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The Best Dog Trainers in Remote of 2023

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Merlin Noble

June 25, 2023

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

This list is compiled by Sniffspot, which is the largest network of private dog parks for rent in the world. Each of the thousands of Sniffspot dog parks are hosted by locals on private land with 100% private bookings to maximize safety for guests and their dogs. Sniffspot offers various types of dog parks, including fenced, water parks, indoor dog parks, dog beaches and more. Sniffspot has worked closely with dog trainers to create safe spaces for dogs and our top trainer lists are a natural extension of that relationship. You can browse Sniffspot's local dog parks here.

The Best Remote Dog Trainers in 2023

Elizabeth Ingalls

I've been involved in canine welfare in a variety of roles over the last 20 years. From rescue volunteer with multiple rescues, to Executive Director of Big Fluffy Dog Rescue, to behavior consultant, my desire has always been to improve the lives of dogs.

I have a BA in Biology from Bay Path University which enriches my understanding of the natural world. My training only utilizes humane, evidence-based methods, knowing they are the key to improving and maintaining the human-dog bond.

A vast majority of my experience has been with livestock guardian breeds, particularly Great Pyrenees. Over the last decade, they've become much more popular as pets, which has created a need for a trainer who understands their guardian personalities and motivations. Of course, I work with all breeds of dogs and the people who love them.

My goal is to help clients approach dog training and behavior modification holistically. By taking into account your dog's unique life experiences, breed, and mindset, each training plan is individualized. We will work together to use positive reinforcement to motivate changes in behavior that result in a fulfilling relationship between you and your dog

Certifications: CDBC- Certified Dog Behavior Consultant- IAABC
PPG Canine Training Professional

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I work with aggression and anxiety cases, as well as puppy and adult foundational training. I work with clients both in person and remotely. I love and work with all dogs, but also specialize in working with livestock guardian breeds (Great Pyrenees etc.) in pet homes.

Behavioral issue focus: Human directed aggression (owner directed and stranger directed), Reactivity, Resource Guarding, Intrahousehold aggression, Fearful and anxious behaviors, Successful transitions into new homes for rescue dogs, and setting puppies and their families up for a lifetime of success.

Training methods: I use humane based training methods for all dogs. I work with clients both locally and from around the world and we start with an intake behavior consultation. This allows me to learn about your dog's history, what they are doing and why, and what we need to do to change it. Initial sessions focus on safety and management (if needed), ensuring your dogs needs are met, and the 1st steps of a behavior modification plan. After that- training plans are customized to you and your dog's needs and goals.

Why I became a dog trainer: To enhance the lives of dogs and their people. My focus is on relationship building so that both the dog and the human can live a safe, peaceful, fulfilled life.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Celebrating my client's success. There's nothing that makes me happier than a video or message that shares a proud moment for my client and/or their dog.

My #1 dog training tip: Be kind and meet your dog's needs

Service areas: Enfield CT, North Central CT, Western MA, New Hampshire Seacoast, Suffield CT, Stafford CT, Somers CT, Longmeadow MA, East Longmeadow MA, Windsor CT, East Windsor CT and virtually with clients, world wide

Website: https://www.elizabethingalls.com


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


Jaime Caponetta

I'm Jaime Caponetta, IAABC Certified Canine Behavior Consultant and the proud owner of Pawsome University. My most important title, however, is 'Mom.' I have 2 small boys and 3 amazing rescue dogs, who I consider to be my actual children.

I started out in 2016, working as an animal care attendant at my local SPCA. In 2017, I started Pawsome Walks - my first company that focuses on pet care with a high standard of care - and got ABCDT certified. I continued to gain experience and knowledge, eventually earning the certification of Canine Behavior Consultant from the IAABC. that's when we started Pawsome University, a positive reinforcement behavior modification training company!

I am most known for my one-on-one work with my virtual clients (Ranked #1 Remote Dog Trainer in the USA - 2022 by Sniffspot), my interviews on The Pregnancy Podcast discussing dogs and babies, and for my (in person) Reactive Class where reactive dogs come to my farm to learn how to make positive connections with others! I'm quick and efficient at getting to the bottom of what's going on at home without even needing to see your dog and come up with a behavior modification plan that is fun, fear-free, and works for EVERYONE involved. I absolutely love what I do, not a day goes by where I feel as I'm going to 'work!'

Certifications: ABCDT, ACBC-IAABC

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I specialize in all behaviors - reactivity, aggression, guarding, separation anxiety and dog/baby relationships. I have puppy & teenager group classes, one time socialization classes with other dogs, one on one sessions, virtual sessions and virtual workshops. We also have a rehab boarding program for rescue and shelter dogs!

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, Aggression, Resource Guarding, Overstimulation/Low Impulse Control, Safe Relationships with babies & kids, Anxiety and Separation Anxiety, Dog Socialization and Puppy Behavioral

Training methods: All Positive Reinforcement Behavioral Training - I focus on getting your dog to a happy and healthy state and less on cues and distractions. No bandaids or management training! I offer free consultations, questionnaire prior to first session, assessment, behavior modification plan, homework, and written resources.

Why I became a dog trainer: Big rescue advocate and I was tired of seeing many dogs euthanized because on staff trainers couldn't handle the issues. I wanted to give people hope that big behavioral issues are fixable and that rehoming isn't necessary!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping families find peace with their dogs and have the amazing relationship they both want. Explaining what the dog needs to the pet parent, watching it all click and then see the dog succeed when the changes are made is probably one of my most favorite aspects

My #1 dog training tip: No dog needs a heavy hand and every behavioral issue can be fixed with positive reinforcement!

Service areas: Monmouth County, NJ

Website: https://pawsomeuniversity.com


Tanzi Leary

I have been teaching other people to help dogs for 10 years, and hold several credentials. I am a "Certified Dog Behavior Consultant" (CDBC), "Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed Level 1" (CPDT-KA), and "Pat Miller Certified Trainer" (PMCT1). That means I am certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and by a famous trainer, Pat Miller, both via examination and demonstration of training methods in three intense academies. I am also an "SA Pro Trainer" (SAPT), meaning she has taken a course with Julie Naismith, certified behavior consultant and author of Be Right Back!, to learn how to work with dogs that experience separation anxiety. I earned a "Fear Free Certified Professional" (FFCP) certification from the Fear Free Pets organization to be able to assist clients and veterinarians with handling techniques to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in dogs during visits.

In 2022, I won the #1 spot in Sniffspot's Top Trainer contest for Baltimore and Maryland and ranked #3 in the US.

Certifications: CDBC, CPDT-KA, PMCT1, SAPT, FFCP

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 work one on one in private sessions with clients and their puppies and dogs to address behavior issues like puppy basics, manners, and big emotions like anxiety, fear, phobias, and aggressive behavior

Behavioral issue focus: Anxiety, fear, phobia, predation, aggression, and any manners work or puppy foundation work

Training methods: I teach my clients the basics of canine cognition, motivation, body language, and learning processes, to make small changes with a big impact on their dog's behavior. We look at how to set up their home and routines to be more successful with less effort. The first step is an hour-long intro call to gather info and set goals. then we follow up with private lessons. In lessons, we follow the Humane Hierarchy to train without trauma- no pain, threat, shame, or intimidation of dogs, or their people.

Why I became a dog trainer: I started fostering dogs for an organization, and each dog seemed to have more problems than the last dog. I had always been good with dogs and decided I should learn more about how to really work with them if I was going to continue fostering. I started taking classes from Pat Miller and then worked at MDSPCA for two years to really get my hands on a lot of dogs that needed help. Along the way, MDSPCA group class clients and volunteers started to ask if I could come to their homes to help, and my career began.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love helping people communicate better with their dogs. The "language" barrier gets in the way more than anything, and it can be life-altering for the dog and the people to understand each other.

My #1 dog training tip: Pay for anything you like with an entire bowl of food, piece by piece, daily for a couple of weeks, and you will have a different dog. Sitting, standing, lying down, eye contact - anything the dog offers on his own is fair game.

Service areas: Reisterstown, Glyndon, Owings Mills, Pikesville, Stevenson, Timonium, Lutherville, Towson, Mt. Washington, Hampden, Roland Park, Ruxton, Guilford, Homeland, Stoneleigh, Rodgers Forge, Sparks, Hunt Valley, Cockeysville, Parkville

Website: https://www.dogcrazylady.com/


Sarah Weber

Sarah Weber
Animal Trainer
CPDT-KA, IAABC-ADT, PDT, CCAA, CCCS, APDT
Sarah's background is pretty diverse in the animal field. She has worked in all aspects of canine behavior as a Sales Specialist for local pet stores as well as dog grooming. She has worked as a Boarding and Daycare Operations Manager, Canine Handler, and Shift Lead at Penn Vet Working Dog Center through the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Sarah works by accessing genetics, breed, lifestyle, physical and mental health in dogs to fully understand why they behave the way they do. Sarah puts a heavy focus on emotional well-being, calmness and engagement to help foster positive experiences with her canine and human clients.

When Sarah is not working, she enjoys camping, hiking, yoga and rock-climbing, all while spending time with her two dogs.

Sarah holds numerous certifications, degrees, and accreditations, nationally and internationally, which includes:

Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed, (CPDT-KA)
International Association of Animal Behavioral Consultants - Accredited Dog Trainer
Association of Professional Dog Trainers Accredited Dog Trainer, AKC Evaluator
Certified Canine Athletic Advisor
Certified Canine Conditioning Specialist
Professional Dog Trainer & Kennel Manager - Starmark Academy of Animal Behavior
Absolute Dogs - Pro Dog Trainer Academy
School of Canine Science - Canine Science Specialist

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed, International Association of Animal Behavioral Consultants-Accredited Dog Trainer, Association of Pet Dog Trainers- Member, AKC Evaluator, Certified Canine Athletic Advisor, Certified Canine Conditioning Specialist, Professional Dog Trainer- Absolute Dogs, Pet First Aid Certified, The Dog Gurus- Member, Master in Aggression

Services include:

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

More info about service provided:

Group Classes- 2 to 6 dogs 1-hour classes held weekly. Price Varies based on class type. Class will begin with a 10-minute warm up session, during which the trainer will greet and briefly check over each puppy. The main body of the class will focus on training goals appropriate to the dogs, and then finish with a cool down session, just like a gym class! All of our classes are "Drop In" which means you pay per class and can come to as many classes as you would like.

What to bring to group class:
Your Dog
A leash, Harness or Collar
200 dog treats
A treat pouch, we love this brand, Petsafe Treat Pouch
Your dog's favorite toy
Basic & Advanced Obedience Saturdays 10 am to 11 am
Perfect for dogs and owners who want to work on distance, duration and distraction skills. We have a new concept and skill list each week. A consultation session is required
Cost: $65 per class, per dog

Baby Prep 101 Class Expecting a tiny human? live with tiny humans? Just want your pup exposed to all things, tiny kiddos? This is the class for you! We will focus on positive interactions with cribs, strollers, bikes, toys, loud sounds, feeding time, handling skills, leash manners, management techniques and more. We do NOT require a consultation session for this class, but we do expect your dog to be able to work in the presence of other dogs
Cost: $45 per class, per dog

Puppy Prep 101 ClassLearn the basics in a fun twist! Work on engagement with your pet while around other puppies! Discussion and hands on skills for things like potty training, teething, nipping, play management and more!
Cost: $65 per class per dog
$20 for puppies enrolled in our weekly puppy prep program

Nose Work Class
Have a dog that loves to sniff? A pup that can’t keep their nose off the ground? Imprinting and teaching them to find odor is a fantastic way to work their brains by meeting biological needs! We imprint on Clove, Birch, Anise, Cypress.
Cost: $35 per class, per dog

Day Training
30-minute training sessions without the owner present while your dog is boarding or in daycare at VCA Wellington. Focusing on agility, nose work and or training sessions!
30 minutes - $45

Puppy Prep Program-
For all puppies 9 weeks or older! This is a 12-week program including daycare and training three times a week, held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at VCA Wellington. This includes three training sessions, lunch break and three group play sessions. We also offer the program 1-3 days a week. However, pups get the biggest benefit coming all three days a week. School starts at 9 am and ends at 4 pm. Pups are welcome here 7 am to 6:45 pm

Puppy Daycare

Age Requirements: 10 weeks old to 6 months old

Vaccine Requirements to start: Require a minimum of 2 rounds of DHPP & 1 Round of Bordetella to START the program. We also require a clear fecal test.

Full Vaccine Requirements:
Rabies
DHPP Combination- Distemper, Adenovirus, Hepatitis, Parvo, Para-influenza
Bordetella
Bivalent Influenza (H3N2/H3N8)
Flea and Tick Preventative

We highly recommend:
Leptospirosis
Lyme

Puppy Daycare is held Monday- Friday at VCA Wellington & Family Pet Resort from 8 am until 4pm. This is separate from our group play daycare program. All Puppies play, rest and interact in a separate space from adult dogs for health and safety reasons.

Our Puppy Daycare is a more intimate, slower paced program to help the developing puppy brain. We have a heavy focus on puppy developmental stages:socialization period, fear impact period, juvenile period, adolescent period. We place our puppies with adolescent and adult dog’s who have graduated from our training programs. These are select dogs who are able to teach puppies how to safely and appropriately play.

Once your dog graduates from Puppy daycare, they are welcome to attend our adult group play! They will need to schedule an evaluation prior to joining our Adult group.

This program does NOT include teaching training skills like sit, down, leash manners, leave it, drop etc. Our Puppy Prep Training Program runs alongside our Puppy Daycare. If you prefer our Trainers work with your pup on training skills, you will be charged accordingly along with given homework.

Enrichment Daycare

Our Enrichment Daycare builds on genetically predisposed behaviors in a positive way. We challenge natural drives such as: chasing, sniffing, carrying objects, chewing, herding, climbing, etc. By challenging these natural behaviors, we help curb destructive or maladaptive behaviors such as chewing furniture, destroying objects, jumping, and more.
Each enrichment activity is designed to provide an engaging, natural outlet while working on your dog’s physical and mental needs.
This program is appropriate for dogs who prefer the presence of humans only, smaller groups of dogs, or who get overstimulated in larger group settings.

This includes (3) enrichment sessions and a lunch break during the day. Enrichment sessions can include small group play, fitness & agility, massage, nose work, chase games, herding games, and more. We also use FitPAWS® and Blue-9™ equipment designed to tone up your dog’s body, increase core strength, stabilize weak areas, improve body awareness, coordination, range of motion, confidence, our bond with your dog, etc. Our Certified Canine Conditioning Specialist also offers canine massage. This helps promote softer, more glossy coats. Canine massage can also help relax pets and calm hyperactivity.

Vaccine Requirements: Rabies DHPP Combination- Distemper, Adenovirus, Hepatitis, Parvo, Parainfluenza Bordetella Bivalent Influenza (H3N2/H3N8) Flea and Tick Preventative

Behavioral issue focus: Aggression to dogs, strangers, humans in the home, dogs in the home, puppy training, separation anxiety, obsessive compulsive behavior, reactivity to: familiar/unfamiliar dogs/people, objects,novelty, dog to dog behavior, group play evaluations, dog to baby relationship, herding, nipping, biting, attention seeking barking

Training methods:

The first step to scheduling would be a Consultation Session. This would be held at our facility in Newtown Square 3921 Miller Road, Newtown Square, PA, 19073. It is an hour-long session with the dog and owners, designed to better understand your dog, family and overall training goals. During this session, we will teach you about canine behavior, why your dog does what it does, and how to prevent & manage behavioral concerns. Afterwards, we will prepare a full training plan tailored to your dog and send it to you via email.
We offer day school, private lessons, group classes, board and trains based on what we feel is best for the dog. we offer 24/7 365 day support for our clientele

Why I became a dog trainer: amazing question! I became a dog trainer for a lot of reasons. The first, I actually really wanted to go to vet school. however, being dyslexic, I did not have the support at 17 that I have at 25. I transitioned into law enforcement studies to be a canine handler when I feel in love with dog training at penn vet working dog center as a volunteer and then kennel lead. Growing up, I always wanted to work with animals, I was a pet sitter, dog walker, kennel attendant, vet assistant etc. My first family dog was really was set the story for becoming a dog trainer. One of my clients tells me that I have the best "Why you should hire me" story. I was raised one of 7 kids. We were all under the age of 14 when my parents got us our first family dog. A 10 week old "native American Indian dog" if you know anything about the breed- not a good match for young kids and first time as adult dog owners. He was a loving dog to me.... he hated everyone else. I was in 2nd & 3rd grade when we had him. Looking back... he resources guarded spaces, food, objects, people (me), he had stranger directed aggression, conflict aggression and handling concerns. He absolutely hated my father. Long story, short. One night he ended up biting my youngest brother in the eye and he was medvaced to CHOP in philadelphia for emergency surgery. He thankfully retained his eyesight and healed! As for our dog, Lucas, He went on a 10 day bite hold. He relastically should have been euthanized then. At 9 days, they found a single guy, unmarried, no kids to take him... life happens and he ended up getting married and having a baby. He surreneded Lucas to a local sheltered where he was deemed unadoptable and behaviorally euthanized. I became a dog trainer to make sure history doesnt repeat itself. That we have dogs in the correct homes, that we keep dogs and humans safe. I became a dog trainer to support the best quality of life dog all dogs, and humans.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: There are so many things. It is very difficult to pick a favorite. I think the joy I can help bring to dogs lives. Whether it is a foster/shelter dog or a dog already placed in a home. There are so many wonderful people I have met through dog training!

My #1 dog training tip: The rules of engagement! Eye contact, clear communication, and passion for your partner (dog or human) are key

Service areas: Montgomery County, Delaware County, Bucks County, Newtown Square, Wayne, Radnor, Upper Merion, Eagleville, Havertown, Lower Merion

Website: https://vcahospitals.com


Renee Rhoades

Renee is the head of behavior and founder of R+Dogs, a virtual dog behavior consultancy that offers private and group services to dog guardians in over 25 countries. She is an award winning, multi-certified Applied Animal Behaviorist with a Masters in Animal Welfare Science and Ethics. Renee co-hosts DogLogical, a podcast that breaks down dog behavior for all dog lovers. In addition to her work with dog guardians Renee also offers mentoring services to dog professionals who want to level up their skills, businesses, and practices.

Certifications:  MSc, BSc, ISCP.Adv.Dip.Prac, FDM, FFCP

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training

More info about service provided: Group Classes, Private Coaching, Webinars

Behavioral issue focus: Aggression, Reactivity, Fears/Phobias, Generalized Anxiety, Resource Guarding

Training methods: Behavior Consultations, Group Courses, Webinars, Behavior Modifications, Holistic Health Evaluations, Mental Health Support

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog professional because I have been captivated by dogs from a young age. Through my career I have extended that passion to dog lovers and guardians who want the best for their dogs. I cannot imagine doing anything else with my life, but being dedicated to helping dogs and their humans live the best life possible!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a virtual dog professional is working with dog guardians all around the world. No matter the location we all love dogs and have the same concerns. It is such a unifying feeling!

My #1 dog training tip: Work with a qualified, ethical professional as soon as you see behavior concerns - don't wait or start trying things on your own unless you are 100% certain you know what you are doing. Hiring a dog pro ASAP will generally make things cheaper, quicker and less stressful for you and your dog!

Service areas: Available world-wide via remote services

Website: https://www.rplusdogs.com


Sara Sokol

Hello! My name is Sara Sokol. I got into the business of dogs when I was a teenager, pet sitting and dog walking for family friends and neighbors. In 2004, I started Follow My Lead, a full service dog walking/running and pet sitting business in Pasadena, California. Follow My Lead. serviced seven different cities throughout the Pasadena area, employed 6 part time employees and held a client base of 80+ rotating customers.

To facilitate the addition of dog training and behavior modification to Follow My Lead, I began an internship with the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA which was an open admission shelter. As a behavior and training tech, my job was to preform full behavior assessments including touch sensitivity, food and toy possession, along with dog-to-dog testing on all dogs entering the shelter. Many of the dogs at the shelter had issues with aggression, anxiety, shy/fearful behavior. We also performed evaluations on dogs quarantined for biting.

As lead trainer, I taught obedience classes ranging from Puppy Kindergarten to Advanced Obedience, as well as activity classes including Agility, Tricks, and a class created using my background as a yoga instructor: Doga - yoga with your dog!

Working in a shelter that takes in dogs of all breeds, ages, sizes, and temperaments was an invaluable opportunity for me to fine tune my dog training and behavior modification skills, as well as my understanding of dog body language. My time working at the Pasedena Humane Society was a gift. The knowledge that I gained there from my amazing coworkers and the dogs in the shelter, was priceless. The obedience classes I taught helped owners learn how to effectively communicate with their dogs, helping them build strong and permanent relationships.

In 2011, my husband & I relocated to Connecticut, where I continued my work with animals as District Manager of the Connecticut Humane Society. I implemented a new color coding program for the dog volunteers, new enrichment programs that included obedience classes for the shelter dogs, as well as programs helping staff with compassion fatigue and morale.

In 2012 we moved to Maine and Mr. Dog Training was born, named for my partner in crime, Milo, my little white shih tzu who is my heartbeat by my side.

Helping people and dogs learn to communicate and trust each other is my favorite part of my job. There is nothing better than watching a person and their dog learn and work together with smiles, laughter, and a glint in their eyes.

I'm grateful for the trust and support that my students, and the Maine community of dog guardians that I am so proud to be a part of, show me every day. I could not have landed in a more perfect place.

I believe working with animals is the best job in the world and am grateful for the opportunity to have such beautiful creatures in my life. I learn from my dogs daily. They teach me patience, acceptance, unconditional love, and how to live in the present moment. Most importantly, they make me smile and laugh every day!

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: My focus when working with clients is prioritizing an understanding of how our dogs, and ourselves, learn, what drives behavior, building clear and consistent communication, an understanding of canine body language so that we can 'listen' to our dogs, and prioritizing, above all else, the relationship that we have with our dogs.
I offer group classes, both virtual and in person, that range from young puppies through Advanced Obedience as well as Agility, Nose Work, Tricks, Fun and Games classes, and Dog Parkour.

Behavioral issue focus: I specialize in helping clients with dogs who struggle with fear/leash reactivity.

Training methods: I primarily work with clients in group classes or through virtual one on one consults.

Why I became a dog trainer: I wanted to provide people with a safe and fun way to make their lives and relationships with their dogs the most amazing that they can be.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching my clients listen to their dogs and focus more on meeting their dog's needs than blind obedience.

My #1 dog training tip: Listen to your dog

Service areas: Midcoast Maine for in person and global for virtual

Website: https://www.mrdogtraining.com/


Erin Bessey

I own and operate Bessey's Positive Paws in Maine. I have been training for nearly 20 years. I became a CPDT-ka in 2011. I have a BS in Zoology. I worked a veterinary clinic for the last 15 years and still work there part time. I have raised dogs for Guiding Eyes for the Blind as well as did a 6 week internship with them.

I live with my husband, two daughters and two labradors, Henry (11) and Tripp (6). Each dog was born with a cleft palate and I raised them from 1-2 days old. Dogs and animals have always been an interest and passion of mine since I was little. Training dogs is what I do.

Certifications: CCPDT-ka

Services include:

  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Basic training, private sessions

Behavioral issue focus: Shy dog, overexcited, unsure/fear reactivity

Training methods: Clicker training, reward based training (food, toys)

Why I became a dog trainer: I always loved learning about animals and how they behaved and communicated. I knew when I was young I wanted to train animals. When I was in college I started working at a doggie daycare/boarding/training facility and began learning about the fascinating world of dogs and decided, dogs would be what I train.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing the connection between owner and dog become stronger. I love when I see the owner's appreciation for their dog grow because of the knowledge they gain when working with me. You see the lightbulbs go off and the joy it brings to them.

My #1 dog training tip: Let go of stereotypes or comparisons to other dogs and train the dog in front of you.

Service areas: Lincoln and Kennebec counties primarily

Website: https://www.besseyspositivepaws.com


Dawn Mellon

Owner/Instructor of The Missing Leash dog training & The Hiker Pup Academy online learning program.

Services include:

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

Training methods: Force Free, R+ training

Why I became a dog trainer: I started competing with dogs in performance dog sports when I was 12yrs old and have always been a dog trainer. As a vet tech I learned how many people struggle with behavior problems I could help them solve

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: helping people and dogs better understand each other

My #1 dog training tip: dogs are the gods of frolic, embrace play as a way to connect and motivate

Service areas: Southern Oregon, Medford, Ashland, Talent, Jackson County

Website: https://www.thehikerpup.com


Andrea Burggrabe

Hello! My name is Andrea Burggrabe. I am a former special education teacher and certified dog trainer who is dedicated to improving animal (and owner) welfare. I have two rescue dogs (Lena and Uno) who have my entire heart. I have several years of experience fostering and training rescue dogs. Through fostering and training, I have been able to help so many dogs to decompress and transition smoothly into their forever homes.

While I will train just about any dog who needs help, I enjoy partnering with several rescues and shelters to help dogs find and stay in their forever homes. I have a special place in my heart for helping all owners bond and connect with their dogs. My greatest passion is helping owners understand their newly adopted fearful, reactive, or aggressive dog. Nothing brings me greater joy than creating behavior modification plans to support dogs and their owners as they develop a true partnership and commitment to one another. Doing this allows the dog to decrease their fears and learn to trust and feel safe in the world around them, and allows them to stay in their homes and out of the shelter.

I Speak Woof strives to build trusting relationships between families and their dogs so they can most fully enjoy their canine companions. By providing educational resources for owners and creating individualized behavior modification training plans for dogs in need, dog owners and their canine companions develop true lifelong partnerships. Using up-to-date research and methods, I artfully craft programs to meet the specific to the needs of the dog and owner without using coersive methods.

Certifications: ABCDT

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 create individualized behavior modification programs for dogs with any sort of behavioral issues, including dogs that are reactive and/ or aggressive. My goal is to help you connect with and work in partnership with your dog, so that you and your dog can both meet your training goals together.

Behavioral issue focus: I specialize in working with fearfulness, reactivity and aggression cases. I am extremely experienced in working with challenging rescue dogs. I see clients who have dogs with many diverse issues including: aggression or reactivity to strangers or other dogs, dogs that are fighting in the home, dogs transitioning into their forever homes after being in shelter or rescue, resource guarding, separation anxiety, hyperarousal, etc.

Training methods: All training is done with non-coercive methods in order to decrease fear and to build trust and companionship. I work with you to set goals specific to your dog, family, and lifestyle. This is typically done by completing an intake survey, initial in-home evaluation, and a customized training plan for you and your canine companion. This can be done in a slightly modified manner for virtual clients as well.

After each session, I send homework sheets and resources to help you and your dog be successful!

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer in order to help keep dogs in their homes and out shelters. I also love to help people enjoy their companionship with their dogs as much as I do with my own. It is extremely satisfying to be able to help owners and dogs both have improved quality of life when they build and deepen their relationship with one another.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a dog trainer is getting to help people connect with their dogs and bring joy and satisfaction into both of their lives. There are few things better than life than having a deep connection with your dog.

My #1 dog training tip: My #1 dog training tip is to use empathy with your dog. It is important to consider why the dog is doing a behavior that we may find unpleasant. This helps us to solve the underlying problem and be able to determine how to communicate with and work with our dogs best.

Service areas: I serve the greater Indianapolis area, but will service anywhere in Indiana with an added travel fee; also do virtual appointments globally


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


Ashley Valentine

Ashley Valentine is a Nationally Certified Canine Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). She has completed a Complete Canine Certification in Canine Aggression master course through world-renowned Michael Shikashio who is fully Certified through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She uses positive reinforcement, management, and safety techniques to help owners and dogs with all levels of aggression, reactivity and anxiety. As with any canine, her goals are happy, loved dogs with confident, knowledgeable owners.

In addition, she has also completed a master course on separation anxiety by Moira Hechenleitner DVM, CSAT, in which the training method is a positive and relaxing experience for the dog, which will allow them to desensitize and learn to be home alone comfortably. To go along with her canine CPR and first aid qualifications, Ashley has also completed her certification in Recognizing Pain in Dogs and is a supporter of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).

Ashley has completed her Certification (F.D.M.) and Licensing as a Family Dog Mediator in Behavior (LFDM-B) through Kim Brophey. This methodology gives understanding to the many aspects as to WHY dogs behave the way they do and how we can help them in a humane, enriching and enlightening way. This methodology helps bridge the gap between human and dog in order to have a better understanding, communication and trusting relationship from both ends of the leash.

She has a special affinity for helping fearful and aggressive dogs reach a state of happiness and is always the common face at every local rescue event and takes pride in giving back to the canine community through her training, fostering, volunteering and her specialization in behavioral rehab.

Ashley pursued her passion by obtaining her bachelor's degree in Animal Science from The University of Connecticut in 2007. Her passion for her animal training career began early, with riding horses at the age of 8 and by 19, she was managing a riding facility. She also built/owned/operated 2 riding facilities in which she trained horses to compete in Hunter Jumper competitions all over the East Coast. She then moved to San Diego in 2015 and put that education to work. Since then, she has become the go-to socializer for the most extreme fear cases found in a variety of rescues in San Diego and overseas.

Certifications: LFDM-B Licensed Family Dog Mediator in Behavior Division, CBCC-KA Certified Behaviorist, CPDT-KA - Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Complete Canines Certification in Canine Aggression and Master Course Certification in Separation Anxiety, CGC Evaluator

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Private lessons, Virtual lessons, Group classes.

Behavioral issue focus: Aggression, Leash reactivity, Anxiety, Fear, Separation Anxiety.

Training methods: Positive reinforcement, Management and Safety techniques.

Why I became a dog trainer: Love of animals

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping dogs be heard and understood by their owners.

My #1 dog training tip: Train the owner, treat the dog

Service areas: San Diego, Ca

Website: https://Zoesdogtraining.com


Nancy Freedman-smith

28 years as a professional dog trainer. Prior to that I worked with horses.

Certifications: CDBC, CBATI

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Positive training at Gooddogz Training studio is Westbrook ME. Puppy, Rally O, Behavior Modification, Tricks, Owner trained service dogs, Therapy Dogs, Freestyle, Rallyfree, AKC CGC, Control Unleashed

Behavioral issue focus: I specialize in reactivity and fearful behaviors, and guarding.

Training methods: I subscribe to LIMA, And I am a professional member is IAABC. I am kind to both ends of the leash.

Why I became a dog trainer: I made the switch to dogs from horses after my 1st child was born. I love all animals and enjoy strengthing the human/animal bond.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love making a difference in the lives of people and their dogs.

My #1 dog training tip: Training should be part of life with animals. People should really see it as a priority.

Website: https://www.gooddogztraining.com


Liz Silberman

I have been training dogs for close to 20 years. I started my career teaching all levels of basic through advanced obedience. Immediately I realized my love for working with anxious and fearful dogs, and how using positive reinforcement methods helps change the emotions behind the behavior. My goal is always to help dogs become more confident in their environment and to feel more comfortable and safe overall.

Today, I lead the Training and Behavior Team at PUPS Pet Club as well as the PUPS Dog Training Academy, a six-month program where apprentices learn from both class work with hands-on experience in the field. My passion is working with pet parents and pet professionals to understand how to communicate with dogs in their care safely and effectively.

Certifications: CBCC-KA, AKC Evaluator, Certified Canine First Aid and CPR Instructor

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Basic through advance obedience, trick training, Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog prep, training in daycare, socialization, puppy training, behavioral challenges, fear-based reactivity, separation anxiety, overall anxiety, walking politely, and basic manners.

Behavioral issue focus: Separation anxiety, general anxiety, fear-based reactivity

Training methods: I work with my clients to break down their goals into short-term and long-term during our initial consultation then we work together to make a plan for realistic and timely progress.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer to help pet parents effectively communicate with their dogs. Once you can understand the "why" behind certain challenges or behaviors, the process of training and behavior modification can become more enjoyable and understandable for all involved!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a dog trainer is seeing that moment it all "clicks" for families, and the transformation that takes place for both the dog and the human. Having a confident and well trained dog is truly life changing and I love being the person to help make that transformation occur!

My #1 dog training tip: Work at your dog's pace, not yours!

Service areas: Chicago and north shore suburbs

Website: https://pupspetclub.com


Jill Hassevoort

Jill Hassevoort is a certified professional trainer specializing in working with clients remotely to resolve fear, reactivity, and aggression concerns. She shares her life with two amazing bully breeds and enjoys being outdoors with them.

Certifications:  KPA CTP

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training

More info about service provided: Virtual private behavior coaching, group behavior coaching, membership program

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, fear, stranger directed aggression, inter-household aggression, resource guarding, sound sensitivity, cooperative care

Training methods: Individualized behavior consultations and guided training plans

Why I became a dog trainer: I originally became interested in training because I wanted to give Jack the best possible life that I could. As my knowledge of training and behavior grew, I became ever more passionate about alleviating the stress and worry that comes with being the guardian of a dog with behavior concerns, using reward-based methods to get the best results for both ends of the leash.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I'm inspired by my wonderful and passionate clients.

My #1 dog training tip: If it's not a problem, it's not a problem. You don't have to train everything.

Service areas: worldwide

Website: https://www.jackandjilldogtraining.com


Cassi Bee

Originally from New England, I now live in NJ with my partner and our cattle dog mix, Bugsy. I am a positive reinforcement dog trainer who works to help dogs better understand their people, and people to better understand their dogs using upbeat but important training plans focusing on foundation, reinforcement and pattern building. I also really enjoy teaching tricks and sports (for fun!) to teams who would like to work on their dog's confidence, whether they need a little bit more or just a place to channel it all!

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Private Lessons, Group Classes, Behavior Walks, Teail Meetups and Workshops available

Behavioral issue focus: Reactive, nervous, shy, over friendly, excitable, working breed pets, etc.

Training methods: Behavior consults for behavior modification plans; sports sessions run on a program.

Why I became a dog trainer: I had a variety of pets in my childhood and was drawn to dogs and horses at an early age. After participating in a 4H group that focused on dog training and AKC shows, that fueled my fire to learn more about animal behavior and teamwork between dogs, horses and their handlers.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: The connections I am able to help to create and strengthen between dogs and their humans.

My #1 dog training tip: Learning is never linear, so trust the training!

Service areas: South Jersey, Central Jersey, Philadelphia

Website: https://phillyunleashed.com


Laura DeMaio Roy

Laura has a deep passion and love for working with service dogs and their handlers. She decided to dedicate her life to working with service dogs following a number of meaningful volunteer positions with service dog organizations.

After working as a guide dog mobility instructor (GDMI) for 6 years, she founded DOGGY.U in 2016 to provide access to free and low-cost service dog resources.

Through DOGGY.U she has been able to help foster and support an inclusive community for service dog owner-trainers and professional trainers. Her talent and expertise are in-demand as a public speaker at ADA conferences, dog training conferences, as well as corporate trainings.

She's been a featured guest blogger for national pet food retailers as well as a guest expert for local television shows. As part of her commitment to staying on the forefront of science-based training, she regularly attends seminars and conferences.

Laura believes that training should be fun for both dog and human!

Certifications:

Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GDMI)
AKC CGC Evaluator
Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI)

Services include:

  • Service dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: DOGGY.U provides FREE online dog training resources, low-cost access to the DOGGY.U Community with 100+ training videos and live Q&As, service dog training courses, and online coaching.

Behavioral issue focus: Service Dog Resources: Public Access Training and Task Training (psychiatric, mobility, blind/VI, ASD, ADHD, PTSD & more)

Training methods: Free online training videos for pet and service dogs, dog travel, and trick training. DOGGY.U Patreon Community members get access to monthly live Q&As, special topic lives, and a video library of 100+ exclusive training videos. Private coaching includes service dog breeder and prospect selection, coaching other service dog trainers, public access work and task training with live zooms and video training review.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help individuals increase their independence with a service dog by their side.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Showing handlers how fun training can be! Unlocking a dog's potential.

My #1 dog training tip: Patience and a sense of humor will serve you well in dog training. Slow is fast. Fundamentals first.

Service areas: Online/Remote Service Dog Training

Website: https://www.doggyu.com/


Dagny Kaspar

I'm Dagny! I've been a scientist from day one, and graduated from MSU with a BS in Genetics. Along the way, I met my mentor and discovered that dog training is a perfect blend of my two passions: dogs and science. Thus began my dog training career. I've learned from and practiced with experts in the field. I've studied (and will continue to study) the science behind canine behavior, evolution, and learning because I am so passionate about the topic.

I never expected to do this as a profession, but after years of other people asking me to help them with their dogs, I finally created The Pals Canine Academy (named after my childhood dog, Pal) in an effort to improve the lives of people and their dogs. I've been helping families around my community for almost 5 years now. This is what I was meant to do!

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: The bulk of my work is in-home private lessons as these continue to be the most effective. I also offer lessons hosted at my local dog training center, classes on occasion, virtual consultations, a complete virtual dog training beginner's course, and board-and-train services.

I have also made some instructional YouTube videos, created one podcast episode (so far) about the science of dogs, spoken on the local radio about dog training, and been featured on our local pet store's Facebook page for training advice. As far as what I teach, I mainly work on manners, focus, recall, potty training, in-public behavior, listening skills (actually doing what their person asks of them), and making sure dogs are well-integrated into their families and know what is expected of them.

Most of my work is either solving relationship issues between people and their dogs that result in problem behaviors or socialization work to address reactivity. I am passionate about helping people understand their dogs better, and vice versa. I also have taught classes focusing on puppy, beginner, intermediate, and agility for confidence and fun! But the class I love teaching the most is one I invented called "Social Skills" and we focus on dog-dog interactions and socialization.

Behavioral issue focus: Most of the behavioral issues I see are jumping up, demanding behavior, destructive behavior, pottying in the house, ignoring recall, separation anxiety, lack of impulse control, reactivity, pulling on the leash, chasing the household cats, not getting along with other dogs in the household, digging, eating things off the ground, and lack of confidence.

Training methods: My process always starts with an introductory behavior consultation during which we discuss all questions, all problem behaviors, history, training goals, and first steps. I email various resources after the consultation to support the training plan. Moving forward, I usually see clients every 2 or 3 weeks for a couple months to check in on training progress, make sure everything is going according to plan, and adjust anything that needs changing.

For my methods, I focus on positive reinforcement for desired behaviors and addressing the dog's emotional needs. We always start with a lot of treats and emotional rewards (puppy parties, as I like to call them) and then after a while, the behaviors we reward become habit and the dogs WANT to listen to us because they want to please us. I leverage the dog's natural tendencies to make big changes in their behavior in a way that makes sense to them. I make sure to explain to the humans not just how we are going to make changes but why these methods work. We go into the science of behavior and break things down into understandable concepts. I never use shock collars, prong collars, harsh corrections, "dominance techniques", or violence of any kind because it's inhumane and simply not necessary. Our dogs have a natural need to be with us and be loved by us and that requires trust. Using violence destroys that trust and leaves the dog in a state of self-preservation, which is not only wrong but dangerous. My methods always prioritize preserving the trust between people and their dogs.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer because I can see all around me dogs trying to communicate with their humans, humans misunderstanding their dog's intentions, and tense relationships between humans and their dogs because of these misunderstandings and communication failures. Our dogs just want to love and be loved but they all have different needs and none of them are born with the ability to understand our language, customs, or expectations. I wanted to help people see their dogs for who they are so they could understand each other better. I believe the strongest relationships in life are built on clear, effective communication. Our relationships with our dogs are no different.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of my job is watching the relationship between humans and their dogs grow and blossom. The dogs gain confidence and show more of their personalities. The humans start to hear what their dogs are trying to tell them. The humans also start gaining confidence and are able to solve problems as they arise because they understand their dog's motivations. Watching a dog and human form a language between the two of them and start working together is the most beautiful thing to behold. There are no other animals in the world quite like dogs and fostering that relationship is a uniquely rewarding experience that I wouldn't trade for the world.

My #1 dog training tip: Don't assume that you know your dog's motivation! We have a strong tendency to project our own feelings and quirks onto our dogs. This is almost always detrimental to the relationship because if we're not seeing the real problem, we're not able to fix it. If you think your dog is doing something to make you mad, to get back at you, or out of jealousy, you're probably heading down the wrong path.

Service areas: Lansing, East Lansing, St Joseph, Dewitt, Mason, Charlotte, Grand Ledge, Haslett, Okemos, Bath, Williamston, Perry, Owosso, Eagle

Website: https://palscanineacademy.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


Kym Iffert

Kym Iffert began her work with dogs and cats after adopting a dog from a rural Indiana shelter that, unknowingly, required extensive physical and behavioral rehabilitation. In 2005, Kym received her initial training certification from Animal Behavior College and started working with a Chicago-based animal shelter as a volunteer as well as running a variety of training classes and family outreach programs. She eventually became the Director of Shelter Operations.

With the ultimate goal of helping people help the animals in their care, Kym continues to pursue education, create awareness and offer support for families and animal caregivers by providing affordable, manageable, accessible, and equitable behavior consulting. She is the Training Program Coordinator for Agape Animal Rescue's Community Canine Coaching Program and is currently involved with Maddie's Fund Behavioral Support Group, Human Animal Support Services, and the Nashville Safe Coalition networks to contribute resources to pet families, rescue organizations and overcrowded animal intake facilities.

She is certified through the Certification Council of Pet Dog Trainers, as a Licensed Family Dog Mediator (shelter, training and kids divisions), Fear Free Training Professionals, Sophia Yin's Low Stress Handling University and as a Humane Educator through the Association of Animal Welfare Administrators. Kym has completed specialized, ongoing coursework as a Family Paws Parent Educator, completed Michael Shikasio's Aggressive Dog Training Master Course and is continuing coursework through the IAABC with a focus on animal behavior consulting.

Kym is the mother of three grown daughters and currently lives with her husband and two rescue dogs, Stanley and Dover, in Nashville, TN

Certifications: CPDT-ka, LFDM-stk, FPPE, APHE, Fear Free Training Professional, ABC-CDT, Low Stress Handling - silver certification, Fear Free Shelter

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Behavior workshops, In-home support, Accessible/affordable resources for underserved communities, shelter/rescue/foster support, post-adoption support, puppy social, day training, family management support

Behavioral issue focus: Dog-dog reactivity, providing enrichment & de-escalation training, "family dog" management, child & dog safety, loose leash walking workshops, teaching foundation behaviors, focus on working with dogs who have experienced trauma - fearful & anxiety-based behaviors

Training methods: All clients begin by completing a form to identify needs/behaviors that are affecting dog & family. Consultation happens (in home or virtual) to assess the dog's behavior/history/environment/family needs. This is followed by a work session in which we can create a training plan to move forward. Focus is always on LIMA principals and begins with the 5 Domains of Animal Welfare. Learning is achieved through reward-based motivation (play, interaction/attention, food...whatever the dog seeks out) and natural consequences.

Why I became a dog trainer: I adopted a dog from a shelter that had a multitude of physical and behavioral concerns. As a family, we had to make some very challenging decisions about her welfare and her future. I became a dog trainer to learn more about how to help other dogs and families navigate behaviors and challenges in a safe, humane and non-judgmental environment.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing when people understand why their dog performs certain behaviors and understand the dog's needs, when they learn how to communicate and work WITH the dog to live a cohesive life together. I LOVE to see the change in a dog when these things happen!

My #1 dog training tip: Understand WHY your dog behaves the way it does, and find a common ground to meet the needs of the entire family.

Service areas: Davidson County, Middle TN

Website: https://www.thedogstruth.com/


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


Sarah Surritt

Sarah was that kid growing up who was always bringing home strays and begging her mom to let her keep them. Ever do that? Thankfully, her folks typically said yes and she grew up surrounded by animals.

Until she began volunteering at the San Diego Humane Society and what was the onset of her training career in 2001, she didn’t realize there was a different way to train and build a great relationship with her pets. Enter positive, kind and humane training!

Sarah successfully uses positive reinforcement training not only with the thousands of rescue dogs she's helped but also trains many other species like her goats, chickens, cats, and indoor rescue pet pig, Toby. Also included in the benefits of a relationship built on trust and joy is her mini-herd of horses: Lily, Stormy, and even Whinnie and Mahoney, both rescues.

She strongly believes in the benefits and effectiveness of positive training, and allowing our pets to have an equal role in the training process. This was the inspiration for the business name: Get Pawsitive.

Get Pawsitive helps dog owners all over the world through the online Pawsitive Puppy Training Academy and the monthly Pawsitive Training Club.

Sarah has helped thousands of pet owners over the years learn how to bring out the best and have an amazing long-lasting relationship with their dogs through her pawsitive training approach.

Certifications: KPACTP, CPDT, CGC Evaluator

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I offer positive, Safe & Humane Dog Training Online & In Person. I help pet parents train using kind and positive methods so that they can bring out the best in their dog and have an amazing relationship built on trust and joy. In-person Training: group classes are offered for all ages, sizes & breeds (puppy preschool, kinder, adult manners) in small group settings (4-5 dogs max). Specialty group classes like Loose Leash Walking, Come When Called, Bark class (for reactive dogs) and more. Private training in-person consultation for puppies (all areas of care for new puppies), basic manners and behavior modification for nervous, fearful or reactive dogs. Day training options are available also. Board and Train options for traveling pet owners are available in a home environment for puppies under 6 months. Online Training Options: Low cost monthly support group- "The Pawsitive Training Club", Private one on one training, and "The Pawsitive Puppy Training Academy"- a 6 week self-study puppy program.

Behavioral issue focus: Often work with new, young puppies- mouthing, biting, jumping, potty training, basic manners. Other common issues heavily working with pet owners include: reactivity on leash, high level of fear of people, fear of dogs, fear of children, new child/baby in the home, working with human behaviorial issues, bite history, anxiety, generalized anxiety, socialization to all things, pulling on leash, counter surfing, chasing/barking at cats, inter-household aggression, resource guarding , multi-dog household, rescued feral street dogs, work with two rescues/shelters -hands on with their dogs

Training methods: I help new pet parents train their dogs using kind, positive methods so that they can feel confident they can bring out the best in their dog and have an amazing relationship build on trust and joy. An initial consultation is starting point for all privates. Includes lengthy online application to gain dog's /family history/behavioral focus areas. Consult is in the home or online. Followed by a thorough follow-up plan for continued training/recommendations/management plan and package options for addtil support. For private ongoing sessions follow ups to clients vary based on their learning style. May include all/some of the following: text message summaries, email recap, video tutorials, shared google doc for goal tracking/daily tasks, daily or weekly check-ins with student. Access to our online client resource page with videos/printables is also offered to both in person and online students. All training is shaped, captured or lured. There is no use of punitive, aversive training or tools. I train using a marker signal (mostly a clicker) and teach students the same. Instruction style is verbal as well as hands on- I often use video to record and share for feedback and guidance as well

Why I became a dog trainer: For my lifelong love of and experience training with my own animals as a young child- I knew there was a kinder way. To help make a difference in the lives of the dogs and to help educate and spread the power of safe, positive and humane training methods to as many people as possible. I strives to educate them, demonstrating that the safest, most effective, and humane way to train dogs, in the shelter or at home, is to reinforce the behavior you do want vs suppress/punish

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love teaching people that giving dogs more CHOICES through science-based training leads to success and some really wonderful light bulb moments with owners and their pups- all resulting in a wonderful bond.

My #1 dog training tip: Teach your dog to WANT to do what you want him to do.

Service areas: Carlsbad, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Vista, Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Clairemont, Sorrento Valley, Escondido, Poway, Oceanside, Leucadia, Cardiff, Rancho Bernardo, Mira Mesa, Pacific Beach, San Marcos

Website: https://www.getpawsitive.com


(Prestigious Pooch) Cora Wittekind-Williams

Before starting her own training business (Prestigious Pooch) in 2012, Cora (CPDT-KA, FDM) worked in dog boarding/daycare facilities (in Washington first, then Southern California ) for over 8 years developing training programs to best suit dogs in that environment as well as providing one on one training to clients and their dogs in their homes. She volunteered with Alliance of Therapy dogs for 11 years as a member with her beloved chow mix Alice, as well as a Tester /Observer. She is a member of APTD, PPG and is a Family Dog Mediator (through Kim Brophey's L.E.G.S. course). Cora lives an hour and a half north of Los Angeles in the Los Padres National Forest with her husband, Sim Williams (also a FDM trainer!) and their two dogs (Sadie and Rodney), a few snakes, a frog, and a tarantula.

Certifications: Certified trainer (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, FDM (Family Dog Mediator),Member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG)

Services include:

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

More info about service provided:

Basic, Intermediate, & Advanced Training ‚ Dog Behavior Modification &
Problem Solving, Puppy Training‚ Therapy Dog Preparation Training ‚ Agility & Trick Training ‚ Dog/Owner Rescue ‚ Match Making, Stay and Train at our home in Los Padres National Forest

Behavioral issue focus: We work directly with the owners and their dogs to try to get to the root of any behavioral "issue" that they're experiencing. Once we have a better understanding of what is causing a behavior to occur, we will have a better chance of helping them with reaching their training goals. This includes reactivity (towards people, dogs, sounds etc.), anxiety, aggression, hyperactivity and any other behavior that the owner finds troublesome.

Training methods: We prefer to arrange a short phone consult prior to meeting in person to discuss what the client is hoping to achieve with their dog, then set up an in home consultation with the client. We will then discuss each family members experience/relationship with their dog while observing their dog's behavior and their personal interactions. We will then discuss theory of dog behavior in a relatable and understandable manner before developing a customized plan to help them reach their goals. R+, fun, reward based training for the whole family!

Why I became a dog trainer: Cora has over 20 years of professional dog training experience, but a LIFETIME of animal experience.Growing up in rural Washington State, her family was active in wildlife rehabilitation and took in many raccoons, squirrels, and deer. Having a mother that was a Vet Tech, they would take in stray and unwanted dogs as well and work to prepare them for their new forever homes. It was through this experience that Cora found her passion for dog rescue/behavior and learned the importance of educating owners on how to build lasting relationships with their dogs based on trust and mutual respect. Which can be achieved by helping owners gain a deeper understanding of who their dog is and fulfilling their individual needs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Sharing my experience and education with owners (and just about anyone else who will listen!) to better understand their dogs and the importance of fulfilling their individual needs in order to build a rewarding, lifelong relationship.

My #1 dog training tip: Ask yourself, "Why could my dog be displaying this behavior?" rather than, "How do we FIX this behavior?" This will help to gain a better understanding of what the dog is personally experiencing; the displayed behavior could just be a symptom of something much deeper. (Thanks Kim Brophey!)

Service areas: Los Angeles, Santa Clarita, Pasadena, SFV

Website: https://www.prestigiouspooch.com


Kelsey Shank

Kelsey is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she studied psychology and sociology including Applied Behavior Analysis. She worked with individuals with special needs for 10 years before she expanded her interest in behavior to canines. Starting as a foster, she began working closely with a local rescue organization where she held the position of Training Coordinator.

Her two high energy, large breed rescue dogs Jaxson and Cher, each have behavioral concerns of their own, that have needed intensive training and environmental management. Kelsey has a unique first-hand understanding of the needs of fearful, anxious and reactive dogs as these are some of the needs of her own dogs. Kelsey has continued to expand her education to provide the most up to date methods and care for her clients. Kelsey has completed Aggression in Dogs Master course, attended conferences such as Aggression in Dogs and APDT, she is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the CCPDT, was one of the first 50 trainers to attain the Family Dog Mediation certification, holds certifications in Fit Dog, CGC, Canine Enrichment, and Reactivity.

Certifications: CCPDT-KA, FDM, Certified Reactivity Specialist, AKC CGC Evaluator, AKC Fit Dog Instructor

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Semi-private classes at-center including AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, AKC Fit Dog, Basic Manners, Reactivity Club, and more. Private lessons in-home (location dependent), at-center or virtually for dogs of all ages- although my specialty is reactivity, I also take cases involving fear, cooperative care, leash skills, recall, polite greetings, trick training, enrichment consultations, and more.

Behavioral issue focus: My passion is reactivity cases but I also take on cases where the dog is diagnosed with anxiety, displaying fear-based behaviors including aggression, relationship building, confidence building, exercise, resource guarding

Training methods: Always force free, relationship-based positive reinforcement training methods. I focus on communication between guardian and dog so that their bond strengthens and fears subside. I focus on teaching coping skills to help you and your pup navigate our modern world together successfully. Private lessons begin with a 2 hour behavior assessment followed by a package of 4 1-hour private sessions with guardian and pup. Additional lessons can be added on as well. Semi-Private classes begin with an in-person tour and evaluation followed by 1- hour sessions once a week for 5 weeks; there may be up to 5 dogs in the class total.

Why I became a dog trainer: 2019

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping my clients and their pups live safe, happy, and healthy lives together by building their social relationships, communication and enrichment.

My #1 dog training tip: Dogs learn in "do's" not "don'ts"- communication is key.

Service areas: At-Center in East Greenwich, RI; In-Home within 10 miles of training center; Virtual

Website: https://www.mymoderndog.com


Abbey Johnson

Understanding animals and their behavior has always been a passion of mine. I grew up surrounded by dogs, cats, horses, and various other types of animals throughout my childhood. The more time I spend with animals, the more I realize the disconnected communication we often tend to have with them. Animals, and dogs especially, are always talking to us. It's our job to stop, listen, and kindly teach them about our human world!

I have an extensive background working with shelter and rescue dogs. Stemming from this comes my special love for small breed dogs, and although I work with all dogs from Chihuahuas to Great Danes, I get a lot of satisfaction from helping people reach their full potential with their small breed dogs, who can often be overlooked and misunderstood. I strive to make my two rescued small breed dogs, Phoebe and Pocket, an example to the fact that small dogs are just as trainable and just as deserving of a fulfilled life as any other dog! We spend most of our days learning tricks, practicing nosework, adventuring out in nature, or curled up watching movies on the couch.

I graduated in 2018 with my Bachelor's in Psychology from Auburn University, and continued on to work for over 5 years in animal sheltering/rescue, where I generated a lot of experience handling various dogs with different degrees of behavioral needs. From there, I pursued my passion for training by becoming a multi-certified professional dog trainer, and haven't looked back! I strive to be approachable, accessible, and non-judgemental when working with clients. My goal is always 'progress over perfection' and I will never try to hold you to unrealistic or unhelpful standards when working together. We do better when we know better, and all of us always have something new to learn in life!

Certifications: CPDT-KA, FDM

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Private in-home training, private virtual training, group classes, day training, limited board-and-train. Life skills, behavior modification for fear, reactivity, overarousal, etc. Puppy foundation training, canine good citizen prep training, trick training, small dog training

Behavioral issue focus: Leash reactivity, fearful/anxious dogs, overarousal, resource guarding

Training methods: I use a holistic approach to address behavior issues- we look at the whole dog including their breed, early learning experiences, environment, health, and exercise/enrichment needs to ensure the dog is at a proper behavioral baseline for the best results. Long-lasting results require more than just a 1-2-3 step training method!

Why I became a dog trainer: I have had an interest in animal behavior for my entire life, and this interest was only further solidified throughout my college experience as I gained my degree in Psychology alongside simultaneously working with shelter dogs. After working in the shelter and rescue world for some years, it continued to be apparent to me that our society still seems to struggle to understand our dogs and the "why" behind many of their behaviors. Helping dogs start out life on the right foot through puppyhood, initial months after adoption, and helping dog owners who are struggling with behavioral issues are great ways to help keep dogs out of shelters!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I really enjoy watching my clients start to truly understand their dogs. A little understanding of behavior got a really long way when it comes to being able to harmoniously live together for years to come! Positive reinforcement and relationship-based training can really create an indescribable bond between handler and dog, and being able to facilitate that for people is the most rewarding part of my job. When dogs are happy, their people are happy too!

My #1 dog training tip: When in doubt, reward it! It's really difficult to over-reward desirable behavior, and most of the time we should be rewarding our dogs more! The stronger the reinforcement history, the more likely your dog is going to be able to perform the desired behavior when you really need it in "real life scenarios."

Service areas: Brookhaven, Buckhead, Tucker, Chamblee, Stone Mountain, Decatur, Avondale Estates, Druid Hills, Dunwoody

Website: https://www.pawsitivefutures.com


Beth Berkobien

Beth began her dog training career in Milwaukee, WI over 20 years ago after graduating with an MS in animal behavior and is also certified in separation anxiety. She started her dog training career working for a dog training school in Wisconsin teaching manners, puppy classes and competition obedience. Beth titled her Rottweiler, Elmo, to Utility Dog and her English Setter, Schmog, to master hunter using only positive reinforcement.

Beth is passionate about continuing education and using modern science based methods. She owns Rehab Your Rescue behavior services where she sees clients virtually and in home. Beth specializes in aggression, reactivity and separation related behaviors. While Beth has a passion for the rescue dog (having 4 rescues of her own), she also works with dogs from breeders.

Certifications: MS, FDM, Cert. SAPT

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Private in home sessions customized to you and your dog

Behavioral issue focus: I specialize in aggression (human, dog to dog, intradog), reactivity, fear based issues and anxiety based issues

Training methods: I start with a virtual behavior consultation to discuss your dogs history, issues and goals. Then I build a training plan using reward based methods.

Service areas: DFW metroplex

Website: https://rehabyourrescue.com


Skylar Lynch

Hi, I'm Skylar! I am the owner of Top Dog Behavior and Training and have the honor of working with dog guardians from all over the world to better bond with their dogs through training!

I've had the unique experience of working with dogs of many breeds and personalities over the last 10 years, as well as assisting pet parents in improving the diets of their beloved cats and dogs to improve their overall wellness and nutrition over the last 4 years. Prior to receiving my first dog training certification in 2018, I had experience working with and training horses for many years before shifting my focus to working with dogs and their people. Upon learning just how much diet and wellness plays into the behavior of our furry friends, I began to learn more about pet nutrition and began gaining certifications specializing in pet food and raw feeding in 2020.

Throughout my career I have made a commitment to providing my clients with the most up-to-date, scientifically valid, and humane training methods. I continue to uphold this commitment by continuing to gain certifications from highly regarded organizations within the industry, as well as attending industry conferences and continuing education opportunities from some of the best trainers and experts in the world.

With a commitment to force free, science-based training, I promise to:

Treat both you and your dog with compassion

Always make sure you understand the "why" of the training we are doing

Provide training that puts your dog's safety, well-being, and unique personality first - no fear, intimidation, or pain will ever be used!

Provide top-quality and proven methods to help you achieve your training goals

I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with you and your dog, and I can't wait to hear from you!

If you have any questions about my qualifications, methods, or services, use the "Contact Us" button onscreen or shoot me an email!

Certifications: ABC-DT, CTDI, AKC Evaluator, Certified Pet Food Specialist, Certified Raw Food Specialist

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Group Training, In-Home Private Training, Virtual Training, Obedience Training, Trick Dog Training, Owner Education, AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluations, Therapy and Service Dog Support and Foundation Training, Pet Nutrition Coaching

Behavioral issue focus: Most commonly my clients work with me to learn the essential foundational skills and common obedience cues or to overcome and manage aggression or reactivity in an effective, humane, and science-backed way!

Training methods: Group classes and workshops follow a class syllabus which private training clients receive an initial training consultation in order to create a custom training plan for future sessions. All training is done using the most effective, humane, and science-backed training methods through a positive reinforcement and force free approach.

Why I became a dog trainer: After getting my first dog at 6, my love of animals only continued to flourish. I spent most of my childhood working with animals, from volunteering at the local Humane Society as soon as I was old enough, to competing in equestrian sports and helping to train school horses for the new riders. Finally, in 2018, I started gaining dog training certifications and working professionally to help dog guardians achieve theri training goals!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love working with dedicated dog guardians to better bond with their dogs while achieving their training goals. The best part for me is when a client feels empowered in their training journey and begins to appreciate their dog in a new way.

My #1 dog training tip: Always have treats! Dogs are smart and will repeat the behaviors we want to see when they are rewarded for them.

Service areas: Southern Oregon, Rogue Valley, Jackson County, Medford Oregon, Ashland Oregon

Website: https://topdogbehavior.com


Nancy Kelly

I've been training professionally for over 30 years. I hold a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M and will complete my master's degree in behavioral psychology in 2023. I've had my CPDT-KA certification for 10 years, meaning I had to show education, experience, and training results and pass a comprehensive exam on animal training. I've competed with my own dogs in conformation, obedience, and rally; I've trained service dogs and family dogs and cats.

I enjoy taking my current mannerly dog with me wherever I go - he's visited 11 states at the age of 3, stayed in hotels, visited national parks, restaurants, and tourist attractions. I've racked up hundreds of hours of continuing education over the years, and continue to do so - check out my resume at themannerlydog.com

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Do you want the best possible lifelong relationship with the dog of your dreams? I have a wealth of education and experience in applied behavior analysis to share with you in a way that works for you and your dog to learn to be partners. Are you getting a new dog or puppy? Start training with me when you first bring your new dog or puppy home! Do you already have the dog of your dreams but you haven't yet gotten around to doing the training necessary to really feel that? Today is the first day of the rest of your life with your dog - let's work together to make your dreams come true.

Behavioral issue focus: Does your dog appear to not "listen" or have "selective deafness"? Maybe he's listening, but he just doesn't understand what you're talking about. I'll help you sort out how your dog is perceiving the world along with what you want him to do and create a training plan to achieve your goals. In most cases, foundation skills are missing so that's where we begin. Learning to be your dog's partner allows you to observe what's going on with him in a new way. Training for you and your dog together is the most effective way to work through behavioral issues like barking, bad manners at the front door, jumping on you and your guests, and making poor choices in general. With a strong foundation of skills and a repertoire of good choice-making, your dog can truly be a pleasure to live with.

Training methods: I am committed to science-based, positive reinforcement training and I'll teach you to do it skillfully. I start with an initial consultation in which we analyze problems and characterize your household and lifestyle, and then I'll recommend a training package, often the Beyond Basic Manners Curriculum. I often begin directly with Beyond Basic Manners if foundation skills are not where they need to be, because we need those foundation skills to solve behavioral problems. I provide detailed training plans and homework assignments that are easy to understand and perform and that give long-lasting results. The best training happens in small, detailed successes that we can build on. I stay in close communication with you throughout your training package through virtual training sessions, telephone homework reviews and coaching, and daily check-ins as needed.

Why I became a dog trainer: I originally became a dog trainer after I saw what training could do with my own first dog. I continued learning when I had more and more questions about how animals learn and how different training techniques worked. I continue to train because I am fascinated by the power of behavior change in both humans and non-humans, and I love knowing that there's a science of behavior we can rely on to understand how best to teach our furry best friends.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a dog trainer is the immense satisfaction and fulfillment I get from my students. When, at the last session of a training package, a student asks me how to approach their next training challenge and starts answering their own question using what I've taught and applying it to a new problem, I am ecstatic. I'm proud of myself but even more thrilled that this human is now able to use behavior science to solve training problems in a way that is fun and functional for the dog. That's what I'm here to do - teach the science of behavior in a way that is useful to my students.

My #1 dog training tip: My #1 dog training tip is "Make it easy for the dog to understand what you want." If it seems like the dog is not "listening," stop, look, and listen yourself - What did you say? What did you do? What else is going on? Your dog is "listening" to filter out the noise and find something that is meaningful to him; if nothing you say is meaningful, it's your job to make it so - and it's not hard to do. Be aware of what you're doing and use positive reinforcement to pair a few, specific words that you want to be meaningful with good things, and this problem will go away.

Service areas: Pasadena, Hobby area, Clear Lake, Pearland, Friendswood, Harris County, Heights, East End, Eado, South Houston, Webster

Website: https://www.themannerlydog.com


Dawn Goehring

I started working with animals when I was 9. I grew up working with horses and volunteered at a zoo. I went to college in CA and graduated the Exotic Animal Training and Management program which gave me incredible opportunities to work with a variety of species. I worked with wildlife for 8 years and transitioned to dog training because I loved helping people.

I have owned a boarding kennel, performed with my trick dogs for 12 years, done commercial and movie work with my dogs, been on Animal Planet, David Letterman, and a variety of news programs. I moved to Hawaii 10 years ago and have continued to build my consulting and training business here.

Certifications: Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, Certified Fear Free Professional

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I provide in home and group classes, as well as board and train in my home. The majority of my business is behavior modification for aggression, reactivity, fear, and anxiety. I also offer basic manners (sit, down, come, leash walking, etc) and behavior problem solving (jumping, chewing, house training, etc)in private and group settings. My in home board and trains are geared towards helping build foundations for a well mannered family dog.

Behavioral issue focus: I work with dog to human and dog to dog aggression, leash reactivity, anxiety, fear, housetraining, jumping, chewing, nipping, and some separation anxiety.

Training methods: I have been training 30 years and follow progressive, modern, positive training. I take a well rounded approach that looks at all the pieces of the puzzle, especially the dog and their emotional well being. I believe relationship and trust is a key component to working with dogs and my clients. I offer family friendly training that the dog and family will enjoy.

Why I became a dog trainer: I love training and watching the moment an animal gets it. And then I fell in love with helping people understand their dogs better. I love helping people have positive amd fulfilled relationships with their dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping people and the dogs they love. I love teaching people how to listen to their dog and communicate in a positive way.

My #1 dog training tip: Have realistic expectations. No one is perfect. Remember your dog is a living, breathing being. Be fair of what you expect.

Service areas: Hilo, Puna, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Volcano, Hakalau, Keaau, Mountain View, Papaikao, Kurtistown, Sea View, Pahoa, Ainaloa

Website: https://animalbizhawaii.com


Jessica Hudson

30+ years of dog training and behavior experience ranging from training my own dogs to providing foster care and training to numerous rescue dogs. Thousands of temperament tests performed in shelter settings. Complete dog behavior geek. Having trained dogs using aversive methods in the past (pre 1989) I have successfully continued training and modifying behaviors without them. I continue to maintain and increase my knowledge and education about how dogs and many other species learn and thrive without the use of fear, pain, or intimidation.

Certifications: ACDBC with IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants)

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Specializing in manners and properly raising puppies to help owners avoid common issues during growth. I offer a variety of services including private, in-home coaching lessons, board & train, boarding, day training, husbandry/grooming, playdates, field trips in public, mental and physical enrichment guidance, and advanced skills.

Behavioral issue focus: I commonly help owners with their dog's reactivity, resource guarding, separation anxiety & isolation distress, housetraining, crate training, loose leash walking, excessive barking, leash pulling, multiple dog household issues such as fighting, fear, and nuisance behaviors such as digging, destructiveness, and attention-seeking.

Training methods: My services are completely customized to each client. We begin with a consultation which allows me to assess behavior, environment, and get to know my clients (human and canine). From there I determine the changes which need to be made and implement a plan to meet the needs of both my client and their pets. My goal is to provide sensible, simple solutions which reduce stress and make life better in general. Each client is offered the best options for them in regards to homework and resources. I provide emailed support and on-going guidance for my clients. I often consult with clients' veterinarians if a behavior plan requires. Often my clients are relieved that simple changes are all it takes to vastly improve their situation.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer because I am extremely motivated to help dogs and their owners live peaceful and enriching lives together. I am fascinated by canine behavior and how they learn. During my time with rescue groups, I found myself offering free behavior and training advice which led to many people keeping their dogs rather than relinquishing them to rescue or shelters. This motivated me to become certified in behavior and begin offering training and behavior modification services to my community.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a dog training is when clients tell me that they finally have hope for their dog. When they express emotions and feel relief that their dog is going to be okay. When I receive messages from clients bragging about their dog's behavior and thanking me for changing their lives with their pet. The ability to help people and dogs is immensely satisfying and reinforcing!

My #1 dog training tip: Reward behaviors you like! Reinforced behaviors repeat.

Service areas: Serving West Mobile, Theodore, Tillman's Corner, Dawes, Semmes, Bayou La Batre, Grand Bay, and select areas in Mobile County, Alabama

Website: https://www.mobiledogtraining.net


Cindy Smith

Cindy has loved animals her entire life and at a very young age made training animals her lifelong goal. She always seemed to have a natural ability to understand and communicate with animals. Her Husband calls her the "Pied Piper of Animals" as "everywhere she goes they follow her". Animals seem naturally drawn to her personality, true love of animals, and her voice. Her Human Clients are also drawn to her easy going and fun, yet intense and straight forward approach to communication and training.

Certifications: CNWI

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: K9 Nose Work Classes, Small Private Group Puppy, Adolescent, and Adult Dog Classes. Advanced Classes, Agility Combo For Fun Classes, Pet Therapy Dog Training, Private Training both on and off site, Remote Training. Private Indoor Facility in Fair Oaks of 20+ years.

Behavioral issue focus: Fear

Training methods: R+, Positive Reinforcement Training Methods, Force Free, Clicker Training, Reward Based Training, and Behavior Modification. Training is based on science, not pain, force, dominance, or fear. Positive solutions are used in solving problem behavior issues. 

Why I became a dog trainer: My goal since childhood was to become an Animal Trainer to better the lives of Animals and their Humans, to make a difference for the better.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Making a difference in the lives of Dogs/Pets and their Humans.

My #1 dog training tip: Training is life changing, take the time and effort to do it right.

Service areas: Sacramento County, Placer County, El Dorado County, Surrounding Areas, and Remote

Website: https://www.therightsteps.com


Debbie Bickford

Debbie has worked as a professional dog trainer for over 20 years.

Her group classes are taught at For Your K9 - where she teaches Puppy, Basic, Canine Life and Social Skills/Canine Good Citizen, Tricks, and Rally Free.

Debbie is a long-time member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild.

She is one of just 70 trainers worldwide selected by Victoria Stilwell to hold the prestigious title of Victoria Stilwell Professional Dog Trainer a global network of world-class positive reinforcement dog trainers personally approved by Victoria to ensure that dog owners have access to the most accomplished, professional, reward-based training option in their area.

She is an honors graduate of the Academy for Dog Trainers headed by world-renowned trainer & behavior specialist, Jean Donaldson. She received her CTC (certification in training and behavior counseling) from the Academy in 2000. The Academy's education in behavior, training, behavior modification, and teaching and counseling is widely considered to be unrivaled.

Debbie is an AKC CGC (canine good citizen) evaluator (for 20+ years), a Certified Canine Conditioning Coach, and a Certified Trick Dog Instructor. She has taught innovative tricks and circus dog classes for many years. Her tricks crews have performed tricks shows at For Your K9, the International Kennel Club's shows, and at assisted living facilities.

Debbie's own dog, a mixed breed named Pinky, trains in agility, rally-free, tricks, weight pulling and most importantly, how to lay down calmly and assist with demonstrations while Debbie teaches her classes. She is on her way to being a pro!

Her older pup (waiting for Debbie over the rainbow bridge), mixed breed Ludo, has appeared in commercials for Walmart and Gatorade and is a Champion Trick Dog.

Debbie is on the staff of Camp Dogwood, an overnight camp for owners and their dogs. She teaches a variety of classes including Coaching reactive dogs to success, Recall, Tricks, Rally free, Parkour, and many others through the years.

Certifications: CTC - Certificate of Training and (behavior) Counseling - with honors - Academy for Dog Trainers - 2000
CTDI - Certified Trick Dog Instructor
CCFC - Canine Conditioning Fitness Coach

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 teach a variety of group training classes and provide personalized in home training for most behavior and training needs.

Behavioral issue focus: I help dog owners work through many behavior issues including but not limited to: puppy biting/mouthing, fear, reactivity, aggression, separation anxiety, and resource guarding.

Training methods:

My training methods include many techniques that I've learned in my over two decades of being a full time dog trainer.

Dogs learn best and bond faster/deeper with their owners if the training is WITHOUT fear, intimidation, pain, startle, and other techniques that have the potential for behavioral fall out.

All dogs require motivation to do what we would like them to do. Finding out what motivates each individual dog is integral in the training process, so this is/should be the first order of business in the training process.

Food, fun, and access to those things that the dog loves - these are the motivators that should be used in any effective and humane dog training program.

Why I became a dog trainer: Teaching dogs and their owners has been a way of life for me for over 20 years. As a lover of animals - especially dogs - I had hoped that becoming a dog trainer would be a game changer for my health/happiness, and, thankfully, it certainly has!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a dog trainer changes weekly, but if I have to pick - it would be the ability to foster positive change in the lives of people and their dogs.

My #1 dog training tip: Motivation - find out what motivators your dog will love to work for, and learn how to effectively use them.

Service areas: Chicago and Chicago-land suburbs

Website: https://debbiesdogs.com


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Kari Bastyr

I have been working as a professional dog trainer for 30 years, and received my Master's Degree in Animal Behavior in 1995. I specialize on dogs who have bite histories or are a bite risk, fearful and shy dogs, leash reactivity, and puppy training.

Certifications: BS and MS in Animal Behavior, CDBC, Certified Pet Nutrition Specialist, VSPDT

Services include:

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

Why I became a dog trainer: It's what I went to school for.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Working with people and helping them understand their dogs.

My #1 dog training tip: Focus on what you want your dog to do rather than what you don't want them to do.

Service areas: Minneapolis and the western suburbs

Website:  https://www.wagandtrain.com


Lorenzo JW Fox

Lorenzo grew up on a petting zoo and cattle farm in Kentucky surrounded by a variety of animals- everything from camels and coatimundis, to arctic foxes and water buffalo. He obtained his BA from Portland State University in 2012, and then dove into the world of behavior.

After nearly a decade of working with kids, teens, and young adults in adventure guiding, wilderness therapy, juvenile incarceration, residential treatment, and crisis centers, Lorenzo now works with animals. He utilizes play, consent, choice, clear communication, and the building of predictable patterns so that both humans and animals can thrive. Exploring a relational and ethological approach, Lorenzo specializes in resolving challenging and complex behavior struggles- including aggressive behaviors, fears and phobias, and separation-related distress.

With his own dogs, he enjoys sports like agility, tracking, nosework, dock diving, hiking, climbing, and laying in the sun for hours. He also spends time and energy improving husbandry and enrichment for his aging cockatiel, 9-foot boa, and baby tarantulas.

Certifications: CPDT-KA; SAPT; FDM; Fear Free

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Virtual training; in-person training; large indoor facility; private training; in-person group classes; virtual group classes; webinars; reactive-dog friendly group classes (parkour, tricks, etc); constructional aggression training

Behavioral issue focus: Behavior modification; complex behavior issues; aggression; fears/ phobias; abnormal repetitive behaviors; separation-related distress; bite history; reactivity; veterinary phobia; cooperative care/ handling/ husbandry

Training methods: Wrap-around care and consultation w/ board-certified veterinary behaviorist; hands-on cooperative care and husbandry training; in-depth behavior health assessments to inform training plan; detailed plans including videos, written instructions, and communication with trainer between sessions; robust referral program for further health assessment related to behavior modification; flexible remote and in-person training; full online client portal to access all training plans and veterinary behavior information

Why I became a dog trainer: Because dogs need humans in order to survive, and humans need dogs in order to thrive. Because dogs deserve humans who do better as they know better.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Witnessing the moments of depth and intimacy when trust begins to grow between dogs and their guardians.
Facilitating trauma recovery for dogs AND humans.

My #1 dog training tip: Listen to and advocate for your dog, no matter what; learn the self-regulation and self-awareness skills you expect your dog to develop.

Service areas: Portland, OR & remote training (anywhere)

Website: https://www.synergybehavior.com


Jio & Taylor Smart B Modern Dog Training

Smart Bitch Modern Dog Training is a force-free, rewards-based, female minority owned dog training company based in New Orleans, LA co-owned by Jiovany 'Jio' Alcaide and Taylor Barconey. Smart Bitch's mission is to help popularize force-free training methods in America and beyond by tackling all areas of dog training. Smart Bitch strives to make their training and methodology as accessible as possible, particularly online, and love addressing popular dog training topics in a quick and digestible way!


Jiovany 'Jio' Alcaide and Taylor Barconey began their dog training journey by becoming accredited dog trainers through a popular dog day care company in 2017. With an extreme appetite and ambition to become the best dog trainers they could be, Jio and Taylor quickly garnished over 300 hours of dog training experience within their first 6 months in their profession and went on to obtain their Certified Professional Dog Trainer title (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers in 2018.

They proceeded to obtain the Accredited Dog Trainer Certification (ADT) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and their Fear Free Certified Professional Animal Trainer certifications through Fear Free in 2020.
The Smart Bitches currently own 6 pets between themselves: 4 dogs, 1 cat and 1 box turtle.

Jio is the proud owner of 4-year-old Powerline, the Doberman Pincher, (respectfully named after the great celebrity Powerline feature in A Goofy Movie,) 7-year-old, Beetlejuice, a spunky Dachshund/ Jack Russell mix. Taylor is the proud owner of Patterdale Terriers: 10 year old, Suri and 8 years old, Sachi. They credit their dogs to being their biggest inspiration behind their career choice.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, IAABC-ADT

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Dog to Dog Aggression, Dog to People Aggression, Resource Guarding (Object Aggression), Leash Reactivity, Excessive Barking, Running Away, Destruction, Hyperactivity, Fearfulness & Anxiety, Obsessive Behavior

Behavioral issue focus: Dog to Dog Aggression, Dog to People Aggression, Resource Guarding (Object Aggression), Leash Reactivity, Excessive Barking, Running Away, Destruction, Hyperactivity, Fearfulness & Anxiety, Obsessive Behavior

Training methods: Smart B Modern Dog Training is
a force-free, rewards-based, female & minority owned dog training company based in New Orleans, LA co-owned by Jiovany 'Jio' Alcaide, CPDT-KA, IAABC-ADT and Taylor Barconey, CPDT-KA, IAABC-ADT.

Smart B's mission is to popularize rewards-based methods in America and beyond, and prides itself on tackling all areas of dog training, including advanced behavioral issues, such as aggression, and proving to their community that no matter the problem, the Smart B's can help!

Smart B strives to make their training and methodology as accessible as possible, particularly online, and love addressing popular dog training topics in a quick and digestible way!

Check our website to find out what the B stands for!

Why I became a dog trainer: To battle the forces of evil

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Having the best job in the world

My #1 dog training tip: Remembering that your dog is an ANIMAL; Successful management is the BEST way to maintain good behavior and to prevent trouble behaviors.

Service areas: New Orleans

Website: https://www.smartbitchdogtraining.com


Laska Parrow

Laska has been training animals with positive reinforcement since a young age. Inspired as a child, she trained her cat how to walk on a leash and basic obedience skills. Finally her father agreed that she could foster and train dogs. She has been involved with training assistance dogs since 2000 and got involved in pet dog training in 2003.

Helping others with their pets led Laska to spend 7 years working at her local humane society. During her time there she taught reactive and fearful dog classes, as well as in-home training for cats and other small animals.

Certifications: CCPDT-KA, ANWI, FDM, CVT, FFCP

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: We provide in home training for the whole family. At All Ears Training, we develop personalized training plans for you and your dog. We work with newly adopted, nosework, aggression or reactive dogs, service and fun tricks!

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity to dogs and humans. And separation anxiety

Training methods: We do initial behavioral consults to make sure we are the right fit for you and your dog. After that we develop a training plan for you and your dog. We are force free and positive reinforcement training only!

Why I became a dog trainer: To help people and their dogs better understand each other and live happily together. Going up as part of the veterinary community I could see the communication issues between dogs and their families and I wanted a way for them to live successfully together

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Making people's lives vetter and seeing the bond grow

My #1 dog training tip: Have fun! And appreciate the little things!

Service areas: Parrish, Palmetto, Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, Northport

Website:  https://www.allearstraining.com/


Angela Murray

Angela's love of animals comes from her mother. She grew up tagging along and assisting in all aspects of her mother's dog training business. After becoming an intern at Wolf Park in Battleground, IN where she studied wolf behavior, she decided to pursue a career in canines. Wanting to make an impact on peoples' everyday lives and help dogs stay in their forever home, she picked dogs instead of wolf conservation.

Angela has over 28 years of experience teaching canine parenting classes, private lessons and working with canine behavioral challenges. She is a Certified Professional Trainer and Behavior Consultant through the Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers and an approved Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Angela has spent the last 5 years focusing on training other professionals and dog enthusiasts by creating and implementing a program at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL.

Angela has been a mentor for the Animal Behavior College & CATCH Training Academy and became a Nutritional Pet Care Specialist through DNM University in 2017. She believes in fostering a relationship that provides a dog's need to feel safe, allowing them unlimited potential to be the best they can be. Angela is always continuing her education and is currently attending the University of Washington' Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior. She currently shares her home with her high school sweetheart, their two sons, two Australian Shepherds and a cat.

Certifications: CBCC-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Group classes, private lessons, behavior modification, relationship building, and reactivity

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, fearfulness, resource guarding, separation/isolation distress, stranger danger, rover and baby

Training methods: First I help my humans learn to objectively see how their dog communicates through body language to minimize miscommunication. Then I help them see their dog as an individual to help them support their needs to improve the behavior that is of concern to them.

My training and behavior plans include body language and genetic education, management to set the dog and human up for success, training cues needed specific to their goals and supporting good healthy coping signals the dog displays. Both dog and humans are learning at the same time. I help coach my clients to have better skills in order to help the dog be successful thus building a better relationship between the two species.

Why I became a dog trainer: It's in my DNA! I love helping people view their dogs as sentient beings that have needs and wants based on their species, genetics and individuality. This helps them be more successful and understanding of their dog and builds a stronger relationship which in turns lessons the likelihood of relinquishment.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching the bond that is created when both human and dog are successful together!

My #1 dog training tip: Learn how a dog's body communicates is needs and wants.

Service areas: Fort Collins

Website: https://www.summitdogtraining.com



Gina Nichols

"I have been training dogs using positive training techniques since I was a child, luring my first dog with hot dogs through an agility course made of dressers, plywood, ladders and hula hoops."

Gina is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). She graduated Animal Behavior College with honors, where she earned her Animal Behavior Certified Dog Trainer (ABCDT) certification. She is a Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), a member of The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Gina is also Fear Free Certified and will teach you to have a wonderful relationship with your dog built on trust and patience.

Her love and respect for animals shines and she loves nothing more than to show you how to have the best relationship possible with your dog.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, ABCDT, Fear Free Certified

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: During the course of my training program, we will teach your dog manners using luring, shaping, and capturing. We will do this without any harm or aversive techniques. We will teach your dog or puppy basic manners such as sit, down, stay, leave it, focus, loose leash walking, heeling and most important, to come when called.

We will address issues such as chewing, digging, barking, and potty training. We will also address behavior problems such as bolting, destructive behavior, reactive behavior, aggressive behavior and any other issues that may arise. We also understand that some behavior issues may not be so common and we will listen and address those as well. We are now offering Stay and Learn sessions for puppies as well as day training.

Behavioral issue focus: In our Basic Classes we help eliminate common issues such as jumping, counter surfing, inappropriate chewing, digging, bolting, pulling on leash and puppy biting. In our Aggressive/Reactive Behavior Class, we will help your fearful and/or reactive dog learn to trust. We will do this with patience and kindness, giving your dog the time and space to learn to feel comfortable in situations where he may be feeling UNcomfortable.

Training methods:

Science-based teaching methods are proven to teach quickly, as well as making it enjoyable! We will NEVER use any shock, prong or choke collars. We prefer that you learn to have a wonderful relationship with your dog built on love, trust and mutual respect.

This is what we teach at D.O.G.!!!

Why I became a dog trainer: While many people want to become a dog trainer because they don't like or want to work with humans, I on the other hand, LOVE humans as well as dogs and all animals. I was in the service industry for YEARS and finally decided to create a career for myself that would bring my love of dogs into my world as well.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I enjoy just about everything about my job. I get to work with wonderful dogs and humans every day! Some are more challenging than others, but it is so satisfying to help owners find solutions to their problems.

My #1 dog training tip: My number #1 dog training tip is to BE KIND to all!

Service areas: Belvidere, Cherry Valley, Rockford, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Poplar Grove, Caledonia, Marengo, Garden Prairie, DeKalb, Kingston, Genoa

Website: https://dogobediencebygina.com/


Angie Greenway

Angie resides in Fair Hill, Maryland and has been helping dogs and their people since 2005. She is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Professional Animal Training Program (KPA-CTP), and an AKC Evaluator for Canine Good Citizen, STAR Puppy, and Trick Dog Program. She is also a member of the IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants), is a professional service dog trainer, and teaches group classes for The Academy of Dog Training and Agility in Newark, DE.

She has competed in USBCHA sheep dog trials all over the country in addition to her passion for Agility, Rally Obedience, Canine Musical Freestyle, and Trick Dog Training with her 4 border collies.

She is dedicated to helping dogs stay with their families by strengthening the relationship and opening the communication between dogs and their people. She is passionate about canine behavior and keeps her education current by attending national conferences, seminars, and workshops throughout the year.

Certifications: KPA-CTP

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant with over 15 years of experience training pet dogs, sport dogs, and service dogs.

I offer private in-home coaching, online coaching, in-person group classes, puppy jump start (board and train foundations), puppy adventure outings, as well as day training options while you are at work.

Behavioral issue focus: Some of the common behavior challenges that I work with are leash reactivity (barking and lunging at people or animals on leash), fearful dogs that display shy or aggressive behavior towards strangers, resource guarding of food/toys/spaces, overly excitable/inability to settle, and cooperative care training for dogs that have big feelings about handling their nails, ears, eyes, etc.

Training methods: All of my training methods are taught with games and positive reinforcement. I focus on the relationship between the dog and their person. My goal is to meet the goals of the human side while also meeting the needs of the canine. Everyone is happier once our needs are being met!

I prefer to meet on a weekly basis initially, and then taper off to a monthly check in, as needed. A written training plan is provided for the client to reference after each session.

Why I became a dog trainer: I "accidentally" rescued a dog that was running loose in the street. I could not find his owners and ended up keeping him until I could find him a home. He turned out to have every behavior challenge possible! I knew nothing about dog behavior at that time, so I dug into every book and internet chat group I could find (there wasn't as much information available as there is on the internet today!). I learned so much and became so fascinated with learning theory and behavior change that I began to volunteer for a rescue organization to learn as much as I could about canine behavior.

I just never stopped learning and finally took the plunge and changed careers so that I could share my passion with other dog owners in need of help with their own dogs' behavior challenges.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love helping people see the amazing things that their dogs are capable of. I enjoy watching the team develop between the dog and their person.

My #1 dog training tip: Reward your dog for every behavior you like.
Both dogs and humans will repeat what they are reinforced for. So if you want your dog to pay attention to you on walks, reinforce them every time they offer you eye contact, and they will do it again ;-)

Service areas: New Castle County Delaware, Cecil County Maryland, and South Eastern Pennsylvania

Website: https://www.mindyourpawz.com


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/


Lindsey Lieberman

Lindsey has been working with dogs professionally for over 15 years. She got her start in shelter dog behavior and training, which provided her with the unique experience of working with dogs of all types, temperaments, and histories.
Lindsey is passionate about helping cultivate peace for dogs and their families by combining modern, fear-free dog training methods with Mindfulness practices. This unique synthesis of Applied Behavioral Analysis and philosophy makes for a safe, functional, grounded, and friendly training experience for both the dogs and their people.
Lindsey lives in a Hobbit Hole in Vista with her three dogs, Shine (15), Stormy (12), and Kit (8ish?), and AlfieCat who's somewhere between 16 and 100. When she's not hanging out with dogs, Lindsey enjoys spending time on her yoga mat, in her garden, looking at birds, or reading.

Certifications: CCPDT, CBCC, FFCP

Services include:

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

More info about service provided:

Lindsey & Birch Bark Dog Training specialize in private, in-home behavior modification programs for dogs with reactive, fearful, or aggressive behaviors.
We also offer group classes and workshops that cover basic manners & obedience, as well as specialty courses for building life skills like Zen Dog and our popular Butt Sniffing 101 series.

Behavioral issue focus: Helping dogs with dog reactivity or aggression is our specialty and our passion! We have designed a unique program to support reactive dogs and their humans that works for dogs of all sizes, breeds, and ages.

Why I became a dog trainer: It was a twist of fate!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping dogs and people feel calmer, safer, and more confident in the world.

My #1 dog training tip: Meet the dog where they are.

Service areas: Serving the dogs and people of Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, and San Marcos

Website: https://www.birchbarkdogtraining.com


Arrow Weiser

I am Sparrow aka Arrow, and I am the lead trainer and one of the owners of WeiserWays. I am a dog reactivity specialist and educator and I love to spread the knowledge of positive reinforcement.

I am trans and use he/him pronouns, I am Queer and love serving the LGBTQIA+ community.

I have my undergrad in Psychology and my Masters Degree in Animal Behavior concentrated in dogs.

I focus my work on creating a space where dogs have a voice and are able to communicate freely without the fear of repercussions; while also giving humans an environment where they are able to learn without the pressure of having to be perfect, and instead being intentional, empathetic, and self-aware.

We believe that training is a collaborative approach, and use an anti-racist lens when working on training. This means we believe in being vulnerable, deconstructing perfectionism, training, and feelings; dismantling the dog/owner binary, and instead creating a space where you and your dog can learn how to love and communicate with one another authentically.

WeiserWays is a hybrid business, we train on zoom worldwide, as well as in person around the DMV area.

Certifications: B.S. Psychology
MSC Animal Behavior

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: WeiserWays is a hybrid business (virtual and in person) and focuses on dog reactivity and aggression.

Our training is based in teaching the dog how to make decisions that are rewarding and enriching for both the dog and the human. In order for us to do this management is out in place to ensure that we are setting the dog up for success.

We use some cues in training, but mainly focus on teaching the dog how to make decisions on their own by giving the dog choices.

We do this so the dog learns how to make decisions and problem solve on their own instead of always waiting for the human to give them a cue.

This allows the dog to have more freedom of movement, freedom of choice.

Behavioral issue focus: I work with dogs that are lead reactive to other dogs, humans and other animals, dogs that guard their house, family, or barriers, muzzle training, dogs that are escape artists, and dogs that have bite records that need some extra TLC

Training methods: My training begins with a 90 minute virtual consultation that is all education based. This goes over the canine ladder of aggression, dog behavior postures and body language, WeiserWays definitions, dogs hierarchy of needs, how to fill your dogs cup up, the hierarchy of dog training, what Positive Reinforcement is and how to make it a lifestyle, the wheel of emotions, stages of competence, and a basic emotions print out.

Once we finish the consultation there is a one week observation period where the dog guardian uses the education from the consultation to observe their dog and better understand their stress signals, patterns of reactivity, takes the dog to the vet, changes the environment if needed, and fills out a daily observation log.

Once the observation period is over we begin training. The human tells me what they observed in their dog, this allows the human to be kore aware of the dogs emotions and better advocate for them.

Once we begin training I have a training plan for the dog and guardian that is unique to their training needs. This plan covers the expected duration of training, exercises we will be workin on, homework, a training log for the human to fill out daily, and a training portal to upload videos, take notes, see their homework, and ask questions.

I see my clients once a week and depending on the severity of the dogs Reactivity, and if the human is doing the homework outside of training sessions we work together anywhere from one month to two years.

My training is founded in Positive Reinforcement and anti racist practices. This means we don't believe in punishment, and we dismantle the dog-owner binary. Words matter in my training, and the way we work with dogs is always collaborative and curious.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer because I was adopted and a reactive kid when I was younger and I felt that no one understood me. It wasn't until I worked with a therapist that used her dog in our sessions that I felt more understood and comfortable. Because of my reactive past I understand reactive dogs on a different level and want to give back what they gave to me.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Teaching people the beauty of being vulnerable with their dogs, and giving dogs a space where they can be their authentic self without judgement.

My #1 dog training tip: Become more self aware of your emotions so you are able to recognize how you are feeling, this way you will not react to your dogs reactions, and you will create more space for yourself to recharge.

Service areas: I work mainly in Baltimore and Washington DC covering Baltimore city, Baltimore Country, Prince George's county, Bethesda

I cover all of DC and am often working with clients in Capital Hill, Columbia Heights, pleasant Plains, Silver Springs, Brightwood Park, Brentwood

Website: https://weiserwaystraining.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


Chrissy Messick

I have a passion for and much experience assisting in the healing of others, as well as a deep-rooted love for animals. My dream for many years was to combine the two - I am honored to offer my experience and passion to you and your animal companion so you may both enjoy an integrated, mutually beneficial, respectful, and loving relationship together. By educating the human and training the animal through positive reinforcement and the science of applied animal behavior, together, we can create an environment for both that is full of understanding, knowledge, trust, respect and love.

Working from a holistic point of view, I look at the whole animal to see what their needs are on a physical, mental, emotional and soul level. Understanding each of these needs creates a foundation to build upon to ultimately reach the desired goal(s)/purpose for the animal and human.

I received my Masters of Science from Indiana University in Kinesiology with a major in Athletic Training, and my Bachelors of Science in Physical Education with a major in Athletic Training from Washington State University. For 15 years I provided medical care for the athletes at the University of Washington. During that time, I was also on the medical staff and traveled with many USA teams,
including the USA Women's Soccer team for the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Australia and the USA Women's Basketball team for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Greece.

When I'm not working with animals, I love spending time with my husband (Kevin), 2 girls (Rylee & Kensie) and Ginger.

Certifications: MS, CTC, CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: In-person or virtual training for reactivity, fear, aggression, basic manners/obedience, advanced obedience, puppy training, relationship building, animal communication, resource guarding

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, fear/anxiety, aggression, resource guarding and general everyday unwanted behaviors.

Training methods: A 20min informational call is scheduled to see if we are a good fit, we pick a program that works for them, prepayment and dates are scheduled. Initial appointment is gather info and then a training plan is made. Each appointment consists of education/exercises and homework and builds on the previous session. Once we are done with the package, one-off sessions are scheduled if needed. I can be reached in between sessions if there are questions. My approach is force - free and we go at the human's and animal's pace. I DO NOT use any type of aversive training. The goal is to build a trusting relationship between human/animal.

Why I became a dog trainer: I have a passion for and much experience assisting in the healing of others, as well as a deep-rooted love for animals. My dream for many years was to combine the two - I am honored to offer my experience and passion to you and your animal companion so you may both enjoy an integrated, mutually beneficial, respectful, and loving relationship together.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing the strength and understanding of the relationship grow between the human and animal.

My #1 dog training tip: Above all else, have fun with your animal and make sure they feel safe and happy.

Service areas: Boulder County and surrounding areas - Lafayette, Louisville, Erie, Boulder, Superior, Longmont, Broomfield, Nederland, Jamestown, Ward.

Website: https://www.theanimalnature.com/


Stacy Braslau-Schneck

I am dedicated to helping pet dog owners solve their behavior problems and “love their well-trained dogs” through my unique combination of experience, education, knowledge, and skills. I pursued a Master's degree in Human and Animal Cognition (Psychology) and then founded Stacy's Wag'N'Train in 1998. I have been continuing my education, refining my knowledge and my skills, since then, through mentorship programs, volunteering at the Humane Society, and working with my own dogs as well as with clients'. I teach Dogbiz' Dog Walking Academy, and I am currently working on Office Buddies, a book about having dogs in the workplace.

Certifications: MA, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CAP2

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 help pet dogs and their owners! I specialize in reactivity training and helping shy or fearful dogs, as well as puppy training!

Behavioral issue focus: I help dogs who bark or lunge at strangers, other dogs, guests and family members; those who are fearful; and those who are wild and impulsive!

Training methods: I am a former dolphin trainer dedicated to using humane, positive training methods that take the dog's emotional needs into account - and the owner's as well! My training programs start with a consultation to find out the owner's goals and the dog's issues, and then we build some solid foundation of attention and focus. On this foundation we can build new skills for the dog to use in response to old triggers.

Why I became a dog trainer: I was asked to teach classes at the SF/SPCA when I was volunteering at the city shelter, and fell in love with helping pet owners find their dogs' greatest potential!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite is watching unruly and fearful puppies and dogs learn to navigate their worlds calmly and confidently, allowing their owners to enjoy their company even more!

My #1 dog training tip: Evaluate your timing, your rate of reinforcement, and your criteria. Make sure you are rewarding the moment/action you mean to; that you are rewarding those actions more than the environment is rewarding the old default actions; and that you are setting your expectations small enough to achieve success yet high enough to create progress!

Service areas: Santa Clara County/Silicon Valley

Website: https://www.wagntrain.com


Allison Daack

Founder of Daack Pack Dog Training, Allison Daack, has been working with and training dogs, along with other species since 2008. In the beginning of her career, Allison was a Kennel Technician working closely with a Veterinarian where she learned all about developmental periods of dogs, handling skills and how to prevent behavior issues.

From there she spent several years working with exotic animals at numerous wildlife facilities and reserves, first in North Carolina, then California. She did everything from educating the public, rehabilitation, and using training to help animals cope with life in captivity, usually due to injury or illness. Her passion for behavior modification began with teaching cooperative care cues to a Black Vulture in the raptor / avian exhibits.

Allison then had a long career with Petco, where she became a Dog Training Mentor. Not only did she train other dog trainers to be dog trainers, she taught group classes, and was an integral part of a corporate team that created continuing education materials for trainers, and updated Petco's dog training program.

However, Petco does not take behavior modification clients, so on June 1, 2016, Allison founded Daack Pack Dog Training as a way to better support the needs of her clients whose dogs might struggle with fear, anxiety, or display aggression. Through this company she has been able to provide the community with custom, in-home training to support their specific needs and the needs of their pets.

From the beginning of her career through today she has trained and applied behavior modification to a wide range of species and prognoses. Whether you are looking for help dealing with a high-energy dog, dog or people directed aggression, separation anxiety, inter-species conflicts, leash reactivity, a shy and hesitant dog, etc.; Allison would be happy to work with you to find a solution through a customized training plan.

Allison is also a great believer in continuing education for herself, yourself, and your dog. Each situation, pet, and household is entirely different, that's why each training plan is customized to you and you dog's specific needs. She is able to help with a wide variety of cases through her vast experience but specializes in dog aggression and prevention.

Through her dedication to continued learning, 13 years of experience, and passion - Allison can help empower you and your dog to live a less stressful, more enriching life together.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, Certified Fear Free Animal Trainer

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I focus on canine behavior consulting; working with fear, anxiety, aggressive and atypical behaviors for dogs through in person private training, virtual sessions, day training, custom intensive programs, group hikes and group reactivity classes. I also provide cat behavior related services as well.

Behavioral issue focus:

Dogs with various forms of reactivity, dogs with bite histories towards people, dogs or other animals, fear based aggressive behaviors towards people or dogs, separation anxiety, owner directed aggressive behaviors, resource guarding, generalized anxiety, family planning, prevention work with young dogs, noise phobia, etc.

Dogs that are displaying fear, anxiety or frustration based behavior or anxiety or atypical behaviors are right up my wheel house. I commonly work complicated cases with a lot of moving components or behavioral concerns present.

Training methods:

I utilize positive based training methods without fear, coercion or force. I run a small training company and we work cases collaboratively to a degree so our clients can utilize a vast knowledge set.

We offer a free initial screening for clients virtually, then our consultations are two 1hr appointments. The first is really a consultation, gathering information, making initial assessments, setting expectations and the training plan. The second, is an in person assessment where we begin to on board the training plan. After both appointments, we create consultation notes with a lot of great information for clients to reference summarizing those appointments.

From there, we create custom training plans for all of our clients taking into consideration any important elements of their case. We do a lot of private in home training but will meet clients at appropriate locations, take clients from across the country utilizing virtual programs, utilize intensive day training programs to help offer clients a lot of support and help expedite training, these intensive plans could be in person, virtual, or a hybrid with varying levels of owner participation based on their needs. We also create pet sitting guides for clients, can maintain live training plans for clients to have an itemized training plan, offer support for the case while the client is out of town, etc.

We also provide a lot of collaboration and support to our clients with their veterinarians, veterinarian behaviorists, or other places we can help! We also have a private Facebook group for clients with a lot of great information called The Daack Pack, webinars available on our website. Our website also includes a lot of great blogs and a recommendations page.

Why I became a dog trainer: I feel like it's a way that I can help improve people and animal's quality of lives. I feel really honored that I am able to bring hope, joy, love and adventure into people's lives and that I can help people understand animals more, better being able to meet their needs. We all have to face adversity in life, the last place we want to face it is with our dogs and I love that I can help bring things to a better place. I love watching not only the dogs but the humans grow while working together. Our industry is unfortunately unregulated and it does a great disservice to clients and trainers because of this, I love being able to help guide people and animals through a challenging part of their lives. Plus, there is nothing like watching a dog become comfortable after so much fear and anxiety or frustration. It's the best feeling in the world.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Being able to help build up people's and dog's relationship and empower them to find solutions.

My #1 dog training tip: I think it's really important to understand that animals live in the world we provide for them, if we want an animal's behavior to change, we need to expect that we will have to change as well. Maybe our routines, our perspective, how we interact with them, how we allow other people to interact with them, our investment of time and emotional labor, how we arrange the living room, how we hold the leash, how we give the dog treats, etc. We can't expect our dogs to change without us having to make some changes too.

Service areas: Greater Sacramento area; Sacramento, West Sacramento, East Sacramento, Arden, Carmichael, Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks, Roseville, Lincoln, Rocklin, Folsom and more

Website: https://daackpack.com/


Kristen Board

Kristen has been passionate about helping animals since she was a young girl. She began volunteering at her animal shelter with her mom at the young age of 13, helping to exercise and socialize shelter dogs and cats. That was only the beginning!

Kristen graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Canine Science from Bergin University of Canine Studies in 2016, and then continued on to earn a Certificate in Training in Counseling (CTC) from Jean Donaldson's Academy for Dog Trainers in 2019. In 2021, Kristen became a Certified Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Also in 2021, she earned her Master's Degree in Humane Education.

Kristen has worked professionally with dogs since 2015. She trained service dogs for Veterans with disabilities at Paws for Purple Hearts for several years and later worked as the Behavior Coordinator at San Diego Humane Society, where she trained dogs and cats who were experiencing behavior issues in the shelter.

In addition to doing private one-on-one training and group classes, Kristen also works with patients at Veterinary Behavior of Indiana as a Behavior Modification Trainer.

Certifications: BS in Canine Studies (2016), Certification in Training and Counseling CTC (2019), Aggression in Dogs Master Course (2021), Certified Behavior Consultant CBCC-KA (2021), Certified Separation Anxiety Pro Trainer (2021), Master's Degree in Humane Education (2021), Fear Free Certified Animal Trainer (2022)

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Group Classes
Puppy Classes
Puppy Socialization
Private In-Home Training
Basic Manners Training
Fear and Aggression
Separation Anxiety
Trick Training

Behavioral issue focus: Fear and Aggression
Reactivity
Puppy Socialization
Separation Anxiety
Leash Skills
Basic Manners
Resource Guarding

Training methods: For my private training program, I start with an initial consultation session where I get to know the dog and owners, come up with some goals, and then get started with an initial training plan. I always send detailed handouts with resources attached to my clients after each session. I use all force-free methods and I break training down into steps that owners can understand and implement.

Why I became a dog trainer: I have a passion for dogs.

Service areas: Indianapolis
Marion County
Johnson County
Boone County
Hamilton County
Hancock County
Hendricks County


Lori Timberlake

Lori is passionate about strengthening the bond between owners and their pets. She is thrilled that she can devote herself to teaching Nose Work and Parkour classes, both in person and virtually. She is also dedicated to expanding both of these sports in Western New York which is why she is so involved with the National Association of Canine Scent Work and International Dog Parkour Association. She hopes Dog Parkour becomes as popular as Nose Work has in this community!

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed, Certified Nose Work Instructor, Certified Family Dog Mediator (FDM), International Dog Parkour Association Certified Instructor, Drink With Your Dog‚ Certified Instructor

More info about service provided: We specialize in K9 Nose Work classes, private lessons, trials and events. We also offer Dog Parkour classes and I am approved to conduct IDPKA Training Level and Novice title evaluations. We also offer Drink With Your Dog Brewery Manners classes.

Behavioral issue focus: We work with many fearful and reactive dogs.

Training methods: Our classes focus on building confidence and having fun.

Why I became a dog trainer: I want to help people build a relationship with their dog. If they have a strong relationship, training and behavior issues will lessen.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching a shy or nervous dog become more confident.

My #1 dog training tip: When your dog is doing something you do not like, ask yourself why they are doing that. If you can't answer that question, find a certified trainer to help you answer that question.

Service areas: Buffalo Metro Area and also remote training

Website: https://www.dooverdogtraining.com/


Cindy Ludwig

Experienced, master's prepared professional adult educator; experienced, licensed medical professional; professional dog trainer since 2007; graduate education and training in dog and wolf behavior and behavior modification in dogs; experience working with dogs in shelters for more than 30 years; experience training and certifying service dog teams for ADI-accredited organization; expertise in clicker training as a Karen Pryor Academy graduate and Certified Training Partner; author, speaker, workshop presenter, consultant, and book reviewer

Certifications: KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA, AKC CGC/STAR Puppy/Trick Dog Evaluator

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: Basic to advanced force-free professional dog training and behavior modification employing best practices in accordance with the Joint Practice Standards adopted by the APDT, CCPDT, IAABC, KPA; position statements of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior; and the recommendations of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. Methods used include applied behavior analysis and use of a marker signal. Private training packages available, tailored to individual needs. This type of training can be used to achieve precise, reliable and long-lasting results with relatively little training time, compared to compulsion methods. Dogs learn to learn and they learn to love learning!

Behavioral issue focus: Fear, anxiety, including separation anxiety, aggression toward people and other animals, jumping on people and countertops, puppy biting, chewing and destructive behavior, house soiling, pulling on leash

Training methods: Training and behavior modification is individualized, but in a nutshell, utilizes operant and classical conditioning with heavy reliance on positive reinforcement, environmental management, replacement behaviors and use of a marker signal. Equipment does not include aversive collars or verbal or physical correction. As an experienced master's prepared professional adult educator, I apply the principles of adult education in my training sessions. The 8-week curriculum has been carefully constructed and refined over many years, but if clients desire, they can purchase as few as one lesson.

Why I became a dog trainer: I have loved dogs since I was a young child, and love teaching.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Connecting with dogs and their people, and seeing the amazing improvement!

My #1 dog training tip: Teach them right the first time!

Service areas: Springfield, Missouri area; virtual services available

Website: https://www.clicker.solutions


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


M Cecilia Sternzon

I'm a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), and Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and Pet Professional Guild (PPG). With over 20 years of professional experience in dog training, I stay on top of the latest scientific discoveries in learning and behavior, and work to remain knowledgeable and up-to-date with consistent continuing education.

Certifications: CPDT-KA; PPG Member; CGC Evaluator;

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I offer group training classes at the Humane Society Silicon Valley at all levels, from basic obedience to advanced and competitive dog sports. I also offer dog behavior consulting for a variety of dog behavior problems including dog aggression, reactivity, destructiveness, and child/dog relationships.

Behavioral issue focus: I work with leash reactivity and aggression toward people and other dogs. I also work on behavioral issues related to dogs with other animals, such as household cats.

Training methods: In my behavior consultations, I take a full history and perform a functional assessment prior to giving any recommendations. I also work with the clients to establish clear and reasonable goals for the program.
The methods I use are dog-friendly and science-based, emphasizing positive reinforcement for desirable behaviors. In some cases, I may refer to a veterinarian to rule out medical issues for certain behavior problems.
Along the way, I give my clients clear training plans, with written follow-ups to our meetings.

Why I became a dog trainer: I started training my own dogs from the age of 12. It wasn't until a few years after college, however, that I became involved in the profession of dog training. In 1992, I joined a Flyball and Agility club, and began teaching pet dog training classes to earn money for competition fees. I worked part time in the dog training field, earning my CPDT certification in 2003. In 2004 I finally "took the plunge" and launched into the full-time career of dog training and dog behavior counseling.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a dog trainer is to see those owners, who struggle so much at first, finally get that breakthrough to success. Seeing a happy dog parent with a happy and well-adjusted dog is so fulfilling for me. This is also why I so enjoy teaching the sports classes - because this relationship is solidified in these classes, and it's such a joy to see.

My #1 dog training tip: Your dog is not stubborn! Replace the term "stubborn" with "insufficiently motivated", and your training will be transformed.

Service areas: South Santa Clara County, Milpitas, Remote

Website: https://www.caninehigherlearning.com


Hannah Sigel

Recent transplant from Boston, MA! I am looking forward to growing with the Baltimore dog community! My name is Hannah Sigel (she/they), I work with humans and their dogs to develop better communication to teach desired behaviors and relieve frustration & unwanted behaviors.

Certifications: IAABC-ADT, AKC CGC Evaluator, Fear Free Shelters, PFA, First Aid

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Offering both in home one-on-one personalized sessions and group training classes. Training can be online or in-person. Included when purchasing a package is unlimited text/call support between sessions. Payment plans and sliding scale available. Check out @BaltimoreK9Tutors on Instagram for more details!

Behavioral issue focus: Fear, anxiety, stress, reactivity, aggression, sensitivities, foundational skills and manners.

Training methods: Effective, ethical, dog training based in science. Consistent and positive dog training builds trust and confidence between dog and human. From puppies to seniors, positive dog training promotes overall well-being through strengthening social, mental and physical health.

Why I became a dog trainer: As soon as I was able to read, I always had a dog encyclopedia in my hand. At 11 years old, I began apprenticing with K9 Tutors and had my own clients by the time I was 15. It was a huge help to my mental health and relationships. Now skip ahead an 'unrelated' college degree and several careers later (one of which was a music early childhood teacher and community choir, where I became a certified yoga teacher and social-emotional learning facilitator, as well as Psychology first aid/post-traumatic stress management certification among other trainings which helped me practice intentionality and inclusivity. Then boom, the COVID-19 pandemic, like many others I took the leap and quit (or put in a month notice) and created Boston k9 Tutors, now Baltimore k9 Tutors. I still am very much that little kid with the dog encyclopedia in my hand. I find myself always learning and doing my best to stay up to date with the most current scientific consensus in order to use the least intrusive minimally aversive strategies when training and creating behavior modification plans. Long story short, I enjoy dogs, dog behavior, humans, collaboration and behavior modification.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching relationships develop, communication improve, being able to be learner focused and of course, dogs!

My #1 dog training tip: Measure your dog's food out for the day, use 1/3 in the bowl, 1/3 for training and 1/3 for enrichment.

Service areas: Baltimore City, Hampden, Charles Village, Federal Hill, Fells Point, Canton, Inner Harbor, Townson, Mt Washington, Ruxton, Guilford

Website: https://baltimorek9tutors.com


Melissa Dallier

I'm Melissa, and I'm the founder, owner and trainer at A Canine Affinity and I'm here to help you resolve and take steps to prevent separation anxiety problems. I want to make sure both you and your pup are able to enjoy time apart and together.

I am a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT), a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), Fear Free Certified (FFCP) as well as a member of the Pet Professional Guild and a graduate of The Academy of Dog Behaviors. I am committed to continuing education, because like all science, the science of dog behavior is always changing and I am always excited to learn the most up-to-date findings out there so I can be the best trainer for you and your dog! As your trainer, I promise:

To never use? force, fear, or pain to train your dog or puppy - I will only use ethical, scientifically supported methods. To treat you and your dog as individuals, I don't believe in a one size fit's all approach to training.
To show you compassion, empathy, and help you find the the humor in tough situations - because sometimes, you just need to laugh.

Certifications: CSAT, CPDT-KA, FFCP

Services include:

  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Separation Anxiety specialist offering all virtual training for anyone. Consultations and packages. Puppy training for pups under 6 months: training and socialization, alone time preparation and behavior modification.

Behavioral issue focus: Separation anxiety, new puppies, fearful puppies, teaching new skills, building confidence, potty training, alone time desensitization

Training methods: It's my goal to empower you to teach your dog the skills they'll need to meet your training goals. And to do so through a positive reinforcement based approach , which is scientifically proven to be the longest-lasting and least stressful methods to train any animal with. I believe in not only training your dog, but in helping you and your pup form a strong relationship that will last a lifetime.

We believe in providing comprehensive , evidence-based training methods that are tailored to each individual dog. Through behavior modification training, gradual desensitization and virtual training, we are dedicated to helping dogs recover from separation anxiety. And through our individualized training programs, we can deliver effective strategies for young puppies just starting out that will help pet guardians create bonds of trust and compassion for years to come.

Why I became a dog trainer: I was living in New York City pursuing a career in acting after college in 2003. While I loved that life, every "survival" job I had was working with dogs... a dog walker, dog day care, or finding time to volunteer in shelters to just be with dogs. It soon became apparent that I wanted a different path. So started to read books and attend workshops every chance I got. Then in 2012 I adopted a puppy from the ASPCA and she is my reason and inspiration behind it all. She started the big journey and transition. I started more serious education. The rest is history...

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Constant exposure to new science and being able to use that education to help my client dogs and humans to modify behavior for the better.

My #1 dog training tip: Slow Down. Change takes time and our dogs need us to be patient.

Service areas: Roswell, East Cobb, Marietta, Alpharetta, Cobb, Atlanta,

Website: https://www.acanineaffinity.com


Cheryl Gfrerer

I founded Giffy dog in 2012 after I had spent the previous twelve years providing foster care for rescue dogs. My passion for working with dogs in the rescue community was well-established by then, but I recognized the need to refine and improve my skills with the most current, well-researched methods.

In 2015, I completed the rigorous Karen Pryor Academy program and have pursued regular ongoing training since then, including becoming level 2 TAGteach certified and completing three Karolina Westlund programs as well as Kim Brophey's L.E.G.S. program.

Certifications: KPA-CTP, TAGteach level 2

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Specializing in fearful dogs and rescue dogs, I offer private virtual and in-person training along with occasional special topics classes in person and online.

Behavioral issue focus: I work with a range of behaviors including fear, socialization, confidence-building, anxiety, and reactivity. In addition, I help families troubleshoot other challenges, such as housetraining, destructive behaviors, leash pulling, and integrating dogs into multiple-pet homes.

Training methods: I use positive reinforcement training, pairing behaviors the family wants to see with things the dog likes to motivate them to offer those behaviors more often. If the dog exhibits behaviors the family doesn't like, we identify precursors to those behaviors and change the environment to reduce the likelihood that the dog will exhibit those behaviors going forward. We regularly work with enrichment activities to help increase the dog's confidence and problem-solving skills while decreasing destructive behaviors. Training this way leads to well-adjusted, confident dogs.

Why I became a dog trainer: I saw so many dogs struggling as they transitioned from rescue into adoptive homes, but I also recognized their resilience. I wanted to better understand how to support dogs by providing a safe, enriching environment that allowed them the engage and thrive.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love seeing dogs develop confidence and families learn how satisfying it can be to help their dogs thrive.

My #1 dog training tip: Choose simple ways to add enrichment, such as interacting with environmental features on walks.

Service areas: St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN and surrounding suburbs; Hudson and western, WI; virtual training

Website: https://www.giffydog.com/


Melissa Dilla

Melissa and Bodhi, her Rough Collie, work as a therapy dog team, and Bodhi's also a certified R.E.A.D. dog. They're titled and active in a variety of AKC and UKC dog sports such as Obedience, Rally, Coursing, FCAT, Barn Hunting, Scent Work, Conformation, Tricks, and Herding. They've earned the CGC, CGCA, CGCU, ATT, VHM, and Farm Dog titles as well. Melissa instructs several levels of Tricks and CGC classes and conducts evaluations at a local volunteer dog training club. She's stewarded at the club, volunteered at club trials, and introduced a pilot project of Fit Dog.

Melissa and Bodhi have contributed several admissions to the AKC PupPals program. She also volunteered at Hero Dogs for several years. Over the years, Melissa has volunteered and been a representative at functions and festivals, as well as demoed with Bodhi at several workshops. In addition to her own private business, Melissa instructs classes at a non-profit in Rockville, Maryland.

Certifications: KPA-CTP, PMCT, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, SDC

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: In-person and online training classes. Private in-home sessions, day training, and Service Dog task training. Behavior consultations and modification, obedience, basic cues, potty training, and distraction training.

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, Fear, Resource Guarding, Anxiety, Aggression

Training methods: Force Free, Fear Free, Rewards-Based Positive Reinforcement Marker/Clicker Training, Behavior Consultations, Modification, and Training Plans

Why I became a dog trainer: A lifelong interest in human and animal psychology and behavior drives my passion to better understand both the complexity and simplicity of the science, emotion, and feeling beneath the surface of people and dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I enjoy bridging the gap to help people understand their dog, and to help their dog understand their people. Also, being a part of the process of creating, building, and deepening the foundation, relationship, and bond between people and their dogs - all based on mutual trust and understanding.

My #1 dog training tip: Attention is the Mother of All Behaviors

Service areas:

Potomac, Rockville, Travilah, Bethesda, North Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Kensington, Olney, North Potomac,
Gaithersburg, Derwood, Silver Spring, Leisure World, Colesville, Germantown, Redland,
Cabin John, Glen Echo, Seneca, Poolesville, Laytonsville, Darnstown, Boyds, NW DC

Website: https://metropolitandog.com


Shiloh Holland

Founder, Owner, Head Trainer, Rescue enthusiast, 19 years professional experience I registered my first pets as therapy dogs REALLY early on. This does not, of course, account for any professional aspect of dog training. And being self-taught might indicate a predilection toward an activity, but certainly doesn't qualify a dog trainer. So I volunteered at the shelter as much as I could, gaining an early understanding of animal management and how to maintain a kennel.

Cats are easier if you don't consider cleaning litter boxes difficult. In high school I studied off and on with a Schutzhund trainer that lived nearby and got a really good handle on classical conditioning. Let's not forget that I still had my original therapy dog (Rippity was a chihuahua/min pin at our best guess and lived to be approximately 23 years old, working well into his late teens.) as well as several other dogs of my own who were at one point or another working therapy dogs.

Seemingly off topic, I'm also an avid reader. My mother was an english teacher and passionate about literacy, so of course there was lots of encouragement to READ! If I wasn't stealing my dad's science fiction novels, I was hunting books on dog training in the library. (Oh look! It wasn't off topic at all!) I read everything I could get my hands on, took it outside and experimented with any furry, four legged creature I could find. Seriously. All of them. Cats, dogs, hamsters, my best friend's rat You know what else you can train? Horses! I've done that professionally too. Arabians.

Shortly after graduating high school I started training dogs in basic obedience professionally. I've got limited experience in the show ring (obedience and a conformation class or two), but my passion is helping the literal underdog, which you seldom find in the ring. So I went back to the shelters and volunteered my time and experience there. You can still find me there from time to time and I happily sponsor rescue dogs on specific criteria for training.

That's where I got my start. I've been training therapy dogs, shelter dogs, dogs found in ditches, purebred frilly dogs, obedience trial show dogs, 'the world's worst' dogs, and service dogs ever since.

Certifications: Certified AKC Star Puppy and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training

More info about service provided: I've been training therapy dogs, shelter dogs, dogs found in ditches, purebred frilly dogs, obedience trial show dogs, 'the world's worst's dogs, and service dogs ever since

Website: https://comesitstaydog.com/


Lily Conine

I'm one of the training managers at Believe in Dog Training in the Houston Heights area.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Private lessons, basic and advanced group classes, reactive dog group classes, day training for puppies

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, fears, over-arousal, leash pulling, jumping, excessive barking

Training methods: Positive reinforcement, LIMA, behavior consultations, training plans

Why I became a dog trainer: My own dog, Sammy, suffers from extreme anxiety. What started as a way to best help her navigate the world turned into a passion and a career.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love seeing the 'ah-ha' moment for both the dogs and the pet parents when everything clicks.

My #1 dog training tip: Always bring treats

Service areas: Houston Heights

Website: https://believeindog.com/


Mallory Kratimenos

My journey to where I am now has not been a short one. While my love for animals and behavior has always been interweaved throughout my life, I started out on a different career path than I am today. After graduating from Purdue University with a B.S. in Engineering and a B.S. in Health & Human Sciences, I spent six years working at a consulting firm as a business and technology integration consultant. However, I left that behind to find a career that combined my love of science, helping others, and animals. I am so grateful to have found a career that does just that.

As a professional dog trainer, I take education very seriously. I am graduate of the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Trainers (online) as well as a Do More With Your Dog Certified Trick Dog Instructor, Fear Free Certified Professional Trainer, and Family Dog Mediator. I strive to be a lifelong learner so that I can always bring the best to my clients.

I am also a proud dog parent of two small dogs that have struggled with reactive behavior, fear-based aggression, handling issues at home and at the vet, and other behaviors that are often misunderstood. I have been where you are and can relate to the hardships that come along with it. My goal is to help you discover the joy in training, deepen the bond between you and your dog, and engineer some optimism throughout your journey.

Certifications: VSA-CDT (Online), CTDI, FFCP-Trainer, FDM

Services include:

  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I offer virtual online group classes for trick titles through Do More With Your Dog and a small dog class that focuses on empowering your small dog to be confident in a world larger than they are. I also provide private 1-on-1 virtual training for manners, reactivity, cooperative care, behavior modification, and more.

Behavioral issue focus: I commonly work with reactivity, sound sensitivity, excessive barking, cooperative care, loose leash walking, and more.

Training methods:

All private clients start with an initial consultation where I gather information about the dog including pertinent history (lifestyle, medical, behavioral, etc.) along with information about the family's lifestyle. From there I form a training plan that incorporates education, management, enrichment, and training that is suited to each individual's lifestyle to ensure sustainability. Each session after the initial consultation, we discuss progress, do any problem solving related to current training activities, go over any new training activities, and practice together live. Clients are encouraged to send videos and are able to contact me via WhatsApp between sessions.

In regards to training methods, I use positive reinforcement to teach alternate behaviors or reward behaviors client's like. We typically redirect or manage behaviors the clients find undesirable until we have built a strong reinforcement history for alternate behaviors. I also always ensure to address any potential underlying medical issues via referral to a vet or vet behaviorist. In addition, enrichment is always the first thing we implement to ensure behaviors aren't related to an unmet need. The training plans are all highly individual and strongly depend upon the dog and person.

Why I became a dog trainer: I am a proud dog parent of two small dogs that have struggled with reactive behavior, fear-based aggression, handling issues at home and at the vet, and other behaviors that are often misunderstood. After some less than desirable experiences with a dog trainer, I set out to learn as much as I could so I could do better. After graduating from Purdue with two Bachelor's degrees, I worked in consulting for 6 years but always felt in my gut that it was not what I was meant to do. Dog behavior and training had been a side passion and hobby for over a decade. After building up courage,I finally left my career and started training professionally. This career truly combines my love for science, animals, and service to others.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love watching people and their dogs grow together! There is nothing more special than watching that bond, mutual understanding, and love blossom in front of your eyes.

My #1 dog training tip: Individual problems require individual solutions. You can find generic advice on the internet, but the advice you find may not be the best suited for you and your dog. So when in doubt, seek out the help of a qualified professional dog trainer or behavior consultant.

Service areas: Fully virtual (remote); In the future, may service Crown Point, IN and surrounding areas.

Website: https://www.engineeringoptimismdogtraining.com/


Whitney Spence

Whitney has always had a love for animals. When she just started high school, her family lost their last family dog and decided to adopt a dog. This is when they adopted a Jack Russell/Black Lab mix named, Hollywood. Very quickly they realized they needed help as she was very people and dog reactive. They found a trainer and it opened Whitney's eyes to the world of dog training. She began to research how dog's minds work and how to help dogs problem solve which led her to find positive reinforcement training. She now has a strong passion for working with reactivity and misunderstood dogs.

Nothing makes her happier than being able to help owners understand and build a connection with their dogs. Our dogs are always talking to us and it is up to us to acknowledge and understand.She doesn't just train the dogs, but she trains the humans too!

Whitney began training professionally in 2015. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed and an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She continues going to conferences and attending virtual lectures to continue growing in the ever evolving science-based training. Whitney also competes in scentwork with her Border Collie mix, Kimchi, and her Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Soju.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I provide varies amounts of services based on the human and dog's needs. I offer puppy training, basics, tricks, manners, canine good citizen, behavior modification, day training, and board and train.

Behavioral issue focus: The most common behavioral issue I work with is when dogs display the reactive behaviors of barking, lunging, growling, or pulling on leash towards other people or dogs whether that is excitablity, fear, or frustration. Austin is a very dog friendly city with dogs everywhere and owners wanting to take their dogs with them to dog friendly places. My goal is to help the owner identify their dog's needs and wants to ensure they can have a common goal and interest as their dog.

Training methods: I use science-based positive reinforcement training. We always start with a consultation to discuss their goals, what issues they are having, create a plan so we can achieve those goals, and continue with lessons and homework.

Why I became a dog trainer: I used to want to be a veterinarian but realized how heartbreaking it can be so I switch to wanting to help dogs and their owners in other ways. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to help others build a strong relationship and trust with their dog.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a dog trainer is being able to build such a strong trust and bond with fearful dogs. I also love to show owners just how amazing dogs can be!

My #1 dog training tip: Always make sure you and your dog are having fun!

Service areas: Austin, Georgetown, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Sun City, Jollyville, Buda, Taylor, Cedar Park, Leander, Wells Branch, Hutto

Website: https://Sweetpotatodogtraining.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/


Emily Fitzpatrick

I am a certified dog trainer through the prestigious Victoria Stilwell Academy (VSA-CDT) where I graduated with distinction. The Victoria Stilwell Academy prioritizes the use of positive training - training that takes a progressive, science-based approach to solve behavior problems. I love working with neurodivergent dog guardians with fearful, nervous, and reactive dogs.

Certifications:  VSA-CDT, FFCT

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training

More info about service provided: Virtual Private Training Lessons

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, multi-dog integrations, anxiety, fear-based

Training methods: Force-Free Private Training and Behavior Consultations for reactive dogs, multi-dog homes, cooperative care, vet prep, and neurodivergent affirming.

Why I became a dog trainer: I have always felt a strong connection with dogs since I was a child and knew from then that I wanted to work with them in some form as an adult. I started out as a vet tech. After 3 years in the vet field I was ready for a change and enrolled in the Victoria Stilwell Academy and have loved this journey.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Connecting with dog guardians that truly love and value the emotional well being of their dogs.

My #1 dog training tip: Try and find ways to build training into your daily routine so that it can be sustainable and fun!

Service areas: Virtual Dog Training Services

Website: https://www.misunderstoodmutt.com


Maggie Pearson

Maggie Pearson graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy for dog trainers, has her certification as a Separation Anxiety Trainer, a Certified Controlled Unleash Instructor, a Certified Family Dog Mediator, and her Fear Free Certification. She is an Accredited Dog Trainer with IAABC, a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for AKC, and an AKC CGC and Fit Dog instructor.

To Maggie, it feels like she has never not been a trainer. She's always been fascinated by training. As a child, she had Guinea pigs, rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, salamanders, frogs, and dogs' everything under the sun. She went on to get a degree in psychology to feed her fascination with learning theory and how animals learn. Her passion never wavered, and she kept taking classes. It happened naturally that she started teaching group classes at her local kennel club.

After a few years of doing that, she decided she should get more education. This is a theme for Maggie, a lifelong learner. After Maggie got her separation anxiety credential, those cases quickly became her favorite. She has had a dog with separation anxiety and is familiar not only with the panic disorder itself but also with the stress it can put on a dog guardian. She loves helping dogs overcome their separation anxiety and giving pet parents the ability to leave their dogs without guilt and worry, hence giving the entire household some relief. Maggie has a background in human resources, which helped her learn to advocate for people and to communicate. She is versatile and flexible in her interactions with people. She's a superb listener and works to understand where clients are coming from and what their goals are with their dogs. Then she helps them bridge that gap. She enjoys explaining dog behavior and helping people understand that often, what their dog is doing is normal. She can then help them find out an outlet for the dog to do 'dog things' in ways that better fit in their human lives.

You can see Maggie's practicality in the educational offerings she has created for local clients, including 'Office Dog' a program for business owners who want to provide their employees with the unique benefit of bringing their dogs to work and do so safely. It's one of her most popular offerings. Maggie provides her skills to her community. Along with search and rescue work with her dogs Ruger, Rlo and Arson. She does therapy work with her dog Gracie. She is active in her local kennel club. She volunteers with Almost Home Canine Rescue and her local animal shelter. Maggie Pearson is on a mission to positively impact lives, one dog at a time.

Certifications: Certified Dog Trainer, CSAT, ADT, FDM, FFCP, CCUI & B.S.

Services include:

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

More info about service provided:

Separation Anxiety in Dogs
Puppy Training
Puppy Rearing
Reactivity in Dogs
Fear full Dogs
Recall Training
Potty Training
Life Skills all dogs should know
Cooperative Care
Tricks with a purpose
Family Dog Training
Breed Selection Help

Behavioral issue focus: Separation Anxiety, Reactivity, Confinement Anxiety, Fearful Dogs and Phobias.

Training methods: We use positive reinforcement training. For behavioral training we work in partnership with your veterinarian. Firstly, we need to address if there are any underlying health issues effecting your dog's behavior. We also address if their nutritional needs are being met with your veterinarian. Then we focus on exercise, enrichment and then a behavioral modification plan.

Why I became a dog trainer: I love helping people. I used to do human resources and dog training is not any different. It is all about coaching people, creating harmony in their homes. I am on a mission to positively Impact Lives, one dog at a time.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Creating Harmony in a home. I love helping people understand their dogs behaviors and finding outlets for their dogs, to do dog things.

My #1 dog training tip: Focus on what you want a dog to do and reinforce it.

Service areas: Sioux Falls, South Dakota ( metro, includes Tea, Renner, Harrisburg, Hartford, Brandon)

Website: https://Tenaciousdogtraining.com


Tera Dschaak -James

I was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon. I am co-owner at Training Spot and am grateful to offer humane training to my community. My passion is teaching humans and dogs to communicate with each other to make training easy and fun for everyone. My mission is educate as many people as I can on science based training methods and help create a better life for dogs and their humans.

Certifications: KPA-CTP, ABC, Puppy Start Right, CPDT-KA, Family Dog Mediator

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I provide dog training for all ages and breeds of dogs, with a specialty in Puppy and Teenage Puppy training. Some of my offerings are group classes, private lessons and in home training session.

Behavioral issue focus: I also work with fearful and reactive dogs to help them gain confidence and feel more comfortable in their environment and home.

Training methods: I works closely with each pet parent and their dog to customize a training specific to their needs and training goals.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a trainer because I adopted a reactive/aggressive teenage puppy that was able to learn to trust and thrive in her environment through positive training.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: All of the wonderful & kind people I get to work with and their amazing dogs!

My #1 dog training tip: Find out your dog's most favorite reinforcers!

Service areas: All of Lane County

Website: https://www.trainingspot.us


Allie Bender

Allie Bender, CDBC, CPBT-KA, SBA has been working and volunteering in various animal welfare-related fields since 2006 and professionally training since 2012. She is the founder and co-owner of Pet Harmony animal behavior and training, co-author of Canine Enrichment for the Real World, co-host of the Enrichment for the Real World podcast, has made TV & commercial appearances, and is a national speaker.

Certifications:  CDBC, CPDT-KA, SBA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training

More info about service provided: I provide behavior modification for pets displaying maladaptive behaviors, including aggression, anxiety, fear, reactivity, compulsions, and more.

Behavioral issue focus: Aggression, anxiety, fear, compulsions, reactivity, intrahousehold aggression, conflict aggression, resource guarding, handling sensitivity, separation anxiety, dog-cat issues, stranger danger, barking, lunging, growling, biting, nipping

Training methods: We adhere to a LIMA (force-free, fear-free, positive reinforcement, etc.) training philosophy. We offer behavior consultation packages.

Why I became a dog trainer: I originally started in shelters and even wanted to open my own shelter. That dream changed when I realized that my community needed someone who could help pets with behavior issues more than they needed another shelter or rescue organization.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Lightbulb moments from learners of all species- including humans!

My #1 dog training tip: Meet needs first. A physically, mentally, and emotionally- well animal learns much easier.

Service areas: Remote

Website: https://petharmonytraining.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


Lyz Knight

Lyz is an Accredited Dog Trainer, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, and a Fear Free Certified Professional who has been working with dogs and their people since 2016. She loves working with puppies and with guardians of nervous and reactive dogs to help them see their dogs blossom into confident, comfortable pups. Lyz is passionate about making good training accessible for pet guardians no matter their location or financial needs, and helping dogs and their people live their best lives together.

Certifications: IAABC-ADT, CPDT-KA, Fear Free Certified Professional

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Private customized training programs for new dogs (puppies or adults) and for fearful and reactive behaviors. Programs include basic manners as well as behavior modification. I also offer virtual group classes for nervous dogs who need a confidence boost and on-demand courses focused on reducing stress at the vet clinic.

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity (barking, lunging, growling, or attempting to bite, directed at people or other dogs). Fear and anxiety-based behaviors. Helping newly acquired dogs adjust to life in their new homes while teaching dog guardians skills to set them up for success with life with a dog

Training methods: I am a fear free certified trainer and all of my training programs are created with force-free, positive reinforcement training plans. All clients start their programs with a virtual consultation where I learn more about their training needs and give them initial training, management, and enrichment guidance to begin addressing their needs. We then meet for live training sessions (either virtual or in-person) where I strive to help them meet their training goals while providing education around all things dog (body language and species-specific needs, helping our dogs feel safe, appropriate expectations for behavior, etc.). We check in regularly to make sure the dog guardians are feeling comfortable and empowered by the training process!

Why I became a dog trainer: I adopted my dog Molly in 2014 and ended up spending the next few years working with her on her reactivity towards people and other dogs. I learned a lot and saw firsthand how much good training can help people and dogs live happier lives together and I wanted to help facilitate that for others.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Getting to witness the excitement and happiness people feel as they connect with their dogs through training!

My #1 dog training tip: Learn about dog body language! This is such a valuable foundation skill - if you can understand what your dog is telling you, you will be better able to address their needs, reduce or prevent unwanted behaviors, and supporting them when they are having a hard time.

Service areas: Vernon Township, NJ. Sussex County, NJ. Warwick, NY. Plus remote work across the country

Website: https://roverrehabdogtraining.com/


Rose Adler

I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer who services clients remotely as well as in person in the Ann Arbor area of Michigan.

My passion for dog training started in my early 20s with my first reactive dog - my first dog, in fact. When other training methods damaged our relationship, I started shadowing reinforcement based trainers in the area and at last found safety and compassion where I needed it.

I have since become a trainer myself, after (co) starting a non-profit organization for deaf and blind dogs where we aimed to put an end to the stigma surrounding impaired dogs. Here I found my true passion, unlocking the relationship between humans and their 'different' or 'untrainable' dogs.

My goal with humans as well as pets, is compassion, mindfulness, and education.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CTDI

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Basic training, house manners, leash walking, off leash skills, deaf dog training, blind dog training, boarding, etc.

Behavioral issue focus: I commonly work with impaired (deaf/blind dogs, as well as unimpaired dogs) on a variety of issues including basic obedience, tricks, loose leash walking, reactivity, house manners, muzzle training, learning to settle, obsessive behaviors, and general stress reduction.

Training methods: I focus on meeting a dog's needs, and modifying behavior through managing the dog's environment and reinforcing desirable behaviors. My goals are compassion, kindness, research, and continued education.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer when I realized the impact I can make in someone's life, and in their dogs' lives. Dog training is my own enrichment, and there is something so special about helping people connect with their pets in a way they never thought possible.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a dog trainer is that 'ah-ha!' moment that dog guardians feel when they and their dogs understand each other in a new way.

My #1 dog training tip: My #1 dog training tip is to value where you want value. Examine your dog's reinforcement history, especially with you.

Service areas: Washtenaw County


Shanthi Steddum

Shanthi began training in 1996 with her Doberman "Niko". It was with Niko that Shanthi learned to listen to her dog by observing body language. That knowledge, along with her positive reinforcement training, quickly gained her recognition around her local dog park and the obedience club she was attending. In 2004, she took over teaching the Basic Obedience class using play and training to strengthen the bond between dog and human.
Using fun and easy techniques, Shanthi has helped countless dog stay in their home by learning to be a well mannered member of the family.

Certifications: CCPDT-KA, KPA - CTP

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: We offer group classes, private lessons, day school and board and train for dogs of all ages and breeds. We teach a variety of skills from basic manners to public skills, tricks to urban agility. All services are designed to strengthen the bond between owner and dog as well as help pups be well mannered rock stars in all environments.

Behavioral issue focus: From fearful pups to reactive rovers or over exuberant and over the top pups who need help learning to regulate their emotions. We have protocols to help your dog be the best pup possible.

Training methods: All of our methods and protocols are designed to adhere to LIMA guidelines. Our staff is trained to observe behavior and use positive reinforcement techniques to improve overall behavior.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help owners connect with their dogs in a way that dogs understand. I love watching the dog relax and start enjoying working with their person when trained in a manner the dog understands. I also love the "a'ha" moment from the people.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping dogs by helping owners understand their dog.

My #1 dog training tip: Once your dog understands the cue for a behavior, be sure you SEE the dog offer the behavior every time. Even if you're not paying with treats anymore, reward with praise, acknowledgment or play.

Service areas: Washington county, Benton county

Website: https://www.nwaschoolfordogs.com


Yvonne Feeney

I'm one of a handful of certified behavioral consultants in Chicago and have been invested in the rescue community since 2009.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: At Anything is Pawzible, we have group classes from Puppy to Senior, Tricks to Nosework. We also provide in home and in facility private sessions for obedience and behavioral work.

Behavioral issue focus: Anxiety disorders (separation, fears/phobias, stranger danger), reactivity (people and dog), resource guarding, barking, destruction, dog to dog aggression, prep for baby

Training methods: We are a modern science based training facility and advocate for the dog's physical and emotional well-being while helping pet parents read their dog and set them up for success through education and tangible goals.

Why I became a dog trainer: To advocate for the dogs by helping to stop out-dated and damaging aversive training methods that are still being taught today.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching the shift in dog parents once they have the proper understanding and tools in place and seeing their dogs improvements.

My #1 dog training tip: Learn to truly read dog body language and set them up for success.

Service areas: Chicago

Website: https://anythingispawzible.com


Jodi Cassell

I'm a self-professed science and animal nerd. I've been fascinated by animals from an early age and my first career focused on conservation and enhancement of animal habitat through work with environmental and other organizations.

When I sought training help for my first rescue vizsla dog, I was disappointed by the use of harsh training methods by the majority of trainers in my local area. This lead me to research and seek education about positive reinforcement training and to my career change to professional animal training.

I enjoy working with clients and helping them discover the power and fun of positive reinforcement/force free dog training.

Certifications: CBCC-KA (Certified Behavior Consultant Canine, Certification Counsel for Professional Dog Trainers, CCPDT); CTC (Certificate in Training & Counseling, Academy for Dog Trainers)

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 offer private training sessions and behavior consultations in the Greater Sacramento Region. I work with clients on a variety issues of issues ranging from new puppy training to more complex behavioral issues. I specialize in working with fear, reactivity, aggression, and separation anxiety. My training is force free (positive reinforcement) and I do not use tools that scare or cause pain in dogs.

Behavioral issue focus:

I am an honors graduate of the Academy for Dog Trainers (Certificate in Training and Counseling - CTC), the most rigorous professional dog training and behavior education program in the world. I was also the trainer for Front Street Animal shelter from 2019-2020. I work with a number of dog rescue organizations.

I have experience working with a variety of behavior issues ranging from common obedience/manners issues to cases with dog bites. I am recommended by and work with veterinarians throughout the region including Veterinary Behaviorists at University of California at Davis and other practices.

Training methods:

Training with is initiated through a behavior consultation where I review your dog's history and behavior, provide education and management strategies, discuss and set training goals, and initiate training. I provide follow-up handouts and custom training plans that serve as reminders and homework. Follow-up sessions are scheduled individually or as a package based on client needs and goals.

My training is force free (positive reinforcement), meaning I do not use methods that force a dog to perform a behavior. Rather, I teach dogs to perform a behavior using motivators like food. Research indicates that these methods work and do not risk the side effects of fear and aggression that can be caused my using compulsion-based training. I do not use tools that scare or cause pain in dogs.

Why I became a dog trainer: 2010

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: For my behavior clients, I love helping resolve behavior issues so that dogs remain with their families vs. being relinquished to shelters, rescues, or worse. I love seeing any client and dog learn via force free dog training because it is effective and fun for everyone.

My #1 dog training tip:

Use food to train! Would you go to work without the motivation of pay? Training is work for dogs, so they must be motivated to do this work. Food is an easy and potent motivator for incremental training that is the basis for a learned behavior.

In addition, positive motivators like food create happy associations with anything else in the dog's training environment including people, hands, other dogs, etc. This helps reduce the risk of fear or aggression.

Service areas: Sacramento, Elk Grove, Natomas, Carmichael, Fair Oaks, Rancho Cordova, Folsom. Travel fee for anything beyond a 15 minute one-way drive of 95820.

Website: https://www.ccpdt.org/


Jane Wolff

Jane Wolff specializes in treating separation anxiety and is a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT). She also graduated with honors from The Academy for Dog Trainers (CTC), is certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and is Fear Free Certified. She has been working with dogs professionally since 2014 and loves working with dogs and their people

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CTC, CSAT, FFCP

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I primarily specialize in separation anxiety but I also love working on getting dogs comfortable with grooming and vet care and fearful dogs generally

Behavioral issue focus: I primarily work with fear and anxiety and specifically separation anxiety

Training methods: I do behavior consultations that follow up with daily written training plans and management plans when necessary. I use only force free training methods and do not scare or hurt dogs to train them

Why I became a dog trainer: Because I wanted to help people have a great life with their dogs

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: The dogs of course but also the people! I truly enjoy getting to know and working with my clients

My #1 dog training tip: If you like it, pay it! Rewarding dogs for stuff you like will make it more likely in the future

Service areas: Ypsilanti and surrounding area, remote nation wide

Website: https://www.goodwolff.com


Jessica Gore

As a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) with expertise in teaching, healing, and rescue, Jessica provides positively the best for pup and parent. When not training, traveling to a conference, or continuing education, Jessica enjoys spending time in Hollywood with her two rescue pups.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, FDM, Pet Nutrition

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Body language and relationship building through healthy communication and a holistic approach: Urban pup-itis! I commonly work with pups that would benefit from feeling better about their surroundings and teach pup parents how to allow their companion to decompress from city life and prevent costly stress that can negatively effect health and behavior.

Behavioral issue focus: Urban pup-itis! I commonly work with pups that would benefit from feeling better about their surroundings and teach pup parents how to allow their companion to decompress from city life and prevent costly stress that can negatively effect health and behavior.

Training methods: Private coaching, remote coaching, consultation for dog-centered enterprises, mentorship, evaluation, speaking engagements and group seminars

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer because I wanted to understand how to better connect with my own animals, and reduce homeless pet populations by preventing behavior issues through education.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love helping people and seeing dogs shine!

My #1 dog training tip: My #1 dog training tip is to never use corrections with your pup

Service areas: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Los Angeles

Website: https://www.competentpup.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/


Brittany Fulton

My life experiences with animals have contributed to the highly motivated dog trainer that I am today. I have a degree from the University of Oregon in psychology with an emphasis on animal behavior. I also have Certification in Training and Counseling from The Academy for Dog Trainers. Starting in 2011, I learned from and worked beside a successful dog trainer, Dina Pavlis of Surf City Dog Training, in Florence, OR.

I have interned with various domestic and wildlife organizations in Utah (Best Friends) and throughout Oregon. Since moving to the D.C. area, I completed an internship with the Smithsonian National Zoo, working on the American Trail. There, we utilized positive reinforcement training, the same approach I use with canines. You may have met me at the Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington, D.C., where I taught behavior modification classes for several years. Outside of work, I have been active with local humane shelters, both fostering and volunteering.

Certifications:

Certified in Training and Counseling by The Academy for Dog Trainers
Completion of Master Course in Aggression in Dogs

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 or virtual private sessions. I also offer in-home day training. My specialties are aggression, fear, and reactivity. My other areas of focus are obedience training, house training, and puppy training.

Behavioral issue focus: With both experience and a thorough education in fear and in aggression, I commonly address difficulty with strangers, other dogs (including reactivity), and guests. I also offer leash walking training, house training, puppy training/socialization, basic behaviors such as Stay, Come, Down, etc., and training to address other challenges associated with sharing a home with a canine.

Training methods: I use only positive reinforcement, force free methods. Initial consults involve review of the behaviors in question- why they may exist and what we can do to improve matters. Thorough session summaries are emailed along with handouts. I am available to provide support both during and after our training packages together.

Why I became a dog trainer: From a young age, I have always befriended and sought the company of animals. I have a long-time fascination with behavior, both human and non-human. I am passionate about animal welfare and want to contribute to the successful coexistence of dogs and their people. I love fostering bonds between people and dogs and seeing the development of their mutual understanding. Building communication between canine and human is a truly fulfilling endeavor for me.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love the ah-ha! moment for either the dog or the human guardian. Sometimes this moment occurs when a guardian understands why a particular approach works well or why their dog is exhibiting a certain behavior. Sometimes it's when the dog understands what their human is trying to achieve or ask for. It's a beautiful experience to witness.

My #1 dog training tip:

"Connect with your dog!" I find it incredibly valuable to improve the connection between a dog and their guardian. Once both dog and guardian expect recognition and awareness of one another, they are operating as a team. If difficult or uncertain experiences arise, they can address them together, which is comforting for both.
We can build this connection through general and targeted training in a variety of environments.

Service areas: Southern parts of Montgomery County, Maryland, Northern parts of NW Washington D.C.,

Website: https://www.dancesdogs.com/


Agnes Kavalecz

Born in 1978 in Hungary and the love for animals showed its signs early on, as I started to saved animals when I was a child. Graduated high school and worked in Hungary till 2004.

Started my dog training carrier in 2016 in the USA, and I never looked back.

Certifications: Catch Certified Dog Trainer, Family Paws Parent Educator

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: Basic Obedience, Behavior Modification, private sessions, potty training, Puppy Basics, Day training, Advanced training, training around distractions, service dog training

Behavioral issue focus: Fear related reactivity, in home dog aggression, dog reactivity, stranger danger, pray drive

Training methods: Using positive reinforcement, force-free training. After the guardian fills out the information request form we set up a phone consultation to learn more about the dog and guardian. The training plan is tailored to the specific dog and pet parent. Pet parents receive email and phone support, written or video homework.

Why I became a dog trainer: My late Rusty girl was a real challenge and I wanted to become someone who helps her. It become my passion. She passed away in 2020.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping pet guardians to understand their beloved dogs better. To help dogs to live a fuller, happier life. Their success is what motivates me!

My #1 dog training tip: Reward what you like to see!

Service areas: Waynesville, St Robert, Fort Leonard Wood, Dixon, Richland, Rolla, Lebanon, Pulaski County

Website: https://www.letsgetpawsitive.com/


Jennifer Pratt

Jennifer Pratt, CTC, CSAT, SA Pro, CDBC, CPDT-KA, is the founder of Wag the Dog and Company. She is a graduate of Jean Donaldson's prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers where she earned her certificate in training and counseling (CTC) and honored to be on their speaker roster for conferences and seminars.

Jennifer is also a graduate of two renowned trainers and authors widely-recognized as the authorities in effective science based treatment protocols for separation anxiety and isolation distress, Malena DeMartini's Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer program (CSAT) and Julie Naismith's Separation Anxiety Pro Trainer program (SA Pro).

Additionally, she is certified through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (CDBC), the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA), is a Fear Free certified professional, and is a presenter for Stop the 77 programs aimed at educating families on how to prevent dog bites.

As a formally educated, multi-credentialed professional, Jennifer is trusted and referred to by veterinarians and training colleagues alike. Jennifer is dedicated to helping guardians live the life they want to lead with their beloved companions by sharing her knowledge of how dogs learn and what really gets them motivated in life in a way that is not only effective but fun for both ends of the leash!

Certifications:  CTC, CDBC, CSAT, SA PRO, CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: We specialize in supporting families and their companions with fear, aggression, and phobias including separation anxiety to experience less stress and more joy worldwide.

Behavioral issue focus: Our focused area of specialization fears, phobias, anxiety, and aggression enables us to provide you with personalized doable, easy-to-follow step-by-step management and training plans.

Training methods: All new clients start with a live one-on-one online behavior consultation. After the initial online behavior consultation, we may continue with private sessions online, in-person at one of our partner veterinary clinics, or in-home. Location is determined by the companion's needs and our driving range.

Why I became a dog trainer: I was inspired to learn all I could about dogs when I adopted my first dog. She needed support that went far beyond a group class and I was in over my head! I realized quite quickly that there was so much conflicting information available about dogs that I needed to find a qualified mentor to learn the science behind how I could truly work with my girl to teach her the world is safe. Through my alma mater The Academy for Dog Trainers, I not only learned how to help my companion but also how to work with other guardians to help them to experience less stress and more joy with their fearful companions.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping guardians learn how to observe and respond to their dog's communication to assist them both in providing for their needs and improving their lives.

My #1 dog training tip: Learn how to observe, listen and respond to your dog's communication system. Learn to speak dog!

Service areas: We are based in the Milwaukee, WI metro area, and work remotely with clients worldwide.

Website: https://www.wagthedogandcompany.com/


Savannah LeFors

Hello! I'm Savannah LeFors, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, and I have been training dogs since 2015! I was the coordinator of Tallahassee Memorial's Animal Therapy Department and I have been screening, training, evaluating, and managing over 180 therapy animal teams that visited the Big Bend region's healthcare facilities, nursing homes, and schools for over 2 years. I also have experience assessing and training service dogs as part of an internship.

I was raised in Saint Augustine, FL, and after moving away to get my degree in Tallahassee at Florida State, I realized my heart lives here! I am excited and passionate to help the residents of the First Coast bond with their dogs and enjoy everything our amazing coast has to offer! As a child of two Deaf parents, I am fluent in American Sign Language, so I am also thrilled to provide accessibility to dog training for all Deaf people as well!

Although I have learned a lot via reading books, attending seminars, and training clients' dogs,

I have learned the most about dog training from my two dogs! I have an Australian Cattle Dog, Sydney, and a Dalmatian, Bindi. They are both totally Deaf, so we do things a little differently!

I specialize in dog body language and have learned to think outside of the box to work with them, and can apply my knowledge, skills, and research in science-based, positive reinforcement training to help with you and your dog's needs!

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Fear Free Certified Professional

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I offer in home training for all basic obedience manners and most behavior modification! I have two deaf dogs myself so I do lots of deaf dog training! I also host group classes several times a year for basic and advanced obedience!

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, separation anxiety, potty training, wary of strangers, wary of other dogs, deaf dog training, muzzle training, husbandry training and consent for behaviors.

Training methods: I subscribe to positive, force free training. No use of intimidation or fear tactics will be used to train the dogs. Classical and operant conditioning does all the work for us!

Why I became a dog trainer: I was in college and wasn't sure what to do with my life. I made friend with someone who was a dog trainer and I fell in love with the problem solving, teaching, learning, and helping part of it! I found my niche with deaf dogs and absolutely love strengthening the bond between families and their canine partners!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing families work with their dog to cooperatively have a better life together!

My #1 dog training tip: Reward your dog for the GOOD stuff! Dont focus too much on the bad behaviors!

Service areas: Saint Johns County, Saint Augustine, Palm Coast

Website: https://SavvyDT.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


Alex Ferrente

I received my Bachelor's degree in Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation from Canisius College in 2015. During my time there, I studied the behavior of a captive population of beluga whales. This led to my first professional training position - with marine mammals! After graduating, I moved to a small island in Washington State where I worked for two seasons as a Marine Naturalist for a whale watching outfitter. In my spare time, I volunteered at the local animal shelter which sparked my interest in companion animal behavior.

In 2016, I accepted a position in the behavior and training department at Lollypop Farm where I remained for 4 years. There, I taught group classes and private lessons for members of the public, performed dog behavior evaluations, and carried out behavior modification for cats and dogs who weren't quite ready for adoption.

In 2020, I left to start Young Lion Training and Behavior with my training partner, Rebecca. It was a smooth transition to working for ourselves and I love the work-life balance I'm able to maintain. Doing so helps me to be the best trainer that I can be. I have two dogs and a cat of my own, and they all love training just as much as I do!

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: We offer in-home and virtual behavior consultations, continued coaching, day training and group classes for dogs of all ages and across a range of behavior challenges. One of our favorite services to provide is our puppy starter package - where we can get your puppy started off on the right foot from day one!

Behavioral issue focus: Basic manners, impulse control, reactivity, resource guarding, cat-dog introductions, and more.

Training methods: We adhere to the humane hierarchy and never use or recommend aversive training techniques. Private training always starts with an initial behavior consultation followed by a written training plan, and the type of follow-up sessions depend on the case. For clients who like to work more independently, we offer more intermittent coaching every few weeks. And for clients who prefer more accelerated, hands on guidance, we offer multiple times per week day training sessions - as well as some hybrid options between those two.

Why I became a dog trainer: I've always been interested in animal behavior and dog training/behavior consulting has been such an effective way to help a large number of dogs and their humans live more harmoniously together. I love having a career that allows me to advocate for science-based, ethical training methods.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite moments are when clients can see and feel proud of the changes they've worked so hard on with their dog. It also feels pretty special to be one of so many dogs favorite people.

My #1 dog training tip: Be kind, patient, and set them up for success by breaking your goals down into tiny, achievable steps!

Service areas: Greater Rochester Area, Finger Lakes, and beyond

Website: https://youngliontraining.com


Elizabeth Silverstein

Elizabeth Silverstein didn't think she had natural ability with animals.
She instead pursued her love of writing, focusing on nonprofit organizations while writing for local publications.

In 2012, Elizabeth brought home her own dog, a Miniature Schnauzer named Jeeves, and then started dog sitting for friends. She took several dog training classes and slowly began to see that she could learn how to communicate with animals. She started dog walking in 2016 and then started working as a dog training intern on a southern New Jersey farm. It was a sink or swim sort of environment that taught her a massive amount about dog behavior, since the farm catered to dogs with behavioral issues while using positive reinforcement methods.

When she moved to Little Rock in 2018, she volunteered with local rescues and tried working for other dog businesses. She earned her dog trainer certification and started Telltail Dog Training in 2020 because she saw a need for force-free, positive reinforcement training that focused on communication, while catering to the busy individual who might need evening and weekend opportunities.

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT)

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Obedience training, training classes, day training, basic and advanced training, potty training

Behavioral issue focus: I work with reactivity, shy dogs, and certain forms of aggression.

Training methods: I include consultations, training plans, and offer videos for day training.

Why I became a dog trainer: Because the bond between human and dog can be magical, and I wanted to help other people learn how to build that relationship based on trust and clear communication.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing people get excited about what their dogs can do and how they can grow together.

My #1 dog training tip: Be patient.

Service areas: Little Rock, North Little Rock, Sherwood, Benton, Maumelle

Website: https://telltaildogtraining.com


Sarah Alvarado

Sarah discovered a passion for training and behavior when she took her first dog home from a local shelter while attending Texas A&M University. Throughout college, she worked in a veterinary office. She graduated with a degree in Animal Science in 2007 and began teaching group puppy and obedience classes in 2010. In 2014 she began working with service dogs.

For three years she worked with female inmates in the Texas prison system teaching service dog training and handling. She is now focused on helping pet dogs and their families live together joyfully. Sarah is committed to continuing education and regularly attends seminars and conferences to improve her knowledge and skill. In September of 2017 she became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed. She shares her home with her husband, a 10-year-old Catahoula, a 4-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, and two 13-year-old cats.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: My primary service is small-scale in-home board and train. Additionally, I have a limited number of spots available for private lessons.

Behavioral issue focus: Most commonly, I help humans and their dogs work through reactivity. I also take on a lot of adolescent dogs who need a bit of help navigating their world. Additionally, I love to help puppies get off on the right paw with a puppy Board and Train that focuses heavily on healthy socialization and a few solid foundation skills.

Training methods: I begin with a 90-minute consultation, during which I take a thorough behavior history and help clients set goals. If a dog stays with me for a Board and Train, we follow the dog's stay with private lessons and written guidelines for continuing to build and maintain behaviors once the dog returns home.

Why I became a dog trainer: I was fascinated by behavior and how animals learn. I got hooked watching dogs learn, and now I enjoy I enjoy using that knowledge to help people get the most out of their relationships with their dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: The relationships I form with both the dogs and the humans with whom I get to work. I am always learning from you!

My #1 dog training tip: Take time to play with your dog.

Service areas: I live in Troy and serve the surrounding areas including Temple, Belton, Killeen, Round Rock, Georgetown, Pflugerville, Hutto, Jarrell, and Salado.


Penny Locke

I'm positive reinforcement, fear-free training. I have been teaching for 20 years. Starting out with family & friends, then moving to paying clients. I have a back ground in rescue work, where many different dogs benefitted from training. Now my practice is varied, one dog at a time, one puppy at a time to bring structure, boundaries & kind training. I do not use equipment that causes harm, pain, stress or force to the dog.

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: In-home training, Day Training, general good manners, potty training, troubleshooting unwanted behavior.

Behavioral issue focus: Barking, recall, listening skills, adolescence, fearful behavior, adjustment to new homes thru adoption, jumping up, jumping on furniture, walking skills.

Training methods: Dog guardians buy sessions with me. The first is via Zoom, the following are in-person, unless they are outside my in-person range, then we continue with virtual. Customized sessions based on dog's progress. Starting in-person sessions at guardian's home, then as appropriate generalize behaviors to new settings.

Why I became a dog trainer: My own dog needed help, I needed to find ways to help him. I caught the bug, and haven't looked back.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Meeting guardians who really care about the best life for their dogs.

My #1 dog training tip: Learn about dogs' body language.

Service areas: Sonoma, Mendocino & Lake County

Website: https://www.allabout-canines.com


Christina Perez

I am a PNW native who has been training dogs in Portland for 13 years. I work for Wonder Puppy- Puppy Parenting Center, in NW Portland. I have a teenage rescue Border Collie Mix puppy named Fern, who is my best teacher and adventure buddy.

I love helping people get through puppyhood by seeing behavior from their dog's perspective, having realistic expectations of what their dog is capable of based on their developmental stage, and channeling patience, and compassion, when supporting their dogs. Also, laughter is key. My hope is that through working with me people can see training as not just a thing we do the first two years of our dog's lives, but more so a mentality and lifestyle that lasts a lifetime.

Certifications: CPDT- KA

Services include:

  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I provide Group Classes, Private Training, and Puppy Socials. I work for a Puppy Parenting Center and my specialty is working with Adolescent Dogs and Dogs who struggle with impulse control, overexcitement, and reactivity.

Behavioral issue focus: Jumping, Mouthing, Barking, Leash Reactivity, Impulsivity around Dogs and People, Fearfulness around Dogs and People

Training methods: I adhere to LIMA, Force Free, Rewards Based, Science Based training. I use management, clicker training, treats, toys, classical conditioning and desensitization.

Why I became a dog trainer: Originally it was because I felt a strong connection to dogs and knew a career working alongside them would be incredibly fulfilling. Now, I feel that as positive reinforcement dog trainers we are their biggest advocates, and helping better educate the public in compassionate training and care feels essential.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching how clear communication between the human and dog can allow such incredible bonding and joy to be experienced.

My #1 dog training tip: Whenever possible, have fun with your dog!

Service areas: Portland

Website: https://www.wonder-puppy.com


Lisa Korf

Previously the Behavior & Training Manager at the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley in Colorado, Dr. Lisa Korf has many years of experience helping animals to find their forever families. She is passionate about teaching animals and their handlers how to work as a team to build communication and trust. Lisa applies advanced problem-solving skills to her passion in animal welfare, behavior and training. She has been active in the rescue community since 2004, devoting her time to rehabilitating and training rescue dogs, and educating volunteers, foster parents, and adopters.

The training classes she leads primarily utilize positive reinforcement to promote teamwork between handlers and dogs, with an emphasis on emotional connection. In addition to training, she has worked with behavioral issues including leash and barrier reactivity, separation anxiety, aggression, and resource guarding. Lisa is a certified trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, as well as a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She looks forward to helping to improve the canine-human relationships within Bartholomew and surrounding counties.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CDBC

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Group training classes, day training, boarding, board and train

Behavioral issue focus: reactive behaviors, nurturing secure attachments, anxiety

Training methods: Behavior consultations begin with a 90 minute session for intake, observation, goal-setting, and creating a plan for you and your dog. Our methods take into account your dog's welfare and emotional well-being.

Why I became a dog trainer: Love of dogs, intuition, and problem-solving skills.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing happy dogs and happy owners.

My #1 dog training tip: Listen to what your dog is telling you, and engage with him or her on his or her terms.

Service areas: Bartholomew and surrounding counties

Website: https://www.hot-diggity-dog.com



Kelly Fahey

PMCT3, Fear Free Certified Trainer, Certified SAPro Trainer, Family Dog Mediator

Services include:

  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Enjoy customized, private, one-on-one puppy training in the convenience of your home‚Äã with our Puppy Concierge Program. Our program is crafted to help not only with good manners, but also helps with all your day to day puppy predicaments such as house training, puppy biting and chewing, safe space training, separation anxiety prevention and more. We are with you during your puppy journey to help turn the chaos to calm.

Behavioral issue focus:

Separation anxiety
Puppy training
Puppy socialization
House training
Puppy biting and chewing
Separation anxiety prevention
Crate/safe space training
Polite leash walking
Coming when called
Polite greetings
Polite door manners
Teaching puppies to relax/settle
Good manners

Training methods: All of our training is positive and based on up-to-date, modern training methods. We set you and your puppy up for success. We never use punishment based methods.

Why I became a dog trainer: Puppies aren't easy. They don't come pre-programmed and they don't come with instructions. The idea of a puppy is fun, but can quickly become overwhelming. I became a dog trainer so I can help dog guardians better understand the needs of their puppies so they can develop a close bond and enjoy puppyhood.

Puppyhood is a journey that everyone should enjoy and I love helping everyone turn the chaos to come so they can enjoy this special time.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Living with puppies can be challenging. I enjoy helping provide the information and knowledge to help puppy parents better understand their puppy. There is something special when a puppy and their parent can start communicating and understand each other better. Watching this relationship develop never gets old. It's amazing to see the connection develop and grow.

My #1 dog training tip: Be patient with yourself and your puppy. You are a team. Your fall learning and growing on this journey together.

Website: https://www.pupscoutsofhunterdon.com


Heather Moore

Heather Moore has 20 years of experience training dogs and helping owners to modify their dogs' problem behaviors. She worked with Purely Positive Dog Training in Charleston, SC until recently relocating to TN. She has been a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and Pet Professional Guild (PPG). Her own dogs have titled in AKC Rally Obedience Novice and Advanced, and earned Therapy Dog Certifications. She is an evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen Test for the AKC. She also has seven years experience as a teacher of elementary age children. This combination of skills led her to co-found the first Kids and Dogs Camp in Charleston, SC, as well as the first training class for kids and their pet dogs in that area.

Since living in Tennessee, she has spent many hours volunteering at a local shelter helping them assess dogs and promoting them on Facebook. She has established a training program and trained staff on how to make a dog more adoptable by using positive training. She frequently offers programs for the public teaching how to train shelter dogs.

Heather is currently responsible for all dangerous dogs and potentially dangerous dog court cases in Rutherford County. Residents must complete training with her to help their dog improve their behavior.

Heather also helps several local rescue groups. She loves match making and finding the perfect dog for your family. As a mother of two young boys, Heather has a practical and friendly approach towards training the family dog. Her methodology focuses on leadership, structure, and positive reinforcement. All training is gentle and humane, while also being user-friendly and efficient. Heather, her husband Lance, and sons Parker and Wyatt, share their home with 1 border collie, 1 cat, 7 chickens, 2 horses, and her son's pet lizard.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CGC evaluator

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: We offer group classes such as Puppy Preschool, Kinderpuppy, Just the Basics, Basics Advanced, Canine Good Citizen, Adventures Off Leash, Sniffology, Canine Acting And Tricks, Loose Leash Walking Class, Private lessons, Day training, Camp Wag is our board and train program, Sit and Play is our puppy drop off program. We offer a program for any age dog and can teach basic cues, help solve problem behaviors, and work with dogs that show aggression or reactivity.

Behavioral issue focus: We offer a Reactive Rover class for reactive dogs or offer private lessons.

Training methods: I am a positive trainer and use positive methods ONLY. I do not use shock collars, e-collars, choke chains, prong collars, etc. As for my process, it is different for every dog. I use what motivates your dog and we come up with a behavior plan to fit your dogs needs.

Why I became a dog trainer: I brought home a 6 month old yellow lab puppy who did not like people or other dogs so I went to class. I fell in love with training and wanted to be able to help people with their dogs like my trainer helped me with my puppy!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Puppies!

My #1 dog training tip: Telling your dog "no" doesn't tell them much. It tells them you are not happy with them but does not tell them what to do instead. Teach your dog a cue that will tell them what you want them to do such as "off" rather than "no."

Service areas: Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Rutherford County, Christiana, Rockvale

Website: https://www.wagitbetter.com


Amy Campbell

Amy is a professional dog trainer and small animal massage therapist. Before moving to Atlanta in 2018, Amy ran a successful dog walking and training business in the Boston area for ten years and has extensive experience working with groups of dogs, dog-dog interactions and supporting families and their dogs who are struggling with anxiety, impulse control issues, and bad social skills. Amy has more than six years experience teaching group classes on a weekly basis at the country's oldest AKC Club, New England Dog Training Club. These days, Amy splits her time between work as a grant writer for a couple of Atlanta's best nonprofits and working with dogs through Behave Atlanta.

Certifications: CCPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: We offer private training for dogs, puppies and cats. We offer behavior modification/training plans for dogs with reactivity, aggression, separation anxiety, interdog aggression, and fear/anxiety.

Behavioral issue focus: separation anxiety, reactivity, aggression, aggression/reactivity towards baby/kids, fear/anxiety, and more.

Training methods: We begin with a consult and create a personalized behavior plan for the client. Then we offer a package of training sessions to work through the plan with clients, ensuring they learn how to guide their dog in these new ways.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer because one puppy in my playgroups as a dog walker became aggressive and I missed it. I missed the change from sweet but over-active puppy to a resource guarding fighter. I wanted to learn how to prevent problem behaviors and teach owners how smart their dogs actually are and that positive reinforcement and compassionate dog training can get amazing results.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My clients

My #1 dog training tip: Every dog is smart and unique, so set up a training plan that engages, not disengages, your dog's brain.

Service areas: Within the I-285 perimeter of metro Atlanta

Website: https://behaveatlanta.com/


Jody Epstein

I have a masters degree in behavior and am proud to be the only board certified applied animal behaviorist in the eastern half of Missouri. I also hold my Certified Behavior Consultant Canine and Certified Professional Dog Trainer (knowledge assessed) certifications, and I am a Fear Free Certified Professional dog trainer as well. I have been training professionally for 16 years.

I served one year as the behavior manager for small humane society. I moved to Missouri in 2018 to take on the role of Head Training Instructor at the Academy of Pet Careers - the only full-time, hands-on positive reinforcement dog training trade school in the country that we know of. After earning my ACAAB in 2021, I shifted my focus back to seeing private clients so that I could help as many people struggling with behavior challenges in their homes as possible. It has been my pleasure to serve the greater St. Charles area these past two years.

Certifications: ACAAB, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, FFCP

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I provide in-home and remote behavior services to address a variety of concerns including timid/fearful dogs, stranger danger, dog-directed reactivity, and resource guarding. I also offer basic skills and manners training.

Behavioral issue focus: While my favorite dogs to work with are the timid/fearful dogs, the majority of my work is with dogs showing stranger-danger reactivity and dog-directed reactivity/leash reactivity. I also frequently work with resource guarding issues.

Training methods: An initial consultation allows me to learn about the life, health, and behavior history of the dog. This also allows me to observe the dog directly. Using the information gathered during the consultation, I design a management plan to prevent the dog practicing the undesired behavior as well as a behavior and training plan to help the humans help their pups work through the behavior challenges and find a more comfortable life together.

I use a variety of counter conditioning protocols to help the dog make new associations with those things that trigger their behavior outbursts. This results in a more confident and resilient dog. I do not utilize any tools or techniques that rely on fear or pain to suppress behaviors.

Why I became a dog trainer: I struggled with some behavior challenges with my heart-dog, Cashew. When I couldn't find a professional who could help me without causing pain or fear in my beautiful dog, I dedicated my life to learning as much as I could about canine learning and behavior. I returned to graduate school to study the subject. I began training basic skills at a local big box pet store, and continued educating myself in behavior challenges. As my knowledge and skills grew, I began taking on behavior cases and my work has grown from there. My business name, Nutz About Mutz, is an homage to the dog who got me started on this career path.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: The joy on people's face when they see their dog making healthier/safer behavior choices. And the joy I see in the dog when they realize they don't have to be afraid.

My #1 dog training tip: Every interaction is a training interaction. Meaning, every time we engage with a dog, we are telling that dog how to engage with us.

Service areas: St. Charles County, St. Louis City, remote sessions

Website: https://www.NutzAboutMutz.com


Debby McMullen

I am the author of the How Many Dogs? Using Positive Reinforcement Training to Manage a Multiple Dog Household, which has also been translated into German. I write as a contributor for Victoria Stilwell's Positively website as well as on my book's website.

I began my training career in 1998 as a volunteer instructor at Animal Friends shelter in Pittsburgh. I have taught literally thousands of classes both through the shelter and at other locations. I started as a dog walker and developed a keen interest in behavior and was asked to join the behavior program.

I also ran my own Doberman rescue for nearly 15 years before taking a less active role in the rescue world.

Certifications: Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC)

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: In home behavior consulting for fear/aggression/reactivity as well as in-home and remote consultations for multiple dog household issues, remote and in home consultations for Caucasian Ovcharka owners and related breeds behavior concerns, and getting your puppy started off on the right paw.

Behavioral issue focus: Fear, anxiety, aggression, reactivity, and multiple dog household conflicts. Also, puppies getting started off on the right paw.

Training methods: My methods are modern rewards-based science supported dog and human friendly designed specifically for each individual dog.

Why I became a dog trainer: Because I had a challenging dog that I needed to learn how to effectively help make better choices.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Client happiness at improving the relationship and understanding between themselves and their dogs.

My #1 dog training tip: Show your dog what you want them to do instead of correcting what you don't want them to do.

Service areas: Allegheny, Fayette, Butler, Beaver, Green, Washington, Mercer, Westmoreland, Indiana counties

Website: https://www.pawsitivereactions.com


Jennifer Shearer

My journey began as a distressed dog parent with an extremely reactive dog. In my naivety, I followed the recommendations of friends and our rescue and experienced the dark side of "balanced training" firsthand.

I realized that there is a major flaw in balanced training: Its punishment techniques are overdeveloped while its positive reinforcement techniques are severely underdeveloped. Those positive reinforcement techniques were the missing piece for my dog and me. Once we learned them, punishment started falling to the wayside until we let it go completely.

I became a dog trainer in the hopes that no other family would have to go on a wild goose chase to get results and find relief. Together we can create a community of quirky dogs and devoted owners who have the skills and knowledge to navigate our fast-changing world. As a trainer, I empower humans and their dogs equally to optimize learning at both ends of the leash. We'll build competence to create purpose-driven confidence, and I can't wait to work with you.

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Puppy Socialization, Remedial Socialization, Basic Commands, Potty Training, Leash Manners, Confidence Building, Enrichment

Behavioral issue focus: I specialize in dogs struggling with arousal-based issues, especially those exhibiting reactivity. My work is best suited for shy, fearful, and hyperactive dogs who need help learning how to manage their big feelings and cope with the human world.

Training methods: I always start with a behavior consultation, where clients can ask and share anything about their dog(s) in a safe and confidential space. From there, we develop a sustainable and accessible training plan, which utilizes in-person and virtual learning opportunities. Client support continues after completing your training plan with follow up lessons.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer to help average folks navigate this complex, unregulated, and often contradictory industry. Dog training should be joyful, accessible, and liberating. I am excited to help dog guardians tackle difficult issues without the soul-sucking seriousness of some dog training methods.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: The best part of dog training is supporting interspecies communication! Watching a pet guardian and their dog get on the same page and respond to each other's needs is pure magic.

My #1 dog training tip: Go slow to learn fast! Cracks in your foundation will always catch up to you, so linger at the beginning to ensure a smoother future together.

Service areas: DMV, Prince George's County (MD), Charles County (MD), Fairfax County (VA), Arlington County (VA)

Website: https://www.doggedpursuits.com


Jennifer Shearer

My journey began as a distressed dog parent with an extremely reactive dog. In my naivety, I followed the recommendations of friends and our rescue and experienced the dark side of "balanced training" firsthand.

I realized that there is a major flaw in balanced training: Its punishment techniques are overdeveloped while its positive reinforcement techniques are severely underdeveloped. Those positive reinforcement techniques were the missing piece for my dog and me. Once we learned them, punishment started falling to the wayside until we let it go completely.

I became a dog trainer in the hopes that no other family would have to go on a wild goose chase to get results and find relief. Together we can create a community of quirky dogs and devoted owners who have the skills and knowledge to navigate our fast-changing world. As a trainer, I empower humans and their dogs equally to optimize learning at both ends of the leash. We'll build competence to create purpose-driven confidence, and I can't wait to work with you.

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Puppy Socialization, Remedial Socialization, Basic Commands, Potty Training, Leash Manners, Confidence Building, Enrichment

Behavioral issue focus: I specialize in dogs struggling with arousal-based issues, especially those exhibiting reactivity. My work is best suited for shy, fearful, and hyperactive dogs who need help learning how to manage their big feelings and cope with the human world.

Training methods: I always start with a behavior consultation, where clients can ask and share anything about their dog(s) in a safe and confidential space. From there, we develop a sustainable and accessible training plan, which utilizes in-person and virtual learning opportunities. Client support continues after completing your training plan with follow up lessons.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer to help average folks navigate this complex, unregulated, and often contradictory industry. Dog training should be joyful, accessible, and liberating. I am excited to help dog guardians tackle difficult issues without the soul-sucking seriousness of some dog training methods.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: The best part of dog training is supporting interspecies communication! Watching a pet guardian and their dog get on the same page and respond to each other's needs is pure magic.

My #1 dog training tip: Go slow to learn fast! Cracks in your foundation will always catch up to you, so linger at the beginning to ensure a smoother future together.

Service areas: DMV, Prince George's County (MD), Charles County (MD), Fairfax County (VA), Arlington County (VA)

Website: https://www.doggedpursuits.com


Holly Weldon-Yahnke

Meet Holly - Lead Trainer
Owner of Unleashed Behavior and Training Services
CPDT-KA and Certified Family Dog Mediator

Holly is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer as well as a Certified Family Dog Mediator. Her compassion for animals and desire to assist the humans on the other end of the leash are evident. She very much enjoys and continues to pursue education in the science of dog training by attending classes and seminars, and looks forward to passing that knowledge on to her clients.

Holly loves watching the relationship between dogs and their owners grow as she introduces the positive training techniques Unleashed Behavior and Training Services has to offer. She finds it incredibly fulfilling when both the owners and their dogs have fun training and learn how to effectively communicate with each other.

Certifications: CPDT-KA and C-FDM

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I instruct group classes in multiple locations, along with doing in-home meetings. I show owners how to help their puppy learn and socialize as well as instruct how to help dogs learn basic life skills. I help owners understand their dog better and understand how to build a rewarding, at both ends of the leash, relationship with them.

Behavioral issue focus: Jumping, walking on leash, puppy socialization and training, basic cues.

Training methods: I am a reward based trainer.

Why I became a dog trainer: It was life changing to meet a trainer that took the dog's wellbeing into account. It helped my relationship with my own dogs in such a fantastic way that I felt I needed to do the same for others as dogs are such an amazing gift to us.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching the dogs and their humans learn and grow with each other.

My #1 dog training tip: Know the dog in front of you, and meet their needs too.

Service areas: It includes, but is not limited to: Lakeville, Prior Lake, Burnsville, Savage, Shakopee, Jordan, Belle Plaine, Carver, Chaska, Excelsior, Victoria.

Website: https://www.unleashedtrainers.com


Kayleigh Sullivan

I have been training animals for over 10 years. For eight of those years I have trained elephants using positive reinforcement-based training. I graduated with a BA in Animal Sciences with a focus on Animal Behavior. I have experience working at veterinary clinics, animal shelters in behavior departments, and many years working with exotic animals in sanctuary and zoo/aquarium settings.

I believes that training is incredibly important to the welfare of any animal under human care no matter the species. I enjoy teaching people how to efficiently communicate with their dog. Having a clear level of communication in both directions is the key to setting you and your pup up for success.

Certifications: KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Private lessons in your home or at a park- puppy manners, basic manners, and behavior modification for more complex behavior issues.

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, fear, potty training, socialization, other common adolescent and puppy issues.

Training methods: A holistic approach to behavior consulting utilizing science backed positive reinforcement techniques.

Why I became a dog trainer: I enjoy sharing my vast knowledge on animal behavior to help guardians to better understand their dog and to help their dog to better understand them.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Bridging the cap in communication between guardian and dog.

My #1 dog training tip: Listen and look- your dog is communicating all the time to you. This will help us to meet their needs and live a fulfilling life with your dog.

Service areas: NW Washington D.C, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, McClean, Arlington

Website: https://www.jwdogtraining.com/


Amber Quann

Summit Dog Training Owner and Head Trainer, Amber Quann, has been training dogs since age 10.

Amber is fascinated by the bond that grows between dogs and their owners as they adventure together, and promoting this special connection is a significant part of Summit Dog Training's mission. Her current adventure partner is Jameson, a Papillon; together, they enjoy hiking, backpacking, walks in the park, hanging out at breweries, and nose work!

Amber is a graduate and Certified Training Partner with the Karen Pryor Academy and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge & Skills Assessed through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). Amber was voted #1 Dog Trainer in Colorado & #15 Dog Trainer in the USA through Sniffspot in 2022.

Certifications: KPA-CTP, CPDT-KSA, TAGTeach Level 1

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I offer private lessons and group classes for dogs of all ages and skill levels, with a special focus on adventure skills and activities with your dog!

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, over-arousal, resource guarding, stranger danger, distractions, etc.

Training methods: I offer initial consultation where we discuss your goals and your dog's needs and develop a management and training plan together; followed by training packages based on what each individual family needs to be successful.

Why I became a dog trainer: I took my family dog to training classes at the age of 10, and I was hooked! I love working with dogs and their people to help them live the best life together that they can!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Working with people and their dogs to figure out the training plan that will work best for their lifestyle to reach their goals together.

My #1 dog training tip: Keep track of your progress through short journal entries, and don't give up on your dog! In the middle of a behavior modification plan, it can feel frustrating to not be where you want to be yet. But it is so easy to forget how far you and your dog have come together! I love to have my clients keep track of their progress in short sentences each day, so that they have something to look back on to see how far they have come!

Service areas: Fort Collins, Colorado, and Online!

Website: https://www.summitdogtraining.com


Sandy Issler

PhD research scientist who changed careers to become a positive reinforcement dog trainer. Years of experience training dogs and horses.

Certifications: Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training and Behavior (KPA-CTP, #81511)

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Basic Manners, Life Skills, Puppies, Reactivity (over-arousal, aggression), Emotional Regulation, Adolescent challenges. Behavior Modification. In home private lessons. Teach classes (Puppy, Basic, Therapy Dog) at Academy of Dog Training and Agility, Newark, DE

Behavioral issue focus: Jumping, mouthing, barking, leash walking, emotional regulation, reactivity, house breaking, some aggression cases.

Training methods: Initial behavior consult. Identify training needs. Custom training plans for each individual client to address training needs and behavior issues.

Why I became a dog trainer: To learn more about how to help dogs (and their owners) through clear communication and how dogs learn most effectively.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping people and their dogs build a better relationship and helping dogs learn how to cope and live in our chaotic modern world.

My #1 dog training tip: Communication with your dog is a 2-way conversation. Learn to listen to your dog.

Service areas: North Delaware and surround states (PA, MD)


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


Bethany Poese

Hello! I'm Bethany (she/her). I have been training professionally for 7 years, and started my own training business in 2022. I share my life with a nearly 12 year old pit bull, named Juno, who is responsible for introducing me to the world of R+ training for reactivity, and a 7 year old cocker spaniel mix, Maxwell, who has given me more empathy for those living with 'difficult' dog than I really wanted to have!

A proud crazy cat lady, I also have 3 cats, and shhh - I'd sooner go without dogs than cats. (Gasp!) I am an avid and obsessive reader, and an absolute sucker for medical/crime dramas on TV.

Certifications: KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Puppy, Adolescent Manners, and Reactive Dog group classes, as well as private training for everything from new puppies to intra-household aggression. Day Training is available for puppies, basic manners, and reactivity.

Behavioral issue focus: I love working with reactive (barky/lungey) dogs and their families, but also work with intra-household issues, resource guarding, overarousal related behaviors, fear, and general anxiety.

Training methods: I follow a LIMA (least intrusive, minimally aversive) framework for my training, and really focus on doing my best to set the human half of the equation up for success as much as possible. All of my private clients start with an initial consultation - generally held via Zoom - so we can get down to the nitty-gritty of the trouble they're having. After a consult, clients receive a written report going over plans for management, exercise, enrichment, and a basic overview of our training goals. After each lesson, clients receive an email with instructions for the week! And yes - I encourage folks to email and text with questions, videos, brags, concerns, cute pictures, whatever. I'm always happy to hear from you!

Why I became a dog trainer: Juno, my 12 y/o pit bull, was a leash reactive adolescent - and her rescue recommended I work with a force based trainer. When her reactivity didn't improve, and more harsh corrections were 'required', I started looking elsewhere.

Helping people, and helping animals, has always been my calling - childhood career goals included sea lion trainer, animal assisted therapist, art therapist, & equine assisted therapist - so settling in to dog training was a natural progression.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing that lightbulb moment - for both dogs and humans! It's an addicting feeling! I also love the look of relief on an owner's face when I tell them they can comfort their dogs when they are scared, that we can be kind and still train effectively.

My #1 dog training tip: When in doubt, throw some cookies at it.

Service areas: Frederick & Carroll counties, as well as parts of Montgomery and Howard!

Website: https://dogearedtraining.com


Eden Zook

Hi, my name is Eden Zook. I am currently the owner/trainer/behavior consultant for Canine Karma LLC for the past six years. Previously I was known in the Seacoast area for being the Manager of Behavior and Training at the New Hampshire SPCA, during which time I successfully ran a training and behavior modification program for the public's dogs and shelter dogs. That work included, but was not limited to, group classes for all levels including dog sports and other specialities, private behavioral consultations, play groups, many workshops and seminars, the creation of a pet assisted therapy program, and a behavioral enrichment program for shelter animals.

I am a graduate of the Animal Behavior College where I received my ABCDT Certification, as well as UMass Amherst with a BA in Psychology and Associates in both Sociology and Criminal Justice. I am also a professional member of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) and a CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer), along with a variety of other training certifications. In addition I have my Reiki level 2 certification and am an animal Reiki practitioner.

I have worked in the field of animal welfare/services for over 16 years holding such positions as animal behaviorist, temperament testing specialist, certified dog trainer, veterinary technician, humane educator and humane law enforcement officer. I previously taught and mentored under Kelley Bollen, renowned animal behaviorist, at Animal Alliances and the Collared Scholar in Massachusetts. I teach a wide variety of group classes which can all be seen in detail HERE . I also specialize in fear, anxiety, aggression, and reactivity behavior modification.

In addition to the many services I offer for you and your canine companion, I am incredibly proud to be a trainer for a variety of organizations. I am a mentor trainer for the CATCH Trainers Academy and Animal Behavior College, helping dog training hopefuls reach their personal career success as well as train service dogs for several different organizations. It is extremely rewarding work to be part of these amazing programs. In addition I am often called upon to act as a canine behavior expert for a variety of dog aggression court proceedings. I also spend quite a bit of time with various volunteer projects at local animal rescues and serve on the board of directors. Rescue has always been a strong part of who I am and my passion; so I am forever great full for such a wonderful collaboration.

I am passionate about strengthening the human-animal bond and currently share my home with: Johnny, a 10-year old American Pitbull Terrier; Obsidian, a 16 week old Doberman; Raven, a7-year old special needs Doberman Pincher; Piglet, a 7-year old Boston Terrier; Loki, a 5 year old American Staffordshire Terrier; Zipper, a 9- year old Chug; Annie, a 18- year old torbie cat; Rick James and Tyrone Bigums, 2 male cockatiels; and Moxie, a 12- year old African Grey Parrot; Bob, 7 year old Tennesse Walking Horse; Joker, 5 year old mini horse; Gipsy Danger, 2 year old mini horse; and 9 chickens; so YES, I do love my animals.

Certifications: AS, BA, CPDT-KA, ABCDT, 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: We (Canine Karma)offer a wide variety of group classes/workshops; as well as private, in-home options and behavior modification. I specialize in working with dogs who struggle with fear, anxiety, reactivity, and aggression.

Behavioral issue focus: I personally specialize in working with dogs who struggle with fear, anxiety, reactivity, and aggression. But I have an incredible team of trainers (Canine Karma) who work with a wide variety of behavioral challenges.

Training methods: At Canine Karma we use modern, force-free, positive training techniques, and most importantly they are realistic. We will provide you with the tools you need to handle the real world with ease and harmony. Together we will work as a team to solidify the human-animal bond and to mend any broken partnerships between you and your dog.

Service areas: Seacoast New Hampshire, Northeastern Massachusetts, and Southern Maine Seacoast areas

Website: https://www.canine-karma.com


Jenni Pfafman

Jenni (she/her) is a certified professional trainer and behavior consultant located in Crested Butte, Colorado. Jenni became passionate about dog training after hiring and firing a couple of trainers in search of help with her own dog. She focuses on strengthening the human-canine bond, and making training as fun as possible for dogs and their people.

Jenni particularly enjoys helping fearful and reactive dogs, has completed Michael Shikashio's Aggression in Dogs Master Course, Dr. Susan Friedman's Living and Learning with Animals, and spent time with the ASPCA behavioral rehabilitation team working with severely fearful dogs. Jenni has a BA in Psychology and is a student in the Virginia Tech MS in Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare Program. She lives in the Colorado mountains with her husband, Tim, their border collie, Ky and two kitties, Marmalade and Truffle.

Certifications: KPA-CTP, CBATI-KSA, CCUI, CSAT, CPDT-KA, TAGTeach Level 2, UW-AAB, Fear Free Professional

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Remote private and in-person private sessions. On-demand online classes. Group classes, Control Unleashed classes, Help with Separation Anxiety, basic manners, aggression and reactivity.

Behavioral issue focus: I love working with dogs who struggle with fear and reactivity. I also work frequently with aggression and with separation anxiety/isolation distress.

Training methods: I normally start with a virtual consult and work with the client to come up with a plan that works best for them and their dog. I offer private sessions (virtual and in-person), on-demand courses and group classes (when weather permits).

Why I became a dog trainer: I struggled to find trustworthy help with my own dog when she was a puppy, and committed myself to learning as much as I could about helping her using positive reinforcement/humane methods. The more I learned, the more passionate I became about canine behavior, and realized how much I also enjoyed helping others with their dogs. I know still have a lot to learn and am committed to continuing education in order to stay current in the most humane training and teaching methods available.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a dog trainer is helping people and their dogs live happier lives together. Seeing a fearful dog learn to trust, and teaching people how to communicate with their dogs in difficult situations is very reinforcing to me!

My #1 dog training tip: Catch your dog doing good things and reward the heck out of those behaviors!

Website: https://www.elevateddogtraining.com


Caitlin Kuczko

Caitlin is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, Certified Control Unleashed Instructor, Certified Trick Dog Instructor, Certified AKC Evaluator, and a Professional Responder for the ASPCA's Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team.

She stays up to date on the current scientific methods of dog training through continued education via courses, workshops, conferences, and networking.

Through her training and behavior consulting, Caitlin has worked with a variety of training and behavior cases. Everything from puppy development to off leash obedience to aggression cases. Caitlin knows that every dog, home, and situation is unique, so she will work with you to find the proper plan and solution. Her education and experience will be put to use to help you with all your dog training and behavior needs.

Certifications: KPA-CTP, CCUI, CTDI

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Private sessions tailored to your and your dog's needs. Puppy socialization classes and individual sessions. Group classes include Rowdy Reactive Rovers, AKC CGC, tricks, levels Obedience 1-4, and more!

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity and newly adopted dogs

Training methods: Marker systems to increase desired behaviors, behavior and training plans to help reduce your dogs unwanted behaviors, enrichment schedules.

Why I became a dog trainer: 2014

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping dogs and their owners enjoy one another!

My #1 dog training tip: Implement SMARTx50 (Kathy Sado); seek out when your dog is behaving and reward them at least 50 times a day. You'll notice a HUGE increase in behavior you want!

Service areas: Summit County, Lake County, Chaffee County, Eagle County

Website: https://www.pawsabilitycenter.com/


Jennifer Biglan

From an early age, Jen's love of animals was apparent. Her affection and respect for all things furry was sparked by her grandparents, and summers spent riding and caring for horses in Arizona. After completing her bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon in 2001, she packed up for San Diego to start work in the basement of an office building with notions of adulthood looming.

The unrewarding grind of office life quickly initiated a quest to add meaning to her days. When a local animal shelter was looking for volunteers, her decision to offer her time revived her love of animals along with wanting to improve the lives of shelter animals. A volunteer position turned into a lifelong passion for learning and training animals. Her natural affinity with people and animals led Jen to pursue her professional training certification in positive reinforcement with the Karen Pryor Academy.

In 2006, Jen moved back to Oregon and started Dog & Cat, LLC where her services included dog walking, private training, group classes, and behavior work. In 2016, Jen joined forces with a business partner and together they founded Training Spot and opened a 4,000 sq ft facility dedicated to community education, positive training, and a focus on improving the human-animal relationship. We currently run over 35 classes a week, have a training team of 7 trainers (and growing) an amazing office duo, and offer group classes, private lessons, behavior consultations, and day training.

As a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner, Jen's natural talent for understanding, addressing, and alleviating fearful and aggressive tendencies in dogs has earned her the respect of local veterinarians and the community.

Certifications: KPA CTP, Licensed FDM, CDBC, CPDT

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: group classes, private lessons, behavior consultation, puppy training, day training

Behavioral issue focus: Leash reactivity, shy dogs, under-socialization, confidence building, multi-dog households, fear reactivity

Training methods: I follow the principles of LIMA when working with both clients and dogs to find solutions that help families understand their dog's needs and motivation. Always strive to use science-based, force-free methods that are easy to implement.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help dogs and people live happier, more connected lives together.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping people connect with and communicate with their dogs. Every time I watch a pet parent learn how to read their dog's body language, understand their dog's physical and emotional needs, or just enjoy life together more...I smile.

My #1 dog training tip: Your dog will give you the answers if you learn how to pay attention to what they are trying to tell you. Instead of seeing behavior problems, see solutions. Your dog is digging in the garden...great, it sounds like your dog LOVES to dig. Where can we teach them to dig so they can have fun and expend energy?

Service areas: Eugene/Springfield

Website: https://trainingspot.us/


Sara Scott

Sara Scott has been training dogs professionally in the Bay Area since 2000 and comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience that can only be gained through time and dedication to the art and science of dog behavior and training. She is deeply educated and brings her knowledge to application with great insight, grace and compassion for both species; human and dog.

Certifications: SAPro CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Join the online coaching program and systematically work toward reaching your dog's behavior and training goals. No need to commit to a strict schedule, train when it's convenient for you and get the dog behavior support you need for lifelong success.

Behavioral issue focus:

Dealing with aggressive behaviors can be stressful for both dog and owner alike. Learn the root cause of your dog’s aggressive or reactive behavior and implement a behavior plan that is both effective, evidence-based, safe and humane. Let me guide you on a path toward healing and behavioral wellness for both you and your dog.

Dogs who experience fear and anxiety can be reactive, destructive, non-responsive and more. Helping your dog feel more comfortable in their skin is the best way to improve behavior problems so you can enjoy a peaceful life together.

Separation anxiety and other separation related behavior problems can be disruptive to everyday life. When you’re unable to leave your dog home alone, it can take a toll on both of you. Learn how to use systematic desensitization and help your dog be comfortable staying home alone.

Training methods:

The dog training field is unregulated and so you'll find lots of conflicting information about training mythologies when you start to research your options. Force free, balanced, R+, Compulsion, Relationship-Based - there are many labels trainers will use to identify themselves with a certain method, technique or school of thought. However, there is no debate when it comes to behavior science and evidence-based best practices. We know exactly what works and why, don't be fooled when someone tells you anything differently. Looking at effective evidenced-based training techniques through an ethical lens, I will strive to make training a safe and fun space for both you and your dog to learn and grow.

Start with a consultation conducted over Zoom video conferencing. The goal of the consultation is to get to the bottom of what's happening, give you a clear assessment of your dog's behavior and address management strategies for immediate relief.

Join the dog behavior coaching program, get access to your training plan, learn the logistics of how we will work together and share video, get your training gear ready and prepare yourself to get rolling for your first week.

Here comes the fun part - start training your dog! I'll use evidence-based practices to help you set attainable behavior goals with a focus on making practice a consistent habit. Show up, put in the work and be on your way to a well mannered dog.

My #1 dog training tip: Train the dog in front of you.

Service areas: Worldwide

Website: https://dogtrainingwithsara.com/


Carrie Davis

Carrie has been in the dog industry since 2008. She started off in Veterinary Technician school and worked at vet clinics. She quickly turned to the study of canine behavior, and the relationship and connection between people and dogs.
Experience obtained in those early years also included: intake supervisor for lost and stray dogs inside her county, working at a small boarding facility, and being a dog bather! Attending conferences, webinars, seminars, reading books, and one on one work with experts in the field keep Carrie up-to-date and dedicated to learning about dogs and people.
She has 10 years of experience teaching obedience, reactive rehab, focus and control, sports foundations, tricks, and so many puppy classes. The last number of years have been all 1 on 1 sessions to give each family and dog(s) the personal attention they deserve.
Carrie was the first Family Dog Mediator in the midwest and the first Licensed FDM in Minnesota. She also heads the Training Division for Licensed Family Dog Mediators around the world.

Carrie lives/lived with Australian Shepherds, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, cats, goats, rats, chickens, birds, bunnies, and a frog!

Certifications: LFDM, CPDT- KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: My 1 to 1 sessions focus on you, your dog(s), and your needs. Creative and fun using integrated, humane, and effective methods, I go Beyond Dog Training. My expertise is in puppy raising, adolescent behavior, new adoptions, and more severe concerns of fear, aggression, and anxiety. Get the Best for your dog with the first Licensed Family Dog Mediator in MN!

Behavioral issue focus: Anxiety, Fear, Aggression, Frustration, Hyper Active, Misunderstood Behaviors, Resource Guarding, Herding the cat and kids, Barking at the world, Jumping on everything, Dog Dog interactions, Stranger Danger, and more

Training methods: Humane and effective. Each dog and family receive their own plan, nothing is cookie-cutter here! We want you and your dog to succeed so we prioritize needs and set realistic goals that you can reach and be proud of.

Why I became a dog trainer: To improve the quality of life for both Dogs and their People. She looks to support, normalize, and give applicable and reasonable techniques and tools to the family dog owner.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: The People! Carrie loves getting to know you and your dog. She wants to bring out the best in your relationship.

My #1 dog training tip: Talk to your dog! Label and explain the world around them. Answer the questions they have about daily life!

Service areas: Minneapolis/St.Paul & Suburbs including Eagan, Inver Grove Heights

Website: https://pawsabilitiesmn.com/family-dog-mediation/


Jen Laskewitz

Jen has been lead training for the past 12 years, teaching group classes and private lessons. She also served several years as the Training Director for local dog rescue, A Rotta Love Plus. Jen has spent a lifetime living with and caring for a variety of animals, with almost 2 decades of experience working with animals in an 'official' capacity, volunteering in shelters and with rescues as well as working in animal boarding facilities, dog daycare, and large capacity animal shelters.

Certifications: CPDT-KSA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge and Skills Assessed)
FDM (Certified Family Dog Mediator)

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Small size weekly group classes for puppy socialization, basic and advanced manners, Canine Good Citizen, and reactivity
Private lessons

Behavioral issue focus: Fear, reactivity, aggression

Service areas: Minneapolis, Eden Prairie, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Bloomington, Edina, St. Louis Park, Chanhassen

Website: https://www.wagnwoofs.com


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


Julia Lane

Julia Lane, CPDT-KA, has been a professional dog trainer specializing in agility, obedience & reactivity for over 15 years. She owns Spot On K9 Sports, LLC, a 17,500 sq. ft. dog sports training facility featuring group classes, private lessons, seminars & agility trials. She also provides in-home dog training.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Agility, Downtown Hound, Nose Work, Obedience, Puppy Kindergarten, Rally, Tricks

Behavioral issue focus: I specialize in helping dogs with: reactivity and/or fear.

Training methods: I only use science-based, positive reinforcement training methods customized to the individual dog.

Why I became a dog trainer: My late rescue Dalmatian, Darby, was reactive toward people & dogs. I learned so much about behavior & positive reinforcement training trying to help her that I began helping others.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Meeting new people and seeing that aha moment when they better understand their dog.

My #1 dog training tip: Train the dog in front of you.

Service areas: Bartlett, Batavia, Campton Hills, Downers Grove, Elgin, Geneva, Maple Park, Naperville, St. Charles, South Elgin, Streamwood, Wayne, West Chicago, Wheaton, Winfield

Website: https://spotonk9sports.com


Jen Havens

For 40+ years, I lived in Monrovia CA where I founded and operated Two Dogs Pet Services, a professional pet care & dog walking company. We added puppy socialization, basic manners, and therapy dog training in 2017.

I've worked as a barista, a nanny to three children, youth group director, customer service in retail stores and restaurants, and Out Patient Nurse Coordinator at Dr. Domotor's Animal House Veterinary Hospital.

I have traveled through 35 states with one or two whippets and an old tortoise in search of massive amounts of dog fun!
In June of 2022, my three wonderful whippets (Beans, Ryder, and Vinney) and I moved to Taos, New Mexico so I could be closer to my senior mom. We are looking forward to exploring more and experiencing all the land of enchantment and four seasons has to offer.

All three whippets have multiple trick dog titles and have earned their CGCA (Canine Good Citizen Advanced, now Community Canine). Vinney received his first trick title at 17 weeks. Beans and Ryder earned their AKC Obedience Beginner Novice titles. Beans has her Rally Advanced title, Ryder has his Rally Intermediate. Both have earned Fast CAT and CAT titles and Ryder is an AKC Field Champion and has a Dock Novice title. Beans recently retired from therapy dog work and is semi-retired as my service dog. Vinney is in training to take over for Beans as my service dog and we will be starting public access training soon!

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I'm available for one on one in-person in or near Taos, NM or virtual consults and training sessions. Personal, small group online classes include Puppy Squad, Trick Squad, and Teamwork Sessions. Puppy Squad is geared toward pups up to 6 months. Trick Squad is for anyone who wants to learn how to use fun tricks to get desirable behaviors and/or earn Trick titles through AKC. Teamwork Sessions are for dog guardians facing more challenging behaviors, it's a deep dive into the whys.
In-person classes include CGC/Tricks and Fit Dog Level 1+2 small groups, as well as 1:1 consults and sessions in the client's home.

Behavioral issue focus: Fearful and under socialized pups are the calls I receive most often with new rescues and new puppies as close seconds.

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

Why I became a dog trainer:

At first, to work with my own dogs in a way I felt good about after growing up learning that training and 'control' were one and the same. Now, it's to help people understand their dogs, avoid frustration, and get the desirable behaviors while having a lot of fun!
My deaf dog, 11 yrs now, needed positive reinforcement and I didn't know how to do that so I took a couple puppy classes with Paul Owens and decided I needed to learn and do more.
Then I met Kat Camplin and heard about the science behind dog training and wanted more of that, too.
Both were helping so many people and dogs and I wanted to learn how to do that in the same ethical and practical ways.
Since meeting them both, I've brought home two more whippets and they have both made me a better trainer and continue to make me a better person.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer:

One of the things that excites me most about working with dogs and their people is watching them have fun with while learning how to effectively meet their household's and dog's needs. Seeing the 'Ohhh! I get it now!' happen thrills me!
I also love meeting people and their pups where they are and teaching them how to teach their pups what they want them to do. And helping them achieve their desired relationship with their dog.

My #1 dog training tip: Slow down. I find that when we back the bus up, take a few deep breaths, observe before acting, and try to wait a moment, our dogs figure things out a lot sooner. Giving them time and distance is all part of the slowing down, too.

Service areas: Taos, Taos County, El Prado, Talpa, Arroyo Seco

Website: https://thereallifedog.com


Rachel McMichael

Rachel McMichael is the owner and founder of UpSwing Canine Behavioral Services and UpSwing Total Pet Care, LLC. With nearly 20 years of experience working with dogs and an entire lifetime around them, Rachel now specializes in the most shy/fearful dogs as well as dogs with moderate behavior issues. Rachel goes beyond the basics for dogs in need and puts concentration on humane, positive and effective behavioral change. Her goal is to repair relationships between dogs and their people and to create happier and more harmonious households. Rachel fully believes that the relationship that the dog and family share can often be a contributing factor in behavioral challenges, therefore she aims to create treatment plans for dogs and their families that include relationship building as well as added enrichment.

In addition to being Butler County's leading Certified Canine Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA), Rachel is also a Catch Certified Dog Trainer as well as a Catch Mentor Trainer for new students. She is an Accredited Dog Trainer through the IAABC (IAABC-ADT), Certified Trick Dog Instructor through DMWYD, and a AKC CGC, STAR Puppy and Trick Dog Evaluator. Rachel also holds a degree in Veterinary Technology and has a wide base of canine knowledge.
She is a proud professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, a professional member and Board Member of the Alliance of Modern Pet Professionals, as well as a professional member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She has attended many behavior seminars and demonstrations over the years and continues to earn credits, attend conferences and stay on top of the most current animal behavior studies.

She is super passionate about creating enriching, positive and lasting bonds between pets and their families and views training as an integral and imperative part of overall wellness for our pets. She truly believes that a great relationship with your dog is more important than any trick you could ever teach, and you can teach your dog just about any trick if you have a great relationship!

Certifications: CBCC-KA, CCDT, IAABC-ADT, CTDI

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Specializing in shy & fearful dogs, Rachel offers confidence and trust building, basic training, skills and manners, behavior adjustment and modification, group classes and more

Behavioral issue focus: Shy & fearful, reactive, aggressive, compulsion behaviors and anxiety (as well as basic)

Training methods: Usually starting with a meeting or behavior consultation, I take into consideration all of the dogs needs prior to creating a treatment plan for the family. Using positive methods alongside enriching activities and confidence building, we see results.

Why I became a dog trainer: I feel it is so important for people to truly understand the dogs that they choose to spend their lives with. In understanding them, they can do better by them. My job isn't just one of dog trainer, but one of bridging communication gaps, repairing and building relationships and assuring harmonious households.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: When people rediscover what makes them love their dogs so much - the moment they realize the work can be done kindly and efficiently with love and patience.

My #1 dog training tip: See the world through the dog's eyes - this helps you to understand why they make the choices they do.

Website: https://www.upswingtpc.com


Caitlin Coberly

About Kate
Hi there! Thanks for checking out my 'about' space. You can call me Kate. I work with dogs. Big dogs, bitey dogs and itty-bitty puppy dogs. All breeds. Most issues. Here's a little more about me, and how I got where I am.

Early years, experience and philosophy
I have been working with animals since I was a tiny tot. We had turtles and guinea pigs and lots of dogs. When I was only 12, I started my professional career in horse-training. I started green mounts for a local trainer and lent a hand (and a few ribs) to anyone who needed a horse 'broke'. In about 2011, my career took a dramatic turn when I decided to see if I could train naturally, without equipment or tools.

My love of 'naked training' paid off when my horses started to ask to work, and my dogs started recalling like Lassie. What I found was that working with more freedom required me to get more buy-in, and more engagement, from my team. Since I could no longer rely on coercion, I had to develop a deeper relationship. By building that relationship on mutual trust and enjoyment, the animals wanted to be with me. I found that this approach also helped my clients with their 'difficult' dogs.

This discovery prompted a decade long deep-dive into pet emotional health and well-being, and how that relates to problem behaviors such as aggression, compulsive disorders, reactivity, basic manners and fear related issues. This integrated approach forms the backbone of my daily work with challenging dogs. We resolve issues through a combination of lifestyle analysis, building two-way communication, and developing a deep relationship built on mutual trust.

From my family to yours
In my private life, I currently play around with mental health and wellness on my small farm. I have 3 horses, 2 cats, 7 elderly pointers, and one large human. We juggle two professional careers, health issues, and all the challenges of modern life, while aiming for grace, compassion and joy on a daily basis.

I bring my passion to my daily happiness-walks, thinking about new approaches and methods to help you, and your family, reach your best life.

I am passionate about dogs, and you are central to that. Your dog will not be happy if you aren't happy. It's all about building a happy family.

Kate's certifications
Kate is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), as well as a Fear Free(tm) Certified Trainer. Additionally, Kate holds an advanced degree in Evolutionary Biology, and a teaching certificate from Duke University. My geek factor ranges into the odd and unusual, training dogs, falcons, horses, fish, and even spiders (not to mention assorted farm animals). I love diving into the literature on 'why we do what we do' to bring that understanding to our work with dogs.

Kate's ethics
We adhere to the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultant's policy on Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive (LIMA) strategies. We are committed to the Fear Free mission to provide education on emotional wellbeing, targeted enrichment, and the reduction of fear, anxiety, and stress in pets and their humans. I am also passionate about ethics - writing the before-it's-time article on the ethics of online dog training for IAABC.

Certifications: CDBC, Fear Free

Services include:

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

More info about service provided:

I work with all types and breeds of dogs, from fluffy Shih Tzus to Mastiffs and Cane Corso. I work to prevent or correct problem behaviors such as reactivity, aggression, guarding, and obsessive behaviors. I also work with puppies and adolescents to improve communication and default manners. All of our dogs are attentive and responsive, and love working with their people!

I work with you in private one-on-one sessions either in your home or out and about. I also hold weekly reactive dog classes, and "puppies in the park" seasonally.

For a truly enjoyable and collaborative approach to dog training and life with dogs, call me! Nothing ever felt so fun, easy and natural once you "get it"!

Behavioral issue focus:

People frequently call me about resource guarding--dogs that may bite in the home due to conflict over bones, food, or other stuff they value (tissue papers, anyone?).

Another common issue is "stranger danger" or a dog that guards their person. Does your dog bark, growl, snap or even bite strangers? Yep--we can fix that!

Does your dog pull on leash, see other dogs and go crazy lunging and barking and being a total embarrassment? Yep--we got you there too!

Does your dog ignore you? not listen or even run away? This is one of my favorite things to work with--we got you covered!

Some of the more rare but serious issues I deal with are dog-fights in the family (dog-dog aggression in home), human directed aggression in home, and obsessive compulsive type disorders--dogs that eat everything and are a danger to themselves, dogs that spin, or cry obsessively over their ball, shadow chase, bang their heads, or flank suck.

Whatever your issue, I approach it as a serious issue for you, and we work to solve it. Your issue is our passion.

Training methods:

I approach each dog and each consult as an individual. We start by doing a full intake evaluation, with a in-depth online questionnaire to understand more about you, your desires, and your dogs history, lifestyle, health, and food.

With specific goals in mind, we develop a training plan.

Our training plans are unique to you and your dog, but generally include addressing underlying health and lifestyle issues, and then an set of exercises and games which increase in difficulty as your dog (and you!) make progress and reach milestones.

My training is force and coercion free. We build resilience and tolerance through repeated successful experiences. As you and your dog get better, you can expect to move from treat-based training to life and relationship-based rewards.

Why I became a dog trainer:

I became a dog trainer because I saw so many dogs being surrendered to shelters because they had a broken relationship with their people. I did rescue, spay/neuter and transport for years, and it just wasn't fixing the surrender problem. So I did something.

I started the online dog training community--"Dog Training 101 community" on facebook. And I stayed up late at night, weekends and all day every day I could spare helping people. If I didn't know he answer to their problem, I found one. And then I went out and tried those solutions on my dogs, family dogs, and rescue/shelter dogs. I did a deep dive into the literature on all kinds of training. And I am convinced, through my own highly successful client base plus that of thousands of members on our free facebook group, that we can turn your relationship around... or if there is nothing wrong with your relationship with your dog, we can make it even better.

My passion is making dogs, and their people, happy.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love seeing people and their dogs succeed. I love it when I see a happy relationship blossom.

My #1 dog training tip: Listen to your dog. Meet his needs before he needs to "yell". Get out there and do some sniffy walks on a long line!

Service areas: Albany and surrounding area (Lebanon, Scio, Lacomb, Sweet Home, Corvallis)

Website: https://katesdogs.com/


Tara Moriarty

I've been training professionally for 5 years

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Day training, private lessons, group online/remote training, private online/remote training

Behavioral issue focus: Puppies, psychiatric service dogs, intra-household aggression, fearful dogs, fear aggression, and over the top hyper dogs

Training methods: Kind and effective training that focuses on welfare and quality of life for both the dogs and the humans. My methods follow the LIMA (Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive) guidelines

Why I became a dog trainer: One of my dogs needed alot of training help and I fell in love with training! I want to help others live with their dogs in a way that they both love

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping people and dogs live their best lives

My #1 dog training tip: Throw food at your problems!

Service areas: Albemarle and Greene county

Website: https://www.therapeuticcanine.com


Alexandria Hawk

Originally from New York, I relocated to Rhode Island at the same time I started my career as a dog trainer. After graduating from Catch Canine Trainer Academy, I moved to Newport where I reside with my seven-year-old mixed breed, Ashley Pants. In addition to offering my services privately, I run group training classes at The Wiggle Room, Rumford Pet Express, and the Potter League for Animals.

Certifications:

CPDT-KA
CTA
CGC Evaluator

Services include:

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

More info about service provided:

Basic Obedience & Behavioral
Private Sessions & Group Class
Remote & In-Person

Behavioral issue focus:

Reactivity
Body Handling
Resource Guarding
Fear

Training methods: Fear and Force Free, Scientific Methods

Why I became a dog trainer: To help people communicate and connect with their dogs. My motivator was hard-to-adopt shelter dogs with behavioral issues

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping improve dog's lives

My #1 dog training tip: Be patient and communicate through body language

Service areas: Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton, Fall River, South Kingstown, North Kingstown, Wakefield, Narragansett

Website: https://www.ahdogtrainingri.com


Alyse Mineroff

I am a reward-based trainer and founder of Hungry Dog Training, LLC in Maryland. I am multi-certified (KPA CTP and CPDT-KA) and share my life with my husband and 3 dogs - 2 German Shepherds and a Samoyed. I enjoy participating in a variety of dog sports with each of them.

Certifications: KPA CTP, CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I offer a variety of in-home training services such as private coaching, day training sessions, and virtual coaching and online programs. These can cover anything from puppy manners training, adult dog basic training, reactive dog training, aggression, resource guarding, cooperative care, and more.

Behavioral issue focus: Fear, reactivity, anxiety, and aggression; fear at the vet; issues with handling; resource guarding

Training methods: We start with addressing the dog's basic needs and ensuring they're healthy and fulfilled - both physically and mentally. Then, I'll introduce management strategies to prevent problem behaviors from being rehearsed. Finally, we jump into training and behavior modification to replace the unwanted behaviors with better ones!

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer because I saw how prevalent harmful, dominance-based techniques were. I was a volunteer puppy raiser for a service dog organization that used these methods, and felt uncomfortable utilizing them. I wanted to offer people a kinder alternative to avoid experiencing what I did!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a dog trainer is watching my human clients experience things with their dogs that they couldn't before. Whether that's a calm walk in the neighborhood, or sitting at a patio enjoying a beer, I feel every one of my clients' wins.

My #1 dog training tip: My #1 dog training tip is to find more things to reinforce! So often, we wait for the unwanted behavior to happen before stepping in. In reality, rewarding all of the good choices your dog makes is the way to get more of those!

Service areas: Montgomery County

Website: https://www.hungrydogtraining.com


Sara McLoudrey

Sara McLoudrey owns Decisive Moment Pet Consulting and has been a professional dog trainer since 2004. Sara is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC with IAABC), CPDT-KSA, Fear Free Certified Professional Level 1 Elite and Certified Trainer, Low-Stress Handling Certified, Pet End of Life Doula, FitPaws Master Trainer, and TagTeach Level 3. For Sara, it is inspiring to help continue and promote this growth mindset for fellow trainers, behavior consultants, and pet guardians.

In addition to Decisive Moment Pet Consulting, she is the former Head Trainer at Synergy Veterinary Behavior. Her professional animal training career started by founding ROOT Dog Training in suburban Chicago. In 2016, she sold ROOT, moved to Portland, and joined the team at Synergy Veterinary Behavior.

Over the years, Sara has completed with positively trained dogs in retriever field tests, high-level competition and rally obedience (Utility and RAE level), conformation, and elite level nose work. Sara shares her life with Lindy and Punky, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.

Certifications:

Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC)
CPDT-KSA
Fear Free Certified Professional Trainer and Level 1 Elite
Low Stress Handling Silver Certified
Pet End of Life Doula
TagTeach Level 3
FitPaws Master Trainer

Services include:

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

More info about service provided:

I offer virtual behavior modification consults and continuing therapy sessions. My practice specializes in Care with Consent (cooperative care), human-directed aggression, resource guarding, helping senior dogs thrive, and living with intact dogs.

Interactive group classes are offered virtually and in person in the Portland, OR, metro area.

The virtual classes are focused on Care with Consent training from foundations, nail care, muzzle training, and more.

My in person classes focus on parkour and competition level nose work.

Behavioral issue focus:

I offer virtual Behavioral Consults on various “problem” and common dog behaviors. My training specialties are Care with Consent (cooperative care), human-directed aggression, resource guarding, helping senior dogs thrive, and living with intact dogs.

While I specialize in these topics, of course, I see all types of severe behavior cases, except separation anxiety

Training methods: I have been a proud positive reinforcement, force-free, professional animal trainer for 19 years.

Even though I focus on severe behavioral issues, my goal is to provide a safe, supportive, and fun environment to help both dogs and their people.

After an initial consult, I offer virtual behavioral therapy packages tailored to each client.

Why I became a dog trainer: Like so many dog trainers my dog training life started by accident. I was volunteering at a punishment-based/shock collar service dog organization. There I met my eventual partner Mark. Mark brought Bailey, a dog-reactive, shock collar-wearing, service dog to our family. I am forever grateful for Bailey, and his behavioral struggles. Bailey’s heavy-handed training as a service dog was at the root of his behavioral issues.

Bailey pushed me to seek out a different way. In 1999 I found myself at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Behavioral Department. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was starting my journey as a trainer and behavior consultant.

I became passionate about positive reinforcement training. I never wanted another dog treated the way Bailey was in the name of training!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Since I work with severe behavior cases, my favorite moment is when the clients realize there is hope. There is hope to helping their dog, hope to giving their dog a better life, and hope to make lasting transformations.

My #1 dog training tip: Be more generous.

Be more generous with your treats, your interactions with your dog, to yourself, and to the dog you have now. Be generous, even if it is not the dog, you dreamed of sharing your life with.

Service areas: Virtual Consultant based in Portland, OR

I do offer some in-person classes and follow-up behavior modification in the Portland metro area

Website: https://www.decisivemomentconsulting.com/


Carla Blackmon

Carla has an extensive background in animal behavior, training and animal care. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).

Carla has over 25 years of various animal related experience and education that she uses to formulate a customized training plan for your family and pets. Her background includes experience working for a variety of local and national veterinarians as a veterinary assistant/technician, a federal canine handler, a master's student apprentice dog guide instructor, and currently head trainer and the owner of FurEver Family, LLC. She utilizes all of her skills to provide a pet friendly, holistic training plan incorporating health, environment, personality, and family needs. Carla will create a training plan that is fun and easy for all who are involved. Carla is also a Be a Tree Presenter & Bite Prevention Educator through Doggone Safe.

Education:
B.S. Pre-Veterinary Medicine - Ferrum College
Graduate of USDA National Detector Dog Training Center
Graduate studies in M.A. of Special Education, Guide Dog Mobility - San Francisco State University/ Guide Dogs for the Blind
Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Professional course
Continuing education by attending seminars provided by PPG, APDT, Mid-Atlantic Behavior Conference, Ken Ramirez and more

Associations and Memberships:
Pet Professional Guild (PPG), Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), Doggone Safe, Dog Biz Thrive

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Offering personal, private, one-on-one training sessions that help build confidence, diminish destructive behaviors, teaches appropriate behaviors for releasing excess energy and encouraging calming techniques.

Behavioral issue focus: May of my clients have separation anxiety, fear based aggression, overstimulation, under-stimulation, destructive behaviors, excessive barking, leash reactivity, and general reactivity to other dogs and people.

Training methods: My training focuses on pet friendly, family friendly exercises that help your pet and your family live more comfortably together. I work on improving families one pet at a time. Prior to all training I start with a behavior consultation to get a clear picture of what your goals are for your family and your pet. We discuss what you want your dog to do and how we can go about helping that happen. We discuss health, environment, family dynamics, schedules and likes and dislikes of your pet. Then, we create an individual plan for your family. I have found that when we focus on the things we would like our pets to do quite a few of the nuisance behaviors diminish. Training should be fun for all involved and easy to implement into daily life. I can show you how.

Why I became a dog trainer: Early on I was working as Veterinary Assistant and was in charge of the regular boarders. There were two that stood out to me for different reasons. One was a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. He was in our clinic often for eating things he wasn't supposed to. One day he decided to help clean up the backyard. So, he ate a bunch of sticks and leaves. He came to us and proceeded to share his bounty with us by regurgitation. Because of this behavior, he boarded with us often. He was with us for and extended stay. He had his own bowls and food. He refused food from his bowl and wouldn't touch his water. We tried all the tricks of the trade to get him to eat. He'd take treats but not eat his food. One afternoon, I took out his food and water and swapped them. I put the food in the bowl the water was in and the water in the bowl the food was in and put them in his run. He was ecstatic! Apparently, we just had the food and water in the wrong bowl. It made me laugh but also think, hmmm. What else are we missing that they are trying to tell us? The second dog was a small Shih Tzu. He had earned the reputation as being a very unfriendly boarder. I sat next to his kennel and would wait until he gradually approached me and wouldn't attack my legs or try to bite. After about a week or so, he would come sit in my lap and hang out before heading into his kennel after walks. I was the only one who could get him out of is kennel for walks and to go home. He showed me he was scared but with patience and understanding, we can get along. This started my deep dive into behavior and how we treat our pets. I wanted to learn to communicate better so our pets can live better in our world.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love watching dogs think.

My #1 dog training tip: One or two cues are all you need to have fun and be successful with your dog. It should be fun for all.

Service areas: Prince William County (Occoquan, Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Dale City, Dumfries, parts of Manassas), Fairfax County (Lorton, Burke, Springfield, parts of Fairfax), North Stafford

Website: https://www.improvingpets.com/


Cass Goodnight

Cass Goodnight, RVT, CPDT-KA has been a Veterinary Nurse since 2011 working in a variety of settings such as animal shelters, general practices, and emergency clinics. She has shared her home with dogs since the day she was born and always had an affinity for their overall wellness, both medically and behaviorally. After over 10 years in the Animal Welfare and Veterinary world, Cass began training dogs formally through Goodnight Pup Canine Training Services LLC as a means to fill a demand for highly skilled canine professionals who could help dogs and their humans live better lives together.

Certifications: Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVT)
Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA)
Elite Fear Free Certified Professional
AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Private in-home dog training, puppy training & group class, Reactive dog training, Cooperative Care Training, Family Dog Training, Fearful Dog Training, Hyperactive Dog training

Behavioral issue focus: I specialize in working with dogs experiencing different degrees of reactivity such as barking/lunging at other dogs on leash, dogs fearful of strangers in/out of the home, reactivity towards a new baby in the home, and fear & aggression in the veterinary or grooming setting.

Training methods: I am a Fear-Free Certified, positive-reinforcement trainer. I do not train using force or punishment but rather I offer practical, humane training methods that lead to a lifelong understanding between a person and a dog. The first step to start any training plan is to schedule a consultation, information on the process and fees can be found on my website, goodnightpup.com.

Why I became a dog trainer: An interest in canine wellness overall--medical, behavioral, and emotional.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Building relationships with clients and seeing their "ah ha!" moments when their dog finally understands what they've been trying to communicate all along.

My #1 dog training tip: Treat your dog like a toddler--be fun, fair, and consistent with them. Reinforce the behavior you like and redirect the behavior you don't. Nobody is perfect, so don't push perfection on your dog either.

Service areas: Brownsburg & surrounding areas

Website: https://goodnightpup.com


Website: https://optimalcanine.com/


Janette Rael

Janette has been working with dogs professionally for over a decade, and specializes in dog-dog social skills, leash reactivity, and aggression. She's currently a trainer and group class instructor at the Louisiana SPCA in New Orleans. Janette received her education in dog training from the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers in 2009.

The Academy is one of the most prestigious dog trainer schools in the world, and is often referred to as 'The Harvard for Dog Trainers' The CTC Program, lead by the legendary dog trainer Jean Donaldson, is a deep-dive into current scientific discovery in animal learning. As a Certified Training Counselor, Janette will teach you how to address and prevent dog behavior problems with the most reliable and effective training tools available in the industry.

Janette founded R+ Dog Training in 2009, as she began focusing on group dog training classes, counseling private clients, off-leash dog walking, and working with rescues and shelters. Janette managed Metrodog in Richmond, California, a large dog boarding and training center for over 6 years. There she gained experience working with a wide variety of dogs, from pit bulls to chihuahuas.

Observing hundreds of dogs interact in a social environment has given her unique insight into the world of dog body language and communication skills. She has helped countless dogs, who were once reactive or aggressive, integrate into large playgroups and pack walks. In addition to managing the dog behavior program at Metrodog, she supervised the training of new handlers and support staff. She has also been a group class instructor at Milo Foundation, Good Newz Pittie Pups, and California Pitbull Rescue. Janette has been fostering dogs for over 5 years, and currently fosters for Louisiana SPCA and Take Paws Rescue

Certifications: Certificate of Training and Counseling

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.noladogtrainer.com


Kerrie Hoar

Prior to entering the world of dog training, I received two Bachelor of Science degrees (Biology and Animal Science) and a Master of Science degree in Biology from Montana State University. For over 20 years, I taught human anatomy and physiology at the university level.

My dog training experience includes teaching in-person and virtual group classes and private in-home and virtual lessons for dogs and puppies in basic manners (obedience), aggression and reactivity. I specialize in helping dogs who exhibit fearful, anxious and aggressive behaviors.

As a certified professional trainer, I pride myself in continually expanding my knowledge of dog behavior and training techniques through attaining certifications, attending workshops and conferences, reading the latest literature and networking with colleagues to remain on the cutting edge of the science of dog behavior and learning.

Animal welfare has always been a passion of mine. I have fostered dogs, driven and coordinated rescue transports and volunteered at shelters and rescues. I currently offer free consultations to rescues and shelters and am a participating trainer in the Humane Alliance of Rescue Trainers, where I donate training sessions to help rescue dogs who are experiencing behavioral issues.

Born and raised in Montana with a menagerie of different animals, I have lived in La Crosse, Wisconsin for over 25 years. My husband and I have two grown daughters and share our home with four dogs (all of whom help out with virtual sessions and video demonstrations) and two chickens.

Education

 Master of Science - Biology, Montana State University

 Bachelor of Science - Biology, Montana State University

 Bachelor of Science - Animal Science, Montana State University

Certifications and Credentials

 Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA)

 Accredited Dog Trainer (IAABC-ADT)

 Licensed L.E.G.S.¬Æ Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediator¬Æ (LFDM)

 Aggression in Dog Master Course certificate

 Enrichment Framework for Behavior Modification Master Class

 Fear Free Certified Professional (FFCP)

 PPG Canine Training Professional

 Certified Dog Bite Prevention Educator

 Licensed Be A Tree¬Æ Program Presenter

 HART Participating Trainer

 Atlas Assistance Dogs Team Facilitator in training

Professional Affiliations

 Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)

 International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)

 Fear Free Pets

 Pet Professional Guild (PPG)

 Humane Alliance of Rescue Trainers (HART)

 Pet Industry Advocacy Innternational (PIAI)

 Atlas Assistance Dogs

Certifications: M.S., CPDT-KA, IAABC-ADT, FFCP, LFDM-T, LFDM-L

Services include:

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

More info about service provided:

I work with clients in private, in-home sessions or through private virtual sessions and specialize in working with fearful dogs. I provide both coaching sessions (working with dog and guardian for all sessions) and in-home day training (where I work with the dog in the client's home and then hold weekly transfer sessions with the client to coach the guardian in the skills that we have been working on).

As a Licensed Family Dog Mediator, I work through the lens of Family Dog Mediation and the L.E.G.S.® framework. Rather than concentrating solely on obedience, I focus on helping clients build relationships with their dogs that are based in trust and understanding. FDMs look at how the whole dog & all of his experiences and genetics have come together to create the dog that is sitting in front of us. We use realistic goal setting, management protocols and, when necessary, teach new behaviors to create a situation that will meet both the client’s goals and the dog’s needs.

I offer coaching and training in the following areas:
- Fearful Dogs - especially those dogs who are performing aggressive behaviors (barking, lunging, biting) or no behaviors at all (shut down).
- Puppy training - house training, crate training, basic manners (sit, down, come, stay), and behavioral issues with chewing, mouthing and other common puppy behaviors.
- General Dog training - basic manners (sit, down, come, stay) and behavioral issues such as leash reactivity (barking, lunging), resource guarding, fence fighting, counter surfing, muzzle acclimation, cooperative care and husbandry
- I also work with clients who are working towards Canine Good Citizens, Therapy, Emotional Support or Service Dog in mastering the basic skills necessary.

Behavioral issue focus:

I specialize in working with dogs who are expressing aggressive, fearful or reactive behaviors such as;
- biting, barking, lunging in the home or on leash
- hiding or freezing
- resource guarding
- adverse reactions to strange people and dogs
- pulling on leash
- counter surfing
- issues between multiple dogs in a home
- fearful of new people, places and things
- fear or aggressive behaviors during handling, grooming and husbandry
- house training
- crate training
- muzzle, leash, collar acclimation
- not coming when called
- bolting out doors
- barrier aggression - fence fighting, growling in crates, etc.

Training methods:

I work through the lens of Family Dog Mediation. Rather than concentrating solely on obedience, I focus on helping clients build relationships with their dogs that are based in trust and understanding. I look at how L.E.G.S.® (the "whole" dog) have come together to create the dog sitting in front of us and then use realistic goal setting, management and enrichment protocols and, when necessary, teach new behaviors, or modify maladaptive behaviors, to create a situation that will meet both the client’s goals and the dog’s needs.

I am a rewards-based trainer and follow LIMA (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive) standard of practice. As a Fear Free Certified Professional do my utmost to minimize fear and never add stress, pain or anxiety to realize training goals. I do not recommend shock, prong or choke collars as a means to solve behavior problems.

All of my clients receive a training plan which includes notes, homework and additional resources after every session. Each package includes text/phone/email support between sessions, a copy of My New Puppy or My New Dog booklet, video tutorials and free access to my 90-minute Canine Body Language for Pet Parents webinar recording.

Why I became a dog trainer: Having been born and raised in the mountains of Montana, I grew up with a menagerie of farm and companion animals. I spent much of my childhood playing with dogs and teaching them various tricks. Like many of my colleagues, my foray into the world of professional dog training began with a love for working with dogs and a relationship with a reactive dog of my own. Working with a dog that reacts to people, other dogs and other sudden environmental changes pushed me to learn more about dog behavior and learning theory and to develop skills and techniques to help my own dog. I have found that I absolutely loved working with dogs who are struggling and find it extremely rewarding to help others who live with dogs who have big feelings.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: The best part of being a dog trainer is seeing a frustrated owner and a struggling dog become a strong and successful team built on mutual trust and understanding. Helping clients understand what their dog is trying to say through actions and body signals, why they are behaving they way that they are and hearing about their small successes and big wins is unbelievably reinforcing for me.

My #1 dog training tip: Teach a Find It cue. A cue that tells the dog to look for food on the floor/ground. Teach it to the point of being reflexive for both you and your dog. This can be used to move a dog, to redirect, to begin games, to get a check in, to get a dog sniffing, as a recall, etc. Basically, the Find It cue is the duct tape of dog training.

Service areas: I am based in La Crosse, Wisconsin and serve the surrounding Wisconsin, Minnesota & Iowa communities with a 50-60 mile radius. La Crosse County (e.g., La Crosse, Onalaska, West Salem, Holmen), Jackson County (e.g., Mindoro, Melrose), Buffalo County (e.g., Alma, Fountain City), Monroe County (e.g., Sparta, Tomah, Warrens, Cashton), Trempealeau County (e.g., Trempealeau, Galesville, Whitehall), Vernon County (e.g., Stoddard, Viroqua, Westby), Winona County (e.g., Winona), Houston County (e.g., Houston, Hokah, Caledonia). I serve clients all over the country with virtual training sessions.

Website: https://www.crimsonhound.com


Jenna Huffman

Helping people and their dogs connect is the absolute best part of my job. I've been working with dogs for 15 years and I've loved every second of it. I received my dog training certification in 2010 and have been focused on dogs and dog behavior ever since.

I am a certified trainer through the Animal Behavior College and the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. I spent 5 years working in shelters with all different breeds, sizes, and behavior issues. I am a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, an Animal Behavior College Mentor, and I am a Fear Free Certified Professional through Fear Free Pets.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, ABCDT, FFCP

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I offer personalized, one-on-one training tailored to meet the unique needs of your furry friend. With my in-home training, I work with your dog in their natural environment, allowing me to better understand their behavior and develop a training program to suit their individual needs. My specialized training for reactive dogs helps your furry friend cope with triggers and overcome fears in a positive and supportive environment. And with my puppy training and basic manners training, we can help your dog learn important socialization skills and good behavior for a happy and well-behaved life.

Behavioral issue focus: I work with a number of behavior issues including dog and human reactivity, resource guarding, fear, and anxiety. I use a personalized approach to training that is tailored to meet the unique needs of your dog, helping them learn coping strategies and positive behaviors that will improve their overall well-being.

Training methods: I use positive reinforcement methods that are as effective as they are kind. I start clients with a consultation and create a plan that is specific to them and their dog's needs. Starting with a management plan, training techniques, and follow up maintenance, I make sure your dog is set up for success from day one and continues to succeed through day one hundred.

Why I became a dog trainer:

I stumbled upon my beloved pup, Ares, as a sweet, innocent puppy wandering the streets of San Antonio. However, as she grew up, I soon discovered that she had severe anxiety and reactivity issues. Despite my best efforts to seek help and guidance, every piece of advice I received seemed to worsen her condition. From being instructed to yank her collar whenever she noticed another dog, to rolling her onto her back whenever she barked, and even squirting her in the face when she growled - none of these coercive techniques felt right to me.

It wasn't until I delved deeper into the world of positive reinforcement training that I finally discovered the true cause of her reactivity - fear. This realization allowed me to approach her with a newfound empathy, helping her to feel safe and secure in her surroundings, and finally make progress. Ares was my heart dog, and after a long life of sixteen years, she left an indelible mark on my life. Through her, I discovered my true passion - to guide owners and their beloved pups towards a brighter future. If you're feeling lost, scared, or confused, let me help guide you towards the path of positive reinforcement training - the same path that helped me and my Ares.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: What I love most about being a trainer is witnessing the "ah-ha" moment when owners finally comprehend their dog's behavior and what their furry companion is trying to communicate. It's a moment when everything clicks, and the owner realizes how to make the necessary changes to help their dog. At the same time, the dog also experiences an "ah-ha" moment, finally understanding what their owner has been trying to convey all along. It's a beautiful moment that signifies a stronger bond and mutual understanding between the owner and their dog.

My #1 dog training tip: My number one training tip is to enjoy the journey with your dog. Training is not just about reaching the end goal of having a well-behaved dog; it's about the process of building a stronger bond with your furry friend. So, instead of getting caught up in the outcome, try to appreciate every step of the journey with your dog. Celebrate the small successes along the way, and don't get discouraged by setbacks or challenges. Enjoying the journey with your dog will not only make training more enjoyable for both you and your pup, but it will also strengthen your bond and deepen your relationship.

Service areas:

Centerville, Ohio
Bellbrook, Ohio
Five Points, Ohio
Miamisburg, Ohio

Website: https://www.barkademics.com/


Danielle Spady

Coming Soon!

Certifications: KPA-CTP

Services include:

  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Herding training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Herding Foundations, Perfect Puppy Board N Train, Targeted/Skill based Daycare, Off Leash Reliability, Ask An Expert Train N Talk Hiking, Hiking Manners, Day Trains

Behavioral issue focus: My passion and niche is getting puppies off to the right start. Their first few months both before and after they leave the litter are the most impactful and the most chaotic times in their lives. So I work with all behavioral issues that show up from puppyhood through the terrible teen months and beyond.

Training methods: I am a positive reinforcement certified trainer and believe that there is more to living with dogs than just a formal training session. I teach people to speak dog and dogs the patience to listen. Both ends of the leash are equally important- teamwork between them is what makes their aspirations come to life.

Why I became a dog trainer: Because helping others understand dog language and needs changes lives in big ways for a household.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love teaching folks who are interested in the Why's of life and watching them see how expansive one's world with dogs can be.

My #1 dog training tip: Meet them where they're at and give yourself the grace of time to learn along side them.

Service areas:

In person- Northern Colorado, Front Range, Southern Wyoming - south of Laramie and Cheyenne
Remotely- All over the world

Website: https://www.avidaussies.com


Tiffany Baker

Tiffany is a certified canine behavior consultant as well as the founder and owner of Boss Babe Dog Training, LLC.
She has been professionally working with dogs and canine behavioral modification for over 9 years. Tiffany specializes in aggression, with a focus on families with disabled pets. She is a licensed Family Paws Parent Educator, has received her title as a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine (CBCC-KA), a Certified Control Unleashed Instructor (CCUI) through Leslie McDevitt's program, and a Certified Family Dog Mediator (FDM) through Kim Brophey's Applied Ethology LEGS course.

She is extremely talented in her ability to not only effectively modify behaviors in dogs but also provide tremendous support, compassion, and guidance to pet guardians. She advocates for positive reinforcement, science-based teaching, and coaching style. She believes that these methods create an effective and enhanced understanding of the canine-human relationship. With each dog and handler team, Tiffany has the pleasure of working with, her dedication and drive to continue learning and developing her skills in the animal behavior field grows.

Certifications: CBCC-KA, LFDM-T, CCUI

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: We offer private in-home training as well as virtual training and specialize in aggression, fear and anxiety based behaviors. We also offer training walks, sniffari's and separation anxiety training.

Behavioral issue focus: Stranger directed aggression, reactivity, intra-housemate aggression, resource guarding, puppy development and socialization, adolescent training

Training methods: We utilize positive reinforcement based training, start our training plans with an initial consultation and then move to either in home training or remote training.

Why I became a dog trainer:

Most behavior trainers have a dog that brought them into the behavior world, and Tiffany's journey in founding Boss Babe Dog Training was no different. Nadia is the dog that started it all, earning the nickname 'Naughty Nadia'. She was adopted by Tiffany as an adolescent, and let's just say she was not prepared for the rollercoaster of behaviors Nadia exhibited. On leash reactivity? Check! Dog selective aggression? Check! Arousal Control concerns? Check!
Tiffany soon realized that in order for her to support Nadia, she needed to learn more and that's exactly what she did. Tiffany read all the books, attended all the seminars, began certification programs, and supported Nadia in becoming the only sometimes Naughty girl she is today. Along the way, Tiffany's education grew into a passion. She began training and taking private clients, and soon Boss Babe Dog Training blossomed. Tiffany has immense compassion and commitment to working with both the dogs and the humans through training, and can't wait to see how BBDT continues to grow!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love being a part of the growth in relationship and communication between dog and human!Rather than look at a behavior concern as a bad behavior, take a deeper compassionate look at why the behavior exists.

My #1 dog training tip: Rather than look at a behavior concern as a bad behavior, take a deeper compassionate look at why the behavior exists.

Service areas: Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

Website: https://www.bossbabedogtraining.com


Ali Peace

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

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

Certifications:  CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Website: https://www.kinshipdogs.com/


Lillian Ciardelli

I am an applied animal behaviorist. After graduating from Emory in 2010, I knew I wanted to work with animals, but was unable to decide between science and husbandry so I picked both. For the last decade I have divided my career between animal research and hands on animal care. I found that behavior consulting was the best way to share my love of behavioral science in a way that would make a real impact on individual animals and improve animal welfare.

I became an associate certified applied animal behaviorist in 2018 through the Animal Behavior Society. Looking to start her own business one year later, I jumped at the opportunity to team up with Amy and return to the warmth of Atlanta, GA. When I'm not thinking about animals, I'm photographing them, painting them, or writing about them.

Certifications: ACAAB

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: At Behave Atlanta, I work in tandem with certified trainer Amy Cambell. We provide behavior consultations & training for cats and dogs both virtually and in-home (depending on location). These can include everything from basics for new pet owners, to more complicated issues like aggression or separation anxiety. We can help with potty training, basic manners, as well as desensitization to certain triggers and helping dogs adapt to a new city environment. We primarily do in-home training sessions with clients present (following a virtual consult) but are hoping to offer more group classes both on line and in person!

Behavioral issue focus: For dogs, we most commonly help with fear & anxiety, leash and general reactivity, resource guarding, separation anxiety, and dog-cat dynamics. With cats, we most often help with litter box issues and inter-cat aggression.

Training methods: We always start with a virtual behavior consultation (this includes an overview of the behavior of concern, as well a management & training plan for how to address the issue). If clients are within service range, we offer in-person training packages to help guide them through the process. If they are out of range, we offer virtual training or try to help them connect with a local trainer who can implement the plan.

Why I became a dog trainer: Technically I'm a behaviorist, not a trainer. But training is a huge part of my work! I wanted to be able to communicate with animals. And I wanted to help other people learn how to communicate with their pets, so that they could better interpret their needs and have a stronger bond.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing how proud clients are when their dog (or cat) learns something new. Or the lightbulb that goes off when we are able to explain what's driving their pet's behavior. Also just hearing what people name their pets!

My #1 dog training tip: Notice when your pet is doing something right. What we consider "bad behavior" is often irritating, loud, and just very noticeable. What we consider "good behavior" is often quiet, calm, and if you don't try to look for it you'll ignore it! It's important to acknowledge it not only so your pet understands that that behavior is "right" but because you need to realize when you're making progress!

Service areas: Kirkwood, Old Fourth Ward, Midtown, West Midtown, Edgewood, Reynoldstown, Cabbagetown, Buckhead, Brookhaven, Marietta, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Alpharetta, Decatur, Inman Park, Candler Park, Grant Park, East Atlanta, Sylvan Hills, West End, Oakhurst, Druid Hills, North Decatur

Website: https://behaveatlanta.com


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/


Casey Buckley

I'm a former trauma therapist and social worker. I'm a service dog handler. I've been training dogs over 10 years. I specialize in work with reactive, anxious, fearful and/or abused and neglected dogs

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Basic obedience, leash reactivity, fear aggression, service dog training (psych , mobility, medical alert), scent training, dog parquor

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, anxiety, fear based behaviors, guarding , separation anxiety

Training methods: I'm a force free, fear free trainer

Why I became a dog trainer: I began my work as a service dog trainer because I trained my own service dog and was interested in working with more behavioral concerns

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing clients become more skilled in managing and meeting their dogs needs

My #1 dog training tip: Work with the dog in front of you and don't compare to other dogs.

Service areas: Philadelphia, west, south west center city

Website: https://www.wpcreativepets.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


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


Canine PhD

Meredith Minkin - Owner and Behavior Consultant. Meredith Minkin, CDBC, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, CSAT, SDC is an internationally certified behavior consultant, a certified professional dog trainer, a certified separation anxiety trainer, and a certified service dog trainer. Meredith is a modern methods, reward-based trainer who works to minimize the use of aversive stimuli and maximize the effective use of reinforcers to modify animal behavior. Meredith is also a Fear Free Certified Professional. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and completed her post-baccalaureate education at Tufts University. Currently, she is working on her Master's Degree in Applied Animal Behavior.

Meredith is a creative problem-solver who works with dogs with severe behavior disorders e.g. phobias, separation anxiety, and aggression. She regularly conducts behavior evaluations of shelter dogs for rescue groups and local animal control agencies. She has rehabilitated abused and aggressive dogs, she has worked with service dogs, customs dogs, military dogs, and has even handled dogs in the confirmation ring. Meredith volunteers with PAWS Atlanta, Best Friends, Re-Leashed Atlanta, Atlanta Dog Squad, Atlanta Pet Rescue, Saving Shelter Pets, Atlanta Boxer Rescue, AARF-Atlanta, DREAM Dachshund Rescue, Lifeline Animal Project, Atlanta Weimaraner Rescue, Shelter Angels Pit Bull Rescue, BullsEye Rescue, Angels Among Us, and other private rescue groups. She also volunteers for Dekalb County, Animal Control and Fulton County Animal Services.

Stacy Drody, CPDT-KA, CSAT, VSPDT, Fear Free Certified,
has had a passion for animals and science her entire life. Growing up alongside seeing eyes dogs she learned the value of a dog's vast capabilities and the importance of understanding their unique way of communication and individual behaviors from an early age. While obtaining a degree in Biology she worked as a vet tech and began volunteering with local rescue organizations volunteering much of her time rescuing, fostering, and rehabilitating dogs. Her volunteer work included rescue operations and rehabilitation from The Korean Meat Trade, The Yulin Meat Festival and hoarding cases. In addition to this work, she also taught classes and workshops for the Atlanta Humane Society.

After a successful career in Sales and Marketing and Corporate Event Planning in the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Industries, she decided to turn her volunteering into a career focusing her path on canine training and behavior. Stacy believes in the ethical treatment of all animals and has established her training on the 'Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive' training philosophy. Her training approach involves using a scientifically grounded, reward based plan.
Stacy's goal is to create lasting, cooperative bonds between her clients and their dogs in a welcoming, fun, and stress-free environment that everyone can benefit from and enjoy! Stacy is a graduate of the Victoria Stilwell Academy of DogTraining and Behavior, A Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed, a Certified Fear Free Dog Trainer, an assistant trainer with Canine Cellmates - the jail dog program at the Fulton County Jail and continues volunteering with the local rescue agencies.

Andrea Borges, CPDT-KA, ABCDT. Andrea is a bilingual (English/Spanish) dog trainer from Venezuela. She earned her BA in Communications from Andrés Bello University in Caracas. Andrea has been training dogs since 2012. She is a graduate of the Animal Behavior College and she is also a Certified Trick Dog Instructor. Andrea is currently enrolled in the CATCH Academy Program. She also has extensive management experience in dog daycare and boarding facilities. Andrea loves to foster shelter dogs in need. She will often go to an animal control facility to choose a difficult dog on death row to rehab/train and then permanently place in a loving home. Her current foster is a Cane Corso who has reactivity issues. Andrea has a big heart, and loves a challenge! She exudes passion for training, and she has already helped many dogs at Canine PhD blossom and grow!

Betty Emrey, CPDT-KA. Betty began the journey into dog training through volunteer work at the ASPCA in New York City. Over five years there, she walked shelter dogs, taught other volunteers how to walk shelter dogs, introduced dogs to potential adopters, and apprenticed as a trainer. After coming back home to Atlanta Betty began offering a variety of group classes, including basic obedience and puppy kindergarten as well as in-home training and consultations. Betty is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed, having successfully completed the training requirements of The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.

In addition to teaching, Betty also volunteers at the Atlanta Humane Society in adoptions and with the Paws 2 Teach shelter dog classes. She has competed in both Agility and Rally Obedience, but it’s her work with shelter dogs that inspires her as a trainer. So many great dogs wind up in shelters because of behaviors that could have been avoided or fixed with proper training. Her goal is to help dogs and their people stay together. Betty lives with three rescue dogs: a chihuahua from NYC, a rough coat collie from NOLA, and a black and white mix from the streets of Decatur. Betty serves on the Member Relations Committee of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and is a member of the Georgia Dog Trainer Forum and the Atlanta Rally Club.

Bethany Gardner, CPDT-KA, BA - Anthrozoology. In 2015 Bethany started an Anthrozoology degree at Carroll College in Helena, Montana. During her time there, she learned about the history and science of human-animal relationships. Her curriculum focused on learning theory, animal behavior, animal welfare and horsemanship. She even fostered and trained multiple dogs as part of her program so that she could put her science-based knowledge into real-world practice.

She was given the opportunity to gain hundreds of hours training dogs under the guidance of experienced professionals. At the core of this education were classes focusing on learning theory and careful prodding of student minds to make us carefully consider both the human and animal side of any situation. She lives in Tucker with her senior lab mix Bishop, and her mutt Sully.

Sully is reactive towards humans, dogs, and has separation anxiety So Bethany is well versed in the ups and downs of living with such a dog. She loves both of her dogs very much and enjoys walking and training around her neighborhood with them. Bethany is a perpetual student and hopes to continue her education in everything dog! She would love to bring the joy of dog training to others around the world! Hundreds of hours of experience using scientifically backed and humane training methods. Certified with the American Society of Canine Trainers. Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainer Member of the Shock-Free Coalition.

Casey Griffin, CPDT-KA, CCDT. Casey has had a love for dogs her whole life. This made it a no-brainer for her to choose a field where she can turn her love into a career that she is passionate about. Casey came to Canine PhD through the CATCH trainers academy. Casey is one of our lead day-trainers, and she teaches Barn Hunt and Swim classes on the weekends.

Diane Silver. Diane Silver believes a house is not a home without a dog… and that a fun activity will enhance your bond with your dog, making the intersection of dog and home all that much more enjoyable. Diane has been involved in performance dog events for the past 12 years, teaching, competing and earning titles in agility, lure coursing, rally obedience, conformation and tricks. She has trained under a number of leading and world-class agility competitors.

At Canine PhD, Diane teaches agility and tricks classes and offers private lessons. She also is a certified K9 Fit Club instructor, focusing on conditioning and strength for dogs and people. Diane began her journey in performance dog events when her young Havanese needed room to run beyond the condo they called home. The mental and physical stimulation of agility helped save their home, and now Diane shares her experience by teaching other dogs and humans the joy of the sport.

When she's not teaching classes or competing with her dog, Diane is a public relations and social media consultant and creator of the blog To Dog With Love. Diane also works with brands in the pet industry to share her expertise in dog training and fitness, pet-friendly travel, and creating a pet-friendly home. You can find Diane and her current Havanese pup Rocco on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @ToDogWithLove.

Brittany Raley. Raley's love of animals has led her to work with animals of all types through the years. As a child, she began training on horseback in the Hunter Jumper arena. This eventually grew into assisting in training horses for the Hunter Jumper events as well as teaching young kids to ride. Raley spent several years working in the Big Cat department of the Little Rock Zoo, where she cared for a variety of large cats, such as Jaguars, Tigers, and Lions. However, dogs have always had a special place in her heart. She always loved helping her friends and family train their dogs. It was her own Dutch Shepherd, Rockstar, that opened her eyes to the world of dog training in a new way. After his passing, she decided training dogs was where she needed to be. She continually participates in classes to further her knowledge in the field.
Raley has earned her certification as a Certified Pro Dog Trainer (PDT) with Absolute Dogs. She has also achieved her PDT- Geek Certification with AD.

Certifications: CPDT-KA
IAABC
CSAT
CDBC
CBCC-KA
SDC

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Canine PhD transforms misbehaving dogs into well-mannered companions by providing best-in-class education for a lifetime of learning. We make training fun and easy-giving you peace of mind and a pet who’s a pleasure to live with. We offer group classes for puppies, puppy socials, manners, AKC Canine Good Citizen, Agility, Nosework, Barn Hunt, Swimming & Dock Diving, Reactive Dog, and Hound on the Town. We also have private training with various options for private lessons, day school, or Board & Train. Boarding is also available as well. We are a boutique boarding facility with 7 suites.

Behavioral issue focus: We address a wide range of behavior issues including but not limited to potty training, impulse control, distractions, reactivity, leash reactivity, feline reactivity, aggression, and separation anxiety.

Training methods: Our training is reward based; least invasive, minimally aversive. We do not use shock collars, prong collars, etc. Private consultations are an essential component of addressing behavior issues and/or private training. We offer a wide range of training plans, with custom packages based on the dog's training needs.

Service areas: Decatur, Dekalb County, Druid Hills, Oakhurst, Kirkwood, Midtown, Virginia Highlands, Brookhaven, Morningside, Old Fourth Ward, East Atlanta Village, Ormewood, Avondale Estates, Scottdale, Stone Mountain
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Website: https://www.yourcaninephd.com/


Dorothy "Dodie" Slaton

Helping our pets live their best lives is a common goal among pet guardians, but at times, it can be complicated. As a Licensed L.E.G.S. Family Dog Mediator and a Certified Professional Trainer, I help guardians understand their pet's needs and behaviors and help open the lines of communication between people and their pets.

As a Family Dog Mediator, I assess your pet's learning history, environment, genetics, and individual self to determine how we can assist you and your pet on your life journey together. Many behaviors that may be problematic in the home are generally natural behaviors expressing themselves. Therefore, by finding less problematic methods to allow your pet to express themself and utilizing enrichment and decompression, we can reduce problematic behaviors.

As a certified trainer, I will help you understand your pet's behaviors and determine how to better manage or change the behaviors that are causing problems in the home. Together, we will evaluate the behaviors and find more suitable behaviors that are compatible with the environment.Together, we will formulate an achievable plan that fits your and your pet's needs, and with the ongoing support program, part of my mediation/training packages, you can check in, send videos for evaluation, and communicate any difficulties or successes as they occur.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, Licensed L.E.G.S. Family Dog Mediator

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 individualized support to meet your and your pet's needs including basic obedience training, puppy socialization, cooperative care training, day training, potty training, distraction training, counter conditioning/desensitization for fearful/reactive behaviors, off-leash manners for hiking, decompression activities, and enrichment activities, etc.

Behavioral issue focus: I specialize in fearful/reactive dogs but also work on preventing these behaviors in dogs and puppies with socialization, general obedience, decompression and enrichment activities, and by properly meeting a dog's individual needs.

Training methods: I offer training packages that are specifically designed to meet your needs. My training packages include email and/or text message coaching support which allows you to ask questions as they arise, send videos for evaluation, discuss challenging situations, check in about your progress, and get the accountability you may need during your training journey. I strive to make the process as comfortable for my clients and their pet(s) as possible.

Why I became a dog trainer: I did an internship in a shelter and saw so many pets surrendered for behavior problems. I seek to keep pets in homes.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Making people and their dogs happier.

My #1 dog training tip: Meeting your pets' intrinsic needs makes training easier and more effective.

Service areas: Corvallis, Salem, Eugene, and surrounding areas

Website: https://simplypawesomepets.com


Jackie Moyano

Jackie Moyano transitioned careers from a respiratory therapist to dog training. In addition to caring for patients, she also taught both patients and respiratory therapy students. Jackie's medical teaching experience lends itself well to teaching people how to train their dogs. Pssst! Dog training is really people training!

Jackie's dog training expertise and education comes from completing 3 of Pat Miller's training academies, attending Ken Ramirez' Animal Training Seminar at SHEDD Aquarium, attending Sue Sternberg's Eden Internship working with Alaskan husky sled dogs, plus completing all 5 of the Bailey-Farhoody chicken workshops where Jackie learned animal training science and practiced training skills with chickens.

Jackie actively pursues continuing education and has added a separation anxiety credential, SAPro to her name. Jackie's training partners are her Siamese cat and her Dachshund Terrier mix. Jackie enjoys commuting much more in her electric car. Jackie's dog enjoys riding in the electric car to wooded trails for hiking - a favorite pastime.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, PMCT, SAPro

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Behavior United, LLC has ten years of experience training dogs of all ages from puppies and adolescents to adult through senior dogs. Behavior United, LLC offers dog training for basic manners and advanced training around distractions. Behavior United LLC, also offers behavior modification for dogs experiencing reactivity, aggression, fear, and separation anxiety.

Behavioral issue focus: Jackie Moyano at Behavior United, LLC has been doing behavior modification with her own dog and clients' dogs for ten years. She really enjoys helping dogs living with reactivity, aggression, fear, and separation anxiety plus the people who love them.

Training methods: Life is challenging enough, training your companion animal doesn't have to be. Behavior United, LLC provides proven, aversive-free, efficient, reward-based solutions with all of our clients, human and animal alike. Whether it's basic canine obedience training or more serious dog behavior issues, we apply the science of behavior and a team approach to help you meet your goals. Training time should be rewarding for both people and their pets. Training/behavior consultations in-person and live online, we offer curated training/behavior modification packages and single sessions to balance your busy life with your quality pet time. All private training/behavior consultation sessions include a training plan summary with the skills introduced and tailored to your dog's needs, your lifestyle, and your goals. Between sessions, we're available for support via email, text, or phone calls as you and your dog progress.

Why I became a dog trainer:

I am a dog trainer because of my cat and my mom. In 2007 my mom passed away from breast cancer. Suddenly, life was so finite. Why am I wasting time in a career I no longer enjoy? What do I enjoy? I didn’t know what my next step was, but I knew I didn’t want to be a respiratory therapist for the rest of my life. Time to make another dream come true, because who knows how much time any of us has left.

I slogged through the grief abyss, experiencing milestones like marriage and buying our first home without my mom. She loved my husband and would have loved the condominium, except for the original 1980s kitchen. After surviving a challenging 3-month kitchen remodel during snowmageddon 2010, I wanted to reward myself with a companion animal. Because our condo was on the 8th floor, we decided to adopt a cat instead of a dog. We named our 1-year-old gray Siamese cat Slinky.

One night after we had gone to sleep we heard a crash. We jumped out of bed and immediately realized our kitchen design flaw. Open shelves above the countertop instead of cabinets. Slinky knocked a stemless wine glass off of the shelf. Not a great financial loss, the glass cost about $3. The financial and wellbeing impact was watching Slinky try to eat the glass! “WHY!?” we shrieked. We were able to intervene in time and no Slinkys were harmed.

Glass eating had to be prevented. I did what anyone with animal problems does, I asked Google. I spent hours researching cat behavior articles and books. I finally ordered a book called “Think Like A Cat” by Pamela Johnson Bennett. With a few changes in my behavior, I was able to change Slinky’s behavior. That was incredibly reinforcing for me.

Helping Slinky change his behavior reminded me of my childhood dream. I wanted to work with animals! I cold-called trainers asking if I could apprentice with them. One woman turned me down because I had a cat instead of a dog. I described the training and behavior modification I had done with Slinky, but that did not matter to her. That 'no' was the best thing that happened to my training career. Because of that 'no', I apprenticed with another trainer, Sandy Modell of Wholistic Hound Academy in Alexandria, VA. Sandy told me about Pat Miller's academies at Peaceable Paws. I completed all three of Pat Miller's academies making me a Pat Miller Certified Trainer. At Pat Miller's 1st academy, another trainer told me about Bob Bailey, ScD. I worked for and completed all 5 Bailey-Farhoody Operant Conditioning Workshops where, after scientific lectures, training principles were practiced by training leghorn chickens.

In addition to numerous hours of animal training education, I passed the Certified Professional Dog Trainer exam. Between 2013 and March 2018 I volunteered at an animal shelter, I got my first paid part-time dog training job, quit my job as a respiratory therapist, transitioned to a full time dog trainer, adopted my own dog, became an entrepreneur and launched Behavior United LLC with my former business partner. Had you told me at the launch of Behavior United, LLC in 2018 that I would have to navigate a government shutdown, business partner moving away, and a pandemic, I wouldn't have believed you. But, we're still here, helping dogs and their people live their best lives!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a dog trainer is helping people communicate and improve their relationship with their dogs.

My #1 dog training tip: My number one dog training tip is to ask yourself, "What do I want my dog to do?" Next, realize that your dog can't change his/her behavior until you change your behavior.

Service areas: Montgomery County, MD (Frederick MD was the closest city on the list, but it's not a place I service.)

Website: https://www.behaviorunited.com/


Phyllis Zboril

Educated at the world-renowned Academy for Dog Trainers, Phyllis has been serving dogs and their families for more than 13 years in the western suburbs of Chicago and beyond.

Drawing from her background in social work, she is a highly skilled listener; capable of addressing behavioral issues without judgement. Zboril's teaching style and experience creates space for true and enjoyable learning.

Her love of dogs has brought over a dozen dogs into her heart and home within the last 40 years; including a furry companion she fostered from a pit bull rescue. Phyllis trained each of them in either obedience, agility, nosework, tracking and more.

In addition to operating Go Dog! Training, Phyllis served as an Animal Enrichment and Behavior Manager at Anderson Animal Shelter, where she helped lower the canine euthanasia rate to the lowest in the organization's 50+ history, and one of the lowest in the nation.

Certifications: CTC, CSAT

Services include:

  • Agility training

Service areas: Serving Fort Myers, North Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Estero, Naples, Bonita Springs for private training.

Website: https://www.godog4training.com/


Jennifer Joyce (Dynamite Doggies!)

I left the music industry in 1999 to begin working with dogs. After adopting a very special dog (Merlin) I got my training certification at the Academy for Dog Trainers. I have over 20 years experience working with shy, fearful and aggressive dogs. Our team has a combined 30 years experience.

Certifications: Certificate in Pet Dog Training & Counseling, Group Dog Walking Certificate, First Aid Training Certification

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: We work with all types of dogs, experiencing a wide range of complex behavior issues, as well as simple to complex obedience issues. Structure and compassion are our core tenets.

Behavioral issue focus: Shy, fearful, and aggressive dogs are always welcome!

Training methods: We use gentle, force-free methods in our one-on-one training sessions, and coach human clients on the same methods.

Why I became a dog trainer: I was inspired by my own dog, Merlin. He experienced a high level of anxiety and fear, and needed specialized help. It made sense for me to be the one to help him, so I enrolled in The Academy for Dog Trainers.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping dogs and their people who love them.

My #1 dog training tip: There is always a more clear, and gentler way.

Service areas: Portland, OR, Los Angeles, CA, Remote Online

Website: https://www.dynamitedoggies.com


Lauren Van Duzer

As an avid dog lover, I believe continuing education is a key to progress and happiness. I am a member of The Pet Professional Guild and am certified as an Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. I worked in the veterinary industry for 12 years, in nearly every position. I'm passionate about bringing kindness, empathy and understanding into your dog experiences. It's not all about training dogs' it's about understanding one another and making adjustments that work better for everyone. My teaching style is customized, empathetic and employs science-based dog training.

Certifications: ACDBC - Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Customized pet dog training & behavior consulting, offering virtual, in home and field trip lessons. Day training offered for select areas.

Behavioral issue focus: Specializing in sensitive, reactive & aggressive dog behavior and setting puppies up for success.

Training methods: I offer customized positive reinforcement-based training and behavior services. For behavior cases, we begin with a behavior consult where we decide together which training program will fit the family and dog's lifestyle and needs. For puppies, we begin with a training program right away. Each program includes virtual access to on-demand lessons and video messaging directly with me.

Why I became a dog trainer: My Beagle, Maple, was showing aggression to other animals and towards me. Once I discovered positive training, it changed my life and my dog's. This became my passion and a gift to share with other dog owners!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing the connection, the joy and the freedom that positive training opens up to people and their dogs. You know the look when you see it the dog looks up at their person and leans into them as the person's eyes pour love thru their gaze.

My #1 dog training tip: Do I have to pick just one? Ha! Slow down and really listen to what your dog is telling you. It'll speed up their learning because you'll make adjustments you didn't realize they needed before. Life-changing.

Service areas: Cumming, southeastern Dawsonville, Gainesville, Oakwood, Flowery Branch, Sugar Hill, Suwanee and borders of some surrounding areas

Website: https://www.happyhoundsandbeyond.com


Liz Vanderhoef

Liz Vanderhoef joins FYK9 again with a focus in behavior training, specifically reactivity, anxious, and excitable dogs. Liz began teaching barn hunt part-time at For Your K9 in 2021 and fell in love with being a trainer. She has been training full-time since January of 2022. She is a Certified Family Dog Mediator, has completed her Aggression In Dogs Master Course from Michael Shikashio and is almost completed with her Separation Anxiety Pro Trainer Certification. Liz is also a CGC Evaluator and she was voted one of Texas' Top Trainers through Sniffspot in 2022.

When Liz isn't helping clients meet their goals with their dogs, she is enjoying time with her two dogs, catching a baseball game and you can usually catch her with a Starbucks in her hand! She has two dogs, Ruger who is 9 y/o German Shepherd and Rumor, a 1 y/o German Shepherd. They enjoy lots of time hiking, swimming, playing fetch and of course dog sports! Ruger is retired from all sports other than Nose Work, which he has a blast doing! Rumor will be participating in Barn Hunt, Nose Work, Rally, Dock Diving, Agility, and possibly more!

Liz teaches some foundation classes, foundation classes, advanced classes, some barn hunt and taking private clients for reactivity, resource guarding, and separation anxiety.

Certifications:  FDM

Services include:

  • Agility training

Website: https://foryourk9.com/


Zak George

My wife and I make dog training videos on YouTube!

More info about service provided: I make free dog training content to try to help as many people as possible have a better relationship with their dogs. I promote modern, reinforcement-based dog training techniques and I'm passionate about teaching the public that science has shown us aversive corrections are never necessary in any case for dog training or behavior modification! My wife and I make YouTube videos about dog training. Over the past decade plus we have feature hundreds of dogs, including detailed single-episode dog training tutorials to give you all the info you need on every popular dog training topic, multi-episode series featuring totally untrained foster dogs that we pull from the shelter and feature all of their training while we try to find them a home, and super extensive ongoing video series documenting how my wife and I raise and train our own dogs every day.

Behavioral issue focus: I have worked with thousands of dogs with all manner of behavioral issues throughout the course of my career as a dog trainer teaching classes, private lessons, as a sport and stunt dog trainer, and online educator.

Training methods: I use positive reinforcement and focus on the relationship first. Because there is a scientific consensus that aversive corrections are never necessary in any case for dog training or behavior modification, and there is also evidence that there is a very significant risk of negative side effects from using aversive corrections in dog training, I strongly advocate against the use of physical punishments and training tools like choke, prong and electric collars. I teach people how to use effective management strategies, how to address their dog's underlying emotions instead of just suppressing unwanted behaviors, and how to be proactive during training by breaking things down into steps that are achievable for their dog, so that there is no need for corrections because dogs are being set up for success.

Why I became a dog trainer: Because I have a passion for teaching dogs and people how to use modern methods that promote happiness and fulfillment for all involved!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping people learn how to connect with their dogs in deeper ways and learning how to connect with each dog as an individual.

My #1 dog training tip: Focus on building a quality relationship with your dog and the dog training will take care of itself.

Service areas: Worldwide (online)


Amy Cook

Dr. Cook is an International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, a longstanding professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), and was one of the first trainers nationally to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through independent evaluation. Dr. Cook received her Ph.D. in Psychology from UC Berkeley, with her research focusing on the dog-human relationship and its effect on the problem solving strategies dogs employ. Dr. Cook is the founder and creator of the Play Way, the co-founder of www.rpluscollaborative.com, and the originator of R+2.0. She has been training dogs for nearly 30 years, and has specialized in the rehabilitation of shy and fearful dogs for over 20 years.

Certifications:  PhD, CDBD, CPDT-KA, CC

Services include:

  • Reactive dog training

More info about service provided: Online classes and support for reduction of behavior problems

Behavioral issue focus: Fear, anxiety, reactivity, high stress

Service areas: I work remotely

Website: https://www.playwaydogs.com


Cassie Williams

I worked in special education for 30 years. I started my journey as a school social worker and ended my career as the assistant superintendent of special education. I have loved animals all my life and have been pet parent to quite a menagerie including rats, birds, dogs and cats. About 9 years ago, I became the mama of a wheaten terrier puppy who had significant anxiety and reactivity to other dogs. My journey with Finnegan is what cemented my love of dog training. I became a Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner in 2019 and knew I wanted to help others with their dogs as I retired from my career in education.

My background in social work, education and positive reinforcement training meld together incredibly well to allow me to help my clients in a well-rounded manner and continue to reflect on my practice, so that I can constantly improve. I attend multiple conferences each year and plan to obtain further certification. Being a lifelong learner is incredibly important to me.

Certifications: Karen Pryor Academy-Certified Training Partner

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: In-Home and virtual services including basic cues, housebreaking, reactivity issues, introducing new dog/puppy to household, loose leash walking, enrichment and confidence-building

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, inter-household pet relationships, separation anxiety, shy/fearful behavior, adolescence

Training methods: I use positive reinforcement to help teach the dogs what behaviors will work for them and what behaviors will not. I model the techniques for the clients and then coach them to put them into place themselves. I help the client teach cued behaviors as well as implement shaping and capturing behavior. I send detailed reports, supporting documents and videos. I am available between sessions via phone, text or email to provide clarification and support.

Why I became a dog trainer: My interest in dog training started when I had a wheaten terrier puppy with significant anxiety and reactivity to other dogs. I felt energized trying to help him and watch him become more comfortable and confident. As retirement approached, I knew I wanted to obtain a certification so that I could put my skills to use in helping others with their dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching the lightbulb go on for both my clients and their dogs. Meeting amazing people and dogs on a daily basis. Improving relationships.

My #1 dog training tip: Think about what you could cue your dog to do that is incompatible with the behavior that you do not want.

Service areas: Chicago and the entire Chicagoland Area

Website: https://asoundbeginningchicago.com/


Service areas: Stockton, Lodi, Manteca, Linden, Valley Springs, Tracy, Galt, Ripon, Lathrop, French Camp, Woodbridge


Betsy Payne

I originally got involved with Dog Sports growing up in the youth program 4-H, almost 20 years ago. In my early 20's, it turned from hobby to profession. In her 10+ years of group and individual instruction I've fallen in love with the process of teaching and building up those I works with, coworkers and clientele alike. From working with inmates in a prison dog training program to volunteering with her local K9 Search and Rescue team to helping create and eventually leading a National Virtual Dog Training program for Petco.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CCFT

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Private Training, Day Training - Virtually

Behavioral issue focus: Fear, Anxiety, Stressed or Confliction based issues.
Dog that fall under the umbrella term of Reactive, Separation Anxiety, General Anxiety

Training methods:

We utilize +R methods and techniques, with an emphasis on Fear and Force free. Utilizing LIMA, the Humane Hierarchy, the 5 Freedoms type of frameworks in our plans.

We utilize B-mod techniques like:
Counter- Conditioning
Desensitization
Differential Reinforcement

Why I became a dog trainer: A love for interactions with people and the process of instruction evolved from a hobby turned profession when I was in my early 20's. I've continued to love the act of mentoring and seeing colleagues and clients reach their goals.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: The process of seeing that lightbulb turn on for a client. When they realize that they can, in fact, reach the goals that they're working towards.

My #1 dog training tip: Have a clear goal.

What does the behavior look like? Does it look the same in a variety of contexts? Does the behavior serve the goal or specific function? If our learners are going to learn, we have to be clear on what the goal post looks like.

Service areas: Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Roseville, Rancho Cordova, Orangevale, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Carmichael, Rocklin, Lincoln, Elk Grovebets

Website: https://daackpack.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


Desiree Lomer-Clarke

I am a former lawyer turned trainer after dealing with a reactive dog of my own. I have been training since November of 2008 in Arlington, Virginia and I have the best clients.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Protection/guard dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: At Arlington Dog Nanny I provide force-free training that will be fun for both guardians and dogs, helping to strengthen their bond while working toward our goals. I offer small classes, puppy training, board and train, day school, cooperative dog walking intensives, and more.

Behavioral issue focus: I work with dog-dog reactivity, hyperarousal, as well as anxious and fearful dogs (not fear aggressive).

Training methods: I use force-free positive reinforcement methods to train. My preference is always to coach the guardian who teaches the dog. For behavioral issues we will have a behavior consultation, form a training plan and work through it together.

Why I became a dog trainer: Because I had a dog-reactive dog who required so much care and training. The more time I spent training him the more I fell in love the science of training.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Getting to see how happy the guardians are when the changes and the learning starts to happen, tied with playing with dogs.

My #1 dog training tip: You only need to train for 3-5 minutes, five days a week. Don't think you have to commit so much time.

Service areas: Northern Virginia, DC, Maryland within the beltway

Website: https://www.arlingtondognanny.com


Rachel Weaver

My name is Rachel Weaver, founder of The Scholarly Dog. I'm passionate about helping clients and their dogs form better relationships and accomplish their training goals!

Certifications: KPA-CTP

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: We offer private classes and group classes.

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, Aggression, Separation Anxiety, Resource Guarding

Why I became a dog trainer: For the love of dogs and people.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing humans and dogs connected

My #1 dog training tip: Practice makes permanence

Service areas: The Capital Region of NY

Website: https://www.scholarlydog.com


Brian Munro

Brian Munro, owner of Leaps and Hounds Behavior, has spent the last seven years providing professional guidance and support for families and their dogs in the Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin. Prior to becoming the owner of Leaps and Hounds Behavior, he worked in animal shelter leadership positions, taught group classes, and provided behavior consulting services for clients. In 2021 he acquired his certification as a dog behavior consultant, and elevated his consulting work and skills to focus on aggression in dogs.

Certifications: CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, Certified Family Dog Mediator

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: We provide professional guidance and support for families and dogs- including behavior consulting (in-home and remote) and Family Dog Mediation, group training classes, puppy program, specialized programs for vet clinics and organizations, and dog walking services. Our specialty is consulting on aggression in dogs.

Behavioral issue focus: We consult on dogs displaying aggressive behavior, including human directed (child, stranger, caregiver, etc..) and dog-dog intra household; as well as those with increased fear/anxiety/stress signs, "reactivity" and/or other unhealthy or maladaptive behaviors.

Training methods: At Leaps and Hounds Behavior, we offer guidance to understand the WHYs of a dog's behavior and their needs through L.E.G.S. (Learning, Environment, Genetics, Self), a Model of Integrated Canine Science. L.E.G.S. describes the whole and unique picture of the dog in front of us. We then consider how that all may intersect with the needs of the family. Once we start to understand these aspects we can support the relationship between the family and their dog, in the spirit of Family Dog Mediation. We also follow the LIMA approach (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive), which includes a humane hierarchy of strategies and procedures for behavior intervention.

Why I became a dog trainer: I have a background in animal sheltering. I transitioned into the animal behavior industry to support families and dogs in the community. Leaps and Hounds Behavior continues along this path- our is mission to provide educational support and guidance for the community to enhance the welfare of animals through a fluent understanding of behavior.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I most enjoy learning about and understanding the WHYs of an animal's behavior through the model of LEGS (Learning, Environment, Genetics, Self)- to support the family and dog through a process of mediation.

My #1 dog training tip: It's about so much more than dog training- focus on and strengthen the communication between the family and their dog.

Service areas: Minneapolis-St Paul Area, Washington and Dakota Counties, Western Wisconsin

Website: https://www.leapsandhoundsbehavior.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/


Valarie Ross

Hello! I am Valarie, the owner of Sits n Wiggles Dog Training. I started SnW in 2015 when I had the opportunity to move from dogs being just my passion but my career. I have been involved in dog and cat rescue since I was in college. In early 2015 I started taking classes with Catch Canine Trainers Academy with the intention to offer volunteer training services to shelters and rescues. However, life had different plans and I was laid off from my software job. I took that time to finish my training classes and start Sits n Wiggles.

Since that time in 2015, I have focused my education and practice on dogs struggling with fear, anxiety, reactivity, and aggression issues.

~ Certified Dog Behavior Consultant - International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (2022)
~ Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed - Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (2017)
~ Certified Dog Bite Prevention Educator - The Pet Professional Guild (2018)
~ Aggression in Dogs Masterclass - 2021
~ The 2021 Virtual Dog Conference - Speaker (2021)
~ Up Your Business Game Conference - The Pet Professional Guild - Speaker (2022)
~ Family Dog Mediation (2022)

Certifications:

Certified Dog Behavior Consultant - IAABC
Certified Professional Dog Trainer - CCPDT

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Basic manners, puppy socialization, aggression, reactivity, anxiety, global fear, day training, remote and in-person

Behavioral issue focus: Aggression, reactivity, fear, anxiety, hyperactivity

Training methods: I use the least intrusive, minimally aversive training and behavior modification methods. I work to help you understand and read your dog, set them up for success, to reduce fear and anxiety, so we can reinforce better behavior.

Why I became a dog trainer: My goal in being a dog trainer is to help dogs stay in their homes or get ready for their next home.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping families understand their dogs better and rebuild relationships.

My #1 dog training tip: Respect your dog and meet them where they are. They are just trying to figure out this crazy world we created.

Service areas: All of northeast Ohio

Website: https://www.sitsnwigglescle.com


Christine Geschwill

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

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

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

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

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

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

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

My #1 dog training tip: Be calm.

Service areas: Broward County

Website: https://bluegracetraining.com


Cassie Pestana

Cassie's passion for dog training began at Brown University while studying biology and animal behavior. She had the privilege of researching the behavior of a variety of species including elephants, vervet monkeys, African wild dogs, and more. The more she learned, the more she realized animal training was at a turning point, especially with the domestic dog. She began reading the latest literature, volunteering at Providence Animal Rescue League, and shadowing local behavior experts. It wasn't long until she fell in love with dog training and decided to pursue it as a career.

Upon graduation, Cassie moved back home to California where she immediately found a mentor, her now business partner Liv, and began training dogs both in the home and in group classes. After obtaining the hundreds of hours of experience necessary, she became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Soon after receiving certification, she started her first company Cassie's Dog Training in April of 2017. While starting her business Cassie enrolled in the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Professional Dog Trainer Program, which she graduated from in 2018. She quickly outgrew Cassie's Dog Training and opened the bigger and better Clickstart with Liv in 2019. After collecting another 300+ hours of behavior modification experience, Cassie passed her Canine Behavior Consultant exam in November 2021.

Certifications: KPA-CTP, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Puppy Kindergarten, Group Classes, In-Home Private Coaching, Day Training, Canine Good Citizen evaluation, Reactivity, Aggression, Virtual Training

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, aggression, fear, anxiety

Training methods: Force-free training based on LIMA (least intrusive, minimally aversive) and humane hierarchy.

Service areas: Orange County, CA

Website: https://www.clickstartdogacademy.com


Todd Greene

Todd has been training dogs for five years. He completed coursework with training certifications including ongoing CEU. Notably, he is a Karen Pryor Academy certified training partner (KPA-CTP). Todd is also committed to bringing the most current, successful animal learning techniques (focused on positive reinforcement in a fear-free environment) to the Central Illinois area.

Todd has a background in biology, having received his Bachelor's in this field of study from Illinois State University with a focus on Neurophysiology and Neurochemistry. In the past, he has worked on Dopamine-related behavior neuroscience research. Currently, Todd has an incredibly loving relationship with his two Leonbergers, Odin and Mouse. They work and play with dock diving, odor detection, obedience, rally-o, and barn hunt trials.

Certifications: KPACTP, Masters in Aggression, Living and Learning with Animals Behavior Works, RAT Relationship Assessment

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Behavior modification, reactivity modification, aggression remediation, swimming,puppy socialization,puppy training, tricks, CGC, akc star puppy, adult , group classes, private, in home private lessons, reactive rover

Behavioral issue focus: Fear, leash reactivity, dog dog reactivity, dog human reactivity, deaf dog, blind dog

Training methods: Clicker training, reinforcement training, consent training, Lima fear free

Why I became a dog trainer: I needed to learn how to work with animals in a new way. It didn't make sense that harming an animal mentally, physically, or emotionally to get an animal to sit. I found a better way.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping owners see their dogs as the intelligent feeling showing they are. Helping them see how much more communication is being offered that is easily dismissed.

My #1 dog training tip: Be patient and really learn to see your dog.

Service areas: Washington IL, East Peoria Illinois, metamora il, Germantown hills Illinois, Morton Illinois, Peoria Illinois, tazwell county,Peoria county, Galesburg Illinois, Bloomington Illinois, McLean county, Woodford county, stark county

Website: https://www.brightstardogs.com


Mads Mathias

I was a musical theatre actor auditioning for broadway shows before the pandemic. During the pandemic, I walked dogs around New York City and became passionate about helping people and their relationships to their dogs. I started my education at Catch Canine Trainer's Academy and assisted group classes around the city. My first dog training job was at a reward based Board & Train facility called Instinct Dog Behavior & Training in East Harlem. I got married to my beautiful wife in 2022, and decided to move closer to her family in Dallas, TX.

In Dallas, I started working for an amazing dog training facility called What A Great Dog! and continue to teach there! I teach 8 group classes a week, and work the puppy day training program. I also have my own rescue dog, Gambit, who has fun training in agility and tricks.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CCDTK (Catch Certified in Dog Training Knowledge)

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Group training classes in Manners, Puppy Training, Tricks, and Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Programs. Private lessons and day training for manners, puppy training, tricks, CGC and reactivity.

Behavioral issue focus: Teenage Reactivity, Sound Reactivity, Confidence Building, Frustrated Greeters

Training methods: I strive to create a training schedule and solution that works best for the dog AND human. I'm very mental health centered, and make my teaching accessible to a variety of different ages, genders and ethnicities. I also strive for my dog clients to be successful 99% of the time, if they are having a difficult time - we are taking steps back so they can feel successful and confident. I will also make sessions as fun and positive as possible!! I am HUGE about meeting your dog's needs first and letting your dog be a dog with breed-specific enrichment.

Why I became a dog trainer: When I was young, I had a very dog reactive shetland sheepdog. He also had a bite history. I never knew how to help him feel better around his triggers, but we still had a beautiful relationship that I loved and treasured. I became a dog trainer to help myself and others work on their relationship to their dogs and understand them and their needs better.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Rebuilding people's relationships with their dogs. Puppies and dogs can be difficult and frustrating, but the more we understand their needs, the better our relationship is.

My #1 dog training tip: LET THEM SNIFF!! They will be more mentally stimulated and you will be less frustrated.

Service areas: Dallas-Forth Worth Area, Remote

Website: https://whatagreatdog.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


Tena Parker

Tena Parker has been working with dogs for over 15 years. She earned her Master's Degree in Education and her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology (with a 'minor' in Physics, just for fun) from Sarah Lawrence College and is the head trainer for and owner of Success Just Clicks Dog Training. She is a nationally Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) with IAABC, a nationally Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) with CCPDT, is a member of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers), is a Certified APDT C.L.A.S.S Evaluator (and instructor), is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI) with DMWYD, is a Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator, and is a Tester/Observer for Alliance of Therapy Dogs.

Tena's background in education has played a critical role in how she runs her classes, develops her curricula, and works with her individual students. Her deep understanding of how humans learn allows her to teach dog owners how to be very skilled trainers and teach them how to continue to help their dog. Students quickly learn that having fun is an important part of how she teaches classes and interacts with clients. If training is not enjoyable, it's not likely to happen but if everyone involved enjoys the process, it's much more likely to be worked on and refined.

Certifications: Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI)

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:

We offer 30+ group classes every week covering topics from basic manners (puppy k thru CGC levels) to dog sports (rally, agility foundations, scentwork, and more) and behavior classes (Keep Cool Reactive Dogs and Marshmallow dog class for nervous dogs) to trouble shooting classes (recall class, life skills, be polite class, etc).

Along side our robust group class offerings we offer private training for both behavior issues and basic manners.

We also offer elite day training programs and training adventure programs for our students to have direct training with one of our certified trainers.

Behavioral issue focus: Aggression towards people, aggression towards dogs, reactivity on walks, resource guarding, phobias, etc.

Training methods: We are LIMA based trainers who work on preventing unwanted behaviors, teaching what we do what them to do, and then making sure we are meeting the needs of the dog.

Why I became a dog trainer: Like many colleagues, I got into dog training as a hobby with my own dogs. We took training classes and had fun together. I then adopted a dog who was really troubled and I got into the behavior side of the world. I became passionate about working with dogs to really resolve behavior challenges and not just mask it through my journey with her. Pair that with my interest and passion for human education and it was a no brainer to make this jump from my human education background.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love watching dogs and owners build a better bond, clearer communication, and get to enjoy life together.

My #1 dog training tip: Environmental management is a game changer. Sometimes it's not about spending months training your dog to do this series of skills ... sometimes it's just about putting up a gate, using a leash, or avoiding the problem all together by using our big human brain to make better choices for our dogs. You don't have to take on every battle, pick and choose what you want to work on and manage all the rest.

Service areas: Southwest PA, Allegheny County, southern butler county, Pittsburgh neighborhoods

Website: https://www.successjustclicks.com/


Donna Boidi

While I have always been an animal lover, my love of language and learning is what drove me to become a professional dog trainer. After graduating from New York University as a linguistics major, I completed a Master of Education in Developmental Studies at Boston University while working full-time in the field of higher education. My scholarly pursuits in language acquisition and learning theory prepared me well for the 6-month Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Professional Program which took my training skills to a new level. As a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, I have worked with multiple species and was evaluated in-person on both the efficiency of my training and my effectiveness as an instructor. Simultaneously, I also completed well over 300 hours of hands-on experience working with clients and took a 180-question exam covering ethology, learning theory, technique, and instruction to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). Both of these certifications require continuing education and recertification, which requires me to stay current on any developments in the industry. You can feel confident that both you AND your dog are in well-informed and compassionate hands.

Certifications: KPA CTP CPDT-KA Master of Education

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: private coaching sessions online and in-person, day training, decompression and desensitization walks

Behavioral issue focus: dogs that struggle with anxiety, reducing frustration/friction in the human canine relationship (particularly those considering rehoming)

Training methods: optional 15 minute phone chat, initial consultation to select appropriate service, packages available as fully virtual or hybrid if located in New England

Why I became a dog trainer: If I am not working with your dog, I am working with my own. I knew it was time to make a career change when my nightstand was full of dog training books and all of my vacation time was being used for dog training seminars and dog sport competitions. Unlike most dog trainers, I did not grow up with dogs and when I finally brought home my first dog as an adult, it was nothing I expected it to be. We struggled with reactivity issues while living in the bustle of Boston so I know firsthand how isolating and frustrating dog ownership can be. It wasn't until we attended our first nose work class that I felt like I truly saw my dog for the first time. Instead of being in constant conflict, we started having conversations and working as a team. Before long we were training and competing in Rally Obedience, Barn Hunt, Disc, Agility, and Flyball.

My reactive dog that previously couldn't handle passing one dog on the street was now able to compete at the North American Flyball Association Championships in Indianapolis with hundreds of high energy dogs running around her. Participating in dog sports fuels my work with clients and challenges me to become a more effective trainer every single day. I believe every dog lover deserves to feel the absolute joy that comes from achieving something together alongside the best teammate in the world, their dog!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My FAVORITE part of being a dog trainer is when my clients no longer need me. Not because their dogs are perfect, but because the human now feels empowered to troubleshoot problems on their own.

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

Service areas: South Shore (Pembroke, Hanover, Hingham, Marshfield) and remote

Website: https://viewpointdog.com


Lauren Storm

Hello , My name is Lauren Storm. I work with puppies and service dogs. I am certified through the IAABC. I want currently working on getting my CARAT certification to better place service dog puppies in future homes. I love task training and hope to someday teach scent work as well!

Certifications: IAABC-ADT

Services include:

  • Service dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: 1:1 puppy training and training guides , Service dog Task workshops , Basic manners , Socialization guides and session for puppies , Enrichment and exercise consultations

Behavioral issue focus: Puppy bitting , excited behavior while working as a service dog , Lack of relaxation skills

Training methods: daily training guides , litter evaluations , group lessons , 1:1 lessons

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer because I was training my own service dog and did so many things that held us back when I lacked education in the beginning, and I wanted to not only educate myself but others as well.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I think my favorite part of being a dog trainer is task training, when you watch the dog complete a task for the first time that will make a client's life better or save their life it is so refreshing.

My #1 dog training tip: My number one dog training is slow is safe!

Service areas: I am primarily remote

Website: https://www.Deltatails.com


Karen Ni

Karen is a dog trainer, occupational therapist, and animal assisted therapy practitioner who has specialized knowledge and experience to work with both humans and dogs of all abilities. She teaches desired skills and behaviors, adapts tasks, and modifies the environment so both the dog and human are successful. Karen is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed, a member of the Pet Professional Guild, and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. She has experience placing service dogs and evaluating therapy animal teams.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Private dog training lessons for puppies, obedience/basic manners, behavior modification, tricks, therapy dog, and service dog work using positive reinforcement and force-free methods

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, pulling on leash, jumping, anxiety/fearfulness

Training methods: We use humane, science-based, and force-free training techniques. We use prevention, management, training, and enrichment to teach new behaviors and find solutions to problem behaviors. We start with an initial consultation, offer ongoing training training sessions as needed, and provide training plans after each session.

Why I became a dog trainer: While learning about animal assisted therapy as an occupational therapist, I also gained experience in training dogs for therapy and service dog work using positive reinforcement training methods. After completing my doctorate residency in occupational therapy, I continued to pursue further education in dog training. I saw there were a lot of people using punishment-based and aversive training methods. I became passionate about teaching others how to use positive reinforcement training to improve the bond between humans and dogs, and improve the welfare of dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love seeing when something new clicks in the dog's head and they understand the new behavior being taught. It is very rewarding hearing from dog parents how their lives have been improved through training their dog and how they feel more confident in their abilities to carry out the training.

My #1 dog training tip: Teach and reward the dog for what they are doing right, instead of punishing them for what they are doing wrong.

Service areas: East Los Angeles County, North Orange County

Website: https://www.sundogtherapy.com/


Brit Barnhouse

I'm certified as both a Family Dog Mediator (FDM) and Canine Enrichment Technician (DN-CET), and am working toward earning my CPDT-KA through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.

I share my life with a cattledog mix named Boris (TKI) and a border collie named Winona (CGC, TKA). Some of their favorite activities include: herding, tracking, scentwork, trick training, hiking in the woods, and shredding cardboard.

Certifications:  Family Dog Mediator (FDM), Canine Enrichment Technician (DN-CET)

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: family dog mediation, enrichment, trick/obedience/task training, home manners, puppy socialization, reactive dog management/survival skills

Behavioral issue focus: Mild reactivity, socialization, boredom/frustration

Training methods: I am a positive reinforcement based trainer who follows the LIMA hierarchy, but who specifically tries to avoid or eliminate discomfort and aversive practices or tool use as much as possible.

Why I became a dog trainer: Because I love dogs, and because everyone deserves to have a good relationship with their own dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching owners and their dogs learn new skills and have fun together.

My #1 dog training tip: Forgive yourself for messing up.

Service areas: Duluth, MN

Website: https://perfecteverything.us/


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/


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/


Kathy Walker-Graves

I begged my parents for a dog when I was 8 years old. They relented and I had my very first dog, a beagle mix puppy named Polly. I've been in love with dogs ever since. My husband and I fostered shelter dogs for many years. We fostered approximately 100 shelter dogs and were able to assist placing them into permanent homes.

In June 2017, I completed Peaceable Paws Canine Behavior and Training Academy and in 2019 I completed the Canine Behavior Modification Academy. Then in 2022, I successfully completed the Canine Aggression Academy and received the credential PMCT 1 (Pat Miller Certified Trainer). I'm also a Peaceable Paw's Affiliate. I currently share my home with my husband, 3 shelter dogs and 35 chickens. Prior to becoming a Pat Miller certified trainer, I had a 30 year career in pharmacy including 22 years as a certified pharmacy technician. I also have 8 years experience as a veterinary technician and a lifetime of experience caring for animals. I've worked with shelter dogs for 12 years and have experience with a variety of breeds and temperaments.

Certifications: PMCT (Pat Miller Certified Trainer)

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Boarding, Day Boarding, Board and Train, Puppy manners, Puppy Training, Manners Training, Recall, Behavior Modification (dogs with reactive behaviors, fearful dogs, dogs with a bite history).

Behavioral issue focus: Dogs with reactive behaviors, dogs with impulse control challenges, dogs with over arousal challenges, fearful dogs, dogs with a bite history.

Training methods: I use only a non-aversive, evidence based training model. These can include behavior consultations, training plans, behavior plans, or treatment options depending on client needs.

Why I became a dog trainer: The rewards are being able to positively impact peoples' and dogs' lives and improving the quality of life for both.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Transforming relationships between dogs and people

My #1 dog training tip: Exercise, exercise, exercise!

Service areas: Southern Lancaster County Pennsylvania

Website: https://www.constantcompanionllc.com


Sara Alguire

Sara believes that work should be play and learning should be fun! A public school educator for 31 years, Sara has lived this philosophy as a special education teacher, school social worker, and summer camp director.

Sara began incorporating her therapy dog, Duchess, into her work with children in 2005. This experience opened her eyes to the healing power of the human-animal bond. She has since used this powerful tool in a variety of therapeutic settings. She has served as a volunteer puppy raiser and task trainer for Canines for Change.

Sara graduated with distinction from Karen Pryor Academy and has been named a Certified Training Partner. Sara is committed to force-free training techniques that make a difference in the lives of pets and their owners.

Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior is an innovative institution committed to educating, certifying, and promoting the next generation of animal trainers.

World-renowned trainer, author, and behavioral biologist Karen Pryor is a pioneer of force-free training technology. Pryor launched the Dog Trainer Program to ensure that pet owners and their dogs have access to top-tier training delivered by superlative teachers.

As a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, Sara has completed an intensive education process and demonstrated a high level of skill in training dogs as well as teaching dog owners. "Our graduates are not only skilled trainers, they are excellent teachers," said Pryor.

Sara uses American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior recommended techniques that focus on reinforcing desired behaviors, removing reinforcement for inappropriate behaviors, and addressing the emotional state and environmental conditions that drive undesirable behaviors.

Sara's goal for every lesson is to make it fun for both the canine and their humans! Services offered include private lessons, behavioral consultations, group classes and personalized leash walking and manners training.

Certifications: KPA CTP

Services include:

  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Services offered include private lessons, behavioral consultations, group classes and personalized leash walking and manners training.

Behavioral issue focus:

Training methods: Sara uses American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior recommended techniques that focus on reinforcing desired behaviors, removing reinforcement for inappropriate behaviors, and addressing the emotional state and environmental conditions that drive undesirable behaviors.

Website: https://clickpawsitivedogtraining.com/


Ettel Edshteyn

I've been training for over a decade, specializing in fearful and aggressive dogs in NYC most of that time. I've worked with DOH cases, testified as an expert witness in a NYCHA case, work with NYCACC's Community Pets Program to offer free training to underserved communities, worked on Rikers Island with their Rikers Rovers program, work closely with veterinary behaviorists on complicated behavioral and medical cases, and do therapy work with my certified therapy dog.

I often say I came to dog training for the dogs and stayed for the people.

Certifications:

Karen Pryor Academy - CTP
Fear Free Certified Professional

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I specialize in working with fearful and aggressive dogs and their people. Training can be in person in your neighborhood and home, or virtually. I also work with all pet dog behaviors, including puppy training, obedience training, manners, etc.

Behavioral issue focus: Leash reactivity is the most common concern I'm called about, to both people and dogs. Second is getting comfortable with new people. Fear of being outside the apartment, guarding high value resources, leash manners, barking at home, being handled, getting comfortable with children/new babies are also very common.

Training methods: I focus on motivating dogs and their owners. I don't use or recommend corrective collars, and instead work on setting everyone up to get things right and supporting good choices. Dog training is often much more than just behavior, and I take time to see if there might be a need to bring in other specialists, especially regarding medical concerns. I don't use cookie cutter programs and everything we work on is tailored to each client and their individual needs and preferences.

Why I became a dog trainer: My heart and soul dog, Charlie (a black Poodle), had significant separation anxiety. I was in graduate school studying English Literature at the time. I spent most of my time working with my dog on his behavior and learning about dog behavior while working at a boarding kennel, and later starting a dog walking business. Eventually I decided I wanted to pursue dog training instead of academia and left graduate school for dog training school!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Supporting owners and helping them feel like there's hope.

My #1 dog training tip: Reward the heck out of what you want to see more of your dog doing on a daily basis.

Service areas: Queens
Brooklyn
Astoria
Long Island City
Williamsburg
Greenpoint

Website: https://www.poodlestopitbulls.com


Torie Silletto

As a lifelong animal welfare advocate, I never have and never will use pain or fear to make a dog behave. It has been unequivocally proven by decades of research that dogs who enjoy training, and trust their trainer, behave better.

I began my career with the San Francisco SPCA Behavior & Training team, where I worked extensively and exclusively with the most challenging shelter dogs. I also specialized in enrichment and welfare, puppy socialization, as well as teaching and mentoring staff and volunteers. I further honed my skills at the East Bay SPCA where I taught public dog training classes.

Dogs today are our dearly beloved family members. I am passionate about providing them the highest quality care available. In addition to 10 years of firsthand experience, I've earned numerous professional certifications to demonstrate my knowledge and competence in my field.

Dog training is unregulated in the United States. This means absolutely anyone can hang up a shingle and charge for their services.

I entered the field because I passionately opposed the barbaric animal abuse being sold to the public as training. I was also sorely disappointed with the lack of knowledge and competency required to do business. As a result, I invested in the most comprehensive education available, and gained hands-on work experience training dogs in shelter.

I develop a relationship with my clients based on transparency and trust. I truly want what is best for you and your dog, and I am committed to ethical business practices.

Certifications: CTC (Certificate in Training & Counseling), PCBC-A (Professional Canine Behavior Consultant-Accredited), CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed), Separation Anxiety Pro Trainer

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I specialize in leash reactivity, fear & aggression, and puppy socialization to prevent these issues from developing as adults.

Training methods: I strictly use humane training methods. There will be no pain, fear, or force during any interaction with your dog. Clients begin with an initial consultation where I will take a thorough history, provide a behavior assessment and relevant education, implement management strategies to prevent the problem from occurring, and create a custom training plan tailored to your dog's needs and your personal goals. Follow up sessions consist of me training your dog myself, or coaching you through the process. Many clients prefer a blend of both.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Being your dog's new favorite person (besides you, of course!)

My #1 dog training tip: Do not hurt or scare your dog. This will ultimately create or worsen fear & aggression and destroy the human & animal bond.

Service areas: Portland, OR and virtual sessions nationwide

Website: https://www.diamonddogspdx.com


Leeyah Wiseman

Leeyah is a certified dog trainer and completed a rigorous 6-month apprenticeship studying animal behavior and applying science based, positive reinforcement training techniques. She's passionate about utilizing gentle training methods to help anxious dogs and their people. And is known to go above and beyond in order to give her clients the best chance possible.

Through completing hundreds of hours of continued education with a focus on separation and anxiety related behaviors and helping her own anxious dog, Leeyah is uniquely knowledgeable and able to truly help people and dogs struggling with these issues.

Certifications: School For The Dogs Certified Professional Trainer, Separation Anxiety Shadowing Program Certificate, Advanced Separation Anxiety Shadowing Program Certificate

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Private Training, Virtual Training, Online Resources and Books

Behavioral issue focus: Anxiety, Separation Anxiety, Reactivity, Fear, Arousal Issues, and/or Aggression.

Training methods: Training starts with a consultation and behavior assessment. We then work together to create training plans that work for the whole family. With training packages we work closely and communicate almost daily to make sure we are going at the dog's pace and efficiently meeting goals.

Why I became a dog trainer: I rescued my dog George when he was 9 weeks and after losing his sister, he developed separation anxiety and could not tolerate being home alone. I was lucky to find a certified trainer who showed me how to use an evidence-based, slow and gentle approach to help him be comfortable home alone. After helping him work through his anxiety and seeing our relationship strengthen with positive reinforcement based methods, I knew I wanted to help other people going through the same thing.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Being a part of helping a dog feel more confident and comfortable in the world they live in. And helping humans understand and communicate with their dogs better. My mission is to make the world a better place for dogs, especially the ones that have extra big feelings about it.

My #1 dog training tip: Behavior is information and listening to your dog's behavior and reading their body language is the first and most important step to communicating with them or changing behavior.

Service areas: San Diego

Website: https://galdogtraining.com


Sara Miles

Sara has spent the last 15 years of her life devoted to helping animals professionally. After studying dog training under the mentorship of Jessica Wheatcraft and completing her initial certification through Animal Behavior College, Sara was hired into the Behavior & Training department at the San Diego Humane Society. Initially responsible for all training class programming at the humane society, Sara guided class participants through puppy socialization, basic obedience skills, and Canine Good Citizen tests. As Behavior Center Coordinator, Sara managed a team of volunteers who worked tirelessly implementing training and behavior modification plans with the most challenging cats and dogs in the shelter system.

After moving to Phoenix in 2016, Sara started her own private training company, Smiles Dog Training. Focused on in-home private training, Sara continues to work through a wide variety of behavior concerns with her clients. Sara maintains active certification through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers and membership with the Pet Professional Guild, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and Association of Professional Dog Trainers. In 2018, she became a licensed educator for Family Paws Parent Education, a Pet Dog Ambassador Instructor/Assessor, and a Fear-Free certified trainer. She also served as Co-Chair of the Education Committee for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers in 2019.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, Fear Free professional, Family Paws licensed educator, Pet CPR

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Smiles Dog Training offers fear-free humane training techniques for dogs and cats. We specialize in a wide range of behavior issues and shelter/rescue animals. Services include puppy training, puppy preparation, day training, behavior consultations and programs, private training, & rescue/shelter dog and cat support.

Behavioral issue focus: Aggression, fear, reactivity, resource guarding, and multi-dog households.

Training methods: All clients start with a virtual consultation, receive immediate recommendations and a custom training plan, then move into the most appropriate training program for their needs.

Why I became a dog trainer: 2006

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping families maximize their relationships with their dogs so everyone gets their needs met.

My #1 dog training tip: Reinforce what you love and it will happen more!

Service areas: North Phoenix, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Happy Valley, Cave Creek

Website: https://www.smilesdogtraining.net


Service areas: Red Lion PA and surrounding areas


Selena Johnson

I am a disabled dog trainer who specializes in basic and advanced obedience. I am hoping to also help others train their own service dog for their disabilities. I've been helping others train their dogs for a year now while training my own animals for 4. Everything from donkeys to ferrets no animal is too big or too small.

Certifications: CPDT-KA FDM

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Group classes for manners and reactivity, board and trains for puppies and service dogs, service dog training specializing in psychiatric service dogs, private in home training for manners, behavior, and service dog.

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity mostly! We work to address the core emotions and not suppress them. Kinda like therapy for dogs.

Training methods:

I take a LIMA approach to dog training so I try everything I can do before using +P. I always try to reward the good that the dog does and manage my environment to help set them up for success.

I'm also pretty into errorless learning for dogs so we always set them up to make the right choice.

Pet parents receive training plans, video evaluations, and even emotional support from me at times. When I get stumped I often reach out to other qualified trainers to help me work through an issue so I can continue to avoid punishment in my training.

Why I became a dog trainer:

I created this business to help others like myself. Service dog training is so specialized and there's a lot of conflicting information out there. I also felt that dog trainers were missing out on the human end of the leash and felt like I was just another number in their book.

Dog training is a way to give people what I wanted from a dog trainer. Someone who was empathetic, kind, and most of all knowledgeable about service dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing the light bulb moment between dog and handler. When things just start to make sense and they grow closer together.

My #1 dog training tip: Training for 5-10 min a day really does help and prevents burn out. Training doesn't have to be a chore that takes up hours of your day.

Service areas: Allegheny County

Website: https://www.phenomenalcanine.com/


Chelse Wagner

Certified Behavior Consultant

Education: UW-Madison B.S. in Psychology and Zoology, Apprenticed with Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., Graduate of Susan Friedman Ph.D.'s 'Living and Learning with Animal Program

Certifications: CBCC-KA CPDT-KA

Chelse has always been passionate about animals and started her professional career in sheltering in 1994, working for the Dane County Humane Society where she was responsible for implementing and directing their animal behavior department. While there, she helped staff and volunteers learn how to evaluated dogs to best determine what types of homes they should be adopted to and when needed develop individual training and behavior programs to make dogs more adoptable.

Chelse began working for Dog's Best Friend Training in 1998. She has almost 25 years experience training group classes and working privately with clients to address behavior problems in dogs. Chelse specializes in behavior modification cases involving aggression, anxiety, and phobias as well as helping people find ways to enrich their dog's lives through training and play. She also has a soft spot for Greyhounds.

Chelse's personally owned and loved many different dogs over the years including Greyhounds, Aussies, Border Collies and Golden Retrievers.

Certifications:  CBCC, CBDT

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 work with all kinds of behavior concerns including anxiety, reactivity and aggression. I also work with family who are just starting out with a new dog and want guidance. My clients are also supported in group training classes, if appropriate, run by Dog's Best Friend. I'm committed to using humane methods for dogs and their people!

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity (bark/lunge type behavior) to triggers (dogs/humans/cars/etc), aggression (a dog biting people/dogs/cats), cat/dog concerns, anxiety (separation/noise/generalized), struggling puppies (excessively mouthy/shy/unable to settle in their crate)

Training methods: I start with assessing the background of the dog, the environment where the dog is struggling and the physical health of the dog (make sure that a vet has seen the dog recently and if not, encourage owners to have the vet assess the dog) . From here, I teach skills using positive reinforcement techniques in order to encourage alternative behaviors. I consider each dog, owner and their environment as an individual case so all cases get an individualized plan. After 20 years of doing this job, I have quite a few tools:-) Owners get a typed plan with their assessment.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help people and dogs along with extreme interest in non verbal communication and how animals learn

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: The times when dogs and their people are in sync and having a lovely conversation!

My #1 dog training tip: If there's something your dog is doing that you want to change, start with keen observation about what is going on before and after the undesired behavior.

Service areas: Madison, WI and surrounding communities/rural areas. Remote, too.

Website: https://www.dogsbestfriendtraining.com


Terra Colson

I have been in the dog training industry since 2012. I have learned from many different trainers, many different styles, and I continue to learn more about Applied Ethology and how to use it in the dog training world.

I am from the Kentucky where the dogs ran free and they go junk food and left over scraps. As an adult I wanted better for my pets so I have spent my adult years making sure owners know how important diet, environment, communication and love is for our pets.

Certifications: Family Dog Meditator, Dog Trainer Foundation Certification, Certified Trick Dog Instructor, Pet Food Nutrition Specialist, AKC CGC Evaluator

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I teach humans to speak dog! Client learn how to be fluent in dog communication and learning how to read body language. I teach how to teach dogs in the most conflict free way by getting the dog to volunteer behaviors and reward them, but also teach them how to teach commands with luring and leash work.

Behavioral issue focus: I love working with reactive dogs, dogs with anxiety. It's a lot of work but the reward for the dog going from stressed to relaxed is worth it!

Training methods: I prefer to think of my methods as a canine relationship coach. So I'm teaching the human how to inspire the dog to make good choices. We start with an evaluation and then progress to session by session or a training package.

Why I became a dog trainer: Short story. I was giving a Belgian Shepherd that required me to work with multiple trainers and that turned into a career. I learned that there are so many kinds of trainers and the world need more kindness in training vs. compulsion. So here I am.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Relationship building!

I love helping family's flow and work together! Changing the craziness to calmness.

My #1 dog training tip: If you convince your dog, it came up with the idea, your dog is more apt to repeat that behavior.

Service areas: Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Folsom, West Sacramento, Arden Park, Natomas, Roseville, Elk Grove

Website: https://mywholisticcanine.com/


Sarah Stremming

I am a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and I spend my time working complex cases with my clients, mentoring colleagues, and presenting worldwide.

I have been in the field of dog behavior for nearly two decades, and I've competed in dog sports for even longer.

My educational background includes a bachelors of science degree in psychology from Colorado State University, the Living and Learning with Animals course with Dr Susan Friedman, a decade of conference attendance, endless reading, online courses, and more. Of equal importance is my extensive hands-on experience with a variety of dogs and their people in training, sport, veterinary, daycare, shelter, and boarding settings.

When I am not working I am usually deep in the woods in the Pacific Northwest behind two border collies and an Icelandic sheepdog.

Certifications: Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC)

Services include:

  • Board and train

Website: https://thecognitivecanine.com/


Charlene Henderson

I am Charlene and I own Pawsitive Reflection Dog Training! I've been training dogs for about 6 years. While stationed in Okinawa, Japan I was the only Positive Reinforcement Trainer! I am currently continuing my education through the Victoria Stilwell Academy and am excited to serve the Fredericksburg, Va and surrounding areas!

Certifications: CGC Evaluator

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I work with dogs in their guardian’s homes, out in public and wherever a person may want to bring their dog! I typically offer packages in 4, 5, 6 & 8 week increments with a focus on enrichment, house manners and cues such as leave it, focus, place, implied sit/down/stay and loose leash walking. I also offer STAR Puppy Classes 3 times a year

Behavioral issue focus: Dog on dog reaction, pulling on the leash, jumping up, counter surfing, dog and child reactivity, frustrated greeters

Training methods: I am strictly force free in my methods. We start off with an evaluation where we figure out where the 'problem' behaviors are stemming from. Then we create a management plan to help curb the undesired behavior while we create a training plan that trains a new desired behavior!

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer, because I wanted to teach people how to lovingly and intentionally relate to their furry family members. I wanted to make sure that families are equipped with the proper tools needed in order to have a great life with their dogs!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part is when I'm teaching a cue and the first moment a dog understands it, the guardian's face just lights up! They're amazed at what their dog just did!

My #1 dog training tip: If you haven't trained it, don't expect it!

Service areas:

Fredericksburg, Virginia
Stafford, Virginia
Spotsylvania, Virginia

Website: https://www.pawsitivereflection.com


Hannah Branigan

With the belief that everyone (dogs and humans alike) learn best in an environment free of criticism, Hannah breaks down complex skills into bite-sized, accessible pieces, and develops practical techniques that leave her students with a sense of achievement and success. She is on a mission to make training effective + enjoyable for dogs and their handlers, which means optimizing positive reinforcement techniques across species.

She is fascinated by behavior and learning, and passionate about bringing innovative, science-based solutions to the dog/human learning space. Hannah has a background in both human sports and biology. Now she applies that knowledge and experience to the world of animal training and canine competitive sports.

She enjoys training and competing with her own dogs in a variety of sports, and has titled her dogs in Obedience, Agility, Conformation, IPO (Schutzhund), and Rally. Her competition obedience DVDs, Obedience FUNdamentals and Beyond FUNdamentals, have received rave reviews from trainers all over the world, and her students have earned advanced titles and in multiple countries.

While primarily interested in the training process, she finds the high scores, prestigious awards, and national rankings she has earned to be very reinforcing. Hannah is the host of the popular dog training podcast, Drinking from the Toilet, which focuses on the (often inconvenient) intersection between positive reinforcement philosophy and reality.

Website: https://hannahbranigan.dog/


Lauren Tapp

Lauren fell down the canine behaviour rabbit hole after adopting her own complicated pooch - a Romanian street dog named Emily, who can struggle with fear, anxiety and reactivity. This sparked her interest in helping other dog guardians with their anxious, fearful, or reactive pups. Lauren is committed to helping guardians and their pups thrive together in the urban jungle.

Certifications: 

CPDT-KA
Cert SAPT
MA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Virtual anxiety, fear and aggression behavior therapy

Behavioral issue focus: Dog-Dog Aggression, Stranger Danger, Separation Anxiety

Training methods: Virtual behavior consultations, virtual follow up sessions, virtual group classes.

Why I became a dog trainer: Lauren fell down the canine behaviour rabbit hole after adopting her own complicated pooch - a Romanian street dog named Emily, who can struggle with fear, anxiety and reactivity. This sparked her interest in helping other dog guardians with their anxious, fearful, or reactive pups. Lauren is committed to helping guardians and their pups thrive together in the urban jungle.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love helping guardians understand their dogs and lead happier more harmonious lives.

My #1 dog training tip: In order to successfully change behavior we need to address our dog's issues holistically!

Service areas: Remote

Website: https://www.calmcanineacademy.com/


Melissa Winkle

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

She offers in-person and virtual sessions and courses for working with pets & emotional support relationships, animal assisted activities, education and therapy, and service dog skills. Melissa has gained international respect for her hands on work, for written publications, for workshops , for staff trainings, and for animal assisted intervention and dog training coursework in the university arena. She enjoys her family and professional practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Service dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: puppy/dog selection, relationship development, enrichment, reward based training, obedience, cue based, puppy, pet, animal assisted activities, animal assisted education, animal assisted therapy, service dog training, emotional support, home help mate, dog training and animal assisted intervention human internships

Behavioral issue focus: We teach people how to communicate with their dogs and how to predict and prevent unwanted behavior

Training methods: One to one and group classes, live virtual sessions, on line courses, live and recorded webinars, training curriculum for animal assisted activity, education and therapy. Creating profiles for selection of pups/dogs to match individual/family lifestyle. In person and virtual curriculum and/or training plans for puppy development & pup/dog training consultations, community based supports. Clicker/reward based training, capturing, shaping, targeting, systematic desensitization and counter conditioning, relationship development, welfare considerations, expressive and receptive communication skills, enrichment, playing and age related changes! Healthy and respectful kid and dog interactions. We teach people about how dogs experience the world.

Why I became a dog trainer: Melissa has always paid attention to the communication of dogs in her personal and professional life and learned early on how to have respectful relationships with them. She wanted to formally teach others about communication with dogs, welfare and well-being, and how to partner with mans best friend in personal and professional life. Melissa believes she is a trainer of people more so than a trainer of dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Improving relationships of people and their dogs, and improving the loves of our best friends.

My #1 dog training tip: Prioritize early bidirectional communication and building a positive relationship with your dog long before you attempt obedience and task training.

Service areas: Albuquerque in person, international via live links

Website: https://dogwoodtherapy.com


Jenny Efimova

Jenny Efimova (she/her) is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), Certified Control Unleashed Instructor, and a Fear Free Certified Training Professional.

Jenny is skilled in using evidence-based positive reinforcement training and behavior modification techniques that are humane, effective, and safe.

As a Fear Free training professional, Jenny is experienced in helping reduce fear, anxiety, and stress associated with veterinary visits, grooming, and handling by empowering and teaching dogs to cooperate in their own care.

Jenny holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's of Public Administration from Northeastern University. She earned a certificate of excellence for completing Living and Learning with Animals, a comprehensive course focusing on the technology of applied behavior analysis. Jenny is committed to continuing her education by taking part in training and behavior courses, seminars, workshops, and online learning.

Certifications: Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), Certified Control Unleashed Instructor, and a Fear Free Certified Training Professional.

Service areas: Brookline, Chestnut Hill, Dedham, Needham, and Newton.

Website: https://www.dogminded.training/


Maddie Speirs

Growing up, I took every opportunity to work with animals that I could find. I volunteered at shelters, worked to ride at the barn, and got my first real job as a doggy daycare attendant in high school. When I got to college, where I chose to dual major in Animal and Environmental Studies, I joined a wildlife rescue team and have saved seabirds, birds of prey, squirrels, possums, and more.

On a camping trip during my sophomore year of college, I found a dog who had been dumped on the side of the road. Knowing I couldn't leave her there, I took her in, and when I couldn't find her owner or a willing home, I decided to keep her. That dog threw me into the world of dog training, and I never looked back. Both of the dogs that I have shared my life with have come to me with significant behavioral issues, so I have developed plenty of empathy for dog guardians who are struggling with their dog.

I know how hard it can be to share your life with a dog who is having a hard time, and I am excited to make life easier for both you and your dog! I am a certified SA Pro, so if your dog struggles with alone time or being separated from 'their person' I am here to help! Helping dogs and their people through separation anxiety and similar behaviors is a passion of mine because comfortable alone time is often such a relief for both the humans and the dogs.

Because I know how hard life can be with difficult dogs, I am also really passionate about working with dogs through puppyhood and adolescence to create stable and resilient adult dogs. I have become a firm believer in positive reinforcement and consent based training. I want the dogs that I work with to be enthusiastic and unafraid learners who feel comfortable showing me how they really feel. I am a lifelong learner, and I am dedicated to continuing my education, and staying up to date on the most humane and effective ways to train. I’m

Certifications: SAPT

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Adventure dog classes, basic manners, separation anxiety training, puppy socialization and off leash training

Behavioral issue focus: I am certified in separation anxiety training and I love working with difficult puppies and young dogs to create long lasting foundations for life as a resilient and stable adult dog.

Training methods: We start with a behavior consultation to gain a holistic understanding of our client's needs and form a personalized training plan that will be effective and achievable. Each dog is giving a holistic training plan that encompasses mental and physical health by addressing sleep, feeding, exercise and more. Training goals often include settling and socialization for young dogs, and gradual desensitization to alone time for my separation anxiety dogs.

Why I became a dog trainer: I love working with people and I really love working with animals. My learning journey with my own two difficult dogs really opened my mind to dog training as a career, and I have been pursuing it since.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love that I have the chance to improve people's lives with their dogs, and it brings me joy to know that the people who I work with enjoy their dogs more after our time together, and the dogs I work with enjoy their people more as well.

My #1 dog training tip: Focus on the skills that really make a difference in your life with your dog, and forget about the rest.

Service areas: Saint Petersburg, FL

Website: https://pawsitivefutures.com


Jen Boyd-Morin

Jen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and obtained her Pat Miller Certified Trainer (PMCT1) status as a top-scoring graduate of her Peaceable Paws Academies.

Jen has also completed multiple intensive Operant Conditioning Workshops led by world-renowned animal trainer Bob Bailey, where she fine-tuned her hands on skills while training chickens.

Jen is committed to training and caring for animals without fear, anxiety, stress, or pain. She is the only boarding facility owner in her area to hold a Fear Free Boarding and Daycare Certification, and she is in the process of obtaining her Fear Free Trainer Certification as well.

Prior to starting Play & Train Dog Behavior, LLC, Jen worked for The Coventry School for Dogs & Their People, Inc. and was heavily involved in working with several local organizations, including Greyhound Welfare, Partnership for Animal Welfare (PAW), and Prince George's County Animal Services. When she's not training, Jen can be found working in her garden or hiking, playing, & training with her 'Kentucky mutt' Skye.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, PMCT1, FFCP

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Play & Train Dog Behavior offers services for puppies, including Puppy Explorer Camp (in-home boarding for puppies ages 10 weeks to 5 months), group classes, and play groups, with an emphasis on socialization, fear free protocols for handling and veterinary care, and enrichment. We also offer reward-based private training, behavior & aggression consultations, and group classes for adult & adolescent dogs. Our training utilizes humane and effective training methods, along with a bit of humor to help pet owners achieve their training goals. Our goal is to communicate clearly and effectively with you, as well as to teach you to communicate clearly and effectively with your dog, always through a lens of empathy and compassion. We look forward to being a part of your journey with your canine companion!

Behavioral issue focus: We offer behavior consultations for dogs exhibiting noise sensitivity, fear, anxiety, compulsive behaviors, overarousal, predatory behavior, reactivity, and aggression.

Training methods: Our Training Philosophy is...Training inspired by kindness:
Behavior change can be accomplished efficiently without the use of fear, pain, force, or intimidation. Therefore, we will never ask you to hurt or scare your dog. Instead, we coach you to: reward desirable behaviors to increase their likelihood in the future make adjustments to the environment to increase your dog's chances of making desirable choices address fear, aggression, and other behavior issues by changing your dog's associations and emotional state from negative to positive.

We also collaborate with veterinary professionals to address contributing medical factors.

Training informed by science: We are committed to using the most up-to-date, evidence-based training and behavior modification techniques. In order to stay informed, we regularly take professional courses, attend conferences & seminars, and read recently published literature.

Training designed to be fun: Training dogs (and their owners) brings us joy! We want training your dog to bring you both joy as well. Focusing on ‚'real life' skills rather than traditional obedience cues, meeting your dog's needs through play and games, and offering your dog choices when it's safe to do so will keep training enjoyable and lead to a rewarding life with your dog!

Why I became a dog trainer: I started learning about animal behavior & training when I was fostering retired racing greyhounds and just fell in love. It was a natural progression from seeking out more knowledge and using it to help the dogs I was fostering to wanting to be able to help owners with their companion dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love helping people better understand their dogs and to see that much of the behavior we may find frustrating or difficult to live with is understandable when we look at it from the dog's perspective. And of course that we can also modify that behavior to make living together more enjoyable.

My #1 dog training tip: If you find yourself struggling with something your dog is doing, try to find a way to minimize the possibility that the behavior can happen, and then seek out help from a professional to modify the undesirable behavior.

Service areas: Serving Laurel, MD and surrounding areas

Website: https://www.playandtraindogs.com


Delores Carter

Delores is the founder of The Learning Dog Academy in Whitmore Lake, Michigan. She's a certified professional dog trainer (Karen Pryor Academy). Learning is a lifestyle for her (and her pups). Delores earned a certificate in Applied Animal Behavior (University of Washington), completed a certificate in Aggression in Dogs, and maintains certification as a fear-free trainer.

Delores loves working with people and their pups. She's witnessed the joy that canine companions bring into people's lives. She's also seen how misunderstanding and miscommunication lead to unhappiness for both person and pet. As a Family Dog Mediator, her goal is to help people and their pets learn to enjoy their lives together.

Certifications: KPT-CTP, UW-AAB, FDM

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Puppy, Adolescent, Loose Leash Walking & Recall group classes, Puppy Group Play, Fun & Fitness group classes (Weaves & Wobbles, Rally, Nosework, Parkour & Tricks), Doggie Zen for reactive dogs; In-home training, Day training

Behavioral issue focus: Behavior modification program for dogs with impulsivity, fear, anxiety, reactivity, and aggression. AARF! Support group for people living with Aggressive, Anxious, Reactive or Fearful dogs

Training methods: Whether teaching a group class, working with a private client, or doing behavior modification, my goal is to help people and pets live their best lives together. After meeting a client, I'll create a training or behavior plan that addresses the concerns of the client and the needs of the dog.

Why I became a dog trainer: I love my work as a dog trainer. Helping people and their dogs develop a special bond is the best part of the job!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing people and their dogs really enjoy spending time together, having fun, and being silly!

My #1 dog training tip: Enjoy your dog just for being themself - let them sniff, let them wander, and enjoy the adventure!

Service areas: Livingston and Washtenaw counties

Website: https://www.TheLearningDogAcademy.com


Grisha Stewart

Grisha Stewart is an author, international speaker, and dog trainer based in Oregon, USA, who specializes in dog reactivity. She is best known for her Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) technique for dog socialization and reactivity rehabilitation (more on that below).

In 2001, Grisha founded Ahimsa Dog Training, which grew be Seattle's largest and most popular dog training company. Ahimsa earned many awards, including Best of Seattle and Best of Western WashingtonAhimsa was bought by a beloved staff member in 2015.

Speaking in Portugal. Photo by Mafalda Costa - Haruto Pet Photgraphy.
"Ahimsa" is a Buddhist doctrine of nonviolence to all living things, which reflects Grisha's focus on force-free methods to promote the well-being of dogs and their humans.

Her seminal book, "Behavior Adjustment Training: BAT for Aggression, Reactivity, and Fear in Dogs," was published by Dogwise in late 2011. Grisha's popular second book, "The Official Ahimsa Dog Training Manual: A Practical, Force-Free Guide to Problem Solving & Manners," was published in 2012 and updated in 2014. She also has over a dozen DVDs, with 6 currently in print. Her third book, BAT 2.0 was released in early 2016 and is available to order here in digital and paperback form (and other places, but here is best)! This content replaces the first BAT book.

Grisha is an enthusiastic and entertaining presenter who creates her seminars to accommodate a variety of learning styles. Her interviews have been featured internationally in magazines, television shows, research articles, podcasts, blogs, and newspaper articles.

Certifications: MA, CPDT-KA, KPACTP

Website: https://school.grishastewart.com/


Sara Reusche

Sara Reusche, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KSA, CVT, AKC CGC and Trick Evaluator, UKC SPOT Evaluator (she/her) purchased Paws Abilities in 2010 after working for the business since 2004. She has turned her love of animals and teaching into a career and is dual certified as a veterinary technician and professional dog trainer. In addition to training, Sara has worked as a groomer, vet tech, dog daycare attendant, breeder, and animal shelter caretaker and trainer.

Sara's blog posts generate thousands of visitors from all over the world. She has contributed to the APDT Chronicle of the Dog and was the 2008 John Fisher Scholarship award winner for her article 'Lessons from Layla'.

Sara lives with four mixed breed dogs, Pantalaimon, Iskierka, the Morrigan, and Iroh. Sara's dogs have competed in agility, rally obedience, competition obedience, disc, lure coursing, canine freestyle, and k9 nose work. Pan also works as a model for many companies, including Target and Publisher's Clearinghouse. Sara frequently fosters dogs for rescue organizations as well. When she's not working with dogs, Sara enjoys reading, listening to audiobooks, building puzzles, and staying up too late.

Sara is a member of the following professional organizations: AKC, APDT, CCPDT, IAABC, NACSW, SVBT.

Certifications:

CBCC-KA
CPDT-KSA
CVT

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Paws Abilities Dog Training helps people enjoy their dogs! We offer everything from puppy socialization to competitive sports to problem solving for serious behavioral issues.

Behavioral issue focus: Paws Abilities works with behavioral issues of all sorts, from serious aggression to fears and phobias to new puppy issues. We take a team-centered approach, working closely with pet parents, veterinary staff, and other members of your dog's support team (groomers, daycare, walkers, etc.) to provide lasting, effective behavior change.

Training methods: We're reward-based trainers who believe in using the kindness, most effective, and most pragmatic approach possible in each case. We focus on meeting the needs of both ends of the leash and helping dogs and their humans have a fulfilled, happy life together.

Why I became a dog trainer: I adopted a dog who needed a lot of professional help to live in our suburban world comfortably, and training opened my eyes to the incredible difference that training can make in the lives of people and animals. I've had many careers in the animal world over the past 2+ decades, but training truly holds my heart as the best way to connect with dogs and the people who love them.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love seeing people fall even more deeply in love with their dogs. Helping people enjoy their dogs is what it's all about!

My #1 dog training tip: Remember that your dog is doing their best with the training you've given them, the environment they grew up in, and the genetics they were born with. If either of you is struggling, don't be afraid to reach out for help!

Website: https://pawsabilitiesmn.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


Jacqueline Drake

Jacqueline is a current graduate student with Virginia Tech completing her Masters in Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare! She completed her undergrad studies at Eastern Michigan University where she was a research student under Dr. Jamie Cornelius studying bird behavior, and physiology.

Jacqueline received her certification in Canine Emotion and Cognition from Duke University, and is pet CPR certified. She is working toward becoming an Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (ACAAB). Other certifications include: CPDT-KA, and Fear Free Animal Trainer.

Jacqueline has worked with numerous rescue/non-profit organizations including Animal Rescue Coalition, Villalobos Rescue Center, Detroit Bully Corps, Allforkarma, Humane Society of Livingston, MI Lab Rescue, Stiggys Dogs, DogAide, Blue Star Service Dogs, and Bark Nation. She has a strong background in working with rescue animals who suffer from fear-based aggression/anxiety. Jacqueline has been a foster, and now 'foster-failure' for Last Day Dog Rescue, and that is where her current rescue dog, Porter, came from.

Aside from her rescue work, Jacqueline has been fortunate enough to work in the medical field of animal welfare as well, first working for Countryside Veterinary Hospital for almost three years as a receptionist fielding urgent calls, and assisting the veterinarians/technicians with holding/soothing animals during procedures. She then worked as a technician during the vaccine clinic days for the public at the Humane Society of Livingston, and eventually at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services as a technician assistant in the ER. Because of this,

Jacqueline has strong insight on common medical problems that can lead to behavioral issues which allows her to better assist her clients and their dogs.
Jacqueline has been a professional dog trainer since the launch of her business in March of 2014, and has worked in the field of animal welfare since November of 2012. She is a force-free trainer offering services in the southeast Michigan area. All breeds, sizes, and ages are welcome!

Certifications:

Fear Free
MS in Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare (in progress)
IAABC CDBC (in progress)
previous CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided:

Day Training
In-home Private Lessons
Virtual Lessons

Behavioral issue focus: Aggression, Reactivity, Fears, Phobias, Vet prep (cooperative care), Basics

Training methods:

Science-based training
Consultations
Lessons

Why I became a dog trainer: My first adopted dog Puma has severe fears and phobias, and is the face of my business and inspiration behind what I do!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Creating a team between clients and their dogs.

My #1 dog training tip: Patience!

Service areas: Pinckney, Dexter, Chelsea, Howell, Brighton, South Lyon, Gregory, Whitmore Lake

Website: https://trainingbyjacqueline.com


Sara Caron

Sara Caron is a School For The Dogs Certified Professional Trainer.

Sara completed SFTD’s rigorous, 6 month long apprenticeship program focusing on the fundamentals of animal behavior and learning and practical dog training skills in 2021.

She shares a home with a husky mix, Bun Chan, terrier puppy, Chilli, and cats Little Oatie and Goo.

She holds a BFA in Integrated Studio Arts and uses the observational skills and creative approach she gained from that training to help dog guardians communicate compassionately with their dogs and to develop playful, curious, and collaborative relationships with them.

Certifications:  School for the Dog Certified Professional Trainer

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: One on one in home and virtual training to teach basic skills, manners, enrichment, and address behavior and management issues

Behavioral issue focus: Setting new puppies and dogs and their families up for success, mild leash reactivity, basic household manners

Training methods: Training sessions focus on educating clients on positive reinforcement, behavior science, and canine enrichment. Sessions begin with a conversation about the dog's history and the clients goals, an intro to marker training techniques. I discuss management strategies and demonstrate useful behaviors then coach the client through teaching the behavior (with sensitivity to their learning preferences). Follow up includes a brief email or phone call and written training plan and can include video examples of behaviors practiced in session.

Why I became a dog trainer: I'm passionate about the transformative power of positive reinforcement for all human and non human learners.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love to educate clients about canine enrichment and behavior, to introduce simple fixes to improve the human/canine bond.

My #1 dog training tip: Always set your dog up for success, consider the environment and management first, not everything needs to be trained!

Service areas: Milwaukee, WI and the greater Milwaukee area

Website: https://www.beingcompanions.com/


Website: https://www.apcanine.com


Lauren Tsao

Lauren Tsao founded Faithfully Yours Dog Training, LLC in March 2014 to help dog owners live stress-free lives with their faithful companions.

Lauren is one of Mississippi's only professional dog trainers certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, the nation's largest certification board for dog trainers and Mississippi's only Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Lauren is also a Certified Trick Dog Instructor through Kyra Sundance's Do More With Your Dog. In 2022, Lauren was voted Mississippi's #1 Positive Dog Trainer on SniffSpot's Top Dog Trainer List.

Lauren has an Associate of Arts with a concentration in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She also recently completed her Master's degree in Agricultural and Life Sciences with a concentration in Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare at Virginia Tech, where she learned from some of the most outstanding animal behaviorists and researchers in the world. Her Master's thesis focused on dog activity levels and animal shelter policy.

Her expert opinion and advice has been featured by Honest Kitchen, 4Knines, SuperTalk MS radio show, and WLBT/FOX40. Lauren is also available to serve as an expert witness for dog bite and dog aggression legal cases.

Certifications: MS in Applied Animal Behavior & Welfare, CDBC, CPDT-KA, CTDI

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: 1-on-1 behavior modification services for fearful, hyperactive, aggressive, and reactive animals, 1-on-1 basic manners training for adults and puppies, animal enrichment services, animal trainer continuing education, in-person workshops and seminars, and virtual group classes, webinars, & 1-on-1 training services

Behavioral issue focus: Aggression, reactivity, hyperactive, fearfulness, separation anxiety/distress, phobias, resource guarding, and other undesirable behaviors

Training methods: We use positive reinforcement based training methods for all of our cases. Most cases start with a behavior consultation with the owner which we use to develop a personalized training plan for them to follow.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help people and their animals live stress-free lives together through deepening education on animal behavior and welfare.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Getting to see the owner's happy faces when the dog has an "Ah-ha!" moment or breakthrough!

My #1 dog training tip: Meet your dog's basic needs and the rest will all start falling into place easily afterward.

Service areas: Jackson, MS Metro and remote online services

Website: https://fydogtraining.com/


Website: https://www.theconfidentcaninekc.com


Tracy Martin

At the heart of Martin Training & Behavior is the founder and owner, Tracy Martin. Tracy has served the pets of Kansas City since 2006 as a pet sitter and dog walker and since 2012 as a dog trainer.

Tracy holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Anthropology and a Masters in Experimental Psychology.

Tracy is an honors graduate of the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers, a two-year, intensive program where she increased her knowledge of animal learning theory, applied animal behavior, behavior modification and counseling. She is one of two CTC's in Kansas.

Tracy is certified through Malena DeMartini's three-month, landmark Separation Anxiety course for dog trainers, where she learned the specifics of applying behavior modification techniques to the canine disorder of home alone distress. Tracy is the only Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer in the Kansas City Metro.

Tracy is certified from two prestigious UK based scent work organizations to teach pet dog scent work and is a Certified Nose Work Instructor® with the National Association of Canine Scent Work.

Tracy is a Fear Free Certified Professional trainer, committed to guiding dogs and their families gently and intelligently.

Tracy shares her life with three black and tan Littles: Doc Holliday, Maybel, and Herrick, all who are helping her learn about the world through the dog's nose.

Certifications: MA, CTC, CSAT, CNWI, FFCT

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Providing pet dog training for dogs up to adult, plus K9 Nose Work and Separation Anxiety training for all dogs

Behavioral issue focus: Basic obedience, fear/anxiety, separation anxiety

Training methods: All training starts with a virtual consultation. In home sessions are available near Kansas City, KS. Group classes are available in North Kansas City, MO. Virtual training is available for anywhere. Private training clients receive summaries and handouts. Group class clients receive handouts.

Why I became a dog trainer: To improve the relationships of families and their dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching a previously shy or worried dog blossom and learn they are capable.

My #1 dog training tip: Listen to what your dog is saying-don't make them shout

Service areas: Kansas City, KS, Piper, KS, Shawnee, KS, Merriam, KS, Basehor, KS, Bonner Springs, KS, Mission, KS, North Kansas City, MO

Website: https://www.martintrainingbehavior.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


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


Diana Waserman

I've lived in Eagan for about 3.5 years and have been training since October of 2011 when I graduated from the Animal Behavior College (California). I did my internships with MARS (Midwest Animal Rescue) & Animal Ark. I am additionally certified in training reactive and aggressive dogs focused on getting reactive and aggressive dogs rehomed out of shelters.

I am also certified in canine massage. I have a 4-year-old German Shepherd mix that is a rescue from a neglect situation. He was reactive and aggressive and we have created a solid program for him in which he's happy, healthy, confident and comfortable.

Certifications: ABC certified, positive reinforcement certified, ABC reactive and aggressive training certified, ABC certified in canine massage.

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: In home training; I come to you. I've practiced in puppy training, basic commands, reactive dogs, service dog training, ESA training using positive reinforcement training utilizing conditioned and unconditioned reinforcers. I utilize treat training specifically keeping in mind calorie count based on dog weight, I worked in the veterinary industry for many years and am skilled in proper feeding by breed and weight. I have additional certification in training reactive and aggressive dogs. I can help you and your dog learn basic commands such as sit, stay, come, leave it, down, shake, fetch and many more. I can also help you fix common canine behavioral problems, such as: inappropriate elimination/potty training, separation anxiety, barking, chewing,j umping, nipping, digging, humping, chasing, begging, consuming feces (Coprophagia - the leading spread of bacteria and parasites among dogs).

Behavioral issue focus: Things that I've encountered and overcome in my time working with people and animals are: digging, coprophagia (eating poo), barking, pulling, loose leash walking, defecating in home/potty training, recall, front door manners and so much more.

Training methods: Consultations are free of charge via zoom where we can discuss and see if we are good fit. My training plan is generally 9 to 11 weeks with six training sessions breaking in between for at home practice with you and your dog. At the consultation, we will discuss core issues and current practices and at the first session I will explain how I've designed the training program based on those issues.

Why I became a dog trainer: I love dogs and want dogs and people to live in happy symbiosis. My motto is "everything is fixable" meaning you might not be able to train every dog out of every behavior but it's up to us human parents to adjust our thinking habits to build our dogs up to being confident, brave and successful.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love seeing dogs being successful and happy and seeing their human parents more relaxed and able to really understand the language of their canine companion.

My #1 dog training tip: Consistency.

Service areas: Twin Cities Metro, Minnesota or remote anywhere in the continental US.

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


Liz Cummins

Liz Cummins began her training journey with her own puppy, Mouse, in 2011. The challenges, support, and incredible relationship she found with her dog as a result of training resulted in her beginning to assist and then teach in classes, and finally committing to training full time in 2019.

Life as a pit bull terrier mom has made Liz particularly passionate about managing and training reactivity, and celebrating the small victories that come with owning and loving a reactive dog. Liz also welcomed Figueroth (Fig), an adolescent German Shepherd, to her family in 2022. As Mouse is enjoying retirement at over 10 years old, Fig is Liz's demo dog and all around work buddy. Liz is certified by the CCPDT as a Professional Dog Trainer and continually seeks further education and experience in animal behavior.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

Website: https://www..likemagicdogtraining.com


Juliana DeWillems

JW Dog Training & Behavior provides professional, expert dog training and behavior support to the DMV area -- primarily Arlington, NW DC, and parts of lower Montgomery County. We specialize in one-on-one lessons with clients, working virtually and in the client's home to thoroughly address behavior issues and build skills.

Training sessions are fun and low stress for both the dog and human. Using the science of learning, with an emphasis on positive reinforcement, we create effective, easy-to-follow training plans that are designed to make dogs and their owners succes

We use positive, science-based methods when working to change behavior, including clicker training, play, real life rewards, management, and more. We focus on building and reinforcing desirable behavior, while also implementing structure and management to decrease undesirable behavior. We tailor our training plans to the individual client's needs, whether it is basic manners or a more complex behavior issue such as fear, anxiety, leash-reactivity, or aggression.

We teach human clients how to better understand their dogs' behavior and communication, and help them improve their training skills to more effectively work with their dogs and see better results.

Certifications:

Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP)
Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC)
Certified Behavior Consultant Canine (CBCC-KA)

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Private 1-on-1 training: in -person and virtually

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity

Training methods: Force free, positive reinforcement based

Service areas: Arlington, VA
Northwest, Washington, DC

Website: https://www.jwdogtraining.com


Janice Triptow

While practicing law, Janice Triptow began training her own dogs in 1992. She started instructing dog training classes in 1997 and has been offering a broad spectrum of dog behavior and training services since 1999. Janice is a certified professional dog behavior consultant (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants) and a professional dog trainer (Council of Certified Professional Dog Trainers).

She received the 2012 Association of Professional Dog Trainers (National Community Educator of the year award for helping to ensure that responsible dog training is available to all reaches of her community. She specializes in behavior assessments and modification teaches specialty and mainstream classes and workshops and consults on a variety of dog behavior, training, and programming topics.

Janice’s knowledge of and passion about dog behavior fuels her need to remain current on issues that impact behavior, training, and animal welfare. Her broad-based experience was acquired through her positions as President of Dog Behavior Solutions, Manager of Behavior and Training for Safe Humane Chicago, officer and board member of a local rescue, expert witness on dog behavior, service dog trainer, dog owner, and dog sport competitor.

These experiences uniquely qualify her to work and train with dogs as well as work and train with the many different populations of people who care for and live with those dogs - whether in homes or in shelters. Janice works with full and mixed breeds, rehomed and breeder-acquired dogs, adopted, fostered, and transferred dogs. She performs assessments and modification protocols for individuals as well as government and private entities and consults on a variety of related topics including programming, best housing, behavior and training, adoption, foster, and volunteer management practices.

Certifications: CDBC, CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Service dog training

Website: https://www.dogbehaviorsolutions.net/


Kim Brophey

Kim Brophey, CDBC, CPDT-KA, is an applied ethologist and owner of The Dog Door Behavior Center in downtown Asheville, NC. Kim's 20-year commitment to Family Dog Mediation has been recognized both nationally and locally, awarded the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Outstanding Trainer of the Year in 2009 and the Best Dog Trainer of WNC six years in a row.

She has lectured and taught courses at colleges, universities, and conferences on canine behavior, ethology, and welfare. Kim is a member of the International Society for Applied Ethology and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and is a past board member of the International Association and Animal Behavior Consultants and the Asheville Humane Society.

Kim's trademarked Dog L.E.G.S model is a groundbreaking new system for dog lovers to truly understand their dogs' behavior- distilling multiple scientific disciplines and established principles into a simple and accessible framework for pet dogs and their people like never before. Kim is launching a coordinated grassroots movement to facilitate a paradigm shift and market disruption in the pet industry through: her book MEET YOUR DOG- The Game-Changing Guide to Understanding Your Dog's Behavior, TEDx talk - The Problem with Treating a Dog Like a Pet, Canine Genetic Heritage Testing Software 'The Dog Key National Dog L.E.G.S. Association for pet industry businesses and organizations, L.E.G.S. Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediation Professional Course, and establishment of Asheville as the official Dog City, USA. She has become a powerful leading voice in the dog behavior and training industry internationally, with students all over the world.

Kim's vision is to facilitate a critical paradigm shift in our relationships with dogs- building bridges and inspiring others with comprehensive, practical science to redefine how we perceive, talk about, and treat our canine companions as a society.

Certifications:

CPDT-KA
CDBC
LFDM

Services include:

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

More info about service provided:

THE DOG DOOR is revolutionizing the dog behavior & training industry, breaking the mold of the outdated model of dog 'obedience' training with a ground-breaking new service model for the millions of dog loving families struggling with behavior problems & the dog behavior pros committed to helping them Family Dog Mediation.

Built upon decades of well-established behavioral science spanning multiple disciplines, the highly celebrated Dog L.E.G.S. Model of Applied Ethology behind Family Dog Mediation is changing the entire conversation in the dog behavior industry. This new service delivers unprecedented insights & interventions, integrating the full scope of relevant sciences for the benefit of dog families worldwide. And it does it more simply, practically, and enjoyably for everyone.

Behavioral issue focus: Aggression with people or dogs, Anxiety, fear, leash pulling, jumping, barking, emotional distress, difficulties with children, inter-dog issues, issues with cats living in the home, other common behavior problems

Training methods: The behavior consultation lasts about an hour and a half during which time Kim will be asking a series of questions, getting a thorough history, and details about all of the behaviors you've been seeing and in what contexts you're seeing those behaviors. From there she will be able to give you some insight about all of the different components contributing to those behaviors. From there she will be able to talk you about what steps to take going forward to mitigate those issues. At the end of the behavior consultation she will talk to you about whether or not she thinks follow up appointments would be necessary and if so, how many appointments she thinks it will take to reach all of your goals.

Why I became a dog trainer: A deep love for dogs, but more than that I wanted to help families understand why their dogs behave the way they do to help humans feel compassion for their pets and at the same time help dogs understand their humans.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing the light bulb go off for families when they can see what the internal experience is for their dog.

My #1 dog training tip: Understanding changes everything.

Service areas: Asheville, NC and Western North Carolina as well as virtual training internationally

Website: https://www.dogdoorcanineservices.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/


Paul Grosart

Paul Grosart (Pronouns: They/Them) \| BS, CPDT-KA, IAABC-ADT, AKC CGC Evaluator

Paul is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Counsel for Professional Dog Trainers, and an Accredited Dog Trainer of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). They have spent the last 4 years of their professional development focusing on service dogs, and learning best training practices to ensure the highest working success rate.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of WA, and has over 8 years of professional experience working with a wide range of species and breeds (dogs, cat, small mammals) on basic obedience, household acclimation, and a variety of behavioral challenges.

On their off time Paul expands their skill set by working with their own dogs in Rally, Nosework, trick dog training, and herding. Passionate about helping breeders and rescues a like, Paul continues to expand their knowledge of conformation and ethical breeding practices, focusing on community education around early puppy development.

Certifications:  CPDT-KA, IAABC-ADT, CCUI

Services include:

  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Group class instructor at Happy Dog Institute, this includes Puppy Primer, Puppy Life Skills, and Chaotic Canine classes as well as Trick Dog and specialty workshops.

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, hyper arousal, demand barking, adolescent dogs, lack of engage or easily distracted dogs. I also work with dogs with specific breed and genetic traits like herding, barking, foraging, etc.

Training methods: Mostly I assess age, breed, home environment and build an enrichment and training plan from that.

Why I became a dog trainer: My degree in psychology opened me up to new developments in learning theory and communication skills between species. I love building off of foundations, promoting healthy and beneficial teamwork and making training more accessible to all pet owners.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love watching teams grow together and enjoy each others company.

My #1 dog training tip: Break goals into small obtainable steps, and don't be afraid to take your time.

Service areas: Tumwater, WA and surrounding areas

Website: https://www.happydoginstitute.com


Alison Buehler

Alison loves working closely with private clients around Brooklyn and teaching group classes in Basic Manners and Puppy Essentials with her colleagues through PumpkinPups Dog Training. She holds two certifications showing both broad and deep knowledge on the most current techniques in training and is committed to using the most ethical force-free means to train. The CSAT certification is a specialty designation that comes through the world's most recognized expert in separation training, Malena DeMartini, and is held by only a couple of hundred trainers in the world. Additionally, she is an online Faculty Advisor for Victoria Stilwell Academy, helping new trainers learn all about science-based training and an approved Evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen Title through AKC.

Certifications:  CSAT, CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Separation Anxiety, Aggression and reactivity, puppies and basic manners.

Behavioral issue focus: My primary focus is on helping dogs to feel safe when left alone. My techniques are through evidence based training and positive reinforcement.

My #1 dog training tip: You can move mountains with kindness and patience.

Service areas: Brooklyn and lower Manhattan, NY

Website: https://dharmadognyc.com


Julie Vanderloop

I have been in the dog behavior business for over 20 years.

Certifications:  BS, CVT, CPDT

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I do in home Behavior Consultations for behavior problems and general training. I also teach group classes including Puppy through Advanced obedience and socialization, Tricks, Scent work, and CGC.

Behavioral issue focus: I work with reactivity, aggression, caution, arousal, anxiety, socialization, manners, and puppy development.

Training methods: I provide behavior consultations, behavior modification plans, and training plans.

Why I became a dog trainer: Dogs have affected my life in positive ways since I was young. Helping other people understand their dogs and build a better bond is my way of giving back.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Facilitating bonds between owners and their dogs and helping people raise well mannered family members.

My #1 dog training tip: Be clear and consistent!

Service areas: Madison, Dane County

Website: https://dogsbestfriendtraining.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


Cindy Knowlton

20+ years of experience teaching children and adults in a formal education setting

20+ years under the mentorship of Suzanne Clothier and her Relationship Centered Training philosophy

10 years of experience as a Veterinary Practice Manager

National Capital Therapy Dogs volunteer, former education committee and board member

Former Animal Matters Hearing Board Member, Howard County, Maryland

Former 4H Agility Trainer, Howard County, Maryland

Performance Sport Enthusiast with titles in agility, obedience, nose work and dock diving, and experience in herding, tracking, freestyle, lure coursing, disc dog and more!

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CARAT Certified Assessor, Treat/Retreat Certified Trainer, Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI), Pet Professional Guild Member.

Services include:

  • Agility training

Website: https://www.seespotgrin.com/


Jill Snyder

Jill Snyder has served as a Barn Hunt and Nose Work instructor at For Your K9 since 2013. A NACSW certified Nose Work Instructor, ORT Certifying Official and Trial Certifying Official, she is also a CWAGS judge and advocate for scent work and a CPE scent work judge.

Jill’s pack includes five rescue dogs, most of which enjoy nose work. Jeb, her 11 years young lab mix, has earned his UKC Novice title and will compete in NACSW. Eli, an 11 year old Lab/Bassett loves Nose work, and has achieved his NACSW Championship and a Summit Title. Not wanting to retire, Eli has now taken to Element specialty trials. Francesca, a 10 year old Lab mix, currently competes in NACSW, and needs two more legs at NW3 to become Elite. Luke is a 10 year old home body that enjoys long car rides and chasing birds in the air. And last but never least, Lucia is Jill's five year old Pittie princess. She currently competes at UKC scent work, and just achieved her Superior title.

In addition to her work at For Your K9, Jill has worked with dog rescues and shelters for over 30 years and fosters dogs in her home.

Certifications: A NACSW certified Nose Work Instructor, ORT Certifying Official and Trial Certifying Official

Website:  https://foryourk9.com/


Jackie Johnston

If you are struggling to leave your dog home alone, you have come to the right place. I work solely with canine separation anxiety and other alone-time behaviors. Having focused my knowledge and experience in this challenging area, I understand the havoc that this behavior problem can wreak on your life and peace of mind.

I am certified and mentored by Malena DeMartini - the world’s leading expert on separation anxiety - and I continue to pursue the most up-to-date research and continuing education.

Resolution of separation-related challenges requires patience, empathy, compassion, and exceptional attention to the intricacies of your individual dog and environment. As a coach and behavior consultant, I bring these qualities to all interactions with my clients as we embark on the journey of comfortable alone-time together.

Certifications: CTC, CSAT, CPDT-KA, FFCP

Website: https://www.believeinyour.dog/


Stephanie Bass

I am a Pat Miller Certified trainer and have worked with dogs in a shelter setting as well as in homes.

Certifications: PMCT2

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I do basic good manners training as well as behavior modification.

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, general household manners.

Training methods: I am a science based force free trainer. I work with each dog as an individual and find what works best for them, while making sure they are safe, happy, and healthy throughout the process. Training should be fun for all parties involved and as stress free as possible.

Why I became a dog trainer: I had dogs of my own with behavioral concerns and needed a deeper understanding of how learning works and how to best help them. Turns out, I loved it and wanted to spread that knowledge.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching dogs learn.

My #1 dog training tip: Dogs do more of what works and less of what doesn't.

Service areas: Surry County


Website: https://www.dogsensepa.com/


Christine Dang

Animal behavior and training have been a passion for Christine ever since childhood, when she eagerly studied every training book in the library and regularly volunteered to walk shelter dogs on the weekends. Since then, she has worked with a wide variety of animals, from a resource guarding Yorkie to a fearful Labrador, and even other species such as guinea pigs and rabbits! Christine's training philosophy focuses on bridging the gap between humans and pets through relationship building, clear communication, and using rewards to motivate and encourage learning. She also strongly believes that providing enriching activities for dogs to fulfill their natural instincts helps improve their confidence and promotes mental wellness.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Primary focus on day training & enrichment services, limited one on one sessions and group classes available.

Behavioral issue focus: Overarousal, reactivity, fear/anxiety, noise sensitivity, frustration/redirection

Training methods: +R (positive reinforcement) using food, play, environment, etc. with verbal marker cues.

Why I became a dog trainer: I have always felt a connection to animals, and learning how to "speak their language" is such an amazing feeling. Nothing makes me happier than helping build that bridge of communication between a pet and their family!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: That moment when it all "clicks" - the dog is having fun, the people are having fun, everyone's having a great time learning together.

My #1 dog training tip: Be patient. It's so easy to get frustrated when things don't go the way you imagined. Take a step back, take a deep breath, and try again.

Service areas: City of Pittsburgh / Allegheny County, select availability for South Bay, Los Angeles, CA


Ashley Foster

I bring over 25 years of experience as a trainer and behavior consultant to both clients and veterinary clinics and an ongoing passion for continuing education, she prides herself in offering Dogs by Foster clients the most innovative, effective, and dog-friendly training and behavior consulting services available.

Certifications: CBCC-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Our mission is to provide the most innovative, effective, and compassionate dog behavior and training solutions to dog owners and canine professionals by fostering human-dog relationships. We specialize in behavior - anxiety, aggression, reactivity, etc., and raising behaviorally sound puppies.

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, aggression, anxiety, fears and phobia, inter-home aggression, resource guarding, and more.

Training methods: I am a certified behavior consultant who utilizes positive, science-backed effective methods - we do no physical or emotional harm.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help people have happy and healthy relationships with their dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Enhancing and strengthening relationships.

My #1 dog training tip: Change emotions before teaching skills.

Service areas: Fort Collins and the Northern Front Range

Website: https://dogsbyfoster.com/


Robynn Harris

Have you ever heard a dog trainer say something like, 'I hate people. If I could only work with the dog I would be so much happier.'? I have. And it really hurt my feelings. After all, I was, and am, a person who often needs help training my dogs.

I love dogs. And cats. And really all animals. I especially love people. I have always struggled with the moniker, 'dog trainer,' because while I do train dogs, mostly what I do is teach humans how to cohabit with their dogs in ways that makes them, and their dog(s), happy. This is a moving target because every person (and dog) is a beautiful and unique being that has unique needs depending on their time, finances, location, family life, work life, etc, etc. I love taking the time to figure out what works best for every dog team - and that starts with the humans.

I have been especially blessed because when I started dog training the science was already clear: pain and punishment do not work. I have never taught with choke chains or shock collars. I have never taught 'dominance' or 'alpha' ideas. Very early on I had the enormous pleasure of working with people like Terry Ryan, Ris VanFleet, and Valli Parthasarathy who laid a foundation of science, kindness, and curiosity for me to build upon. (Look them up - they are amazing!) I stumbled into dog training when I took a therapy dog prep class. The trainer taught in such a way I was mesmerized. She asked her dog if she 'wanted to work.' The idea of asking a dog to do something instead of 'commanding' the dog blew my mind and touched my heart. I knew almost immediately I wanted to teach others about this 'new' way of training animals.

As my dog training skills were being developed so were my Animal Assisted Intervention (therapy dog) skills. My dog, Schatzi, and I became a registered AAI team with Pet Partners. Throughout the years Schatzi and I brought comfort and joy to people in schools, prisons, hospitals, medical clinics, summer events, AAPT workshops, and too many events to count. I applied for a Therapy Dog Title from the AKC and got hooked on striving towards achieving more titles.

Titles in themselves, the piece of paper or letters after my dog's name, are not very important to me. However, I have come to appreciate what a title means. A title demonstrates that I've worked with my dog in such a way that we excelled at something. It means we've put hours, sometimes hundreds of hours, into accomplishing a goal. All dogs can earn a title or two (even reactive dogs) - it demonstrates the dedication of time between human and dog to learn and communicate new behaviors. I thoroughly enjoy helping humans instruct their dogs in such a way that they too can earn titles such as CGCs, Trick Dogs, Rally, or anything else they want to strive for.

The dog training community has often struggled with terminology for trainers who do not use pain, fear, or force in their techniques. At the moment we seem to have landed on 'LIMA.' LIMA stands for Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive. In a nutshell, LIMA trainers do not hit, choke, or shock dogs. We look for ways to reinforce behaviors with something the animal loves. Maybe I can stop a dog from doing something by yelling, hitting, or scaring her but if I instead teach a dog to do something else, with butt scratches or food, both of our hearts and souls will feel better about it. (The research has shown those behaviors will be longer lasting too!) This is often called positive reinforcement training though, scientifically, there's a whole lot more than just positive reinforcement being used.

Words matters. Most LIMA trainers now use the word 'cue' instead of 'command.' This reminds us that we are in a relationship with our dog and not a militaristic command structure. I teach that all cues are communication. By now we have all heard someone write or speak about how communication is the key to lasting, loving, relationships. This is true for people and animals! Communicating with someone who doesn't even speak human can be quite challenging at times - but it can be done. I teach humans how to ask their dogs for consent. I teach humans how to listen for answers to their questions. And I teach humans how accurate communication with their dogs can keep them both safe and have fun together.

Fun and play is HUGE in my training techniques. If either party isn't having fun it's a lot like the old joke about never teaching a pig to sing: It wastes your time and annoys the pig. This is true for all training but especially true for fitness training.

The COVID years granted me an enormous amount of time just when online education exploded. I added some new education to my Bible education and became an Animal Chaplain. I became a 'CAMadvocate' when I completed a Canine Arthritis Management course for canine professionals. Most excitingly for me in many ways though was when I passed all my tests, and case studies, and became a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer through the University of TN School of Veterinary Medicine. This program taught me canine anatomy & physiology, body mechanics, injury prevention, nutrition, exercises, safe & effective use of fitness equipment, and how to create a fitness program designed specific to each dog team's needs.

All of that education solidified in my mind and heart the desire to, 'help animals live as long as possible, in as little pain as possible.' Animals hurt, and get hurt, from time to time. Love in the Bible is an action, a verb, not an emotion or word to say. I believe we DO love. In this context it means we provide the best veterinary medicine for our pets, it means we practice healthy/fitness behaviors in our day to day lives, and it means, in the end, providing a, 'good death,' when the time comes to say good-bye.

When I first started working with my therapy dog at the hospital I discovered many people wanted to talk with me about their pets who had died. At the time these conversations were very difficult for me. I didn't want to hear 'dead dog stories.' When we started working at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility I heard many similar stories with a twist. The adults in custody would often speak to me about losing their pets because they had been taken away to jail and eventually prison. The feelings of loss were the same though.

As a person of faith it is easy for me to look back and see YHWH/the Universe preparing me for the work I completely enjoy and feel comfortable doing now: Helping people understand and cope with the loss of their animal companions. There's never an easy straight forward plan with grief. Grief is as unique as each of us. I am truly honored when someone includes me on their grief journey.

When it came time for me to create a formal business with my somewhat unique ideas I knew from the start I wanted to create a nonprofit. All of us love our animals, but in today's world money can be tight, to say the least. The most frustrating thing for me when I was working for others was the fact that I was not empowered to offer discounts on the classes I was teaching. (No judgement! Those folks needed to pay their bills too.) I knew I wanted to create not just a dog training business, I wanted to create a community where I could serve, could minister, to those in need.

Assembly of the Wandering Shepherd was created in such a way I can serve people and animals, often those most in need. On the dog training side I volunteer for AWS which allows us to keep our prices low. We provide scholarships for foster dogs, newly adopted dogs, disabled dogs, dog-reactive dogs, and senior dogs. These dogs and their humans are often the most in need of guidance and fun things to do together.

I have created a unique Olfactory Fun program that provides the opportunity for dog-reactive dogs to get into a classroom (all by themselves) and be the glorious dogs they are. Too many dog-reactive dogs and their humans do not get the opportunity to attend dog classes. This is a fun class where dogs learn about being dogs and the humans learn how to support their dogs. This is also a great class for dogs who have retired from sports. Sometimes the human of a retired canine athlete can feel sad and alone when they no longer have trials to attend. This class provides for, and cares about, the human and the dog as they navigate some of life's challenges.

I want people to start thinking about the death of their dogs as soon as possible. Society had taught us that this is impolite conversation. Sadly this has left most of us with the inability to navigate the tough decisions that need to be made as our animal companions inch closer to 'the great mystery' called death. In my classes, death and dying are a part of life and by talking about it we can incorporate more life into our living days.

I don't just talk about death in classes. I am available to talk about this tough subject in personal, face-to-face gatherings. We can discuss the details of physical death or the more ethereal thoughts that we all ponder. I can help those all-important humans find ways to celebrate the life lost. We have infrastructure for this with humans but it is harder to find for our pets. (For some of us this is important for wild critters too. 'Roadkill' is often the butt of jokes but for some of us we prefer to offer some kind of ceremony or prayer for those lost lives.)

I am truly blessed to have traveled my amazing journey. I continue to improve upon my skills and education. As a result the services I provide are always growing. I call myself a 'dog trainer' but please know - I love the human half of animal guardianship just as much as the animal half. I know if I teach the human to have a loving relationship filled with communication with their animal, that will not only benefit their current pet, but all the pets to come. And despite the pain we all feel when a cherished pet dies, I hope each of us continues to bring animals into our homes. I can think of nothing more rewarding than sharing my home with animals and basking in the love they receive and provide in turn.

I believe in science and I believe in love. Love and science working together can accomplish the greatest of things.

Certifications: Certified Canine Fitness Trainer, Certified End-Of-Life Companion Animal Doula, Licensed Pet Partners Instructor, AKC CGC Evaluator, AKC Fit Dog Instructor, Animal Chaplain

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I provide training in all basic/good manners skills and cues. I specialize in Canine Fitness and Conditioning and in a unique type of nose/scent work I created called Olfactory Fun. I really enjoy having older/senior dogs in my Canine Fitness and Olfactory Fun classes. My goal is to have dogs live as long as possible, in as little pain as possible, and and those two classes combined provide mental and physical health to dogs of all ages. To ensure a bit more fun I also really enjoy Trick Dog classes.

Behavioral issue focus: I enjoy coaching people through those tricky adolescent and newly adopted years where "problem" behaviors such as potty training, separation anxiety, poor leash manners, dog-reactivity, and other challenges can start to develop. I'm happy to include or refer to trainers who specialize in behavior modification but many of these challenges can be overcome when/if they are first recognized and that's where I can help the handler the most.

Training methods:

Fun and play is HUGE in my training techniques. I follow LIMA standards and believe cues are all about communication. Dogs love to please us but often times the challenge for them is not knowing what we want. When I can help a human and dog communicate many behavioral challenges disappear.

I offer weekly or monthly fitness training plans for those who are interested in canine conditioning. I can work with dog's post surgery (once they are cleared to exercise) to help build muscle mass and endurance that is often lost during the recovery process. Fitness lessons during the week can be part of a risk reduction plan for "weekend warriors."

I teach group classes and private lessons to accommodate a variety of schedules. I have often found humans just need a couple of coaching sessions to tweak a thing or two to complete the education they already have allowing them to have a better relationship with their dog(s).

I offer free consultations to folks who are not sure of their next steps. Sometimes this is about what to do next in training, sometimes this is inquiring about therapy dog work, and sometimes this is helping someone navigate more specialized training. I really enjoy meeting human/dog teams and helping them see the possibilities in what activities they might enjoy doing together.

I never charge for guidance I provide via email. Sometimes people just need a link to an article or YouTube video to put the pieces they already have in the right places.

Why I became a dog trainer: 2013

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love helping dogs and humans have fun together and enjoy each other's company.

My #1 dog training tip: Have fun!

Service areas: Greater Gresham Area, Portland Metro

Website: https://www.assemblyofthewanderingshepherd.org/


Rachel Ash

A graduate of the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers and certified professional dog trainer, Rachel discovered her passion for working with reactive dogs while on a journey to help her fearful pup, Maya.

After being re-homed multiple times at an early age, Maya became profoundly fearful. By the time Rachel fostered her, she knew Maya would not be able to handle another re-homing. The environmental changes were too overwhelming — the once playful and relaxed puppy was now growling, lunging, and barking at both strangers and dogs.

Rachel decided to adopt Maya and embark on a journey to teach Maya to feel safe in the human world. Fear and aggression are challenging problems that require well-planned interventions by an experienced trainer. For these reasons, Rachel focused her education and practice on preventing and treating fear and aggression in our canine companions.

Rachel also worked as an instructor for the Maryland SPCA, teaching reactive rover classes, private lessons, and puppy socials. Her commitment to combating animal surrenders to shelters goes one step further by providing services to her puppy clients to prevent fear and aggression via adequate socialization and aggression-prevention exercises.

Rachel's life with Maya has given her a unique insight into the challenges that come with living day in and day out with a fearful, reactive dog. This experience has better equipped her to help her clients and their dogs live happier lives and has made her the perfect choice for a fear and reactivity trainer.

Certifications: Certified Trainer Consultant (CTC), CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: We provide simple solutions for complex behavioral challenges. We specialize in the prevention (puppies) and treating fear, aggression, and reactivity in our companion dogs using humane, force-free methods.

Behavioral issue focus: Puppy training, on-leash reactivity, aggression towards unfamiliar people, resource guarding, and fear-based challenges.

Training methods: It starts with a 120-minute online consultation followed by behavior-focused in-person sessions.

Service areas: Baltimore City and County: Perry Hall, White Marsh, Kingsville, Parkville, Overlea, Towson, Lutherville, Timonium, Cockeysville, South Bel Air.

Website: https://www.pawbehaviorsolutions.com


Heidi Hurdy

Heidi is the owner of Canefida, and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and Certified Behavior Consultant Canine (CBCC-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Heidi is also a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She has been training dogs and their people professionally for over 14 years.

Heid's specialty is fostering the dog-human relationship. Through Canefida, she offers creative behavior solutions helping humans 'listen' to their dogs by observing and interpreting canine body language, and then 'talking'with them through effective and humane positive reinforcement-based methods so that they can live harmoniously together. She compassionately helps dog guardians to get desired behavior change without using pain, fear or intimidation.

Heidi started her career with the privilege of mentoring under Dr. Ian Dunbar in Berkeley CA in the late 80's, then started teaching puppy classes for him through Sirius Dog Training and then started her own business Canefida Canine in 2022.

Certifications: CCPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Offering puppy classes, adult dog basic manners classes and private consulting for behavior issues in-person and over Zoom.

Behavioral issue focus: Human-directed aggression, dog to dog aggression, resource guarding, fear, phobias.

Training methods: Gentle methods that do not use fear, pain or intimidation. Focusing on training desired behaviors that are incompatible with undesired ones, enrichment, and desensitization and classical conditioning, building trust though relationship building and play. We deep dive into reading body language accurately.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help people understand their dogs and to help them live peacefully with them.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing people laugh and play with their dogs and enjoy every moment with them.

My #1 dog training tip: Don't interrupt the sniff. Meaning: let your dogs slow down and explore the world. Let them sniff those bushes. Interrupting them creates frustration for the dog and eventually for the human. Don't rush their walks. Give them time to process their environment. and try to imagine what they are experiencing.

Service areas: Sacramento, West Sacramento, Elk Grove, Citrus Heights

Website: https://canefida.com/


Ashlee Meyer

I have been a professional dog trainer for 4 years now and it started the same way everyone gets into dog training - with a dog who needed help. After going through multiple certifications and working with numerous dogs and people, I found my niche in helping families navigate the twists and turns of having a dog and child.

From preparing for a child coming into a home to a dog struggling with a mobile child to helping a family find the perfect match, I strive to make sure every child stays safe and has the best experience possible growing up with a dog.

I am currently the guardian of two bully breed mixes, Adam and Bailey, and am a mom to an almost 2-year-old toddler.

Certifications:

CPDT-KA
LFDM-T
VSA-CDT

Services include:

  • In home training

More info about service provided:

In-home obedience training - basic cues, leash manners
Kid-Dog conflict resolutions - baby and dog, toddler and dog, adding a dog to a family

Behavioral issue focus:

Kid-Dog Conflict: fear of children, over-excitement around children, helping children learn appropriate interactions with dogs, helping dogs transition to a new baby, helping dogs cope with the milestones of children from rolling over to toddlerhood
Basic Cues: helping families create a system of communication for a better quality of life for both humans and dogs
Leash Manners: minor reactivity, over-excitement, pulling, focus; giving humans the skills, tools, and knowledge to make walks enjoyable

Training methods: I meet with families in their home and gather relevant history to get a full picture of the life the dog lives. I then work with families to create goals and use positive reinforcement techniques to help the dog and humans learn together.

Why I became a dog trainer: I fell in love with dog psychology and behavior after adopting my dog Adam. Diving into all the reading, watching, and learning, I knew working with dogs was my true passion. Beyond that, I love people. I love seeing the connections made during training sessions, the bond between them and their dogs grow, and the sheer joy on people's faces when their dog "gets it". Helping people understand their dogs more and giving both dogs and people a better quality of life is the reason I love my job.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a dog trainer is the ability to help dogs and people live better lives together.

My #1 dog training tip: Let your dog be a dog. Yes, your dog needs to be able to be civilized in the human world, but also they need time to exercise their true nature as well.

Service areas: Dakota County
Bloomington
South Minneapolis

Website: https://www.fetchingpetential.com


Website: https://www.instinctdogtraining.com


Ingrid Komisar

Ingrid is our go to trainer for leash reactivity, adolescent woes, resource guarding and many other nuanced behavior problems. She loves seeing clients understand and treat their dog's anxieties!

Certifications: CCPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Protection/guard dog training
  • Off leash training

Website: https://calmcanineacademy.com


Jennifer Davidson

I started training dogs as a child and fell in love with in. Dogs and animals in general have taught me so much and I learn something new from them every day. I started training professionally part-time about 6 years ago and when we moved to Citrus Heights, Ca last year it became my full time job and I couldn' be happier. Besides my husband I currently share my life with Kaep a 12.5 year old Shepherd/Gsp mix (my old man who keeps us on our toes),Cassie (my heart dog) a 9 year old yellow Lab, Doc a 5 year old German Shepherd/Great Pyrenees mix (my big baby) and the recent addition of Maggie a 12 week old Beagle (yes I'm living the puppy life again.)I am a graduate of Susan Friedmans' Living and Learning with Animal's course. I am a professional member of the Pet Professional Guild and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. I also volunteer my time with Golden Gate Lab Rescue in whatever capacity needed.

Certifications: LLA

Services include:

  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: Private lessons, group classes, day training, obedience training, puppy training,puppy socialization- basic behaviors, akc CGC and trick titles

Training methods: I am a humane reward-based trainer who focuses on all aspects of a dog’s well-being (which includes exercise, enrichment, diet and the bond between dog & owner). I start with initial consultations so I can get to know a new client and their dog, watch their interactions, discuss their goals and come up with a plan that works for everyone.

Why I became a dog trainer: Initially my love of dogs, learning and bonding with them drew me to training but I would have to say now watching dogs and their owners bond and achieve their goals keeps me coming back

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching the bond created with dogs and their owners

Service areas: Citrus Heights, Roseville, Rocklin, Elk Grove, Lincoln, El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Pleasant Grove, Natomas, Sacramento, Orangevale

Website: https://smpawsativedogtraining.wordpress.com/


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Kate Wilson

Kate is our Director of Training at K9 Turbo Training and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) as well a Certified Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Kate has her Bachelors of Science from Michigan State University with a focus in Applied Animal Behavior and Neurobiology. She trains both dogs and exotic animals.

Kate has had a lifelong passion of observing and studying animal behavior. As the lead trainer at the Creature Conservancy in Ann Arbor, Kate also trains and works with various exotics including cougars, coyotes, alligators, sloths, warthogs, kangaroos, and porcupines.

With a strong focus on improving the lives of the animals in her care, she works tirelessly to provide constant enrichment, allow the animals ample opportunities to practice natural behaviors, and provide them with training to allow for low-stress vetting and handling experiences. Previously, Kate worked as an educator in math and zoology, and has traveled around the world observing animals in their natural environments. Now, with K9 Turbo, she helps ensure that every trainer on the team is educated to the highest level, is up-to-date on current research, and is following our company's strict code of ethics. Kate also runs and presents for our community education lectures and seminars. Additional certifications/associations include: Pet CPR and First Aide certified

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) as well a Certified Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers
Pet CPR and First Aide certified

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.k9turbotraining.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/


Tracy Wrobbel

Tracy has been an animal lover all of her life, even as a toddler, her favorite toy was a toy dog and she was always found petting any dog that was nearby. Family and friends agree, things have not changes much, she still needs to meet EVERY dog she comes across.

Once Tracy began fostering, she realized that she needed the help of professional dog trainers to help her make her fosters adoptable. Learning about dog behavior and seeing the success the training had on dogs inspired Tracy to pursue dog training. Tracy has become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and is working towards her CCPDT-KA.

When Tracy is not training dogs, she works as a Registered Corporate Coach and Training Manager at her Full Time job. When she has spare time, she enjoys spending time with her dogs Tucker, Riley, Carrie and Yoshi and her cat Louie. Her hobbies include gardening, genealogy, spending time in nature and working on crafts (Pysanky, Drawing, Embroidery, Beading).

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer and is working towards her CCPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Reactive dog training

Service areas: Cuyahoga, OH

Website: https://sitsnwigglescle.com/


Stephanie Kowalewski

Stephanie has been professionally training dogs for over 15 years. Upon earning her Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, Stephanie felt that her true 'calling' was working professionally with dogs and made her passion into her profession. She trained under some of the top trainers in New Jersey, and was an instructor at the nationally recognized St. Hubert's Dog Training School in Madison, NJ. Stephanie is also certified AKC CGC Evaluator.

She believes that positive training strengthens the bond between dogs and their humans, and that is the only true way to achieve behavior modification. She regularly attends training and behavior seminars in order to increase her knowledge and skill set. Believing strongly in networking, Stephanie is in constant communication with other trainers in order to share thoughts, ideas and methodologies.

She currently resides in Lawrenceville, New Jersey with her husband, two children and their rescue pups Bug and Hiccup, and German Short-haired Pointer Archie.

Certifications: M.DIV., CPDT-KA, Certified AKC CGC Evaluator

Services include:

  • Puppy training

Service areas: Lawrence Township, NJ

Website: https://heavenlyhoundstraining.com/


Jeremy Brown

Jeremy, the owner of the Complete Canine, has proven techniques, backed by decades of experience, to maximize the dog/human partnership. Using positive reinforcement techniques, Jeremy helps with socialization issues, maximizing the bond between humans and canines, and championing as you walk together through training.

Jeremy graduated with a degree in Marketing from Indiana University. He has spent the last 10 years as a professional dog trainer with vast experience at the corporate level. He started young, observing dog training during childhood.

Board member for Pet Partners of Southern Arizona
President of Kiernan's Kindness, In 2015, 2016, and 2017, Jeremy was recognized by Greatmats for his exemplary ability in training. In June 2020 Jeremy finished his Applied Animal Behavior Certificate from The University of Washington. Studying under the renowned behaviorist Jim and Renee Ha.
Currently, Jeremy is training the Pima County Police Officer's therapy dogs.

Certifications: Applied Animal Behavior Certificate

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: Obedience Classes (Puppy, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Therapy Teams, Canine Good Citizen, Tricks, Agility, Scent work Service Dog, Rally, Doggy Daycare, Positive Reinforcement, Potty Training, Muzzle Training

Behavioral issue focus: Aggressive, Reactive, Fearful

Training methods: Positive reinforcement, Behavior modification, Consultations, Training Plans

Why I became a dog trainer: Passionate about meeting dogs where they're at, and providing positive life experiences for them and their families.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: It never feels like I'm going to "work"

My #1 dog training tip: Meet your dog where they are currently

Service areas: Pima, Cochise, Sahuarita, Green Valley, Oro Valley, Marana, Casa Grande, Vail

Website: https://www.completecaninetucson.com/



Shane Stanis

I have been training professionally since 2002, and have a passion for supporting both humans and dogs as they navigate challenging behavioral needs.

I have an extra soft spot for shy & fearful dogs, and enjoy living with a pair of semi-feral dogs myself.

Certifications: IAABC CDBC, CPDT-KSA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided:

Behavior Consultant for fear, aggression, anxiety, Vet Behavior support plans.
Specializing in fear including semi-feral and rescues from trauma (hoarding, puppy mills, lab survivors, meat trade)
Private consultation & training in person and virtually
Online group program for shy & fearful dogs
Private manners & puppy training also available

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity towards all triggers, intra-household dog aggression, dog directed aggression, human directed aggression, resource guarding, separation anxiety, anxieties and phobias, fear, compulsive/stereotypic behaviors, support for Veterinary Behaviorist training plans

Training methods:

Evidence based positive reinforcement training (aka "clicker training") and behavior modification. I adhere to the ethical guidelines of both the IAABC & CPDT, and do not utilize aversive equipment or ethos in training. Certified Fear Free trainer for cooperative care (veterinary/husbandry).

Work together begins with an intake assessment, followed by coaching sessions in person or virtually depending on location, as well as dog's needs and ideal training plan.

Clients are given an outline of the training plan after intake, and support supplements including notes, logs and worksheets as needed between sessions.

Online program for shy & fearful dogs includes both individual training plans and group virtual coaching sessions live 3 times/month, as well as support lessons/assignments & video review

Why I became a dog trainer: I explored primatology in college, but started to believe I'd miss not being able to connect directly with the animals I was studying. I started volunteering at an animal shelter, and fell head first into dog training from there.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing the gears turn in a dog's head, and helping stressed owners begin to be able to feel like they can breath again.

My #1 dog training tip: Take a step back. We are often fearful that if we don't push our dogs we won't accomplish our goals, but this can backfire and ultimately slow us down. If we take a moment to assess what we can do differently, our dogs will do better, and we'll see real, lasting improvement.

Service areas:

In Person: Central & East Contra Costa County
Hybrid: Greater Bay Area
Remote: Nationally

Website: https://www.mightymuttsdogtraining.com


Leah Lykos

I'm a dog "trainer," but more so a coach for humans who need help with their canine relationships.

I believe that dogs are basically wild at heart, and I want to help keep them that way! Living with us in our domesticated world isn't always easy for them, so let's channel their natural drives in a way that keeps them emotionally balanced and out of trouble. In this method we make a deep relationship with our dogs based on trust, while also fulfilling their innate need to maintain a type of primal wildness.

Because dogs keep us connected to nature, examining the ways in which we move and interact with them is vital. If you'd like to learn more about this type of movement-based drive training, please feel free to contact me.

Certifications: Canine Resistance Training

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Obedience classes, behavioral assessments, behavioral modification, puppy training, reactive dog rehabilitation.

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, fear, aggression.

Training methods: Behavior consultations, training plans, training videos, teaching engagement with food and toys.

Why I became a dog trainer: Because my dogs have taught me everything I need to know about myself and my relationship to the world. They are the best mirrors and best teachers!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping people create trust, safety, and clear communication in their relationship with their dog.

My #1 dog training tip: Hand feeding!

Service areas: Chattanooga, Red Bank, Hixson, Signal Mountain

Website: https://www.caninemovementlab.com/


Elissa O'Sullivan

Private practice since 1993.

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: 100% force-free training from puppy class to pet basics, to high level competition obedience

Behavioral issue focus: 100% force-free behavior modification for any issues.

Training methods: Force-free, least invasive

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing progress

My #1 dog training tip: Your dog is your partner, not your slave.

Service areas: In-home visits: Columbus, Gahanna, Westerville, Upper Arlington, Dublin, Powell, Pataskala, New Albany, Worthington, Bexley, Delaware, Marysville

Website: https://www.nobaddogsohio.com


Jenna Pellerito

I’ve been a trainer for 5 years and started my career with dogs 8 years ago working in a doggie day care. I soon became a certified dog trainer and started my first job as a behavior specialist in a shelter. I then moved on to start my own business training inside pet parents homes and coaching them towards the best life with their dog.

Certifications: CCBC-KA, ABCDT, Fear free certified trainer

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: In person private coaching, virtual coaching, day training

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, aggression, fear based behaviors, puppy training and socialization, basic life skills/cues, excessive barking, leash pulling, obedience training

Training methods: All training is done primarily with positive reinforcement. We train with science based, force free methods.

Why I became a dog trainer: I love dogs more than life itself! I have always been so passionate about animals. I found training and behavior incredibly interesting and dove into it as soon as I could. I couldn't imagine doing anything else!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching a dogs behavior transform through positive and kind training methods. I also love watching their bond with their human grow stronger with each lesson. It's so beautiful to be able to help people through really difficult times with their dogs and coach them towards a better relationship

My #1 dog training tip: Treat your dog how you would like to be treated if you were in their place.

Service areas: Richland county, Lexington county

Website: https://www.thefutureisforcefree.com/


Alex Sessa

Peach on a Leash owner and head trainer, Alex Sessa, (formerly Andes) CPDT-KA, CDBC, VSPDT is a pet behavior expert who has been training dogs and studying dog behavior for nearly a decade.

Alex is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, a certification that requires hundreds of logged training hours and passing a comprehensive exam. She is also one of only five trainers in the state of Georgia to receive full certification as a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. This high-level certification requires a rigorous application process that's assessed by a panel of experts in dog training and behavior, and you must demonstrate the knowledge and ability to handle complex behavior cases in order to be certified.

Additionally, she has attained the prestigious Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT) certification, and has successfully completed Michael Shikashio's Aggression in Dogs Master Course.

She attended the University of Georgia, where she began honing her training skills while helping improve the behavior of local shelter dogs to reduce euthanasia rates. She graduated with honors in 2012 and worked as both a pet adoption counselor and an assistant dog trainer before being offered a job with celebrity dog trainer Victoria Stilwell of Animal Planet's ‚'It's Me or the Dog'.

Alex traveled the world with Victoria and had the opportunity to learn from her in all facets of training and behavior for five years before deciding to pursue her dream of founding Peach on a Leash. Their work together allowed Alex the opportunity to work hands-on with both pet dogs and working dogs, including police dogs and accelerant detection dogs.

As the founder and owner of Peach on a Leash, Alex manages our training program as well as our team of ten exceptional, highly qualified training and behavior experts. She leads the training for our VIP Puppy Development program, and has provided professional training for celebrities, athletes, CEOs, corporate therapy dog programs, and other high-profile clientele. She has been featured on HLN, WSB-TV, 11Alive, and various print publications.

Alex serves as both a faculty member and a mentor for students in the Victoria Stilwell Dog Training Academy. She also serves on the advisory board for the online dog training platform Gentle Beast, in addition to developing their training curriculum and serving as the primary on-camera training talent. She regularly consults for other training companies, public safety departments, corporations and non-profit organizations needing guidance with their dog training and behavior-related programs.

These experiences have helped her to become one of the most studied, well-rounded trainers in the area, and her results-oriented training utilizes effective and humane techniques that are backed by the latest modern behavioral science.

She shares her home with her husband Will, who is a former police K-9 officer, their two children, and their beloved dogs.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CDBC, VSPDT

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I lead an exceptional team of thirteen trainers, and we cover all facets of training and behavior. We customize our programs to fit the needs of each individual client.

Behavioral issue focus: We work with all forms of aggression, reactivity, impulse control issues, fear, and everything in between.

Training methods: Our evidence-based methods are rooted in positive reinforcement, and we focus on both training the dog and providing quality coaching for the humans.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help keep dogs in their homes, and to provide help for people and their dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing the joy that comes from human and canine communication.

My #1 dog training tip: Avoid labels like "stubborn" or "disobedient" and focus instead on the root cause of the behavior.

Service areas: Roswell, Milton, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Cumming, Canton,
Peachtree Corners, Buford, Hoschton, Dunwoody, Gainesville, Flowery Branch,
Sandy Springs, Chamblee, Brookhaven, Decatur, Midtown Atlanta, Buckhead, Suwanee, Lawrenceville, East Cobb, Duluth

Website: https://peachonaleash.com/


Beth Friedman

Beth is a canine behavior consultant and previous healthcare executive with a passion for the health and welfare of humans and animals. She has over 15 years of professional experience including owning two successful businesses.

Beth has been training canines, one human at a time using positive, research-based methods professionally since 2007. Beth has two graduate degrees, is a licensed clinical social worker, is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), an Elite Fear Free Certified Pet Professional, a Fear Free Coach, Aggression in Dogs Certified, and is a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT).

Certifications:

Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer, (CSAT)
Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC)
Elite Fear Free Certified Animal Trainer
Certified, Aggression In Dogs Trainer
AKC CGC Approved Evaluator

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Canine Companion Consulting is the premier, full-service dog training team in Fort Collins, the surrounding Northern Colorado area, and virtually from anywhere. Beth and Wayne, a husband and wife team, have been training canines, one human at a time using positive, research-based methods since 2007. Our training services include, but are not limited to:
Beginner to advanced basic cues for dogs of all ages and breeds
Door behaviors and polite greetings
Generalized and specific anxiety
Separation anxiety
Fear and anxiety
Therapy dog preparation
Aggression with humans or other animals
Issues between pets in your household
Fence and barrier aggression
Leash aggression and reactivity
Basics and Manners training - door behavior, jumping, walking on a leash, sit, down, come, and more

Behavioral issue focus: At Canine Companion Consulting we work with pet parents to achieve their goals. We often work with canines that have fear and anxiety. This includes separation anxiety, fear of handling at the vet or groomer or being uncomfortable around humans, objects, or other animals.

Training methods: Canine Companion Consulting is the premier, full-service dog and puppy training team in Fort Collins, the surrounding Northern Colorado area, and virtually from anywhere. Beth and Wayne, a husband and wife team, have been training canines, one human at a time using positive, research-based methods since 2007. Private training targets your individual goals in your time, at your pace.

All of our private packages allow you the flexibility to choose the modality of each session best suited for you, your dog, and your goals, whether it is Remotely or in person in our training studio. We provide 2 well-educated and certified Canine Behavior Consultants, a Behavior Consultation Report that is amended after every session, Behavior Consultants that are available in between scheduled appointments to answer your questions to be a resource, and support you every step of the way.

Why I became a dog trainer: I have a passion for the health and well-being of canines and humans. I love seeing the human-animal bond flourish with training and understanding of one another.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching the bond between humans and dogs flourish due to mutual understanding.

My #1 dog training tip: Think like a dog. If you can understand the dog's perspective, then you will understand the reason behind the behavior and thus more easily modify behavior.

Service areas: Northern Colorado, Remote, Fort Collins, Loveland, Timnath, Wellington, Windsor, Greeley,

Website:  https://www.caninecompanionconsulting.com


Abby Knue

Abby comes to K9 Turbo Training with an eclectic bag of experience. Abby was a Kindergarten teacher in a Montessori setting for 18 years before becoming the Education Director at The Creature Conservancy in Ann Arbor. It was there that she was introduced to positive reinforcement training and was hooked! If you can train a warthog to calmly rest its chin in your hand while its tusks are dremeled, the possibilities seemed endless! It is now a passion of hers to pursue and explore the newest science based information in animal behavior and to be able to promote a force-free philosophy through education.

Abby has always had a love for animals having grown up with dogs and horses. As a teacher her greatest joy was being able to help struggling students by observing their strengths and weaknesses and preparing their learning environment to meet their needs and set them up for success. She has found this same joy in helping dogs and their people build relationships based in trust and respect and to help domestic and captive animals have their best life possible.

Additional certifications/associations include: Pet CPR and First Aide certified

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Pet CPR and First Aide certified

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://www.k9turbotraining.com/


Karishma Warr

Karishma is an industry leader in treating complex behaviors concerning fear, anxiety, and aggression in urban environments.

Certifications: MA | CCPDT-KA | CSAT

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Digital trainers who offers private training and group classes. We also provide regular free webinars for our community to help make modern, science-backed training accessible for everyone.

Behavioral issue focus: Leash Reactivity, Separation Anxiety, Dog Reactivity, Human Reactivity, Urban Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety, Puppy and Adolescent Training

Training methods: Effective, non-violent and non-coercive dog training methods. Holistic, science-backed approach to behavior modification, that are effective for any breed, age, and temperament.

Why I became a dog trainer: With a background in Ethics, and a love for animals, it felt like a natural progression to work in the area of humane dog training

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching our dog-handler teams strengthen their bond and flourish.

My #1 dog training tip: SLOW DOWN!

Service areas: Digitally - worldwide

Website: https://www.calmcanineacademy.com


Charlotte Hoberg

Charlotte is the owner of Sit'n Stay Training and specializes in Reactivity and Sports Training, but has plenty experience in basic manners and puppy foundations as well. She attends training seminars as often as possible to continue to educate herself in the field of dog training.

Along with training other people's dogs, Charlotte works hard to progress her own dog's training. Pax (pictured) is her mixed breed dog who competes in Rally, Obedience, and soon in Nosework. Her adult German Shepherd, Beowulf is in training for Schutzhund and recently earned his intro level title for the demanding sport. Ghibli, her youngest , is an adolescent German Shepherd who will be following in her brother's footsteps learning Schutzhund.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Protection/guard dog training
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://www.sitnstaytraining.com


Gwen Podulka

Puppies, Adolescent dogs, Senior dogs, Deaf dogs, Behavior Modification

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Deaf dog training
  • Puppy training

Website: https://www.dogtrained.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/


Erica Pytlovany

Erica has more than a decade of professional experience helping dogs and their human families with everything from house training and basic manners to reactivity, aggression, separation anxiety, and other challenging behaviors. She also teaches basic through advanced obedience skills including Tricks and performance obedience like Rally, Fenzi TEAM titles and ring obedience.

Erica enjoys working with non-dog species as well, and has trained parrots, horses, cats, and other animals. She was a volunteer Keeper Aide for three years at the Smithsonian National Zoo, caring for Giant Pandas, Sloth Bears, Asian Small Clawed Otters and other residents of the Asia Trail. She is a volunteer with Simple Changes Therapeutic Riding Center, and in 2020, completed the requirements for Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) through PATH International. She continually studies new ways to train people, too.

The principles of learning are the same whether you're a person, a dog, a horse or a fish. I love how lessons I learn with one species can make me more flexible and creative with the next species, humans included.

Certifications:

Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP)
Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), 2008-2014
TAGteach Level 2 Certification
Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CDTI) - Gold Level
AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
Stunt Dog Judge
Titles and acheivements in Rally Obedience, Tricks, agility, obedience, and sheep herding

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://woofsdogtraining.com/


Kat Heckert

Kat (she/her) became interested in behavior and training when she entered the animal shelter world. Kat has worked in the behavior department of two animal shelters and has provided training services to shelter volunteers, fosters, and adopters. In 2020, she decided to take the leap from animal sheltering to private training and discovered how rewarding it is to work so closely with dog guardians and their dogs.

Kat is passionate about helping people connect with their dogs using positive reinforcement and force-free training methods. She loves to incorporate enrichment activities into her training plans and thinking of creative ways to approach challenging behaviors. She believes in creating a compassionate and supportive environment for dogs and their guardians to set everyone up for success.

Certifications:

Professional Canine Behavior Consultant (PCBC-A)
KPA-CTP
Fear Free Certified

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Fear, Anxiety, Reactivity, Aggression, Newly Adopted Dogs, Puppies, Basic Manners

Behavioral issue focus: Leash reactivity, fearful behaviors, stranger reactivity, human-directed aggression, resource guarding.

Training methods: I work with clients on a mix of management, enrichment, behavior games, and teaching alternative behaviors. My main goal is that both my client and their dog find the training plan enjoyable, accessible, and that it fits with what they both need. My methods are force free and I never use coercion, intimidation, or discomfort in training plans.

Why I became a dog trainer: To improve the relationship between dogs and their guardians.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching people and their dogs connect and work as a team.

My #1 dog training tip: Enrichment is the foundation of any good behavior plan.

Service areas: In-Person in Arlington and Falls Church VA, Remote

Website: https://www.jwdogtraining.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


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/


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/


Elizabeth Bain

As an Intuitive Guide, Elizabeth works with humans individually as well as in concert with their companion animals to find heart-centered perspectives, deepen connections, and to bridge the species gap to find the balance that allows everyone to thrive.

As a KPA-CTP (Karen Pryor Academy-Certified Training Partner), Elizabeth's goal is to help dogs (and cats, too) and humans learn to communicate via clicker training so that the whole family fits together comfortably.

Elizabeth can help whether it's working
to create loose leash walking
to build confidence in a fearful or shy dog
to create manners for in house or on the town
to start a dog and human on the path to sports together

I walk the earth. Walking is a key piece of who I am and I don’t just stick to the physical walking; as an energy worker, I walk the realms. I walk people to their heart centers and help them to explore aspects of self and life from this different perspective, to discover the deeper connections available from the heart space. I walk souls to the journey beyond the physical. I walk by your side as an Intuitive Guide. How did I get here?

I have been learning all my life: how we are part of the whole, how we relate to the whole, how to shift perspectives, and how to walk the realms.

I have had (and continue to have) great teachers: from the cats and dogs of my childhood to current day, to my special allies the birds, from all the fauna and flora of this world, to my more formal studies of the subtle energies.

I have studied Integral Yoga, Reiki, animal communication with Anastacia Gourley, and completed the Apprenticeship Program with Cyndi Dale in 2011. I continue to hone my skills as I have over the 17 years since I started doing energy work with humans and companion animals.

In my spare time, you can find me with Lilly, my border collie pal, walking and birding in the mountains of central Virginia, or slightly farther afield at a nose work, dock-diving or rally obedience trial.

Certifications: KPA-CTP (Karen Pryor Academy-Certified Training Partner)

Services include:

  • Off leash training

Website: https://www.elizabethbain.net/


Woof Houze Canine Coaching & Wellness

Woof Houze Canine Coaching & Wellness is a place like no other. We are a one stop shop for canine wellness. Our facilities houses private and group training, fear free grooming, canine retail shop, Hooman Classes such as CPCR training (CPR for pets), and more.

Our goal is to help you to be your best with understanding your pup through canine behavior and body language learning, We strive to give you the tools to have a successful relationship as dog and owner. Our team has over 40 years of training experience combined. We all have multiple canines and are very aware of what it takes to be there for the life of the dog. We strive to keep training fun, positive and rewarding for the entire family.

Our Mission is Educating You to Embrace their Nature. Meaning harmony on both sides of the leash. That includes evaluating your pets health plan from nutrition, to wellness aids such as joint and skin issues with our all natural supplements.

Behavior Issues...let us be your Safe Haven for understanding how to combat what people label a bad dog. We accept all breeds and aggression or bite history. Best of all we are 100% Positive Reinforcement Only. NO E-COLLARS! We strive to serve our canine companions with respect & gentle communication. Let Woof Houze be a part of your pups growth, training begins at 8 weeks.

Services include:

  • Board and train

Service areas: Fredericksburg, VA

Website: https://www.woofhouze.com/


Michele Lennon

I'm a certified dog trainer with close to twenty years of experience providing puppy training and guidance to dog owners in group classes and private lessons.

I have helped puppy parents who were brand-new novice owners all the way to dog handlers with decades of experience owning multiple dogs who just needed fine-tuning with their training.

As a dog owner myself, I have been in your shoes as both a new puppy owner and a frustrated dog owner!

Many years ago I had the naughtiest, but most lovable chocolate Lab named Bear. He was a handful, a challenge, and made me want to rip my hair out. He ate curtains, couches, and the carpet right out of the middle of my room. He refused to eat the edges where I might have been able to hide the damage when company came over! He jumped on people, barked for attention, and stole food off the counter.

He was a hot mess, a wild child, a dog I wanted to send back to the breeder daily, but I didn't give up on him. I couldn't. I loved him!

I learned how to train him, guide him, and show him how to stop being a naughty puppy and start being a good dog. I fell in love with training him.

We had so much fun learning together that it didn't seem like work - for either one of us. We began understanding one another and learned to communicate better with one another. Little did I know that I'd inadvertently stumbled upon my career while training Bear to be my Dream Dog.

It took some time for me to understand that the secret to successful dog training wasn't trying to find the "right" tool or picking the "smartest" or "best" breed, or even how much love you have in your heart for your dog.

And now, I've made it my mission to help as many puppy parents as I can to learn this valuable skill so they can raise their own dream dogs too.

Certifications: Certified Dog Trainer

Services include:

  • Puppy training

My #1 dog training tip: The secret to successful dog training is communicating in a way that your puppy's brain understands!

Website: https://www.howtotrainadreamdog.com/


Katie Rogers

I have loved and lived with many animals throughout the years. The list spans from dogs and cats to rats, parakeets, bunnies, and a snake.

A few special animals have stood out. These “heart” animals include Hana, a large Golden Retriever who nurtured my interest and love for dogs. A rat named Sally who went everywhere with me for years – including work at a pet store, dog walking and house sitting! Sally would come when called and was an ambassador for her species. Tanner was the difficult dog that changed my world. Tanner showed me what love and patience are really about.

I currently live with Tater Tot (tabby cat), Mila (smooth collie) and Lark (golden retriever).

I began to work with animals professionally in 2011 after receiving a BA in Psychology from San Diego State University. By 2013 I opened Katie’s Critters. Since 2011 I have studied animal behavior and training by attending classes, seminars and workshops. Including becoming a Karen Pryor Academy – Certified Training Partner. Other notable experiences:

Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) – Certified Training Partner (CTP)

Insured

Years of experience (personally and professionally)

Passion, love and kindness for the well-being of animals

BA in Psychology, minor Counseling and Social Change from San Diego State University (background knowledge in Learning Theory, the basis for Positive Reinforcement Training)

Volunteered at Wildcare, a local wildlife rehabilitation hospital

Volunteered with local Kitten Rescue (2011-2014)

Volunteer (current behavior foster) and Trainer (until 2019) at Marin Humane Society

Known and Loved by the Marin Community (San Anselmo native)

Certifications: Karen Pryor Academy ‚Äì Certified Training Partner

Services include:

  • Puppy training

Service areas: Novato, CA

Website: https://www.katiescritters.com/


Megan Esherick

I am a certified professional dog trainer with many years of experience in a variety of dog sports. I founded The Clever Hound LLC in 2016 after 17 years as a service dog trainer.I have a bachelor's degree in Small Animal Science and many years of experience training dogs and solving behavior problems using positive reinforcement. I love working with non-traditonal breeds and helping handlers with all levels of experience to bring out the best in their dogs.

I'm certified through Do More with Your Dog as a Trick Dog Instructor and Canine Fitness Coach and am an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. I am approved by the AKC to judge agility and Junior Showmanship.I enjoy competing in a wide variety of dog sports with my Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens, Golden Retriever, and Australian Shepherd.

Certifications: Certified professional dog trainer, Certified through Do More with Your Dog as a Trick Dog Instructor and Canine Fitness Coach and am an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, Approved by the AKC to judge agility and Junior Showmanship

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Protection/guard dog training
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://cleverhounddogtraining.com/


Emily Blythe

Homeward Bound Behavior and Training, LLC is owned by Emily Blythe. Emily has over 15 years of experience helping families and pets in need. She got her start in Nebraska, moved to Iowa, and now her journey has brought her to Wisconsin!

She has extensive experience working in animal shelters and veterinary clinics. She specializes in feline, canine, and avian behavior and implements behavior modification through force free training. She is committed to a science-based approach to training, behavior modification, and teaching people.

She holds her associate certification in the canine division and feline division through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, is a Fear Free Certified Animal Trainer, a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer, and a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and Force Free Trainers of Wisconsin.

Certifications: 

Associate Certified Cat Behavior Consultant - IAABC
Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant - IAABC
Fear Free Certified Professional - Trainer
Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer
Bachelor of Science in Animal Ecology

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: We offer in-person coaching, day training, and virtual coaching for dogs, cats, and birds. We also offer in-home pet sitting.

Behavioral issue focus: We work with all behavior issues!

Training methods:

Our training methodology is force free and science-based. The first step in the process would be to schedule an initial consultation. There are three goals that we accomplish during this:

- Gather a thorough history. The initial consultation is our opportunity to hash everything out so that we have a clearer picture of what's happening.

- Customized management plan. Once the history is gathered, we will create a customized management plan for the animal. Management plays a crucial role in the success of training because it helps prevent them from practicing any problem behaviors and sets them up for as much success as possible. Training goes much, much slower when there is no management plan in place.

- Behavior modification plan. This involves setting clear training goals and prioritizing those goals so that we cover the concerns that are most important to you. Gathering a history will help us create the most accurate behavior modification plan so that we have a solid foundation to use as a jumping off point.

Initial consultations are done remotely via Zoom. Within a few days of the consultation, you'll receive a written report and a recording of the session itself. In the email with the written report, we will provide training package options for you to choose from. In-person options will be provided at this point. Typically, training sessions are 1-2 times per week.

To start with, we suggest visiting our website to view all of our services and pricing. The initial consultation lasts 1-2 hours and costs $100. Half of the cost of the consultation will be due at the time of booking. The other half will not be due until the day of the initial consultation. I invoice via email through Square. There will be a link in the invoice that you can click to pay with a credit card.

Why I became a dog trainer: I have been working with animals since I was 15 years old in many different capacities. I discovered the world of animal behavior when I was 18 and never looked back! It's so gratifying to be able to help people and animals have a better bond and to keep families together.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Getting to help so many different people and animals. Every case is different and keeps me on my toes!

My #1 dog training tip: In-person services within a 40 mile radius of Wyocena, WI. Virtual training is offered worldwide!

Service areas: All dogs can benefit from mental enrichment! This includes food puzzles, sniffaris, and decompression walks (just to name a few).

Website: https://www.homewardboundbehavior.com


Victoria Beckham

Victoria is an experienced dog trainer with a life long passion in working with animals. She firmly believes in positive reinforcement training methods and scientifically proven marker training techniques. She created Positively Pups to make it her life working with animals and helping families get the dream dog they've wanted thru using these methods that get results.

"I enjoy showing how effective it can be to maintain training positively, keeping a balanced and attentive dog at the same time in a realistic way that my clients can apply themselves day to day. Helping clients achieve the companion animal they imagined is one of the best parts of my job."

Victoria has always had a natural draw to animals of all kinds- large and small! Born and raised in Texas, she had a great opportunity to see and experience a variety of animals and loved working with them all. Having a strong background in horses & the equine community, she learned how to communicate gently and effectively from the beginning with a respect for the animals she worked with & loved.

Certifications: APDT

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Board and train, private sessions, classes, boarding, owner absent training etc.

Behavioral issue focus: Behavior modification, reactivity, fear issues etc.

Training methods: Positive reinforcement, clicker/marker training - science based without fear or pain involved

Why I became a dog trainer: Love of animals and an opportunity to work for myself!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping people understand their animals and further bond. The dogs themselves!

My #1 dog training tip: Be kind and understanding. Baby steps, respect the dog you have.

Service areas: Dfw metroplex and beyond occasionally

Website: https://www.positivelypups.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


Rona Distenfeld

I went from training horses using Natural Horsemanship methods to training dogs, and applying the same approach. I spent two years studying dog cognition and behavior as part of a mentorship program to learn to really understand what drives a dog's behavior.

After working as part of the behavior team at Austin Pets Alive for 8 years I left to work with people directly to help dogs not end up at APA and other shelters.

Certifications: Certified Integrative Behaviorist, Canine 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: I help you become the parent your dog WANTS to follow and listen to. From basic puppy needs like potty training to Canine Good Citizen level obedience. I also help reactive and aggressive dogs learn to focus on their person instead of the distraction and change their conditioned emotional response to their triggers. I work with you in your home or online and a lesson runs an hour. Most people find that 3-5 lessons is all they need.

Behavioral issue focus: Leash reactivity, dog and people aggression, pottying in the house, barking, fearful skittish responses.

Training methods: I help owners become the parent their dog wants to listen to because they trust them, not because they fear punishment. I use a purely positive approach and start by making sure the dog's needs are being properly met and that there is two-way communication so the dog has a voice and isn't a prisoner.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help dogs have better lives and not end up in shelters due to fixable behavior issues.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing a dog blossom and his family become happier.

My #1 dog training tip: See your dog as a 2-year old child and recognize that every behavior is about him trying to get some need or want met.

Service areas: Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Buda, Kyle, Cedar Park, Manor, Bee Cave, Lakeway

Website: https://www.GoodDogTraining.biz


Laura Perkins

Laura Perkins has a lifetime of hands-on experience working with dogs and a masters of science in behavior analysis.

Laura's passion is teaching people to solve the behavior problems they have with their pets using positive, science-based training techniques.

In her free time, she practices agility, obedience, and nosework training with her 2 dogs.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, Master of Science in Behavior Analysis

Services include:

  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I offer training for basic household behaviors, leash walking, reactivity, minor aggression cases and sports for fun (nosework, agility)

Behavioral issue focus: Leash reactivity, resource guarding, dog-dog interactions, jumping, pulling, fear of people/dogs

Training methods: I use R+ (positive reinforcement) methods and follow LIMA/Humane hierarchy in all cases. To me, this means starting with medical needs and environmental arrangement and then using R+ to teach any needed behaviors. I include a lesson summary and handouts for each session.

Why I became a dog trainer: I loe helping people to better understand and enjoy their dogs. My favorite thing is to see a dog/person team enjoy their time together.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love when clients want to understand their dog better and teach their dog with kind approaches.

My #1 dog training tip: Change your own behavior to change your dog's behavior.

Service areas: Chelsea, Dexter, Jackson, Ann Arbor, MI

Website: https://lauraperkinsanimalbehavior.com/


Colleen Bragg

I’ve always had a love for dogs. When I was 13 years old I began volunteering at my local animal shelter. You could find me there almost every day during the summers and most weekends during the school year. This is where I developed compassion and empathy for dogs and their various needs.

Certifications: Certified Professional Canine Fitness Trainer, Fear Free Certified Professional

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Group Classes (Puppy, Manners, Rally, Disc, Agility), Private Lessons (Reactivity, Nervous Dogs, Aggression, Husbandry/Cooperative Care training), Puppy Hikes, Canine Fitness

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, aggression, separation anxiety, veterinarian exam desensitization

Training methods: Fear free, reward-based training. Training and Fitness Plans

Why I became a dog trainer: I want people to be able to enjoy their dogs and I want dogs to have a more enriched life by getting to go places with their people.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing the relationship between dog and owner grow stronger and when a dog over comes something tough, for that dog.

My #1 dog training tip: Never train an unfocused dog. Learn how to make your dog want to automatically engage with you in all environments.

Service areas: Huntington-Charleston, WV

Website: https://endlesspaws.net


Connie Ko

Using science-based methods and fun, relationship-enhancing games, my goal is to help you and your dog develop your own unique communication style. Without the use of intimidation or force, you'll learn how to empower your dog to make the right choices, and teach them what you'd prefer them to do instead of engaging in a problem behavior. Using science-based methods and fun, relationship-enhancing games, my goal is to help you and your dog develop your own unique communication style. Without the use of intimidation or force, you'll learn how to empower your dog to make the right choices, and teach them what you'd prefer them to do instead of engaging in a problem behavior.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training

More info about service provided: Group puppy and pet dog classes through siriuspup.com; currently offering remote private sessions only

Behavioral issue focus: Puppy training and socialization, pet dog training, skills for reactive, anxious, and/or fearful dogs

Training methods: Behavior consultations

Why I became a dog trainer: I'm a dog trainer because I want to give people the tools to help their dog, and I love seeing people learn to understand and communicate with their dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: That lightbulb moment I see in my clients eyes when their dog responds to them.

My #1 dog training tip: Make everything a game. Dogs are good at games and they can be set up to help your dog live in a human world.

Service areas: Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale

Website: https://kumadogtraining.com


Kalie Wiser

We offer a holistic approach to dog training that will help owners and their dogs reach their full potential.

Certifications: BSW, CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

Service areas: Washtenaw County, Southwest Detroit, Virtual training worldwide

Website: https://wiserdogs.com


Marni Bellavia

Love, connection, security and happiness are sentiments we humans crave. Animals eagerly and unconditionally step up and deliver these needs wholeheartedly and without any expectations or semblance of quid pro quo. Since founding HumaneK9 Dog Training my goal has always been to develop programs that curate a genuine relationship between owner and pet based on respect, trust, support and love.

My philosophy is relationship-based training, and I believe that coaching you and your dog is a journey and one that should be fun! Engagement with your dog and embracing the human-animal bond is crucial to building a sustaining, lifelong relationship with your dog. Dogs are social, thinking beings who deserve to be treated in a humane, fear-free, loving and respectful way.

In 1998 after surviving a major health crisis, I realized I couldn't go back to my 20-year corporate career and needed to fiercely pursue my lifelong passion of working with animals. As a child, I'd take in every stray animal in need that I encountered from dogs to squirrels to snakes. That calling to help animals led me to start volunteering at the Humane Society of Broward County (HSBC). The gig eventually evolved into a full-time position where I had the opportunity to work with and train a variety of dog breeds. I developed a structured animal assisted therapy program for the nonprofit, cultivated community connections and trained more than 1000+ volunteer therapy teams. In 2006, I decided to become a contractor for the HSBC and open my own dog training business. Since then, I have guided pet parents and their companion animals through positive training methods that have further enriched their lives.

With the experience, knowledge and conviction I've nurtured over the past two decades I created the Magical Canine Connections (MCC) Animal Assisted Therapy Program in honor of my beloved dog Karma. Karma was the first crisis dog onsite after the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018. I saw first-hand how impactful it was to have animals working side-by-side with First Responders during a crisis. Our Magical Canine Connections AAT Community Outreach Program has provided much needed comfort, joy and support to a wide variety of people.

Certifications:

American Kennel Club (AKC) Certified Evaluator
Animals in Disaster, Awareness and Preparation: Emergency Management Institute (FEMA)
Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)
Dog Bite Safety Educator 'Doggone Safe
Fear Free Professional
Humane Education Professional
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)
Pet Professional Guild (PPG)
PetSaver Pet CPR, First Aid & Care
Psychological First Aid for First Responders Nova Southeastern University
Reiki Level 1 Practitioner
Shock Free Coalition

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: As a certified American Kennel Club (AKC) Fit Dog Instructor, Temperament Test Evaluator and Title Recognition Program Evaluator, I conduct classes to prepare people and dogs for various AKC Family Dog Programs such as: AKC Star Puppy, Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Community Canine (CGCA), Urban CGC, CGC Ready for Shelter Dogs / Service Dogs, AKC Trick Dog, and AKC Therapy Dog Title Recognition Programs.
Classes:
All levels of Obedience and Puppy Training
AKC Family Dog Programs
Behavior Modification
Canine Fitness
Clicker Training
Competition and non-competition dog sports such as obedience, rally, agility, scent work, Frisbee, canine swimming, tricks, etc.
Cooperative care/Husbandry Training
Fear Free Vet Training
Focus Training
Heel with Me (leash walking)
Real World Training
Target Training
Therapy, Service and Crisis Dog Training

Behavioral issue focus: Jumping, Barking, low level reactivity, puppy issues, leash pulling, etc

Training methods: Consultations are given as needed based on the client's training concerns. Training plans are developed and executed being mindful of what the client wishes to achieve with their sessions. The dogs consent to the training is an integral part of the training process.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help people and dogs by coaching both ends of the leash by providing positive training methods that enhance the human-animal bond.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Working with dogs of course! Seriously...it's bearing witness to the beautiful bond that is created between a pet parent and their dog through the process of communication/training.

My #1 dog training tip: Acquiring a dog is a lifetime commitment and training is part of that commitment.

Service areas: Broward County, Sunrise, Plantation, Weston, Davie, Southwest Ranches, Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale

Website:  https://www.humanek9.com


Kellyn Croy

I have been a dog lover since birth, and the running joke in my family is that I was raised by the dog! Nowadays, I am the mother to two little humans and a high needs dog so I really understand that it can be a struggle to find enough hours in the day. I've had to come up with creative hacks for my dog and can do the same for you! I've rescued two dogs as an adult and volunteer with local rescues. This has given me a lot of wonderful experience with the difficulties that can come with a rescue and foster dog!

I have been working professionally with dogs since 2017. I have fostered dogs in the past, but since having my son, my focus has been helping foster parents with free one on one training, learning materials, and pack walks with my bulletproof pup Lana. There is always more to learn from dogs and nothing is more rewarding than seeing them grow into the confident, happy dogs they deserve to be!

I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), Family Dog Mediator, and graduated from CATCH Canine Training academy in 2020. I make a point to stay up to date on all the exciting new research, expanding my knowledge through certifications and conferences, and learning from experts in the field. I've worked with High Expectations, Urban Pawsibilities, and am currently with Dog Adventures Northwest. I've learned and continue to learn from all the talented trainers that I've connected with. Working in dog daycare, dog school, dog adventures, private training, and dog day training has given me a variety of experiences and plenty of hours studying dog body language! You can rest assured that you and your dog will receive up to date information and training using the best possible tactics.

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), Family Dog Mediator, and graduated from CATCH Canine Training academy

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Dog walking

Training methods:

It's my goal to help you find ways to meet your dog's needs and implement relevant training that you can realistically fit into your daily life. I look at each dog as a whole individual. They all are motivated by different rewards and have different mental and physical needs. By fulfilling all a dog's needs and building up confidence, they are not only happier and healthier, but ready to listen and learn. Positive reinforcement methods make learning exciting, good behavior fun, and builds a stronger bond with your dog. Training should always be enjoyable for everyone involved!

As a Family Dog Mediator, I use applied ethology to address the difficult behaviors you are experiencing with your dog. I consider all four L.E.G.S. - Learning Environment Genetics and Self - to figure out the real Why so we can work together on the How. This allows us to really resolve the problem rather than just suppress it. I can teach you to understand your dog and allow your dog to understand you. This provides clarity that brings ease to everyday life.

Why I became a dog trainer:

There is almost always a specific dog that gets a person interested in training. For me, it was our first dog we had as adults, Reina, who was a rescue. Her past made her aggressive towards men. However, the team at the rescue was able to successfully introduce her to my husband which gave me every reason to trust their 'balanced' methods. This means her treatment was much harsher than it should have been, and she never got over her fear aggression towards men. In many instances, the balanced method did work, so I had no reason to look elsewhere!

Then, we moved to Portland and adopted our current dog, Lana. She didn't walk well on leash, so we joined a pack walk with a local trainer who taught us clicker training. It worked so well and was so much more pleasant than an aversive collar! After this, I went to CATCH Canine Training Academy. I learned all about the science of how dogs learn, rewards based training, and the LIMA (least intrusive, minimally aversive) philosophy. Now, I know how much stress I had been putting Reina through. But, I know she was happy, loved, and better off with us than at the rescue.

That's the story of my journey, and the beginning of my mission! I aim to share the knowledge of positive reinforcement dog training that is fun, builds a strong positive bond, and teach people how to fulfill their individual dog's needs. As Maya Angelou said, 'Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.'

Website: https://pawsitivefocusdogtraining.com/


Pia Silvani

Pia Silvani has been teaching for over 30 years starting with dance, track and field, and swimming where her accomplishments and achievements were internationally recognized. But she found her true calling in coaching and teaching dogs and even cats, where she continues to receive international recognition and accolades in the many programs she has developed.

Pia recently settled into a new and rewarding position with Asheville Humane Society in NC, applying her expertise and knowledge to assist in behavioral assessments and rehab of shelter dogs and developing training programs.

Before this, Pia worked as Director of Behavioral Rehabilitation for the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center located Weaverville, NC. This groundbreaking Center focuses on helping animal victims of cruelty and neglect to overcome their feelings of fear and increase their chances of successfully finding a loving forever home. She was instrumental in getting over 400 fearful dogs adopted. The Behavioral Rehabilitation program started as a pilot funded by the ASPCA, and held on the campus of St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ,. It is featured in an award-winning documentary, "Second Chance Dogs," currently available on Netflix.

For 25 years, Pia was Vice President of Training and Behavior as well as Behavior Specialist at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ. Pia developed numerous courses focused on positive, reward-based techniques, which are extremely effective in the enhancement of the bond and relationship of the dog with his/her human companion. The result was an astounding 100+ classes per week, which included 8 levels of pet training classes, and specialty courses designed for dogs with extreme behavioral problems. The very successful Feisty Fidos(TM) curriculum which she developed while working at St. Hubert's has gotten rave reviews around the world. Pia continues to train new trainers in the field and has written six training manuals, which are used nationally as a resource guide for other trainers. She offers workshops around the world on enrichment, training, and behavior modification for the shelter dog and your pet dog or cat.

While at St. Hubert's, Pia was instrumental in developing a behavior department. developed a canine coach program where volunteers and apprentice dog trainers work with shelter dogs to help them become more adoptable by achieving and maintaining good manners. developed a private consultation department geared towards pet owners with aggressive or anxiety-related problems for dogs and cats.

Pia has spoken at various conferences and forums nationally (in 47 states) and internationally (including Belgium, Bermuda, England, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Australia). She routinely gives guest appearances on television and radio and consults with various shelters to assist them in improving and expanding their programs.

Certifications: 

Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)
Certified Canine Behavior Consultant (CCBC)

Website: https://www.piasilvani.com/


Alyssa Rose

Alyssa Rose specializes in working with dogs that exhibit anxious, reactive, hyperactive or aggressive behavior. Her training is designed to help dogs better regulate stress and arousal that may otherwise generate challenging behaviors in the home or on walks.

Alyssa's behavioral classes breaks the training down into easy to follow steps that will build your dog's focus, confidence and attention. You will also learn simple and effective methods of practicing the training in real world situations to make the most progress. All the classes are taught online, which means that you will have the ability to watch the lessons at a time that is most conducive to your schedule, and practice the training in your home and on walks where the training is most needed.

Certifications:  Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Behavior Specialist

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://legendsdogtraining.com/


Kate Senisi

For over a decade, Kate's specialty has been working with urban behavior challenges including anxiety and aggression. Always taking an integrative approach, she loves to problem solve and create plans that are easy for guardians to implement and yield results.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Since 2011, School For The Dogs has been helping owners and their dogs thrive in New York City. Using humane, reinforcement-based training methods, our Certified Trainers will help you change your dog's behavior, cultivate leadership and improve your relationship. Train your dog with us in New York City at our East Village school, in your home, or virtually.

Behavioral issue focus: Separation Anxiety, Leash Pulling, Leash Reactivity, Aggression, Nipping, Jumping, Leash Walking, Anxiety, House-Training, Puppy Socialization, Resource Guarding, Basic Manners, Possessiveness, CGC Preparation, Tricks Training, Relaxation Techniques and more!

Training methods:

What kind of dog training do you do?
We like to simply call it 'good' dog training! It is 'good' because it works, 'good' in that it's kind, and also 'good' in that both people and dogs tend to enjoy it.

We strive to make training accessible to everyone, to give our clients easy-to-implement training protocols, and to solve behavioral problems with the least invasive, most humane and effective methods possible.

There are lots of other labels that can be applied to the kind of training we practice, among them: reward-based training, progressive reinforcement training, clicker training, and science-based training. It is perhaps most frequently referred to as Positive Reinforcement training. This label can be a little problematic for two reason. First, positive reinforcement is only one of many tools we have in our toolbox, and secondly, it is easy to misinterpret the 'positive' in this name as having something to do with smiley face emojis. The 'positive' in this context just refers to addition. It has nothing to do with being friendly and nice - two qualities that are not-essential to being a 'good' dog trainer. However, we do happen to be both friendly and nice!

Why I became a dog trainer: To help people communicate more effectively with their pet dogs!

Service areas: NYC and surrounding areas

Website: https://www.schoolforthedogs.com/


Cassi Anderson

Training dogs to help you live a better life

Certifications: 

Services include:

  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: Puppy & Foundations Training, Basic Manners Troubleshooting, agility, disc, Tricks

Behavioral issue focus: General

Training methods: Training Plans and Video Reviews

Why I became a dog trainer: Love of training

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Joy of watching dog learn

My #1 dog training tip: Set your dog up for sucess

Service areas: Anacortes Wa

Website: https://www.dzk9training.com


Wendy Katz

My goal is to help my clients achieve harmonious, enjoyable lives with their dogs. Isn't that what we dream of when we adopt a puppy or dog?

Having adopted most of my pets from shelters and rescue groups, I've experienced many of the problems and frustrations that my clients face. I know how good it feels to see a timid dog gain confidence and to see a dog learn to walk peacefully past another dog instead of barking and lunging. I love helping my clients share that experience of success.

I've been training my own dogs since the age of ten and have been committed to using force free methods since 1998. I began teaching dog training in 1999 as an apprentice and started an independent training business in 2005.

I've participated with my dogs in service projects and group activities including nursing home visits with a certified therapy dog.

I became a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner in 2013. As part of this experience, I added cat training to my repertoire. I obtained my CPDT-KA certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers in 2019, a Fear Free Professional certification in 2019 and a Control Unleashed Instructor certification in 2023. I continue to hone my training skills through workshops, webinars and conferences.

With a Ph.D. in biology, I also am employed in biomedical research in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. I enjoy the synergy between my training in biological science and the evidence-based approach to pet training that I learned through Karen Pryor Academy and my continuing education.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, CCUI, Fear Free Professional

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 offer private training tailored to your needs and situation. I also offer group classes for basic manners and small group outdoor classes for graduates of my private and group programs. I expect to offer day training starting in autumn of 2023

Behavioral issue focus: Big Feelings: fearfulness, barking/lunging, resource guarding are the most common issues. Also everyday manners issues: polite greeting instead of jumping up, walking nicely on leash instead of pulling.

Training methods: Behavior cases begin with a consultation to get background, advise on safety measures and start some foundation exercises. I train with positive reinforcement and an emphasis on meeting the needs of all participants - dog and humans.

Why I became a dog trainer: I love to help dogs and their people learn how to find more enjoyment in their lives together

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing dogs and people have light bulb moments

My #1 dog training tip: Start with a small, easy success and build on that.

Service areas: Lexington

Website: https://www.enjoyabledogs.com


Jess Harris

My name is Jess, and I have been teaching group classes for a little over 3 years. I compete in Rally, Obedience, and Nosework with my two Rottweilers, and enjoy offleash hiking with them. I have taken classes with KPA and attend seminars as often as possible, and I hope to get certifications one day soon.

Services include:

  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I specialize in pet dog training, focusing on helping clients raise happy and confident puppies, and helping them regain confidence with struggling adult dogs.

Behavioral issue focus: I work with dog to dog and dog to human reactivity, as well as everyday behavioral issues with our pet dogs.

Training methods: I subscribe to the most recent scientific methods and I am always trying to learn more about the kindest ways to train our dogs. I use force-free R+ 2.0 methodology in my clients, and often borrow from Control Unleashed for reactive dog clients.

My #1 dog training tip: Management is your friend!

Service areas: Worcester County


Barbara Miller

MBA, Karen Pryor Certified clicker trainer since 2009, CPDT-KA in 2011, NACSW Certified Nose Work Instructor , Fear Free Trainer. Professional Trainers Workshop at Shedd Aquarium (Ken Ramirez) ; Living and Learning with Animals (Dr. Susan Freedman); Fenzi Sports Academy training camps, (Albany OR 2016, Purina Farms 2017, Wilmington OH 2018) ; 2017 Association of Professional Dog Trainers conference speaker (short- "Why I dont teach off" ) yearly conferences APTD and Clicker Expos, ongoing education to keep current on all techniques. Basic dog nerd, what can I say?

Certifications: CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, CNWI, Elite Fear Free Trainer

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Specialists in young puppy socialization and training. Focus on developing a family dog. Also certified NACSW K9 Nose Work classes.

Behavioral issue focus: Crate training, Young puppy development/socialization, fear reactivity

Training methods: We are force free trainers, using markers and positive reinforcement to develop cooperative dogs. Behavior modification includes de-sensitization and counter conditioning as well as basic training. We work in conjunction with your vet to develop a successful behavioral modification training plan.

Why I became a dog trainer: Lived with dogs my entire life, its a natural evolution. Passionate about positive training.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Puppy wrangling.

My #1 dog training tip: Focus on what you WANT the dog to do, train for that.

Service areas: Kansas City Metro area, Jackson Co, Clay Co, Platte CO, Johnson Co, Wyandotte Co.

Website: https://bksdogtraining.com


Hannah Fuqua

Hi I'm Hannah! I'm the Head Trainer at Canine Adventure. I graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Zooology. When I moved to Richmond I began working at the Richmond SPCA training the shelter dogs. This along with my own dogs and fosters as well as my time walking dogs has been instrumental in educating me on dogs of all personalities, breeds, and behaviors. I love every single one of them and can't wait to help you with yours!

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Myself and my team at Canine Adventure provide workshops, group hikes, in-home training, and day training

Behavioral issue focus: I have lots of of experience with fearful, reactive, and aggressive dogs. I enjoy helping dogs getting along with each other too!

Training methods: We first have an intake call to discuss needs and start management. Then we have a 2 hour in home session. After this client's can start Trainer support Visit where a team member trains solo with your dog and send a detailed report and/or continue with 1 hour private lessons.

Why I became a dog trainer: I have always been obsessed with animals, dogs particularly. I believe they are the best thing about human existence. Every dog deserves a safe, fun, and loving home and everyone human deserves an enjoyable companion. I am so thankful for the knowledge and experience I have accumulated over the years to help accomplish this.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping people discover the amazing qualities their dog has! As well as bringing simplicity, safety, and, playfulness to human lives.

My #1 dog training tip: Get curious! About what your dog needs, what you need, and how you can accomplish both while having some fun!

Service areas: Richmond City, Lakeside, Church Hill, Short Pump, Forest Hill, Midlothian

Website: https://canineadventure.net


Marion O'Neil

Marion has an impressive career in dog training & has been helping dogs & their people live harmoniously since 2012. Certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, Marion is a graduate of the Animal Behavior College of Valencia, CA Dog Obedience Instructor Training Program (ABCDT). She is also a Certified Trick Dog Instructor & Canine Good Citizen Evaluator through the American Kennel Club, as well as an Instructor & Evaluator for Do More With Your Dog.

When she isn't training dogs, she is assisting her dog Mizz Ziva as a Certified Therapy dog & contributing regularly to local publications such as Buck's County Time Herald, Upper Bucks Free Press, & Town & Country. Additionally, Marion also mentor's new Dog Training students of Animal Behavior College & CATCH Canine Trainers Academy.

Marion's number one goal in her work is to reduce the number of dogs surrendered due to common (addressable) behavior issues. While it's a tall order to fill, Marion believes through the use of force-free training methods & teaching dog owners how to raise an emotionally healthy family dog, she can accomplish her goal.

Marion's Associations:

Pet Professional Guild: Charter Member, PPG is an association of industry professionals who are committed to force-free training & pet care philosophies.

Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers: Certified as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (Knowledge Assessed)

A.K.C.: Marion is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor & Evaluator, as well as an Canine Good Citizenship Evaluator.

Do More with Your Dog: The official sanctioning and organizing body for the sport of Dog Tricks.

C.L.A.S.S: One of the first 100 trainers in the U.S. to become certified by the APDT as an Evaluator for C.L.A.S.S. (Canine Life and Social Skills)

Dog Gone Safe: A licensed presenter for the Be a Tree Program a non-profit organization dedicated to bite prevention through education. A fun & interactive presentation for children & parents to learn about dog body language.

Certifications: CPDT-KA , CTDI

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Mobil In-Home Private Training, On-Site Private Training, Free Yappy Hour (pups under 5 months), Group Classes: AKC Puppy Gold S. T. A. R., Puppy I & II Manners, Teen Rover & Adult (new rescue) Manners, Focus With Distractions & Advanced Focus With Distractions, AKC CGC, Rocket Recall Workshop, Novice & Advanced Trick Class. Private Dog Park

Behavioral issue focus: Jumping, Barking, Digging, Stealing, Impulse Control

Training methods: We use modern scientific training methods. No fear, pain or force is ever used. We offer 90 minute behavioral consultations, in-home or on-site. We have training package deals.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help families stop rehoming their dogs because of common behavior problems.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: When the human gets it!

My #1 dog training tip: Dogs do things because they're get something out of it. In order to change a behavior, you have to change what is reinforcing the behavior.

Service areas: Upper Bucks, Southern Lehigh & Montgomery counties

Website: https://www.MolassesCreekDogTraining.com


Laura Harris

Hi! I'm Laura. Thanks for coming to meet me! I have been training and working with animals for 23 years. I started with rehabilitating abused track horses that had come to our barn for rescue and placement. After retiring from working with horses I began to work with dogs.

I have always been focused on positive experiences and outcomes for the animals I train. It is easy for us as humans to see our dog's behavior as an inconvenience to us but what we often fail to notice is that our pup's behavior can tell us a lot about how they are experiencing the world around them. I train by the motto, 'All behavior serves a purpose.' In this way I evaluate the root cause of the behavior and seek to find behaviors that are beneficial to both dog and owner.

I have worked in sheltering designing and implementing behavior modification plans for fearful, under socialized, aroused, reactive, and even aggressive dogs. I am also a member of the Association of Professional Dog trainers and am a Fear Free certified dog trainer. I believe that every dog deserves a chance to succeed in being a member of our families. I can't wait to help you along on that journey!

Certifications: Fear Free Certified

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Puppy Prep School, Foundations, Behavior Care, and Sports programs. Each lesson is custom tailored to your needs and is done in the comfort of your own home. Puppy Prep School is designed to give your puppy a head start at good manners and basic obedience. This program includes housetraining, proper socialization, manners, and more. Foundations is designed for dogs 1 year and older. We will work on good manners and basic obedience in and out of the home. Behavior care is designed to help dogs with behavior concerns up to and including aggression. Sports include many options such as agility or rally obedience for fun!

Behavioral issue focus: Undersocialization, Fearful Behaviors, Over Arousal, Reactivity, Barrier Frustration, Resource Guarding, Aggression, Bite Histories

Training methods: My training process includes an initial consultation, customized learning or behavior plans, your actual lesson, and detailed notes with your concerns, my observations, and any relevant homework instructions listed for future reference. I use only science backed positive reinforcement methods when working with your pet

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer because of two very special dogs in my life. My childhood dog Treasure was truely a real life Lassie. I was fascinated by training with her and she sparked my love for training animals at a very young age. I began to work with behavior care animals because of my dog Bert. Bert is a gunshot victim from North Carolina. When I first adopted him he was terrified and reactive to everyone he saw. I resolved to learn everything I could to help him feel safe, secure, and resillient in our world. This ingnited my now 6 year career in sheltering and behavior.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a dog trainer is that feeling of triumph and happiness I get to see between my clients and their dogs when communication clicks. If I could bottle that feeling, I would!

My #1 dog training tip: My number 1 dog training tip is, listen to what your dog is telling you. Often times we're really annoyed by our dog's behaviors. Maybe they're chewing our shoes during the day or maybe they're barking or lunging on the leash, either way our dogs are trying to tell us something. The dog that chews shoes my need more mental stimulation during the day. The dog barking and lunging on the leash is asking for more space from a scary thing. It may seem like our dogs are doing these things to be annoying to us but they're actually telling us what they need. All behavior serves a purpose, we just have to be open to listening.

Service areas: Philadelphia, Southern NJ, Central NJ, Northern NJ

Website: https://www.fetchquesttraining.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


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


Cheryl Connolly

Force free, fear free positive reinforcement only trainer.

Certifications: Karen Pryor CTP, Fear Free, ABC-DT.

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Force free, fear free reward based training in your home or in public spaces, small group classes. Specialty in puppies and basic obedience and problem solving nuisance behaviors. We coach you to work with your dog or we can directly train your dogs.

Behavioral issue focus: Jumping, barking, digging, counter surfing, leash reactivity or pulling, puppy biting, potty training

Training methods: Start with a consultation where we set a plan together based on your goals.

Why I became a dog trainer: I love dogs and want to teach people how to best meet their needs using kindness

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing Ah ha moments when behaviors click

My #1 dog training tip: Listen to what your dog is trying to tell you

Service areas: South Charlotte, Union County

Website: https://indiantraildogtraining.com


Ronnie Gutierrez

I am a Chicago-based dog trainer focused on using science-based methods to improve the lives of dogs and their humans. I strive to provide quality training that is fun for everyone.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, Cert. SAPT, CCDT

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Day training, separation anxiety training.

Behavioral issue focus: Separation Anxiety is the area I specialize in.

Training methods: Reward-based training to create effective behavior changes in dogs and people.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help dog owners overcome any issues they have with their dogs to make sure they have a happy life together.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Meeting and working with new people!

My #1 dog training tip: Always bring treats!

Service areas: Chicago

Website: https://happy-tails-academy.com/


Ana Melara has been working with dogs and their families for over two decades, originally in N.Y.C. and since 2001 here in Colorado.

She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and member of the (APDT) Association of Professional Dog Trainers and a member of (IAABC) International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She is TAGteach Advanced Certified. (This means that she's also very good at teaching people.)

She keeps herself current by attending and hosting various workshops, seminars and conferences. Her training techniques are founded on praise-based, dog-friendly and people-friendly methods, and a fundamental belief that, as dog guardians, we are responsible for their well-being and training. Whether she is teaching basic manners, puppy house-training or addressing a dog's aggression issues, Ana emphasises to all of her human clients the profound importance that their gentle guidance and loving leadership plays in their dog’s training.

Ana lives in Lakewood with her daughter and her two amazing dogs. Chaka, her 7 year old, brilliant, silly, crazy-pants trick dog and her youngest infant son; 5 year old Baldr, a sweet, baby Malinois/GSD X who has self appointed himself as the family therapist who drags around his queen sized woobie.

Ana can be reached by emailing Ana@GraceDog.com, or calling 303-238-DOGS(3647).

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: basic manners, polite leash walking, potty training, coming when called, aggression management...

Behavioral issue focus: aggression, fear, over arousal...

Training methods: I train with praise-based, gentle methods. I see dogs and their people in person and virtually.

Why I became a dog trainer: I was put on this planet to help dogs to stay in their homes and to help homeless dogs to get a good home.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love helping dogs to be more lovingly understood.

My #1 dog training tip: Start training as soon as you get your dog or puppy.

Service areas: Denver Metro

Website: https://gracedog.com/


Gloria Schmidt

Gloria Schmidt is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and Fear Free Certified Pet Professional (Elite Level).

Prior to becoming a professional dog trainer, Gloria graduated with a degree in chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill. She enjoyed her five years at the lab bench - especially when contributing to drug discovery research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. While there, she helped declare a clinical candidate with the FDA and co-authored seven journal articles for various pediatric diseases.

In 2017, Gloria decided she was ready to get out of the (lab) rat race. She began working as a veterinary nurse for two years while simultaneously developing her professional dog training skills. Although she no longer actively runs chemistry experiments, she carries over that analytical thinking to each dog and owner who crosses her path.

Gloria developed a strong interest in cooperative care while working as a veterinary nurse - her long term goal is to bridge the communication gap between veterinary clinics, dog trainers, and owners. She also enjoys helping owners understand 'the why' behind a dog's behavior so that everyone can be set up for success during training sessions.

When not with clients, Gloria enjoys living her best Hobbit life with her husband John, border-collie pup Jackson, and fierce cat Penny. On the average day, you will find her curled up with the pets by the fireplace, sipping a cup of coffee, and immersed in a book (most likely about dog behavior). On the more adventurous days, you will find her downhill skiing or SCUBA diving with John.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, Elite Fear Free Professional

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I do virtual and in-home private training lessons. Topics I am most passionate about include: cooperative care at the vet clinic, basic manners, puppy socialization, distraction training, pre-dog counseling, and family/children interactions.

Behavioral issue focus: I work with on a range of behavior issues: desensitization with vet visits, reactive dogs, nervous dogs, and many others. I enjoy working with the owner and vet to determine the best approach for each individual dog.

Training methods: I use a least invasive, minimally intrusive (LIMA) approach with all dogs. I typically use luring, capturing, and shaping to train behaviors. I prefer force free training over any other kind of methods. Since each owner/dog is an individual, I accomplish this training method by doing a consultation with the owners to discuss our plan moving forward. After the consultation, I prefer to complete a series of private training lessons in the environment where the dog's behavior is happening to see maximum results. I prefer for the owner to be present so that they can learn how to properly do the training themselves.

Why I became a dog trainer: Dogs excite me. The animal-human bond fascinates me. I enjoy helping owners and dogs learn how to communicate with one another. I love seeing an owner's eyes light up when they understand 'why' a certain behavior happens. I love seeing a dog get excited when they realize they are understood by a human.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: There is nothing more fun than watching an owner get excited about their dog's training. I love when owners ask, 'Why?'

My #1 dog training tip: Always carry treats and a dog squeaker. You will be ready for any training opportunity that's waiting around the corner.

Service areas: Cary, NC; Apex, NC; Raleigh, NC

Website: https://alldogsnc.com/


Lindsay Chrisitnzie

My name is Lindsay Christinzie and I've been training animals since 2012. At a young age I first set my eyes on a marine mammal trainer training with positive reinforcement in hopes to one day work with dolphins. With an educational background in Marine Biology and Psychology, I realized quickly that working with dogs could provide me so much more than marine mammals ever could.

I lent my skills to help keep animals in their homes, I was devoted to the idea that training dogs could really make a difference in not only the animals life but also the lives of the individuals I worked with. After all, helping people and working with animals was my ultimate goal! Working in both the shelter and rescue environment gave me insight into why owners may choose to no longer keep a pet.

Graduating from Animal Behavior College with a certificate to train dogs professionally, I did not halt my education. My clients value my continued pursuit in education as well as my drive to bring the most humane and modern methods to them. I am a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, as well as a professional member for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

I believe in developing a mutual understanding between you and your pet. Caring for an animal in your home is as much about responsibility as it is about love

Certifications: ABCDT, AKC Evaluator

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I offer private in home and on location dog training services in my life. We work on Canine life and social skills that help promote a harmonious relationship built on trust, kindness and a focus of positive reinforcement. I also offer therapy dog training and task/ public access training for service dogs. I also work with behavior modification in dogs with certain behavioral concerns like reactivity, aggression etc.

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, stranger danger, intra-household aggression, resource guarding, anxiety, fear/phobia, hyperactivity.

Training methods: I use ethical and scientifically-based training methods. I believe that using a L.I.M.A method promotes long-lasting results with your dog’s skills and encourages confidence. My goal is to always listen to the client and the dog, strive to educate, and ensure I am using the most positive and productive methods possible. We owe this to ourselves, and most importantly, to our dogs. Striving always to teach dogs through the use of Positive Reinforcement first and abiding to this philosophy builds confidence, strengthens the bond and provides the learner the best coping strategies. Being reward based does not equate to being permissive of unwanted behavior; it means to train with LOVE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS & with DISCIPLINE

Why I became a dog trainer: My first rescue dog is the primary push for learning about dogs and dog behavior. When I brought her home as I was still attending college, she had behavior concerns that I had never come across, although I had 'experience'having grown up with plenty of dogs, the experience gave me no advantage. I needed to learn more, and once I started, I simply couldn't stop. She has taught me so much, and I'm grateful for all of her lessons!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: The training challenges, and the reward of seeing a wagging tail and smiling faces.

My #1 dog training tip: Above all else, remember the time here with your dog is short, make sure you're both having fun along the way!

Service areas: Suburban/ Urban/ Agricultural

Website: https://www.thepawsitivetrainer.com/


Marilyn Mele

Marilyn Mele has been helping others with their family dogs for more than 40 years. She combines her experience as a classroom teacher with her love for dogs in order to teach dog parents the art of raising a confident happy family companion. Because her methods address the emotional bond and deep connection between people and their dogs, the formality of "training" becomes unnecessary.

Certifications:  Family Dog Mediator

Services include:

  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I teach a process that helps reactive dogs and puppies self-regulate.

Behavioral issue focus: Reactive or over-excited dogs and puppies.

Training methods: Positive reinforcement, force-free, and fear-free practices exclusively. Consent, movement, natural expression, and empathy are critical to achieving results.

Why I became a dog trainer:It's in my DNA. I am meant to transform lives and make dogs happy.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Guiding people to experience the joy of friendship with dogs and advocating for the well-being of dogs living their best lives.

My #1 dog training tip: Acknowledge and accept the dog in front of you now with empathy so that your dog will consent to follow you with trust. To learn, a dog must first feel safe.

Service areas: remote

Website: https://dogwisdomworkshop.com


Kelsey Smedley

My name is Kelsey and I own The Good Dog Co.

My goal is to educate other pet parents and give them the tools and knowledge that they need to live a happy, calm life with their dogs. Whatever your behavioral issue is, there is a solution for it as long as you are willing to do the work.

I have a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Missouri and certifications CACTP and CCTBS from the Animal Behavior Institute.

Certifications:

Certified Advanced Canine Training Professional (CACTP)
Certified Canine Training and Behavior Specialist (CCTBS)

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: We offer puppy and obedience classes, taught at Lakeville Family Pet Clinic.
We offer Board and Train for any puppy under 6 months old.
We offer in-home training for a wide range of behavioral concerns, such as fear/anxiety, aggression, and reactivity.
All of our training is positive reinforcement and we don't condone the use of aversive training methods.

Behavioral issue focus: Most of my experience is with dogs with fear, anxiety, and aggression, mostly towards people rather than dogs. However, we also take on dog aggression cases, but may refer some of those out to other trainers, depending on the severity.

Training methods: For each new client, training begins with a consultation that lasts about 60-90 minutes. Each training session after that is 60 minutes. Each training session is 3-4 weeks apart to give them time to work on what is discussed. After each session, the client will receive a training plan and detailed summary of how to continue the training.

Why I became a dog trainer: I imagine my story is rather similar to a lot of other dog trainers out there. My first dog was a rescue and struggled a lot with reactivity, fear, and aggression towards people. I tried googling and training him myself with little success. It was because of him that I went to school to find out how to properly help him live a happier life. He is doing great now and I would like to help others with this same struggle.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of my job is seeing small changes in routine and lifestyle make a huge difference in a dog's behavior. There seems to be a misconception that one has to have unlimited free time when it comes to training a dog, but it's really about making small changes and being consistent that can cause the changes we are looking for.

My #1 dog training tip: Every dog is lacking mental enrichment. Make their lives more dog-specific and you will see a world of difference.

Service areas: Minneapolis
Apple Valley
Lakeville
Minnetonka
Burnsville
St. Paul
Savage
Shakopee
Bloomington
Eagan
Edina
Eden Prairie

Website: https://www.thegooddogcomn.com


Ruth Hegarty

Ruth Hegarty is the founder and owner of Creature Good Dog Training specializing in positively training adult adopted dogs so that they and their new families live happily ever after. Ruth is a certified dog trainer with a masters in education. She also holds certifications in life coaching and dog bite safety and is a Fear Free Shelters graduate. Ruth works with adopted dogs and their families to help them understand each other, work together and create a lifestyle that makes everyone happy. Ruth writes a weekly blog of dog training tips and hosts a library of free resources for dog owners at her website

Certifications: certified dog trainer, certified life coach, certified dog bite safety educator, certified separation anxiety trainer, fear free shelters graduate

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I specialize is behavior modification for fear-based behaviors and raising confident puppies along with manners training for any dog.

Behavioral issue focus: reactivity, separation anxiety, destructive behavior

Training methods: I create a customized training plan for each client based on my signature approach to reactive dog training.

Why I became a dog trainer: I adopted a dog in 2010 with severe behavior problems. I started out taking classes in positive training to help him after taking bad advice from punishment based trainers failed us both. It worked so well I ended up becoming a certified dog trainer, quitting my "day job" and creating a great new life for me and my dog while being able to help people in my situation who were overwhelmed by their dog's behavior.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping owners understand their dog, improve their communication and get the relationship they'd always dreamed of with their dog.

My #1 dog training tip: Be patient and consistent with your dog.

Service areas: Cambridge, Arlington, Somerville, Lexington, Boston Metro

Website: https://www.creaturegooddogtraining.com


Sally Gordon

I've been training dogs since 2007 and showing my own dogs in obedience and agility since before then.

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I provide private lessons in basic to advance obedience, behavioral training and group classes. Also teach agility in private lessons and group classes. All taught in a positive reinforcement way. AKC CGC & trick dog evaluator.

Behavioral issue focus: Behavioral training includes fear, anxiety and reactive dog issues. All taught in a positive reinforcement way.

Training methods: I train all dogs in a positive reinforcement way. Teach dogs what behaviors we want them to continue by rewarding them for it. The goal is to build up a amazing reward history for these wanted behaviors and for them to want to listen to us.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog training because I loved training my dogs, family and friends' dogs. I started volunteering at a local dog training club teaching basic obedience, ralley and competition obedience and expanded from there. I was also working at a veterinary hospital and would see clients in a regular basis needing help with their dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love helping clients train their dogs. When they finally connect and bond wether from finally getting their dog to sit with distractions or seeing their reactive dog watch a person walk by.

My #1 dog training tip: Don't take the little things for granted.

Service areas: Edgewater, Mims, titusville, cocoa, merritt island

Website: https://abchappydog.com


Website: https://www.thepawsitivetrainer.com/


Carol Millinghausen

I am a native Philadelphian and moved to Montgomery County, PA in 1975. I graduated from Ursinus College with a degree in secondary education and later graduated with honors from the Animal Behavior College. On average I teach up to 10 classes per week as well as continually work with private clients. I attend conferences to maintain the required credits to maintain my Certified Professional Dog Trainer credentials.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, APDT, CDTABC

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I am a reward based trainer specializing in working with reactive dogs. Classes are offered for pet dogs in puppy socialization, beginner, impulse control for the adolescent dog, canine good citizen prep, therapy dog and reactive dogs. Private, in-home sessions and remote sessions are available.

Behavioral issue focus: I commonly work with inter-household dog fighting, resource guarding, reactivity, fear behaviors such as visitors to the home, avoidance behaviors and fear of children or other dogs.

Training methods: I am a reward based trainer and never do anything that causes fear, pain or punishment. I educate the client on canine body language and instinctive behaviors that can cause the owner concern. I meet privately with clients and follow up with written protocols. Classroom work is supported with comprehensive handouts and u-tubes of me training specific behaviors.

Why I became a dog trainer: For the love of dogs and I had a dog who was just impossible. I hired a behaviorist back in 2004 to work with me and asked her how I could become her. I enrolled at the Animal Behavior College. The work I did with my dog transformed our relationship. I want to help others to do the same.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: The dogs!

My #1 dog training tip: Respect your dog and be patient. Take the time to join a class and train the dog.

Service areas: Abington, Warrington, Hatboro, Chestnut Hill, Cheltenham, Southampton, Feasterville, Warminster PA

Website: https://www.rightstepsdogtraining.com


Sophie Oldsman

I am a local dog trainer who likes to educate my clients on positive reinforcement methods and the importance of force-free and fear free methods.

Certifications: IAABC Accredited Dog Trainer, MS in Behavior Analysis, Fear Free certified

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: day training, private lessons, loose leash walking, puppy training, reactivity training, separation anxiety

Behavioral issue focus: I primarily work with leash reactive dogs and early puppyhood

Training methods: I use positive reinforcement, force-free, fear-free methods only.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a trainer because I love working with people and their dogs and there are not enough trainers who promote force-free methods.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: It is great to see my clients improve their communication with their dogs and see progress.

My #1 dog training tip: Learn how to read your dog's body language!

Service areas: waltham, belmont, arlington, winchester, lexington, needham, dedham, boston, newton, concord, weston, wayland, lincoln, wellesley, watertown, cambridge

Website: https://www.freshstartcaninebehavior.com


Vivian Leven

Certified Behavior Consultant Canine – Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)

Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA) through the Certification of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)

Fear Free Certified Professional through Fear Free Pets

Certified Family Paws Parent Educator through Family Paws

Holds the status of TAGteach Primary through TAGteach International

Professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)

Professional Member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG).

Associate Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)

Currently serves on the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers Examination Committee as subcommittee member for the KSA exam.

Certifications: CBCC, CPDT, IAABC Associate, Family Paws, Fear Free

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Behavior consulting business, all private sessions

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, separation anxiety, resource guarding, impulse control, anxiety

Training methods: Modern dog training (all positive) anchored in animal behavior science and learning theory.

Why I became a dog trainer: I adopted a rescue dog with behavior challenges and it was very difficult to find qualified help. It became the launching pad for me to learn as much as I could about behavior and help other people and their dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: As a dog behavior consultant I like the creative aspect of coming up with approaches and solutions that work for that person and dog. Also to see the outcome of good results, grateful clients and happier dogs staying in their homes.

My #1 dog training tip: Build on reinforcing your dog to do what you want and less energy focusing on what you don't want

Service areas: Metro DC area (Nova, MD)

Website: https://www.positivedogsolutions.com


AnnMarie Easton

AnnMarie Easton is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA), a Pat Miller Certified Trainer 4 (PMCT4), and a Certified Fear Free Trainer with a PhD in microbiology and immunology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and is uniquely skilled at applying scientific principles to dog training.

She continually sharpens her dog training skills through continuing education and professional development by regularly attending workshops, classes, seminars, and conferences offered by leaders in the dog training and behavior fields.

Certifications: CPDT-KSA, PMCT4, FFCT, Ph.D.

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Specializing in private in your home training for puppies, adolescents, and adult dogs including good manners training and behavior modification

Behavioral issue focus: behavioral issues include undesirable behavior towards people or dogs seen on leash, guarding resources, dog-dog behavior in the home, fear-based behavior and undesirable behavior towards visitors to the home

Training methods: Training methods are primarily positive reinforcement based. Will not use any technique or equipment that leads to fear, stress, anxiety or pain. For behavior consultations, an initial session is scheduled to discuss your dog and the issue(s). After you receive the behavior report, private sessions are scheduled to work on exercises designed to improve your dog's behavior.

Why I became a dog trainer:

I was a volunteer dog walker at the Humane Society when first I met Bailey. Unfortunately, he hadn't been properly socialized as a puppy, so his adopters returned him to the shelter complaining he was fearful.

Bailey clearly deserved a stable, permanent home where he'd be appreciated and happy. But I knew that without effective training, his chances of finding one were slim - so I began working with him. It was not long before I adopted Bailey. Within a month of joining my family, he was diagnosed with epilepsy. Taking care of Bailey gave me firsthand experience, and a very personal perspective, on living with a dog who has issues, whether behavioral or medical.

This led to my desire to help others with dogs who not only would benefit from basic manners training, but some who desperately needed behavior modification to learn how to better cope with stressful situations.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing clients faces when their dog succeeds in training or are better able to cope with situations that previously stressed them.

My #1 dog training tip: Learn dog body language so you are better able to understand what your dog is trying to tell you

Service areas: Memphis, Germantown, Collierville, Southaven, Horn Lake, Hernando, Shelby County, DeSoto County

Website: https://www.pawscompanion.com


Genie Tuttle

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CNWI

Services include:

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

More info about service provided:

Clicker Training, Basic Skills and Manners, Intermediate and Advanced Obedience, Nose Work, Behavior Modification, Day Training, Reactive Dog Specialist

Behavioral issue focus:Reactivity, Inter-household Harmony, Separation Anxiety

Training methods: R+, Positive Reinforcement Trainer

Why I became a dog trainer: For the love of force free communication with dogs

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping dog guardians achieve their goals using force-free methods

My #1 dog training tip: Consequences drive behavior. Dogs will repeat what is reinforcing and avoid what is aversive (as they define it).

Service areas: Ventura County, California

Website: https://doggenie.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/


Macy Holdrich

Macy has been involved in the pet care industry since 2016. She joined Rover as a dog walker and pet sitter, taking on the care of animals with a variety of health and behavioral needs.

After adopting her border collie mix, Atticus, from a local shelter, Macy realized she had quite the behavior project on her hands. Atticus, like many herding breed dogs, struggles with noise phobia and environmental sensitivity. With no formal dog training experience, she dove headfirst into the world of behavior modification. After discovering R+ based training online and through a training center, she discovered her passion for training and behavior science.

She specializes in helping fearful dogs and enjoys developing life long skills with puppy owners. Her holistic approach to training focuses on how we can create long lasting improvements for owners and dogs alike by not only training new behaviors for client dogs but also emphasizing the need for appropriate enrichment, activity and management

Certifications: CGC Evaluator

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I work at What a Great Dog training facility where I day train puppies, teaching them basic obedience, handling skills and early socialization. I also perform in-home services for fearful and reactive dogs and also help maintain skills by providing in-home training

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity towards other dogs and people, fearful behavior around people outside and in the home, desensitizing dogs to triggers

Training methods: I spend about 1-2 hours consulting with clients to see what training they've used in the past, to understand their goals and to also help them adjust their goals based off their dog's needs. All of my training plans revolve around having a happy, fulfilled dog and human, carefully crafting any learned skills around necessity and making sure they're easy to understand.

Why I became a dog trainer: I have a border collie mix that I adopted that needed a lot of help behaviorally. His needs pushed me to learn more about dog behavior

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching client's bond with their dog grow even stronger. Breaking down barriers with accessible information and watching my clients breathe a sigh of relief that their puppies are normal or that their dog's behavior needs are not the end of the world. That they don't have to believe certain dog behavior myths.

My #1 dog training tip: The best training is play. Regardless if you're using food, toys or praise, make it fun to work on for your dog and for yourself.

Service areas: Collin and Dallas County

Website: https://whatagreatdog.com


Jolene Short

I'm a certified dog behavior consultant (IAABC) and trainer (CCDPT) who has been in the behavior field for over 10 years. I love working with pet guardians to help strengthen their bond with their companions so they can enjoy their lives together. I strive to continually educate myself on the most up-to-date information in relation to humane and science-based animal training and care. I am currently expanding my education to cats.

Certifications:  CDBC, CPDT-KA, CSAT, FFCP (Trainer)

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: In home training and behavior modification: basic manners, reactivity, fear-based aggression, stranger danger, resource guarding, noise phobia, separation anxiety, workshops for daycares, vet clinics and shelter/rescues

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, stranger danger, generalized anxiety, fear-based aggression, separation anxiety, resource guarding, noise sensitivity/phobia

Training methods: We offer initial behavior consultations to take a thorough history and lay foundational information. We then offer a report that recaps and provides additional resources as well as recommended behavior/training packages ranging from day training (when appropriate) to coaching virtually or in-person. We use force free and positive reinforcement methods in order to help maintain a management plan while the dog learns healthy coping mechanisms and we work to help change their emotional state to the triggering or overstimulating situations through counterconditioning and desensitization.

Why I became a dog trainer: I want to help improve the quality of lives of animals and their human counterparts so they can truly enjoy their time together.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching owners build relationships with their companions beyond what they were expecting was possible and getting to be their cheerleader through the process.

My #1 dog training tip: Reinforce what you want to see more of. It's so simple, but I always tell clients not to mistake simplicity for ineffectiveness.

Service areas: Des Moines, IA; Ankeny, IA; West Des Moines, IA; Madison, WI; Sun Prairie, WI

Website: https://www.homewardboundbehavior.com


Sarah Bartley

Originally from England, I moved to the USA in 2001, I began my dog training journey in 2014. I love dogs and my passion is to help the people that care for them

Certifications: CCPDT qualified, Fear Free, canine nutrition & animal emotions

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Puppy training, basic manners, reactive and fearful dogs

Behavioral issue focus: Fear and reactivity

Training methods: Fear free, force free, R+ relationship based. Holistic (we look at the whole dog). The initial consultation and foundation skills are done virtually, we also work on managing the environment to prevent behaviors and offering some relief for dog and human, then begin a behavior modification plan.

Why I became a dog trainer: I had an anxious, fearful, noise phobic, dog reactive dog that I made worse because I didn't know what I was doing and I watched too many TV shows on 'dog training'

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching dog and human connect and be happy. Of course I love doggy kisses too

My #1 dog training tip: Slow down, dogs don't understand time, they need time to take it in, to process, to heal, to sniff, to watch, to play - to just be and we could take a leaf out of their book

Service areas: Yuma, AZ/San Marcos, TX & remote

Website: https://www.confidentk9.org


Lara Schindler

Lara Schindler is the founder of Happy Dog Happy Owner and has over 15 years experience training people and their dogs. Lara has always had a love for dogs and an interest in dog behavior and dog training. During a stressful time working as a corporate trainer, Lara realized that she wanted dogs to play a more prominent role in her life, as they always brought her joy and happiness. It was this realization that motivated her to combine her love for training and her passion for dogs and become a dog trainer. Soon after, Lara founded the San Diego based dog training company; Happy Dog Happy Owner.

Lara is an honors graduate of Animal Behavior College, where she received her certification as an ABC Certified Dog Trainer. She is also an authorized mentor trainer for Animal Behavior College students. She is pet first aid certified through the American Red Cross and a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. She is also an AKC certified Canine Good Citizen evaluator, a certified Dognition evaluator, and a Canine Water Sports judge. She is an avid reader of the latest dog training publications and attends seminars and training classes to keep her knowledge and skills up to date. She has been influenced by Dr. Ian Dunbar, Pat Miller, Jean Donaldson, and Karen Pryor. During her free time, Lara volunteers with her therapy dog Hops at Rady Children's Hospital and with the San Diego chapter of Love on a Leash. Lara specializes in training people how to train their dogs.

Certifications: ABCDT, CGC Evaluator

Services include:

  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: Group agility, canine good citizen, obedience, puppy, and scent work classes.

Behavioral issue focus: Basic manners and leash reactivity

Training methods: Positive reinforcement trainer

Why I became a dog trainer: I enjoy making a positive impact in the lives of dogs and their people.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: The "aha" moment

My #1 dog training tip: Don't underestimate the importance of daily physical activity and mental stimulation.

Service areas: Classes located in Ocean Beach and Point Loma

Website: https://www.happydoghappyowner.com


Kat Klein

Kat Klein CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA is a life long dog lover. Kat became a dog trainer after her journey with her own reactive/aggressive dog Meadow. She has a strong working knowledge of learning theory and the science of animal behavior. Kat is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers as both a Professional Dog Trainer and a Certified Behavior Consultant.

She is a Certified Family Dog Mediator. She is a Family Paws Parent Educator and is passionate about helping families with dogs prepare for life with children. She is an AKC evaluator and a Certified Trick dog Instructor with Do More With Your Dog. She is a Fear Free Certified Trainer. This allows her to work in partnership with veterinary teams to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety and stress and improve an animals well being during veterinary care and home care.

She is a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She is a member of the Pet Professional Guild. She is certified in canine and feline CPR. It is her goal to help owners build a stronger training bond with their dogs.

Kat lives in West Brookfield and enjoys training and competing in several different dog sports with her dogs.

Certifications: Cpdt-Ka Cbcc-Ka Family Paws certified. CFDM CTDI

Services include:

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

Why I became a dog trainer: I found myself with a difficult dog. While trying to help her I discovered a love of reward based training.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of my job is showing people how smart their dog really is.

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

Service areas: Spencer, the brookfields and surrounding towns

Website: https://www.houseofkleindogtraining.com


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Sniffspot Top Trainer Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get in touch with these 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 dog trainers certified professionals?

Each dog trainers certifications are listed in their profile. Dog training is not regulated at the federal or state level, so there is no standard dog training certification. However, many private institutions offer certifications. 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.

What methods do these dog trainers teach?

There are many methods for teaching dogs. All of the trainers included on this list are positive reinforcement only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. You can see more information in each trainer’s profile regarding their training specialties.

How much do these dog trainers cost?

Dog trainers have a wide range of costs for different services. 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. Going through a training process with your dog can improve the bond that you share with them. Also, training can do a lot to improve the confidence of a dog; it gives them more certainty that they understand how the world around them works. And lastly, it’s just fun for the dog and for you. Training can be very stimulating and enriching for a dog.

Can an aggressive dog be trained?

Yes! Any dog behavior can be worked on through training. Aggression 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. If you believe you have an aggressive dog, we recommend reaching out to one of your local top trainers to get their diagnosis and advice.

I am a trainer. How can I get listed here?

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Top trainers by metro

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Akron, OH

Albany, NY

Albuquerque, NM

Allentown, PA

Amarillo, TX

Anchorage, AK

Ann Arbor, MI

Asheville, NC

Athens, GA

Atlanta, GA

Austin, TX

Bakersfield, CA

Baltimore, MD

Baton Rouge, LA

Bend, OR

Birmingham, AL

Boston, MA

Bozeman, MT

Brooklyn, NY

Buffalo, NY

Chapel Hill, NC

Charleston, SC

Charlotte, NC

Chattanooga, TN

Cheyenne, WY

Chicago, IL

Cincinnati, OH

Cleveland, OH

Colorado Springs, CO

Columbia, SC

Columbus, OH

Concord, NC

Cumming, GA

Dallas, TX

Davenport, IA

Dayton, OH

Denver, CO

Des Moines, IA

Detroit, MI

Durham, NC

Eugene, OR

Fayetteville, AR

Flint, MI

Fort Collins, CO

Fort Wayne, IN

Frederick, MD

Fresno, CA

Gilbert, AZ

Grand Rapids, MI

Greeneville, SC

Greensboro, NC

Greenville, SC

Gulfport, MS

Harrisburg, PA

Hartford, CT

Hickory, NC

High Point, NC

Honolulu, HI

Houston, TX

Huntington Beach, CA

Indianapolis, IN

Jackson, MS

Jacksonville, FL

Kansas City, MO

Katy, TX

Killeen, TX

Knoxville, TN

Lafayette, LA

Lakeland, FL

Lancaster, PA

Langley, VA

Lansing, MI

Las Vegas, NV

Lexington, KY

Little Rock, AR

Long Island, NY

Los Angeles, CA

Louisville, KY

Madison, WI

Manchester, NH

Memphis, TN

Mesa, AZ

Miami, FL

Milwaukee, WI

Minneapolis, MN

Mobile, AL

Modesto, CA

Monroe, LA

Myrtle Beach, SC

Naperville, IL

Nashville, TN

New Orleans, LA

New York, NY

Newport News, VA

Norfolk, VA

North Port, FL

Oakland, CA

Oklahoma City, OK

Olympia, WA

Oxnard, CA

Pensacola, FL

Peoria, IL

Philadelphia, PA

Phoenix, AZ

Pittsburgh, PA

Portland, ME

Portland, OR

Poughkeepsie, NY

Providence, RI

Raleigh, NC

Rapid City, SD

Reading, PA

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Richmond, VA

Riverside, CA

Rochester, NY

Sacramento, CA

Salem, OR

Salisbury, MD

San Antonio, TX

San Diego, CA

San Francisco, CA

San Jose, CA

Santa Maria, CA

Santa Rosa, CA

Scottsdale, AZ

Scranton, PA

Seattle, WA

Spokane, WA

Springfield, MA

Springfield, MO

St. Louis, MO

Stockton, CA

Syracuse, NY

Tampa, FL

Toledo, OH

Traverse City, MI

Trenton, NJ

Tucson, AZ

Tulsa, OK

Vallejo, CA

Vancouver, WA

Virginia Beach, VA

Visalia, CA

Washington, DC

Winston, NC

Worcester, MA

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