The Best Dog Trainers in Frederick, MD of 2022

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Welcome to the Frederick, MD Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2022. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Frederick 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 Maryland list.

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The Best Frederick, MD Dog Trainers in 2022

Beth Joy

Beth Joy, has apprenticed with and taught classes for world-renowned dog trainer and author Pat Miller. Beth is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a Pat Miller Certified Dog Trainer (PMCT) , a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Professional Positive Pet Trainers (MAAPPPT), and is Red Cross Certified in Pet First Aid and CPR.

She also serves as an on-call dog trainer and assessor for various animal rescue organizations and service dog organizations. Beth continuously attends educational seminars and workshops to broaden her scope of knowledge in the field of dog behavior and training. She works regularly with her Border Collie, Belle, and small breed mix rescue, Leo.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, PMCT

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

Behavioral issue focus:

Fearfulness or aggression toward people or dogs.
Resource guarding of food, toys, people, favorite items.
General fear or anxiety issues.
Excessive barking.
Leash reactivity.

Training methods:

We use purely positive, non-aversive dog training methods that are both effective and that help form a positive human/canine bond between you and your best friend.

All of our dog training operations are managed directly by a certified, purely positive dog trainer/behavior counselor. That means no ‘guessing’ about what dog behavior means, no outdated notions of ‘dominance’ or showing your dog ‘who’s boss’. These are flawed concepts based on logically untenable research. Instead, we use purely positive training techniques that have been proven to be more effective. We apply this purely positive approach in all situations, from group classes and private training and when interacting with our board and train guests.

We strive to offer our students the most comprehensive and up to date training methods available. In using these methods, you will not only have fun with your dog, you will also feel good about what you are doing!

Service area:

Our areas include: Ashton-Sandy Spring, Baltimore County, Catonsville, Clarksburg, Columbia, Damascus, Eldersburg, Ellicott City, Frederick, Garrison, Germantown, Highland, Montgomery Village, Mount Airy, New Market, New Windsor, Olney, Owings Mills, Pikesville, Randallstown, Reisterstown, Sykesville, Taneytown, and Westminster, MD.


Lela Schreiber

I’ve been a Frederick area trainer for 10 years. I specialize in making sports and fitness training accessible and enjoyable for all dogs. Building bonds with activities dogs love.

Certifications: CPCFT, CCPDT


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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