The Best Dog Trainers in Olympia, WA of 2022

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Welcome to the Olympia, WA Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2022. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Olympia 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 Washington list.

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The Best Olympia, WA Dog Trainers in 2022

Ezra Tapia

Hi there, I’m a professional pet dog trainer & behavior consultant whose been working with pet dogs since 2010. My experience ranges from daycare, board & train, shelter, puppy school, group classes, daycare & train, & online & in-person private lessons.I love working with all types of dogs & challenges.

My passion in pet dog training is reactivity & cooperative veterinary/husbandry training. Continuing education is a cornerstone of my practice. Some notable CE courses I’ve completed in the last 3 years are Aggression in Dogs Master Course- Michael Shikashio, Handling Problem Behavior & Mistakes Seminar- Ken Ramirez, & LLA for Veterinary & Animal Professionals- Dr. Susan Friedman.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, Fear Free

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training

Website: https://olymoderndog.com


Heather Ringwood

Specializing in Agility and Advanced Manners training, Heather’s heart, love, and training focus is in showing others how to have fun with her dogs. In addition to dogs, Heather also coaches and trains people. These two skill sets play a major role in her ability to help people communicate more effectively with their dogs, and learn how to embrace and engage with their dog’s temperament and personality.

Heather is very active in the Agility world, both in teaching agility through HDI and in running her own dogs. She brings a wealth of knowledge in training and sporting, and working with the ‘whole dog’ from nutrition and impulse control to interactive games and physical exercise. She is committed to working with you and your dog to be successful in meeting your training goals.

Certifications: FDM, CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training

Website: https://www.happydoginstitute.com


Patti Howard

I am President, CEO of Your Canine Resource, Inc. in Olympia Washington, a thriving company which specializes in canine behavioral training and nutritional consulting. I bring 27 years of hands-on experience and extensive study to Your Canine Resource. My training techniques are grounded in rigorous research in behavior modification as well as the conviction that kindness, consistency and respect are great teacher companions.

A consistent contributor to the dog training industry, I am co-founder of Society for the Promotion of Applied Research in Canine Science (SPARCS). Although no longer actively engaged, I continue to support the organization’s mission and annual conference. I’m also co-founder of Washington Assistance Dog Education Center (WADEC). WADEC is a non-profit organization that support service dogs and their human team member with disabilities.

My experience training service dogs gives me unique clarity and precision when helping people train and socialize their companion dogs. I’m a graduate, and in good standing, of Northwest School of Canine Studies (CCS), an intensive and thorough study of canine behavior. In addition, I hold a Bachelor of Science. Finally, I’m certified in Advanced Canine Nutrition and certified as Family Dog Mediator (FDM). I dedicate my education and passion to the canine loves of my life, whether they were under my guardianship or influenced through the relationship we build while training.

Certifications: Certified Canine Specialist CCS, Family Dog Mediator FDM, Advanced Canine Nutrition

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://yourcanineresource.com


Sarah Forde

I use the most modern, science-backed methods to produce lasting results that will make you and your dog happy both during and after training.

Services include:

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

Website: https://dogdefined.com/


Paul Grosart

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of WA, and has over 7 years of professional experience working with a wide range of species and breeds (dogs, cat, small mammals) on basic obedience, household acclimation, and a variety of behavioral challenges.

On their off time Paul expands their skill set by working with their own dogs in Rally, Nosework, trick dog training, and herding. Passionate about helping breeders and rescues a like, Paul continues to expand their knowledge of conformation and ethical breeding practices, focusing on community education around early puppy development.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, ADT-IAABC

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

Common adolescent issues such as leash pulling, biting, impulsive behaviors.
Multi-dog households, new dog acclimation, and management.

Training methods:

All consultations come with a short training plan so people understand expected trajectory and areas of support and focus.

Service area:

Individual sessions are done remotely. Group classes are located at Happy Dog Institute in Tumwater WA.

Website: https://www.HappyDogInstitute.com


Ashley Alden

Ashley Alden is a distinguished graduate of the Northwest School of Canine Studies, a Family Dog Mediator (FDM), a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Presently, Ashley is the owner and operator of Bullishly Brilliant Behavior and Training, Instructor at Happy Dog Institute, and is the Program Facilitator and Behavior Head at Northwest Canine & Satellite Behavior Group.

A scientist at heart, Ashley has a thirst for knowledge and a desire to provide canines and their people with the skills needed to thrive. With this in mind, she regularly attends conferences and seminars to remain current on the latest research and best practices within the industry. For nearly a decade Ashley, her spouse, and their canine companions have fostered hundreds of dogs and aided in their transitions to new homes. As a result, she has a soft spot for misfit mutts and the humans who love them.

She currently resides on the outskirts of Olympia Washington with her husband, their 4 dogs (2 Great Danes and 2 Bull Breed shelter dogs), 2 cats, and ever evolving band of foster dogs.

Certifications: Certificate of Canine Studies from the Northwest School of Canine Studies (CCS), and Family Dog Mediator (working on my Peninsula School for Dog Trainers PSDT-A certification currently)

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

Reactivity, stranger aggression, dog/dog aggression, basic cues, leash walking, house manners

Training methods:

Online interview, intake appointment, follow up appointments vary by behavior challenge

Service area:

Olympia, WA and surrounding areas, remote

Website: https://www.bullishlybrilliant.com/


Ursula Pettyjohn

In 2004, Ursula decided to leave Corporate America and follow her dream of a life working with dogs. Moving from the Seattle area to Olympia, Ursula has pursued that dream with passion becoming one of the preeminent dog trainers in the Puget Sound.

She greatly enjoys finding creative ways to work with dogs using a positive methods. Karen Pryor Academy certified and committed to positive training methodology, Ursula can help you and your dog live a better life together.Certified KPA CTP

Certifications: KPA-CTP

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

Dog/person reactivity, Loose Leash Walking, Puppy training

Training methods:

Clicker training, positive reinforcement

Service area:

Olympia, Washington (Off of Yelm Highway)

Website: https://www.leadmeontraining.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?

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