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The Best Dog Trainers in South Dakota of 2024

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July 10, 2024

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This is a list of the top dog trainers in South Dakota, based on votes from the Sniffspot community and the general public.

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    Maggie Pearson

    Certified Dog Trainer, CSAT, ADT, FDM, FFCP, CCUI & B.S.

    Deaf dog training, Reactive dog training, Puppy dog training, In home dog training, Off leash dog training

    Sioux Falls, South Dakota ( metro, includes Tea, Renner, Harrisburg, Hartford, Brandon)

    Maggie Pearson graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy for dog trainers, has her certification as a Separation Anxiety Trainer, a Certified Controlled Unleash Instructor, a Certified Family Dog Mediator, and her Fear Free Certification. She is an Accredited Dog Trainer with IAABC, a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for AKC, and an AKC CGC and Fit Dog instructor.

    To Maggie, it feels like s...


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    Brooke Dolce

    Puppy dog training, In home dog training, Off leash dog training

    Sioux Falls

    Hi my name is Brooke,
    I have been into dog training for about 5 years now. I love teaching group classes and seeing how much our dogs can improve.
    I am very much of the notion that dog training can not only positive impact your dogs life, but your life and your families life as well. My main goal with training is to help you communicate and create a positive relationship with your dog...


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    Terri Besler

    Puppy dog training, Agility dog training

    I started Happy Tails Dog Training in 1980, and I have been teaching classes for over 40 years. I have competed in obedience, conformation, herding, agility and nosework.

    I have raised English and Irish Setters, Border Collies, and now enjoy breeding, training, and trialing with Papillons. My dogs and I have acquired trophies, championships, titles and have enjoyed the ride; but the r...


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    Maggie Pearson

    Maggie Pearson graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy for dog trainers, has her certification as a Separation Anxiety Trainer, a Certified Controlled Unleash Instructor, a Certified Family Dog Mediator, and her Fear Free Certification. She is an Accredited Dog Trainer with IAABC, a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for AKC, and an AKC CGC and Fit Dog instructor.

    To Maggie, it feels like s...

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    Terri Besler

    I started Happy Tails Dog Training in 1980, and I have been teaching classes for over 40 years. I have competed in obedience, conformation, herding, agility and nosework.

    I have raised English and Irish Setters, Border Collies, and now enjoy breeding, training, and trialing with Papillons. My dogs and I have acquired trophies, championships, titles and have enjoyed the ride; but the r...

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Welcome to South Dakota’s list of top dog trainers. The South Dakota list is based on 94 votes from the Sniffspot community. Only the South Dakota dog trainers with the top number of votes made this list. Trainers are ordered by number of votes, with Maggie Pearson at the top of this list with 68 votes.

Our rankings include trainers certified by FDM and FFCP. They also specialize in Puppy dog training, In home dog training amongst other training programs.

South Dakota dog trainer services include:

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

Dog trainers in South Dakota selflessly set pets up for success. Maggie Pearson shares why they chose this path: I love helping people. I used to do human resources and dog training is not any different. It is all about coaching people, creating harmony in their homes. I am on a mission to positively Impact Lives, one dog at a time.. All 3 trainers on this South Dakota list are committed to positive reinforcement. Trusted South Dakota trainer, Brooke Dolce, uses the following methods: In home session start with a consultation and training plan. Group sessions are 6 weeks and have a set curriculum. Force free and positive reinforcement methods only!.

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Sniffspot South Dakota Dog Training Frequently Asked Questions

How did Sniffspot choose the best dog trainers in South Dakota?

The Dog Trainer Contest decided the best dog trainers in South Dakota based on voting from owners in South Dakota. We highlighted 3 dog trainers in South Dakota. This includes 2 dog trainers in Rapid City and 1 dog trainers in other areas of South Dakota.

What are the top qualifications and certifications for dog trainers in South Dakota?

The most common dog training certification in South Dakota is FDM, followed by FFCP, and CSAT. Our top dog trainer, Maggie Pearson, has these certifications Certified Dog Trainer, CSAT, ADT, FDM, FFCP, CCUI & B.S..

Are there dog trainers in my specific city in South Dakota?

South Dakota has city-specific lists for: Rapid City

What type of training is done by South Dakota dog trainers?

South Dakota dog trainers offer 6 different training specialities, including: Puppy dog training, In home dog training, Off leash dog training, Reactive dog training, Deaf dog training, Agility dog training

Do South Dakota dog trainers work on dogs with behavioral issues?

According to our 94, Maggie Pearson is the top rated in South Dakota. Maggie Pearson specializes in: Deaf dog training, Reactive dog training, Puppy dog training, In home dog training, Off leash dog training

How do I choose the right South Dakota dog trainer?

In South Dakota, consider if your dog trainer has certifications from FDM, FFCP or CSAT. Also, does your pet need Puppy dog training, In home dog training, or something else.

What training methods do South Dakota dog trainers use?

While these vary by South Dakota dog trainer, Maggie Pearson says: We use positive reinforcement training. For behavioral training we work in partnership with your veterinarian. Firstly, we need to address if there are any underlying health issues effecting your dog's behavior. We also address if their nutritional needs are being met with your veterinarian. Then we focus on exercise, enrichment and then a behavioral modification plan.

How can I make the most of South Dakota dog training?

While every pet is different, Maggie Pearson, our top South Dakota dog trainer recommends: Focus on what you want a dog to do and reinforce it.

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