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R+ Dog and Cat Trainer Directory

San Diego Humane Society is pleased to share this directory of known Positive Reinforcement (R+) trainers from primarily around San Diego County and surrounding areas.

We understand how searching for an appropriate trainer for your pets' needs can feel overwhelming, so we've made the process a little easier for you both with our B&T Lecture on How to Pick a Trainer, this directory, and to help decode the "alphabet soup" of training certifications, see R+ Certifications - Appendix A _SHDS2022.pdf. 

If you believe a trainer is missing from this directory, or you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us at

At this time, the pet training field is unregulated and does not require certain standards of trainer education and skills are required. There is a push for standardizing training methods used in the field to create best practices and reduce some of the confusion around choosing a trainer as well as the use of inhumane or outdated training methods. The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)  has released a Position Statement on Regulation in Animal Training and Behavior and the Certification Counsel for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) has called for mandating trainer certification. The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviorists (AVSAB) has also released a statement on How to Choose a Trainer and another on Humane Dog Training methods.

These organizations have also released statements on training methods and best practices related to dominance theory, punishment, electronic training devices, breed specific legislation, the importance of early puppy socialization (prior to 16 weeks), and the importance of collaboration with veterinarians and positive vet care, including some statements in Spanish. We have shared these at the bottom of the directory. 

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Company name & Website Trainers & Certifications Pet Type Location Specialty
Accomplished Canines Amanda Cornell, M.S., CPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator Brittany Quon, CPDT-KA  Martha White, KPA Dogs South Orange County Puppy Raising, reactivity, dog sport foundations
Alcala Country Pet Resort Matt Montes. CBCC, Fear Free Shelter graduate, Aggression in Dogs Master Class graduate  Courtney Roberts, CPDT-KA  Cydney Litt, CPDT-KA Dogs Encinitas

Day Training, Board and Train, Private lessons. Obedience, tricks, behavior modification. Only thing we can't help with in house is Separation Anxiety - we refer to a local CSAT for that.

All Big Canines, LLC Tabitha Davies, CPDT-KA, ACDBC, fear free certified, APHE, PPG


Coachella Valley, up to Joshua Tree, across to Blythe, and into Redlands Reactivity and aggression is our specialty. We also have group classes, agility, rally, and a doggie pool.
Aloha Positive dog training Kim Lepic, CPDT, Fear Free Certified Animal Trainer Dogs Bonsall, Fallbrook, Temecula, Vista, Oceanside, Camp Pendleton Private in-home lessons as well as day training. Specializing in puppy training (socialization, potty training, foundation skills), newly adopted rescue dogs, shy & fearful dogs, basic manners and reactivity training.
BADDogs Inc. Family Dog Training & Behavior Barbara Davis, CDBC, IAABC-ADT, SBA, CPDT-KA
Over 1500 hours of continuing education.
Dogs Corona family/companion dog training beginner through advanced, tricks, puppy socialization, CGC – all levels, service dog, therapy dog, treibball. Serious behavior problems (aggression, anxiety, fear, etc) all breeds. Some board and train. One instructor is a Spanish-speaker. We are LIMA adherents.
Bella Woof April Bove-Rothwell, BS Animal Biology UC Davis, CPDT-KA, AKC-CGC Dogs Coastal  from Downtown San Diego to Encinitas. Inland  north of 8 & west of 15 & south of Del Dios highways AKC STAR Puppy Class & Socialization and Adult Dog Training Classes in Bella Woof La Jolla classroom. Private, customized lessons at Bella Woof or in-home for fear, aggression, obedience, house manners and puppies. Gentle, cage-free grooming by AKC-SAFE trained professional groomer. Safe and humane walking and training equipment, and other apparel. Healthy and holistic foods and supplements.
Birch Bark Dog Training Lindsey Lieberman, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, FFCP Dogs Vista, Carlsbad, Oceanside,  Encinitas, San Marcos Mindful, force-free training for dogs and their people. Specializing in behavior modification programs for reactivity, fear, and aggression. Basics and specialty group classes that emphasize training for the real world!
Britta's Animal Training & Pet Service Britta Wilson, BA, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, Patti O' Farrel Dogs, Cats, other San Diego County and global over zoom Offering foundation behavior training for puppies and dogs and consulting for behavior issues, such as fear and anxiety, mild to moderate aggression, reactivity, destructive chewing and house training.
Canine Behavior Consulting Anna Skaff, PharmD, CBCC-KA, KPA CTP, CMAC Dogs Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Solana Beach Basic foundation, shy and fearful dogs, service dogs, CGC
Canine Learning Academy Yo Armendariz, KPA CTP, CBATI, SDC, CDTI, CCFC, SDJ, AACE, FFC   Julie Fryman KPA CTP, CBATI, SDC, CDTI   Kurtis Swinson KPA CTP Dogs Virtual or in person: beach cities between Redondo Beach & Irvine. Long  Beach, Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, Huntington Beach Young puppy (8-20 weeks) raising- living in the city, dog reactivity on leash, service dog training, trick trainer, Board & Train (Swan Diego - Malibu) dogs 35 lbs and under and puppies
Click Dog Training Chancel Siebuhr, ABCDT, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA Dogs, Cats San Diego & Del Mar Puppies, adults for basics and foundations. I have done some reactive dog stuff- mostly foundation and then I’m actually meeting someone outside- at threshold (as restrictions allow). Take clients in Del Mar at Thrive Animal Rescue
Cloud K-Nine Dog Services, also a private Trainer with Dogs on the Run & Wonder Dogs  Janet Thornton, CPDT-KA, MSc., B.A., Certified Dog Bite Prevention Educator, Fear-Free Certified Dogs Encinitas,  Vista, Oceanside, San Marcos, Carlsbad, Escondido and Fallbrook Puppy Behaviors, Life Manners and Behavior Modification, Leash Skills and Leash Reactivity, Dog to Dog Skills and Socialization, Shy/Fearful Behavior. Learn more at her instagram
Devoted to Dog Training Liz Randall, CPDT-KA, LLC  Robin Cameron, KPA-CTP 8 years professional training, specializes in behavior modification Dogs North County Coastal, inland North County (Vista, San Marcos, Fallbrook, Escondido, Valley Center) Behavior modification, including reactivity, inter-household dog aggression, human-dog aggression, resource guarding, etc. Puppy and adult basic manners. 
Do No Harm dog training Linda Michaels, M.A., Psych, PPG PCT-A, VSPDT, ISCP Dogs San Diego / Los Angeles Creator of the Hierarchy of Dog Needs and Author of the newly released Do No Harm Dog Training and Behavior Handbook - focusing on speaking and her Facebook group.
Dog Dayz of California Pat Gallagher, ABCDT Dogs North County San Diego Board and Train, Daycare and Train, Classes and private lessons (not a good fit for aggression issues but basic manners and behavioral adjustments)
Doggy Einsteins Training Tina Flores, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, CSAT Dogs Globally online Separation Anxiety -Fluent in English and Hindi
Dogpanion, LLC Mel Reichek (she/her/hers), SDC, CGC Evaluator, SA Pro Trainer Dogs Mira Mesa, Cardiff, Del Mar, Rancho Penasquitos, Carmel Valley, Scripps Ranch, La Jolla, Kearny Mesa, Clairemont, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Mission Valley Specializing in puppy raising and training, CGC training, ESA and Service Dog (Autism Assistance, Psychiatric)
Dogs by Johanna Johnna Biondi CPDT-KA Dogs Los Angeles & Ventura County Specializes in integrating new dogs into the family and starting puppies and their parents off on the right paw! Also, behavior modification, problem solving, aggression, and overall house manners.
Eden Animal Training Services Stefanie Kennedy, EATM, KPA CTP, ILLIS, Continued education with BAT (see: CBATI in appendix) Dogs, Cats Online & Greater Sacremento Rescue dogs, dogs with reactivity, puppies and cats with behavior concerns. Online private training, online group classes, and self paced online dog training programs.
Fix Dog Training Amy Vandenberg, CPDT-KA, Fear Free Shelter Professional Dogs North San Diego County,
In home training for basic manners, puppy foundation training, behavior modification, as well as support for integrating a new dog or puppy into a family, or a new baby into your home with a dog. Tele/video consult sessions offered to any location, specializing in preparing your resident dog for a new baby arrival as well preparing your current family for a new dog or puppy.
Freedom Service Dogs Peggy Poore, Executive Director, KPA-CPT, CPDT-KA. Many trainers Dogs Corona, Norco, Oceanside, San Marcos, Orange and San Diego Counties Service Dog trainers +R - works with wounded warriors
Get Pawsitive Sarah Surritt, KPA CTP, CPDT, CGC Eval, ABC mentor  Patti O'Farrell KPA-CPT, CSATFPPE,  Pilar De Veintemilla - Bilingual, VSA  Libby Lucas ABC-DT, CPDT-KA, Joanna Chang PAT Dogs Private training: Mission Valley up to Oceanside-over to Escondido/ rb/ Poway, all of north county/coast Carmel Valley up Puppy training, puppy play classes, separation anxiety (Patti), adult training, new dog/new baby training, fear and reactivity , behavior mod, board and train (home environment), day training, specialty classes, online monthly support group as well as online private training and self study options, workshops for volunteers and PAT teams. 
Gretta's Dog Training Maryna Volotovska, no certifications shared, pursues relevant continued education.  Dogs San Diego, La Jolla, Del Mar, La Mesa, Chula Vista, Bonita, Coronado Puppy, basic and advanced obedience, competition obedience, behavior modification - Dog to dog reactivity, Dog to human reactivity, fear to moving objects, Separation Anxiety, under-socialized dogs. -- Speaks English and Ukranian fluently, European training experience, available 7 days a week for in-home privates
Happy Dog Happy Owner Lara Schindler, ABCDT, CGC Evaluator Dogs Central San Diego Group obedience classes, scent work classes, and agility classes.
Inspired Canine Paula A. Phillips, FDM Dogs North County San Diego, Coastal San Diego, Parts of East County San Diego Private training including virtual training.
Instinct Dog Training - San Diego Brandi Hutsell, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, CGC Evaluator  Jessica Stone, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA   Jessica Wheatcraft, CDBC, CPDT-KA Dogs City of San Diego and some surrounding areas Puppy development, life skills & manners, Canine Good Citizen prep, and dog-dog socialization and interaction
Legends Dog training Alyssa Rose, CCPDT, Behavior Specialist Dogs Virtual Online classes and education for anxious, reactive, hyperactive or aggressive behavior. The classes teach practical skill sets for dogs that struggle with stress or over-arousal. They also teach people how to optimize the behavioral training process to make the most of the time invested in training. The online classes offer pre-recorded training demonstrations and discussions, allowing students to watch the training at a time that is conducive to their schedule. Students have the option to attend office hours to ask questions that come up along the way, and an opportunity to connect with others dealing with similar challenges and frustrations. This experience is highly effective and provides community support.
Meridus K9 and Equine,LLC Cecelia Anastos, CPDT-KA Dogs, Horses San Diego Obedience and service dogs for children with rare diseases. Fluent in Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese. Equine massage
Mutts About You Chey Anne Tamashiro, KPA CTP Dogs Poway, Rancho Bernardo, 4S Ranch, Scripps Ranch, Rancho Penasquitos One to one private training for manners, potty training, leash walking. I also offer in- home pet sitting and day training
Out n' About Dog Training Julie Schmitt, CPDT-KA, VSPDT, GDMI, FFCP, CGC Evaluator Dogs San Diego East County Dog & puppy training, behavioral consulting & training, day training, board and train. virtual consultations, help with fearful, anxious, reactive or aggressive dogs. Licensed Be a Tree Presenter (bite prevention school kids). Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (service dogs)
Pack Method Prep Zoe Sandor, CPDT-KA,  
Emma Castor, CPDT-KA (Group Classes)
Dogs Pack Method Prep only services people willing to travel to our location San Diego / Pacific Beach Pack Method Prep’s primary school for dogs is the first of its kind. It provides all day care while simultaneously developing the young students in three ways - Intellectually (command training), Socially (off leash play), and Emotionally (confidence building through enrichment).
Pam's Dog Academy LLC Pamela Johnson, M.A., CPDT-KA Dogs Jamul Group Classes - agility, canine freestyle, tricks, canine conditioning, force free rattlesnake avoidance, dog sport foundations, and private sessions at my personal grass and agility field are also available. We offer NADAC video titling opportunities in agility class as well as during fun runs, and workshops from time to time. Pam has spent the last 6 years learning about canine rehabilitation after her border collie herniated a disc catching a frisbee. Twix Runs Again, by Pamela Johnson can be purchased on Amazon, Audible, and B&N.
Pawtopia Colleen Demling-Riley, CDBC, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA Dogs Rancho Santa Fe, Caramel Valley, Coastal San Diego from Point Loma to Solana Beach Puppy training, helping rescue dogs adjust to their new home, and behavior modification.
SMRT Dog Jamie Bozzi, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KSA, KPA CTP, ACDBC, CC, CNWI, MAR Handler, AKC Scent Work Judge Dogs Riverside & San Diego counties Specializes in: Positive reinforcement training and customized behavior modification plans for fearful, anxious and aggressive behavioral issues, as well as, basic obedience and tricks. She also works with sport, performance and working dogs, especially in scent detection work- K9 Nose Work, AKC Scent Work and SAR/MAR (Search & Rescue/Missing Animal Response). Additional dog sports include agility and Treibball. resource guarding.
Teach, Reward, Repeat Kelly Viscosi, CPDT-KA, MS Dogs Virtual sessions. In person training primarily in North San Diego County, but will travel outside area in certain circumstances.  Shy/Fearful dogs, reactivity, focus & fonfidence building (using Control Unleashed exercises developed by Leslie McDevitt), cooperative care training for low stress nail trims, handling, and other husbandry tasks as related to grooming and health
The Puppy Care Company Christine Young, CPDT-KA Dogs & Horses Rancho Sante Fe (in person) online students and north county meet ups

Online & In home Puppy Specialist with long term day-training options for busy homes. Recall Dog Training & field trips. Swimming Safety & Lessons. Support for choosing & integrating a new dog or puppy. online Recall Course & Puppy Potty Training E-book on website.

The Proficient Pup Lynn Webb, MA, KPA CTP, CTMT, CSAT Dogs North County Inland Fearful or anxious dogs, separation anxiety, massage, Force free rattlesnake avoidance (+R)
The Sophisticated Dog Irith(“Ee-reet”) Bloom CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, CDBC, KPA CTP, VSPDT, CBATI, CSAT, FFCP, TAGteach  Paul Bujold CPDT-KA Dogs Los Angeles/Santa Monica, Brentwood, and Pacific Palisades, also Ventura City New pet, fearful/aggressive/reactive behavior, separation anxiety, in-home or online/virtual training. She is also faculty at both Victoria Stilwell Dog Training Academy and DogBiz’s Dog Walking Academy, and certified in TAGteach
Training by Connection Bethany Cunningham, B.S., Animal Science, CPDT-KA, FPPE Dogs Virtual sessions Dog-baby/toddler/child safety. Specialty is dynamics between dogs and children, preparing families with dogs to bring home a baby, and supporting families with dogs as children grow. Integrates a knowledge of child development/needs with dog behavior/training to support the family as a whole.
Tully's Training (trainer at) Jaime Rosier Miller, CPDT-KA, LLA, KPA-CTP Dogs Pasadena and surrounding cities Puppy Social Classes, Positive Puppy Preschool Classes, Positive Dog Obedience, Socialization for all ages, Swim Lessons, Reactivity, Multi-Species
Wells Dogs Lee Wells PhD, J.D., CPDT-KA, CADT, CDBC Dogs San Diego Private training for puppies and adults. CGC. Does reactivity workshops (temporarily unavailable)
Woof! San Diego Erin Vejar, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP Dogs All of South County to the border; East County out to Lakeside and Rancho San Diego; All of Central San Diego; West to the beach; North to La Jolla or Poway All general pet dog training and behavior modification, including separation anxiety, reactivity, & body sensitivity; dog and baby preparation or concerns; service dog training; training for pets living in high distraction environments
Zoe's Dog Training Ashley Valentine CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA,FDM  Jacquelyn Court, CPDT-KA  Lindsey Kraal, CPDT-KA  Ashley Larsen, CPDT-KA Dogs La Jolla to Chula Vista Zoes Dog Training employs 2 of only 4 Certified Behavioral Consultants in all of San Diego County. This makes us uniquely qualified to work with the more complicated fear and aggression cases.


Position Statements from CCPDT, IAABC & AVSAB  

Regulating and Mandating certification of trainers


Position Statement on Regulation in Animal Training and Behavior_IAABC.pdf

Declaración Oficial sobre la Regulación en el Entrenamiento Animal y Conducta_IAABC regulatinganimaltraining.pdf

Training ethos, philosophies, and methods




Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) Code of Ethics_Policy-2019_CCPDT.pdf

CPDT certified professtional Banned Dog Training and Behavior Intervention Practices_CCPDT.pdf


Declaración Oficial sobre la Teoría de la Dominancia_IAABC dominance.pdf






Socialization of Puppies under 16 weeks


Breed Specific Legislation



Legislación Específica de Razas_IAABC breedspecificlegislation.pdf

Veterinary & Training related


Derivar al Veterinario-Las Mejores Prácticas para Entrenadores Animales y Consultores de Conducta_IAABC refertovet.pdf


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