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The Best Dog Trainers in Boston, MA of 2023

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Merlin Noble

May 21, 2023

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Welcome to the Boston, MA Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2023. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Boston based on votes from the Sniffspot community and the general public. Over 55,000 votes were used in compiling this list. We have only included the top trainers with sufficient votes and the trainers are ordered in terms of the number of votes received. Trainers that tied are ranked in reverse alphabetical order based on first name. All dog trainers on this list are positive reinforcement only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. This list is a subset of the broader Top Trainers in Massachusetts list. To learn more about our dog trainer contest, feel free to view the dog trainer contest post.

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

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The Best Boston, MA Dog Trainers in 2023

Maura Porter

Trainer of Low Confident Dogs. CPDT-KA Dog Trainer. Majority of client base with low-confident/reactive strong breeds. Goal is to train with respect and strength using force-free training. Weekly Reactive Dog walks. Basic and Advanced Obedience/Command work. Therapy dog (TD) prep, TD certification, CGC testing.

CS works with area rescues and shelters evaluating their dogs and creating training plans. Too many dogs are mislabeled as aggressive and lose their lives because of it; reality is most are nervous and scared. It is our job to train the owners to better understand their pup's behaviors.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, Mt Ida College Dog Trainer Certification graduate

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Clear Skies offers in-home sessions for basic obedience, evaluations and individualized training protocols for problem behaviors, Canine Good Citizen testing, therapy dog prep and parallel pack walks for reactive or anxious dogs. I am CPDT-KA Certified Dog Trainer.

Behavioral issue focus: Anxious, low confident, scared, shutdown, pushy, aggressive, those deemed 'difficult'

Training methods: Do no harm. Do behavior modification training mainly both in my business and as Canine Manager at the Quincy Animal Shelter

Why I became a dog trainer: 2010

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing the dogs quality of life change for the better

My #1 dog training tip: Training involves respect not yelling or barking. See it from their eyes and you will understand your dog so much better than you think you can

Service areas: South Shore, SouthCoast, 128 area

Website: https://clearskiesdogtraining.weebly.com/


Andria Young

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

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

Certifications: International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants - Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC)

Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers - Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)
Certified Behavior Consultant Canine - Knowledge Assessed (CBCC)Fear Free Certified Professional (FFCP), Family Dog Mediator (FDM)

Services include:

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

More info about service provided:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why I became a dog trainer: 2000

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

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

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

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

Website: https://unmistakenstars.com/


Victoria Montgomery

Group pet obedience classes, learning foundation behaviors. Day training program. Private in home training for tailored training plans.

Certifications: CPDT KA

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Group pet obedience classes, learning foundation behaviors. Day training program. Private in home training for tailored training plans.

Behavioral issue focus: Leash reactivity and fear based behaviors.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help dogs and owners better their relationship.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching a friendship build between people and their dog. Showing clients how clear communication, consistent reinforcement and kindness help dogs become confident in life.

My #1 dog training tip: Put your dogs needs first.

Service areas: South Shore/Plymouth county Massachusetts

Website: https://pawsitivelyobedient.com


Katie Bates

Writing about me's has never been easy. What I do know is that I love every dog I've ever come into contact with no matter the breed, creed, shape or size. I want to create a life for the families that I work with that has been made easier because they know they can rely on me. That they have someone to lean on when their dog is displaying aggressive or reactive behavior. I know that my goal in life is to create a life for those who aren't able to speak up for themselves.

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Potty training, basic commands, distraction training, leash work.

Behavioral issue focus: Although we will work with any pup we do tend to have dogs who are more on the aggressive reactive side.

Training methods: Training a dog isn't as easy as 123. Each and every dog has its own quirks and personality so figuring out what methods work best for each dog is half the battle. Ohmydog is a positive reinforcement training program that will use treats & such for desired behavior. We will consult and meet with families and dogs to make sure that we're a good fit. Our mission at ohmydog is to help the animals but also open a line of communication between family and fur baby. Using positive methods.

Why I became a dog trainer: I had the pleasure of work with someone who I seen perform actual miracles for families and it put me on the path of wanting to help they way he did.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing a dog who was wary of me become excited to see me.

My #1 dog training tip: Be consistent , be patient & allow yourself grace in the learning process.

Service areas: Malden

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


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/


Pamela Brown

Pamela Brown is a Professional Certified Dog Trainer living in Norwood, Massachusetts. She is diligent about achieving goals and resolving negative behavior patterns in dogs. Adept at assessing root causes of behavior problems, stresses, and social anxieties in dogs in and outside the home.

She is a graduate of Catch Canine Academy achieving a certification as a Dog Trainer. Pamela went on to further her education to better understand and assess her knowledge of dogs, and achieved her professional certification from the nationally recognized Council for Certification for Professional Dog Trainers obtaining her CPDT-KA.

Pamela understands dogs are a big part of your family, because she has been involved in the dog industry volunteering at adoption agencies, training service, rescue dogs, and has two adopted dogs of her own.

She is always committed to helping dog owners find the solutions they are looking for to create a calm home environment.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, C.C.D.T., B.A.

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Our programs addresses and solves those common dog problems such as:

Barking
Jumping
Counter surfing
House training
Separation anxiety
Group Classes
Leash pulling and more

Behavioral issue focus: We work with dogs who would benefit from behavior modification on walks for leash pulling, and new puppy behaviors such as nipping, jumping, house training, pulling on leash.

Training methods: We use positive reinforcement to help build your dog's confidence and change behavioral issues. Building positive association.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer to help busy families train their dog to be well mannered.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a dog trainer is seeing the results and knowing that I've made a difference in a families life.

My #1 dog training tip: Dog training is not a sprint but marathon. Training a dog is a commitment but if you stay the course you will see results

Service areas: We service 25 min away from Norfolk County and Virtual Training

Website: https://www.down4paws.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


Janice Gifford

I started working assisting group classes 2014 and have now devoted my career to working with dogs in many different aspects including group training, in home training, behavior modification, and shelter or rescue evaluations and training.

I work full time at PAWSitively Obedient in Pembroke/Hanover, MA and also for myself at Progressive Obedience.

I'm very passionate about proper socialization, training using humane methods, and advocating for the individual dog and their needs.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, Fear Free certified professional, PPG Member

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Puppy kindergarten, good manners group classes, curbing adolescence group classes, reactive rover group classes, private training and behavior modification, day training.

Behavioral issue focus: On leash reactivity - barking, lunging, attempting to bite; fear and avoidance aggression

Training methods: I use positive reinforcement based training methods, following a LIMA standard (least intrusive, minimally aversive), and believe in managing the environment when needed to help aid behavior modification and training.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help humans learn how to bond through training in a more positive way with their companion dog.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping reactive dogs and their humans.

My #1 dog training tip: Work with the dog in front of you and what they are capable of in that very specific moment.

Service areas: Dorcherster, Quincy, Milton, Braintree, Weymouth, Abington, Hanover, Norwell, Pembroke, Scituate, Cohasett, Marshfield, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Hanson, Rockland, Hingham, etc.

Website: https://www.pawsitivelyobedient.com


Meaghan White

I've been in the animal field for about 10 years now and am currently employed as a dog trainer at PetSmart in Danvers. I studied animal science for 4 years in high school and have a huge background of working with animals.

I've worked with all sizes and breeds of dogs, cats, small animals, reptiles, birds, and fish. I also have a huge wealth of knowledge on animal health and nutrition. I offer many different levels and types of training classes, including puppy, intermediate, advanced, trick, therapy dog prep classes, and private lessons. I am also an AKC CGC evaluator, so I can administer CGC tests (including STAR puppy) and trick titles. For pets of my own, I have 2 cats, 2 guinea pigs, and a Samoyed puppy :)

Certifications: AKC CGC Evaluator

Services include:

  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I mainly work on obedience within both group and private sessions. In my puppy/beginner level, I cover basics such as sit, down, leave it/drop it, recall, loose leash walking, and wait. In my intermediate level, we introduce additional distractions and new cues- stay, place, and heel. In my advanced level, we work towards the Canine Good Citizen title, so I cover everything that would be on the evaluation, as well as additional cues such as emergency stop, back up, and stand. In my private lessons, I tailor to whatever the individual dog needs help with. I also offer a trick class and a brain games class for the dogs that are ready for something more fun and mentally stimulating.

Behavioral issue focus: Outside of basic obedience, I will sometimes work on leash reactivity, but nothing more complex than that.

Training methods: I train using all positive reinforcement. That doesn't mean that I only train with treats, but it does mean we only use reward based methods.. those rewards are often times treats, but I also like to use play and affection as rewards, as well as teaching life rewards. That means I'll have the dogs work for things that they would usually get for 'free' anyways. (ex. meals, fetch, going out the door, walks, etc.)

Why I became a dog trainer: I wanted to help keep pets in their homes. One of the biggest reasons dogs end up in shelters or get rehomed is because of behavioral problems or lack of training. A well trained dog equals a happier owner, and a happier dog!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love seeing my students progress over the course of their classes. It's amazing to see the difference that just a couple of weeks or months can make when their owners are consistent with their training.

Focus on the dog that is in front of you!! Every dog is going to learn at a different pace, and that is okay. Don't rush things. Take your dog's signals and only increase the difficulty when they are ready for it.

Service areas: Located in Danvers, MA; but my students are usually from all over Essex county.

Website:  https://marketplace.akc.org/meaghanwhitedogtrainer


Jenn Frankavitz

Jenn developed a passion for all things animals from a young age, and has been working with them in some form ever since. She has owned Four Leggers since 2014. Jenn has a BFA in Fine Arts, and has earned her CPDT-KA (Certification Council For Professional Dog Trainers certification), is a SDC (Service Dog Coach), AKC-CGC (AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and Instructor), TDI (Trick Dog Instructor), C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator/Instructor, ANWI K9 Nose Work instructor, FFCP (Fear Free Certified Professional Trainer), a CATCH Mentor Trainer, and a member of the APDT, IAABC, and Pet Professional Guild.

Jenn is available for behavior consultations, behavior modification training, and service dog training.

When she is not training dogs, Jenn enjoys spending time with her dogs, working with her horse, volunteering for Mastiff rescue, and spending time on her farm at home.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CSAT, ANWI, SDC, CTDI, FFCP, AKC-CGC

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: Obedience classes, impulse control training, board and train, reactive dog expert, puppy specialist in prevention of behavioral issues, day training

Behavioral issue focus: Reactive and aggressive dogs, separation anxiety, resource guarding

Training methods: We utilize positive methods for all services, including board and train. Most services begin with an initial consultation to go over goals, so that we can devise an appropriate behavior modification plan.

Why I became a dog trainer: 2010

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping humans improve communication with their dogs!

My #1 dog training tip: Take time to understand the learner's needs and move at the dog's pace.

Service areas: Essex County, MA and word-wide virtually!

Website: https://www.fourleggersdoggiedaycare.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


Erika Jackson

Erika is the owner and senior dog trainer of Blue Dingo Dogs. Growing up around dogs and horses in the grooming, training, and show worlds it was her first group class with the family dog that solidified her love of dog training. As soon as she was able she volunteered with local dog organizations and local shelters to learn as much as possible about all facets of dog training from pets to working dogs, to shelter dogs and rescues.

Certifications: Ccpdt- KA, IAABC Accredited trainer, CGC instructor, Do More With Your Dog Instructor, Fear Free Trainer, Fear Free Boarding and Daycare

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Basic Obedience, Group classes, In Home private lessons, Virtual, Reactive dog, Puppy, Service dog, Therapy Dog, Trainer run daycare

Behavioral issue focus: Reactive dogs, fearful dogs, newly adopted adult dogs.

Training methods: We offer a consult prior to all training services, written training plans for each client, and we work with clients veterinarians as needed

Why I became a dog trainer: Her passion for positive reinforcement training came with the adoption of her first dog, Earl. When the more traditional techniques she had learned over the years caused less than ideal results Erika took classes from skilled trainers and researched alternative methods to get the results she was looking for. In their time together Earl overcame her noise phobias, fear of people, resource guarding, and reactivity toward other dogs. With the switch to positive reinforcement techniques Earl earned her CGC, several trick dog titles, was a class demo dog, and a wonderful neutral dog for fearful/reactive dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Working with clients to improve the lives of their dogs and their families. Being even a brief part of the journey together as a team is what makes hard days worth it!

My #1 dog training tip: Reinforce the behaviors you want to see more of.

Service areas: Worcester County, Essex County, Middlesex country

Website: https://bluedingodogs.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/


Clare Karos

I teach puppy socialization classes, Level 1, 2 and 3 training classes and Canine Good Citizen Prep class at the MSPCA in Jamaica Plain.
I started out as a volunteer at the Boston MSPCA Shelter and volunteered and audited training classes. I have been teaching group class and private training there since 2010. I share my home with my husband, three daughters, an adolescent Great Dane and two pugs. I love working with all breeds and have a special interest in the giant breeds.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I teach puppy socialization classes, group training classes including Level 1, 2, 3 and Canine Good Citizen Prep classes and private training at the MSPCA in Jamaica Plain.

Behavioral issue focus: I teach the basic foundation behaviors including sit down, stay, recall, loose-leash walking, leave it, drop it and mat work. In the classroom setting many families struggle with their dogs jumping on people, counters etc. so teaching sit and go to your mat and other foundation behaviors can replace some unwanted behaviors.

Training methods: I use positive reinforcement using lots of food, praise and toy rewards. The things my dogs and most dogs love the most. By rewarding behaviors you want from your dog you'll see them repeat these behaviors. I also like to make training fun and involve games for recall and training to prevent some unwanted behaviors in young dogs. I like working with families and young dogs since I always had dogs when my children were young and know the challenges children and dogs can present.

Why I became a dog trainer: I've always loved dogs since I was a child and have always been interested in dog behavior. I was very lucky to be introduced to the science of dog training at the MSPCA and have been learning more about dog behavior ever since. It is a passion of mine that has become an amazing job.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love teaching puppies and young dogs and seeing how they learn and the progress they make when using positive reinforcement training. I enjoy seeing people see the change in behavior in their dogs and see people have fun teaching their dogs their life skills.

My #1 dog training tip: Reward behaviors you like from your dog and try to prevent unwanted behaviors.

Service areas: Roslindale, West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain


Aubrey Sperry

Aubrey Sperry, CDBC, CPDT-KA, is the owner and head trainer of Sit Pretty Dog Training. She is certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants as a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), and by Fear Free as a Fear Free Certified Trainer.

Aubrey is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild, and she has worked professionally with animals since 2007. She gained experience teaching people while working as an educator at the Los Angeles Zoo, and learned to work with various dog breeds as a veterinary technician in an emergency and specialty practice in Los Angeles.

More recently in Boston, Aubrey worked as a zookeeper at the Franklin Park Zoo, where she trained or assisted in training a variety of exotic animals.

As her career progressed from vet tech to zookeeper to aquarium vet tech, Aubrey realized dog training is her first love. During her five years working in the veterinary field, she noticed that the discomfort animals can have in veterinary clinics makes work difficult for veterinarians and can make dogs and their owners anxious.

She has also seen instances of dogs being returned to shelters and rescues due to a lack of training. These situations ranged from differing energy levels between an owner and the dog chosen, to leash reactivity in the city, to simple misunderstanding of normal dog behavior. Being a witness to these common problems has led Aubrey to work with dogs in a way that reduces frustration in dogs and their owners with supportive and positive communication.

Aubrey wants to be there to support new dog owners, veterinary clinicians and their clients, and people who are struggling to maintain a balanced city life with their dogs.

As a veterinary technician and avid participant in dog sports, Aubrey has worked with many different dog breeds, and knows how to tailor training regimens to suit different temperaments of individual dogs. She believes that many dogs can adapt to fit a lifestyle that suits a city dweller with the right training and mental stimulation.

Aubrey lives in West Roxbury with her two dogs, Jolene and Guillermo. They are active in the dog sport flyball and can be seen with their team, Ready, Set, Ruckus!, at tournaments throughout the year. Aubrey also enjoys working her dogs in rally obedience, dock diving, canine frisbee, lure coursing, and nosework. She also works hard to make sure her dogs are well adjusted city dwellers. Say hi if you see them around West Rox or JP.

Certifications: CDBC, CNWI, CPDT-KA, Fear Free Certified

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Aubrey, a certified trainer and behavior consultant can help, there is hope. She will come to your space and assess your dog and your lifestyle. There are many steps we can take, both short-term and long-term, to improve life with your dog. Helping dogs feel comfortable in their environment, with their valued objects, and around common sights and sounds can improve the daily life of your family, both in safety and in stress levels.

Offering private behavior consultations in client homes, group classes, and semi-private sessions for specific issues.

Behavioral issue focus: Learning and solutions for serious behavioral concerns including aggression, resource guarding, fear, and other sensitivities.

Training methods: We'll begin with a Consultation, which includes detailed discussion of your dog's behavioral and training history, planning for short and long term goals for behavior change, and the start of a training and safety plan.

Most successful training plans require follow up sessions that include continued support in implementing the proposed behavior plan. We build on existing skills, teach new skills, continue behavior change & management.

During our first session we'll discuss a training plan and make recommendations as to the number of follow up sessions that may be needed for your specific behavior issues and goals. Throughout the follow up sessions we provide continued support in implementing the proposed behavior plan so you can see and feel the changes in your dog's behavior.

Why I became a dog trainer: I fell in love with the process of training when I got my first dog, Eleanor Dwayne. I worked through training her in multiple dog sports and learned how to help her cope with frustration and reactivity. When I got my dog Jolene and she struggled with fear based behaviors, I dove more heavily into learning about behavior modification in a city setting. It is my goal to help dogs that struggle in human society and with the lifestyles they are expected to fit into.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love working with dog owners and watching them observe their dogs learn and change. Often, both human and dog family members need to be supported to modify the situation to be the best for all involved. It is endlessly rewarding to help families get closer and embrace their dog family members for who they are.

My #1 dog training tip: Know how your environment plays a role in behavior - change that first.

Service areas: Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, West Roxbury, Newton, Dedham, Needham, Greater Boston

Website: https://www.sitprettydogtraining.com


Shelley Harrison

Shelley is a certified KPA-CTP dog trainer with a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University, and a BA from Smith College. She is also an A-Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the IAABC. Shelley is also currently working towards a CSAT certification (Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer) through the Malena DeMartini Separation Anxiety program. She has worked as a trainer with the MSPCA, in addition to working as the Shelter Behavior Coordinator. She's also worked with the ASPCA, American Humane Society, Boston Animal Care and Control, and is currently the Behaviorist for Yankee Golden Rescue.

Certifications: Ms, behavior analysis, kpt-Ctp, abcdb iaabc

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Obedience, canine good citizen, agility, nosework, puppy socialization

Behavioral issue focus: Aggression, separation anxiety, reactivity, handling

Training methods: Science-based, fear-free

Why I became a dog trainer: To help animals and their people

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Positive outcomes

My #1 dog training tip: Learn about the science behind what is happening

Service areas: Brookline, Boston, sommerville, Dedham, Wellesley, natick

Website: https://mfhboston.com


Donna Culbert

I own Donna's Do Right Dogs, LLC in Weymouth, MA. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator from the American Kennel Club and I have been in the field since 2004. I am also the Co Training Director and board member of the New England Dog Training Club in Cambridge, MA.

In addition, I am member of the APDT, Association of Pet Dog Trainers, The International Association of Animal Behavioral Consultants and the National Association of Canine Scent Work. I attend many seminars and workshops throughout the year to earn Continuing Education Credits. I compete in the sport of Nosework with my dog, Sammy.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator

Services include:

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

More info about service provided:

Donna's Do Right Dogs LLC provides private consultations, group classes and Puppy Day Training. Classes include Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, Agility, Scentwork, Walkabouts(group walks) and more. Donna uses positive fear-free methods with clear instruction that builds confidence for the dogs and owners.

Behavioral issue focus: Donna has been training private clients and working in shelters since 2004. She creates training plans for families with new puppies, older dogs that include leash pulling, polite greetings, counter surfing, sock stealing just to name a few. She specializes in fearful/reactive dogs.

Training methods: Each private consultation starts with an initial phone call or email where the owner describes the issues. During out first meeting, I take a brief history and we set goals. Depending on the dogs state of mind and motivation, we use rewards (food, toys, play etc) to establish some foundation skills. Before the consultation is over, Donna explains the process, the owners ask questions and a written plan is handed to the owners or emailed if additional resources are needed.

Why I became a dog trainer: Initially to help train my reactive dog. I found the process fascinating, and I volunteer at a local shelter and eventually enrolled in a 2 year dog training program.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: The best thing about being a dog trainer is teaching the owners and their dogs to communicate. Their is nothing better when you see that "lightbulb moment" when it all clicks and they understand each other.

My #1 dog training tip: Never stop teaching your dog new things.

Service areas: South Shore of Massachusetts

Website: https://donnasdorightdogs.com/


Melissa "MJ" Viera

Meet Melissa "MJ" Viera, a dog training expert and instructor based out of Massachusetts who established MJ's Pet Training Academy in 2013. Her unique style of training classes combines creativity, drills, and games to provide a fun and effective learning experience for both human and pet students. In addition to running her business, MJ breeds standard poodles with a focus on breeding dogs for both companionship and service dog roles, as well as conformation. She is committed to helping pets and people, including both hobbyists and professionals, by providing instruction that appeals to all learning styles and demonstrating techniques with her own dogs.

Certifications: CGG Evaluator, CTDI, AKC FIT Dog Instructor, APDT-member, WSDA, Temperament Test Evaluator

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: At MJ's Pet Training Academy, we provide group classes, workshops, day school, private coaching, and custom programs. Our trickovation allows dogs and their people to have fun while accomplishing their goals.

Behavioral issue focus: I work with a number of behavioral concerns and help dogs and people navigate areas such as aggressive behavior, reactivity, and fearfulness.

Training methods: Programs are tailored to the individual and include goal setting, demonstrations, coaching, games and feedback.

Why I became a dog trainer: This is my purpose and passion. I enjoy helping people and their best friends.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Working with people along with dogs, and providing coaching and innovative games is the most rewarding.

My #1 dog training tip: Make training and enrichment a part of your daily routine.

Service areas: Southcoast, Massachusetts and surrounding areas. Remote services also available

Website: https://www.mjspettrainingacademy.com


Carolyn Rancourt

I have been competing in agility for over 15 years and I have had 8 dogs in those years. I have been to agility nationals three times and competed in several different venues. I am a certified canine massage therapist and have studied canine behavior and gait analysis. I have a reptuation in the community for finding what the issue is that a dog is having with their bodies and offer help or resources

Services include:

  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: Agility training, puppy obedience, agility field rentals, agility seminars

Behavioral issue focus: distraction and recal training

Training methods: Positive training specifically for agility and non-competitive obedience

Why I became a dog trainer: There is nothing more gratifying than when the lightbulb goes off and your dog "gets it". Becoming a team with your dog and understanding each other in any performance sport is beautiful and it is the best feeling

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Continuing to learn how amazing dogs are and seeing a handler become confident in their training. Dog training is as much about the human as it is about the dog.

My #1 dog training tip: Keep connection with your dog.

Service areas: Rehoboth MA - Bristol county

Website: https://wetnosecanine.com


Diane Hanley

I have been a dog trainer since 2013. I did a 3 year training internship with Dee Ganley in Andover, NH, learning the skills of basic dog training and dog behavior. I'm a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) thru the CCPDT since 2016 and am committed to continuing my education and using humane, non-stressful training methods. Professional memberships include the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. I have a background in Earth Science education and continue my serial history of teaching about rocks and volcanoes to anyone who wants to know in a variety of settings. I live with my husband and two rescue pups, Domino and Rudy, on the north shore.

Certifications: CPDT-KA Certified Professional Dog Trainer

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, Intermediate Manners, Shy Dog classes at Fit n Trim, Rowley. Private lessons for a variety of things including anxious dogs, very active dogs, puppies.

Behavioral issue focus: I work often with shy and anxious dogs to increase their confidence and give owners tools to handle/help them. Energetic dogs - harness their enthusiasm to increase their focus, self control.

Training methods: I use positive reinforcement principles to teach dogs and their people how to live better together. I offer private lessons at Fit n Trim, in your home and off site depending upon the needs of owner. I do behavior evaluations and training plans as part of the private lessons offered.

Why I became a dog trainer: I got into training after a six-year journey and four different trainers to finally find a trainer that could help me with my very reactive dog. The trainer that helped us used positive reinforcement training and my relationship with my dog changed dramatically. It made me want to help others understand their dogs and train them whether the owner just needs puppy kindergarten or needs to address a specific behavior.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing a dog and their person understanding each other and making progress.

Service areas: North Shore - Essex County, MA

Website: https://fntdogs.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


Diane Hanley

I have been a dog trainer since 2013. I did a 3 year training internship with Dee Ganley in Andover, NH, learning the skills of basic dog training and dog behavior. I'm a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) thru the CCPDT since 2016 and am committed to continuing my education and using humane, non-stressful training methods. Professional memberships include the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. I have a background in Earth Science education and continue my serial history of teaching about rocks and volcanoes to anyone who wants to know in a variety of settings. I live with my husband and two rescue pups, Domino and Rudy, on the north shore.

Certifications: CPDT-KA Certified Professional Dog Trainer

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, Intermediate Manners, Shy Dog classes at Fit n Trim, Rowley. Private lessons for a variety of things including anxious dogs, very active dogs, puppies.

Behavioral issue focus: I work often with shy and anxious dogs to increase their confidence and give owners tools to handle/help them. Energetic dogs - harness their enthusiasm to increase their focus, self control.

Training methods: I use positive reinforcement principles to teach dogs and their people how to live better together. I offer private lessons at Fit n Trim, in your home and off site depending upon the needs of owner. I do behavior evaluations and training plans as part of the private lessons offered.

Why I became a dog trainer: I got into training after a six-year journey and four different trainers to finally find a trainer that could help me with my very reactive dog. The trainer that helped us used positive reinforcement training and my relationship with my dog changed dramatically. It made me want to help others understand their dogs and train them whether the owner just needs puppy kindergarten or needs to address a specific behavior.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing a dog and their person understanding each other and making progress.

Service areas: North Shore - Essex County, MA

Website: https://fntdogs.com/


Sniffspot Boston Top Trainer Frequently Asked Questions

How are Boston dog trainers selected for this list?

These are the top dog trainers in Boston 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 Boston 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 Boston?

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 Boston 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 Boston cost?

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

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

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 Massachusetts was $33,576 per year and $16.14 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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