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The Best Dog Trainers in New Hampshire of 2023

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Merlin Noble

June 05, 2023

Dog Trainers

Welcome to the New Hampshire Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2023. This is a list of the top dog trainers in New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire Dog Trainers in 2023

Helen St. Pierre

Helen is the owner and operator of No Monkey Business Dog Training. Based in Concord New Hampshire, she is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA) and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and a Operation Socialization Certified Trainer (OSCT) She is also a licensed and certified Family Dog Mediator.

Helen has been training dogs for over 20 years. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, a member of the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals and is a certified member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and a member of the Pet Professional Guild. Helen is also a licensed Dogs and Storks educator, a licensed Dogs and Toddlers educator, and a certified AKC evaluator.

Helen's skills range from basic obedience to behavior modification of serious problems including aggression as well as service dog training. Helen is always doing one on one behavior consultations, and Helen teaches classes locally in the Concord, New Hampshire area and offers workshops and seminars on a variety of subjects all around New England and internationally.

Helen is constantly going to continuing education seminars to learn more about the fascinating world of dog behavior, and she has been featured on the radio, in print, and on T.V. for her work! She volunteers countless hours at the local SPCA and works with homeless dogs to help them learn skills to find a home faster. She teaches class on dog behavior and ethology at the local college too! She has worked as a trainer for the humane society rehabilitating aggressive dogs, and helping homeless dogs find the right home. She also was the volunteer 4-H dog club leader, and taught basic obedience at a prestigious training academy in Durango, Colorado. She is educated in canine behavior and has a strong foundation of knowledge on the psychological principles and applications of dog training. Helen has both the academic and hands-on skills that make for a great trainer and behavior consultant.

Helen has eleven dogs of her own, two Collies named Corduroy and Rupert, and Mallory a Papillon! Messner is a rescue papillon and Legend, a Scottish Deerhound. She adopted a rescue cattle dog, named Joker. She also has Chess, a Japanese Chin and Pixel and Persephone rescued Chinese crested. Aslan is her Belgian shepherd that she works regularly in protection work.

Helen also has a horse Noah, four cats, 2 parrots, a tortoise, a hedgehog, and two daughters Grace and Evelyn. She takes great pride in her work and treats every animal she trains as if it were her own, making your training experience motivating and enjoyable! When not training dogs she is running her senior and hospice dog rescue out of her home.

Certifications: CPDT-KSA, CDBC, FDM-L, OSCT

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Day training, basic classes through advanced, reactive dog classes, one on one consultations, new dog selection assistance, end of life preparation and so much more

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, aggression, fear, anxiety, hyper arousal, low frustration, body handling issues, potty training, puppy behaviors

Training methods: Reward based and progressive training using up to date information, tools and techniques. We set the dog, and the Human up for success

Why I became a dog trainer: I started helping people with their dogs through shelter work in 2004 and never looked back!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: watching dogs and humans become a better team together

My #1 dog training tip: work with the dog you have in front of you!

Service areas: Concord, NH

Website: https://www.nomonkeybusinessdogtraining.com


Sarah Teffner

I began my training journey in 2007 when I adopted a spunky and challenging pup. He introduced me to some amazing trainers who helped me understand him and how to help him...that is where I fell in love with training. Since then I have continued my education to obtain more knowledge and certifications so that I can help others help their dogs by strengthening their relationship and communication with each other.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, FDM, CGC Evaluator, Licensed Family Paws Educator

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Group training classes to develop life skills and private consults for basic training & behavior modification.

Behavioral issue focus: I work with leash reactivity, fearful dogs, impulse control, resource guarding, and aggression issues.

Training methods: I offer private consults to help develop positive training plans for people and their dogs. In the initial evaluation, I will get to know the dog and their family to help them build confidence in working together while strengthening their communication. I provide follow-up emails after the initial consult and all follow-up consults detailing the training plan & exercises to begin working on with their dog.

Why I became a dog trainer: I have always loved dogs. They have been a part of my life since I was a child and I can't remember a time when I did not have a dog at my side. I became a trainer because I wanted to give back to dogs all that they have given to me. I enjoy working with people and helping them really see their & their dog's potential.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love when I see people begin to understand their dogs better and seeing the dogs thrive in their homes.

My #1 dog training tip: Meet your dog where they are at...whether it be the developmental stage they are in or just where they happen to be on that particular day. Enjoy the process and remember it's a journey!

Service areas: Upper Valley Area (Lebanon, NH & surrounding areas in NH & VT)

Website: https://www.paws4trainingnh.com


Andria Young

Andria Young is one of only ten Certified Canine Behavior Consultants (CCPDT and IAABC) in the entire state of Massachusetts and one of 200 in the world. With her additional certification as a Fear Free Professional and Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) Andria instructs all group classes, private lessons and behavior consults.

When not assisting students, Andria enjoys continuing her education in all things canine behavior related, spending time with her human and animal family, adventuring and competing her rescue dogs.

Certifications:

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants - Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC)Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers - Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)
Certified Behavior Consultant Canine - Knowledge Assessed (CBCC)|Fear Free Certified Professional (FFCP)
Family Dog Mediator (FDM)

Services include:

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

More info about service provided:

STAR Puppy Class and Beginner Obedience beginning March 1st at 6pm and 7pm, respectively. Classes are limited to six students to allow individualized instruction for all; currently only two spots left in each class.

 Advanced Obedience and Advanced Trick Class (for students whose dogs have completed their Novice and Intermediate Trick titles) also starting in March.

 Our classes are all taught by a Force and Fear Free certified Professional Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant (IAABC and CCPDT certified) utilizing positive reinforcement based training methods (no choke, prong or shock collars) helping you learn how to raise and train your dog to be an enjoyable adventure buddy, family member or competition partner!

 Behavior consults for reactivity , aggression and anxiety also available as well as private lessons.

 As a 501c3 non-profit charity, all proceeds of our classes directly benefit the animals in sanctuary here at Unmistaken Stars.

Behavioral issue focus: Specializing in aggression (dog to dog, and dog to human), reactivity, and anxiety.

Training methods: All methods are force and fear free, utilizing up to date science based humane training principles with no shock, prong or choke collars ever used.

Why I became a dog trainer: 2000

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: The most enjoyable part of being a dog trainer is watching the bond between dog and owner grow as they deepen in understanding and trust of one another, working towards a particular skill, or as they overcome a challenging behavior.

The mission of our center is to provide a place where people and animals may help one another heal, and witnessing that healing through the growth of a safe human canine relationship is truly a great joy of mine.

My #1 dog training tip: Focus on setting your dog up for success so that they are able to learn what you seek to teach them.

Service areas: Serving all of Massachusetts and beyond, in person and virtual instruction

Website: https://unmistakenstars.com/dog-training/


Kelly Bourgeois

Kelly is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with two college degrees: A BA in Psychology with a focus in animal cognition, and an Associate in Animal Science. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA). Which is a skill based certification that tests expert training and instruction skills through hands-on exercises. She is a CGC evaluator for the American Kennel Club, and obtained a CAP1 which is a clicker competency assessment.

Kelly travels to many animal shelters helping their dogs in need. She enjoys creating behavioral modification plans to help shelter dogs become more adoptable and help them find their forever homes. She is also a member of the association of professional dog trainers (APDT), an Operation Socialization Certified Trainer (OSCT), and a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild. Kelly has helped to train dogs for Canine Companions for Independence - which is an organization that raises and trains service dogs for people with disabilities as well as the Make A Wish Foundation. Because she feels it is important to always have an understanding of the most recent research she enjoys attending annual educational conferences, classes, and seminars in order to keep up with the ever so changing knowledge in this field.

She has been training dogs for over 16 years with both basic obedience training as well as behavioral modification for serious behavioral issues including aggression. Her education in canine behavior and the psychology of how they think and learn allows her to feel comfortable working with all behavioral issues.

Kelly offers both in-home private training as well as group obedience classes. With compassion and positivity she enjoys being able to help you and your dog create a lasting bond and strong communication skills using only humane and modern techniques.

Kelly has 2 dogs of her own: Finley and Meadow (both shelter rescues) and a Vietnamese Potbelly Pig Mu who enjoys spending her time as a therapy pig by visiting nursing homes and after school programs.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CAP1, AKC CGC, APDT

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Offering group obedience classes, Private in home lessons, Day training, and service dog training using positive methods of learning. From basic obedience to serious behavioral modification.

Behavioral issue focus: Aggression, Basic manners, Service Dog task training, advanced level therapy dog training

Training methods: We use positive training methods

Why I became a dog trainer: I have always had a special connection with dogs but I also really love helping the dog-human bond form through training.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Its very rewarding! Helping dogs become more connected with their humans is so fun.

My #1 dog training tip: To see the dog as an individual and treat him as a partner

Service areas: Lakes region of NH. Laconia, Gilford, Belmont, Alton, Meredith, Gilmanton, Moultonborough, Loudon, Center Harbor

Website: https://doggonitnh.com/


Katrin Moffroid

After 20 years in consulting, covid convinced me to turn my passion and hobby of dog training into my new life's work. Response was so great I achieved my certified professional dog trainer certification (CPDT-KA) and opened Beyond Sit to help serve more dogs in my community. My happiest days on the job are when I can show clients they do not need the "tools" of choke or prong collars that other trainers forced them to use on their dog.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I offer private training sessions in your home, or out and about in the real world. I coach clients through the phases of puppyhood and adolescence, introducing basic manners for making your dog a well-behaved family member, and offer behavior modification coaching for dogs that need support managing their feelings about the world around them. I also offer training walks for clients who are short on time to train themselves.

Behavioral issue focus: I work with common puppy behaviors like biting, jumping, or leash pulling, as well as dogs that are reactive to people and/or other dogs.

Training methods: My methods are positive reinforcement, choice based learning. I aim to teach your dog first how to learn, then how to make good choices that will pay off for them, and make it easier for you to live with them!

Why I became a dog trainer: Training my own dogs in trucks and agility has been a passion of mine for many years. I wanted to share the kinder and gentler training methods that I have had success with to help people and their dogs build long lasting bonds and partnerships.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping dogs of course! Also seeing peoples surprise when they don't expect a nethod to work but start seeing results.

My #1 dog training tip: Behavior that gets rewarded gets repeated.

Service areas: Southern New Hampshire in the areas surrounding Nashua and Manchester, including, but not limited to Hollis, Brookline, Amherst, Merrimack, etc. Also Massachusetts border towns such as Pepperell, Dunstable, Tyngsboro.

Website: https://www.beyondsittraining.com


Emma Schneidkraut

Emma began her training career as a training and behavior intern at The Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Boulder, Colorado. Where she provided behavior modification for shelter dogs so that they could be adoption candidates. Once moving to New England she became a Training and Behavior Coordinator at The New Hampshire SPCA, where she provided training, and enrichment for shelter dogs, group classes, and private training for the public.

In addition to being a Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner, she has her CPDT-KA through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers - (CCPDT), she is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and is currently pursuing her certification with the incomparable Leslie McDevitt to become a Certified Control Unleashed Instructor (CCUI).

Certifications: KPA CTP, CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I work with dogs and puppies, varying from basic manners, enriching skills, and behavior modification for fearful, hyper-active, reactive, and case-by-case aggressive behaviors. I predominantly offer private in home training with guardians present, but can provide day training if one-on-one training is not an option.

Behavioral issue focus: I commonly work with leash reactivity, stranger danger, and confidence building for fearful and touch sensitive dogs.

Training methods: I provide behavior consultations and training plans adapted for the individual dog/handler teams.

Why I became a dog trainer: I started my career when I adopted my second dog on my own, Sugar, she had significant fear and reactivity issues that required a lot of patience and time to modify. I realized through my journey with her that I wanted to help others with similarly challenging dogs, boosting confidence of handlers and their pups!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing dog/human teams gain confidence and understand each other better, so they can live their best lives with each other.

My #1 dog training tip: Ask for less, focus on your relationship, less behavior for more reinforcement.

Service areas: Haverhill, MA, Southern NH, North Shore MA

Website: https://www.facebook.com/adogseyeviewMA/


Louise & Jake Belmont

Louise Belmont: I started training dogs when I first wanted a puppy. The deal was if I could train the family dog to be more well mannered then I could get my own. I had no idea what I was in for! Manzo came a drooling, shaking mess of fear and anxiety. I soon realized I had my hands full and had to learn more about behavior modification in order to help Manzo succeed. I took every class and learned all I could to help Manzo feel more confident about his surroundings. Fast forward 11 years and here we are, sharing my passion of dog training and strengthening dog-human relationships, with all of you!

Jake Belmont: I have always been around dogs. Growing up always having a pup around made it the logical choice for me to start working with dogs professionally. By constantly being around a number of dogs I quickly realized how fascinating and unique each dog was. I went on to start my own pet sitting and dog walking business. Through this work I met a little dog named Roxie who needed more guidance than a walk here or there. It is with Roxie that I decided to learn more about behavior and training to better help the dogs in my care.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, FDM

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: At Red Pointy Dog Training we provide training and behavior services to families. We meet with the family to identify concerns, evaluate the dog as a whole, and set realistic goals together. We create a customized plan for the individual dog and we help you along the way. Our training style is practical, positive, and fun!

Behavioral issue focus: Our team works with dogs struggling with fear, frustration, anxiety, over stimulation, and more. Common issues we consult on include General Fear, Aggression, Reactivity, Resource Guarding, Intrahousehold Aggression, and more.

Training methods: When we meet with a client we start with a virtual interview to allow us to evaluate your individual situation without putting extra stress or excitement on your dog. We discuss more than just training in this session, we help you learn to understand why your dog's behavior is happening in the first place. From there, we build a training plan using force-free and humane training methods following the Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) framework. We continue with work families, on zoom or in the home depending on the needs of the dog, to form a stronger connection with their dog based on trust and understanding.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help dogs to be the best versions of themselves, and to help their guardians learn to understand them deeply.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Our favorite part about being a dog trainer is when we reach that point in training where we realize that the dog's family no longer needs us. That they have met their goals and have strong communication and listening skills with their dog. They have the tools necessary to be the best guardian to their dog. The whole family is happier with a deeper understanding, a deeper knowing, of what the dog and family need together.

My #1 dog training tip: To remember that a dog is a dog. We need to set realistic and fair expectations when living with them.

Service areas: Strafford, Northwood, Barnstead, Barrington, Nottingham, Lee, Madbury, Durham, Rochester and surrounding communities.

Website: https://www.redpointydog.com/


Mathew Miller

I've been working with dogs since 2016 and earned my CPDT - KA in 2018 since then I've earned my Masters in canine life science from Bergin University and then earned my CBCC-KA. I originally went to school for environmental science and education at the University of New England.

After adopting my dog Trapper John who was a fearful dog, I realized I wanted to play my part in restoring and rehabilitating the relationship between people and their dogs who struggle with behavior challenges. Getting people to remember why and how much they love their dog is one of the best joys in my life.

Currently have my old man Trapper John, Figment the windsprite, and Arya the pitbull.

Certifications: M.S. in Canine Human Life Science CBCC-KA CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I tend to cover a lot of the basics from puppy kindergarten up to level 1 obedience. Typically focus on behavior modification either in behavior consultations, private lessons, and day training sessions. I also offer classes for manners, as well as reactive dogs.

Behavioral issue focus: I love helping people and their dogs work through more challenging behaviors, such as fear, anxiety, compulsion, separation distress, and aggressive behaviors.

Training methods: I am a LIMA base trainer and only use R+ methods. My goal is to find ways to link all of the theory and science of how dogs learn and link it to how we live our lives. Working through behavior consults, I always want to find a path forward that is enjoyable and fun for both you and your dog.

Why I became a dog trainer: Dogs have been a huge part of my life since childhood. I feel like I always had an affinity for the dogs I've met. I more or less fell into dog training after college and getting a job walking dogs. I really enjoyed and seemingly had a knack for walking some of the more challenging dogs and my interest in the scientific world of dogs ended up as a perfect combination. My interest in reading and science and my affinity towards animals working with dogs just made sense for me.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Many people reach out to me when they are at their wits end and are really struggling emotionally with their dog. My favorite part is the moment when things start to come together and they can see hope and being able to watch a reinvigoration of their relationship with their dog. Getting to play a part in that is the most meaningful part of my job.

My #1 dog training tip: Have empathy

Service areas: Greater Newburyport


Alexia Miller

Hi, I'm Alexia and for more than 20 + years, as a dog trainer I have devoted myself to coaching clients
about the nature of dogs i.e., canine body language and energy- as it relates to effective training for both
dogs and humans alike. This knowledge transforms relationships.

My focus is on creating joyful and
respectful relationships between people and the animals that enrich our lives so much. My lifelong interest in helping people train their dogs began at age nine after reading a LIFE magazine
article about Dr. Jane Goodall. Goodall's work observing chimpanzees fired my own devotion to animals into a full-blown passion.

From that early age, I keenly observed the creatures around me and how people
interacted with them. Years later, my zeal schooled by a degree in Animal Science coupled with a Ph.D. in Psychology from Michigan State University. Continued Educations and many Certifications later here I am!
LAUGH AND TEACH!!!

If you're not laughing with your dog, you're most likely not having much fun. I can
help bring the joy back into your dog training experience. A spoiled rotten, cooperative dog is my philosophy. I believe that dog training is about understanding the natural instincts of dogs, how they learn and how to
read their body language and energy. Developing these skills will enable you to be better equipped while training your dog. When you learn what motivates your dog, be it food, their favorite toy or a game of tug, the reward is there to reinforce the desired behavior. This is how dogs learn best and what makes
dog training fun for both of you.

Dog and puppy training starts with two willing partners. Being a leader means understanding how dogs live in and learn their world. You are calm, confident, flexible, and prepared. Know what you are asking for, be consistent and have your dog's best interest at heart. Know what motivates your dog and let the fun
begin. As a leader you are shaping, directing, and redirecting while modifying behaviors positively with rewards, games, toys, food, etc.

Training done consistently, positively and in a timely manner can bring
out the best in your dog and bring you years of joy and satisfaction. Every interaction you have with your puppy is a training session. Either you are training the dog, or they are training you. It's a dog's nature to want to turn training into a game and rightly so. It's your job as a leader to learn to respond not react to this jovial nature wherein you can make the training experience fun for you and your dog.

Certifications:

CPDT-KA, CDBC, IAABC-ADT, APDT
CTDI, CCFC, PPG, CGC Evaluator,
Pet Tech First Aid &CPR, LIMA and Fear Free Certified

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: We specialize in positive reinforcement training and offer classes throughout puppyhood to adulthood. Our dog trainers are certified professionals that concentrate on remedying behavioral concerns without the utilization of fright, pain, or intimidation so you and your dog can enjoy the learning experience, learn how to communicate clearly with each other, and leave with powerful lifelong skills to positively shape your dog's behavior and change your lives.

Behavioral issue focus: Basic puppy skills, Adult dogs having issues, socialization, Behavioral challenges, Service dog skills, Walking skills, Communication, and Body Language.

Training methods: Positive methods only, using rewards, markers, and clicker training whichever the client is most comfortable with. Private lessons get a lesson plan written out. Weekly homework is provided to the clients of all classes

Why I became a dog trainer: To better help people and dogs communicate better

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching those ah-ha momentes between dogs and people when they are both finally understanding one another

My #1 dog training tip: Be patient with your dog. English is not their first language.

Service areas: Derry and surrounding towns, Dover and surrounding towns

Website: https://woofmeownh.com/


Seren Maxwell

Seren has been working with a variety of species including horses, dogs, cats and rats, over the past fifteen years. Seren dual-specializes in puppy development as well as behavior modification (Reactivity, Aggression, Fear). Seren currently teaches both group classes as well as private lessons and in-home services for behavior, obedience, detection work, and trick/stunt dog. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed, through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers.

Seren is also passionate about teaching cooperative care handling skills for Fear Free grooming and vet visits. She has successfully completed the Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification Program and is recognized as a Fear Free Professional. Seren is also a Professional Member of the APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers), a Professional Member of the Pet Professionals Guild, a supporting member of the IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants), a Certified Trick Dog Instructor, Certified Stunt Dog Judge, Certified Canine Fitness Coach and an Official American Kennel Club Evaluator.

She continues to regularly attend online classes, seminars, and workshops, to stay up to date and informed with the most current and scientifically based training and tools. Seren trains in/competes in and has titled dogs in various sports including agility, nosework, trick dog, stunt dog, rally, and obedience. In March of 2018 Seren and her dog 'Brembo The Wonderpup' traveled to Purina Farms in Missouri to attend the first ever National Stunt Dog Championship where they earned five titles in one weekend, and became the first team from NH (and Brembo the first of his breed) to obtain a Stunt Dog Champion Title.

In 2021 Seren and Brembo joined up with the team at McGovern Subaru for their 'Subaru Service Dog' commercial series. The commercials starring Brembo have been featured on tv networks including CNN/HGTV/Food Network/MTV/Comedy Central, as well as YouTube and other social media platforms. Seren is an avid automotive enthusiast and is a board member of the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire. In her free time you can find Seren racing, hiking, kayaking, or biking (usually with at least one dog in tow).

Certifications: CPDT-KA CTDI, CFFT, AKC CGC, CCFC, CSDJ

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Behavior Modification (Aggression/Reactivity/Fear/Anxiety) - Foundations (Puppy & Adult Obedience) Also offering services for Service Dog PA, Therapy Dog, Scentwork, Trick Dog/Animal Acting.

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, Aggression

Training methods: I believe the foundation of all training is in the relationship you build with your dog. Well trained dogs who are polite citizens are dogs who get to enjoy a world that is that much bigger as we include them in our various daily activities and outings. I encourage all dog owners to offer their dog the education they deserve so they can be successful. Through training, we can build a stronger relationship based upon mutual respect, understanding, and communication, with our canine companions.

WDT practices only proven science based training techniques and methods. Our program meets current industry best practice standards using reinforcement to teach and modify behavior, as well as utilizing both the Humane Hierarchy and LIMA (Least Invasive Minimally Aversive) training. Join WDT today and let's work together to expand your dog's world. Training is a journey, not a destination, and I can't wait to be a part of yours!

Why I became a dog trainer: To provide dogs and their humans with the education they need to be successful. To help dogs find homes/stay in their home.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing clients recognize and understand their dogs communication and getting to watch their relationship with each other develop.

My #1 dog training tip: Consistency is everything.

Service areas: S.NH

Website: https://www.wonderpupdogtraining.com/


Dory Rosati

Dory is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) serving the greater seacoast of MA and NH. She has a bachelor's degree in Animal Behavior from the University of New England and years of experience training dogs, cats, birds, and even tigers using clickers!

Dory teaches group classes and private lessons using science-based training methods to improve the dog's behavior and the relationship between an owner and their dog. Dory is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through the CCPDT, a Family Paws Pet Educator, and an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, FPPE

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: In-home private lessons, day training, board and train, group classes, basic obedience, agility, reactivity and aggression cases, family mediation & new baby preparation

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, fear, and anxiety

Training methods: Clicker trainer, using positive reinforcement to help improve communication and relationships between dogs and owners. Customized training plans and support throughout the training process.

Why I became a dog trainer: I love working with dogs and helping build positive relationships between families and their dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing families enjoy their dog - especially young children!

My #1 dog training tip: Have fun with your dog!

Service areas: Seacoast of MA & NH

Website: https://www.seacoastcanine.com


Lisa Bert

I am the proud mom of two adult children and didn't know, when we got our first dog when the children were little, just how little I knew! My good fortune to have great trainers and mentors on the cutting edge of animal-friendly training led to a career change to teach other families who need that support. That journey began in 2004 while my children were young teens and we had one dog - adding the second dog was a whole new level of learning!

I willingly share my own errors, experience, and empathy with my clients as I continue to grow my own knowledge and experience. I completed Karen Pryor Academy's Professional Dog Trainer course in 2011, became a licensed educator for Family Paws Parent Education in 2012, and passed the independent exam to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed in 2013.

In December of 2022 I completed the revolutionary new L.E.G.S. Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediation Professional Course; I will complete Dr. Susan Friedman's Living and Learning with Animals Professional Course, covering the fundamental principles and procedures of teaching and learning, in March 2023. For well over a decade I assisted and then taught puppy socialization and level 1 and 2 obedience classes, until a move overseas forced me to shift to only one-on-one.

Now I'm back, and I look forward to finding a way to offer group classes again to supplement my clients with yet another support option as V3 of my business picks up steam!

Certifications: CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, licensed educator for Family Paws Parent Education

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Remote and in-home support for families with dogs that have or are bringing children in the home, and for people with puppies or newly adopted dogs, using fun games and science-based training to build positive relationships based on mutual trust and respect. Clients become more effective and positive listeners and communicators with their dogs through my guidance. Human topics/skills often include how to set up and teach separation with inclusion, how to read and respond to canine body language, how to install and use cues and reinforcers. Dog skills often include socialization, emotional regulation (and the skills used to achieve that!), and "must have manners" that will help the dog be successful in that family.

Behavioral issue focus: I commonly assist people with dogs demonstrating overexcitement, overstimulation, fear, anxiety, reactivity, or inability to settle, usually in relation to children, a new baby, or visitors to the house. I also teach people how to support and teach newly adopted puppies, adolescents, and adult dogs as they transition into their new home.

Training methods: Clients typically start by completing a detailed intake form and sending me preliminary videos and photos. The initial consultation is about 2 hours long and includes assessment of the dog's behavior and the environment in which it occurs, plus management suggestions, education through discussion and materials provided, and demonstration and practice of preliminary exercises. Within a few days I then send a summary that includes a detailed plan for management and training, and I follow up regarding progress and questions. Clients can then choose to DIY or move into an All Access plan of their choice. All access plans provide a given number of Live Time hours (in person and/or remote, as agreed with client), plus full access to me for the same number of months: emails, texts, phone calls, and picture/video reviews/feedback. From point of first contact and through the life of the dog, however, I emphasize that I am always available for questions about anything already discussed, and that I will let them know if a discussion indicates that further paid time is needed in order to address an issue properly.

Why I became a dog trainer: I was fascinated by the science of the method I was learning and amazed at the results - not so much that my dog "became a good dog" but that we all learned how to communicate with each other, he came to trust us implicitly, and our relationship with him was considerably deepened. I wanted to share that experience with other people and families who struggle with building that connection with their dog, especially if the dog was fearful, as our first dog was.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Those "lightbulb" moments when both the dog and human really make that connection - it's beautiful

My #1 dog training tip: Objectively observe your dog every day, and learn how to accurately interpret what you see. Once you can do that, you will learn most of what you need to know from your dog.

Service areas: Andover, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Beverly, Billerica, Boxford, Burlington, Cambridge, Charlestown, Chelsea, Danvers, East Boston, Everett, Hamilton, Lexington, Lincoln, Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, Manchester, Marblehead, Medford, Melrose, Middleton, Nahant, North Andover, North Reading, Peabody, Reading, Salem, Saugus, Somerville, Stoneham, Swampscott, Tewksbury, Topsfield, Waltham, Wakefield, Watertown, Wenham, Wilmington, Winchester, Woburn, Salem NH

Website: https://www.fingersandpaws.com


Ashley Clark

Ashley Clark has been training dogs professionally for over 10 years. She is the Head Trainer and owner of You and Your Dog Training & Services, LLC located in New Boston, NH. Her training experiences include preparation for AKC Novice obedience, agility, Begleithund (BH), tracking, scent work, in-kennel training, and group classes. She has volunteered at various shelters and rescues, spending over five years leading a shelter dog class at a local rescue, helping fellow volunteers enrich the lives of dogs in their care.

Ashley is a graduate of Marlboro College, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree fulfilling pre-med requirements. The focus of Ashley's college thesis was on the application of Eastern medicine in conjunction with Western medicine for animals. Since graduating, Ashley has pursued her goal of bettering the lives of dogs. In doing so the learning never stops. Ashley continues her canine education by attending, in person and virtually, dog training workshops, seminars, and conferences. The unconditional love and respect she has for all animals has allowed her the honor of turning her passion into her profession.

Ashley specializes in "obedience" communication training and behavior change, with emphasis on reliable recalls and energy outlets to curb destructive behavior. She continually focuses her work on strengthening the bond between dogs and their people. Ashley accomplishes this by teaching the basics of dog behavior with attention to animal behavior as a whole, using engaging, playful and fun methods and tools. Success is accomplished through connection and communication. Providing people with the skill-set to communicate and interact with their dogs with respect for balance and enriching coexistence is what You and Your Dog Training is all about.

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:

puppy playgroups, puppy classes, group classes (basics to advanced), nose work, agility, doggy parkour, reliable recall, CCC, CGC, jumpstart day training, private lessons, in-home private lessons, common behaviors we deal with: Welcoming a new dog/puppy home
Coming when called
Jumping up on people
Chewing and other destructive behavior
Counter surfing
Digging
Pulling on leash
Barking/lunging on leash
Begging
Excessive barking
Chasing
Fear
Isolation distress
Growling
Resource guarding
Aggression

Behavioral issue focus: Most of our current behavioral cases are fear based behavior, barking/lunging on leash, growling and snapping over resources, dogs who are flight risk.

Training methods: Our training is based on the current research science has to offer. We initiate communication with dogs by working with them, not against them, using positive reinforcement. This is done by understanding dog behavior and using the individual dog's natural desires to our training/communication advantage.

Our focus is not so much the dogs but the people who live with them. We help you further understand the dog's behavior and create an environment where it is easier to be proactive, not reactive. We give you the skills to then apply at home with your daily dog communications.

We typically start with food but once a behavior is learned we randomize and utilize life rewards!

Following is a list of the most commonly used training techniques: Marker training, lure/reward, capturing, targeting, shaping, counter-conditioning, and desensitization.

In the end we have clear communication and connection with an animal that both wants and enjoys sharing our world.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help strengthen the human dog bond.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: When people understand their dogs needs and that they can enjoy the journey of furthering their connection.

My #1 dog training tip: Don't lie to your dog.

Service areas: Manchester, Goffstown, Bedford, Merrimack, Amherst, New Boston, Weare, Mt. Vernon, Milford, Hillsborough County

Website: https://www.youandyourdogtraining.com/


Laura Gendron

Laura Gendron, owner of Miss Behavior in Northwood, NH founded her dog training business in 2008. She graduated from the University of NH with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and an Associate's Degree in Animal Science with a concentration on Small Animal Care in 2007.

Laura is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Fear-Free Certified Trainer, and a Licensed Family Dog Mediator. She believes in positive, playful, and trust-based training and getting to know every dog-family team individually, often collaborating with a pet-care team. Having worked in a veterinary hospital for 10 years, Laura also has a strong passion for teaching pet parents and professionals how to use lower-stress techniques in handling and vet care.

As a mom of two children, one dog, and two birds, Laura feels strongly about helping dog parents learn how to raise their dogs much like mothering children, using play, good management, and predictable patterns.

Laura currently offers private virtual and in-home training and coaching, online courses, and a membership for dog parents working with their dogs at home. To learn more, visit MissBehaviorTraining.com.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, FFCP, LFDM

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Virtual behavior consulting, in-home training and behavior modification, family dog training, cooperative care training, vet prep, family dog mediation

Behavioral issue focus: Fear, anxiety about handling and vet care, manners, leash reactivity, relationship building with kids, dog-dog issues, household integration, new Puppy, New Adoptions, adoption matchmaking

Training methods: I start all new clients with a virtual consult. From there, they can choose a private training package (virtual or in person), they can join my group membership, or continue on their own. Private clients receive access to my messaging app and a Google drive folder. Group members get access to my video library, a private Facebook group, and other perks. I also offer other virtual consulting services and vet prep visits

Why I became a dog trainer: I started working with a difficult dog and saw the reward in both understanding behavior and how to meet the needs of the dog and people she lived with

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Solving the individual puzzle of each dog-human team. Every case is very different!

My #1 dog training tip: Start with the dog in front of you. Every dog and family has a unique relationship and unique needs to be met. Start there, not with the stories of past dogs

Service areas: Northwood NH and surrounding towns, and remote - anywhere

Website: https://missbehaviortraining.com


Wendy Bergeron

Wendy Bergeron - Director of Training at All Dogs Gym and Inn

Services include:

  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Daycare

Website: https://www.alldogsgym.com/


Monica Allaire-McMahon

25 years of fostering dogs, running a state licensed quarantine and self study led me to seek formal education through Karen Pryor Academy, Dynamic Dog Practitioner, BHARCS,and Nordic Education Center for Dog Trainers. I founded Sensory Explorers( multi sensory environment)in 2021 and continue to expand my education current through conferences, courses and webinars offered by a variety of like minded providers, including detailed analysis of scientific papers through the Tiny Science Chat club. My pursuit has been and will remain improving the wellbeing of dogs and the families that share their lives.

Certifications: KPA-CTP, DDP-Dynamic Dog Practitioner , International Nordic Dog Trainer

Services include:

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

More info about service provided:

Dynamic Dog Assessments-detailed assessment of gait, conformation, functional movement highlighting areas of abnormality, complied into detailed report to clients veterinarian to liaise between client and veterinarian and seek diagnostics to aid in determining the influence pain/discomfort contributes to problematic behavior. Teaching Canine communication , ( calming signals)and teaching clients how to use their own body language to support the relationship with their dog.

Hosting multi sensory environment sessions( Sensory Explorers) to allow both client and dog to experience movement toward the parasympathetic nervous system ( rest digest) through quiet exploration and sensory integration.
Teaching about appropriate exercise, slow sniffing walks( the dangers of ball throwing). Advising environmental( appropriate housing- changes in the home -avoiding slippery flooring , stairs, scents etc. advising on properly fitted harnesses( H or Y shape)and use of longlines -to support free movement of the dog-all with an eye toward the dogs natural ethogram.

Teaching loose leash( smiling leash skills) , social skills between dogs utilizing parallel walking, recall, and sniffer games. Teaching clients how to design and utilize enriched environments in and around their home and more.

I'll try to sum up-building safe and secure relationships between dog and human carer, while lowering stress with a keen eye on physical safety, mental and emotional wellbeing, and finding solutions to behavioral concerns by discovering and addressing the WHYS.

Behavioral issue focus: Fear, aggression, anxiety, chronic stress, which most often have a correlation to physical pain or discomfort, unmet needs-physical, emotional, social, mental(insecure attachment), sensory, misunderstanding of canine communication, inappropriate home environment, fast living etc.

Training methods:

An initial consultation takes place in a secure enriched environment away from the clients home , with complete history taking and very detailed observations of the dog and human client-2-3 hrs in length. The last 1/4 of consultation includes 1 or 2 practical exercises which are explained, demonstrated , and then practiced by the client( the client has a need to feel they have success at a simple exercise ( treats maybe used, communicating through body language, absolutely no method or equipment that would harm the dog physically, mentally or emotionally ) to begin to shift their mindset and see that their dog can also be successful at something. The consultation ends with a simple puzzle homework handout with recommendations which may include making a simple change in the home, or equipment, seeking advice of a vet, change in exercise etc. A follow up apt is scheduled at the end of consultation.

As an addition, As an associate member of the PDTE-I have undergone a rigorous application process and am held to the highest standards of ethics. We value dogs as sentient beings entrusted to our care and pledge to follow the dogs natural ethogram and honor their unique individually, never causing emotional, physical , social or mental pain or distress

Why I became a dog trainer: To improve the welfare and wellbeing of dogs and the humans they share their lives with

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Being able to share in the joy( maybe a bit of surprise) and pride caretakers express as their relationships with their dogs flourish and challenges reduce

My #1 dog training tip: Learn to observe, observe to learn

Service areas: World wide , NH SEACOAST IN PERSON

Website: https://www.barringtonbarksandbehavior.com/#/


Sniffspot New Hampshire Top Trainer Frequently Asked Questions

How are New Hampshire dog trainers selected for this list?

These are the top dog trainers in New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire?

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 New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire cost?

New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire dog trainer. How can I get listed here?

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

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 New Hampshire was $34,841 per year and $16.75 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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