues, leash reactivity, leash behavior, aggression to humans, separation anxiety, biting, mouthing, jumping, relationships with children and of course puppy issues like, nipping, jumping, house training and crate training.

Training methods: I offer an initial behavior consultation for all clients. It includes gathering behavior history and a command and temperament assessment. It's designed to understand the dog, the dog's needs, and the behavior as well as finding out about the human client and their needs. My clients come away from their first consult with a review of work done during the 1-1/2 hour session and a plan and suggestions for moving forward.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer to help dog owners and dogs be the best they can be regardless of backgrounds and previous histories and to show both canine and human that the other can be one of the best relationships they will ever have!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Solving problems for both humans and dogs and watching their lives get better.

My #1 dog training tip: Praise (love), Practice (training) and Persistence (never giving up) are all you need.

Service areas: Seattle and Greater Seattle areas

Website: https://www.learning4lifedogtraining.com/


Sniffspot Seattle Top Trainer Frequently Asked Questions

How are Seattle dog trainers selected for this list?

These are the top dog trainers in Seattle 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 Seattle 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 Seattle?

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 Seattle 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 Seattle cost?

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

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

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 Washington was $37,610 per year and $18.08 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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