The Best Dog Trainers in the United States of 2022

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

Karen Deeds

Karen Deeds

Karen Deeds, is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She is the co-owner of Canine Connection in Ft. Worth, TX with her husband, Bob Deeds, a retired Federal K9 Handler on Texas Task Force I. Karen started her business in 1994 after realizing the need for educating the public about dog training and behavior while volunteering for a local humane society.

She worked in the Assistance Dog Field for 15 years and currently provides her expertise on behavior problems including fear, anxiety and aggression. She has consulted and worked with thousands of pet dog owners, various shelters and many rescue organizations, as well as has testified in dozens of court cases regarding dog bites. She currently teaches at two facilities in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex focusing on Reactive Integration and Competitive Obedience and Rally. She also specializes in Puppy Problem prevention in the home and working with Reactivity and aggression cases.

Karen has presented seminars to the general public, rescue groups, animal control officers, at various dog training clubs, dog training facilities, and various shelters throughout Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Ohio, and Tennessee. She has presented at the Dallas SPCA, Texas A&M Veterinary College Behavior Club, Texas Animal Control Association Conference (2016 & 2017) as well as the annual Texas Unites for Animals (2017 & 2018) . She is often called upon to help rescue groups make difficult decisions about behaviorally challenged dogs in their care.

Certifications: Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (IAABC)

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.deedscanineconnection.com


Linda Randall

Linda Randall

At One Smart Dog, we believe a well-behaved dog is a pleasure to live with and easy to love. As a veterinarian and companion animal specialist, I am intensely dedicated to the well-being of animals. As a Karen Pryor Academy - Certified Professional Trainer (KPA-CPT), I am a graduate of one of the most rigorous, skilled training programs in the United States and around the world.

What can I, and my training facility, One Smart Dog, do for you? Quite a lot! New puppy‚ naughty puppy? Start your new pup off right with our foundation puppy classes. Small class size, quick sign up, and easy access to instructors who care. Who's a good dog? (When he wants to be??) We can help! Our positive methods help your dog make the "right" decision more often. Enjoy every day with your dog. Want to learn to train your dog? We have classes: small size, easy enrollment. We also offer one on one Personal Training to suit your needs and schedule.Want us to train your dog?

We offer individual training built around your goals with one of our certified, positive trainers. Reactive or aggression concerns with your new dog? You are not alone, and we can help. Walking in the park or hiking on trails with your dog can be as much fun as you dreamt it would be. Join our Trek and Train, Out and About, and Reactive Rover walks to encourage good outdoor dog citizenship.Love sports, and want to participate with your dog? We've got you covered with agility, scent classes, tracking, rally obedience, trick classes, and more.

Certifications: DVM, ABVP, KPA, LLA

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.1smartdog.com


Tanzi Leary

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


Jaime Caponetta

Jaime Caponetta

Jaime left her 9-5 desk job and started her journey as a kennel attendant for a K9 boarding facility before transferring to the Monmouth County SPCA where she gained invaluable animal welfare experience. During her time at the MCSPCA, she was part of the team of handlers that assisted Law Enforcement on the largest case of animal hoarding in NJ. She also completed rigorous schooling to obtain her certification as a K9 trainer from the Animal Behavior College in California.

In 2017 she put her experience to the test and started Pawsome Walks NJ. A Dog Walking, Pet Sitting, and (at the time) Dog Training company. Her training methods and level of care have resulted in countless behavioral transformations, happy pets, and relieved families. Jaime earned the title of Assoc. Certified K9 Behavior Consultant from the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Achieved by over 300 recorded hours of behavior consulting, and 150 hours of course work in addition to her standard dog training certification, and is actively expanding on her knowledge through the IAABC's advanced courses. This additional certification and education affords her the skills needed to solve complex behavioral issues that far exceed the abilities of a standard dog trainer. Thus, Pawsome University was born!

Jaime is very involved in Animal Welfare. She is the Pet Therapy Certifying Trainer at the MCSPCA. Helps out local shelters and rescues, such as Sammy's Hope and East Orange Animal Alliance, with discounted trainings and advice for foster parents to ensure difficult dogs make it out the door and into the arms of their forever families. And Jaime is second in command at The Opal Fund, a 501(c)3 in honor of Opal Caponetta, that provides MRI scans to pets suffering from Neurological Disorders. Jaime's vast experience in animal welfare has equipped her for even the most challenging cases, and her unique connection with the dogs in her care is why so many clients and organizations trust her with their pets.

Certifications: Certified Dog Trainer, ABCDT, Certified K9 Behavior Consultant, IAABC

Services include:

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

Website: https://pawsomeuniversity.com


Tiffany Baker

Tiffany Baker

Hi all! My name is Tiffany and I own and operate Boss Babe Dog Training. I'm a certified canine behavior consultant who specializes in aggression, reactivity, and other fear, frustration and anxiety based behaviors, with an additional emphasis on dogs with disabilities, including blind and deaf dogs. My goal: to empower each human dog partnership I have the opportunity to work with through cooperative learning!

Certifications: CBCC-KA, FDM, CCUI, FPPE

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.bossbabedogtraining.com


Heather Mishefske

Heather Mishefske

Heather got her start in dogs at the age of 10 years old in 4H. Showing in local shows, and doing some grooming of the neighbor dogs prepped her for a life in the dog world. She has a degree in dietetics from UW Madison, and worked in healthcare for 13 years before leaving to go into dogs full time. She opened emBARK in 2006 and they offer dog daycare, group training classes, grooming, canine massage and behavior consulting.

emBARK has been voted "Eau Claire's BEST" training facility for the past 12 years. Her entire staff seek continuous education to stay current in their fields. Heather currently serves on two national board of directors - the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and the Flat Coated Retriever Society of America. She lives outside of Mondovi, Wisconsin on a farm with her husband, Flat Coated Retrievers and a barn cat. She is also a certified Wisconsin Master Naturalist who has transformed their land back to native prairie. She is passionate about being outside in any and all weather, and about ethical and empathic dog training.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training

Website: https://www.embarkdog.com


Amanda Boyd

Amanda Boyd

Amanda is equal parts dog person and people person; you and your dog are both important to her! She is committed to using progressive, force-free training methods to improve dog and human communication and relationships. After graduating from Olympia High School in WA state, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University and has a strong background in the art and science of animal learning.

She has been working professionally with dogs since 2000 and has supplemented her hands-on experience with formal training in classes, seminars, and workshops given by leaders in the field of dog behavior and training. In 2006, she became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and founded her training business, Sidekick Dog Training. Amanda worked for nearly ten years as Senior Trainer with Seattle Humane Society in Bellevue, where she helped hundreds of families build relationships with their newly adopted dogs and puppies. In addition to puppy classes and basic manners, Amanda has developed and taught a wide range of innovative courses including Double Dog Manners, Manners About Town, Reactive Rover, and Shy Dog Manners.

Amanda was a regular contributor to the Journal Newspapers’ “Pampered Pets” column, and her training advice has been featured on The Animal Rescue Site, The Bark Blog, and in both City Dog and Dog Fancy magazines. Most recently, she has been featured on King 5 TV’s “Evening” in the role of dog behavior expert and contributes regurlarly to the Northwest Canine Coalition newsletter. She enjoys mentoring new trainers and collaborating with others in the field. She was an online instructor for the FDSA Pet Professionals Program, created by Denise Fenzi to educate current and future dog trainers.

Amanda is also a big believer in giving back to the community and regularly contributes to organizations that work to improve the lives of human and non-human animals, including numerous animal shelters, retirement homes, senior centers, and schools in the Puget Sound area. Amanda was Adoption and Admissions Supervisor for Seattle Humane Society for more than three years and was Dog Program Manager at Woodinville’s Homeward Pet Adoption Center for more than a year.

In 2006, she set a record for the number of dogs adopted from Homeward Pet. She also volunteered weekly with the Canine Connections program at Echo Glen Children’s Center in Snoqualmie for more than five years. Amanda lives in Port Orchard, WA (near Gig Harbor & Tacoma) with her own canine sidekicks and a large mischief of pet rats. She regularly competes in agility and barn hunt and also enjoys dog parkour and disc dog training. She is a member of Puget Sound Positive Trainers (PSPT) and recently co-founded Kitsap Peninsula Positive Trainers (KPPT).

With over 15 years of experience in the field and a true passion for her work, Amanda is an excellent choice for any dog guardian seeking the best possible relationship with his/her/their canine sidekick(s). Sidekick. Train happy!

Services include:

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

Website: https://sidekickdogtraining.com


Ashley Valentine

Ashley valentine

Ashley Valentine is a Nationally Certified Canine Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). She has completed a Complete Canine Certification in Canine Aggression master course through world-renowned Michael Shikashio who is fully Certified through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She uses positive reinforcement, management, and safety techniques to help owners and dogs with all levels of aggression, reactivity and anxiety.

As with any canine, her goals are happy, loved dogs with confident, knowledgeable owners. In addition, she has also completed a master course on separation anxiety by Moira Hechenleitner DVM, CSAT, in which the training method is a positive and relaxing experience for the dog, which will allow them to desensitize and learn to be home alone comfortably. To go along with her canine CPR and first aid qualifications, Ashley has also completed her certification in Recognizing Pain in Dogs and is a supporter of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Ashley has completed her certification as a Family Dog Mediator (F.D.M) through Kim Brophey and is working on getting her licensing in this methodology which gives understanding to the many aspects as to WHY dogs behave the way they do and how we can help them in a humane, enriching and enlightening way. This methodology helps bridge the gap between human and dog in order to have a better understanding, communication and trusting relationship from both ends of the leash.

She has a special affinity for helping fearful and aggressive dogs reach a state of happiness and is always the common face at every local rescue event and takes pride in giving back to the canine community through her training, fostering, volunteering and her specialization in behavioral rehab.Ashley pursued her passion by obtaining her bachelor's degree in Animal Science from The University of Connecticut in 2007.

Her passion for her animal training career began early, with riding horses at the age of 8 and by 19, she was managing a riding facility. She also built/owned/operated 2 riding facilities in which she trained horses to compete in Hunter Jumper competitions all over the East Coast. She then moved to San Diego in 2015 and put that education to work. Since then, she has become the go-to socializer for the most extreme fear cases found in a variety of rescues in San Diego and overseas.Certification: CBCC-KA Certified Behaviorist, CPDT-KA - Certified Professional Dog Trainer, CGC Evaluator, Complete Canines Certification in Canine Aggression and Master Course Certification in Separation Anxiety.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CBCC, F.D.M., Aggression cert through Michael S and Sep Anx through Moira H

Services include:

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

Website: http://www.zoesdogtraining.com/


Mandy Eakins

Mandy Eakins

Manners Matter Dog Training and Daycare is the Lexington Kentucky area's premiere dog training and care facility. Our facility has the most certified trainers on staff of any other facility in the area. We hold ourselves to the highest standard of care when it comes to your dog. Our training methods are effective and veterinary approved.We offer day training, group classes, private lessons, and daycare.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, KPA CTP

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://mannersmatterky.com


Helen St. Pierre

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). Helen has been training dogs for over 19 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 presenter, a licensed Dogs and Toddlers presenter, and a certified AKC evaluator.

Certifications: CPDT-KSA, CDBC, OSCT

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.nomonkeybusinessdogtraining.com


Erika Proctor

Erika Proctor

I am a Positive Reinforcement Animal Behavior Specialist who Specializies in training special needs animals, Therapy Dog Training, and helping animals Build a Better Bond with the people they love.

Certifications: APDT, GDUTDI, AKC CGC and Trick Dog evaluator

Services include:

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

Website: https://greendogsunleashed.org


Savannah LeFors

Savannah LeFors

Hello! I'm Savannah LeFors, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, and I have been training dogs since 2015! I was the coordinator of Tallahassee Memorial's Animal Therapy Department and I have been screening, training, evaluating, and managing over 180 therapy animal teams that visited the Big Bend region's healthcare facilities, nursing homes, and schools for over 2 years. I also have experience assessing and training service dogs as part of an internship.

I was raised in Saint Augustine, FL, and after moving away to get my degree in Tallahassee at Florida State, I realized my heart lives here! I am excited and passionate to help the residents of the First Coast bond with their dogs and enjoy everything our amazing coast has to offer! As a child of two Deaf parents, I am fluent in American Sign Language, so I am also thrilled to provide accessibility to dog training for all Deaf people as well! Although I have learned a lot via reading books, attending seminars, and training clients' dogs, I have learned the most about dog training from my Australian Cattle Dog, Sydney. Sydney is totally Deaf, so we do things a little differently! I specialize in dog body language and have learned to think outside of the box to work with Sydney, and can apply my knowledge, skills, and research in science-based, positive reinforcement training to help with you and your dog's needs!

Certifications: CPDT-KA, AKC Evaluator

Services include:

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

Website: https://SavvyDT.com


Frances Dauster

Frances Dauster

Frances Dauster, CC (CPDT-KA 2001 - 2016) NADOI Certified, has been an instructor for Family Dog Obedience Training since 1998.She has taught for the for the Mobile Bay Dog Training Club, Mobile AL; Community Education Program of Mobile, AL; Skills Center, Eglin Airforce Base, FL; B&B Pet Stop, Mobile, AL; Theodore Veterinary Hospital, Theodore, AL; PetSupermarket, Mobile, AL; Pet Supplies "PLUS," Mobile, AL; Village Animal Clinic, Mobile AL and has volunteered instruction for the Southeastern Guide Dog Puppies of the Mobile, AL and Ocean Springs, MS areas.

Frances has participated in AKC obedience venues including AKC and ASCA obedience and AKC agility. She assists in the organization and preparation for local animal-related events and rescues, as well as petfests and many varieties of canine demonstrations. She has taken her dogs for therapy visits to facilities and civic groups.As a Member of the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, a long-standing Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, as a founding member of TrulyDogFriendly and a member of the Pet Professional Guild, Frances believes in furthering her education by participation in seminars, webcourses, telecourses and hands-on workshops throughout every year. These educational opportunities include many different aspects to do with dogs, including: family dog obedience training; AKC show obedience; agility; barn hunt; herding; tracking; clicker training; behavior modification; puppy training; pet dog training; aggressive dog skills and management; medical issues pertaining to behavior, etc.

Frances is a four-times-recertified Certified Professional Dog Trainer by the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers. Furthermore, Frances is a Graduate of the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers! In order to give the best education to her students, both canine and human, Frances believes it is vital to keep current with the most modern aspects of dog training and behavior. Frances is active every day on discussion lists with Professional Dog Trainers, Veterinarians, Certified Pet Behavior Counselors, and other canine professionals worldwide.

Certifications: SF/SPCA Counseling Certificate, NADOI Certified

Services include:

  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://www.sunpaws.com


Pat Miller

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

Website: https://www.peaceablepaws.com


Amber Quann

Amber Quann

Amber has been training dogs since age 10, and teaching dog training classes since the age of 13! Through participation in a 4-H dog club, Amber grew up competing in various dog sports, including rally, agility, obedience, and conformation. More recently, she spends her time training her dogs to be excellent backpacking, camping, paddle-boarding, and brewery companions. Amber is the owner of Summit Dog Training in Colorado, and the creator of the national Drink With Your Dog Project. Amber is fascinated by the bond that grows between dogs and their owners as they do fun activities together, and promoting this special connection is a significant part of her mission in her work with dogs and their humans.

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

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.summitdogtraining.com


Comora Tolliver

Comora Tolliver

I help families navigate their world with the canine companions they love. I teach owners how to set their dogs up for success and reach their goals using humane, science based training strategies based on the individual. I also offer puppy, cgc, manners, and reactive dog classes.

Certifications: KPA CTP, Fear Free Certified, AKC EVALUATOR, Family Dog Mediator

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.barkersanonymous.com


Brie Blakeman

Brie Blakeman

Brie Blakeman, CPDT-KA, is a certified professional dog trainer and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild. Brie started her professional career as a full time coach of the Training & Behavior Department at The Oregon Humane Society. It was during her time there that she discovered a passion for not just training dogs, but coaching the humans who raise and love them.

Raised her own two Siberian Huskies with challenging & complex behavior issues, put Brie in a unique position to hone her skills in working with ‘out of the box’ behavior cases that require a deeper understanding of behavior modification and learning theory. It was during this time that she found her love for working complex behavior cases centering around dog reactivity, vet phobia, and aggression. To boost her knowledge base Brie attended and graduated from leading aggression expert, Michael Shikashio’s Aggression in Dogs Master Course, and studied cooperative care training with Laura Monaco Torrelli.

Brie continues her studies by regularly attending the most current, up to date conferences on canine behavior, taught by today’s leading experts in animal behavior.While Brie received her professional certification in 2017, she credits her skill to a lifetime of working with and training animals. As a child, she raised her family’s standard poodles, rats and parrots, spending all her free time training them to perform a wide variety of behaviors from potty training to tricks. At the age of 12 she started training western horses to perform Dressage/Hunter Jumper which really taught her a lot about how humans body language, handling and relationship with the animal plays a large role in behavior outcomes.

Her background as a public speaker, and educator has given her a unique ability to recognize subtle shifts that can be made to enhance the lives of both the human and canine end of the leash. This is supported with a deep passion in breaking down challenging concepts and methodologies into practical everyday use.

Alongside running her own business, Brie and her two huskies enjoy the sports of Skijoring, Rally Obedience, and Trick Training. Her three year old Siberian Husky Yuka has earned her Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and Expert Trick Dog Titles.Brie‘s greatest teachers have and will always be the dogs and humans she has the honor of working with every day. Brie credits her knowledge & work to Susan Friedman, Karen Pryor, Laura Monaco Torrelli, Leslie McDevitt, Susan Clothier, Jean Donaldson, Tanya Roberts, Donna Hill, Emma Parsons, Emily Larson, Annika McDade, Dr. Chris Pachel, Hannah Branigan, Grisha Stewart, Ken Ramirez, Pamela Reid, Patricia B. McConnell and many more!

Credentials: Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog TrainersAggression In Dogs Master Course GraduateBoard member for Whole Dog Academy, Portland, ORVCA Northwest Veterinary Specialist Pet First Aid/CPRBachelors of Arts in Business Development and Interdisciplinary Arts

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.noblewoof.com


Danette Johnston

Danette Johnston

Danette Johnston, Owner, is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a Fear Free Certified Professional (FFCP) Trainer and has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) in the state of Washington. She has trained dogs (and people!) working in animal hospitals (Seattle Veterinary Associates) and shelters prior to opening dog’s day out in 2000.

She has published articles on dog day care and dog-dog interactions for The Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). She has lectured on dog behavior to Veterinary Technicians and students at the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians conference. Danette is a Licensed Canine Good Citizen evaluator for the the AKC and worked as a Delta Society Pet Partner’s (animal assisted therapy) Instructor and Team (with her dear departed dog Georgia).

She is a Be a Tree presenter for Doggone Safe teaching bite prevention to school age children and is the creator/instructor of Barks & Babes, a specialized class for expecting parents on how to prepare their dog for the family’s upcoming human addition. Danette started a Shelter Training Program in which she works with shelter and rescue groups educating staff and volunteers working to improve the lives of shelter animals and to innovate modern sheltering.

Danette is passionate about learning and continuing education. She attends conferences, workshops and seminars on a regular basis to keep up on advances in canine science and behavior. She has attended seminars by: Karen Pryor, Jean Donaldson, Patricia McConnell, Ian Dunbar, Susan Friedman, Chiraq Patel, Ken Ramirez, Victoria Stilwell, Pat Miller, Emily Larlham and Ken McCort among others. She is currently working on her Family Dog Mediator Certification.

After recently losing her beloved Pittie/Border Collie mix Rufus to lymphoma she currently shares her home with Ernie, a brown tabby with many extra toes, one human teenager, and a very tolerant husband. She is currently searching for her next dog!

Certifications:CPDT-KA, CFFT, FDM

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.dogsdayoutseattle.com


Ali Sutch

Ali Sutch

I provide private training that is rooted in science and compassion, with an emphasis on learner control. My practice is informed by nonviolent communication and harm reduction. I love working with my human clients just as much as the other end of the leash!

Certifications: KPA CTP

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.uptosnuff.net


Devin Zimmer

Devin Zimmer

Devin has been training dogs since 2011. She currently offers group classes at Bluegrass Dog Training Academy in Lexington and behavior consultations at PetVet365 in Brannon-Crossing and Harrodsburg Road. She follows the LIMA guidelines in her training (least intrusive, minimally aversive).

Certifications: CDBC, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KSA, IAABC-ADT, Fear Free Certified Professional

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://bluegrassdogtraining.com/


Sniffspot Top Trainer Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get in touch with these 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 dog trainers certified professionals?

Each dog trainers certifications are listed in their profile. Dog training is not regulated at the federal or state level, so there is no standard dog training certification. However, many private institutions offer certifications. 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.

What methods do these dog trainers teach?

There are many methods for teaching dogs. All of the trainers included on this list are positive reinforcement only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. You can see more information in each trainer’s profile regarding their training specialties.

How much do these dog trainers cost?

Dog trainers have a wide range of costs for different services. 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. Going through a training process with your dog can improve the bond that you share with them. Also, training can do a lot to improve the confidence of a dog; it gives them more certainty that they understand how the world around them works. And lastly, it’s just fun for the dog and for you. Training can be very stimulating and enriching for a dog.

Can an aggressive dog be trained?

Yes! Any dog behavior can be worked on through training. Aggression 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. If you believe you have an aggressive dog, we recommend reaching out to one of your local top trainers to get their diagnosis and advice.

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