The Best Dog Trainers in Baltimore, MD of 2022

Welcome to the Baltimore, MD Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2022. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Baltimore based on votes from the Sniffspot community and the general public. Over 45,000 votes were used in compiling this list. We have only included the top trainers with sufficient votes and the trainers are ordered in terms of the number of votes received. Trainers that tied are ranked in reverse alphabetical order based on first name. All dog trainers on this list are positive reinforcement only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. This list is a subset of the broader Top Trainers in Maryland list.

Dog training is one of the most important activities someone can do with their dog. Many come to dog training through a specific issue they want addressed, anything from barking to separation anxiety. Some have adopted dogs from animal shelters with an abusive experience and some just have happy puppies looking for everyday life skills. Trainers can help with all kinds of specific skills and issues, from leash manners to territorial aggression to anxiety around skateboards to common puppy challenges. However, what many discover is that working with a trainer is actually a way for a pet owner to deepen their relationship with their dog. The enhanced communication skills that result can increase quality of life, be a rewarding experience, be a social experience and lead to more harmonious relationships. Knowing that one’s dog is having a happier life can dramatically improve peace of mind. As the saying goes: happy dog, happy life. And it extends further than just the dog, to the pet owners. Owner empowerment can actually improve the relationship between owners. And finding the right trainer can make all the difference in the experience.

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The Best Baltimore, MD Dog Trainers in 2022

Tanzi Leary

Tanzi is a "Certified Dog Behavior Consultant" (CDBC), "Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed Level 1" (CPDT-KA), and "Pat Miller Certified Trainer" (PMCT1). That means she is 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.

She is 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.She 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.

She takes continuing education classes year-round to stay current in her knowledge including completion of Dr. Susan Friedman's Living and Learning with Animals (LLA) course.She works with all breeds, sizes, and energy levels and worked with dogs in a shelter environment for two years.

She is married with 2 teens and has had up to 3 dogs in her family at one point as a mom, so she knows what it's like to get a bunch of family members to cooperate with very little free time for training practice. She will help you understand why your dog is doing what he's doing. Then she will teach you how to get your dog to do what you want him to do when you want him to do it, so living together is a lot more fun (for both of you!)

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

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training

Website: https://dogcrazylady.com


Arrow Weiser

Hi I'm Arrow, the owner and trainer at WeiserWays. I specialize in reactivity, and bridging the communication gap between dogs and their guardians. My training is based in understanding a dogs body language, signs of stress, and teaching humans the education that creates a strong foundation for communication and coexistence.

I teach humans how to manage the environment to allow dogs space to process their emotions, and work through triggering situations with the end goal of healing. Reactivity training is meant to work from the inside out by first understanding the dogs emotions that drive their behavior, and then implementing exercises that alleviate stress and create a safe space for dogs to heal and grow.

Certifications: B.S. Psychology, M.Sc Animal Behavior

Services include:
  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
Behavioral issue focus:

I mainly work with dogs that are dog-dog reactive, dog-human reactive, and dog-other animal reactive.

Training methods:

My consultation is 90 minutes and consists of two parts. The first part is Human Education: this s where I teach my clients about the canine ladder of communication, dog postures and their meanings, the dog's hierarchy of needs, how to fill your dog's cup up, the difference between offensive aggression and defensive aggression, the wheel of emotions and more.

In the second part of the consult, we discuss your dog, what you are looking to work on with your dog, and find your dog's distance of reactivity. After the consultation, I give you homework and invite you to your individual homework and training log portal. In the portal, you will have daily homework and will be asked to fill in the homework you do in your training log. This way I am able to see what you and your dog are doing, and how things are going daily.

When we begin training sessions they will be 1 hour in duration, we use reinforcement as rewards (treats, praise, toys, play) whichever your dog prefers most.

Service area:

Baltimore MD, Baltimore County, Columbia MD, surrounding counties of Baltimore, Washington DC, and remote

Website: https://weiserwaystraining.com


Amie Glasgow

Respected by professionals in all walks of animal welfare, Amie often garners professional referrals from other trainers, veterinarians and vet staff, and animal control officers, as someone they can trust to give educated, fair, and humane advice to their friends, family, and clients.

She has a special place in her heart for fearful and reactive dogs, but finds behavior fascinating and loves the 'human enrichment' she finds teaching scent games. She truly enjoys working with the wide range of issues her clients bring.

Certifications: CDBC, IAABC-ADT, FDM, CSAT, CCUI, FSG-1

Services include:
  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
Behavioral issue focus:

Aggression and anxiety, as well as preventative basics!

Training methods:

Behavior consults with a focus on simple, easy-to-integrate into daily life plans.

Service area:

Baltimore county, Baltimore city, Remote - specifics on website

Website: http://oscarwinningbehavior.com/


Beth Joy

Beth Joy, has apprenticed with and taught classes for world-renowned dog trainer and author Pat Miller. Beth is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a Pat Miller Certified Dog Trainer (PMCT) , a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Professional Positive Pet Trainers (MAAPPPT), and is Red Cross Certified in Pet First Aid and CPR.

She also serves as an on-call dog trainer and assessor for various animal rescue organizations and service dog organizations. Beth continuously attends educational seminars and workshops to broaden her scope of knowledge in the field of dog behavior and training. She works regularly with her Border Collie, Belle, and small breed mix rescue, Leo.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, PMCT

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.unleashedjoy.com


Alyse Mineroff

My name is Alyse and I'm a certified dog trainer who specializes in helping fearful and reactive dogs feel more confident in the world, so that their owners can enjoy spending time with them.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, KPA CTP

Services include:
  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
Behavioral issue focus:

Reactivity, fear, aggression, handling issues

Training methods:

Customized training packages to meet individual needs

Service area:

Montgomery County, MD

Website: https://www.hungrydogtraining.com


Amanda Fuller

I have a love for deaf and blind dogs and am proud to specialize them. I also offer training for a variety of other things from general manners, reactivity, to agility.

Certifications: KPA-CTP, Fear free certified

Services include:

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

Website: https://thumbsuptraining.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


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


Linlin Cao

My goal is to provide effective and fun training to clients to help build a strong relationship with their dogs

Certificates: CPDT-KA, CCUI

Services include:

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

Website: https://dogtortraining.com/


Dylan Selvage

I've been training for 3 years now and have helped hundreds of owners across the DMV understand and connect with their dog in meaningful ways! Whether your dog is reactive, fearful, or just needs basic obedience, I can help you accomplish your goals.

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.sniffersdoggieretreat.com


Sniffspot Baltimore Top Trainer Frequently Asked Questions

How are Baltimore dog trainers selected for this list?

These are the top dog trainers in Baltimore as selected by broad voting from the Sniffspot community and the general public. These trainers are expert dog trainers, who received votes from their delighted customers, due to their excellent dedication to customer service, excellent results and general care they exhibit for their clients. Many have worked with thousands of dogs and are highly experienced trainers.

How can I get in touch with dog trainers?

Each of the trainer profiles contains a link to their website. You can click through to their website where you can find more contact information.

Are these Baltimore dog trainers certified professionals?

Dog training is not regulated at the federal or state level, so there is no standard dog training certification and professional trainers are not required to be certified. However, certifications are important to show that a professional dog trainer has a standard of expertise to help train your dog. Each trainer’s certifications are listed on their profile.

What are the top certifications for Dog Trainers in Baltimore?

Some of the top certifications in the dog training industry are CPDT- KA, IAABC, Karen Pryor Academy - KPA certification, Jean Donaldson's Academy - CTC certification and Fear Free Certification. You can review the dog trainer certifications for each specific dog trainer on their profile on this page.

What methods are used in the dog training sessions?

There are many methods for teaching dogs and a lot of disagreement about the correct training approach. All of the Baltimore trainers included on this list use positive reinforcement training only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. This includes not using any specifically aversive approach to training or training aid, such as a prong or electronic dog training collar (also called remote dog training collar or shock collars). As for specific training programs and specialties, such as day training / doggie daycare or obedience training, you can see more information in each trainer’s profile.

Are dog training lessons in a training facility or are virtual options available?

Some dog trainers operate exclusively from a training facility, some do house calls and some offer video calls or other virtual options. There are pros and cons to each option and the most efficient behavioral training option depends on specific circumstances, for instance, what hours work best for you. A training center or training ranch can be a good option if your training plan requires facilities, training equipment or dedicated space. We recommend reaching out to the specific trainer you are interested in or browsing their website for more information.

Are dog training lessons private or in a group setting?

Every different circumstance of dog and owners may require a different setting, whether it’s housebreaking issues, anxiety issues, lack of proper socialization, food aggression or just bad habits. Each trainer has different offerings as far as whether they can offer clients a private training session or a group class. Trainers provide information about their private class and group class offerings in their profiles and you can browse their website for more information as well. It may make sense for your specific circumstance to reach out to the trainer to ask if they recommend group or private dog training classes. Some trainers also have a team of specialists that can provide even higher levels of service, or provide specialized sessions, such as pack walks.

How much does dog training in Baltimore cost?

Baltimore dog trainers have a wide range of costs for different services and phases of training. For instance behavioral modification that involves boarding is often more expensive than day training, and private lessons are generally more expensive than group lessons. Prices can also vary depending on specific behavioral issues. Lastly, some trainers have more overhead than others, We recommend first picking a trainer that provides the services that you are looking for, then reaching out to them to get up to date pricing.

Is training a dog good for the dog?

Yes! Training has many benefits for dogs. Whether with basic training skills or complex training techniques, going through behavior training with your dog can improve the bond that you share with them. Also, training can do a lot to improve the level of confidence enabling of a dog (and it can also help with building customer confidence!). Rather than being about exerting maximum control over them, it gives them more certainty that they understand how the world around them works. For instance, crate training can help a dog feel safe and at home in a crate vs fearful and uncertain. Dog training can teach important skills, such as leash control, potty training or a general level of obedience skills. And lastly, it’s just fun for the dog to learn life skills and for their family. Training can be very stimulating and enriching for a dog and serve them throughout their entire healthy life!

Can an aggressive dog be trained?

Yes! Any dog behavior can be worked on through training and coaching. Aggression in dogs is a serious issue, but it is also a term that is used very broadly. Many dogs that are thought to be aggressive are actually reactive, which is a different behavior altogether. A trainer can help you interpret signs of aggression, such as excessive barking, fear aggression and leash aggression, and type of aggression. If you believe you have a dog with aggressive behaviors, we recommend reaching out to one of your local top trainers to get their diagnosis and advice.

I am a Baltimore dog trainer. How can I get listed here?

As long as you have a training facility or do in person training in Baltimore you can be considered for this list. We update this list once per year, normally starting in January. Make sure to keep an eye on our social media and sign up for email updates with Sniffspot in order to be in the loop on the next round of nominations.

How much do dog trainers make in Baltimore?

Dog trainer earnings vary widely depending on many factors, such as whether a dog trainer is an employee or owns their own full-service professional dog training business. According to ZipRecruiter, the average dog trainer salary in Maryland was $36,973 per year and $17.78 per hour. It is impossible to say how much a dog trainer can earn with a full-service professional dog training company, because the size and profitability of companies can vary widely.


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