The Best Dog Trainers in Boston, MA of 2022

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Welcome to the Boston, MA Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2022. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Boston 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 Massachusetts list.

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The Best Boston, MA Dog Trainers in 2022

Aubrey Sperry

Aubrey Sperry, CDBC, CPDT-KA, is the owner and head trainer of Sit Pretty Dog Training. She is certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants as a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), and by Fear Free as a Fear Free Certified Trainer.

Aubrey is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild, and she has worked professionally with animals since 2007. She gained experience teaching people while working as an educator at the Los Angeles Zoo, and learned to work with various dog breeds as a veterinary technician in an emergency and specialty practice in Los Angeles. More recently in Boston, Aubrey worked as a zookeeper at the Franklin Park Zoo, where she trained or assisted in training a variety of exotic animals.

As her career progressed from vet tech to zookeeper to aquarium vet tech, Aubrey realized dog training is her first love. During her five years working in the veterinary field, she noticed that the discomfort animals can have in veterinary clinics makes work difficult for veterinarians and can make dogs and their owners anxious. She has also seen instances of dogs being returned to shelters and rescues due to a lack of training. These situations ranged from differing energy levels between an owner and the dog chosen, to leash reactivity in the city, to simple misunderstanding of normal dog behavior. Being a witness to these common problems has led Aubrey to work with dogs in a way that reduces frustration in dogs and their owners with supportive and positive communication.

Aubrey wants to be there to support new dog owners, veterinary clinicians and their clients, and people who are struggling to maintain a balanced city life with their dogs.As a veterinary technician and avid participant in dog sports, Aubrey has worked with many different dog breeds, and knows how to tailor training regimens to suit different temperaments of individual dogs. She believes that many dogs can adapt to fit a lifestyle that suits a city dweller with the right training and mental stimulation.

Aubrey lives in West Roxbury with her two dogs, Jolene and Guillermo. They are active in the dog sport flyball and can be seen with their team, Ready, Set, Ruckus!, at tournaments throughout the year. Aubrey also enjoys working her dogs in rally obedience, dock diving, canine frisbee, lure coursing, and nosework. She also works hard to make sure her dogs are well adjusted city dwellers. Say hi if you see them around West Rox or JP.

Certifications: CDBC, CPDT-KA, Fear Free Certified Trainer, CGC Evaluator

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

As a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, Aubrey Sperry offers behavioral consultations for dogs with aggressive behaviors directed toward humans, dogs, and other animals. Sit Pretty Dog Training offers training and behavior consults for dogs that have bitten or injured another animal or human as well as dogs that growl or bite when a person approaches while they are enjoying a valued item (food or toy). Additionally, Sit Pretty services dogs with reactivity, including inappropriate barking and lunging at people or other animals.

Training methods:

Private clients get started with a consultation, which is a 90 minute in home visit. At that session, your dog’s behavioral and training history is discussed, your goals for training are prioritized, then a training plan is started. Foundation training typically consists of marker training and improving communication, discussion of safety, and adding management to your household that would prevent the practice of unwanted or unsafe behaviors.

Service area:

Serving Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Brookline, Dorchester, Chestnut Hill, Newton, Needham, and Dedham. Services rendered outside of these neighborhoods will incur service fees, please inquire for more information.

Website: https://www.sitprettydogtraining.com


Janice Gifford

I’m a certified professional dog trainer who uses positive reinforcement methods to train and modify behavior.

Certificates: CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

Reactivity – fear, anxiety, or stress related reactivity on leash. Over-excited greeters with people and other dogs.

Training methods:

Science based training methods – positive reinforcement training, along with management to prevent the rehearsal of unwanted behaviors.

Service area:

Pembroke, Marshfield, Scituate areas to East Bridgewater, Halifax areas to Milton, Quincy, Dorchester areas.

Website: https://www.pawsitivelyobedient.com


Ruth Hegarty

Ruth Hegarty combines life coaching and dog training to transform dog behavior through positive rewards-based training, increase understanding to reduce conflict between dog and handler and empower people to have the life they’ve always wanted with their dog.

Ruth teaches basic manners, behavior modification and works extensively with reactive dogs. She has special programs for newly adopted dogs to help them and their family settle in happily together.

Certifications: Certified dog trainer, Certified Dog Bite Prevention Educator, Fear Free Shelters Graduate, Dog First Aid & CPR Certified, Certified Life Coach, Certified Educator

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

I work with reactive dog behaviors, separation anxiety, resource guarding, aggression, problem behaviors such as excessive barking, jumping on people, escaping, chewing, etc.

Training methods:

I create customized training plans for each dog and provide support between sessions and post program. As an educator and life coach, I work as much with the humans as the dogs to build everyone’s handling confidence and create a lifestyle that works for them. I use positive training methods and communication theory to help dogs and their people work together.

Service area:

For in person training, I cover Boston, Arlington, Cambridge, Somerville, Lexington, Bedford, Medford

Website: https://www.creaturegooddogtraining.com


Diane Kurkjian

I am the owner of Everydog Training Center in Danvers, MA. We provide group and private classes in manners and sports.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:
  • Reactive dog training
Behavioral issue focus:

Fearful and reactive behaviors

Training methods:

We use positive reinforcement based methods.

Service area:

Danvers and surrounding towns

Website: https://www.everydogtrainingcenter.com


Jenny Efimova

Jenny Efimova is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP) and Fear Free Certified Training Professional. Jenny is skilled in using evidence-based positive reinforcement training and behavior modification techniques that are humane, effective, and safe.

Certifications: KPA CTP

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.dogminded.training


John Nys

John Nys Bio John has been involved in animal training for over 25 years. He started his devotion to training horses at an early age. John has won multiple National Championships with his horses and was the Massachusetts National Barrel Horse Rodeo Champion in 2002.

On to Agility… John has been competing on the local, national and international dog agility stage for over 15 years. During this time, he has become one of the most respected competitors and instructors in agility. He is well known for his positive motivation and mental management/coaching with his students and his canine companions.

Size doesn’t matter when competing in dog agility, as John has competed successfully with multiple canine partners in the small, medium and large dog divisions resulting in John realizing his dreams and achievements at all height levels. John and his ‘teammates’ have earned 30 Master Agility Champion Titles. He is a 10-time International World Team Member with 4 different canine partners. John has represented the US 6 times as an AKC World Team member at the FCI World Championships (Rush and Boss), 3 times at the European Open Championships (Rush, Trick and Boss) and on the 2015 World Agility Open US Team with Trick and Rush.

In 2010 John and Rush took hone the FCI Silver Medal in Individual Agility, FCI Silver Medal in the Individual Overall Combined, and the FCI Silver Medal in Team Jumping. In 2014 John and Rush took home the FCI Silver Medal in Team Agility and the FCI Gold Medal in Team Overall Combined events. In 2015 John and Rush took home Silver in the WAO Team Event. John and Rush are one of the most decorated world agility teams with 5 Silver Medals and 1 Gold Medal in the individual agility, jumping and team events.

John is also a multiple Westminster Masters of Agility Championships finalist with Rush, Trick and Boss in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. In 2017 Trick was awarded the Westminster’s Grand Champion Title. Boss placed 2nd in 2019 and was the 16 inch overall champion in 2021. John has been a consistent finalist at the AKC National Agility Championships and USDAA World Cynosport Grand Prix/Steeple Chase Championships on over a dozen occasions, placing in the top 3 on over 9 occasions and winning the USDAA World Cynosport Grand Prix Championships in 2010. John has also won numerous USDAA Regional Championships and ISC High Combined Titles with multiple canine partners.

John’s accomplishments have been earned and realized through the dedication and training of all his canine partners, for which none of this would have been possible without them: Casey, Blink, Rush, Trick, Boss, Shya and now introducing, Jovi.

Certifications: 12 Agility World Team and AKC Finalist

Behavioral issue focus:

Basic obedience. – Agility

Training methods:

Positive training techniques

Service area:

Metro Providence RI. southern Worcester County and metro west Boston

Website: https://agilityrushk9.com/


Jenn Frankavitz

Starting as a dog trainer was an easy choice as a lifelong animal lover! I have a passion for working with reactive and aggressive dogs and their humans, as well as puppy-rearing to prevent a lot of common behavioral problems.

I have been training professionally for over 10 years, and own a fear free facility in Beverly, MA where we focus on a quality daycare experience for your dog, fear free grooming, training, and more!

Certifications: CPDT-KA, AKC-CGC, SDC, ANWI, FFCP (Trainer)

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

All behavioral issues including aggression, anxiety, impulse control issues, etc

Training methods:

We utilize positive reinforcement methods – all training is done using humane and science-backed methods.

Service area:

Serving all of Essex County

Website: https://www.fourleggersdoggiedaycare.com


Heather Garre Day

Heather is the founder and owner of Tail Waggin’ Dog Training. Heather holds her associates degree in business from The University of Southern Maine, as well as earning her Advanced Dog Educator/ Trainer certificates from Jo-Thors’ Dog Training Academy in Marietta, GA.

She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and continuously attends seminars and conferences such as the annual APDT Conference and clicker expo.Continuously improving her skills, Heather’s most recent certification was achieved in December 2020. She is now certified by the Karen Pryor Academy in the Animal Training & Behavior, Puppy Start Right for Instructors course. You can see more information about the certification here.

Heather also became a Certified Training Partner (CPT) from the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA), a rigorous program based on the most up-to-date behavior science and modern training and teaching practices earlier in 2020.As well as being an active member and trainer for the Cape Cod Kennel Club, she is a certified evaluator for the American Kennel Club’s S.T.A.R. Puppy and Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dogs International. Heather is also a certified agility instructor through White Mountain Agility School.

Heather is a devoted animal specialist and caring pet owner. She has been working with animals professionally for the past twenty-seven years. Heather, a native Cape Codder, currently has a Border Collies, a Border Collie Mix, one cat and a Green Winged Macaw, all of which are rescues and live in Brewster, MA. Her specialty is working with behavior-specific issues utilizing clicker training, positive cues and reinforcement. ‘Training your dog is all about achieving a positive relationship between you and your dog and having fun while doing so’ says Heather.

Certifications: KPA-CTP

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.tailwaggindogtraining.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.

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

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