The Best Remote Dog Trainers of 2022

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Welcome to the remote Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2022. Remote dog trainers offer their training services online, so they are available anywhere. This is a list of the top remote dog trainers 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 Remote Dog Trainers in 2022

Jaime Caponetta

Jaime	Caponetta

Jaime left her 9-5 desk job and started her journey as a kennel attendant for a K9 boarding facility before transferring to the Monmouth County SPCA where she gained invaluable animal welfare experience. During her time at the MCSPCA, she was part of the team of handlers that assisted Law Enforcement on the largest case of animal hoarding in NJ. She also completed rigorous schooling to obtain her certification as a K9 trainer from the Animal Behavior College in California.

In 2017 she put her experience to the test and started Pawsome Walks NJ. A Dog Walking, Pet Sitting, and (at the time) Dog Training company. Her training methods and level of care have resulted in countless behavioral transformations, happy pets, and relieved families. Jaime earned the title of Assoc. Certified K9 Behavior Consultant from the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Achieved by over 300 recorded hours of behavior consulting, and 150 hours of course work in addition to her standard dog training certification, and is actively expanding on her knowledge through the IAABC’s advanced courses. This additional certification and education affords her the skills needed to solve complex behavioral issues that far exceed the abilities of a standard dog trainer.

Thus, Pawsome University was born! Jaime is very involved in Animal Welfare. She is the Pet Therapy Certifying Trainer at the MCSPCA. Helps out local shelters and rescues, such as Sammy’s Hope and East Orange Animal Alliance, with discounted trainings and advice for foster parents to ensure difficult dogs make it out the door and into the arms of their forever families. And Jaime is second in command at The Opal Fund, a 501(c)3 in honor of Opal Caponetta, that provides MRI scans to pets suffering from Neurological Disorders. Jaime’s vast experience in animal welfare has equipped her for even the most challenging cases, and her unique connection with the dogs in her care is why so many clients and organizations trust her with their pets.

Certifications: Certified Dog Trainer, ABCDT, Certified K9 Behavior Consultant, IAABC

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training

Website: https://pawsomeuniversity.com


Comora Tolliver

Comora	Tolliver

I help families navigate their world with the canine companions they love. I teach owners how to set their dogs up for success and reach their goals using humane, science based training strategies based on the individual. I also offer puppy, cgc, manners, and reactive dog classes.

Certifications: KPA CTP, Fear Free Certified, AKC EVALUATOR, Family Dog Mediator

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.barkersanonymous.com


Laura DeMaio Roy

Laura	DeMaio Roy

Hi, I’m Laura from the DoggyU YouTube channel where I provide free training resources to both pet and service dog handlers. I’ve been training and placing service dogs across the US and Canada for the past 13 years. I work with clients remotely and in-person using positive reinforcement methods to help build a strong working relationship between handler and dog. I specialize in psychiatric service dogs and mobility dogs for owner-trainers, and place guide dogs for Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation. I continue to attend yearly trainings and have demoed at Clicker Expo, presented at ADA conferences, and have done intensive training with Service Dog Inc. I offer online and in-person service dog training.

Certifications: Certified Guide Dog Trainer/Instructor (GDMI), Certified Trick Dog Instructor, Stunt Dog Judge, CGC Evaluator

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

Service Dog Training Only

Training methods:

Positive reinforcement-based training. Service Dog 101 consults, evaluating candidates, task training, public access training.

Service area:

Remote (occasional in-person Public Access testing if I’m traveling to your area)

Website: https://doggyu.com


Maggie Pearson

Maggie	Pearson

I am a graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy for dog trainers, I have my certification as a Separation Anxiety Trainer, and Fear Free Certification. I am an Accredited Dog Trainer with IAABC, a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for AKC, and an AKC CGC and Fit Dog instructor.

I have always felt like I have been a trainer, as it has always been a fascination. As a child, I had Guinea pigs, rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, salamanders, frogs, and dogs‚ everything under the sun. I went on to get a degree in psychology to feed my fascination with learning theory and how animals learn. My passion never wavered, and I kept on taking classes. It happened naturally that I started teaching group classes at my local kennel club.

After a few years of doing this, I decided I should get more education. This is a theme for Me, a lifelong learner. After I graduated from the esteemed Karen Pryor program, I then applied for Malena DeMartini’s Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT) program. I was accepted and graduated with my certification. After I got my separation anxiety credential, these cases quickly became a favorite. I love helping dogs overcome their separation anxiety and giving pet parents the ability to leave their dogs without guilt and worry, hence giving the entire household some relief.

Additionally, I have has a background in human resources, which has helped me learn to advocate for people and to communicate. I am versatile and flexible in my interactions with people and training plans for dogs. My goal is to understand where clients are coming from and what their goals are with their dogs and then help them bridge that gap. I enjoy explaining dog behavior and helping people understand that often, what their dog is doing is normal. From there I can then help them find out an outlet for the dog to do dog things in ways that better fit in their human lives.

You can see the practicality in the educational offerings I have created for local clients, including Office Dog a program for business owners who want to provide their employees with the unique benefit of bringing their dogs to work and do so safely. It’s one of my most popular offerings. Lastly, I enjoy providing my skills to my community. Along with search and rescue work with her dogs Ruger, RLo, and Arson she does therapy work with her dog Gracie. I am active in my local kennel club. I also volunteer with the Upper Midwest Great Dane rescue and her local animal shelter.I am on a mission to positively impact lives, one dog at a time.

Certifications: Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT), ADT & Fear Free Certified.

Behavioral issue focus:

Separation anxiety, phobias, fearful dogs and frustrated greeters.

Training methods:

We use methods proven in research to offer the best behavioral outcomes. We accomplish this the most humane and kind practices. If we are working with a behavioral issue we will do a consult initially and then work on an individualized training plan to best help you and your pooch. Depending on the issue, we may recommend getting a Veterinary behaviorist working with us, to best help you and your dog live your best lives together.

Service area:

We offer training online for separation anxiety, as we can not teach a dog to be alone if we are there. We also offer remote training for all other training. If you want in person, we offer classes and private lessons in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Website: https://tenaciousdogtraining.com


Paul Holt

Paul	Holt

I have been training dogs professionally for 8 years. I have a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Minnesota, and started my
career with the Animal Humane Society. I did an apprenticeship with them and got access to many development opportunities by some of the best
trainers across the country.

Working at some of the biggest shelters, and
training schools in the state has given me valuable experience with behavioral issues of all kinds. I also have a zoo background and experience training exotics. My experience working in these different settings has exposed me to behavior modification, animal learning theory, animal welfare, the human animal bond, teaching classes/seminars, consultations, dog sports, and in-home private lessons.

I now provide these services for my own business, “Holt’s Board & Train” that is just
over a year old. My favorite things to train are behavior modification of dog reactivity and aggression, nosework, and building relationships with in-home training of any kind.

Certifications: CCPDT-KA, CGC evaluator

Services include:

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

Website: https://holtsboardandtrain.com


Sara McLoudrey CDBC, CPDT-KSA

Sara	McLoudrey CDBC, CPDT-KSA

Sara McLoudrey is the owner of Decisive Moment Pet Consulting and has been a professional dog trainer for 18 years! Over the years I have seen how our relationships with dogs have changed and even how the positive/force free/clicker training world has evolved. I have seen it ALL.

I specialize in Care with Consent (cooperative care), aggression towards people, resource guarding, helping senior dogs thrive, and living with intact dogs. While I specialize in these topics, I will, of course, see all types of serious behavior cases. Currently, I offer personalized behavior modification programs, monthly membership communities, and virtual classes such as Care with Consent Foundations, Tip Top Toenails, and Muzzle Magic.

In addition to working directly with clients, I also offer services for pet professionals – veterinarians, veterinary nurses, groomers, and training colleagues. In addition to my own business, I am also an Animal Trainer at Synergy Behavior Solutions, a veterinary behavior practice. I started as a professional animal trainer in 2004, founding ROOT Dog Training in suburban Chicago. In 2016, she sold ROOT, moved to Portland, and joined the team at Synergy Behavior Solutions.

Over the years Sara has completed with positively trained dogs in retriever field tests, high-level competition and rally obedience (Utility and RAE level), conformation, and elite level nose work. Currently, Sara shares her life with Rizzo, an American Water Spaniel, and Lindy, her Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, spending their free time enjoying the amazing SniffSpots around the Portland metro area.

Certifications: Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, CPDT-KSA, FearFree Level 1 & Trainer, LowStress Handling, FitPawsMT, TagTeach L3

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.decisivemomentconsulting.com


Cecilia Sternzon

Cecilia	Sternzon

The Principal and Founder of Canine Higher Learning, M. Cecilia Sternzon (formerly Saleme) runs her dog training school out of the Humane Society Silicon Valley. There, she offers group classes as well as canine behavior counseling and coaching. She has written two blogs emphasizing her specialties: Crates and Cribs, focusing on life with dogs and children, and The HDDogs Blog, detailing working sports dogs and high energy dogs. She has also written for various publications including the Whole Dog Journal and APDT’s Chronical of the Dog.She founded the High Drive Dogs Rescue Listing Service, a group dedicated to finding suitable working homes for high energy dogs.

Cecilia has over 20 years of experience in dog training instruction, with an extensive understanding of dog behavior, ethology and humane training techniques. She has trained her own dogs in a variety of dog sports including Agility, Flyball, Herding, Rally Obedience, Canine Scent Work and Urban Locating.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, AKC CGC Evaluator, PPG Professional Member, APDT Professional Member

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training

Website: https://www.caninehigherlearning.com


Marnie Montgomery

Marnie	Montgomery

Joyful Dog works one-on-one and in group classes with people and their dogs, teaching fun ways to live together with force-free tools and techniques for creative communication. We provide training in basic manners, behavioral problem-solving, puppy socialization, and a variety of special interests. Our positive approach includes Connection, Cooperation, and Control, a curriculum founded on Suzanne Clothier’s Relationship Centered Training techniques, and Tellington TTouch methods of body work and movement, to help dogs achieve physical and behavioral balance. We serve an online clientele, as well as in-person in Leesburg, Loudoun and western Fairfax counties in Virginia.

Certifications: CPDT-KA; PMCT4; TTouch Practitioner 1; Fear-Free Certified Professional; CCC Certified Instructor

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.joyfuldogllc.com


Renee Rhoades

Renee	Rhoades

Renee Rhoades at R+Dogs is a qualified & certified virtual canine behaviour consultant specialising in reactivity, aggression and general fears/phobias. R+Dogs is committed to reward-based methods rooted in ethics and positive welfare. Renee’s adoration for dogs began early in life. In her teens she started volunteering in shelters before going on to become a certified veterinary technician. While working in the veterinary industry Renee realized that she had a passion for understanding dog behavior so she decided to pursue it.

In 2018, Renee opened her business R+ Dogs with great local success until COVID forced her to re-strategize the way that she was able to help dog guardians. Now for the last 2 years, Renee has almost exclusively been offering her expertise and guidance in the form of virtual consultations to dog guardians around the world. She has not come across any behavior concern that cannot be improved via working virtually. As Renee loves to say that she works for positive change for both ends of the leash because the only way to give our dogs the best life possible is by understanding them first. Continued education is very important to Renee and she dedicates herself to hundreds of hours each year on improving her knowledge and skills.

This year Renee is due to graduate from her Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law Masters degree along along with taking several other further education opportunities such as becoming a Certified Family Dog Mediator.

Certifications: BSc, FFCT, ISCP Adv.Canine.Prac, Aggression in Dogs Cert.

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

Reactivity, Aggression, Resource Guarding, General Fear/Phobias

Training methods:

Private Coaching, Group Coaching, Video Feedback, Written Outlines, Written Feedback

Service area:

Remote

Website: https://www.rplusdogs.com


Jen Havens

Jen	Havens

I help dog guardians do away with frustrations over their pup’s behaviors by offering practical, welfare based, modern solutions. For 30+ years, I’ve worked in the pro pet care industry as a dog walker and pet sitter with a special interest in dog behavior. I decided to enroll in CATCH Trainers Academy so I’m not just another “experienced” trainer, but an educated trainer with experience.My favorite types of instruction include reactivity, home and public manners, loose leash walking, cooperative care, fear based behaviors, puppy socialization, and tricks.

Certifications: Enrolled in CATCH Trainers Academy

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://thereallifedog.com


Charlotte Hoberg

Charlotte	Hoberg

Charlotte is the owner of Sit ‘n Stay Training and specializes in Reactivity and Sports Training, but has plenty experience in basic manners and puppy foundations as well. She attends training seminars as often as possible to continue to educate herself in the field of dog training. Along with training other people’s dogs, Charlotte works hard to progress her own dog’s training. Pax (pictured) is her mixed breed dog who competes in Rally, Obedience, and soon in Nosework. Her adult German Shepherd, Beowulf is in training for Schutzhund and recently earned his intro level title for the demanding sport. Ghibli, her youngest , is an adolescent German Shepherd who will be following in her brother’s footsteps learning Schutzhund.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Protection/guard dog training
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://www.sitnstaytraining.com/


Liz Cummins

Liz	Cummins

Liz Cummins began her training journey with her own puppy, Mouse, in 2011. The challenges, support, and incredible relationship she found with her dog as a result of training resulted in her beginning to assist and then teach in classes, and finally committing to training full time in 2019. Life as a pit bull terrier mom has made Liz particularly passionate about managing and training reactivity, and celebrating the small victories that come with owning and loving a reactive dog. Liz also welcomed Figueroth (Fig), an adolescent German Shepherd, to her family in 2022. As Mouse is enjoying retirement at over 10 years old, Fig is Liz’s demo dog and all around work buddy. Liz is certified by the CCPDT as a Professional Dog Trainer and continually seeks further education and experience in animal behavior.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.likemagicdogtraining.com


Susan Garrett

Susan	Garrett

Susan Garrett’s interest in animal behaviour started at the University of Guelph where she earned a Bachelor of Science majoring in Animal Science. Since then she has developed into a pre-eminent canine sports instructor and competitor. Susan is one of the most successful agility competitors of the last two decades. She has won multiple Gold Medals at National or World Championship events with every dog she has ever owned over the past 30 years.

A natural teacher and an entertaining speaker, Susan is a leading educator of dog trainers. Her understanding of how to apply learning principles to practical and competitive dog training has made her a much sought-after speaker throughout North America and as far away as Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. The Dog Writers Association of America named Susan’s book “Shaping Success” the 2005 “Dog Training and Behaviour Book of the Year”.

A passionate storyteller, and an avid learner herself, Susan loves sharing her training tales with podcast hosts, most popular being her recent conversation with Tim Ferriss on the Tim Ferriss Show and How to Master Pet Travel with Trivago. Susan has been an invited speaker at training conferences worldwide including being the keynotes speaker at the yearly gathering of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers in both 2006 and 2012. In 2013 she was the only dog trainer invited to speak to zoo trainers at the annual conference of the Animal Behaviour Management Alliance (ABMA).

With a dog training philosophy about discovery, challenge, and innovation, her entire foundation can be summed up with this one thought: You can achieve great and effective training by simply playing with your dog. It is Susan’s mission to teach the world that training can be fun, for both people and animals. Dog training shouldn’t be a chore. It should be a time that you enjoy with your dogs; and time that they enjoy spending with you! It is this philosophy that Susan practices with her own dogs at home. Susan loves dogs. When a dog comes into her home it stays for life. Her focus is always to raise a great family pet whose main priority is to be an amazing lifelong companion first, and talented performance dog a distant second.

As an innovator and entrepreneur in dog training, the next natural progression for Susan was to take her love of dog training to online programs so she could share her positive training message with people around the globe. In 2008 she pioneered online dog training with the introduction of her wildly popular and much-loved foundation dog training program, Recallers. Since then she has developed further online classrooms and programs to help dog lovers and dog sports enthusiasts the world over. The very popular online format allows access to her training 7 days a week / 365 days a year and the programs are designed for all styles of learners with videos, written and audio resources. Susan is now helping thousands of dog owners in 82 countries have the best relationship possible with their dogs.

The real joy for her comes from taking a puppy (or a rescue dog) and bringing confidence and joy to that dog and their owner through playful interactions and relationship building games. Susan’s programs are rich in rewards for both the dogs and owners, as each team learns to communicate and layer their learning in a reinforcement-based environment. Her underlining message in her dog training is that looking for the good in everything your dog does in your dog training life will carry over into all areas of your life. She shares her life with fellow dog enthusiast, John Blenkey, and their four dogs; Encore, Feature, Swagger and Momentum. Together John and Susan own and operate Say Yes Dog Training Inc., located in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada.

Certifications: Bachelor of Science majoring in Animal Science, Professional Dog Trainer

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://dogsthat.com/


Amanda Garrow

Amanda	Garrow

Growing up, I always wanted to work with animals. In 2013 I graduated from Ambrose University College with my Bachelor of Science with a Major in Biology and a Minor in Psychology with the hopes of being a Veterinarian. This didn’t work out, and my friend at the time suggested that I apply to be a dog trainer.

I have worked the last 10 years as the Area Dog Trainer at a large retail corporation. During that time I achieved my Dog Trainer Accreditation, and ABCDT certification. In March 2021 I started Tiarific Canine. In October 2021, I achieved one of the highest desigations you can achieve as a professional dog trainer, my CPDT.

My obsession with dogs started at a young age. When I was 10 we got our first family dog, a black Labrador Retriever, named Tyson. In 2010 I rescued Tia from an owner euthanasia. She had lived the last year in a garage without any human or dog contact so did not trust anyone or anything. I worked tirelessly with her, and by the end of her life she lived with another dog and loved people; she’s the main reason why I became a dog trainer.

Currently at home I have 1 dog. A fluffy corgi named Mika. I also am a proud mom to my 5 year old son named Brett. I spend my spare time volunteering with several rescue organizations in the city: BARCS, Parachutes for Pets, and Megan’s Rescue Efforts Society. I am a CPDT-KA certified dog trainer, proud member of the APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers), AFFA (Alberta Force Free Alliance). I have my ABCDT (Animal Behavior College Dog Trainer Certification).

Certifications: CPDT-KA, BSc, ABCDT

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

Reactivity. Separation anxiety. Fear based reactivity. I can work with all cases except for human directed aggression.

Training methods:

Meet and greet. Do an assessment. Create a services proposal. Work with the client. Create a set of notes. Follow up.

Service area:

Carstairs to Okotoks. Cochrane to strathmore. Calgary.

Website: https://www.tiarificcanine.com


Janette Rael

Certifications: Certificate of Training and Counseling

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.noladogtrainer.com


Kristen Lee

Kristen	Lee

Modern dog training that is: Positive reinforcement-based, Force free‚ Humane‚ Backed by science‚ Always learning.

Certifications: KPA-CTP

Services include:

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

Website: https://blackdogtraining.wordpress.com/


Tara DuVal

Tara Duval

Helping humans and their dogs live their best lives

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.pulsek9.com


Kate Wilson

Kate	Wilson

Kate is our Director of Training at K9 Turbo Training and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) as well a Certified Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Kate has her Bachelors of Science from Michigan State University with a focus in Applied Animal Behavior and Neurobiology. She trains both dogs and exotic animals.

Kate has had a lifelong passion of observing and studying animal behavior. As the lead trainer at the Creature Conservancy in Ann Arbor, Kate also trains and works with various exotics including cougars, coyotes, alligators, sloths, warthogs, kangaroos, and porcupines. With a strong focus on improving the lives of the animals in her care, she works tirelessly to provide constant enrichment, allow the animals ample opportunities to practice natural behaviors, and provide them with training to allow for low-stress vetting and handling experiences.

Previously, Kate worked as an educator in math and zoology, and has traveled around the world observing animals in their natural environments. Now, with K9 Turbo, she helps ensure that every trainer on the team is educated to the highest level, is up-to-date on current research, and is following our company’s strict code of ethics. Kate also runs and presents for our community education lectures and seminars. Additional certifications/associations include: Pet CPR and First Aide certified

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) as well a Certified Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, Pet CPR and First Aide certified

Services include:

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

Website: https://www.k9turbotraining.com/


Abby Knue

Abby	Knue

Abby comes to K9 Turbo Training with an eclectic bag of experience. Abby was a Kindergarten teacher in a Montessori setting for 18 years before becoming the Education Director at The Creature Conservancy in Ann Arbor. It was there that she was introduced to positive reinforcement training and was hooked! If you can train a warthog to calmly rest its chin in your hand while its tusks are dremeled, the possibilities seemed endless! It is now a passion of hers to pursue and explore the newest science based information in animal behavior and to be able to promote a force-free philosophy through education.

Abby has always had a love for animals having grown up with dogs and horses. As a teacher her greatest joy was being able to help struggling students by observing their strengths and weaknesses and preparing their learning environment to meet their needs and set them up for success. She has found this same joy in helping dogs and their people build relationships based in trust and respect and to help domestic and captive animals have their best life possible.

Additional certifications/associations include:

Pet CPR and First Aide certified

Certifications: Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Pet CPR and First Aide certified

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://www.k9turbotraining.com/


Crystal Partain

Crystal Partain

With almost 2 decades of hands on experience in veterinary hospitals, local shelters and rescues, Crystal has been working with pets and their people to improve their lives together in many different settings. She received a dual bachelors degrees in biology and psychology, from Old Dominion University in 2009. Clients will often joke that she is their dogs therapist during their sessions together.

In 2012, she passed the Certification for Professional Dog Trainers exam and began to train professionally shortly after. She is a perpetual student and always improving training skills with her own dogs, taking classes or attending seminars that allow her to help your dogs with the most effective and current methods!Crystal currently has 5 dogs, who are all continuously teaching her to be a better advocate for the dogs she works with. Opal, a rescued Boxer mix, is the namesake for The Freckled Paw. She has taught Crystal the most about living with challenging dogs, while working through her separation anxiety, stranger danger, and dog selective behaviors. We lost Opal in June of 2019, and will forever be The Freckled Paw.

Certifications: Certificate for Professional Dog Trainer

Services include:

  • In home training

Website: https://thefreckledpaw.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.

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