The Best Dog Trainers in Denver, CO of 2022

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

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The Best Denver, CO Dog Trainers in 2022

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/


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/


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: CPDT-KA

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 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?

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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