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The Best Dog Trainers in Washington of 2023

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Merlin Noble

March 29, 2022

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Welcome to the Washington Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2023. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Washington 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. 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 Washington 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


Amanda Boyd

Amanda is equal parts dog person and people person; you and your dog are both important to her! ÔªøShe is committed to using progressive, force-free training methods to improve dog and human communication and relationships.

After graduating from Olympia High School in WA state, she earned a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Stanford University and has a strong background in the art and science of animal learning. She has been working professionally with dogs since 2000 and has supplemented her hands-on experience with formal training in classes, seminars, and workshops given by leaders in the field of dog behavior and training. In 2006, she became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and founded her training business, Sidekick Dog Training. Ôªø

Amanda worked for nearly ten years as Senior Trainer with Seattle Humane Society in Bellevue, where she helped hundreds of families build relationships with their newly adopted dogs and puppies. In addition to puppy classes and basic manners, Amanda has developed and taught a wide range of innovative courses including Double Dog Manners, Manners About Town, Reactive Rover, and Shy Dog Manners.

Amanda was a regular contributor to the Journal Newspapers' "Pampered Pets" column, and her training advice has been featured on The Animal Rescue Site, The Bark Blog, and in both City Dog and Dog Fancy magazines. Most recently, she has been featured on King 5 TV’s “Evening” in the role of dog behavior expert and contributes regurlarly to the Northwest Canine Coalition newsletter. She enjoys mentoring new trainers and collaborating with others in the field. She was an online instructor for the FDSA Pet Professionals Program, created by Denise Fenzi to educate current and future dog trainers.

Amanda is also a big believer in giving back to the community and regularly contributes to organizations that work to improve the lives of human and non-human animals, including numerous animal shelters, retirement homes, senior centers, and schools in the Puget Sound area. Amanda was Adoption and Admissions Supervisor for Seattle Humane Society for more than three years and was Dog Program Manager at Woodinville’s Homeward Pet Adoption Center for more than a year. In 2006, she set a record for the number of dogs adopted from Homeward Pet. She also volunteered weekly with the Canine Connections program at Echo Glen Children's Center in Snoqualmie for more than five years.

Amanda lives in Port Orchard, WA (near Gig Harbor & Tacoma) with her own canine sidekicks and a large mischief of pet rats. She regularly competes in agility and barn hunt and also enjoys dog parkour and disc dog training. She is a member of Puget Sound Positive Trainers (PSPT) and co-founded Kitsap Peninsula Positive Trainers (KPPT). She was recently voted the #1 trainer in WA state and the #7 trainer in the United States in the Sniffspot top trainer contest.

With over 15 years of experience in the field and a true passion for her work, Amanda is an excellent choice for any dog guardian seeking the best possible relationship with his/her/their canine sidekick(s).

Sidekick. Train happy!

Certifications: 

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Group training classes, private lessons, day training, agility training, puppy basics, adult manners, distraction training.

Behavioral issue focus: Puppy foundations, basic manners, reactivity, household harmony.

Training methods: Dog-friendly based on behavioral science.

Why I became a dog trainer: I started out working in shelters and caught the training bug. I like helping people and dogs create lasting bonds so they stay together for a liftetime.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing teams come together and teaching people how to speak dog.

My #1 dog training tip: Put a cookie on it!

Service areas: Port Orchard, Olalla, Gig Harbor, Tacoma, Bremerton

Website: https://sidekickdogtraining.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


Amanda Dwyer

Amanda is a co-founder and working board member of the Humane Alliance of Rescue Trainers (HART)

They graduated from the Academy of Dog Trainers with honors, and are a SAPro and Fear-Free Certified Trainer.

The journey into dog training started for Amanda at the Seattle Humane Society, where they volunteered as part of the Dog Behavior and Socialization team, and were promoted to a Behavior Program Assistant, a small team of volunteers who work solely with the challenging behavior cases.

When the Seattle Humane Society shut down volunteer operations due to COVID in 2020, Amanda teamed up with the other founders to help create HART, a non-profit that matches professional trainers with shelters and rescues to provide behavior support at no cost. Amanda's main role in HART is leading the screening team that vets prospective trainers, and designing graphics for social media and handouts.

Amanda is the owner-operator of Westward Hound, which provides private training and behavior consultation both in-person and virtually.

When they are not obsessing about dogs, Amanda is highly skilled at cluttering up their desk, and spending as much time on the beach as possible, often returning home with pockets filled with pretty rocks to further clutter the house with.

Amanda lives in Kingston WA with their partner Charles, and one of the most fearful dogs in the world, Fig, who is loved dearly.

Certifications:  CTC, SAPro, FFCP-Trainer

Services include:

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

More info about service provided:

I offer private sessions and day training for manners, puppies, and most behavior issues: shy and fearful dogs, resource guarding, leash reactivity, excessive barking, fear of the vet or grooming.

Remote sessions are offered for separation anxiety cases, as well as behavior cases outside of my service area.

Behavioral issue focus: Because there are very few positive reinforcement trainers in local my area, I try to meet the needs of my community and work with a wide variety of behavior issues. I have an enormous soft spot for shy puppies and shy dogs, as wells as frustrated and reactive dogs.

Training methods:

My training and behavior modification methods are rewards based, science backed, and ethical. For separation anxiety cases, I use gradual exposure therapy, and desensitization to help the dog learn to tolerate being left alone.

I use positive reinforcement methods for all my learners, both animal and human! My goal is that everyone leaves my sessions feeling better about their relationship with their animals, and confident that they can overcome their behavioral issues.

I always use training plans and utilize the Push/Drop/Stick method to ensure I am moving at the learners pace. My clients receive easy to understand and follow plans to continue their progress.

Continuing education is very important to me, and I regularly attend lectures and seek certifications in my field to stay informed about the latest best practices.

Why I became a dog trainer: I adopted a cattle dog. Anyone who has one knows what I am talking about.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: When you see both your dog and human clients smiling and having a great time together. When my separation anxiety clients can get their freedom back.

My #1 dog training tip: Don't think of it as "training" which is a word that has such boring connotations. Think of it as an educational game you and your dog get to do together, both to have fun, and achieve a goal.

Service areas:

North Kitsap County:
Kingston, Poulsbo, Bainbridge, Hanesville, Suquamish, Indianola

Website: https://westwardhound.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


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Mercedes Moore

I was born and raised right here in Pierce County, Washington - where today, I've built my life around dogs.

I became a professional dog trainer in 2011, after earning my dog training certification through Animal Behavior College (ABC). But that was just the first step - I'm devoted to staying current on the most effective and humane training methods and on our evolving understanding of learning and behavior.

The better my understanding of the science behind why and how behavior and learning works, the more effectively I can help you and your dog.

So in 2015 I pursued my CPDT-KA - that stands for Certified Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed. A CPDT-KA certification requires trainers to have over 300 hours of training experience, recommendations from other industry professionals, and to pass a written exam. The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) also requires trainers to pledge to follow their code of ethics.

That means my methods will always take how your dog and you feel about our training heavily into consideration, and I try to make the experience as positive as possible for everyone

Two years later, in 2017, I went back again to test for CCPDT's advanced certification and earned my CBCC-KA (Certified Behavior Consultant - Knowledge Assessed) certification. This requires experience and knowledge specifically in canine behavior consulting (fear, anxiety, and aggression).

In 2021 I took the brand new L.E.G.S.® Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediation® Professional Course to further my understanding of Behavior and expand my tool box to better help dogs and their humans.

I continue to pursue advanced training opportunities, and my certifications require that I earn Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) from approved experts each year.

I haven't always been a positive trainer (I'm what dog people call a 'cross over trainer') but today I believe in and am dedicated to following methods that are founded on the idea that dogs are doing the best they can, with the information we give them .My goal is to teach both you and your dog the skills you need to cooperate more effectively in the modern world.

That's why I follow the guidelines outlined by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), including LIMA: Least Invasive, Minimally Aversive and the Humane Hierarchy of Behavioral Change.

But this isn't just my profession - training dogs is also my hobby. I currently share my home with an American Pitbull Terrier and a German Shepherd. Together we train in dozens of sports. Such as Schutzhund (IGP), Scent work, Agility, Rally, and Competitive Obedience.

Certifications:  abcdt, ccpdt, cbcc, fdm

Services include:

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

Service areas: Pierce and South King county

Website: https://www.themotivatedk9.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


Graham Welch

I am a certified professional dog trainer, member of the IAABC, Olympic Peninsula Canine Cooperative a 5th generation resident of Port Townsend,WA. I live there with my partner Kimberlie and our dog Toshi, Ziggy the cat, our dozen chickens that I clicker train in my spare time as well as several guinea pigs and a lot of fish.

I am passionate about providing an opportunity for everyone regardless of financial situation to communicate effectively and build a strong relationship through training their dog and provide a happy and fulfilling life. I believe in letting your dog be a dog, consent providing enrichment activities, making training fun, providing choice, agency and creating a successful and force free environment for training.

Certifications:  ABCDT, CPDT-KA, OC-CBC

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Basic Obedience, Day Training, Scent Detection, Emergency Recall, Distraction Training, Puppy Socialization, Behavior Modification

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, Over-Arousal,Over Stimulation, Fear

Training methods: LIMA, Positive Reinforcement, Behavior Consultations, Treatment plans

Why I became a dog trainer: I love dogs and because I enjoy the science of behavior

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing the moment when a trained behavior clicks with the dog, or they start seeing triggers in a more positive way

My #1 dog training tip: Reinforce early and often and set your dog up for success

Service areas: Port Townsend, Port Ludlow, Chimicum, Port Hadlock, Sequim, Port Angeles, Bremerton, Paulsbo

Website: https://faux-paws.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


Sydney Rain

Hi! I'm Sydney and I'm certified in Canine Studies from the North West School of Canine Studies. I've been training for about 5 years after working in a doggy daycare. My personal dog struggles with reactivity and that's what drove me passion for training. I love what I do and am so thankful to help families and their pets.

Certifications:  Certified in Canine Studies

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I work part time in doggy daycare and train primarily with fear based reactivity. I'll cover basic manners or puppy socialization/training. I offer group classes several times throughout the year. I also petsit and do basic walks!

Behavioral issue focus: Mostly fear based reactivity or other fear based issues. I'll also take on frustration reactivity cases to work on impulse control and manners.

Training methods: We do an initial consult where I get to know the pup, then depending on the issues we either set up a set amount of sessions or we go on a weekly basis. I come up with a training plan and send them all relevant handouts I've made. I do only positive reinforcement training and love using pattern games to make training fun!

Why I became a dog trainer: My personal dog, Mya, had fear based reactivity and I wanted to help her so I shadowed my (then) boss who was a trainer at the doggy daycare I worked at.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching the dogs progress and both the dogs and their owners grow in confidence!

My #1 dog training tip: Make it fun and adjust your expectations based on the dog you have in front of you, not the dog you imagined/want to have!

Service areas: Washington state! Tacoma, Lakewood, Seattle, Graham, Puyallup.


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/


Janine Strada Vander Yacht

I have been training dogs for over 30 years but just started my own training business about 4 years ago. I traveled to the UK to learn from some of the most talented and knowledgeable dog trainers in the world, some of whom I am now honored to call friends. These friends are an invaluable resource of information and support.

My former 20 year career as a physical therapist assistant has taught me how to interact with people in a kind, compassionate and supportive way. I am able to support the human as well as the dog because of this. I feel this is an extremely important and frequently missing component in dog training.

Certifications:  CPDT-ka, CCUI, SAPT, CTDI, PST

Services include:

  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I do puppy basics which includes proper socialization, trick training, confidence and relationship building. I am a Certified Control Unleashed Instructor and I work with fear-based reactivity and overarousal. I work with Separation Anxiety and am also a Predation Substitution Instructor and use force-free methods to train guardians and dogs safe alternatives to chasing wildlife that also satisfy a dogs natural desire for this behavior. I work mostly one on one and design training that fits the individual dog and their guardian. I will occasionally run a class for two or three teams as the need arises.

Behavioral issue focus: I have helped a number of extremely fearful dogs become more confident and relaxed in their world. I also work with fear reactivity and help teach dogs an their guardians the skills necessary to navigate their lives in a calm and focused manner.

Training methods:

I am currently in the process of taking a behavior course to strengthen my knowledge and skills in the area of dog behavior training.
My training plans are fluid and based on each dog and guardians needs and desires. All plans are based in kindness and never use pain, fear or discomfort. I believe every dog is an individual and what works for one dog may not work for another so I am constantly studying and expanding my knowledge to help each dog to the best of my ability. I realize the more I learn, the more there is to learn!

Why I became a dog trainer:

The first dogs I ever took to a training class were my German Shepherd and my Bernese Mountain Dog. A trainer had been recommended to me that used choke, prong and shock collars. I didn't know any better and believed everything they said. Fortunately both my dogs were extremely resilient with wonderful, stable temperaments and great confidence so I didn't immediately see the damage this type of training could do. Then I got my border collie. Ronan was a sweet, sensitive boy and when we started training there I immediately saw the change that overcame him. I knew I needed to look for something else and that's where my education journey began. Ronan thrived under these kind, gentle, non-punitive methods. I kept learning more and more with Ronan beside me. I started helping with agility classes and then running training classes for my local club. Ronan loved it and was my clown and demo dog.
Then Striker came into my life. He was my first Mini Aussie and the smartest dog I'd ever met. He was also the most challenging with general anxiety, dog reactivity and a myriad of strange health issues. If I had ever tried punitive training methods with him he likely would not still be here. I kept learning and learning, studying dog behavior and applying everything I learned with Striker. I became a teaching assistant in our Reactive Dog Class and decided becoming a dog trainer was what I wanted to do with my life. After a few more years of taking more classes I was chosen to be one of a small group of people to go to Devon, England to train, met the most amazing group of trainers there, retired from my job, started my business and got my first certification. My training career was started!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing the lightbulb moments in both the dogs and their guardians and watching their relationships grow.

My #1 dog training tip: I didn't come up with this but 'train the dog in front of you'

Service areas: City of Bellingham and Whatcom, Skagit Counties

Website: https://j9superk9s.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


Heather Ringwood

Specializing in Agility and Advanced Manners training, Heather's heart, love, and training focus is in showing others how to have fun with her dogs. In addition to dogs, Heather also coaches and trains people. These two skill sets play a major role in her ability to help people communicate more effectively with their dogs, and learn how to embrace and engage with their dog's temperament and personality.

Heather is very active in the Agility world, both in teaching agility through HDI and in running her own dogs. She brings a wealth of knowledge in training and sporting, and working with the whole dog' from nutrition and impulse control to interactive games and physical exercise. She is committed to working with you and your dog to be successful in meeting your training goals.

Certifications:  FDM, CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training

Website: https://www.happydoginstitute.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


Heather O'Neill

Heather has been training dogs as long as she can remember, one of the perks of having an obedience instructor as a mother. She started agility in 2000 with her German Shepherd, named Chase. She was hesitant to try it and only went to agility class after saying, "I'll try it, but I'll never compete".

How quickly things changed, as she learned she had natural knack for agility training and was hooked! A few years later she also started training and competing with Golden Retriever, Rivi. Volunteering to teach 4-H agility classes while still in high school, is where Heather found her love for teaching. In 2003 she was given an amazing opportunity to start teaching at Argus Ranch, where she has taught weekly classes for 17 years. She has learned a lot about dog training from her mom and her training partner, Gillian Crawford. She credits them for teaching her how to teach people and dogs.

I believe that any good dog training relationship starts with you worshiping the ground your dog walks on. I think all good training sessions include lots of laughs. I like to win things, but more importantly I want my dog to feel like he has won everything ...even if we haven't. I want you and your dog to be the very best versions of yourselves, and I strive to help you accomplish that during each training session.

Services include:

  • Agility training

Service areas: Western Washington.

Website: https://www.heatheroneillagility.com/


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/


Rachael Davis

I have spent my working life helping dogs with special needs - first medically and then behaviorally. My time working as a trainer for the public at a large animal shelter provided me with exceptional training mentors and a vast variety of dogs from whom I learned an incredible amount about training and communication between dogs and people.

As I continued my work with dogs with greater behavioral challenges, I found K9 Nose Work as the perfect compliment as for these particular animals and their extraordinary humans. It provides a remarkable outlet through which the dog gets to be a dog in the purest sense while enhancing the bond between the dog and their human through this unique training game.

Certifications:  Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI)

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I provide private, in-home basic manners training for all dogs as well specializing in training for reactive and aggressive dogs and either people. Additionally offer group and private K9 Nose Work instruction.

Behavioral issue focus: I work with dogs who are sensitive to a variety of triggers like other dogs, people, new environments as well as sights or sounds.

Training methods: After meeting with a client and their dog for a behavior consultation, I provide an individual training plan based on their goals including behavior modification and counter-conditioning procedures so the client and dog and work together to continue their training progress.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a trainer to improve the lives of dogs and the humans they live with through communication.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I feel lucky to be able to help make happier homes for dogs and people.

My #1 dog training tip: Be fluent in dog body language.

Service areas: SW Washington including Vancouver, Camas, Ridgefield, Battle Ground, and La Center

Website: https://www.thedogpath.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


Dawn Jansen

Dawn was led to the Tellington TTouch work in 2001 by her rescue Doberman, Chris. Chris was a large, red Doberman who was a gentle soul, and not very confident around other dogs. Someone suggested to Dawn that she try the Tellington TTouch Training Method, so she found a weekend workshop and was so amazed by the change in Chris in just 2 days, that she signed up for a week-long training. At the end of that training, she knew she wanted to be a Practitioner and share this amazing technique with others. She completed the Companion Animal Practitioner Program in 2003 and opened her TTouch Practice - The Pawsitive Companion. She was awarded the status of Companion Animal Instructor in 2021.

Dawn works with private clients, conducts workshops and TTouch Practitioner trainings. She has had several rescue dogs with a variety of behavioral concerns, so she can speak with compassion and experience with clients who are struggling with the same concerns. She enjoys helping pet guardians learn to observe their animals to identify early signs of stress, fear, and discomfort so they quickly respond and help the animal feel more comfortable and confident. She is passionate about helping people recognize that their animal's behavior is a form of communication and helping them learn how to understand and respond to that communication to build the animal's trust and confidence.

Dawn lives in Beaverton, Oregon with her husband, and 7-year-old rescued mix-breed dog, Tucker. She enjoys golf, horse riding, and spending time in nature.

Certifications:  Certified Tellington TTouch Instructor

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I use positive force-free, fear-free techniques to build trust and confidence. I can train basic cues, loose leash walking, addressing reactivity, helping shy and fearful dogs gain confidence, calming hyperactive dogs, preparing your dog for bringing a baby into the home and more

Behavioral issue focus: I work with dogs who are reactive to other animals or people, leash-pulling, excessive vocalization, fear, anxiety and more

Training methods: My practice is based in the Tellington TTouch Training method which uses fear-free and force-free techniques to build trust and confidence in your dog. Each dog is individual so I assess the dog and determine what tools and techniques might work best to address the concern. I teach the dog's handler the techniques so they can work with the dog on their own between sessions so progress is made more quickly.

Why I became a dog trainer: I found the Tellington TTouch Training Method which helped my dog gain confidence and learn to be ok around other dogs. Having had reactive, fearful dogs, and seeing how effective this training method is, I wanted to help other people help their dogs so they could have a joyful, comfortable relationship with their dogs and their dogs could stay in their forever homes.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing people's relationship with their dog change when they understand their dog better, and can help their dog become more calm, confident and comfortable.

My #1 dog training tip: A dog's behavior is their way of communicating. Learn to understand their communication by observing your dog's body language and behavior so you can understand what they are trying to communicate and figure out what they need to become more calm, confident and comfortable.

Service areas: Beaverton, Hillsboro, Forest Grove, Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood, Portland Metro Area, Vancouver

Website: https://www.pawsitivecompanion.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


Cali Mcaffrey

Cali McAffrey is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed as well as a Certified Behavior Consultant - Canine. She is the founder of Blue Dog Training & Behavior, a dog training business dedicated to working with dogs and their loved ones using science-based, fear free training methods. She began working professionally as a trainer using positive reinforcement in 2008.

Blue Dog is named for the dog that came into her life early in her training career, a fearful, blue merle Australian Shepherd named Kitty. Working through her behavior struggles cemented a love of helping fearful dogs gain confidence. Kitty was at Cali's side for 14 beautiful years and was laid to rest in February 2023.

Cali enjoys working with dog owners on anything from basic puppy life skills to behavior modification for reactive dogs. A member of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, she is dedicated to and passionate about continued education. She regularly attends seminars, workshops, and conferences to remain as up to date on the current science as possible.

Certifications:  Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed as well as a Certified Behavior Consultant ‚Äì Canine

Services include:

  • Reactive dog training

Service areas: Port Angeles and Sequim

Website: https://bluedog.training/


Patty Bensene

I've been training for over 25 years, companion obedience, puppy and behavior classes. The last 15 years has been mainly focused on all aspects of agility including serious competition and relationship building.

Certifications:  CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: I teach competition agility, companion obedience, puppy skills and behavior classes. Most classes start as private then as skills of the handler and dog improve I will move you into a group class so you can practice and refine your skills in a distracting environment. I teach classes in Oregon City, Monday through Thursday, morning to evening.

Behavioral issue focus: Reactive dogs or over stimulated dogs. Dogs with no focus or drive.

Training methods: I like to lure dogs into behavior or let them offer desired behaviors for rewards. I want the dogs to think for themselves offering appropriate behaviors/tasks to solicit rewards whether its a treat, toy, touching or verbal.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a trainer because I've always been interested in the animal/human communication and bonding process. I've had family dogs my entire life but as a young adult I wanted my own dog. Although I thought my first dog was the greatest dog ever, she had some serious problems. I wanted to know how people managed to have such "perfect" dogs and so began my journey into the world of dog knowledge and training.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching a dog blossom into the great dog they were meant to be and the joy of the owner/handler being able to take credit for the success.

My #1 dog training tip: Do not force your dog to do anything. Teach them to learn and they will be successful at any task you train them for.

Service areas: Multnomah, Marion, Washington, Clackamas County, OR.
Clark County , WA

Website: https://ffdogschool.com


Kathy Sdao

Since selling Puget Hound in 1998, Kathy has owned and managed Bright Spot Dog Training. Services include consulting with families about their challenging dogs, teaching private lessons to dogs and their owners, and coaching novices and professionals to cross over to positive-reinforcement training. In addition, she has trained animal actors, written for The Clicker Journal and the Seattle Times, consulted with Guide Dogs for the Blind and with Susquehanna Service Dogs, served as a subject-matter expert for the Delta Society's 'Service Dog Education System' and taught at the Instructor Training Courses hosted by Dogs of Course. And, in a sJF2157illier moment, Kathy appeared as the 'Way Cool Scientist' on an episode of the television show Bill Nye the Science Guy. Kathy is proud to be one of the original faculty members for Karen Pryor's long-running ClickerExpos and has taught at forty of these popular conferences since 2003.

Kathy also has traveled across the United States, Canada & Europe, and to Australia, Israel, Japan and Mexico, educating students about the science of animal training. She's taught more than 300 seminars, workshops, conference presentations & webinars, enjoying these opportunities to share her passion for the incredible power of positive-reinforcement training, confirmed over decades of working with dozens of species.

Service areas: Tacoma, WA

Website: https://www.kathysdao.com/


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


Alex Keeler

In business for 6 yrs and full time for 4. Love what I do and it's a dream come true.

Certifications:  ABC-CPDT

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Basic obedience, behavior modification, counseling and everything in-between.

Behavioral issue focus: Excessive barking, leash reactivity and jumping.

Training methods: Positive Reinforcement and concentration in proper relationship work.

Why I became a dog trainer: To save dog's lives.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping dogs and people. Malig people feel better about their situation.

My #1 dog training tip: Be a leader and build trust, love will come naturally.

Service areas: Gig Harbor, Tacoma, University Place, Federal Way and Puyallup

Website: https://ww.thedogsensei.com


Emma Holly

Emma has a Masters of Science in Animal Behavior & Welfare from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). She is also a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT) and a Dog Walking Academy Field Trip Coach.

Using reward-based, scientifically proven training and behavior modification methods, Emma specializes in canine anxiety, aggression and body language. She offers behavior consulting, seminars and webinars, as well as workshops to the veterinary clinics and the general public. Her goal is to provide people with practical, non-alienating or overwhelming solutions to addressing behavior problems. She wants to help people understand how their dogs think and learn. If we know WHY they do what they do, that's half the battle of understanding how to change and influence behaviors.

Emma is dedicated to turning around even the most challenging behavior problems, while helping you understand your dog's behavior and become more confident in working with them. She lives in Olympia with her husband, her two sons, two dogs, three cats, four goats and an ever-changing number of chickens.

Certifications:  MS, CPDT-KA, CSAT

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: Happy Dog Institute - positive reinforcement dog training, puppy classes, obedience, manners & behavior modification. Specializing in Separation Anxiety, puppy training and socialization, human stranger fear and aggression and agility.

Service areas: Thurston, Lewis, Mason Counties and surrounding areas, including: Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Rochester, Rainier, Tenino, Centralia, Chehalis, Montesano, Aberdeen

Website: https://happydoginstitute.com/


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


Mary Crawford

Mary left her long term career as a foot and ankle surgeon in 2018 and focused all her energy and passion toward the care and well-being of dogs and their humans. She had previously volunteered at the local animal shelter and saw dogs who were relinquished to the shelter due to behavioral problems. It quickly became apparent that to really help these animals, the behaviors needed to be addressed in the home before they got to a shelter.

Mary began the educational journey to become a canine behavior specialist and has since obtained a number of certifications and certificates, including certification as a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine - Knowledge Assessed, CBCC-KA, Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed, CPDT-KA and is a Fear Free Certified Professional. She continues to participate in online and weekend courses, along with other activities to further her education and skills, including local hands-on workshops and national conferences.

Certifications:  CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, CCS, BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Off leash training

Service areas: Everett, WA

Website: https://www.crawfordcanineconnection.com/


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/


Sarah Baker

Sarah became interested in dog training when she was 13 years old. She wanted to be a veterinarian and thought that in addition to training her own chickens, guinea pigs and cockatiels, training guide dogs would be great hands on experience. In 1995, that led to her first guide dog puppy, Campo, a black lab.

Campo got her hooked and she ended up raising and training 5 more guide dog puppies and 7 other service dog puppies. In 2000, she made a career of training dogs and started teaching obedience classes and private lessons. In 2008 Sarah was introduced to agility, took classes with Daisy Peel and Blynn Baker and was immediately hooked. She then started teaching foundation agility classes and now teaches foundation through competition classes, private lessons and workshops at her field in Centralia, WA and also in Tumwater and Castle Rock. She occasionally teaches workshops at Argus Ranch in Auburn, WA.

Certifications: 

Services include:

  • Agility training

Service areas: Centralia, WA

Website: https://sarahbakeragility.com/


Ann Howie

I began my life by being friends with the animals on our farm. As an adult, I found ways to incorporate animals into my psychotherapy practice and to advocate for the animal's perspective as a dog trainer. I helped develop the first Standards of Practice in the field of animal-assisted services, I have written books and textbooks for both volunteers and professionals, and I continue to develop and teach curricula both on-line and in-person whenever possible. Kindness is central to my way of being, toward both humans and the animals with whom we share this planet.

Certifications:  CCA, CCFT, LICSW, ACSW

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: CARAT assessments, therapy dog training, physical fitness and conditioning.

Behavioral issue focus: Anxiety, fearfulness, exuberance.

Training methods: I do "personality" assessments to help humans understand the dog they have and give guidance about the types of training that will be most effective with that dog. I focus on the relationship between the dog and handler and use methods to enhance a respectful relationship and give specific exercises and handouts to supplement my in-person work. I do behavior consultations as well as in-home and community training. I refer to other trainers and specialists for areas outside my expertise.

Why I became a dog trainer: I wanted (and still want) to help humans have a rich, respectful, and mutually beneficial life with their animal companions.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a dog trainer is seeing the light in dogs' eyes as they realize that someone is listening to them and feel joy in working with a human.

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

Service areas: Thurston County

Website:  https://www.HumanAnimalSolutions.com


Sarah Forde

I use the most modern, science-backed methods to produce lasting results that will make you and your dog happy both during and after training.

Services include:

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

Website: https://dogdefined.com/


Molly Timko

Molly is dedicated to science-based, positive reinforcement methods and enjoys both training dogs and teaching humans how to communicate with and teach their pets effectively, efficiently and humanely. Molly regularly attends in person and online educational events to keep her knowledge base up to date. Her background helps her be an advocate for humane training for pets and kind coaching for their human companions.

Molly has a M.A. in Communication from the University of New Mexico and a B.A. from Wellesley College. She shares her home with her husband, 3 dogs, and her youngest son when he is home from college. Her 3 canine family members regularly help with various dog training activities.

Certifications:  KPA-CTP

Services include:

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

Website: https://timkopettraining.com/


Tommy Grammer

Tommy is a Nashville, TN native. He began training dogs as an apprentice on the side during college at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After graduating and moving to Charleston, South Carolina, Tommy decided to continue his passion training dogs and began working for another dog training company as an instructor in Charleston. Tommy soon decided to start his own dog training business in order to share his own philosophy and created Charleston School For Dogs in 2004. After a few years, he met Corday who was another trainer at the time and together they ran the Charleston School For Dogs for several years.

Looking for a change of pace, Tommy and Corday decided to move to Washington. After a cross country trip with 5 dogs, Evergreen School For Dogs opened its doors on April 1st 2011.

As of today, Tommy has been training dogs as a professional trainer for the past 20 years and has conducted over 16,000 private lessons.

Tommy also owns and operates an "Online Dog Training Website" where he helps clients on an international level. You can visit his site at www.mydogtrainingspot.com for more information.

Along with helping dogs in person and through his online site, Tommy also runs a popular Youtube channel that has over 1 million views.

Tommy believes that the foundation of solid dog training centers on communication between dog and owner. Through communication and an understanding of dog behavior, Tommy shows clients how to get desired results with their dogs. Tommy has worked extensively with dogs that demonstrate aggressive and problematic behavior. His clients include owners with companion dogs, service dogs, therapy dogs, and dogs that compete in agility and obedience.

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Agility training

Service areas: Arlington, WA

Website: https://www.evergreenschoolfordogs.com/\


The Dog Spot NW

The Dog Spot is a dynamic, multifaceted facility offering daycare, boarding and training to the community in a safe, clean and welcoming environment. We provide size specific playgroups, focusing on safe and positive play. All practices are based on current research and are designed to enhance the canine/owner bond.

Certifications: 

Services include:

  • Board and train
  • Puppy training

Service areas: Everett, WA

Website: https://www.dogspotnw.com/


Jean Whitehead

Jean has been crazy about critters since childhood and put her passion into action graduating from Moorpark College's Exotic Animal Training and Management Program. Her degree was put into use professionally with a wide range of animal species in zoos, aquariums and for TV and movie work. Her life has been full of pets as well including snakes, cats, birds and of course dogs. New to Gold Star Dog School, she was an original instructor with Positive Approach Training Programs in Tacoma.

Since 1994 she has been helping families and their dogs build lasting, loving relationships through reward-based training. For more than 20 years she has taught thousands of classes and worked individually with people and their pets on a wide range of subjects from prepping for puppies to reactive and aggressive dogs.

Jean believes in setting people and their pets up for success utilizing positive reinforcement methods working with the abilities and goals of the family to resolve behavioral issues and develop connections between pets and their people. She has been involved personally in many aspects of the dog world, as an active rescue volunteer for over 25 years, showing dogs in confirmation, titling dogs in obedience and agility and raising litters.

Jean's family includes a gaggle of three golden retrievers who can often be seen helping with classes and lessons. Jean is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed.

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed.

Service areas: Auburn, WA

Website: https://www.goldstardogs.com/


Carol Saunders

Carol has always been surrounded by animals of all shapes and sizes. When she moved away for college, she was without a 4-legged companion for the first time in her life. While at Southern Oregon University, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in behavior, and a Bachelor’s degree in Art.

At her first opportunity to work with animals, she took it and never looked back. She took a job in Tigard, OR as a daycare attendant for a busy dog daycare/boarding/training facility. There she worked with two wonderful mentors who led her down the path to positive reinforcement dog training. When the head trainer left, she was offered a chance to assist in the successful training program. She joined the APDT, and took every opportunity to learn new training techniques to help her students succeed.

Life led her to move to Newport, OR to help start up a new dog daycare/boarding facility with her family. There was a need to have positive reinforcement training available for the area, and Carol knew she was the person to do it. Once the daycare was up and running, she started searching for her own daycare to run.

Carol is now in Algona, WA as the owner/manager of Positive Pooches. Positive Pooches used to be Primo PetCare in Auburn, WA. When she moved the business to its current location, she changed the name to better suit the services Positive Pooches provides.

Outside of the daycare Carol lives with her husband Matt. She has two dogs: Ein, a Corgi/Pomeranian mix, and Volt, a Beagle/Chihuahua mix. Also, three cats named Ed, Tess, and Newt.

Carol is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and is working towards becoming a Certified Pet Dog Trainer through CCPDT. She has earned a CTC (Certificate in Training and Counseling) from the prestigious dog training school, The Academy for Dog Trainers, led by Jean Donaldson of the San Francisco SPCA. She is a long time member of the American Psychology Association. Carol is a certified Canine Good Citizen evaluator for the American Kennel Club and a Certified Trick Dog Instructor.

Certifications:  CTC, Member of the Pet Professional Guild and is working towards becoming a Certified Pet Dog Trainer through CCPDT, Certified Canine Good Citizen evaluator for the American Kennel Club and a Certified Trick Dog Instructor, Long time member of the American Psychology Association

Services include:

  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

Service areas: Algona, WA

Website: https://www.positivepooches.com/


Ada Weigel

I fell in love with a naughty dog.
I needed help and I had no idea what to do. Gunner came to my home as a temporary foster. His company really grew on me though and the house rules kept shifting. 'No dogs on the couch.' Ok, fine. 'But no dogs on the bed.' Ok, fine. 'But definitely no feeding him from your dinner plate'

Cupcakes went missing from the counter and socks from the hamper. More concerning though were the behaviors that couldn't be explained by sugary temptations. He started lunging towards other dogs and growling at strangers. I became afraid to take him anywhere but I was in love and fully invested in helping him so his quality of life could be restored. After months of work we've been able to spend years going everywhere we can together without a worry.

Riverside Dog Training was founded with a lofty goal:
To align our training, and the skills we teach others, with the values of humane, accessible, and fun relationship building using science based learning and create a better everyday life for dogs and people

Since then Mika, River, and Jessi have each joined our family with their own quirks, but I'll save their stories for later. I love the opportunity to teach people how to live with dogs, and to teach dogs how to live with people.

The human-canine bond is truly unique.

I am grateful everyday for all of my mentors

Certifications:  CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP

Services include:

  • Board and train
  • Puppy training

Service areas: Olympia, Tumwater, Yelm, Lakewood, Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, and Bonney Lake

Website: https://riversidedogtraining.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/


Travis Byrnes

Travis provides private training lessons and behavior consults in your home or at the training studio. He enjoys helping new puppy owners and adoptive families get off on the right paw with their new friends. He has a special way with shy and fearful dogs and inspires confidence in his human clients, too. He can help you understand your dog, and help your dog understand you.

As a parent of three children, sighthounds and cats, his specialty is helping families navigate the challenges of raising a puppy or dog in a busy household with children and other animals, helping build healthy communication and repair relationships that have gone awry. Travis is often accompanied by his lovely helper dog Lili, a Silken Windhound, who helps work with dogs who are fearful, reactive, or over-excited.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Service areas: Puppy training

Website: https://www.diamondsintheruff.com/


Sarah Stevens

Sarah is a dog trainer with over a decade of professional experience, an avid dog sport competitor and coach, and a previously certified K9 Nose Work instructor. She has worked in a variety of environments, including animal shelters, rescues, and a very successful dog daycare; there are few breeds and even fewer training issues she has not seen before!

After founding Nosey Dog Training in the Bay Area of California, Sarah has made her focus on whole dog behavioral wellness: this way of viewing her work encompasses species appropriate diet, exercise, enrichment, and training to bring out the very best in every dog. Since moving in 2017 she has brought her training knowledge and love of scent work sports to Whatcom county dogs in beautiful Washington state.

Sarah and her husband David share their home in Bellingham with a 10 year old Cardigan Welsh Corgi (Owen), 9 year old Cattle Dog mix (River), and two Australian Cattle Dogs (Perkins, 3 and Guster, 1). The Herdy Dogs, as Sarah affectionately calls them, are not only some of the best exploring and swimming companions around, but they are also accomplished in their preferred sports. As a team, Sarah and her dogs enjoy Nose Work, Herding, Barn Hunt, NASDA, Dock Diving, Lure Coursing, Rally, Obedience, Dog Parkour, and Tricks. They've also dabbled in a few others over the years!

Education and growth in the science and art of dog training is incredibly important to Sarah. She spends countless hours every year attending a variety of seminars, workshops, and online courses. She also enjoys reading new research and published works, going through articles and lectures from other professionals, and listening to dog training podcasts. She believes in a well rounded toolbox for each dog and human she works with, so the learning is never finished.

Sarah's extensive background and experience means that you and your dog will received the most up to date and individualized training plans available today, based on proven and effective training methods!

Certifications: Certified K9 Nose Work instructor

More info about service provided: Nose Work

Service areas: Ferndale, WA and surrounding areas

Website: https://www.noseydogtraining.com/


Jan Magnuson

Jan Magnuson, a native of Burien/Des Moines/Normandy Park, WA, has been active in the animal industry since 1975, and is the owner/trainer of SUNSTAR All-Breed Dog Training. She has assisted thousands of people and dogs throughout the years by instructing Basic Obedience/Good Manners group classes and doing individual dog training evaluations/consultations, and she is also an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She raises, trains, and shows Best-In-Show and High-In-Trial Champion dogs that include Weimaraners, Papillon, and Japanese Chin under the SUNSTAR kennel name.

She retired from the Des Moines, WA Police Department in June 2019 after 30 years of service as the Master Animal Care and Control Officer.

She currently has the Weimaraner “Willow”- UKC Best-In-Show and High-In-Trial Champion/Altered Grand Champion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, CGC, TKN, UROI, UAGI, TDI, the Papillon “Daisy”- Davinci’s Black Eyed Susan of Sunstar, CGC, TKN, TDI, and the Japanese Chin “Violet”- UKC Champion Sunstar Violet of Gumshuz, CGC, TKN.

Jan has owned a pet supply, dog training, and grooming shop- she is also a dog groomer- and has managed a boarding, training, and grooming show kennel. She has worked with veterinarians, other dog trainers and behaviorists, U.S. Customs narcotic detection canine officers, and Port of Seattle Police explosive detection canine officers. She has worked and trained dogs in Rally Obedience, Advanced Obedience, Conformation, Agility, Tracking, Herding, Personal Protection, Schutzhund/Police K9, and Therapy Dog certification.

She has shown in AKC, ARBA, and UKC dog shows, breeds that include Weimaraners, American Bulldogs, Akitas, Rottweilers, St. Bernards, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherd Dogs, Flatcoated Retrievers, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Papillon, and Japanese Chin.

Jan has attained on her dogs:

29 Obedience/Performance titles
6 Therapy Dog certifications
14 Champion titles/One Altered Grand Champion title
8 Best-In-Show awards
8 Reserve Best-In-Show awards
6 Altered Best-In-Show awards
14 Altered Reserve Best-In-Show awards
One High-In-Trial award

She attended the first year of the Washington State Animal Control Officer Academy, and then became the Assistant Director and an instructor. She began her role as Director of the Academy in 2000, and continued that for 11 years. She has instructed classes for Police and Animal Control Officers, and was the liaison with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center for Animal Care and Control training.

Jan attended the Des Moines Reserve Police Officer Academy, and has received the following additional training:

Animal cruelty investigations
Defensive tactics and restraint, weapons retention,
take-downs and ground fighting
Stick Baton, Bite Stick, Taser CED, OC Spray, and Firearms
Animal legend drugs and chemical capture
Western riding and horsemanship
Animal and human first aid and CPR, and human AED
Officer safety and survival- physical and emotional
Officer Peer support, Critical Incident Stress Management,
Individual/Group Crisis Intervention, LE Suicide Prevention,
and Compassion Fatigue
Animal emergency medical care and euthanasia
Animal disaster preparedness
Identification, capture, handling and care of house pets,
livestock, reptiles, birds, exotics, and wildlife
Animal viruses, vaccines and zoonotic diseases
Dog breeding, genetics, and puppy management
Animal nutrition and holistic care
Dog and horse breed ID, physiology, structure and movement
Problem dog behavior modification
Vicious and dangerous dog behavior, capture and handling
Dog tracking techniques and scent discrimination
Animal transportation and air shipping
Conformation, Obedience and Agility show dog handling
Dog breed-specific medical disorders
Herding techniques and instinct certification
Pet and show dog grooming
Service and Assistance dog identification and handling
Law enforcement instructor development

She is past president of the Washington Animal Control Association. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park, the Des Moines Police Foundation, Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce, and she volunteers at the Auburn Valley Humane Society. She was a member of the Des Moines Police Guild and was a certified Peer Counselor on the Peer Support Team for the Des Moines Police Department.

Jan has instructed animal handling/officer safety classes to Police Officers, Fire Fighters, and Code Enforcement Officers, has made training videos used by police departments, and has been on interview boards for hiring Police/Animal Control Officers. She has been certified in First Aid and CPR (for humans and dogs) and AED (for humans), animal cruelty investigations, horse condition scoring, legend drugs and chemical capture, animal euthanasia, defensive tactics, OC spray, Taser CED, stick baton, bite stick, and firearms.

She has done volunteer work taking pets to schools, day cares, and youth centers, taking certified Therapy Dogs to hospitals, assisted living, memory care, and retirement facilities, giving presentations to civic, community, and professional groups, judging obedience matches and evaluating CGC tests, and assisting at veterinary hospitals. She has written pet care articles that have been published in magazines, newsletters, and online, has had media and online articles written about her, and has been on television several times with her trained dogs.

Jan was the City of Des Moines Employee of the Year in 1991, she received the Des Moines Police Exemplary Performance Award in 2000, she was awarded the title of Master Animal Control Officer in March 2006, and she received the Wet Nose Award for being an animal champion from the Auburn Valley Humane Society in 2018.

Jan's affection and caring attitude for animals and people are evident in all aspects of her professional and personal life, and she is happiest with her pets by her side!

Certifications:  AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

Service areas: Des Moines, WA

Website: https://sunstardogtraining.com/


Diane Baker

Diane taught with Carol & Dana at Lilac City Dog Training and The Family Dog in the early 90's and has been a DITR instructor since we opened our doors in April of 1996. Diane has a soft spot for rescue dogs and helping them find success in with their new families. Her interests are competing in Canine Freestyle (dancing with your dog) and Rally FrEe.

Diane loves tricks, games and relay races and brings them to all of her classes, especially the Foundations 2 Fabulous and Holiday Manners classes. Her classes are always fun and will leave you and your dog smiling. Diane coordinates all performances of the Ruff Revue dance troupe, bringing smiles to area nursing homes!

Certifications: 

APDT member, NADOI endorsed instructor
Freestyle class instructor
Ruff Revue member

More info about service provided: Her interests are competing in Canine Freestyle (dancing with your dog) and Rally FrEe.

Website: https://www.diamondsintheruff.com/


Corday Rice

Corday is a Charleston, South Carolina native. A dog owner her whole life, she began improving her dog handling by working in dog boarding kennels as a teenager. She has also been riding horses since the age of 6. Corday left Charleston, South Carolina and moved to New York to attend college. After graduating college in New York, Corday moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina where she worked as a veterinary assistant. After a couple of years, she returned to Charleston, South Carolina. Combining her experience working with dogs at boarding kennels and the vet clinic, she made an easy transition to working as a trainer with a dog training business in Charleston. After a few years, she met Tommy and became business partners at Charleston School For Dogs. Along with Tommy, she was looking for a change of scenery and they decided to move to Washington State and thus created Evergreen School For Dogs.

As of today, Corday Rice has been training dogs professionally for 17 years. Corday works with clients that need help with obedience training, problem solving, and aggressive behavior. She also helps clients pick out dogs that will make a good fit for the owner. Corday's dog training philosophy centers around blending different techniques to achieve the best results for dog and owner. She believes that there is no "one right way" to train and is always eager to try a new approach when necessary. Positive reinforcement is the method she will choose most often and usually the one that she feels works best. She also believes strongly in proper exercise and mental stimulation for your dog to avoid problem behaviors due to boredom and frustration.

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training

More info about service provided: Obedience training, problem solving, and aggressive behavior

Service areas: Arlington, WA

Website: https://www.evergreenschoolfordogs.com/


Ann Waterbury

I am committed to helping dogs and their humans to prevent or address problem behaviors using applied behavior analysis. My work sets learners up for success by creating a friendly and open environment. It is my intent that humans gain a deeper understanding of the what and why's of their dog's behavior. You could say, I train humans and dogs. My passion is to enhance the human dog bond by sharing my in-depth knowledge of canine behavior and treating all learners with respect and kindness.

Rusty and I enjoyed disc dog competitions, even qualifying for the USDDN worlds twice!

Certifications: 

Services include:

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

Service areas: Kitsap and Pierce Counties

Website: https://sounddogconnection.com/


Susan Fletcher

Susan began training animals on her own as a child and a young adult. She then apprenticed under a behaviorist and three trainers, and has been training professionally since 1989.

She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) and has attended many continuing education seminars on a variety of dog topics. The speakers include: Ian Dunbar, Suzanne Clothier, John Rogerson, Patricia McConnell, Sue Sternberg, Terry Ryan, Roger Abrantes, Denise Fenzi, Shade Whitesel, Sara Carson, Kyra Sundance, and more.

Susan teaches Puppy Kindergarten, Beginning and Intermediate Training, Distractions, Tricks and Games. She also does private training for problem solving and some reactivity. Susan teaches Canine Good Citizen and am a Certified Evaluator for CGC, and is a Trick Dog Evaluator for both the AKC and Do More With Your Dog organizations.

Susan loves all dogs! The breeds she's shared her life with include: Chihuahuas and Chihuahua Mixes, Chinooks, Labradors, Australian Cattle Dog, German Shepherd Dog, Dalmatian, Lhasa Apso, and American Eskimo.

Certifications:  CPDT

Services include:

  • Puppy training

Website: https://www.dogdaysnw.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


Carol Byrnes

Carol attended her first dog training class in 1974 and started teaching as a volunteer at a local club in 1978, where Carol began her instructing career and over many years served as an officer, board member, and assistant director of training. She helped develop their first Puppy Preschool curriculum. Carol has been involved with training and showing dogs in both conformation and obedience since 1974. During the 80's they were founding members of the Inland Empire Doberman Pinscher Club and Doberman Rescue.

While following every show circuit competing in AKC conformation and obedience and hanging ribbons on the wall was once a focus, Carol & Dana started traveling great distances to spend weekends at behavior seminars instead of show rings. They discovered clicker training.
Captivated by the study of canine behavior, they found their calling: teaching families to better understand their pets. They abandoned their choke chains and military style "forward & halt" training in favor of motivational no-force methods that focused on building great relationships between families and their pets and haven't looked back.

Carol & husband Dana instructed for The Family Dog from 1992-96 and opened Diamonds in the Ruff in 1996 with the goal of providing positive, dog and people friendly training for Spokane's pet owners. Their goal is to not just teach the mechanics of training, but provide instruction that helps their students develop an understanding of how dogs learn and view the world.

In the community:
In 1991, Carol began work with Spokane area hospitals to research and draft protocols for the first pet-assisted therapy programs which continue to this day. Carol's whippet Rio was the first dog to set paw in a Spokane hospital in 1992. They were well-known by staff and patients at Deaconess, Sacred Heart, St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute, Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children and Sunshine Gardens elderly care center, where Carol & Dana provided pet-assisted therapy visits with their whippets Rio, Spinner, & Eddie for many years. Carol served as a certified Pet Partners evaluator for the Delta Society in Renton to provide Pet Partners® aptitude and temperament screening for potential pet-assisted therapy animals until 2001.

On Screen
In January of 2007, Carol's Beagle/Rat Terrier mix Stanley was chosen by North by Northwest productions to play the role of "Buster" in a Lifetime movie channel production "The Family Holiday" which was released Nov 6, 2007. He was later cast as "unconscious dog in an elevator" along with several other Diamonds in the Ruff instructors' and students' dogs in the movie "Falling Up" released in 2008.

What is My Dog Saying?
Carol released a CD of her canine communication Power Point presentation "What is My Dog Saying?" in 2008, selling hundreds of copies all over the world in a matter of months. It is part of the curriculum of the International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy and available for purchase through director Rise Van Fleet's online store. In 2009 Karen Pryor contacted Carol to sell her CDs through Sunshine Books on Karen's online store at www.clickertraining.com. It is also available through Dogwise.com. Carol has presented her workshop on reading body language and understanding canine communication for the Washington Animal Care & Control Association in Oct 2007 and for the Intermountain Search Dogs annual Washington Dog Meet in Sept 2008.

In 2011, Carol started work on "What is My Dog Saying - at the Dog Park?" which was released in the fall of 2011. In January of 2012 she began work on "What is My Cat Saying?" in collaboration with cat behavior specialist, Jacqueline Munera of Positive Cattitudes which was released in the fall of 2013.

Carol's current passion is leading the training team at the Airway Heights Corrections Center's Pawsitive Dog Prison Training Program where offenders attend weekly training and behavior lessons and train shelter dogs to help them become more adoptable.

Not only are the dogs learning to be better companions, but they are teachers, too, teaching these men lessons of kindness, empathy and patience. Of all the training assignments she has ever had in her training career, Carol says this program is the most rewarding project she has ever done.

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed / APDT Professional member / Associate Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants / Member of the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals / Charter member of the Association of Force-Free Pet Professionals Guild

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: We offer group training classes, specializing in early puppy education, confidence building, and getting newly adopted dogs off to a great start. Basic skills including come when called, hand signals and verbal cues, sit-down-stay, loose leash walking and attention around distractions. Enrichment activities and behavior problem prevention and solutions. Building great relationships by helping the whole family better understand their dogs and their dogs better understand them. Giving you the tools you need to build a satisfying relationship built on mutual respect and trust through kind and gentle training. Our school also provides a wide variety of advanced classes, including Canine Good Citizen, Freestyle, Pet-Assisted Therapy, Agility, Hiking, Tricks, Parkour and more.

Behavioral issue focus: Excitability, impulse control, calmness and attention around distractions; object and counter thieving, teaching a willing exchange, resource guarding; boredom and destructive behavior; door-dashing & reliable come when called; barking; fear & reactivity, confidence building, trust issues.

Training methods:

Diamonds in the Ruff is a reward-based, force-free training school. Helping our dogs understand what we want and building strong, reliable behaviors using scince-based R+ techniques that do not rely on harsh corrections to get there.

Positive doesn't mean permissive. There will be rules and boundaries. Rather than focusing on stamping out bad habits by correcting and punishing, we will focus on shaping strong and reliable cues to counter unwanted behavior and build good habits that will replace unwanted behavior. Dogs are not "bad" - they just have a few natural canine behaviors that don't fit well in our human lifestyles. We will find jobs and enriching outlets for those behaviors so they are no longer problems for the dog's humans.

We teach our clients to use clear and effective communication and reliable behavior based on a history of generous rewards - food, toys, games, praise and activities. We offer group classes as well as private behavior consultations and private lessons.

Why I became a dog trainer: I was crazy about dogs at very early age but really caught the bug when I attended my first training class with our family's blue heeler when I was a Senior in High School. Holly was reactive toward dogs and people and had problems with resource guarding as well as chasing anything with wheels, including the lawn mower and the vacuum cleaner. After my success with Holly, I took every dog I've owned since to every class that was offered and started competing in dog shows. I was invited to join the dog training club in 1977 where I started helping pet owners better understand their dogs and found my calling. 49 years later, teaching dogs & their people is still my life's work.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing a dog's face light up and their people appreciate the wonderful dog at the end of their leash.

My #1 dog training tip: No matter what the training challenge, try to see the situation through the dog's eyes before you make a training plan.

Service areas: Spokane, Spokane County, Spokane Valley, Millwood, Liberty Lake, Post Falls, Coeur d'Alene, Latah Creek, Mead, Airway Heights, Cheney, Emerson-Garfield, Corbin, Garland

Website: https://www.diamondsintheruff.com


Patti Howard

I own Your Canine Resource, Inc. in Olympia Washington, a thriving company which specializes in canine behavioral training and nutritional consulting. I bring 27 years of hands-on experience and extensive study to Your Canine Resource. My training techniques are grounded in rigorous research in behavior modification as well as the conviction that kindness and consistency are great teacher companions.

A consistent contributor to the dog training industry, I am co-founder of Society for the Promotion of Applied Research in Canine Science (SPARCS). Although no longer actively engaged, I continue to support the organization's mission and annual conference. I'm also co-founder of Washington Assistance Dog Education Center (WADEC). WADEC is a non-profit organization that trains service dogs to support people with disabilities. My experience training service dogs gives me unique clarity and precision when helping people train and socialize their companion dogs. Finally, I'm primary nutritional advisor in recipe formulation to Green Juju Whole Food Supplement, which you'll find in the freezer section of pet supply stores throughout the country.

A professional chef for 17 years, I'm at home in the kitchen and an advocate of high-quality yet economical nutrition. I invite you to try out the unique dog treat recipes on my site...or contact me about people-food recipes as well! Before moving to beautiful Olympia, Washington, I owned Seattle-based Contented Canine and The Pawsitive Packleader, Inc. Both businesses are in good hands with new owners.

I'm a graduate, and in good standing, of Northwest School of Canine Studies (CCS), an intensive and thorough study of canine behavior. In addition, I hold a Bachelor of Science. Finally, I'm certified in Advanced Canine Nutrition and am a Family Dog Mediator (FDM).

Certifications:  BS CCS FDM

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Primarily, I work with rescue dogs that present with reactivity and aggressive responses, using Family Dog Mediation philosophy of combining environment with training with genetics, optimizing access to building trust and communication between dogs and their humans.

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity and aggressive responses to the environment. Evaluation of back to work (K9 to 5) dog human teams.

Training methods: behavior assessment and goals conversation with primary session, resulting with in-home training program accompanying written recommendations on building their dog with degrees into the environment, in safety

Why I became a dog trainer: From childhood, a strong bond with my dogs...what I would consider quite an unusual obsession to their wellbeing. In my 20's I rescued a rottie mix that attacked my friends puppy. I then began my professional research into behavior and training, which I remain dedicated.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Attending to the voice of the dog, by reading language it is attempting to communicate...with mission of improving the canine/human relationship. I realize that even if I was a billionaire I would still be doing what I do each day!

My #1 dog training tip: If your dog wasn't on leash would they still be with you? Not so much literal, as philosophy from a chapter in my book to inform if we're operating from a place of management with equipment, or is the dog responding to consistent communication with the environment that we have applied.

Service areas: Thurston County

Website: https://yourcanineresource.com


Lisa Lucas

I've been training dogs, professionally, for twenty years. The dog training classroom is my "happy place." But when I am not with dogs, students and clients I can be found in my garden, on a hiking trail or in a music studio.

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I offer small, personalized group classes in South Stevens County and the Spokane Valley. I also provide individual help for dogs with all sorts of anxiety-related behaviors.

Behavioral issue focus: All behaviors that have anxiety at the core. Reactivity. Resource Guarding. Separation anxiety. Over-stimulated greetings. Hyper-activity.

Training methods: My approach to training is holistic. Behavior is the result of different puzzle pieces coming together in a certain way. Those puzzle pieces are: the behavior of their humans, current living environment, early socialization experiences, physical health (diet and exercise), genetics, temperament and training. My job as a trainer and behavior consultant is to bring all of those pieces into alignment for the happiness and well-being of both ends of the leash.

Why I became a dog trainer: I love dogs...and I like people :-)

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching frustration and confusion melt away as people learn how to communicate with their dog friends. And seeing the light go on in a dog's eyes when the communication starts to make sense to them.

My #1 dog training tip: If you are frustrated and your dog "isn't listening" it is because the dog is not understanding what you want. They really and truly do want to work in partnership. If that isn't happening, it's because the human hasn't been an effective teacher. If this is the case, get some help.

Service areas: Serving Spokane and Stevens County

Website: https://northerntailsdogtraining.com


Doug Duncan

I started dog training after attending the Academy for Dog Trainers with Jean Donaldson. I've worked with many trainers all over the world, and have learned from many people and dogs over the more than 15 years I've been training. I own and operate Doggy Business Dog Training in Portland, Oregon where I work with fearful, anxious, and aggressive behaviors in dogs.

Certifications: CTC, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I work with fearful, anxious, and aggressive behaviors in dogs primarily in one-on-one sessions with the dog's people. Though I do also train dogs individually when that serves the situation. I adjust to the needs of the people, and the dogs, I'm working with.

Behavioral issue focus: Generally speaking, I work with dogs who are uncomfortable with things in their environment, be that new people, other dogs, new situations, or any such environmental stimuli.

Training methods: I start with an initial consultation where I learn more about what the dog is doing and why. I take time to assess each dog, and to explain my assessment process, along with how I develop a training plan. Every dog is different, as is everyone's situation. My training plans involve training the dog along with the dog's people so that they can learn more about what helps, and because they are the dog's primary care givers. I have found that the best success comes when we as the dog's care givers are involved in the training.

Why I became a dog trainer: I started as a dog walker and pet sitter, and just loved the work. I couldn't believe I could work with dogs every day AND get paid for it. I am lucky I get to do what I do.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Engaging and educating the people who live with their dogs. In the beginning, my primary draw was the dogs. But after just a few years, I learned to really enjoy helping people too. I love helping people better understand and work with their beloved pets.

My #1 dog training tip: Make training part of your daily trusting relationship with your dog. Good things will always follow!

Service areas: NE, SE, North Portland, Oregon. Beaverton, Gresham, Lake Oswego. Vancouver, WA.

Website: https://www.DoggyBusiness.net


Susan Signor

Susan provides effective, humane and fun training services. The process of teaching dog and human is challenging when attempted simultaneously! Susan tackles teaching and behavior challenges using positive reinforcement, thoughtful management and a caring attitude. Human students routinely report that they love the teaching process and look forward to attending sessions with Susan. You will enjoy learning with Susan!

Dog Dilemma uses the Karen Pryor Academy CTP training and education system..

Susan has a passionate interest in dog behavior that began at age 14 when she read “The New Knowledge of Dog Behavior” by Clarence Pfaffenberger. As a youngster she was a member of the first 4-H Dog Project club in the state of Washington and won the state 4-H competition, earning a trip to the National 4-H Congress held in Chicago. Quite a big deal for a teenager!

Personal dog experience began at age 10 when her family acquired a Border Collie-German Shepherd mix female puppy. As a teenager she added a Standard Poodle, then German Shepherds. As a young adult she acquired a Doberman Pinscher, and later a Bouvier des Flandres. The Bouviers became a favorite. Susan raised and showed Bouviers for 30 years, produced many champions and served as Rescue Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest area. For a few years she also raised and showed Border Terriers. She now owns four Bouviers and one Berger Picard. Susan has extensive knowledge and experience with breeding and rearing puppies.

After a successful career of over 30 years with the Federal Government, Internal Revenue Service, in 2004 Susan decided that her second career would focus on dog behavior. She then began the process of expanding her knowledge and skills to provide quality dog behavior consulting services. Susan soon realized that in addition to learning more about behavior, she needed to learn better ways of teaching both the human and canine ends of the leash. Since 2004 she has spent many hundreds of hours and many thousands of dollars to bring her knowledge and level of expertise up to snuff.

Certifications:  CPDT

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Puppy training

Service areas: Yakima, WA

Website: https://dogdilemma.com/


Katie High

My name is Katie High. I opened High Expectations dog training in 2008 after becoming a certified dog trainer. I continued to gain experience through volunteer work at WCGHS and still hold a close relationship with the shelter. I love working with people to help them better understand their dogs and better communicate with them. I have had the privilege to learn so much over the years as a full-time dog trainer working with amazing people and dogs in our community. I learn something new to better myself as a trainer with each client I work with. I am excited to share my experience with my amazing team of trainers who are also all very passionate about continuing to grow their careers as professional trainers at High Expectations.

I am a Certified Behavior Consultant, Certified Professional dog trainer, and a graduate of WSU. (GO Cougs!) Education is important to providing good service to our clients. We continue to educate ourselves as trainers by attending annual training conferences and keeping up our certification credentials.

I live a few blocks from downtown Camas with my husband and daughter who goes to school at Prune Hill Elementary. We each have our own dog and we enjoy taking them on long walks, hiking, boating, and camping in our VW bus. Ginger, my Australian Shepherd, has been with me since 2008. Ginger has a love for agility and any mental training challenge I can give her. She loves showing off her tricks and is also a very helpful in rehabilitating dogs.

We look forward to growing your knowledge in dog behavior and training in one of the many services that we have to offer at High Expectations

Certifications:  Certified Behavior Consultant

Services include:

  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Our behavior modification sessions can help with those dogs experiencing anxiety, reactivity, aggression, and other challenges with socialization and handling.

Service areas: Camas, WA

Website: https://hedogtraining.com/


Deneese Elfenson

There has hardly been a day in Deneese's life where she hasn't had a dog by her side and that serves as a bedrock of The Canine Resource Center's philosophy of being structured around family, and that doesn't just include the pups. In addition to her canine companions Deneese also has her two sons to lean on and look towards for inspiration.

Deneese's passion for dogs has been lifelong. Since she was a girl she has had a natural knack for understanding and relating to animals & people. Ricochet, her current pup, accompanies Deneese in a certified therapy program and is a regionally titled FlyBall competitor. Ricochet also has 56 titles and is Internationally recognized.

Deneese has had great success with dogs that she trained over the years. Dogs with her training went into Search and Rescue (GSSD: German Shepherd Search Dogs), in theater productions to include The Seattle Repertory Theater, and The La Ponse Discovery Theater in downtown Seattle. Deneese has successfully trained dogs in different languages.

In 1976 Deneese began officially working with dogs by apprenticing for 3 years in Seabeck, WA at Fairinall Kennels. Deneese apprenticed in teaching basic obedience which allowed for a CD (Companion Dog) and CDX (Companion Dog Excellent) title with the American Kennel Club. Deneese also apprenticed in teaching more advanced training, including Bird Dog training and Personal Protection.

Services include:

  • Board and train
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Daycare

Service areas: Lake Stevens, WA

Website: https://thecanineresourcecenter.com/


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/


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/


Terri Spaeth-Merrick

Terri has been involved in nose work since 2009. She recalls seeing a small poster advertising classes: 'K9 Nose Work, a great activity for reactive dogs'. At the time having a young working-lines dog who was very reactive to other dogs was a challenge, all her goals of working titles seemed far out of reach. She signed up for the class immediately with both of her dogs one reactive and one goofy - both Bernese Mountain Dogs. Terri can say without hesitation that nose work completely changed all three of their lives, for the better it saved Peaches.

Peaches, the reactive one, started competing in 2010, culminating in her Elite Championship (and 23 nose work titles) with many placements and HIT's, she competed at National Invitationals in 2015, and a Summit trial with placements in 2018 as her 'retirement' run. Peaches also excelled at Draft Work earning her Master Draft Dog and Brace Draft titles. Ochoco earned 12 Nose work titles almost earning her NW3 Elite before we lost her to cancer, to Ochoco nose work was just pure fun. Working such opposite K9 personalities was a great education. Terri has also successfully competed with several of her student's and friend's dogs, ranging from Beagles to Labradors to Tervurens. She has a new Bernese Mountain Dog puppy, Juniper, who is just starting her nose work career earning her ORT and NW1 in mid 2021 and her NW3 Elite by the end of 2022. Juniper loves hunting and is a joy to work!

Terri attends as many workshops, seminars, webinars and camps on nose work as possible. In 2014 she started teaching, in 2018 became an NACSW CNWI (Certified Nose Work Instructor) with an average of 80 students per week.

Additionally, Terri has provided video or photo service at over 170 trials, allowing her to watch well over 11,000 dogs work odor in a trial setting. An amazing educational opportunity few have had; watching 30+/- dogs work the same search really illustrates what is happening with odor and the ways dogs work it.

She has hosted numerous NACSW trials since 2011. She is also a judge and certifying official for several other organizations and is soon to be approved as an NACSW trial judge.

Her varied experiences over the years have contributed to a solid understanding of how odor moves and how dogs work odor and how to set thoughtful hides.

Certifications:  CNWI (NACSW Certified Nose Work Instructor)

More info about service provided: NACSW K9 Nose Work/AKC Scent Work/Sport Scent Detection (Specialized classes in the scent sports only.)

Behavioral issue focus: Most any dog can do K9 Nose Work, whether that is at home in classes just for fun and enrichment, or in a competition setting at the highest levels.

Training methods: Reward Based K9 Nose Work/Scent Work Instruction

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching the beauty of a dog working a scent problem.

My #1 dog training tip: Relax, breathe, let the dog do its job.

Service areas: Portland, Oregon and surrounding areas.

Website: https://NoseWorkTrial.com


Heather Brush

I have been training for 20+ years. I focus on positive, science based training and finding the easiest, most fun way to reach my clients' goals, while helping them create great relationships with their dogs. I am passionate about education and attend multiple conferences and seminars each year so I can help my clients with the most up to date and successful solutions possible. I have a wide variety of training experience, having started my career working with large cats (lions, tigers, and pumas - oh my!), as well as many other exotic animals (coatimundi, African crested porcupine, Patagonian cavies, prairie dogs, etc) and non exotics (including rabbits, horses, cats, and chickens - I actually ran a chicken training seminar for clients one year, to help them improve their training skills!). I have even trained a fish - a blood parrot cichlid named Simon. Why does my non-dog training matter? Because it has encouraged me to think outside the box, REALLY understand the science behind training, and become the best trainer possible. You might be able to push a friendly dog into a sit (though I don't encourage it), but you probably shouldn't do that to a tiger and can't to a fish. I understand how to work within each individual animals' parameters and help them learn in the best way for them - and their humans. I always encourage people to teach their pets tricks because so many are practical, it's fun and no pressure, and it really helps build that bond that we all want with our pets!

Certifications:  CCPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I teach all the basics, like manners and puppy training, private sessions, as well as challenges like reactivity and mild aggression. To be unique, though, I also offer lots of fun things, like introduction to parkour, tricks and games classes, clicker training, and other fun and relationship building, boredom busting activities!

Behavioral issue focus: I love building confidence in shy and fearful dogs. I do a lot of work with dogs who react to other dogs and people, as well as some with mild aggression. I have worked with several disabled dogs (deaf, blind, and blind deaf) as well.

Training methods: I am a science based, positive reinforcement trainer who believes is setting your dog up to succeed and then rewarding that success. With all clients, especially those with challenges, we will discuss management plans, realistic expectations, creating safe and comfortable situations for both dogs and people, multi stage training plans, relationship building and boredom busting activities, and more, depending on client needs.

Why I became a dog trainer: As mentioned in my profile I began training with large cats, unfortunately that job market isn't very large so when a dog training job opened near me I hopped on the opportunity to give it a shot. I have LOVED learning and building my skills as a trainer and am so grateful for all the wonderful clients I've had over the years, so many of whom have become friends. I have continued to train for so long because I really enjoy helping people solve challenges and watching both humans and dogs build confidence, learn and grow. I can't stop grinning on the days when my clients say "That thing we worked on last week? It's working!" I can't imagine not getting to work with and help people like this. And we have so much fun!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching people and dogs succeed, grow, and have fun. The look on a client's face when they tell me that their dog didn't have the usual bad reaction for the first time, or that their shy dog went up to someone, or that their dog has really gotten good at a trick is just magic. Watching dogs think - and be given the time to solve the puzzle of "What does my human want?" - and figure things out is just amazing. I love getting to help my clients and their animals be better together. Building a relationship with ANY animal you work with is the most important thing to me.

My #1 dog training tip: With any problem think "Don't do that, do this instead." If your dog is jumping, for example, what behaviors could you train that they CAN'T do while jumping? Then train the different behavior and reward it heavily. Don't bark at the other dog, look at me and eat cookies instead. Don't dig in the yard, dig in this sandbox instead. This is the phrase I ask all of my clients to remember, if they remember nothing else from class, because it is the way to solve all problem behaviors.

Service areas: Spokane

Website: https://brushuptraining.com/


Sandra Roosna

I am a born and bred Estonian who shares a home with three couch-hoggers: Benny, Jess, and Waffles.

My career path began during my undergrad years at Brooklyn College, where I worked as a dog handler and overnight attendant at dog daycares around New York City. I then went from managing daycares to working and volunteering in animal rescues in New York and Phoenix.

My ultimate goal is to transform this training journey into a nonprofit that provides behavioral rehabilitation services for dog rescues and low-cost training for families who are considering rehoming their pets so they can keep them as part of the family.

I put a strong emphasis on forming solid relationships between people and their pups. While treats and toys are great for building and maintaining engagement, the ongoing strengthening of bonds with your dog is what leads to a happy and harmonious life together.

When I work with dogs, I have fun with it, and I encourage their humans to do the same! I approach every case with compassion and sensitivity.

Certifications: CCDT, FDM

Services include:

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

More info about service provided:

Basic and advanced skills (sit, come, stay, loose-leash walking, hand targeting, place, shake, and many more!)

Impulse control and settle

Barking

Advanced recall (reliably calling away from a threat or chasing an animal) and other emergency procedures

House-and crate training

Enrichment

Cooperative grooming care

Reactivity

Separation anxiety

Training methods:

I will help you figure out how to meet you dog half way & open up channels of communication that run both directions:

We will discuss training strategies, how to modify the environment & meet your dog's needs, while maintaining realistic goals.

I will provide you with strategies for safety & management for immediate relief.

We will develop a long-term resolution plan that meets both your & your dog's needs.

Your dog's welfare is my priority. I will not make unrealistic promises or provide you with band-aid "fixes".

I will teach you effective skills to get the best out of your dog, while giving the best to your dog.

I will provide phone & email support after we've completed our sessions. Your success matters to me - I always encourage you to reach out and ask questions.

My #1 dog training tip:

Teach your dog hand targeting ("Touch").
Here's why:

1) It serves as an alternative/more polite behavior to unwanted behaviors.
2) It's a great way to teach recall
3) You can use this skill to maneuver your dog without using restraint (e.g. off the couch, on the scale at the vet, out of people's way on the street, into the car).
4) Makes routine walks more enriching.
5) Serves as a distraction from triggers and helps raise responsiveness under pressure.

Service areas: Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey, South Beach, Sunset Beach, Boston Harbor, East Olympia, Kelly's Korner, Delphi, Rochester, Chehalis

Website: https://www.bennysbest.net


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


Taryn Winegardner

Taryn’s life is continually enriched through the relationships and activities experienced with her own dog partners. She enjoys a variety of dog sports including nosework, barn hunt, FastCAT, parkour, tricks, and more. She also enjoys fiber arts and finds satisfaction in creating and mending textiles, when she has a spare minute away from playing/training with all the dogs.

Certifications:  IAABC-ADT, CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: In addition to teaching group classes at Diamonds in the Ruff, Taryn currently sees clients in Coeur d'Alene, ID, Spokane, WA, and the surrounding areas, as well as virtually, offering private lessons and customized training programs to meet your individual needs. She is an AKC CGC Evaluator and Level 3 FIT DOG Instructor, offering virtual and in person trick dog coaching and title evaluations, AKC FIT DOG classes and group walks, as well as in person CGC, CGCA, and CGCU evaluations. Taryn is a Certified Dog Parkour Instructor with IDPKA. She also works with local breeders on early socialization and temperament assessments.

Behavioral issue focus: impulse control, fear based reactivity, cooperative care/husbandry

Training methods: Taryn's training philosophy is centered on building relationships and clear communication through kind training that is designed to be effective and mutually enjoyable. She is passionate about building solid foundations based on teamwork and trust for pet, sport, and working dogs. She is professionally certified and enthusiastically continuing her own education in order to apply current training methods that are tailored to each individual dog and family that she has the opportunity to work with. Taryn also understands many challenges that dogs and trainers who are differently abled may face, and can customize each team's training plan to set up both dog and handler for success.

Why I became a dog trainer: My relationships with my own dogs bring me joy and purpose, as well as a passion for learning everything I can about training and behavior. I enjoy utilizing my experience and education to help others reach their own goals with their dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Celebrating my clients' joy when they see progress and success when working with their dogs.

My #1 dog training tip: Proactively reinforce any behavior that you like and want to see more of!

Service areas: Spokane, WA, Coeur d'Alene, ID and the surrounding areas

Website: https://www.lovehopedogs.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/


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Sniffspot Washington Top Trainer Frequently Asked Questions

How are Washington dog trainers selected for this list?

These are the top dog trainers in Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington?

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 Washington 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 Washington cost?

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

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

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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