The Best Dog Trainers in Providence, RI of 2022

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Welcome to the Providence, RI Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2022. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Providence 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 Rhode Island list.

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The Best Providence, RI Dog Trainers in 2022

Kelsey Shank

Kelsey is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she studied psychology including Applied Behavior Analysis. She has worked with individuals with special needs for many years until she expanded her interest in behavior to canines and transferred these techniques to the rescue dogs she works with.

Kelsey has been a volunteer with Rhode Home Rescue, where she held the position of Training Coordinator.Her two high energy, large breed rescue dogs each have behavioral issues of their own, so she is no stranger to challenging behavior problems. Kelsey has a unique first-hand understanding of the needs of fearful, anxious and reactive dogs as these are some of the needs of her own dogs.

Kelsey is an internationally Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). The CCPDT is the only independent, standardized certification for dog training professionals that confirms and awards credentials based upon a rigorous examination and thorough verification of the skills and knowledge a professional has attained through education and experience. The CCPDT is unlike certificate programs, which can be offered by any individual or organization and award certificates upon graduation.

Kelsey is one of the first 50 internationally Certified Family Dog Mediators (FDM) through industry expert and Applied Animal Ethologist Kim Brophey. Family dog mediation is dedicated to bridging the gap between people and dogs, between the sciences, between the history of humans and dogs and our modern dog world.Kelsey is also certified by the American Kennel Club as a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Instructor and Evaluator, STAR Puppy Instructor and Evaluator and AKC Trick Dog Evaluator. She is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certified though the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

She has completed instruction in Suzanne Clothier’s Treat-Retreat certificate course though the Aggression in Dogs program by Michael Shikashio (CDBC). Kelsey has earned both the AKC Canine Good Citizen title with her dogs as well as AKC Novice Trick Dog title (TKN) and Novice Trick Dog (NTD) title from Do More With Your Dog. Kelsey is also certified in Pet CPR & First Aid through the Pet Emergency Education program. Kelsey is currently enrolled in Michael Shikashio’s Aggressive Dogs Master course, The Reactivity Specialist program through Dog Training College, and will be testing for her CBCC-KA in the spring. She is continuing her education in behavioral modification using positive reinforcement techniques in hopes to help more dogs live comfortably with their humans in their forever homes.

Her mission is to reduce preventable owner-surrenders and the overall number of dogs in custody of rescues and shelters in our community as a trainer and behavior specialist with Modern Dog Training RI.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, FDM

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

Reactivity, fear, “stranger danger”, aggression

Training methods:

I use force free methods backed by the latest science based evidence. We begin with a behavior assessment followed up with a written assessment report including a training plan. Packages are available in 2 or 4 1-hour working sessions with additional working lessons available to add on after package completion.

Group classes are also available in open enrollment and consecutive sessions. All package options and pricing can be found at moderndogri.com

Service area:

We offer in-home services in the following Rhode Island cities with some restrictions- East Greenwich, West Greenwich, Coventry, Exeter, North Kingstown, Hope, Scituate, Warwick, West Warwick, Providence, Johnston

Website: http://www.moderndogri.com/


John Nys

John Nys Bio John has been involved in animal training for over 25 years. He started his devotion to training horses at an early age. John has won multiple National Championships with his horses and was the Massachusetts National Barrel Horse Rodeo Champion in 2002. On to Agility, John has been competing on the local, national and international dog agility stage for over 15 years.

During this time, he has become one of the most respected competitors and instructors in agility. He is well known for his positive motivation and mental management/coaching with his students and his canine companions. Size doesn’t matter when competing in dog agility, as John has competed successfully with multiple canine partners in the small, medium and large dog divisions resulting in John realizing his dreams and achievements at all height levels.

John and his ‘teammates’ have earned 30 Master Agility Champion Titles. He is a 10-time International World Team Member with 4 different canine partners. John has represented the US 6 times as an AKC World Team member at the FCI World Championships (Rush and Boss), 3 times at the European Open Championships (Rush, Trick and Boss) and on the 2015 World Agility Open US Team with Trick and Rush.In 2010 John and Rush took hone the FCI Silver Medal in Individual Agility, FCI Silver Medal in the Individual Overall Combined, and the FCI Silver Medal in Team Jumping. In 2014 John and Rush took home the FCI Silver Medal in Team Agility and the FCI Gold Medal in Team Overall Combined events. In 2015 John and Rush took home Silver in the WAO Team Event.

John and Rush are one of the most decorated world agility teams with 5 Silver Medals and 1 Gold Medal in the individual agility, jumping and team events. John is also a multiple Westminster РMasters of Agility Championships finalist with Rush, Trick and Boss in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. In 2017 Trick was awarded the Westminster’s Grand Champion Title. Boss placed 2nd in 2019 and was the 16 inch overall champion in 2021. John has been a consistent finalist at the AKC National Agility Championships and USDAA World Cynosport Grand Prix/Steeple Chase Championships on over a dozen occasions, placing in the top 3 on over 9 occasions and winning the USDAA World Cynosport Grand Prix Championships in 2010. John has also won numerous USDAA Regional Championships and ISC High Combined Titles with multiple canine partners.

John’s accomplishments have been earned and realized through the dedication and training of all his canine partners, for which none of this would have been possible without them: Casey, Blink, Rush, Trick, Boss, Shya and now introducing, Jovi

Certifications: 12 Agility World Team and AKC Finalist

Behavioral issue focus:

Basic obedience. – Agility

Training methods:

Positive training techniques

Service area:

Metro Providence RI. southern Worcester County and metro west Boston

Website: https://agilityrushk9.com/


Ashley Rose

The Peaceful Pack

Certifications: CPR

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

Anxiety, Reactivity and Socialization

Training methods:

Consultations & training plans

Service area:

Rhode Island and surrounding states

Website: http://thepeacefulpack.org/


Sheila Rose

The Peaceful Pack

Certifications: CPR

Services include:

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

Website: http://thepeacefulpack.org/


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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