The Best Dog Trainers in Michigan of 2022

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

Jill Hassevoort

I help dogs and their people develop more harmonious relationships using methods that are fun and feel good for everyone involved.

Certifications: KPA CTP, CPDT-KA

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

Reactivity, resource guarding, fear, life skills, cooperative care

Training methods:

Clients can complete the contact form on our website to receive a full breakdown of services and schedule a free introductory call.

Service area:

Remote, Metro Detroit (Detroit, Ferndale, Oak Park, Huntington Woods, Royal Oak, Troy, Livonia, Farmington Hills)

Website: https://jackandjilldogtraining.com


Laura Perkins

Laura Perkins has a lifetime of hands-on experience working with dogs and a masters of science in behavior analysis.Laura's passion is teaching people to solve the behavior problems they have with their pets using positive, science-based training techniques.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, Fear Free Certified Trainer

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

Frequent topics include: reactivity, fearful behavior, household skills, leash skills, skills for enjoying public spaces

Training methods:

My training plans are customized to the individual client and their dog. All clients begin with an initial 90 minute session. Follow ups are scheduled according to the needs and preferences of my client and their dog. Session notes are provided after each session.

Service area:

Chelsea, MI + Remote

Website: https://lauraperkinsanimalbehavior.com/


Jacqueline Drake

Current masters student at Virginia Tech for a Masters in Applied Animal Behavior & Welfare. Bark Nation volunteer. Credentialed & experienced!

Certifications: CPDT-KA, Fear Free professional, Pet CPR, AAI, ACAAB (in progress), Canine Emotion & Cognition

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.trainingbyjacqueline.com


Christine Fox

Christine Fox, CPDT, began her career in dog training in 1989, researching both dog behavior and canine communication with professional behaviorists from all over the world. Throughout her career, she has helped thousands of dogs and pet parents as well as met some of the industry leaders including, Patricia McConnell, Kyra Sundance, Victoria Stilwell of It's Me or The Dog, and Dr. Ian Dunbar, just to name a few.

Years of hands-on teaching and experience, regular attendance to seminars all over the country, and operating her own training and boarding center since 1999, has given her the skills necessary to work with thousands of dogs and their families. Christine is a leader and advocate for dogs in her local community. In addition to overseeing the day to day operations at Wag n Tails, she creates educational programs, speaks publicly, and provides private training opportunities.

Christine is also a City Counsel Member for the Parks and Recreation Department with the City of Utica, Michigan, member of the Small Business Administration of Michigan, and a member of Michigan Film Production as animal wranglers for dog acting and modeling.Certifications, Press, and Media: Proud member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and Pet Sitters InternationalDMWYD (Do More with Your Dog) Trick Training and CertificationAKC (American Kennel Club) Grooming Safety CertificationWag n Tails is the only facility in the area certified for health and safety.Featured in Fox 2 Detroit, ClickOnDetroit | WDIV Local 4 and WXYZ Channel 7 Lectures at Local Universities

Certifications: AKC tester. Scheduled to take exams this spring for CCPDT, Treat Retreat with Suzanne Clothier and IAABC.

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

Fear, reactivity, aggression

Training methods:

Consultation, and follow up instruction. Detailed training plans are emailed to clients after lessons.

Service area:

Travel range: up to 20 miles from Pinckney

Website: https://wagntails.net/


Jane Wolff

I am co-owner of Good Wolff. I focus mainly on separation anxiety but love working with all fearful and anxious dogs and their people

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CTC, CSAT, Fear Free Certified

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

I primarily focus on separation anxiety

Training methods:

I use only science based force free training methods and step by step training plans along with daily check ins and support with clients

Service area:

Remote

Website: https://goodwolff.com


Rose Adler

Rose Adler is a certified professional dog trainer working in the Ann Arbor area. Always fostering a love of learning, Rose began her training journey struggling with her own reactive dog several years ago. Poor experiences with professionals in the field lead her toward the world of reward based training. Over the last ten years, her interest has evolved into a love of behavior modification and ethology.

Focusing on fearful dogs, puppy raising, and dogs with hearing or vision impairments, Rose has dedicated every moment of free time to helping those in need. Whether through professional training or her deaf and blind dog rescue (Keller's Cause), Rose's compassion makes her a patient and understanding partner in training.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CTDI

Services include:

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

Website: http://wiserdogs.com


Kalie Wiser

We offer a holistic approach to dog training that will help owners and their dogs reach their full potential.

Certifications: BSW, CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

Website: https://wiserdogs.com


Kate Wilson

Kate is our Director of Training at K9 Turbo Training and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) as well a Certified Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Kate has her Bachelors of Science from Michigan State University with a focus in Applied Animal Behavior and Neurobiology. She trains both dogs and exotic animals.

Kate has had a lifelong passion of observing and studying animal behavior. As the lead trainer at the Creature Conservancy in Ann Arbor, Kate also trains and works with various exotics including cougars, coyotes, alligators, sloths, warthogs, kangaroos, and porcupines. With a strong focus on improving the lives of the animals in her care, she works tirelessly to provide constant enrichment, allow the animals ample opportunities to practice natural behaviors, and provide them with training to allow for low-stress vetting and handling experiences.

Previously, Kate worked as an educator in math and zoology, and has traveled around the world observing animals in their natural environments. Now, with K9 Turbo, she helps ensure that every trainer on the team is educated to the highest level, is up-to-date on current research, and is following our company's strict code of ethics. Kate also runs and presents for our community education lectures and seminars. Additional certifications/associations include: Pet CPR and First Aide certified

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) as well a Certified Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers Pet CPR and First Aide certified

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.k9turbotraining.com/


Abby Knue

Abby comes to K9 Turbo Training with an eclectic bag of experience. Abby was a Kindergarten teacher in a Montessori setting for 18 years before becoming the Education Director at The Creature Conservancy in Ann Arbor. It was there that she was introduced to positive reinforcement training and was hooked!

If you can train a warthog to calmly rest its chin in your hand while its tusks are dremeled, the possibilities seemed endless! It is now a passion of hers to pursue and explore the newest science based information in animal behavior and to be able to promote a force-free philosophy through education.

Abby has always had a love for animals having grown up with dogs and horses. As a teacher her greatest joy was being able to help struggling students by observing their strengths and weaknesses and preparing their learning environment to meet their needs and set them up for success. She has found this same joy in helping dogs and their people build relationships based in trust and respect and to help domestic and captive animals have their best life possible.

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Pet CPR and First Aide certified

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://www.k9turbotraining.com/


Roz Granitz

Roz Granitz B.A., M.Ed., C.T.D.I. has shared her entire life with dogs. Her first dog, as an adult, was an Old English Sheepdog who was very rambunctious and in need of training. Through a friend she learned about obedience training. Roz and Hari signed up for an obedience class and they both were 'hooked'. Since that time Roz's training techniques have evolved from one of compulsion to one of compassion.

Learning and applying the methods of positive motivational training have brought success in and out of the show ring. All three of Roz's Old English Sheepdogs earned many obedience titles. Early in the 1990s Roz learned of 'a new sport' Dog Agility. At the same time Roz had added two Australian Shepherds (Kanga & Brava) to her family. As she stepped into the agility show arena, Roz continued to also show her dogs in Obedience. Both Kanga and Brava achieved the highest titles in AKC and ASCA obedience with Brava being ranked the number two obedience dog in Canada.

As Roz continued to show her dogs (Coffee, Speed-Oh! and Eureka!) she continued to have success at local and National events. Roz has been invited to National Specialties in both obedience and agility where she has earned national acclaim and ranking. Her dog Coffee was ranked number two open obedience dog in the USA and was a top ten finalist at the National All Star Dog Invitational event. Not only is Roz a competitive trainer, she is also a gifted teacher. She earned a Master of Education degree from Wayne State University and spent many years teaching high school English composition and literature.

She is a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild, a professional member of APDT, and is both a certified APDT C.L.A.S.S.instructor and evaluator. She is a AKC CGC & Puppy Star evaluator, an AKC Trick Dog Evaluator, Fit Dog Instructor, ACT Judge and a CTDT (Certified Trick Dog Trainer) and Certified Evaluator. Roz is continually learning new techniques and teaching methods by attending seminars, webinars and classes. She continues to be both a student and teacher. Roz is the owner of My Hero Dog Training

Certifications: CTDI

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

We work a wide variety of problems that our students are having with their dogs from leash lunging to resource guarding to fear and reactivity

Training methods:

We use positive teaching techniques. We meet with perspective students to create a training plan that fits their unique situation

Service area:

We serves most of Oakland County, Michigan

Website: https://www.myherodogtraining.com


Kyle Conte

Kyle has been working in animal welfare since 2014. He started volunteering at a local shelter before accepting a position on staff, growing his training knowledge and skills. His passion and heart lies within shelters and rescues, working with the staff, volunteers and animals that live there.

Kyle was adopted by 5 rescue animals over the past 11 years - two Double Merle Australian Shepherd mixes (one having limited vision and the other being born both blind and deaf) and three cats. Living with dogs that have special needs has given him an entirely new and enhanced perspective on working with animals, which he loves to share with other animal lovers.

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://k9turbotraining.com


Kathy Uzarski

Hello. I'm Kathy Uzarski and I'm the owner of Pawsitive Behavior Dog Training. Through the use of positive reinforcement training, I have been able to turn a lifelong love of animals into a rewarding opportunity to help dogs and their owners live peacefully together. After graduating with a BBA degree from Grand Valley State University, I spent many years working in bank management.

When my children reached school age, I left my bank job and began homeschooling them. We spent six wonderful years learning together each day, and then we decided it was time for them attend a traditional school. This allowed me to turn a part-time hobby of dog training into a full-time pursuit.Because many styles of training are harsh and inhumane, I knew I needed to find an approach that would treat dogs with the kindness and compassion they deserve. While researching different methods, I found the work of renowned dog trainer Pat Miller.

Pat is the founder of Peaceable Paws Dog & Puppy Training Center, training editor for The Whole Dog Journal, and a past president of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. I knew Pat was the person I was looking for and so I traveled to Maryland to attend the Peaceable Paws Training Academy. At the Academy, students study how dogs learn and how to humanely achieve behavior modification. We also received hands-on experience by working with local shelter dogs. At the conclusion of the course, I graduated with honors and am now a Peaceable Paws Affiliate. I'm also a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://www.PawsitiveBehaviorLLC.com


Sniffspot Michigan Top Trainer Frequently Asked Questions

How are Michigan dog trainers selected for this list?

These are the top dog trainers in Michigan 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 Michigan 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 Michigan?

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 Michigan 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 Michigan cost?

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

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

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 Michigan was $32,963 per year and $15.85 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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