The Best Dog Trainers in Colorado of 2022

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

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The Best Colorado Dog Trainers in 2022

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
Behavioral issue focus:

I work with many reactive dogs (barking, lunging, etc.), as well as resource guarding, anxiety & stress behaviors.

Training methods:

I use positive reinforcement training methods in conjunction with Applied Behavior Analysis, to construct training plans for my students. I believe in finding practical solutions that work for the clients and the dogs, that will be easy and safe to implement for everyone involved with the dog.

Service area:

Fort Collins, CO and Remote

Website: https://www.summitdogtraining.com


Rachel Laurie Harris

I help dog guardians build a lasting relationship through training.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

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

Teenage dogs are a lot and we love to guide guardians through a very challenging time. We also work with reactivity, aggression and resource guarding.

Training methods:

We take a behavior history and our initial sessions consist of asking questions and formulating a custom training plan. We then guide and support guardians on how best to execute the training plan.

Service area:

We provide in person training in the Denver Metro Area. Including North Denver, Thornton, Westminster and Broomfield. Our virtual training services are worldwide.

Website: https://www.agoodfeelingdogtraining.com/


Blythe Bouchard (Neer)

Hi, I’m Blythe! I am a certified professional dog trainer specializing in service dogs, scent detection, pet manners, and behavior modification. I have a love of reactive dog training and completed several courses to help level up my reactivity skills. I have over 100 clients in my program currently training for medical alert, allergen detection, reactivity, and public manners.

My favorite clients to work with are well-researched, motivated, and eager to practice with their dogs. Many of them are neurodivergent (just like me!). I have two dogs of my own, Quimby and Melvin. Quimby is my service dog, who is training to assist me with my disabilities, including detecting gluten. Melvin is my just for fun pup, and he is training for scentwork trials as well as medical alert demonstrations for the public.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, IAABC-ADT, CCUI, FFP-Trainer, CTDI, SDJ, AACE

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

Reactivity, Leash Pulling, Barking, Lunging, Anxiety/Fearfulness, Resource Guarding, Aggression, Anxiety/Aggression in the Vet’s Office, Cat Chasing, Nipping

Training methods:

Most of my clients are virtual, so we meet once per week online via zoom. There is a questionnaire to fill out first, sometimes I ask for videos of different behaviors, and then our lessons begin. Each client receives a recording of the lesson as well as a page of notes, next steps, and to-dos so that you don’t have to remember what we talked about in session. I work with you until resolution or until you feel confident to continue working on your own.

For in person, you’d fill out a similar questionnaire, but instead of meeting online, we’d meet at your home or in public. You’d receive the page of notes, next steps, and to dos.

Every client receives access to my discord server while working with me, where I answer questions every day and host live classes virtually.

I train using treats, harnesses, long lines, clickers, and flat collars.

Service area:

Remote, Greeley, Loveland

Website: https://www.deltatails.com


Megan Danitz

I started Full Pawtential in 2007 after graduating as a Certified Dog Trainer and have grown my business quite a bit over the past 15 years. I have learned a lot along the way, including that I prefer to train using trust and rewards over punishment and pain. I have always considered my animals family, friends, or even my children.

Hurting an animal for any reason isn’t something I can do. Luckily, it’s not required! I can show you how to use proven, science-based, force-free training methods and be MORE SUCCESSFUL than any other methods out there. I offer home training, boarding training, and boarding.

Certifications: Animal Behavior College

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

I work with a variety of behavioral issues by identifying the WHY and implementing a behavior plan to curtail or solve behavioral issues from the root of the issue. Chewing, barking, digging, jumping, and even reactivity!

Training methods:

I am a force free trainer. I always conduct a free phone consult to discuss your goals and explain how it looks to work with me. If we are a good fit, we will schedule home sessions or make a plan for boarding training.

Service area:

I am located in Highlands Ranch and serve nearby cities including Littleton, GWV, Centennial, Parker, Castle Rock, Lone Tree, and DTC.

Website: https://www.fullpawtential.com


Chrissy Messick

I have a passion for and much experience assisting in the healing of others, as well as a deep-rooted love for animals. My dream for many years was to combine the two – I am honored to offer my experience and passion to you and your animal companion so you may both enjoy an integrated, mutually beneficial, respectful, and loving relationship together.

By educating the human and training the animal through positive reinforcement and the science of applied animal behavior, together, we can create an environment for both that is full of understanding, knowledge, trust and love. I enjoy working with animals and their humans on many different levels ranging from puppy training to obedience training (basic and advanced) to behavior modification (fear/anxiety, stress, reactivity and aggression). I received my Masters of Science from Indiana University in Kinesiology with a major in Athletic Training, and my Bachelors of Science in Physical Education with a major in Athletic Training from Washington State University.

For 15 years I provided medical care for the athletes at the University of Washington. During that time, I was also on the medical staff and traveled with many USA teams, including the USA Women’s Soccer team for the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Australia and the USA Women’s Basketball team for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Greece.

When I’m not working with animals, I love spending time with my husband (Kevin), 2 girls (Rylee & Kensie) and our dog Ginger.

Certifications: MS, CPDT-KA

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

Fear, stress, anxiety, aggression (human and dog), general behaviors issues.

Training methods:

Consults, counseling, force free/positive reinforcement, training session notes and plans.

Service area:

Boulder, Longmont, Lafayette, Erie, Louisville, Superior, Broomfield, Nederland, Ward/Jamestown, some remote

Website: https://www.theanimalnature.com/


Cathie Lee

Cathie (AKA Cat) is a Colorado native from the Salida area. Her current stomping ground is in Northern Colorado, and her business K9 Wisdom has two locations in Loveland. She has been training dogs professionally for over 15 years and is a proud dog nerd!

She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed, a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy, a graduate and Certified Dog Trainer through Animal Behavior College, a Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), and is a certified AKC (American Kennel Club) Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. In addition, Cathie is a Mentor Trainer for CATCH Academy, where she mentors aspiring dog trainers!

Prior to opening K9 Wisdom she worked in the Training and Behavior Modification Department of a nationally recognized Humane Society. While working at the humane society she gained invaluable experience working with homeless dogs with behavior problems, conducting Behavior Evaluations/Assessments and matching the right family with the perfect dog.‚ÄãAfter leaving the humane society she became the Training, Behavior and K9 Coach Coordinator at Animal Friends Alliance and Grooming where she trains dogs and coaches volunteers on how to increase the adoptability in rescue dogs.

The K9 Coach Class has became a huge success! Cat’s main goal for the K9 Coach Class is to set dogs up in finding and staying in their forever home. The program improves dogs chances of being adopted through training and manners. She believes dogs learn behaviors best with humane training methods. She values and believes in the power of relationship-based training and uses it as the core when working with clients and their K9 best friends. Knowing all dogs (and owners!) learn differently she uses training styles that work for the individual dog/owner team, setting every client up for success! She utilizes Mark and Reward based training as she feels this opens up the line of communication between owner and their canine sidekicks, all while speeding up learning!

Cathie has an enthusiastic devotion to keeping current on “all things dog”. In doing so she is able to provide an unsurpassed training experience to her clients, while helping their four legged friends learn how to be well mannered and appropriate. She pursues ongoing continued education by attending seminars throughout the year and keeps current on all new canine literature. Cat’s main focus as a trainer is to help owners and their dogs create lasting bonds. She resonates with and strives to improve the lives of shelter dogs and dogs with behavior issues. Specializing in reactivity and dogs who lack confidence has given her a well rounded view of the canine world.

Through her work with reactivity and aggression, Cat has created a well versed curriculum for dogs of all ages and struggles. In order to help her community reduce adoption returns, aggression and reactivity, Cat focuses strongly on teaching owners how to properly socialize their puppy!

Certifications: CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, ABCDT

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.k9wisdomtraining.com/


Stevie Fields

Hi my name is Stevie Fields! I’m a Colorado Native and grew up in Falcon, Colorado, back when there was only a volunteer fire station and one gas station. I grew up surrounded by animals and had a neighbor with several horses that sparked my interest in the animals. I have always had a dog in my life but they always stayed outside and were not perceived as family members.

Now I have three dogs and they are my family! As I got older I went to the University of Colorado Springs Colorado and studied Interpersonal Communications. I realized this was not what I wanted to do with my life. I knew I wanted to work with animals but didn’t know how to go about doing it. I was looking for an apprenticeship to become a dog trainer when I found Angie Neal, (CDBC). I became her apprentice in 2009 and completed the program in 2011. While learning with Angie, I also earned my Canine Behavior Science Technologist (CBST) certification in 2011 from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute, while at the same time worked with and learned from several rescue dogs at Lucky Dog Rescue.

After that I realized getting a job as a dog trainer was near impossible, so I started House of Dog Training in 2012. I didn’t have a facility and only did private lessons for two years. When I was ready to branch out, I contacted Allison and Astrid and we found the location where we are today and the rest is history.

I currently live in Colorado Springs with the love of my life, George Fields, and my reason for living, George Joseph Fields. I have a beautiful White German Shepherd named Leela, a distinguished old German Short Haired Pointer, Zeek and my sweetest one of all, Peanut, a toy Rat Terrier.

Certifications: Canine Behavior Science Technologist (CBST) certification in 2011 from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute

Services include:
  • Board and train
  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training
Behavioral issue focus:

Reactivity, Separation Anxiety, Shy Dogs

Training methods:

Positive Reinforcement, Absolutely NO aversives

Service area:

We are serving Colorado Springs and the Greater Area, like Manitou, Peyton, Black Forrest, Fountain, Security

Website: https://www.houseofdogtraining.com/


Emily Wolf

Teaching you and your dog real world skills, while having fun!

Certifications: KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA, FDM

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

I work with fear, leash reactivity and aggression cases, as well as normal dog behaviors that people find undesirable such as barking and chewing.

Training methods:

Our first session is a bit more involved, determining the scope of your goals and the dog’s current behavior , learning history and genetics (if known) of your dog. We then set realistic goals, usually put some management plans into place and start to teach skills to the dog (and the handler!).

Service area:

Boulder County, Gilpin County

Website: https://www.brilliantpupbehavior.com


Astrid Tryon

Famous Austrian animal behaviorist Konrad Lorenz inspired me to want to understand animals better and to constantly search for ways to help animals and their owners. My winding road started in 2001 and leads from volunteering at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah numerous times, to attending a 5 day long intensive workshop there on ‘How to start your Own Animal Sanctuary’. This experience would later become crucial when I had an integral part of helping found Lucky Dog Rescue in July of 2010 where I was the Vice President and Secretary of LDR for almost 5 years.

My journey continued volunteering at Helping Horse therapeutic riding program, by helping children with various disabilities experience the magic of a horse and helping them learn how to ride, to working with the Animal Legal Defense Fund (A.L.D.F.) on a precedent setting puppy mill case, helping rescue, rehabilitate and place 400 dogs in new homes. After moving to Colorado Springs I completed certification for Pet First Aid through the American Red Cross and put my private pet care experience to good use, developing Lucky Dog’s at-home Pet Sitting Service.

Since February 2010 I have been studying under Angie Neal, CDBC, in her training apprentice program, where I have worked rescue dogs as well as my own dog Sierra in the Levels Program and started to assist with training in November 2010. I became an approved Canine Good Citizen Evaluator with the American Kennel Club in January of 2011 and began conducting tests in February of 2011. In October of 2012 I received my first Certification (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). With my second certification in June of 2013 (CPDT-KSA: Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge and Skills Assessed)

I became the first in Colorado Springs to hold this certification. In October of 2014 I left Lucky Dog to open up my own dog training facility ‘House of Dog Training’ together with two friends and colleagues. I am a professional premium member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), a professional member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) as well as supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) #849 and continue to educate myself by attending workshops and conferences with my next goal of achieving certification in behavior consulting.

In 2016, I became part of the pilot programme for the Pet Professional Guilds Pet Dog Ambassador programme. Ultimately I saw more value in this evaluation than in the CGC, because it puts responsibility on both the handler AND the dog. I immediately applied to become an instructor and assessor and passed. Classes are planned starting up soon. After speaking to a troop of boy scouts about dog training, I realized that I would like to reach more children and thus became a licensed ‘Be A Tree Program’ presenter, which teaches children about dog safety and how to prevent dog bites. My two dogs Moritz and Sierra are both Canine Good Citizens and were recently featured on “Dog Talk”.

My menagerie is completed by cat Cedric, one of a sibling pair of three whose feral mother was smart enough to give birth to the kittens at the puppy mill shelter (see above) and who were subsequently adopted by me and my sister.

Certifications: CPDT-KSA, Professional premium member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), a professional member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) as well as supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) #849

Services include:

  • Board and train
  • In home training

Website: https://www.houseofdogtraining.com/


Marissa Martino

Marissa Martino began her career working with canine companions after attending the Academy for Dog Trainers in 2007. She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).

Since then, Marissa has had the pleasure of working for three different animal shelters directing their behavior departments in Colorado and California. Her latest role included offering animal shelters and rural CO communities the education and resources needed to expand their animal welfare impact. Marissa offers behavior consulting for animal shelters by helping them implement evidence-based, positive reinforcement best practices to reduce the stress and behavior concerns of the animals in their care. She is currently designing a behavior course for shelter professionals in Nevada on behalf of the Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation, piloting in the Fall of 2022.

In addition to her animal welfare career, Marissa operates her private practice, Paws & Reward, in Boulder, CO. She offers in-person behavior consulting and online programs. She is the author of Human-Canine Behavior Connection: Building Better Relationships Through Dog Training and hosts the Paws & Reward Podcast.

Certifications: CDBC, CTC

Services include:

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

Website: https://pawsandreward.com/


Jenni Pfafman

I became a dog trainer after hiring and firing a couple of ‘experts’ when I needed help with my own dog. I wanted to learn as much as I could about teaching my dog with methods that strengthened our bond rather than threatening it. Now I am passionate about helping other people strengthen the bonds with their dogs teaching them the best ways to live and behave in the world we share.

Certifications: KPA CTP, CBATI, CCUI, CPDT-KA, Fear-Free Trainer

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

Aggression, fear, anxiety, reactivity, separation related behaviors

Training methods:

For complex behavior issues, I start with a behavior consult and develop a training plan from the consult. For basic manners, simple behaviors, I offer a training plan. I use positive reinforcement/rewards-based training.

Service area:

Crested Butte and Gunnison, Colorado and remote/virtual.

Website: https://www.elevateddogtraining.com


Jamie Flanagan

Our company owner, Jamie, began her career training dogs in 2008 and is now one of the most respected dog behavior experts in Colorado. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. ‚ÄãJamie handles our more significant behavior cases and court-ordered training but her favorite students are tiny dachshunds with huge attitude!

Jamie is passionate about helping people who think their dog is a lost cause or have seen other trainers that have made their dog’s behavior worse! A little science goes a long way.Ongoing education is incredibly important for all our staff, but Jamie says the dogs are her best teachers. Ask her what they’ve taught her lately.

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

Services include:

  • Board and train

Website: https://trainingwheels.dog


Ashley Foster

Ashley started professionally with dogs in 1994 and continued to expand her education over the years, working to obtain a Bachelors in Zoology, a Professional Dog Training Certification as well as a Certificate in Behavior Consulting for Canines (1 of only 341 worldwide). Ashley founded Complete K-9, now known as Dogs by Foster, in 1997. With over 25 years of experience as a trainer and behavior consultant to both clients and veterinary clinics and an ongoing passion for continuing education, she prides herself in offering Dogs by Foster clients the most innovative, effective, and dog-friendly training and behavior consulting services available.

Early in her profession, she utilized traditional methods, which used averse and corrective-based techniques and never felt comfortable with it. She pushed herself to evolve and crossed over to become a trainer that uses positive, force-free, science-based, and dog-friendly methods. This means that WE DO NOT use aversive tools (shock, pinch or choke collars) or methods, nor does Complete K-9 adhere to or support the use of pack-theory or dominance models, ever!

Certifications: CBCC-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://dogsbyfoster.com/


Gigi Moss

Like so many dog trainers, I discovered the science of dog training after having a really ‘bad dog’. Amelia Airedale came to me at six months old a total mess. She lived outside in a kennel with her parents her entire life. She never went inside the house. She never ventured outside the yard. She knew nothing. Not a doggone thing. Housetraining, leash walking, and basic requests (like sit, down, and stay) were all completely foreign to her.

The more I worked to solve Amelia’s problems so that she could function in the world, the more I learned about:Dog behaviorDog training Positive Reinforcement Socialization Learning theory Behavior modification Classical conditioning Operant conditioning I knew in my heart that I could never punish my dog into being good and looked for a better way. So, I harnessed the tools of positive reinforcement to change how Amelia understood her world and my expectations. That was some 25 years ago. To make a long story short, I made a career of it.

Today, I love: Helping dogs and their people learn to communicate and minimize frustration and ‘bad’ behavior – on both ends of the leash. Watching dogs improve their life skills and emotional well-being.Seeing families uncover the dog they want, hidden inside the dog they have.

Services include:

  • In home training

Website: https://gigimoss.com


Linda Aaron

Linda Aaron is an expert at training high-reliability behaviors in difficult environments without the use of harsh training tactics. Also an accomplished workshop presenter, Linda thrives on helping clients better understand their dogs and canine behavior.

Certifications: Certified dog trainer through CCPDT

Services include:

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

Website: https://fetchmasters.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 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?

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