The Best Dog Trainers in South Carolina of 2022

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Welcome to the South Carolina Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2022. This is a list of the top dog trainers in South Carolina 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 South Carolina Dog Trainers in 2022

Emily Fitzpatrick

Emily Fitzpatrick is the founder and head trainer of Misunderstood Mutt Dog Training. She has obtained her dog training certification through the Victoria Stilwell Academy (VSA-CDT) as well as being a standing member of the Pet Professional Guild and Shock-Free Coalition. Emily takes great pride in her use of positive reinforcement-based training methods to teach dog parents how to meet their dog’s needs, enrich their lives, help build confidence, reduce reactivity and strengthen the bond between dog and human.

She finds great joy in working with dog parents virtually, all over the world, celebrating all of the big and small wins along their training journey. When she’s not working with her clients, she is typically training with her two dogs, Goose and Remi, hanging out with her cat, Potato, continuing her education or adding to her ever growing plant collection.

Certifications: VSA-CDT

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training


Sue Conklin

I have been training for over 24 years. My business, The Puppy Nanny LLC, has been in the Greenville SC area for over 18 years. I specialize in puppies and fearful dogs. At The Puppy Nanny, we offer both private lessons and small group classes for puppies and adult dogs. I also offer Nose Work training and Control Unleashed classes and training.I have titled multiple dogs in Agility, Rally Obedience and Nose Work.

My current dog Loretta has titles in all three sports. We particularly love Nose Work and are competing in NACSW Elite and AKC Masters and Detective levels.

Certifications: Certified Control Unleashed Instructor

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Deaf dog 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 trainer’s certifications, if provided, 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 services.

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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