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


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.


Aces High Dog Training

Aces High Dog Training
Headley Hillier
Toronto Ontario

All About Dogs Inc

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

Alpha Dog Training Nina Houghton

Alpha Dog Training
Nina Houghton
604 802 8251
Vancouver B.C.

A Better Dog Training

A Better Dog Training Company
Andrew Thomas
Langley, Surrey & White Rock B.C. areas

Bravo Dog Training

Bravo Dog Training & Behaviour Consulting
Renée Erdman
North Vancouver B.C.

Bravo Fido

Bravo Fido
Jennifer Gailis and Sebastien Larabee
Montreal, Quebec

Canine Spirit

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


Carolark - The Canine Learning Centre
Nicky Barham CPDT-KSA, KPA-CTP
613 591 3277
Stittsville Ontario

Confident Canines Companion Training

Confident Canines Companion Training
Lynda O'Neill
"Specializing in Puppy Classes"
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
Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, B.C.


Definitely Dogs
Domena Diesing CPDT-KA
Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, B.C.

Dog Friendship Inc.

Dog Friendship Inc.
Helen Prinold
226 500 3647
Guelph, Ontario

Dogma Training

Dogma Training & Pet Services Inc.
Megan Armstrong, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA
515 - 70 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2V 0P5

Alice Fisher CPDT-KA
Tel: 604-267-9500
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)
Vancouver, BC

Fearless Fido

Fearless Fido
Bethany Coles - CPDT-KA
(902) 388 - 1665
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Monique Charbonnier

Gentle Puppy Training Sanctuary & Boarding Resort
Monique Charbonnier CPDT-KA
"The Gentle and Fun Approach for puppies and dogs too!"
Abbotsford. B.C.

Fairy Dog Mother Training & Pet Care
Jenn Hauta
250 619 9284
Nanaimo B.C.

Tristan Flynn

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

Loose Leashed

Loose Leashed
Graham Horne
416 509 9481
Ajax, Ontario

Modern Canine Training

Modern Canine Training
Kris Crestejo, CDBC, ABCDT
Langley, BC

Valerie Barry

In Partnership With Dogs
Valerie Barry APDT
'Training is something you do with your dog, not to your dog.'
North Vancouver B.C.

Nancy Tucker

Nancy Tucker, CPDT-KA
Sherbrooke, Quebec

No Dog Left Behind

No Dog Left Behind
Derek Snow CPDT
Training and Behavior Consulting
Please "LIKE" our facebook
page at
Moose Jaw, SK, Canada

Oh My Dog!

Oh My Dog!
Simone Ritter
Behaviour Training CPDT
Vancouver B.C.

One Leg Up Canine Company

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

Pawlished Dogs

Pawlished Dogs
Jonelle Warren Owner
604 612 4789
Burnaby, BC Canada

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

Pawsitive Connection Dog Training & Services
Erin Taylor
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
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
Trenton Ontario

P.R.DOGz Training
Coral Atnikov
(306) 216-5575
Regina Sk

Scratch and Sniff

Scratch and Sniff Canine Services
Emily Fisher, CPDT-KA
Chapel Lane. Guelph,
"Effective, compassionate training for manners and problem behaviours"

Voice 4 Dogs

Voice 4 Dogs
Silvia Jay
Force-free Solutions for Every Behavior Problem
Nova Scotia

Walkabout Canine Consulting

Walkabout Canine Consulting
Sylvia Koczerzuk,CPDT-KA, CDBC
Serving Essex County

When Hounds Fly
Andre Yeu
647 993 2275
1108 Dundas Street West,
Toronto, Ontario, M6J 1X2

WiggleBums Training

WiggleBums Training
April Lott
Calgary, AB, Canada

Yaletown Dog Training

Yaletown Dog Training
Sarah Pennington
604 683 3318
Vancouver B.C.


A Clever Canine

A Clever Canine
Anne Pantall CPDT-KA
Stuart, Florida

Anne Springer, B.A., PCT-A, CTDI
Positive Training for a Great Dog!
119 Liberty St., 2nd Floor
Danvers, MA 01923

Believe In Dog

Believe In Dog, LLC
Lauri Vaccare, ABCDT, Member PPG
Truly Dog Friendly Member
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!"
Rhode Island, USA

Canine Connection LLC

Canine Connection LLC
Cindy Ludwig
"Click with your dog!"
Canine Connection Positively Trained Therapy Dog Program
Waynesville, Missouri

Dale Ward
A Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer

Dale's Dog Training Academy LLC
Dale Ward
Tel: 757 389 5359
Chesapeake, VA

Humane Domain

Debbie Winkler CABC; CPDT
Humane Domain
6833 White Rock Road
Sykesville, MD 21784 USA

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

Dog Star Training

Dog Star Training
St. Louis, MO and surrounding areas, Branson, MO, Springfield, MO

Friends for Life

Friends for Life; Holistic Pet Training
Natalie Hawkins
Pine, Colorado

Healing Companions

Executive Director, Healing Companions, Inc.
Author of, “Healing Companions: Ordinary Dogs and Their Extraordinary Power To Transform Lives.”
Oberlin, Ohio

Kathrine Breeden

Kathrine Breeden
Tel: 972 345 7955
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
Del Mar, California

Laura Brody, CPDT-KA
Dog Behavior Specialist
Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer
Denver, Colorado

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should

Get Pawsitive Dog Training

Get Pawsitive Dog Training
Sarah Surritt


Francine Miller
Carlsbad, CA 92009

Pawz  Dog Training

Pawz For Health In Home Dog Training
Janet Oquendo CPDT-KA
"We Train Without Pain"
Tel: 410 299 1013
Maryland & DC metro area

'We are Changing the lives of dogs'

Reward That Puppy Inc. Reward That Puppy Inc.

Reward That Puppy Inc.
Ada Simms
585 314 7663
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
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
Tel 419 699 7785
Toledo, OH

"Serving the world via online & live feed"

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

Unleash the Pawsitive

Unleash the Pawsitive
Laura Clawson, ABCDT, VSPDT, ANWI
Tel 770 871 8656
Carrollton, GA

Big Tail Waggin Dog Training Big Tail Waggin Dog Training

Big Tail Waggin Dog Training
Roseann Burrets-Baars
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 banning outright the sale and use of shock collars on all animals throughout the world. Please sign the on-line Global Petition

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