Choosing A Dog Trainer

Be Assured It Will Take Effort On Your Part

The pet training industry is rife with people willing to scare and hurt your dog into what they will call obedience. Vets, behaviourists & qualified trainers have stories of dogs they’ve had to rehabilitate after punishing training methods have traumatized or injured them. Dogs are still shocked, rolled, pinched, jabbed, choked, hung, kicked and poked in the name of training. Cesar is famous for it and world-renowned animal behaviourists are loudly denouncing such aversive 'training' as unnecessary, out-dated and cruel. The time is now for humane treatment for all animals. Article Here


Good Trainers: How To Identify One And Why This Is Important To Your Practice Of Veterinary Medicine

Produced by the Advanced Behavior Course at the North American Veterinary Conference, Post Graduate Institute

Journal of Veterinary Behavior (2006) 1, 47-52

Humane * Skilled * Respectful * Bully-Free

The Pet Professional Guild Directory
'Association for Force-Free Pet Professionals' The Pet Professional Guild
Truly Dog Friendly

MORE POSITIVELY POSITIVE TRAINERS

Here are more humane trainers who have committed to using respectful, bully-free methods of training. No shock, prong or choke devices are used by these trainers. The trainers posted here give their word that they are committed to positive science based training. When you take on the responsibility of caring lovingly for an animal, part of that responsibility is to make sure the people you choose to care for your pet have the same respect for them as you do.

If your training style fits the description above, please contact us to be added to the list.


CANADA

Aces High Dog Training

Aces High Dog Training
Headley Hillier
www.aceshighdogtraining.com
headley@aceshighdogtraining.com
Toronto Ontario

All About Dogs Inc

All About Dogs Inc.
Renee deVilliers
renee@allaboutdogs.ca
Bring out the best in your dog,
so your dog can bring out the best in you.
www.allaboutdogs.ca
Toronto, Ontario

Alpha Dog Training Nina Houghton

Alpha Dog Training
Nina Houghton
info@alpha-dogtraining.ca
604 802 8251
www.alpha-dogtraining.ca
Vancouver B.C.

A Better Dog Training

A Better Dog Training Company
Andrew Thomas
www.TrainingYourDog.ca
604.866.0405
aBetterDogTrainingCompany@gmail.com
Langley, Surrey & White Rock B.C. areas

Bravo Dog Training

Bravo Dog Training & Behaviour Consulting
Renée Erdman
www.bravodog.ca
778-875-5176
shine@bravodog.ca
North Vancouver B.C.

Bravo Fido

Bravo Fido
Jennifer Gailis and Sebastien Larabee
www.bravofido.com
info@bravofido.com
514-312-3435
Montreal, Quebec


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Canine Spirit

Canine Spirit
Pamela Murray
www.caninespirit.com
cell 604 723 7097
Vancouver B.C.


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Carolark - The Canine Learning Centre
Nicky Barham CPDT-KSA, KPA-CTP
www.carolark.com
613 591 3277
nicky.carolark@gmail.com
Stittsville Ontario

Confident Canines Companion Training

Confident Canines Companion Training
Lynda O'Neill
"Specializing in Puppy Classes"
226-889-1014
www.confidentcanines.ca
59 Orchard Lane
Brussels, Ontario, Canada
N0G 1H0

Cowichan Canine Behavior & Training Ltd

Cowichan Canine Behavior & Training Ltd.
Lisbeth Plant KPACTP
First, Do No Harm
250 743 7648
www.cowichancanine.ca
info@cowichancanine.ca
Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, B.C.

Domena

Definitely Dogs
Domena Diesing CPDT-KA
domena@definitelydogs.ca
www.definitelydogs.ca
Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, B.C.

Dog Friendship Inc.

Dog Friendship Inc.
Helen Prinold
info@dogfriendship.com
226 500 3647
www.dogfriendship.com
Guelph, Ontario

Dogma Training

Dogma Training & Pet Services Inc.
Megan Armstrong, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA
Owner/Director
403.452.5400
www.dogmatraining.com
515 - 70 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2V 0P5

DOGSMART TRAINING
Alice Fisher CPDT-KA
Tel: 604-267-9500
info@dogsmart.ca
www.dogsmart.ca
100 - 8206 Ontario Street
Vancouver, BC. V5X 3E3

Dogs of Distinction Canine Training Inc.
Jane Bowers BA, CPDT-KA, CABC, Di. Vet. Hom.
604-989-3647 (989-DOGS)
jane@dogsofdistinction.com
www.dogsofdistinction.com
Vancouver, BC

Fearless Fido

Fearless Fido
Bethany Coles - CPDT-KA
(902) 388 - 1665
www.fearlessfido.ca
beth@fearlessfido.ca
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
CANADA

Monique Charbonnier

Gentle Puppy Training Sanctuary & Boarding Resort
Monique Charbonnier CPDT-KA
"The Gentle and Fun Approach for puppies and dogs too!"
604-607-6564
www.gentlepuppytraining.ca
gentlepuppytraining@gmail.com
Abbotsford. B.C.

Fairy Dog Mother Training & Pet Care
Jenn Hauta
250 619 9284
fairy_dogmother@live.ca
www.fairydogmother.me
Nanaimo B.C.

Tristan Flynn

Jollytails Doggy Daycare
Tristan Flynn, CPDT-KA
3484 Intercolonial St, Halifax NS
www.jollytails.ca
(902) 469-4738
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Loose Leashed

Loose Leashed
Graham Horne
http://www.looseleashed.com
416 509 9481
ghorne84@hotmail.com
Ajax, Ontario

Modern Canine Training

Modern Canine Training
Kris Crestejo, CDBC, ABCDT
www.ModernCanineTraining.com
ModernCanineTraining@Gmail.com
604-866-8999
Langley, BC

Valerie Barry

In Partnership With Dogs
Valerie Barry APDT
'Training is something you do with your dog, not to your dog.'
valeriebarry@me.com
www.inpartnershipwithdogs.com
604-868-5145
North Vancouver B.C.

Nancy Tucker

Nancy Tucker, CPDT-KA
819-580-1583
woof@nancytucker.ca
www.nancytucker.ca
Sherbrooke, Quebec

No Dog Left Behind

No Dog Left Behind
Derek Snow CPDT
Training and Behavior Consulting
info@ndlb.ca
www.ndlb.ca
306-630-5801
Please "LIKE" our facebook
page at www.facebook.com/NDLBMJ.
Moose Jaw, SK, Canada

Oh My Dog!

Oh My Dog!
Simone Ritter
Behaviour Training CPDT
www.ohmydog-training.com
604.537.6855
Vancouver B.C.

One Leg Up Canine Company

Marilyn Aston, CPDT-KA
Owner, One Leg Up Canine Company
(519) 820-4683
www.onelegupcanineco.com
Like us on F/B : www.facebook.com/OneLegUpCanineCo
Follow us on Twitter : @OneLegUpCanine
Guelph, Ontario

Pawlished Dogs

Pawlished Dogs
Jonelle Warren Owner
604 612 4789
pawlisheddogs@gmail.com
www.pawlisheddogs.com
Burnaby, BC Canada

Pawsitive Connection Dog Training & Services Pawsitive Connection Dog Training & Services

Pawsitive Connection Dog Training & Services
Erin Taylor
778-881-1539
info@pawsitiveconnection.ca
www.pawsitiveconnection.ca
1125 − 11871 Horseshoe Way, Richmond, BC V7A 5H5


Pawsitively Canine Dog Training Services

Pawsitively Canine Dog Training Services
Lisa Davies, KPA-CTP
(604) 836-5948
www.pawsitivelycanine.ca
12076 Webster Street,
Maple Ridge, BC, Canada, V4R 1A6

'We make training fun for you AND your dog!!'

Pet Me Please

Pet Me Please
Silke Le Messurier
613-398-0314
info@petmeplease.ca
www.petmeplease.ca
Trenton Ontario

P.R.DOGz Training
Coral Atnikov
(306) 216-5575
dogz@sasktel.net
www.DOGztore.ca
www.prdogz.com
Regina Sk

Scratch and Sniff

Scratch and Sniff Canine Services
Emily Fisher, CPDT-KA
226-486-124437
www.scratchandsniff.ca
info@scratchandsniff.ca
Chapel Lane. Guelph,
Ontario
"Effective, compassionate training for manners and problem behaviours"

Voice 4 Dogs

Voice 4 Dogs
Silvia Jay
902-843-2182
silvia4dogs@gmail.com
www.silvia4dogs.com
Blogs: http://silvia4dogs.blogspot.ca
Force-free Solutions for Every Behavior Problem
Nova Scotia

Walkabout Canine Consulting

Walkabout Canine Consulting
Sylvia Koczerzuk,CPDT-KA, CDBC
226-348-3948
walkaboutcanine@aol.com
www.walkaboutcanine.com
Serving Essex County
Ontario

When Hounds Fly
Andre Yeu
www.whenhoundsfly.com
andre@whenhoundsfly.com
647 993 2275
1108 Dundas Street West,
Toronto, Ontario, M6J 1X2

WiggleBums Training

WiggleBums Training
April Lott
403-923-2888
www.wigglebumstraining.com
Calgary, AB, Canada

Yaletown Dog Training

Yaletown Dog Training
Sarah Pennington
www.yaletowndogtraining.com
www.facebook.com/yaletowndogtraining
604 683 3318
Vancouver B.C.


USA

A Clever Canine

A Clever Canine
Anne Pantall CPDT-KA
http://www.aclevercanine.com/
pbgvtrax@yahoo.com
772-812-0222
Stuart, Florida

Anne Springer, B.A., PCT-A, CTDI
PAWS FOR PRAISE
Positive Training for a Great Dog!
119 Liberty St., 2nd Floor
Danvers, MA 01923
978-356-3286
www.pawsforpraise.com

Believe In Dog

Believe In Dog, LLC
Lauri Vaccare, ABCDT, Member PPG
Truly Dog Friendly Member
270-393-2398
BelieveInDog@usa.com
http://believeindog.weebly.com
Alvaton, Kentucky

Betty's TLC Dog & Puppy Training

Betty's TLC Dog & Puppy Training C.D.B.C., C.D.B.C.
Betty Laurin
"Aquidneck Island's Most Respected Dog Trainer for Over 40 Years!"
www.bettystlcdogtraining.com
401-841-0857
Rhode Island, USA

Canine Connection LLC

Canine Connection LLC
Cindy Ludwig
"Click with your dog!"
Canine Connection Positively Trained Therapy Dog Program
www.dubuquedogtraining.com
getconnected@mcshi.com
Columbia, MO, USA

Dale Ward
A Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer

Dale's Dog Training Academy LLC
Dale Ward
Tel: 757 389 5359
www.dale.ward.positively.com
Chesapeake, VA

Humane Domain

Debbie Winkler CABC; CPDT
Humane Domain
www.humanedomain.net
deb@humanedomain.net
410-549-1135
6833 White Rock Road
Sykesville, MD 21784 USA

"Kindness is a choice-you can always choose kindness"

Dog Star Training

Dog Star Training
Judy Luther, CPDT-KA, VSPDT, CSMT, KPACTP
314-422-2700
Judy@DogStars.biz
www.DogStars.biz
St. Louis, MO and surrounding areas, Branson, MO, Springfield, MO

Healing Companions

Jane Miller, LISW, CDBC, AABP-CDBT,
Executive Director, Healing Companions, Inc.
Author of, “Healing Companions: Ordinary Dogs and Their Extraordinary Power To Transform Lives.”
www.healing-companions.org
Oberlin, Ohio
Judy@DogStars.biz
800-457-0345

Kathrine Breeden

Kathrine Breeden
Tel: 972 345 7955
www.bekindtodogs.com
Chandler, Arizona

"Teach Your Dog Good Behavior For Life"

Victoria Stilwell Dog Training

Linda Michaels, MA, Victoria Stilwell Dog Training
Linda Michaels
Tel: 858-259-9663
LindaPositively@gmail.com
DogPsychologistOnCall.com
Del Mar, California

Laura Brody, CPDT-KA
Dog Behavior Specialist
Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer
goodfamilydog.com
laura@goodfamilydog.com
720-289-7498
Denver, Colorado

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should

Get Pawsitive Dog Training

Get Pawsitive Dog Training
Sarah Surritt
www.getpawsitive.com
Sarah@getpawsitive.com
858.336.3590
Ca. USA

MsBehaving

MsBehaving
Francine Miller
www.callmsbehaving.com
Francine@callmsbehaving.com
858-248-1410
Carlsbad, CA 92009

Pawz  Dog Training

Pawz For Health In Home Dog Training
Janet Oquendo CPDT-KA
"We Train Without Pain"
www.pawzforhealth.net/
Judy@DogStars.biz
Tel: 410 299 1013
Maryland & DC metro area
USA

'We are Changing the lives of dogs'

Reward That Puppy Inc. Reward That Puppy Inc.

Reward That Puppy Inc.
Ada Simms
585 314 7663
www.rewardthatpuppy.com
5517 East River Rd.
West Henrietta
NY, USA 14586

 Dog Chick Dog Training

The Dog Chick Dog Training & Behavior Modification
Charlene Sorrentino - CPDT-KA, CCBC
www.thedogchick.com
dogtraining123@yahoo.com
631 423 9690
260 Evergreen Ave.,
So. Huntington NY 11746

"Motivation is the key to success"

Toledo Dog Training

Toledo Dog Training
Tonya Wilheim
Specializing in puppy development & canine anxiety
www.toledodogtraining.com
Tel 419 699 7785
Toledo, OH

"Serving the world via online & live feed"

Top Dog Canine Counseling
Katherine Novak - APDT
www.topdogcaninecounseling.com
Tel 410 207-6163
Baltimore, Maryland 21228
USA
“Better Training Through Education"

Unleash the Pawsitive

Unleash the Pawsitive
Laura Clawson, ABCDT, VSPDT, ANWI
Tel 770 871 8656
www.unleashthepawsitive.com
Carrollton, GA

Big Tail Waggin Dog Training Big Tail Waggin Dog Training

Big Tail Waggin Dog Training
Roseann Burrets-Baars
www.bigtailwaggin.com
info@bigtailwaggin.com
732-741-3444
New Jersey, USA


When hiring a trainer keep in mind:

Certification for dog training can come from excellent schools and schools with lower standards. Unless a certifying organization, independent of the training school that issues the certificate assesses a student and determines they have meet a certain standard, the certificate alone is no guarantee of knowledge.

The pet training industry is not regulated. What makes a great trainer is not easily definable but two elements are crucial, respect for the sentience of animals and gentle training methods. In some cases, a Certified Animal Behaviorist with a doctorate degree may be required for complex problems.

You will want to ask a trainer about their background, education, experience, affiliations, methods of training and personal philosophy. A trainer with nothing to hide will be happy to answer your questions. Although it is our own opinion, not shared by everyone, we recommend you do not leave your pet to be trained without you.

Please note: There are trainers who advertise they use positive methods, describe themselves as balanced trainers, but conveniently leave out they will also use shock, prong and choke collars in addition to other harsh treatment. There are also trainers who do not use shock, prong or choke collars but still engage in harsh methods.

Together we can protect the most vulnerable among us by disabling the abuser. Ban outright the sale and use of shock collars on all animals.

If you witness animal abuse with or without the use of a shock device, please do not delay in calling the police or an animal organization in your area. If by reporting the abuse you feel your safety is at risk tell the authorities you wish to remain anonymous