The Best Dog Trainers in Sacramento, CA of 2022

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Welcome to the Sacramento, CA Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2022. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Sacramento 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 California list.

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The Best Sacramento, CA Dog Trainers in 2022

Cindy Smith

 Cindy has loved animals her entire life and at a very young age made training animals her lifelong goal. She always seemed to have a natural ability to understand and communicate with animals. Her Husband calls her the “Pied Piper of Animals” as “everywhere she goes they follow her”. Animals seem naturally drawn to her personality, true love of animals, and her voice. Her Human Clients are also drawn to her easy going and fun, yet intense and straight forward approach to communication and training.

Services include:

  • In home training
Behavioral issue focus:

Fear Issues, House/Potty Training, Play Biting, Jumping, Humping, Leash Manners, Management, Owner Training to work on patience, consistency, putting the time in, setting the puppy/dog up for success not failure.

Training methods:

Positive Reinforcement and Force Free. Only Humane Equipment is utilized. Rewards are always used (Treats, Food, Toys, Praise).

Service area:

Sacramento County, Placer County, and El Dorado County

Website: https://www.therightsteps.com/index.html


Marie Turner-Bailie

I have 15 years of experience in the industry, both as a trainer, and as a trainer mentor, helping educate junior trainers, expanding their skill sets and knowledge base. I am passionate about helping people shape their dog’s behavior, and helping people and their dogs communicate better together. She continues her education on a routine basis with a mix of conferences, workshops, and trusted online resources.

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://daackpack.com


Allison Daack

Allison Daack is the founder of Daack Pack Dog Training, and has been working with and training dogs, along with other species since 2008. She is also a member of APTD, PPG, and IAABC. In the beginning of her career, Allison was a Kennel Technician working closely with a Veterinarian where she learned all about developmental periods of dogs, handling skills and how to prevent behavior issues.

From there she spent several years working with exotic animals at numerous wildlife facilities and reserves, first in North Carolina, then California. She did everything from educating the public, rehabilitation, and using training to help animals cope with life in captivity, usually due to injury or illness. Her passion for behavior modification began with teaching cooperative care cues to a Black Vulture in the raptor / avian exhibits. Allison then had a long career with Petco, where she became a Dog Training Mentor.

Not only did she train other dog trainers to be dog trainers, she taught group classes, and was an integral part of a corporate team that created continuing education materials for trainers, and updated Petco’s dog training program. However, Petco does not take behavior modification clients, so on June 1, 2016, Allison founded Daack Pack Dog Training as a way to better support the needs of her clients whose dogs might struggle with fear, anxiety, or display aggression. Through this company she has been able to provide the community with custom, in-home training to support their specific needs and the needs of their pets.

Certifications: CPDT-KA and FFCP

Services include:

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

Website: https://daackpack.com/


Marieka Schrader

Marieka Schrader, KPA-CTP, is the founder of Karuna K9 in West Sacramento, California. As a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, Marieka’s focus is providing Sacramento area dog guardians with the tools they need to live fulfilling lives with their dogs through the use of positive & force-free dog training methods.

Certifications: Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner

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

Reactivity in dogs is one of the most common behavioral challenges we work with. We help teach people and their dogs real-life skills to manage these situations with confidence and work to reduce existing sensitivities. Resource guarding, while it may be a completely natural behavior, can also create conflicts in households. We work with people to manage resources and show their dogs that sharing can be a good thing.

Training methods:

Our goal is to help dogs and their guardians live their best lives possible together by building strong relationships based on communication and trust. We use only positive training methods that are free from coercion, fear, and punishment. We are a certified Karen Pryor Academy Training Partner, as well as Fear-Free Certified.

The first step in the training process is an initial consultation. During this 90-minute meeting, we discuss current challenges and goals, as well as training options that will best fit each unique situation. Our training options are flexible, and we offer discounted packages.

Service area:

We provide in-person services to dog owners in West Sacramento, Woodland, Davis, Citrus Heights, Carmichael, Elk Grove, Sacramento, and Natomas. We also offer remote services where appropriate.

Website: https://www.karunak9.com


Kayla Block

Kayla Block, MA, CTC, provides dog training in Sacramento and El Dorado Counties as well as online training anywhere! She has an MA in Clinical Psychology and is a graduate of the Academy for Dog Trainers (2 year comprehensive program)Specialized knowledge of dog reactivity, dog aggression, and fearful dog problems.

Passionate about dog bite prevention, offering programs for families with kids of all ages, and expectant parents.

Certifications: CTC from the Academy for Dog Trainers; Aggression in Dogs Masterclass

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://www.understandingdogtraining.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?

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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