The Best Dog Trainers in Philadelphia, PA of 2022

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Welcome to the Philadelphia, PA Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2022. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Philadelphia 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 Pennsylvania list.

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The Best Philadelphia, PA Dog Trainers in 2022

Carol Millinghausen

Right Steps Dog Training, LLC is a positive behavioral based program run by owner Carol Millinghausen who is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and honor graduate of the Animal Behavior College with more than 20 years of experience. She was voted “top Ten Trainer” for Philadelphia and surrounding areas in 2020 and 2021 and is a member of the APDT and Pet Professional Guild.

All methods used are reward based and relationship building, giving dogs choice. Carol trains both in your home or obedience classes through therapy dog level in the following locations: Abington, Jenkintown, Warrington and Warminster, PA.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

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


Frozen Belton

As head trainer and owner of Egghead it likely comes as no surprise that I have a passion for dogs and for training. I have been training since childhood, making homemade agility courses for my childhood Chihuahua, Bindi Sue. Since then I have gone on to obtain a Bachelors degree in Biology and Psychology with a focus in Animal Behavior from Ursinus College, raised service dogs for Canine Partners for Life, and earned my CDTK from CATCH Canine Trainers Academy.

Now I am focused on bringing the same passion for learning to pet parents and their canine companions that has driven me.

Certifications: CDTK

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Off leash training


Kelly Armour

A Lifelong Commitment to Dog TrainingKelly has over 25 years of experience working with a variety of breeds and behavior issues, and specializes in working with Pitbulls and Bully Breeds. Kelly is known for her ability to accurately assess, treat, and resolve dog behavior issues using force-free and positive training methods. Her success in helping dog owners has grown out of many years of dedicated shelter and rescue work.

Kelly gained unique knowledge and hands-on training skills working at the Montgomery SPCA where she worked with a variety of dogs of different sizes, breeds, ages, and personalities. Kelly has extensive experience working with puppies, adolescent teenagers, and dogs that were rescued from abusive and illegal situations. She earned her Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC) from Jean Donaldson’s The Academy for Dog Trainers.

Certifications: Canine Applied Behavior Analysis and Certified in Training and Counseling

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Off leash training


Nancy T

I am a certified trainer and canine behavioral specialist for the past 14 years with a true passion for working with dogs I started my business Peace In The Pack to help dogs with behavioral issues to learn, understand and to become confident and peaceful I love to work from the canine’s point of view to help them learn from their perspective It always works!I call my dogs my teachers and professors because I still learn from every case.

I teach my Peace In The Pack canine behavioral courses at Camden County College and at Rowan at Gloucester RCGC and at Audubon Community Ed I have been the resident canine expert and pet reporter on KYW Newsradio for nine years and have been an expert witness to speak on canine behavior on various cases. With my extensive background as a professional broadcaster and public speaker, (NBC4 , KYW and various Phila radio stations) I also lecture to help people to better understand canine behavior to help create balance and stability in dogs’ lives.

Its been fulfilling to have worked with bite cases that have rehabilitated and ultimately became therapy dogs! My individual session work is where I can observe one to one and help families communicate better with their best friends

Certifications: ABCDT, CPDT PVMA award recipient

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

All issues including aggressive tendencies

Training methods:

Free phone consult/Program Plan and Lifetime Walks included with Full Program

Service area:

NJ/PA and Remote


Elizabeth Boucher

In your home Dog Obedience Training. I’ll teach you how to teach your dog.

Certifications: Animal Behavior College Dog Trainer

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog 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 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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