The Best Dog Trainers in Indianapolis, IN of 2022

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Welcome to the Indianapolis, IN Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2022. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Indianapolis 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 Indiana.

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The Best Indianapolis, IN Dog Trainers in 2022

Andrea Burggrabe

Hello! My name is Andrea Burggrabe. I am a teacher and certified dog trainer who is dedicated to improving animal (and owner) welfare. I have two rescue dogs (Lena and Uno) who I love to pieces.I have several years of experience fostering and training rescue dogs. Through fostering and training, I have been able to help so many dogs to decompress and transition smoothly into their forever homes.

While I will train just about any dog who needs help, I enjoy partnering with several rescues and shelters to help dogs find and stay in their forever homes. I have a special place in my heart for helping all owners bond and connect with their dogs. My greatest passion is helping owners understand their newly adopted fearful, reactive, or aggressive dog. Nothing brings me greater joy than creating behavior modification plans to support dogs and their owners as they develop a true partnership and commitment to one another.

Doing this allows the dog to decrease their fears and learn to trust and feel safe in the world around them, and allows them to stay in their homes and out of the shelter. I Speak Woof strives to build trusting relationships between families and their dogs so they can most fully enjoy their canine companions. By providing educational resources for owners and creating individualized behavior modification training plans for dogs in need, dog owners and their canine companions develop true lifelong partnerships. All training is done with a LIMA training approach that emphasizes positive reinforcement and associations.

Certifications: ABC Certified Dog Trainer

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

I create individualized behavior modification programs for dogs with any sort of behavioral issues, including dogs that are reactive and/ or aggressive. My goal is to help you connect with and work in partnership with your dog, so that you and your dog can both meet your training goals together.

Training methods:

I am a LIMA trainer (Least invasive, minimally aversive trainer). I work with you to set goals specific to your dog, family, and lifestyle. This is typically done by completing an intake survey, initial in-home evaluation, and a customized training plan for you and your canine. This can be done in a slightly modified manner for virtual clients as well.

After each session, I send homework sheets and resources to help you and your dog be successful!

Service area:

Indianapolis; can service farther out, but may be increased fees depending on distance of your location (contact me for inquiries); remote

Website: https://www.facebook.com/ispeakwooftraining


Connie Swaim

I have been working with dogs for 15 years. I specialize in helping humans have a better relationship with their dogs. I will work with dogs with a bite history. I enjoy teaching people how to harness their dogs’ noses so the dogs have more fun sniffing. I share my home with 2 German shepherds and a chihuahua and also am a member of a search and rescue organization.

Certifications: Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner

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

Aggression including dogs with a bite history, dogs that react to other dogs on a walk, fear and anxiety related issues.

Training methods:

I provide behavior consultations in your home to help you understand your dog and how to change your dog’s behavior. I am a force-free trainer

Service area:

Indianapolis metro area, Henry, Hancock, Hamilton and Rush Counties, Also Remote

Website: https://www.connieswaimcaninebehaviorservices.com


Keelie Burkett

I have owned Click Treat Repeat Canine Coaching, LLC since may 2017. I offer force free board and train and boarding to Indianapolis and surround areas! I refer dogs who are better suited for private lessons to other force free trainers in Indy who I’m thrilled to See made this list as well!
Connie Swaim and Andrea Burggrabe are amazing trainers!

Prior To owning my own business, I was a trainer for Bark Tutor and Barkefellers a few well known dog training/dog boarding facilities in Indianapolis. I also used to work at Tails and Trails Rescue and Did everything from cleaning and caring for The dogs to giving them medical care to training and socializing them, you name it! I Got a lot of hands on experience caring For all types of dogs with various medical and behavioral issues.

It was while working at this rescue that I made a connection with Dr. Jennifer Cattet from Medical Mutts. This was the jumpstart in my career that I needed. I did an
internship with their program and learned so much of what I still use to this day! They are a magnificent organization who take dogs from shelters and rescues and train them how to be service dogs. I learned how to do everything from basic skill training to complex things like diabetic alert and Seizure response! I absolutely loved my time there and I still have a wonderful relationship with the whole team and we refer back and forth to each other.

When I first started training over a decade ago, we didn’t know as much as we do now. I am so happy to see the force free movement taking over and people changing the way we interact with our dogs and how we interpret our dogs behavior!

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.facebook.com/clicktreatrepeat


Kristen Board

Kristen graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Canine Science from Bergin University of Canine Studies in 2016, and then continued on to earn a Certificate in Training in Counseling (CTC) from Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers in 2019. In 2021, Kristen became a Certified Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.

Also in 2021, she earned her Master’s Degree in Humane Education.Kristen has worked professionally with dogs since 2015. She trained service dogs for Veterans with disabilities at Paws for Purple Hearts for several years and later worked as the Behavior Coordinator at San Diego Humane Society, where she trained dogs and cats who were experiencing behavior issues in the shelter.In addition to doing private one-on-one training and behavior consulting, Kristen also works with patients at Veterinary Behavior of Indiana as a Behavior Modification Trainer.

Certifications: CTC, CBCC-KA, Sa Pro

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

Fear and aggression
Excitable behaviors
Leash reactivity
Basic Manners
Walking skills
Public Outings
Cooperative Care/Handling

Training methods:

Private consultations and sessions
Individualized written training plans and homework

Service area:

Indianapolis and all surrounding counties & remote

Website: https://www.perkedears.com


Vicki Palmore

45 years experience, happy to be of assistance to you and your dogs. Improving communication between dog and guardian.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, CFDM

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training

Website: https://www.brighthopedogtraining.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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