The Best Dog Trainers in Maryland of 2022

Welcome to the Maryland Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2022. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Maryland 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

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 Maryland Dog Trainers in 2022

Tanzi Leary

Tanzi is a "Certified Dog Behavior Consultant" (CDBC), "Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed Level 1" (CPDT-KA), and "Pat Miller Certified Trainer" (PMCT1). That means she is certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and by a famous trainer, Pat Miller, both via examination and demonstration of training methods in three intense academies.

She is also an "SA Pro Trainer" (SAPT), meaning she has taken a course with Julie Naismith, certified behavior consultant and author of Be Right Back!, to learn how to work with dogs that experience separation anxiety. She earned a "Fear Free Certified Professional" (FFCP) certification from the Fear Free Pets organization to be able to assist clients and veterinarians with handling techniques to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in dogs during visits. She takes continuing education classes year-round to stay current in her knowledge including completion of Dr. Susan Friedman's Living and Learning with Animals (LLA) course. She works with all breeds, sizes, and energy levels and worked with dogs in a shelter environment for two years.

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

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

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training

Website: https://dogcrazylady.com


Pat Miller

Pat Miller, author of The Power of Positive Dog Training (2001), Positive Perspectives (2003), Positive Perspectives 2 (2008), Play With Your Dog (2008), Do Over Dogs (2010), How to Foster Dogs (2013) and Beware of the Dog (2016) has been training dogs for more than 30 years. She has trained a variety of breeds and mixed breeds (her own dogs) including Rough Collies, a Bloodhound, Australian Kelpies, Bull Terrier, Irish Setter, St. Bernard, Scottish Terrier, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Australian Shepherd, Pomeranians, and a Springer Spaniel, and competed successfully with many of them in the obedience and Rally rings.

She also trained her first Australian Kelpie to herd sheep and ducks (or more correctly, Keli taught Pat to herd). Keli was Miller's Canine Field Agent, riding with her on patrol during the years she was an Animal Services/Humane Officer in California.Miller worked for 20 years at the Marin Humane Society in Novato, California, during which time she collaborated with Trish King to create the country's first 'Color Coding' system for shelter dogs and volunteers. This system was successful in reducing behavior problems in shelter dogs (with a corresponding reduction in euthanasia) by identifying difficult-to-handle dogs and matching them with more experienced and capable volunteer handlers.

Miller was a humane officer/animal control officer and testified successfully in numerous animal cruelty and abuse cases. She also played a major role in the development and implementation of Marin County and State of California Dangerous Dog laws.Miller moved to California's Central Coast in 1996 after completing her BS degree in Business Administration with honors in the major. There she launched Peaceable Paws, LLC in Monterey/Santa Cruz, and introduced the Color-Coding system at the Santa Cruz SPCA while serving on the Board of that organization. She joined the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) in 1996, was elected to the APDT Board and is past President of that organization. She is also a member of the Pet Professional Guild.

In the fall of 2001, Miller and her 14-year-old Terrier mix, Josie, were one of the first 23 dog/owner teams in the world to earn a title in the then-newest canine sport, at the first sanctioned Rally Trials ever held, during the APDT annual conference in Ellenville, New York. Miller was one of the first 136 trainers to be awarded the title of Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) that fall, through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), and has also received her CBCC-KA (Certified Behavior Consultant) through CCPDT, and served on that Board as well.

In the fall of 1999, Miller and her husband, Paul, relocated Peaceable Paws, LLC to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Where she helped create FOCAS – Friends of Chattanooga Animal Services - a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the work of the Chattanooga Animal Services Division. Also in Chattanooga, she opened the Peaceable Paws Intern Academy, which draws trainers from around the world. In cooperation with several other training professionals, she helped create TAPPT, the Tennessee Association of Positive Pet Trainers and MAAPPPT - the Mid-Atlantic Association of Positive Professional Pet Trainers.

Miller also holds an Associate Degree in Administration of Justice, is a freelance writer and regular contributor to and Training Editor of The Whole Dog Journal. Her first book, 'The Power of Positive Dog Training' was published in August of 2001 by Howell Publishing and has been on Amazon.com's best-selling dog training book list since January of 2002. Her most recent book, 'Beware of the Dog (2016)' is a highly acclaimed work on canine aggression. In March of 2015 she was named by Dog Fancy Magazine as one of '45 People Who Have Changed the Dog World' and in October of 2018 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

Miller and her husband moved to Fairplay, Maryland in the Spring of 2004 where they live on an 80-acre farm with their three dogs, five cats, three horses and a pot-bellied pig. Pat and Paul operate their Peaceable Paws dog-friendly training center and Peaceable Pastures horse boarding facility there. Pat offers group dog training classes, private behavior consults, training camps, seminars and workshops worldwide, expert witness services for animal-related legal cases, and is Director of the Peaceable Paws Trainer Academies and Training Programs.

Certifications: CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA

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

I work with any and all types of behavior challenges, including aggression.

Training methods:

We are a force-free facility, and all of our training methods involve reinforcement for desired behaviors while we manage the dog and the environment to prevent reinforcement for unwanted ones. Our group classes follow a set curriculum. The puppy class includes a significant amount of socialization as well as training. The adult dog class focuses more on good manners training, including Sit, Down, Wait, Leave It, Touch, Mat, Polite Greeting, Polite Leash Walking and more. Private training can be customized to the needs of the individual client.

Behavior consultations are, of course, a very customized process. Methods include counter conditioning and desensitization, the CAT procedure, stress identification and reduction, Pattern Games, relaxation protocols, and more.

Service area:

While we primarily serve Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC, our clients come to us s from far afield - New York, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio and beyond - especially for behavior consultations and academies. We have had academy students from as far away as Brazil, Japan and Australia!

Website: https://www.peaceablepaws.com


Jackie Moyano

Jackie Moyano transitioned careers from a respiratory therapist to dog training. In addition to caring for patients, she also taught both patients and respiratory therapy students. Jackie's medical teaching experience lends itself well to teaching people how to train their dogs. Pssst! Dog training is really people training!

Jackie's dog training expertise and education comes from completing 3 of Pat Miller's training academies, attending Ken Ramirez' Animal Training Seminar at SHEDD Aquarium, attending Sue Sternberg's Eden Internship working with Alaskan husky sled dogs, plus completing all 5 of the Bailey-Farhoody chicken workshops where Jackie learned animal training science and practiced training skills with chickens. Jackie actively pursues continuing education and recently added a separation anxiety credential, SAPro to her name.

Jackie's training partners are her Siamese cat and her Dachshund Terrier mix. Jackie enjoys commuting much more in her electric car. Jackie's dog enjoys riding in the electric car to wooded trails for hiking - a favorite pastime.

Certifications: CCPDT-KA, SAPro, PMCT

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

Behavior United helps canine clients living with fear, anxiety, reactivity, aggression, and separation anxiety.

Training methods:

Private training begins with filling out our behavior intake form. Once received, our first session may be scheduled. During this initial working session, we observe your dog, discuss your dog's behavior including your goals, demonstrate training and behavior modification techniques specific to your needs, plus coach you while we watch you train your dog.

Using reward-based, force-free training, we'll work together to create a more perfect union between you and your dog. All private training sessions include a training plan summary with the skills introduced and tailored to your dog's needs, your lifestyle, and your goals. Between sessions, we're available for support via email, text, or phone calls as you and your dog progress.

Service area:

Silver Spring, MD; Wheaton, MD; Kennsington, MD; Takoma Park, MD; Parts of Montgomery County, MD, Prince Georges, MD, and Howard County, MD. Also Remote.

Website: https://www.behaviorunited.com/


Arrow Weiser

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

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

Certifications: B.S. Psychology, MSc Animal Behavior

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

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

Training methods:

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

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

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

Service area:

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

Website: https://weiserwaystraining.com


Amie Glasgow

Respected by professionals in all walks of animal welfare, Amie often garners professional referrals from other trainers, veterinarians and vet staff, and animal control officers, as someone they can trust to give educated, fair, and humane advice to their friends, family, and clients. She has a special place in her heart for fearful and reactive dogs, but finds behavior fascinating and loves the 'human enrichment' she finds teaching scent games. She truly enjoys working with the wide range of issues her clients bring.

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

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

Aggression and anxiety, as well as preventative basics!

Training methods:

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

Service area:

Baltimore county, Baltimore city, Remote - specifics on website

Website: https://oscarwinningbehavior.com/


Sarah Stoycos

Owner/Trainer of Laughing Dog Academy. I work with dogs and their people to create the best possible life together. I've been training dogs, using only force-free methods, for more than a decade. In addition to working with dogs, I previously had the opportunity to rescue seals and care for sanctuary monkeys and chimps. I am a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner.

Certifications: KPA-CTP

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

I frequently work with reactivity, fearfulness, anxiety, resource guarding, jumping and mouthiness, as well as aggression towards guests coming into the home. I also have experience working with blind dogs.

Training methods:

I use only force free training methods.

Service area:

I offer in-home training to people within a 30 minute radius of Rockville, MD. This includes Montgomery County and some parts of NW DC.

Website: https://laughingdogacademy.com


Brittany Fulton

Brittany Fulton has contributed to a rewarding human/animal bond through positive reinforcement training for more than ten years. She has a degree from the University of Oregon in psychology with an emphasis on animal behavior. She also has Certification in Training and Counseling from the Academy for Dog Trainers. Brittany is the owner of Dances with Dogs, a dog training business serving the Washington, D.C. metro area. Brittany teaches a variety of classes at the Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington, D.C. She specializes in helping clients with fear and reactivity issues.

Certifications: Certified in Training and Counseling

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

Reactivity, fear, aggression, distraction, puppy socialization, leash walking, basics cues, impulse control

Training methods:

I am strictly a positive reinforcement trainer. I begin each client relationship with an initial consult where we discuss the relevant behavioral challenges. In the initial consult, we discuss management and necessary training. We form a plan, and arrange for follow-up either with day training or with private sessions.

Service area:

Washington DC metro area, primarily Montgomery County and NW DC. Remote consults also available.

Website: https://www.dancesdogs.com


Melissa Dilla

Positive Reinforcement Trainer

Certifications: KPA, CPDT, CBCC, SDC

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

Reactivity, fear issues, guarding, aggression, distraction. Potty, crate, and nipping. Creating play drive. General behavior training. Tricks.

Training methods:

Positive reinforcement, force and fear free only. Collaborative care.

Service area:

Montgomery County and surrounding areas: Potomac, Rockville, Bethesda, North Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Kensington, Silver Spring, Leisure World, Colesville, Gaithersburg, Boyds, Germantown, Travilah, Redland, North Potomac, Glen Echo, Darnestown, ‚ Poolesville,‚ Laytonsville, Derwood, Olney, Cabin John, Seneca, NW DC, and parts of Northern VA. Also nationwide remote online training.

Website: https://www.metropolitandog.com


Beth Joy

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

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

Certifications: CPDT-KA, PMCT

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.unleashedjoy.com


Alyse Mineroff

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

Certifications: CPDT-KA, KPA CTP

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

Reactivity, fear, aggression, handling issues

Training methods:

Customized training packages to meet individual needs

Service area:

Montgomery County, MD

Website: https://www.hungrydogtraining.com


Lela Schreiber

I've been a Frederick area trainer for 10 years. I specialize in making sports and fitness training accessible and enjoyable for all dogs. Building bonds with activities dogs love.

Certifications: CPCFT, CCPDT

Behavioral issue focus:

Basic puppy training, jumping on people, focus around distractions.

Training methods:

Group classes available to register for friendly dogs. Phone consultations are required for private lessons to discuss issues and training goals. Agility classes open to current students or an in person consultation is required. All classes and private lessons include written and video homework!

Service area:

Frederick Md, Brunswick, Lovetsville, Boonsboro, Jefferson, Middletown

Website: https://www.fitnacitydogs.com


Kathy Forthman

I have been a professional, positive reinforcement trainer in Harford County, Maryland since 2008. I offer both group classes and private training using positive methods only. No force, pain or fear. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed and a Certified Fear Free Trainer.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, Certified Fear Free

Services include:
  • In home training
Behavioral issue focus:

Fear, separation anxiety, resource guarding

Training methods:

Group classes are taught using clickers/markers and lure/reward. Private sessions include hands-on work, followed up with a training or behavior plan.

Service area:

Harford County, Maryland including Bel Air, Forest Hill, Jarrettsville, Churchville, Street

Website: https://www.politepooches.com/


Kelly Citrin

Founder & Head Trainer Kelly's background in rescue is what drives her to make changes in the lives of the dogs and humans she interacts with. Her training philosophy is "Patience, Persistence, Positive Reinforcement, Praise & Play."

She believes an integration of these concepts is key to a successful and happy human and pup. In addition to serving as the trainer for Capitol Canines Animal Rescue and Forever Changed Animal Rescue, she volunteers for and works with several other rescues. Her areas of concentration include working with reactive dogs, preparing pups for their CGC & Training Therapy Dogs/coaching them for their test, and providing proper training for puppies & rescued dogs right from the start, including a focus on supplying family training, non-competitive agility and more.

Kelly lives in Bethesda with her three rescued pit bulls, Ayla, Brutus and Sadie. All three had been tossed away and are now living as one, big, happy family.

Certifications: MBA, CPDT-KA, Member APDT, PPG & MAAPPPT (Mid Atlantic Association of Professional Positive Pet Trainers), Secretary, National Capital Therapy Dogs Trainer

Services include:

  • In home training
Behavioral issue focus:

We see everything from over-excited puppies, hyper-aroused adolescents, fearful anxious dogs, leash reactivity & aggression.

Training methods:

We are 100% harm free, fear free, positive reinforcement, science based trainers. We include play/socialization wherever possible.

Service area:

Montgomery County, MD

Website: https://www.4onthefloor.dog


Amanda Fuller

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

Certifications: KPA-CTP, Fear free certified

Services include:

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

Website: https://thumbsuptraining.com


Charlotte Hoberg

Charlotte is the owner of Sit ‚'n Stay Training and specializes in Reactivity and Sports Training, but has plenty experience in basic manners and puppy foundations as well. She attends training seminars as often as possible to continue to educate herself in the field of dog training.

Along with training other people's dogs, Charlotte works hard to progress her own dog's training. Pax (pictured) is her mixed breed dog who competes in Rally, Obedience, and soon in Nosework. Her adult German Shepherd, Beowulf is in training for Schutzhund and recently earned his intro level title for the demanding sport. Ghibli, her youngest , is an adolescent German Shepherd who will be following in her brother's footsteps learning Schutzhund.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Protection/guard dog training
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://www.sitnstaytraining.com


Liz Cummins

Liz Cummins began her training journey with her own puppy, Mouse, in 2011. The challenges, support, and incredible relationship she found with her dog as a result of training resulted in her beginning to assist and then teach in classes, and finally committing to training full time in 2019.

Life as a pit bull terrier mom has made Liz particularly passionate about managing and training reactivity, and celebrating the small victories that come with owning and loving a reactive dog. Liz also welcomed Figueroth (Fig), an adolescent German Shepherd, to her family in 2022. As Mouse is enjoying retirement at over 10 years old, Fig is Liz's demo dog and all around work buddy. Liz is certified by the CCPDT as a Professional Dog Trainer and continually seeks further education and experience in animal behavior.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.likemagicdogtraining.com


Chelsea Singer

Playing with my dogs is what makes my heart beat. I work as a High School Professional School Counselor during the day and LOVE what I do, but when the bell rings, it's my dogs that I rush home to see. I believe much of the positive behavior modification that I do in school transfers to dog training. Dogs just want to please us and the more fun we make 'bonding time' the more they will crave it.

I started my journey around 2010 with my first dog, a border collie, named Dakota. We started out in agility, but that quickly snowballed into flyball, therapy dog, freestyle, disc dog and rally. Every time I played with him he reminded me of how life is short and just HAVE FUN with your dog. For 12 yrs he made me smile and as goofy as he was, he made the most reliable partner I could have had.My second Border Collie, Nikko, got me involved in the Trick dog training. Nikko's high drive has served him very well in Flyball, but hindered him in the agility ring.

If zero to three hundred in sixty seconds rings a bell, that's this wild boy. Trick training & Staying Connected work has given us the bonding opportunity for the two of us to tune in to each other, become a better team in competitions and just plain increasing the fun at home. He is eager to learn more when he knows there are treats coming. He has done so well, that he his earned the Expert Trick Dog title. He is THAT dog that some handlers are blessed with who is so challenging they makes you cry, but teaches us how to be a better handler.

Pups in Training include Miss Bliss, my little Sassy Pants, she is a firecracker. Bliss has a blast in all training she does and hits things with a BAM! She will be competing in Disc and Flyball, dabbling slowly in the agility ring. She's the typical bull in the china shop pup and you can always see the wheels turning, so I'm very excited to see what lessons she teaches me. Then there is my Golden Barbie Boy, Crush. He is my sweet gem, naughty operant learner, that LOVES to learn and constantly work, I am VERY excited to see the journey we continue to take. I still consider him a puppy, as he has so much potential. Lastly, I have a sporty mix in my crew, Gatsby, who has to be the snuggliest pup ever. He LOVES to work and the border collie/jack/staffie come out at all the right OR wrong times. Oh the places we'll go!.

Not to be out done by the terrier intruder, Groovy, my little Merle BC has the world ahead of her and already showing incredible promise at 4 months old. Yes I'm a Border Collie addict, I'm in treatment, but it's not working so far. I'm a firm believer in positive reinforcement training and use the clicker in most of my foundations classes but I don't find it's mandatory. In my classes I focus on bonding with your dog. It's important to have an understanding what their motivations are and how to read them to best cue information.

An extra trivia fact is I am a Certified Trick Dog Instructor with Do More With Your Dog please join me in making learning fun for your pups and you. I've been teaching Beginners over 3 years in areas of body awareness and agility foundations.

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training

Website: https://branchwaterbc.com/


Linlin Cao

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

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CCUI

Services include:

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

Website: https://dogtortraining.com/


E Foley

Learn Agility with your DogI love beginners! If you've ever wanted to try agility, I offer a welcoming environment where you can learn, have fun with your dog, and discover their hidden talents.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Website: https://foleysdogtraining.com


Dennise Velazquez

How I started in the dog industry goes back about 20 yrs ago. I was a foster child growing up. I was separated from my whole family even siblings because I was the only one with a different father. I had a very traumatic placement in Puerto Rico. I was so abused in so many levels that I would do anything to be with the animals.

I found a stray pitbull. I did not know she was about to give birth. I gave her shelter in the bottom of the foster parents home. I would share half of my food every time "best feeling ever''. She gave birth to 8 puppies. My biological mother kept one. Lasito was her name. I was 9 when I was allow to visit my mom in her house. Best feeling ever, I started training Lasito. She became very obedient. In just a month she knew all her obedience by then I was 10.

Everyone in the neighborhood wanted for me to train their dog and they would gift me candy/toy/clothing. I promise myself I would open a shelter and train all the homeless dogs so they can be accepted in the community and found a home way faster. I open my first shelter 2012. Still until this date 2022 open and successful. I help my community. I believe every case is completely unique and needs to receive the same care, energy, focus and promise.

I LOVE MY JOB and I would do it all over again.

Certifications: Animal Behaviour & Welfare/CPDT-KSA/Dog Training 101/Advance Dog Trainer

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.mdpetgetaway.com


Sniffspot Maryland Top Trainer Frequently Asked Questions

How are Maryland dog trainers selected for this list?

These are the top dog trainers in Maryland 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 Maryland 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 Maryland?

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 Maryland 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 Maryland cost?

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

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

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


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