The Best Dog Trainers in Austin, TX of 2022

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Welcome to the Austin, TX Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2022. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Austin 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. This list is a subset of the broader Top Trainers in Texas list.

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The Best Austin, TX Dog Trainers in 2022

Judit Arroyo

Judit was only 17 years old when she found herself in over her head with her first dog, Puffy. Always a timid pup, at two years old he became very aggressive and reactive towards people and other dogs. Not willing to give up on her dog and not able to afford training Judit was determined to learn the art of dog training. In 2002 she launched her career as a professional dog trainer when he applied for a dog training internship in one of Chicago’s only training schools at that time and was then hired to be part of their training staff.

While other teenagers were hanging out with friends, Judit was spending her Friday nights accompanying her mentor to obedience trials, her Saturdays observing obedience classes, and her Sundays volunteering at shelters and assisting her second mentor certifying therapy dogs. Fast forward more than a decade and a half, and Judit’s passion for dogs and behavior continues to grow.

After receiving her BA in Sociology with a Psychology minor, Judit continued her dog-training career. In her 15 years of hands-on experience, Judit served as Director of Training for a daycare facility in the South-loop for 10 years, led the training program for Animal Career Academy for 6 years, and served as the dog/handler-team test evaluator for Sit Stay Read for 10 years. She writes about dog behavior and two of her articles have been published in The APDT Chronicle of the Dog. Judit’s Reactive Dog class was modeled in The APDT Chronicle of the Dog, and she was the on-set trainer for the forthcoming movie, Beast. She has competed in Rally-O, CPE, and AKC Agility with her Miniature Aussie, Lilu Manai.

In addition, Judit has co-authored a manuscript for dog trainers on working with human clients. Judit has also written a manuscript on training urban dogs, and one on troubleshooting problematic dog behaviors. Education is a big part of Judit’s passion and commitment to the welfare of dogs. She currently sits on the board for the Inner Pup Org as their behaviorist, and travels yearly to New Orleans to volunteer in their three-week education program at local schools.

When she is not teaching, blogging, or training, Judit enjoys weekly trips to the forest preserve with her dogs, Lilu and her adopted American Bulldog, Saint. She enjoys her daily fetching outings with Lilu and sign language training with Saint, who is deaf. You can also find her posting photos and running Lilu and Saint’s Instagram page. Puffy lived 15 wonderful and happy years- he will always remain Judit’s inspiration to learn and help other people who find themselves in the same boat she was 16 years ago.

Certifications: Certified professional dog trainer

Services include:

  • In home training


Heather Clever

Heather was first introduced to positive reinforcement methods while apprenticing under an experienced trainer in Phoenix. The idea that we can show animals how to coexist with us, in ways that don’t involve physical punishment or intimidation, immediately resonated with her.

Over 9 years later, she is still using this methodology to help dogs and their families. Heather regularly attends continuing education events and loves that there are always new things to learn about effective behavior modification.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

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

Heather routinely works with potty issues, demand barking, fearful behaviors, reactive dogs, handling and grooming, vet visit difficulty, car reluctance, shy dogs, distractibility and excitability, and more.

Training methods:

Heather uses positive reinforcement to build desirable behaviors and management to prevent the practice of unwanted behaviors. She does not utilize physical punishment in her training. Training starts with discussing the family’s goals and agreeing on a training plan, then systematically building the relevant skills in easy to follow steps.

Service area:

10 mile radius from Downtown Austin; remote


Rona Distenfeld

I’m a relationship based trainer. I help you create a relationship with your dog where they want to follow your lead and look to you for guidance. We layer the skills you want over this foundation so you have true obedience based in trust.

Certifications: Certified Integrative Behaviorist, AKC Evaluator

Services include:

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


Jeannette Kincaid

Jeannette is personally and professionally committed to improving the lives of dogs and their relationships with their owners through positive and gentle training methods.

Jeannette earned her training certification from Animal Behavior College in 2008 and is devoted to continued education through reading, attending conferences, listening to Podcasts and following the careers of her favorite animal behaviorists and dog trainers.

She loves helping growing families learn how to live safely and harmoniously with new children and/or dogs. Sharing her life with a shy dog, she has a special interest in helping other shy dogs blossom and overcome their fears. Jeannette is currently working her way through Animal Behavior College Grooming Instruction Program.

Certifications: Animal Behavior College Graduate (2006), Fear-free certified Trainer & Groomer, Pet First Aid

Services include:

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


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 trainer’s certifications, if provided, 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 services.

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.

I am a trainer. How can I get listed here?

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.

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