The Best Dog Trainers in Fort Collins, CO of 2022

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

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

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The Best Fort Collins, CO Dog Trainers in 2022

Amber Quann

Amber has been training dogs since age 10, and teaching dog training classes since the age of 13! Through participation in a 4-H dog club, Amber grew up competing in various dog sports, including rally, agility, obedience, and conformation.

More recently, she spends her time training her dogs to be excellent backpacking, camping, paddle-boarding, and brewery companions. Amber is the owner of Summit Dog Training in Colorado, and the creator of the national Drink With Your Dog¬ Project. Amber is fascinated by the bond that grows between dogs and their owners as they do fun activities together, and promoting this special connection is a significant part of her mission in her work with dogs and their humans.

Certifications: KPA-CTP, CPDT-KSA, TAGteach L1

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

I work with many reactive dogs (barking, lunging, etc.), as well as resource guarding, anxiety & stress behaviors.

Training methods:

I use positive reinforcement training methods in conjunction with Applied Behavior Analysis, to construct training plans for my students. I believe in finding practical solutions that work for the clients and the dogs, that will be easy and safe to implement for everyone involved with the dog.

Service area:

Fort Collins, CO and Remote

Website: https://www.summitdogtraining.com


Blythe Bouchard (Neer)

Hi, I'm Blythe! I am a certified professional dog trainer specializing in service dogs, scent detection, pet manners, and behavior modification. I have a love of reactive dog training and completed several courses to help level up my reactivity skills. I have over 100 clients in my program currently training for medical alert, allergen detection, reactivity, and public manners.

My favorite clients to work with are well-researched, motivated, and eager to practice with their dogs. Many of them are neurodivergent (just like me!). I have two dogs of my own, Quimby and Melvin. Quimby is my service dog, who is training to assist me with my disabilities, including detecting gluten. Melvin is my just for fun pup, and he is training for scentwork trials as well as medical alert demonstrations for the public.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, IAABC-ADT, CCUI, FFP-Trainer, CTDI, SDJ, AACE

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

Reactivity, Leash Pulling, Barking, Lunging, Anxiety/Fearfulness, Resource Guarding, Aggression, Anxiety/Aggression in the Vet's Office, Cat Chasing, Nipping

Training methods:

Most of my clients are virtual, so we meet once per week online via zoom. There is a questionnaire to fill out first, sometimes I ask for videos of different behaviors, and then our lessons begin. Each client receives a recording of the lesson as well as a page of notes, next steps, and to-dos so that you don't have to remember what we talked about in session. I work with you until resolution or until you feel confident to continue working on your own.

For in person, you'd fill out a similar questionnaire, but instead of meeting online, we'd meet at your home or in public. You'd receive the page of notes, next steps, and to dos.

Every client receives access to my discord server while working with me, where I answer questions every day and host live classes virtually.

I train using treats, harnesses, long lines, clickers, and flat collars.

Service area:

Remote, Greeley, Loveland

Website: https://www.deltatails.com


Cathie Lee

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

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.k9wisdomtraining.com/


Ashley Foster

Ashley started professionally with dogs in 1994 and continued to expand her education over the years, working to obtain a Bachelors in Zoology, a Professional Dog Training Certification as well as a Certificate in Behavior Consulting for Canines (1 of only 341 worldwide).

Ashley founded Complete K-9, now known as Dogs by Foster, in 1997. With 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.

Early in her profession, she utilized traditional methods, which used averse and corrective-based techniques and never felt comfortable with it. She pushed herself to evolve and crossed over to become a trainer that uses positive, force-free, science-based, and dog-friendly methods. This means that WE DO NOT use aversive tools (shock, pinch or choke collars) or methods, nor does Complete K-9 adhere to or support the use of pack-theory or dominance models, ever!

Certifications: CBCC-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://dogsbyfoster.com/


Sniffspot Fort Collins Top Trainer Frequently Asked Questions

How are Fort Collins dog trainers selected for this list?

These are the top dog trainers in Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins?

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 Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins cost?

Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins dog trainer. How can I get listed here?

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

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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