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The Best Dog Trainers in Manchester, NH of 2023

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Merlin Noble

June 21, 2023

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

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

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The Best Manchester, NH Dog Trainers in 2023

Helen St. Pierre

Helen is the owner and operator of No Monkey Business Dog Training. Based in Concord New Hampshire, she is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA) and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and a Operation Socialization Certified Trainer (OSCT) She is also a licensed and certified Family Dog Mediator.

Helen has been training dogs for over 20 years. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, a member of the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals and is a certified member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and a member of the Pet Professional Guild. Helen is also a licensed Dogs and Storks educator, a licensed Dogs and Toddlers educator, and a certified AKC evaluator.

Helen's skills range from basic obedience to behavior modification of serious problems including aggression as well as service dog training. Helen is always doing one on one behavior consultations, and Helen teaches classes locally in the Concord, New Hampshire area and offers workshops and seminars on a variety of subjects all around New England and internationally.

Helen is constantly going to continuing education seminars to learn more about the fascinating world of dog behavior, and she has been featured on the radio, in print, and on T.V. for her work! She volunteers countless hours at the local SPCA and works with homeless dogs to help them learn skills to find a home faster. She teaches class on dog behavior and ethology at the local college too! She has worked as a trainer for the humane society rehabilitating aggressive dogs, and helping homeless dogs find the right home. She also was the volunteer 4-H dog club leader, and taught basic obedience at a prestigious training academy in Durango, Colorado. She is educated in canine behavior and has a strong foundation of knowledge on the psychological principles and applications of dog training. Helen has both the academic and hands-on skills that make for a great trainer and behavior consultant.

Helen has eleven dogs of her own, two Collies named Corduroy and Rupert, and Mallory a Papillon! Messner is a rescue papillon and Legend, a Scottish Deerhound. She adopted a rescue cattle dog, named Joker. She also has Chess, a Japanese Chin and Pixel and Persephone rescued Chinese crested. Aslan is her Belgian shepherd that she works regularly in protection work.

Helen also has a horse Noah, four cats, 2 parrots, a tortoise, a hedgehog, and two daughters Grace and Evelyn. She takes great pride in her work and treats every animal she trains as if it were her own, making your training experience motivating and enjoyable! When not training dogs she is running her senior and hospice dog rescue out of her home.

Certifications: CPDT-KSA, CDBC, FDM-L, OSCT

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Day training, basic classes through advanced, reactive dog classes, one on one consultations, new dog selection assistance, end of life preparation and so much more

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, aggression, fear, anxiety, hyper arousal, low frustration, body handling issues, potty training, puppy behaviors

Training methods: Reward based and progressive training using up to date information, tools and techniques. We set the dog, and the Human up for success

Why I became a dog trainer: I started helping people with their dogs through shelter work in 2004 and never looked back!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: watching dogs and humans become a better team together

My #1 dog training tip: work with the dog you have in front of you!

Service areas: Concord, NH

Website: https://www.nomonkeybusinessdogtraining.com


Kelly Bourgeois

Kelly is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with two college degrees: A BA in Psychology with a focus in animal cognition, and an Associate in Animal Science. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA). Which is a skill based certification that tests expert training and instruction skills through hands-on exercises. She is a CGC evaluator for the American Kennel Club, and obtained a CAP1 which is a clicker competency assessment.

Kelly travels to many animal shelters helping their dogs in need. She enjoys creating behavioral modification plans to help shelter dogs become more adoptable and help them find their forever homes. She is also a member of the association of professional dog trainers (APDT), an Operation Socialization Certified Trainer (OSCT), and a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild. Kelly has helped to train dogs for Canine Companions for Independence - which is an organization that raises and trains service dogs for people with disabilities as well as the Make A Wish Foundation. Because she feels it is important to always have an understanding of the most recent research she enjoys attending annual educational conferences, classes, and seminars in order to keep up with the ever so changing knowledge in this field.

She has been training dogs for over 16 years with both basic obedience training as well as behavioral modification for serious behavioral issues including aggression. Her education in canine behavior and the psychology of how they think and learn allows her to feel comfortable working with all behavioral issues.

Kelly offers both in-home private training as well as group obedience classes. With compassion and positivity she enjoys being able to help you and your dog create a lasting bond and strong communication skills using only humane and modern techniques.

Kelly has 2 dogs of her own: Finley and Meadow (both shelter rescues) and a Vietnamese Potbelly Pig Mu who enjoys spending her time as a therapy pig by visiting nursing homes and after school programs.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CAP1, AKC CGC, APDT

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Offering group obedience classes, Private in home lessons, Day training, and service dog training using positive methods of learning. From basic obedience to serious behavioral modification.

Behavioral issue focus: Aggression, Basic manners, Service Dog task training, advanced level therapy dog training

Training methods: We use positive training methods

Why I became a dog trainer: I have always had a special connection with dogs but I also really love helping the dog-human bond form through training.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Its very rewarding! Helping dogs become more connected with their humans is so fun.

My #1 dog training tip: To see the dog as an individual and treat him as a partner

Service areas: Lakes region of NH. Laconia, Gilford, Belmont, Alton, Meredith, Gilmanton, Moultonborough, Loudon, Center Harbor

Website: https://doggonitnh.com/


Katrin Moffroid

After 20 years in consulting, covid convinced me to turn my passion and hobby of dog training into my new life's work. Response was so great I achieved my certified professional dog trainer certification (CPDT-KA) and opened Beyond Sit to help serve more dogs in my community. My happiest days on the job are when I can show clients they do not need the "tools" of choke or prong collars that other trainers forced them to use on their dog.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I offer private training sessions in your home, or out and about in the real world. I coach clients through the phases of puppyhood and adolescence, introducing basic manners for making your dog a well-behaved family member, and offer behavior modification coaching for dogs that need support managing their feelings about the world around them. I also offer training walks for clients who are short on time to train themselves.

Behavioral issue focus: I work with common puppy behaviors like biting, jumping, or leash pulling, as well as dogs that are reactive to people and/or other dogs.

Training methods: My methods are positive reinforcement, choice based learning. I aim to teach your dog first how to learn, then how to make good choices that will pay off for them, and make it easier for you to live with them!

Why I became a dog trainer: Training my own dogs in trucks and agility has been a passion of mine for many years. I wanted to share the kinder and gentler training methods that I have had success with to help people and their dogs build long lasting bonds and partnerships.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping dogs of course! Also seeing peoples surprise when they don't expect a nethod to work but start seeing results.

My #1 dog training tip: Behavior that gets rewarded gets repeated.

Service areas: Southern New Hampshire in the areas surrounding Nashua and Manchester, including, but not limited to Hollis, Brookline, Amherst, Merrimack, etc. Also Massachusetts border towns such as Pepperell, Dunstable, Tyngsboro.

Website: https://www.beyondsittraining.com


Emma Schneidkraut

Emma began her training career as a training and behavior intern at The Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Boulder, Colorado. Where she provided behavior modification for shelter dogs so that they could be adoption candidates. Once moving to New England she became a Training and Behavior Coordinator at The New Hampshire SPCA, where she provided training, and enrichment for shelter dogs, group classes, and private training for the public.

In addition to being a Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner, she has her CPDT-KA through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers - (CCPDT), she is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and is currently pursuing her certification with the incomparable Leslie McDevitt to become a Certified Control Unleashed Instructor (CCUI).

Certifications: KPA CTP, CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: I work with dogs and puppies, varying from basic manners, enriching skills, and behavior modification for fearful, hyper-active, reactive, and case-by-case aggressive behaviors. I predominantly offer private in home training with guardians present, but can provide day training if one-on-one training is not an option.

Behavioral issue focus: I commonly work with leash reactivity, stranger danger, and confidence building for fearful and touch sensitive dogs.

Training methods: I provide behavior consultations and training plans adapted for the individual dog/handler teams.

Why I became a dog trainer: I started my career when I adopted my second dog on my own, Sugar, she had significant fear and reactivity issues that required a lot of patience and time to modify. I realized through my journey with her that I wanted to help others with similarly challenging dogs, boosting confidence of handlers and their pups!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing dog/human teams gain confidence and understand each other better, so they can live their best lives with each other.

My #1 dog training tip: Ask for less, focus on your relationship, less behavior for more reinforcement.

Service areas: Haverhill, MA, Southern NH, North Shore MA

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


Louise & Jake Belmont

Louise Belmont: I started training dogs when I first wanted a puppy. The deal was if I could train the family dog to be more well mannered then I could get my own. I had no idea what I was in for! Manzo came a drooling, shaking mess of fear and anxiety. I soon realized I had my hands full and had to learn more about behavior modification in order to help Manzo succeed. I took every class and learned all I could to help Manzo feel more confident about his surroundings. Fast forward 11 years and here we are, sharing my passion of dog training and strengthening dog-human relationships, with all of you!

Jake Belmont: I have always been around dogs. Growing up always having a pup around made it the logical choice for me to start working with dogs professionally. By constantly being around a number of dogs I quickly realized how fascinating and unique each dog was. I went on to start my own pet sitting and dog walking business. Through this work I met a little dog named Roxie who needed more guidance than a walk here or there. It is with Roxie that I decided to learn more about behavior and training to better help the dogs in my care.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, FDM

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: At Red Pointy Dog Training we provide training and behavior services to families. We meet with the family to identify concerns, evaluate the dog as a whole, and set realistic goals together. We create a customized plan for the individual dog and we help you along the way. Our training style is practical, positive, and fun!

Behavioral issue focus: Our team works with dogs struggling with fear, frustration, anxiety, over stimulation, and more. Common issues we consult on include General Fear, Aggression, Reactivity, Resource Guarding, Intrahousehold Aggression, and more.

Training methods: When we meet with a client we start with a virtual interview to allow us to evaluate your individual situation without putting extra stress or excitement on your dog. We discuss more than just training in this session, we help you learn to understand why your dog's behavior is happening in the first place. From there, we build a training plan using force-free and humane training methods following the Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) framework. We continue with work families, on zoom or in the home depending on the needs of the dog, to form a stronger connection with their dog based on trust and understanding.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help dogs to be the best versions of themselves, and to help their guardians learn to understand them deeply.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Our favorite part about being a dog trainer is when we reach that point in training where we realize that the dog's family no longer needs us. That they have met their goals and have strong communication and listening skills with their dog. They have the tools necessary to be the best guardian to their dog. The whole family is happier with a deeper understanding, a deeper knowing, of what the dog and family need together.

My #1 dog training tip: To remember that a dog is a dog. We need to set realistic and fair expectations when living with them.

Service areas: Strafford, Northwood, Barnstead, Barrington, Nottingham, Lee, Madbury, Durham, Rochester and surrounding communities.

Website: https://www.redpointydog.com/


Alexia Miller

Hi, I'm Alexia and for more than 20 + years, as a dog trainer I have devoted myself to coaching clients
about the nature of dogs i.e., canine body language and energy- as it relates to effective training for both
dogs and humans alike. This knowledge transforms relationships.

My focus is on creating joyful and
respectful relationships between people and the animals that enrich our lives so much. My lifelong interest in helping people train their dogs began at age nine after reading a LIFE magazine
article about Dr. Jane Goodall. Goodall's work observing chimpanzees fired my own devotion to animals into a full-blown passion.

From that early age, I keenly observed the creatures around me and how people
interacted with them. Years later, my zeal schooled by a degree in Animal Science coupled with a Ph.D. in Psychology from Michigan State University. Continued Educations and many Certifications later here I am!
LAUGH AND TEACH!!!

If you're not laughing with your dog, you're most likely not having much fun. I can
help bring the joy back into your dog training experience. A spoiled rotten, cooperative dog is my philosophy. I believe that dog training is about understanding the natural instincts of dogs, how they learn and how to
read their body language and energy. Developing these skills will enable you to be better equipped while training your dog. When you learn what motivates your dog, be it food, their favorite toy or a game of tug, the reward is there to reinforce the desired behavior. This is how dogs learn best and what makes
dog training fun for both of you.

Dog and puppy training starts with two willing partners. Being a leader means understanding how dogs live in and learn their world. You are calm, confident, flexible, and prepared. Know what you are asking for, be consistent and have your dog's best interest at heart. Know what motivates your dog and let the fun
begin. As a leader you are shaping, directing, and redirecting while modifying behaviors positively with rewards, games, toys, food, etc.

Training done consistently, positively and in a timely manner can bring
out the best in your dog and bring you years of joy and satisfaction. Every interaction you have with your puppy is a training session. Either you are training the dog, or they are training you. It's a dog's nature to want to turn training into a game and rightly so. It's your job as a leader to learn to respond not react to this jovial nature wherein you can make the training experience fun for you and your dog.

Certifications:

CPDT-KA, CDBC, IAABC-ADT, APDT
CTDI, CCFC, PPG, CGC Evaluator,
Pet Tech First Aid &CPR, LIMA and Fear Free Certified

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: We specialize in positive reinforcement training and offer classes throughout puppyhood to adulthood. Our dog trainers are certified professionals that concentrate on remedying behavioral concerns without the utilization of fright, pain, or intimidation so you and your dog can enjoy the learning experience, learn how to communicate clearly with each other, and leave with powerful lifelong skills to positively shape your dog's behavior and change your lives.

Behavioral issue focus: Basic puppy skills, Adult dogs having issues, socialization, Behavioral challenges, Service dog skills, Walking skills, Communication, and Body Language.

Training methods: Positive methods only, using rewards, markers, and clicker training whichever the client is most comfortable with. Private lessons get a lesson plan written out. Weekly homework is provided to the clients of all classes

Why I became a dog trainer: To better help people and dogs communicate better

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching those ah-ha momentes between dogs and people when they are both finally understanding one another

My #1 dog training tip: Be patient with your dog. English is not their first language.

Service areas: Derry and surrounding towns, Dover and surrounding towns

Website: https://woofmeownh.com/


Eden Zook

Hi, my name is Eden Zook. I am currently the owner/trainer/behavior consultant for Canine Karma LLC for the past six years. Previously I was known in the Seacoast area for being the Manager of Behavior and Training at the New Hampshire SPCA, during which time I successfully ran a training and behavior modification program for the public’s dogs and shelter dogs. That work included, but was not limited to, group classes for all levels including dog sports and other specialities, private behavioral consultations, play groups, many workshops and seminars, the creation of a pet assisted therapy program, and a behavioral enrichment program for shelter animals.

I am a graduate of the Animal Behavior College where I received my ABCDT Certification, as well as UMass Amherst with a BA in Psychology and Associates in both Sociology and Criminal Justice. I am also a professional member of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) and a CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer), along with a variety of other training certifications. In addition I have my Reiki level 2 certification and am an animal Reiki practitioner.

I have worked in the field of animal welfare/services for over 16 years holding such positions as animal behaviorist, temperament testing specialist, certified dog trainer, veterinary technician, humane educator and humane law enforcement officer. I previously taught and mentored under Kelley Bollen, renowned animal behaviorist, at Animal Alliances and the Collared Scholar in Massachusetts. I teach a wide variety of group classes which can all be seen in detail HERE . I also specialize in fear, anxiety, aggression, and reactivity behavior modification.

In addition to the many services I offer for you and your canine companion, I am incredibly proud to be a trainer for a variety of organizations. I am a mentor trainer for the CATCH Trainers Academy and Animal Behavior College, helping dog training hopefuls reach their personal career success as well as train service dogs for several different organizations. It is extremely rewarding work to be part of these amazing programs. In addition I am often called upon to act as a canine behavior expert for a variety of dog aggression court proceedings. I also spend quite a bit of time with various volunteer projects at local animal rescues and serve on the board of directors. Rescue has always been a strong part of who I am and my passion; so I am forever great full for such a wonderful collaboration.

I am passionate about strengthening the human-animal bond and currently share my home with: Johnny, a 10-year old American Pitbull Terrier; Obsidian, a 16 week old Doberman; Raven, a7-year old special needs Doberman Pincher; Piglet, a 7-year old Boston Terrier; Loki, a 5 year old American Staffordshire Terrier; Zipper, a 9- year old Chug; Annie, a 18- year old torbie cat; Rick James and Tyrone Bigums, 2 male cockatiels; and Moxie, a 12- year old African Grey Parrot; Bob, 7 year old Tennesse Walking Horse; Joker, 5 year old mini horse; Gipsy Danger, 2 year old mini horse; and 9 chickens; so YES, I do love my animals.

Certifications: AS, BA, CPDT-KA, ABCDT, CGC, APDT

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: We (Canine Karma)offer a wide variety of group classes/workshops; as well as private, in-home options and behavior modification. I specialize in working with dogs who struggle with fear, anxiety, reactivity, and aggression.

Behavioral issue focus: I personally specialize in working with dogs who struggle with fear, anxiety, reactivity, and aggression. But I have an incredible team of trainers (Canine Karma) who work with a wide variety of behavioral challenges.

Training methods: At Canine Karma we use modern, force-free, positive training techniques, and most importantly they are realistic. We will provide you with the tools you need to handle the real world with ease and harmony. Together we will work as a team to solidify the human-animal bond and to mend any broken partnerships between you and your dog.

Service areas: Seacoast New Hampshire, Northeastern Massachusetts, and Southern Maine Seacoast areas

Website: https://www.canine-karma.com


Seren Maxwell

Seren has been working with a variety of species including horses, dogs, cats and rats, over the past fifteen years. Seren dual-specializes in puppy development as well as behavior modification (Reactivity, Aggression, Fear). Seren currently teaches both group classes as well as private lessons and in-home services for behavior, obedience, detection work, and trick/stunt dog. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed, through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers.

Seren is also passionate about teaching cooperative care handling skills for Fear Free grooming and vet visits. She has successfully completed the Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification Program and is recognized as a Fear Free Professional. Seren is also a Professional Member of the APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers), a Professional Member of the Pet Professionals Guild, a supporting member of the IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants), a Certified Trick Dog Instructor, Certified Stunt Dog Judge, Certified Canine Fitness Coach and an Official American Kennel Club Evaluator.

She continues to regularly attend online classes, seminars, and workshops, to stay up to date and informed with the most current and scientifically based training and tools. Seren trains in/competes in and has titled dogs in various sports including agility, nosework, trick dog, stunt dog, rally, and obedience. In March of 2018 Seren and her dog 'Brembo The Wonderpup' traveled to Purina Farms in Missouri to attend the first ever National Stunt Dog Championship where they earned five titles in one weekend, and became the first team from NH (and Brembo the first of his breed) to obtain a Stunt Dog Champion Title.

In 2021 Seren and Brembo joined up with the team at McGovern Subaru for their 'Subaru Service Dog' commercial series. The commercials starring Brembo have been featured on tv networks including CNN/HGTV/Food Network/MTV/Comedy Central, as well as YouTube and other social media platforms. Seren is an avid automotive enthusiast and is a board member of the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire. In her free time you can find Seren racing, hiking, kayaking, or biking (usually with at least one dog in tow).

Certifications: CPDT-KA CTDI, CFFT, AKC CGC, CCFC, CSDJ

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Behavior Modification (Aggression/Reactivity/Fear/Anxiety) - Foundations (Puppy & Adult Obedience) Also offering services for Service Dog PA, Therapy Dog, Scentwork, Trick Dog/Animal Acting.

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, Aggression

Training methods: I believe the foundation of all training is in the relationship you build with your dog. Well trained dogs who are polite citizens are dogs who get to enjoy a world that is that much bigger as we include them in our various daily activities and outings. I encourage all dog owners to offer their dog the education they deserve so they can be successful. Through training, we can build a stronger relationship based upon mutual respect, understanding, and communication, with our canine companions.

WDT practices only proven science based training techniques and methods. Our program meets current industry best practice standards using reinforcement to teach and modify behavior, as well as utilizing both the Humane Hierarchy and LIMA (Least Invasive Minimally Aversive) training. Join WDT today and let's work together to expand your dog's world. Training is a journey, not a destination, and I can't wait to be a part of yours!

Why I became a dog trainer: To provide dogs and their humans with the education they need to be successful. To help dogs find homes/stay in their home.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing clients recognize and understand their dogs communication and getting to watch their relationship with each other develop.

My #1 dog training tip: Consistency is everything.

Service areas: S.NH

Website: https://www.wonderpupdogtraining.com/


Ashley Clark

Ashley Clark has been training dogs professionally for over 10 years. She is the Head Trainer and owner of You and Your Dog Training & Services, LLC located in New Boston, NH. Her training experiences include preparation for AKC Novice obedience, agility, Begleithund (BH), tracking, scent work, in-kennel training, and group classes. She has volunteered at various shelters and rescues, spending over five years leading a shelter dog class at a local rescue, helping fellow volunteers enrich the lives of dogs in their care.

Ashley is a graduate of Marlboro College, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree fulfilling pre-med requirements. The focus of Ashley's college thesis was on the application of Eastern medicine in conjunction with Western medicine for animals. Since graduating, Ashley has pursued her goal of bettering the lives of dogs. In doing so the learning never stops. Ashley continues her canine education by attending, in person and virtually, dog training workshops, seminars, and conferences. The unconditional love and respect she has for all animals has allowed her the honor of turning her passion into her profession.

Ashley specializes in "obedience" communication training and behavior change, with emphasis on reliable recalls and energy outlets to curb destructive behavior. She continually focuses her work on strengthening the bond between dogs and their people. Ashley accomplishes this by teaching the basics of dog behavior with attention to animal behavior as a whole, using engaging, playful and fun methods and tools. Success is accomplished through connection and communication. Providing people with the skill-set to communicate and interact with their dogs with respect for balance and enriching coexistence is what You and Your Dog Training is all about.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

More info about service provided:

puppy playgroups, puppy classes, group classes (basics to advanced), nose work, agility, doggy parkour, reliable recall, CCC, CGC, jumpstart day training, private lessons, in-home private lessons, common behaviors we deal with: Welcoming a new dog/puppy home
Coming when called
Jumping up on people
Chewing and other destructive behavior
Counter surfing
Digging
Pulling on leash
Barking/lunging on leash
Begging
Excessive barking
Chasing
Fear
Isolation distress
Growling
Resource guarding
Aggression

Behavioral issue focus: Most of our current behavioral cases are fear based behavior, barking/lunging on leash, growling and snapping over resources, dogs who are flight risk.

Training methods: Our training is based on the current research science has to offer. We initiate communication with dogs by working with them, not against them, using positive reinforcement. This is done by understanding dog behavior and using the individual dog's natural desires to our training/communication advantage.

Our focus is not so much the dogs but the people who live with them. We help you further understand the dog's behavior and create an environment where it is easier to be proactive, not reactive. We give you the skills to then apply at home with your daily dog communications.

We typically start with food but once a behavior is learned we randomize and utilize life rewards!

Following is a list of the most commonly used training techniques: Marker training, lure/reward, capturing, targeting, shaping, counter-conditioning, and desensitization.

In the end we have clear communication and connection with an animal that both wants and enjoys sharing our world.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help strengthen the human dog bond.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: When people understand their dogs needs and that they can enjoy the journey of furthering their connection.

My #1 dog training tip: Don't lie to your dog.

Service areas: Manchester, Goffstown, Bedford, Merrimack, Amherst, New Boston, Weare, Mt. Vernon, Milford, Hillsborough County

Website: https://www.youandyourdogtraining.com/


Laura Gendron

Laura Gendron, owner of Miss Behavior in Northwood, NH founded her dog training business in 2008. She graduated from the University of NH with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and an Associate's Degree in Animal Science with a concentration on Small Animal Care in 2007.

Laura is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Fear-Free Certified Trainer, and a Licensed Family Dog Mediator. She believes in positive, playful, and trust-based training and getting to know every dog-family team individually, often collaborating with a pet-care team. Having worked in a veterinary hospital for 10 years, Laura also has a strong passion for teaching pet parents and professionals how to use lower-stress techniques in handling and vet care.

As a mom of two children, one dog, and two birds, Laura feels strongly about helping dog parents learn how to raise their dogs much like mothering children, using play, good management, and predictable patterns.

Laura currently offers private virtual and in-home training and coaching, online courses, and a membership for dog parents working with their dogs at home. To learn more, visit MissBehaviorTraining.com.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, FFCP, LFDM

Services include:

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

More info about service provided: Virtual behavior consulting, in-home training and behavior modification, family dog training, cooperative care training, vet prep, family dog mediation

Behavioral issue focus: Fear, anxiety about handling and vet care, manners, leash reactivity, relationship building with kids, dog-dog issues, household integration, new Puppy, New Adoptions, adoption matchmaking

Training methods: I start all new clients with a virtual consult. From there, they can choose a private training package (virtual or in person), they can join my group membership, or continue on their own. Private clients receive access to my messaging app and a Google drive folder. Group members get access to my video library, a private Facebook group, and other perks. I also offer other virtual consulting services and vet prep visits

Why I became a dog trainer: I started working with a difficult dog and saw the reward in both understanding behavior and how to meet the needs of the dog and people she lived with

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Solving the individual puzzle of each dog-human team. Every case is very different!

My #1 dog training tip: Start with the dog in front of you. Every dog and family has a unique relationship and unique needs to be met. Start there, not with the stories of past dogs

Service areas: Northwood NH and surrounding towns, and remote - anywhere

Website: https://missbehaviortraining.com


Wendy Bergeron

Wendy Bergeron - Director of Training at All Dogs Gym and Inn

Services include:

  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Daycare

Website: https://www.alldogsgym.com/


Sniffspot Manchester Top Trainer Frequently Asked Questions

How are Manchester dog trainers selected for this list?

These are the top dog trainers in Manchester 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 Manchester 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 Manchester?

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 Manchester 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 Manchester cost?

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

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

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 New Hampshire was $34,841 per year and $16.75 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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