March 29, 2022
Welcome to the Colorado Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2023. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Colorado based on votes from the Sniffspot community and the general public. Over 55,000 votes were used in compiling this list. We have only included the top trainers with sufficient votes and the trainers are ordered in terms of the number of votes received. Trainers that tied are ranked in reverse alphabetical order based on first name. All dog trainers on this list are positive reinforcement only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. To learn more about our dog trainer contest, feel free to view the dog trainer contest post.
Dog training is one of the most important activities someone can do with their dog. Many come to dog training through a specific issue they want addressed, anything from barking to separation anxiety. Some have adopted dogs from animal shelters with an abusive experience and some just have happy puppies looking for everyday life skills. Trainers can help with all kinds of specific skills and issues, from leash manners to territorial aggression to anxiety around skateboards to common puppy challenges. However, what many discover is that working with a trainer is actually a way for a pet owner to deepen their relationship with their dog. The enhanced communication skills that result can increase quality of life, be a rewarding experience, be a social experience and lead to more harmonious relationships. Knowing that one’s dog is having a happier life can dramatically improve peace of mind. As the saying goes: happy dog, happy life. And it extends further than just the dog, to the pet owners. Owner empowerment can actually improve the relationship between owners. And finding the right trainer can make all the difference in the experience.
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Jamie Flanagan KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA
Our company owner and founder, Jamie began her career training dogs in 2008 and is now one of the most respected dog behavior experts in Colorado.
She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner.
Jamie handles our more significant behavior cases and court-ordered training but her favorite students are tiny dachshunds with huge attitude!
Jamie is passionate about helping people who think their dog is a lost cause or have seen other trainers that have made their dog's behavior worse! A little science goes a long way.
Ongoing education is incredibly important for all our staff, but Jamie says the dogs are her best teachers. Ask her what she has learned from them lately.
Certifications: CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP
More info about service provided:
Offering on-site private lessons
and boarding at our facility in Broomfield, Colorado
in-home lessons in Boulder & Broomfield counties,
and remote lessons anywhere!
Behavioral issue focus: We specialize in modifying the behavior of
fearful and reactive dogs without the use of force.
Training methods: At Training Wheels, our objective is to streamline the training process, eliminate frustration, and empower both human and dog to work as a connected team. We do this by utilizing humane, reward-based training techniques to achieve our goals rooted in the science of how dogs learn. There's no need to punish your best friend in order to get results - in fact, you can teach your dog that he has a choice to offer those wonderful behaviors you want to see more of!
Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer because I had very difficult dogs of my own. None of the trainers I met with knew how to help me so I started doing a lot of research on my own. I found a new passion for understanding why dogs behave the way they do and never looked back.
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I am privileged to get to know some wonderful dogs that most people are scared of!
My #1 dog training tip: Pair the scary stuff with treats!!!! It works like magic but it's SCIENCE!
Service areas: Boulder County, Broomfield County
Lydia Rakov started her animal journey working in the Animal Welfare field. Over eleven years, she worked with dogs in shelters around the US, including New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Pennsylvania, in an array of situations, such as emergency evacuations, hoarding conditions, and cases of neglect and dog fighting rings.
She has also been fortunate to work with dogs from Puerto Rico, Mexico, and South Korea. For the past three years, Lydia has been working in Colorado teaching humans and dogs how to have better relationships with one another and learn how to communicate. She specializes in puppies and serious behavior cases.
Lydia loves teaching both dogs and humans and believes that learning should be enjoyable and informative for both parties. She is a firm believer in dog individuality and force-free/ fear-free training.She is a CPDT-KA certified trainer as of 2020, and is currently working towards her CBCC.
More info about service provided: I provide all types of training for dogs, but specialize in puppies and aggressive dogs. I teach obedience classes from basic through advanced CGC, and teach puppy socialization classes as well. I also teach reactive classes for dogs who struggle with their environment, and work privately with dogs involved in court cases. Two days a week I do day training for dogs that are sensitive to the 'daycare' environment, to help work on proper social skills and learning in a group setting.
Behavioral issue focus: I work with a lot of shy/fearful dogs, and dogs that struggle with intense reactivity to people or other animals including Stranger Danger dogs, and inter-household aggression.
I also work with a lot of puppies and teaching household management strategies, and good manners.
Training methods: I like to start with an Evaluation, to meet the dog in their environment and speak with the owners directly about the behavior issues that they are seeing. Then, we together come up with an individualized plan that meets the owners goals and sets realistic expectations for the dog to achieve.
I believe in positive, force-free, fear-free methods for teaching dogs, and showing them how to make good choices to get the rewards they are seeking. Each dog is an individual, and I believe in making training plans that are unique to every dog and their situation to help them be successful.
Why I became a dog trainer: I started working with dogs in a time in my life where everything seemed very dark, and dogs were the only thing that brought in the light and seemed to make sense. I started off volunteering in my local animal shelters and was there so often that I was offered a job. I started off as a dog walker, but quickly grew to love learning about dog behavior and training.
After a few years, and working with several different shelters, I became a member of the Behavior Team, and started working with the difficult dog cases that came through. Behavior consulting and training quickly followed, and I moved into the private training sector to work with households and individuals. I have been teaching training classes for four years, and I find great joy in watching dogs and humans find more effective ways to communicate with one another!
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love watching a dog‚Äôs confidence build, and seeing that moment of understanding between a dog and person. Watching a dog transform into their best possible self is a truly magical moment that cannot be described, but is the best feeling in the world!
My #1 dog training tip: Dog training should be fun! If you are not having fun, neither is your dog! It should be enjoyable for both parties.
Service areas: Denver Metro Area, Boulder, and surrounding CO areas
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
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‚Äôt want them to do.
Service areas: Minneapolis and the western suburbs
Rachel is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer with 11 years of experience training and living with dogs of all ages, breeds and temperaments. No matter your dogs age, breed or temperament, Rachel can help you understand how to get the most out of your relationship with your dog.
During her career she says "I've been privileged to work with families and dogs that have taught me about the power of the human/canine bond". Rachel has cultivated a skill set of meeting families where they are at and customizing the training to their needs and lifestyle. Rachel specializes in dogs who display reactive and aggressive behaviors, puppy raising and adventure dog training.
More info about service provided: Puppy Raising, Behavior Modification, Off leash reliability
Behavioral issue focus: Aggression, Reactivity, Over Arousal
Training methods: Behavior Consultations, LIMA
Why I became a dog trainer: To improve and enhance the human/canine bond
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Connecting with amazing dog guardians and seeing them greatly improve the way they connect and communicate with their dogs.
My #1 dog training tip: Training is a journey not a fixed point in time, enjoy it.
Service areas: North Denver, Westminster, Arvada, Broomfield, Thornton
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.
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
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
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.
Hi! My name is Cassie and I've been training the animals of Denver since 2016. I have my bachelors degree in Zoology and Animal Behavior. I began my career at the Downtown Aquarium determined to take care of marine life. I began as a volunteer and was working my way up the ladder when I got a job offer from the Denver Zoo.
Being fresh and eager to advance my career I took the job and became a trainer. However while I was there something just felt off. I spent the next couple years getting trained at animal clinics and working various jobs trying to find the right path. A friend of mine then reached out about training questions for her new puppy and everything began to click. I left the exotic animal world behind, picked up my clicker and training treats and stepped into my new role as a dog trainer and I haven't looked back!
Certifications: B.S. Animal Behavior and Zoology
More info about service provided: I provide one on one in home training to help you and your dogs reach their goals! I teach basic manners courses for puppies and adult dogs, reactivity, day training, and trail training!
Behavioral issue focus: I often work with dogs who are dealing with reactivity - on leash, in the house, in the car, etc. I work one on one with you and your dog to build a training plan that will assist them moving through this behavior challenge in the best way to help them live a calmer, more comfortable life.
Training methods: I base all of my training on a positive reinforcement reinforcement model with the least intrusive ways to train. I always begin with a consultation to see what your goals are for your dog and what you are currently dealing with. This time helps me to get to know you and make sure I am the best fit for your needs. From there I create a training plan around those needs based off single sessions on a weekly basis.
Why I became a dog trainer:
I believe that owning a pet is an amazing and rewarding experience, but also a responsibility, not a luxury. Training your pets properly will lead you to a greater understanding of your dog and build a life long trusting relationship and it's a reason why I became a dog trainer in the first place.
I firmly believe in the owner-pet relationship being one of mutual understanding and respect! My goal as a trainer is to help my clients find the best way of communicating with their pets to further that relationship.
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: So many things! I love meeting new dogs and people, I adore working with puppies, and I love the day to day activities of training. The thing I love the most though is when I am working one on one with clients and get to see how excited they are when they are noticing progress and finally feeling like they are able to communicate with their pets. It's such a great feeling bridging that gap.
My #1 dog training tip: Don't ignore reinforcement.
It can be hard to separate what treats are in our mind from what they are to dogs. And I know it can feel like you are giving your dog this endless supply of extra food each day but they are such a great tool in teaching our dogs what they are doing correctly as well as have the ability to change the emotional response around certain situations.
Service areas: North Metro Denver, Westminster, Broomfield, Thornton, Brighton, Central Park
My name is Lisa Gallegos, and I've been professionally dog training since 2014. My passion is helping people and their dogs learn to communicate effectively and improve their bond through R+ training.
Certifications: CPDT-KA, Catch Academy Mentor, CGC evaluator, ATD certified therapy dog team
More info about service provided: Dog Daycare/Training, board & trains (In home), service dog training, therapy dog training prep, puppy training, day training, CGC prep, leash reactivity, and basic manners
Behavioral issue focus: I work with dogs who pull/react towards other dogs, jumping/counter surfing, excitement, stranger danger, and more!
Training methods: I always start with a Behavior consult, and then we work through each goal as the human client fills out a 'pawgress tracker' to monitor any patterns in training.
Why I became a dog trainer: My first dog training experience was being on a famous (aversive) TV trainers puppy training DVD. After I found out his methods were actually making my dog worse, I discovered the world of positive reinforcement and never turned back!
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love that there are endless learning opportunities and the amazing community of trainers who also value continuing education! Also, by having a solid understanding of dog behavior, this knowledge has helped my human relationships as well.
My #1 dog training tip: Always look at WHY your dog is doing a behavior (versus just the behavior itself). For example, training your dog to stop 'barking' can vary depending on WHY your dog is barking. Are they barking due to a scary noise? To get out of a crate? Or to get your attention? All of these training plans would look very different so it's important to look deeper than just the behavior itself.
Service areas: North Denver, Arvada, Westminster, Wheat Ridge
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
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!
Sarah has been an animal lover since childhood - she was one of those children always dragging animals home asking 'can we keep it?'. Her specific interest in training and behavior started when she co-founded A Soft Place to Land in 2010, a rescue helping breeding dogs from commercial breeding facilities. The special attention these dogs needed prompted
Sarah to learn as much as she could about positive reinforcement practices in training. As ASPTL became known as a rescue that would take less-than-easily adoptable dogs with either medical or behavioral needs, Sarah fostered dogs of all shapes, sizes, and behavioral challenges. Sarah is a graduate and Certified Training Partner of the Karen Pryor Academy and a Puppy Start Right Instructor.
More info about service provided: Group classes, day training sessions, private lessons, for both basic behavior skills and behavioral problems
Behavioral issue focus: I work primarily with reactivity in dogs, both dog to human and dog to dog. I also work a lot with adolescent behavioral issues, reactivity due to frustration.
Training methods: My training methods largely revolve around management to avoid the unwanted behaviors being practiced by the dog and building a strong reinforcement history of pro-social behaviors. Classes generally follow a set curriculum, but can be adjusted to the needs of the students in the class. Private lessons include a training plan, written recap of sessions, and video review.
Why I became a dog trainer: Starting out on rescue, I wanted to help dogs with behavioral issues find good homes. As I transitioned out of rescue I shifted my focus to keeping dogs in their current homes when I could, helping dogs and their humans become a great team.
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing the human animal bond grow.
My #1 dog training tip: Look for opportunities to reinforce your dog's offered focus!
Service areas: Ft Collins, LaPorte, Loveland, Timnath, Windsor, Wellington
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
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!
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
More info about service provided: Private sessions tailored to your and your dog‚Äôs 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‚Äôll notice a HUGE increase in behavior you want!
Service areas: Summit County, Lake County, Chaffee County, Eagle County
I am a mother to a type 1 diabetic. We needed an alert dog, I started my journey to dog training to help my own child. As I learned and grew, I found my passion, I enjoyed watching the dogs change. I attended Catch Canine Academy to learn more. I am currently enrolled at Unity College with a goal of getting my PhD in animal behavior. I love everything I do with dogs.
Certifications: CCPdt, aggression/fear dog trainer, force free
More info about service provided: We provide private in-home lessons in obedience and behavior modification. We offer weekly, bi-weekly, and day train packages.
Behavioral issue focus: I work with dogs that are suffering from over-threshold, fear, fear/aggression, separation anxiety, generalized anxiety.
Training methods: We use desensitization protocols, counter conditioning methods, each client has a training plan, we do consultations with each client and work together with them to harmonize their lives
Why I became a dog trainer: To help my type 1 diabetic daughter. Then I realized my life's passion.
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching the dogs and handlers change and grow in their homes.
My #1 dog training tip: Consistency. Start small work consistently to realize results
Service areas: All of the Denver metro, castle rock, brighton
Melissa Bishop began training dogs as a teenager, first in junior showmanship/conformation, and then in obedience. While living in Europe after college, she found and fell in love with the sport of dog agility. In addition to competing with seven different dogs of her own over the last 25 years, she has enjoyed teaching other people and their dogs about agility, rally, canine manners and tricks.
Melissa believes that good communication is the key to good dog training, and helps dog owners learn to 'read' their dogs and figure out what dogs are telling them through their body language. This can improve the relationship and encourage a sense of teamwork between people and their dogs.
Melissa is a Certified Training Partner of the Karen Pryor Academy and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed through CCPDT. She has a TAGteach Level 1 certification (Teaching with Acoustical Guidance), is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and served a 21-year career as a member of the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C. She is fortunate to live with four great dogs: Ruby, Maybe, T-Rex, and Pirate, who range in age from three to fourteen.
Certifications: KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA, TAGTeach Level 1
More info about service provided: agility, tricks, CGC classes, therapy dog prep, basic rally, manners, new puppy, multi-dog household issues, reactive dog rehab, group classes and private lessons
Behavioral issue focus: reactivity, inter-household issues, adjusting to new puppy/new dog, resource guarding, potty training
Training methods: positive reinforcement, science-based, humane training
Why I became a dog trainer: I wanted to help people live happily and harmoniously with their dogs.
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I enjoy helping people learn to communicate better with their dogs so that everyone's needs can be met.
My #1 dog training tip: Set your dog up for success by being consistent and fair.
Service areas: Fort Collins, Front Range of CO
Hi! I'm Blythe. I am a multi-certified dog trainer specializing in service dogs, scent detection, and behavior modification. My favorite clients to work with are those who are excited to work with their dog every day, love to know all of the information and why behind the exercises, and want to learn as much as they can about their dogs. My client base is primarily service dog handlers and pet guardians in the neurodivergent, disabled, or LGBTQIA community. I am also disabled and neurodivergent, so I love to help those like me overcome their barriers to dog training.
Certifications: IAABC-ADT, CPDT-KA, CCUI, ANWI, FFCT, CTDI
More info about service provided: I specialize in behavior modification for reactivity, aggression, resource guarding, and separation anxiety. I also specialize in service dog training and more specifically scent detection tasks. I primarily train via zoom remotely in order to help dog guardians worldwide. I have a low cost membership for those who need a little support but don't need full one on one training.
Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity (fear or excitement), Aggression, Resource Guarding, Separation Anxiety, Pulling on Lead, Barking, Growling, General Fear and Anxiety
Training methods: My methods would be best described as force free. The tools I use are non-restrictive harnesses, leashes, clickers, treats, and flat collars. My membership community is open all the time and is a small monthly fee for access to all of my online courses, live calls, and daily q and a. I also offer one on one private training. This starts with an application, then a behavior evaluation so I can get to know you and your dog, then a custom training plan for your situation. These can be conducted in person or remotely via zoom anywhere.
Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer after becoming disabled and learning to train my own service dog. It was an incredible experience, and I've always loved animals. I love to teach and share what I learn, so training dog guardians was the next best step for me. I noticed gaps in the industry for those of us who are disabled, neurodivergent, or LGBTQIA, so I wanted to provide a solution for those like me.
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a dog trainer is watching dog guardians learn just how incredible their dog really is and how individual each dog's personality is as well. I love watching the relationships grow and the guardians leaving me with the tools to solve any behavior struggle on their own. They leave empowered, and it's really awesome to watch.
My #1 dog training tip: Meet your dogs' needs. Whether they are a pet, service dog, or working dog, all dogs have dog-like needs. In order to experience success in training, all of these needs must be met first. This is the biggest thing I see missing in my client dogs when first working with me.
Service areas: Loveland, CO, Greeley, CO, Fort Collins, CO, Kersey, CO, Ault, CO, Eaton, CO
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.
In person- Northern Colorado, Front Range, Southern Wyoming - south of Laramie and Cheyenne
Remotely- All over the world
I have worked in many facilities/companies that offered daycare, boarding, grooming, and training. I initially started my education with a veterinary assistant program, and quickly noticed that there were many correlations between behavior and medical needs.
After completing my veterinary assistant program, I changed my focus to training and behavior in dogs. I also have rescued and rehabilitated quite a few dogs that I eventually adopted as I knew they would need someone who could focus on helping them live a fulfilled life. Several of these dogs I have adopted came to me with pretty intense trauma.
I soon grew a passion for helping such dogs become acclimated to their new lives. I care about the dog's overall well being and want to do what I can as a professional to help support other families who have adopted dogs with similar backgrounds.
Certifications: Veterinary assistant, obedience and training, k9 first aid and CPR
More info about service provided: Focused on a real world training program to address owner's/dog's needs and help translate to be successful at home and in real world situations; we work on an array of training tasks and needs.
Behavioral issue focus: Separation anxiety, fearfulness, reactivity towards people and other animals, helping prepare dogs to enter new environments such at vet offices or grooming facilities.
Training methods: I base my training plans off each household's individual needs and finding the best, positive-based process that the dog is most receptive to.
Why I became a dog trainer: Dogs have always been a passion of mine. I want to be able to help dogs lead happy and fulfilling lives by helping the dogs and their families address any unwanted behaviors while continuing to support the dog's boundaries and needs. Advocating for dogs it extremely important to me and my work as a trainer.
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: All of the wonderful dogs and people I have the pleasure of working with. I adore each dog, just as much as I do my own. It always makes me extremely happy when I can gain the trust and start a trusting relationship with a dog who may take a bit longer to warm up to new people.
My #1 dog training tip: Creative problem solving! Just because something works for others doesn't always mean that it will work for your dog, having creative problem solving skills can be very beneficial in these situations and finding ways to help the dog be successful.
Service areas: Denver metro region
working with animals from a young age, growing up doing 4-H and FFA showing a variation of livestock. As I got older I started to intern at any small animal and large animal clinics to learn even spent some time at an equine clinic.
I work in a variation of boarding and daycare kennels and fell in love with training canines. I am a hard working and motivated individual to see not just your canine succeed but also you as an owner.
More info about service provided: Potty training, adult basics, socialization for puppies, day training and overnight in home care.
Behavioral issue focus: Confidence Building and Canine Reactivity towards other canine's.
Training methods: Consultation, one hour or thirty minute session to make a productive plan where owner and canine are set up for success.
Why I became a dog trainer: It's a passion for me.
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Working with the animals and seeing them succeed
My #1 dog training tip: Prevent Failure
Service areas: Austin, Dripping Springs, Kyle, Buda, Bee Cave and Lakeway. Towns in Texas and Boulder Colorado in June 2023.
I am a graduate and Certified Training Partner of the Karen Pryor Academy and have been training professionally since 2017. During my training journey, I have had the opportunity to help with training every day skills like loose leash walking, as well as service dog work, and puppy raising- lots, and lots of puppy raising!
I teach group classes and work as the lead trainer of the Puppy Adventure Camp day training program at Summit Dog Training. This has further fueled my interests in helping support people through the challenges that come along with bringing home a new puppy, and helping them raise a dog that will be able to join them for a lifetime of adventures together.
I share my home with a spirited and tenacious terrier mix (Daisy), and a sweet and sensitive collie (Chona). We enjoy exploring the outdoors together, and participating in a variety of sports including rally, agility, and barn hunt.
More info about service provided: I specialize in day training for puppies from 8-16 weeks; I work on teaching life skills, potty training, socialization, and gear conditioning/body handling. I also teach group classes for basics-advanced skills, and do private coaching/training for a wide variety of behavior goals.
Behavioral issue focus: Puppy and Adolescent dog behaviors, frustrated greeters, and shy/fearful dogs
Training methods: I train using positive reinforcement, and follow LIMA (least intrusive, minimally aversive) protocols when creating training plans. I collaborate with clients to help them choose training methods that feel obtainable, promote a secure/happy relationship between the dog and human, and maximize autonomy and welfare.
Why I became a dog trainer: I originally became a dog trainer because I loved dogs, but stuck around because I love working with people. I enjoy seeing people light up when they see what their dogs are capable of.
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love training because it often involves coming up with creative solutions. I have used a cardboard box as a training tool 100s of times, and have no doubt that there are a hundred more ways to use one that I haven't thought of yet.
My #1 dog training tip: Ask for help! It's rare that we hit zero obstacles on a training journey, and it's a lot easier to navigate if you're not on an island. When I get stuck while I'm working with my own dogs, someone on my team almost always has an answer I may not have come up with on my own.
Service areas: Fort Collins
Cathie (AKA Cat) is a Colorado native from the Salida area. Her current stomping ground is in Northern Colorado, and her business K9 Wisdom has two locations in Loveland. She has been training dogs professionally for over 15 years and is a proud dog nerd! She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed, a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy, a graduate and Certified Dog Trainer through Animal Behavior College, a Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), and is a certified AKC (American Kennel Club) Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. In addition, Cathie is a Mentor Trainer for CATCH Academy, where she mentors aspiring dog trainers!
Prior to opening K9 Wisdom she worked in the Training and Behavior Modification Department of a nationally recognized Humane Society. While working at the humane society she gained invaluable experience working with homeless dogs with behavior problems, conducting Behavior Evaluations/Assessments and matching the right family with the perfect dog.
After leaving the humane society she became the Training, Behavior and K9 Coach Coordinator at Animal Friends Alliance and Grooming where she trains dogs and coaches volunteers on how to increase the adoptability in rescue dogs. The K9 Coach Class has became a huge success! Cat's main goal for the K9 Coach Class is to set dogs up in finding and staying in their forever home. The program improves dogs chances of being adopted through training and manners.
She believes dogs learn behaviors best with humane training methods. She values and believes in the power of relationship-based training and uses it as the core when working with clients and their K9 best friends. Knowing all dogs (and owners!) learn differently she uses training styles that work for the individual dog/owner team, setting every client up for success! She utilizes Mark and Reward based training as she feels this opens up the line of communication between owner and their canine sidekicks, all while speeding up learning!
Cathie has an enthusiastic devotion to keeping current on "all things dog". In doing so she is able to provide an unsurpassed training experience to her clients, while helping their four legged friends learn how to be well mannered and appropriate. She pursues ongoing continued education by attending seminars throughout the year and keeps current on all new canine literature.
Cat's main focus as a trainer is to help owners and their dogs create lasting bonds. She resonates with and strives to improve the lives of shelter dogs and dogs with behavior issues. Specializing in reactivity and dogs who lack confidence has given her a well rounded view of the canine world. Through her work with reactivity and aggression, Cat has created a well versed curriculum for dogs of all ages and struggles. In order to help her community reduce adoption returns, aggression and reactivity, Cat focuses strongly on teaching owners how to properly socialize their puppy!
Certifications: CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, ABCDT
More info about service provided: We provide day training, socialization, private training for basic obedience, reactivity training and aggression. We also offer group classes for all ages, including puppies, adolescents, and adult dogs.
Behavioral issue focus: We specialize in dogs with reactivity to other dogs and people, and specialize in dogs who are shy, nervous and shut down. In addition, we specialize in rescue dogs who need extra attention to help them overcome situations from their past.
Training methods: We are a humane training company who utilizes mark and reward-based training to help owners communicate effectively with their dogs. We offer consultations which includes assessments and follow up behavior reports .
Why I became a dog trainer: Initially, my intention to become a certified trainer was to help rescue and shelter dogs. After many years working in the shelter world, I broadened my scope of dog training and now also enjoy helping dogs and their owners become partners and work together in a way that brings harmony to both dog and owner!
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching owners' glow as they see their dogs grow into confident, well-rounded versions of themselves!
My #1 dog training tip: Every moment of every day you are around your dog you are training them! Dogs learn with every interaction they have with a person, during and outside of scheduled training sessions! Be aware of your actions and how you are setting your dog up to either succeed or fail in the environment you're placing them in!
Service areas: Loveland, Windsor, Longmont, Fort Collins,
Jaime is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and started her dog training career at Camp Bow Wow. Her responsibilities included building class curriculums, leading group classes and seminars, and teaching private clients. She also trained employees on dog body language and best practices for ensuring all dogs had a great and safe time in play groups. In order to spend more time helping clients whose pets were struggling with behavior issues, she became a behavior consultant at Noble Beast Dog Training. While there she collaborated with and was mentored by an amazing team, ultimately specializing in fear and aggression.
An avid foster and rescue advocate, Jaime fostered, trained, and rehomed 11 dogs for Great Lakes Weimaraner Rescue from 2015 ‚Äì 2016. In 2016 She fell in love with fostering senior dogs through Izzy‚Äôs Place Senior Dog Rescue and only stopped fostering once she adopted her foster fail, Coco Bean, in 2017.
Jaime currently lives with her fiance Kelsey. Together they have three dogs, four cats, and a corn snake. She is training her pup Rufus to become certified as a Therapy Dog.
My name is Keecia Reid I have been an R+ trainer for a little over 7 years and absolutely love what I do and I wouldn't change it for the world. I am the owner of Proper Paws Dog Training LLC my facility is located at 7679 W 88th Ave., Arvada 80005. Proper Paws Dog Training was awarded "Arvada's Best Dog Trainer 2022" at the end of last year. I am the only employee for my company but we will be expanding in the foreseeable future.
I work closely with a few rescue groups. I work with the dogs that are looking for homes that might have a few issues that are keeping them from getting adopted. I also work with the dogs that are newly adopted and already in their forever homes.
Training dogs and their humans is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I breath, eat, sleep etc.. dog training (you could say I am a tiny bit obsessed lol)
I share my home with two American Pitbull Terriers. My female Pitty Is named Azi she just turned 7 years old and my male Diesel who just turned 5 years old.
Certifications: AKC CGC, AKC URBAN CGC, AKC TRICK DOG EVALUATOR, 2022 Recipient of Arvada's Best Dog Trainer, Canine First aid and CPR
More info about service provided: beginning and intermediate obedience, day training, puppy socialization, reactive dog programs, exposure training, puppy board and train, potty training, kennel training, loose leash walking, we offer custom training plans as well, we offer in home privates and we have a facility at 7679 W 88th Ave., Arvada, CO 80005
Behavioral issue focus: dog to dog reactivity, dog to human reactivity, fear, resource guarding from humans and dogs, dogs who pull on leash, over excitement, jumping up on people, counter surfing, anxiety, leash reactivity, dogs who hate to have nails trimmed, have a bath, get brushed, ears cleaned... adult and puppy potty training, fear of being kenneled, barrier frustration and much much more.
Training methods: Positive reinforcement, fear free, force free. We offer group and private programs for beginning obedience, intermediate obedience, reactivity, puppy socialization classes, puppy board and train, custom training plans etc...
Why I became a dog trainer: Because I love helping dogs and their humans better understand each other and when they understand each other the deeper relationship between dog and human is formed.
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: After a couple sessions with a dog /human pair it is beautiful to watch the human grow into a super confident
and very competent handler in turn brining confidence to their dog. It is a great thing to watch!!!
My #1 dog training tip: You get out of it what you put into it!!
Will it be easy? Probably not. But it will definitely be worth it!
Service areas: Jefferson County, Adams County, Denver County, Arapahoe County...
My goal is to use my unique background and set of skills to improve your life with your animals by helping you create relationships built on trust, communication and understanding. While also helping you reach your training goals!
I love working with all different types of breeds and their people but I particularly love my herding and working dogs! I also have a soft spot for working with households that have multiple species, I am passionate about showing people that cats and dogs can truly live together in peace and happiness!
Certifications: KPA-CTP & ABC
More info about service provided: In person training, reactivity training, cooperative care training, remote training
Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity
Training methods: Initial get to know you consults, training plan, training package
Why I became a dog trainer: To help better the lives of dogs by creating better communication & understanding between dogs & their people
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: When a new behavior "clicks" for the dog & person together!
My #1 dog training tip: Make it fun
Service areas: South Denver Metro, Littleton, Centennial, Highlands Ranch
Marissa Martino began her career working with canine companions after attending the Academy for Dog Trainers in 2007. She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).
Since then, Marissa has had the pleasure of working for three different animal shelters directing their behavior departments in Colorado and California. Her latest role included offering animal shelters and rural CO communities the education and resources needed to expand their animal welfare impact.
Marissa offers behavior consulting for animal shelters by helping them implement evidence-based, positive reinforcement best practices to reduce the stress and behavior concerns of the animals in their care. She is currently designing a behavior course for shelter professionals in Nevada on behalf of the Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation, piloting in the Fall of 2022.
In addition to her animal welfare career, Marissa operates her private practice, Paws & Reward, in Boulder, CO. She offers in-person behavior consulting and online programs. She is the author of Human-Canine Behavior Connection: Building Better Relationships Through Dog Training and hosts the Paws & Reward Podcast.
Certifications: CDBC, CTC
Service areas: Boulder, Longmont, Erie, Lafayette, Louisville
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.
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
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).
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
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
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,
Denver Dog Trainers Thomas and Linda Aaron are the owners of FetchMasters. Tom is a certified dog trainer through both Animal Behavior College and the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainer (CCPDT).
Linda instructed canine and equine massage therapy for the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage before leaving that job to continue supporting the growth and success of FetchMasters Dog Training. She also is a certified dog trainer through CCPDT.
Both Tom and Linda specialize in high-performance obedience and off-leash reliability in high distraction environments, as well as behavior modification for a number of dog behavior problems.
Tom grew up in West Virginia and was introduced to the dog world by his father who raised and trained hunting hounds. He spent his early years hunting for small game in the mountains of West Virginia with a dog known as a 'bench-legged feist'.
Linda grew up in New Mexico, competing in junior rodeos and spending countless hours in the barn and pasture with her horse and faithful cattle dog who watched over their family's livestock.
Tom spent several years in the military and tech industry and badly needed a change of pace. When they found a Labrador Retriever puppy in the high desert near Alamosa, Colorado, Linda suggested that Tom train the pup for bird hunting as a way to get outdoors more.
However, the puppy was fearful and could not withstand the harsher methods used by traditional gun dog trainers. So, Tom began researhing ways to train the dog using positive reinforcement methods. This decision led to their researching the capabilities of positive training methods in high distraction environments on thousands of pet dogs and hunting dogs in Colorado, which quickly built their reputations as the go-to trainers for off-leash reliability in and around Denver.
Their knowledge has culminated in the formation of the region's only Positive Gun Dog Training Program, the nationally known Positive Gun Dog Association, and being featured on the blog of Victoria Stillwell (host of Animal Planets ‚'It's Me or the Dog').
When not training dogs, Tom and Linda travel nationwide giving workshops designed to teach hunting dog owners and other dog industry professionals how to train high-drive dogs without the use of shock collars, choke chains or other aversive techniques or devices
Certifications: Certified dog trainer through CCPDT
Kat has had a strong passion for dogs since she was a little girl. Before she could read, all she wanted were books with pictures of dogs. Kat loves to study dogs, their behaviors, and breeds. With the help of books, podcasts, videos, and her own dedication, she helped build up her pup's (Kyle's) confidence and now he's a wonderful little member of society. Her enthusiasm for training her own pup gave her the inspiration to help other dogs stay in their forever homes.
This NYC girl started her career with dog handling and dog walking and has been training Denver dogs for 3 years. Kat avidly pursues her ongoing continuing education and professional development by attending several seminars and keeping current on industry practices. Kat's favorite kind of pup to train is the one at the end of the leash!!
Prior to her career in training, Kat worked as an executive assistant, caring for clients' finances and homes. She uses that experience as our Pet Services Manager to give the best support to your home and your pets. Kat's mission is to not only help dogs cope with their new environments, but to teach dog owners how to communicate with their furry friend! "I teach people how to speak dog."
My professional training career began in 2013 after volunteering for a number of rescues in the New York City area and being bit by the behavior bug (which turned me into a dog nerd rather than Spiderman)! Since then I have received a number of professional certifications and am proud to constantly be diving into continuing education opportunities and expanding my knowledge so I can continue to help my clients with the most up-to-date and current canine behavior science.
As a behavior consultant, my goal is to go beyond teaching you and your dog skills. I work with the human client to help them better understand their dog and their behavior in a way that is informative and fun! With this deeper understanding of not just the individual dog but dogs as a whole, we can address behavior and approach it from a place of compassion and understanding that builds a stronger relationship with your canine companion as you work through the behavior modification process.
Not only is training with me dog-friendly, it's human-friendly too! Whether you've used different methods in the past or are a first-time dog owner, please know my goal is to help you learn so you can better help your dog through behavior struggles. I take great pride in having a good rapport with my human clients, listening to their needs and customizing training plans accordingly, and providing a fun and judgment free experience.
- I used to be a pro photographer - my favorite subject? You guessed it, dogs! You can see my work here.
- My French Bulldog Reuben is the 'Toto' to my Dorothy and has taught me a LOT about training.
- I also have a silly tuxedo cat named Maru and 5 adorable chickens - all of whom enjoy training as well!
- I. Love. Donuts.
Certifications: CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, PMCT-1, KPA-CTP, SAPro
Service areas: Boulder, Longmont, and beyond
When we rescue a dog, we commit for life. We treat our rescues like our own dogs, getting to know them, helping them heal, and preparing them for happy, fulfilling lives.
Because we love and believe in all our rescues, we work hard to ensure their long-term success. Before you adopt, we use an extremely thorough process to make sure you and your canine companion are a perfect fit. That means we fill you in on everything we know about the dog's past and are open and honest about his or her ongoing needs. And we stay in touch long after you take your new best friend home. We provide ongoing email and phone support throughout the dog's life and offer a comprehensive suite of training programs to help your relationship thrive.
Like so many dog trainers, I discovered the science of dog training after having a really 'bad dog'.Amelia Airedale came to me at six months old a total mess. She lived outside in a kennel with her parents her entire life. She never went inside the house. She never ventured outside the yard. She knew nothing. Not a doggone thing. Housetraining, leash walking, and basic requests (like sit, down, and stay) were all completely foreign to her. The more I worked to solve Amelia's problems so that she could function in the world, the more I learned about:Dog behaviorDog trainingPositive ReinforcementSocializationLearning theoryBehavior modificationClassical conditioningOperant conditioningI knew in my heart that I could never punish my dog into being good and looked for a better way.
So, I harnessed the tools of positive reinforcement to change how Amelia understood her world and my expectations.That was some 25 years ago. To make a long story short, I made a career of it.Today, I love:Helping dogs and their people learn to communicate and minimize frustration and 'bad' behavior on both ends of the leash. Watching dogs improve their life skills and emotional well-being. Seeing families uncover the dog they want, hidden inside the dog they have.
Teaching you and your dog real world skills, while having fun!
Certifications: KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA, FDM
Hi my name is Stevie Fields! I'm a Colorado Native and grew up in Falcon, Colorado, back when there was only a volunteer fire station and one gas station. I grew up surrounded by animals and had a neighbor with several horses that sparked my interest in the animals. I have always had a dog in my life but they always stayed outside and were not perceived as family members. Now I have three dogs and they are my family!
As I got older I went to the University of Colorado Springs Colorado and studied Interpersonal Communications. I realized this was not what I wanted to do with my life. I knew I wanted to work with animals but didn't know how to go about doing it. I was looking for an apprenticeship to become a dog trainer when I found Angie Neal, (CDBC). I became her apprentice in 2009 and completed the program in 2011. While learning with Angie, I also earned my Canine Behavior Science Technologist (CBST) certification in 2011 from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute, while at the same time worked with and learned from several rescue dogs at Lucky Dog Rescue.
After that I realized getting a job as a dog trainer was near impossible, so I started House of Dog Training in 2012. I didn't have a facility and only did private lessons for two years. When I was ready to branch out, I contacted Allison and Astrid and we found the location where we are today and the rest is historyI currently live in Colorado Springs with the love of my life, George Fields, and my reason for living, George Joseph Fields. I have a beautiful White German Shepherd named Leela, a distinguished old German Short Haired Pointer, Zeek and my sweetest one of all, Peanut, a toy Rat Terrier.
Certifications: Canine Behavior Science Technologist (CBST) certification in 2011 from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute
I love helping dogs understand their humans better. I want every single one of my clients to have an amazing relationship with their pet. Having a special bond with a pet is an amazing experience that I want every one of my clients to have. I look forward to helping you have the best life possible with your furry best friend.
Eric's dog training career started in Seattle, Washington at the Academy of Canine Behavior.
There, he specialized in working with aggressive dogs. Simultaneously, he taught classes at Downtown Dog Lounge and was the head trainer at Pit Bull Rescue.
Eric moved to Colorado in 2004 and became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer in 2006. Eric became a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant in 2022. For the past 15 years, he was the head trainer at Lone Tree Vet. There, he built and ran a wide variety of behavior services including Boarding School and Playcamp, ran AKC STAR puppy classes and Canine Good Citizen evaluations, and provided private lessons both in home and at the facility.
His written work has been featured on Petfinders, Petocracy, and Good Dogs Rule.
In his freetime he loves to spend time with his wife Karen and dogs Lulu, Knuckles, and Kitty. He is in his element in the mountains or on a river, especially if he's on a snowboard or kayak.
Certifications: CDBC, CPDT-KA, AKC-CGC Evaluator
More info about service provided: Classes, Behavior Modification, Aggression
Behavioral issue focus: I work mostly with aggressive dogs and teach classes
Training methods: We use evidence based, positive methods for behavior modification and training
Why I became a dog trainer: I love dogs and teaching people to live their best lives with their dogs.
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping people live the best lives they can with their dogs.
My #1 dog training tip: Go Slow. Understand your dog.
Service areas: Denver and surrounding area
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).
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
My name is Tyler Parsons. I am a transplant to Colorado from Kansas. While growing up, I lived in a house with four German Shepherd dogs. I live with my wife and two dogs, a lab/shepherd mix named Karma and a Harley shapard husky mix.
I have worked with dogs professionally for 15 years. Starting as the lead trainer for the Kansas Humane Society, where I would lead classes such as puppy and basic manners. I also assisted with reactive dog classes and was a Canine Good Citizen evaluator during my time.
After working for the Kansas Humane Society, I was the owner and lead trainer of Outside the Box Pet Solutions. I provided services such as private consultations and worked to find unique solutions for individuals who live with disabilities to build bonds with their pets.
Since moving to Colorado, I have worked Humane Society of Boulder Valley and started Padfoot Per Services with Kat Salcedo in 2019. I am working on getting my CBATI -ka, and IAABC
More info about service provided: We focus on Pets joining the world with their owners, Real-world applications and Providing regular socialization, With a focus on Fearful, shy, and reactive dogs.
Behavioral issue focus: Fear, Reactive behavior, Human aggression, B.A.T., and genal anxiety and socialization.
Training methods: Membership is where a trainer comes and offers support on a weekly basis and supportive care. Reactive group class and in-home private training.
Why I became a dog trainer: I love making an impact in the home and working as an EMT gave me the ability to help families in hard situations.
My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Being able to step away and know that the families are closer and have better empathy for each other.
My #1 dog training tip: Less is more and take the opportunities that are in front of you. and forgive yourself for the ones you miss.
Service areas: Denver, Arvada, Golden, Westminster, Thornton, Northglenn
Certifications: IAABC - ADT
More info about service provided: Obedience and behavior modification.
Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, fear/anxiety, manners
Training methods: Free consultations.
Service areas: Highlands ranch, lone tree, littleton
How are Colorado dog trainers selected for this list?
These are the top dog trainers in Colorado 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 Colorado 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 Colorado?
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 Colorado 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 Colorado cost?
Colorado 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 Colorado dog trainer. How can I get listed here?
As long as you have a training facility or do in person training in Colorado 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 Colorado?
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 Colorado was $35,180 per year and $16.91 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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