The Best Dog Trainers in Mississippi of 2022

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

Lauren Tsao

Our trainer, Lauren Tsao (formerly Parks) founded Faithfully Yours Dog Training, LLC in March 2014 to help dog owners live stress-free lives with their faithful companions.Lauren is one of Mississippi’s only professional dog trainers certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, the nation’s largest certification board for dog trainers and an Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (ACDBC) certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

She recertified in October 2020 for three more awesome years as a CPDT-KA after holding her certification for six years already. Lauren is also a Certified Trick Dog Instructor and former Certified Stunt Dog Judge through Do More With Your Dog! Lauren has an Associate of Arts with a concentration in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Lauren is currently completing a Masters degree in Agricultural and Life Sciences with a concentration in Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare at Virginia Tech, where she gets to work with and be taught by some of the most outstanding canine researchers in the country.She and her training advice has been featured by Honest Kitchen, 4Knines, SuperTalk MS radio show, and WLBT/FOX40. Lauren is also available to serve as an expert witness for dog bite and dog aggression legal cases.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, ACDBC, CTDI

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

Reactivity, aggression, fearfulness, resource guarding, excessive barking, potty training (younger and older dogs), and more.

Training methods:

My programs generally include a behavioral consultation and training plan that is designed with the dog and owner’s lifestyle in mind. My methods focus on use positive reinforcement based training techniques, desensitization and counter conditioning, and enrichment activities.

Service area:

Remote and Braxton, MS


AnnMarie Easton

AnnMarie Easton is the owner of Pawsitive Companionship, LLC, offering group classes, private training, and behavior consultations in the Memphis area. She received her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1993. She is a Pat Miller Certified Dog Trainer, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge and Skills Assessed, a Fear Free – Certified Professional, and is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, the Pet Professional Guild, and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

AnnMarie is the founder of the Positive Dog Trainers of the MidSouth, a mentor for students of CATCH Canine and Animal Behavior College, has assessed dogs at local shelters, assists with the behavior helpline for Memphis Animal Services, and has been a speaker for the Memphis & Shelby County Veterinary Medical Association, rescue groups, shelters, and the yearly Train Your Dog event. Committed to continuing education, AnnMarie takes courses and attends conferences, seminars, and workshops yearly.

She is passionate about humane training techniques that use the principles of canine behavioral science to train and modify behavior without the use of intimidation, pain, fear, or force in collaboration with owners and their veterinarians.

Certifications: Ph.D., CPDT-KSA, FFCP, PMCT

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

Behaviors include typical puppy issues such as housetraining, nipping, chewing, and help with socialization to vaccinate against fear. Other behaviors include jumping, pulling on leash, and lack of focus. Behavior modification for fear of people, dogs, sounds; reactivity on leash when people or dogs are encountered; inappropriate behavior when people come to visit; dog to dog reactivity over valued resources.

Training methods:

Training methods are gentle, force-free, and designed to promote positive emotions as the dog is taught new behaviors. Behaviors are reinforced with treats and modified by changing negative emotions, using predictable games, or teaching alternative behaviors. I work with you to teach your dog behaviors that lead to your goals.

If we need to modify your dog’s undesirable behavior, an initial behavior assessment is set up to discuss your goals and determine factors that lead to the inappropriate behavior. I will offer recommendations for management and safety, preventing your dog from practicing the inappropriate behavior as design a training plan for your dog. We then meet privately to practice the exercises that lead to your goals.

Service area:

In addition to remote training, I provide service to Memphis, Germantown, Collierville, Arlington, Lakeland, and Eads TN. I also service DeSoto County, MS.


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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