The Best Dog Trainers in Louisiana of 2022

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

Cynthia ‘Cindi’ Stone

Cynthia Stone, CPDT-KA has been working with dogs for 20+ years. She started with training both her and friends dogs, went on to working with various rescues, and then opened her own business. She has used her innate skills as an instructor to benefit not just the human-canine world, but also to serve as an instructor for Red Cross and PetTech, both human and canine CPR and First Aid.

Cynthia is a Certified Profession Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed, a member of Pet Professional Guild, and a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. She has attended numerous dog training seminars and workshops with some of the leading names in dog training, including Ian Dunbar, Sarah Kalnajs, Pat Miller, Grisha Stewart, Sue Sternburg, Michael Shikashio, and Victoria Stilwell.

She takes continuing education seriously and stays on top of the current scientifically proven options by regular participation in national organizations, attendance of national conferences and the reading of professional publications. In addition to her private training business, she is also an evaluator/instructor for NATIONAL Crisis Response Canines Cynthia is a certified Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) evaluator, an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator and certified instructor for PetTech (Pet First Aid and CPR).

She is also a member of Dog Scouts of America (DSA), troop leader and a certified Dog Scouts Scoutmaster and an approved evaluator for several DSA badges. Cynthia’s family consists of a very understanding husband, 3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, a cat and numerous rescue dogs.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, PTI

Services include:

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


Janette Rael

Janette has been working with dogs professionally for over a decade, and specializes in dog-dog social skills, leash reactivity, and aggression. She’s currently a trainer and group class instructor at the Louisiana SPCA in New Orleans.

Janette received her education in dog training from the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers in 2009. The Academy is one of the most prestigious dog trainer schools in the world, and is often referred to as “The Harvard for Dog Trainers.” The CTC Program, lead by the legendary dog trainer Jean Donaldson, is a deep-dive into current scientific discovery in animal learning. As a Certified Training Counselor, Janette will teach you how to address and prevent dog behavior problems with the most reliable and effective training tools available in the industry.

Janette founded R+ Dog Training in 2009, as she began focusing on group dog training classes, counseling private clients, off-leash dog walking, and working with rescues and shelters. Janette managed Metrodog in Richmond, California, a large dog boarding and training center for over 6 years. There she gained experience working with a wide variety of dogs, from pit bulls to chihuahuas.

Observing hundreds of dogs interact in a social environment has given her unique insight into the world of dog body language and communication skills. She has helped countless dogs, who were once reactive or aggressive, integrate into large playgroups and pack walks. In addition to managing the dog behavior program at Metrodog, she supervised the training of new handlers and support staff. She has also  been a group class instructor at Milo Foundation, Good Newz Pittie Pups, and California Pitbull Rescue. Janette has been fostering dogs for over 5 years, and currently fosters for Louisiana SPCA and Take Paws Rescue.

Certifications: Certificate of Training and Counseling

Services include:

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


Anne Calmes

Anne has trialed her Aussies in Obedience, Agility & Herding. Anne has earned numerous titles in the before mention dog sport venues. She has also been teaching classes for the past 20 years, 1st for the local dog club and then on her own.

About me, Anne, the trainer & founder of Hammond Dog Obedience Classes. I have loved and trained dogs for 26 years. I have titled dogs in several venues of dog competition.Training and trialing dogs in obedience, conformation, agility and herding.I have been the Head Dog Trainer for the local dog club for about 11 years in the past, but now have ventured out on my own.

Certifications: A member of APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers)

Services include:

  • Reactive dog training
  • Herding training


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?

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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