Lu’s Labs is providing this list of approved trainers as a courtesy to our adopters.  To the best of our knowledge the trainers and training facilities listed here meet the standards for rewards based positive reinforcement training methods. Rewards-based positive reinforcement teaches a dog using kind, humane methods as opposed to aversive techniques. Aversive techniques use physical force and confrontational methods such as choke collars, prong collars and electronic (zapping) collars, rollovers, scolding, physically forcing a dog into a position, jerking the leash, or pulling on the dog’s collar to name a few. Lu’s Labs does not condone aversive methods.

It is the responsibility of each adopter to check out the websites of the trainers or training facilities.  The dog training industry is not regulated by any type of certification or schooling.  Anyone can call themselves a dog trainer which is why Lu’s Labs recommends that adopters speak with the trainers and discuss the needs of their dogs or what they hope to accomplish during training.  Adopters can ask to visit a facility and / or ask to observe a class.  Lu’s Labs assumes no liability for results or experiences with anyone listed here.

If the adopter is ever uncomfortable with a technique being used in class we ask that you advocate for your dog by questioning the trainer about the need for the technique or leave the class.

Adopters should mention that their dog is rescued from Lu’s Labs at the time of enrollment.  Some trainers offer a discount to adopted rescue dogs. 

This list is not a complete list.  New trainers and facilities can be listed here after research determines that they meet Lu’s Labs standards. We will accept recommendations from our adopters or supporters.

For more information on finding the right trainer for you and questions to ask when you are interviewing a trainer visit the website below from the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT):   



Annapolis area


Best Friends Forever Pet Services

Laurie Scible

Crofton, MD


Private & Group Training


Next Best Pet

Linnea Bower

Based in College Park


Private & Group Training

Classes held in Chester, Maryland

Specializes in multi-pet households (dogs & cats)


Positively Dogs

Lindsey Reese CPDT-KA, CKO

Annapolis area


Private & Group Training

Lindsey has worked with several of our adopters who were very pleased.

Classes held at:

Happy Tails Pet Resort

965 Generals Highway

Crownsville, MD 21032


Toad Hollow Dog Training

Margie Dowsett

Davidsonville, MD 


Private & Group Training


Baltimore Area


Coventry School for Dogs

7165 Oakland Mills Road, A-J

Columbia, MD 21046


Trainer Jackie Moyano has worked with a bonded pair from Lu's Labs and the adopters gave her a glowing recommendation.


My Fantastic Friend

Jessica Ring 

3567 Saint Johns Lane

Ellicott City, MD 21042


Private & Group Training


Oscar Winning Behavior

Amie Glasgow

Baltimore, MD


Private & Group Training

Amie has worked with a Lu's Labs dog and came with a wonderful recommendation from the adopters.


Unleashed Joy

Beth Joy

2761 Melrose Avenue

Woodstock, MD 21163


Private & Group Training


Wiggle Butts Dog Training

Tammy Tucker

Gaithersburg, MD


Private & Group Training


Carroll/ Baltimore county

Humane Domain

Debbie Winkler

4231 Wards Chapel Road

Marriottsville, MD 21104

This facility is convenient to areas including: Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Finksburg, Randallstown, Pikesville, central & western Baltimore County & Baltimore City, Eldersburg, Winfield, Taylorsville and Marriottsville.

Frederick Area


Canine Character

Kim Yocklin


Private & Group Training

Recommended by a LL volunteer



Cari Reed

Walkersville, MD 


Private & Group Training


Smart Dog University

Laurie Luck

5322 New Design Road

Frederick, MD 21703

Go to website & click on Contact 


email at

Private & Group Training


Hagerstown Area


Be Pawsitive

Karol Kennedy

Hagerstown, MD


Private Training


4 Legged Friends Pet Service

Katie Ervin

P.O. Box 894

Hagerstown, MD 21741


Private Training


Happy Hound Training

Jill Freifeld

Hedgesville, WV


Group classes


Peaceable Paws

Pat MiIller

Fairplay, MD 21733


Group Classes

Pat Miller is a nationally known dog trainer.  Trainers attend workshops at Peaceable Paws to learn from her.


Harford County


Polite Pooches Positive Dog Training

Kathy Forthman, Lead Trainer -CPDT-KA

Forest Hill, MD 21050


Private and Group Training


Montgomery County


Laughing Dog Academy

Sarah Stoycos

Rockville, MD


Private and Group Training

Personal recommendations.  Specializes in puppies.


Rewards Dog Training

Joyce Loebig

Takoma Park, MD


Private and Group Training

Personal recommendations.


Small and Tall Dog Training

Lisa Arant

Rockville, MD


Private and Group Training


Train My Dog and Me

Sam Matlick

Takoma Park, MD


Private and Group Training


Your Dog’s Friend (non profit)

Training Center

12221 Parklawn Drive

Rockville, MD20852

Group Classes

"Your Dog's Friend is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose goal is to help keep dogs out of shelters by educating and supporting their humans.  We believe that fewer dogs will be given up to shelters if we can help people understand what their dogs need and how their dogs learn."

Group classes, free seminars on Saturdays open to the public, including one for new adopters once a month, free newsletter, Facebook page and lots of info on their home page.  They have a list of trainers on their website:  click on RESOURCES,  then TRAINERS AND BEHAVIORISTS. 



Salisbury /Ocean City, MD


Smart Pups LLC

Amanda Abresch

Fruitland, MD


Private & Group Training


Southern Maryland


Best Buddy

Jeff Causby

Chesapeake Beach, MD

443-646-6143 (H)

301-231-1907 ©

Private & Group Training

Classes held at Prince Frederick Animal Hospital


Diana's Pet Care

Diana Miller

Hughsville, MD


Private & Group Training

Board & Train


Dogboy Dog Training

Brian Markowich

41095 Knight Road

Leonardtown, MD 20650

Private & Group Training


K-9 Divine

Rachel Jones

11277 Edge Hill Road

Newburg, MD


Boarding, Daycare and Training

Private and Group Training


Sirius Manners

Sherri Lilly

Owings, MD


Private & Group Training


Think Like a Dog

Donna M Poudrier

46095 River Hill Road

Lexington Park, MD 20653




Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Springfield areas

C&C Pals

Carol Peeler

7790 Willow Point Drive

Falls Church, VA 22042


Private & Group Training, Behavior Assessments

Classes held in McLean


Core Canine

April Chillari

Alexandria, VA


Private & Group Training


Dog Trained

Gwen Podulka, Founder and Owner

Alexandria, VA


Private & Group Training, Separation Anxiety Specialists


Eager Beagle Dog Training

Karen Baragona

Alexandria, VA

Call/Text @ 571-982-9343

Free phone consultation

In home training rate for rescue dogs = $60 an hour

Private training             



4120 S Four Mile Run Drive

Arlington, VA


Private & Group Training

Several CPDTs on staff


Kissable Canine

Lisa Tudor

7950 Woodruff Court #1

Springfield, VA 22151

Private & Group Training


Lisa has worked with several of our adopters.


Lucky Labs Dog Training

Dolores Murray

Alexandria, VA


Private training

Dolores has worked with several Lu's Labs adopters and has had rave reviews from them.


Spring Training & Behavior

Kelly Spring

Arlington, VA


Private Training, Behavior Assessments

Kelly also works with cats.


Sundogs Canine Consultation and Training

Peggy Bowers


Classes held at 6230 Rolling Road Springfield  —  Just Fur Pets

Private & Group Training


Wholistic Hound

Sandy Modell

18 Roth Street

Suite 100

Alexandria, VA 22314


Private & Group Training


Woofs!  Dog Training Center

2 locations with various trainers

Shirlington                                           Ballston

4160 S Four Mile Run Drive                4241-A N Pershing Drive

Arlington, VA 22206                             Arlington, VA 22203

703-536-7877                                      703-526-0218

Private & Group Training

Several CPDTs on the staffs at both locations.


Fairfax, Prince Willam, Loudon, Fauquier Counties, Reston


A Dog's World

Teresa Hanula 

10681 Braddock Road

Fairfax, VA 22032


Private & Group Training


Affectionate Pet Care

Amy Mercandante, owner

3851 Pickett Road

Fairfax, VA 22031


Private & Group Training


Family Dog Training

Christine Michaud

Private and Group Training

Located in Fairfax Station



Dog Tranquility

Colleen Dermott

Northern Virginia


Private & Group Training


Joyful Dog LLC

Marnie Montgomery, owner

Reston, VA


Private & Group Training

Classes in 4 different locations.  Several staff trainers

Closest location to Reston is Seneca Hills Animal Hospital

Both Marnie Montgomery and Susan Sanderson are personally recommended.



Charlotte Wagner

310 Broadview Avenue, Suite 103C

Warrenton, VA 20186


Private & Group Training


Lead With Fun Dog Training

Jennifer Pennington, owner

Serving Northern Virginia


Private & Group Training

She was recommended by one of our adopters and also by a volunteer who also knows her as a neighbor.  


Positive Perspectives

Lisa Spencer

Gainesville, VA 20155


Private Training


Rudy's Friends

Anne Davis

Fairfax, VA


Private & Group Training

She was highly recommended by one of out fosters and has also worked with several adopters.


SitStay! 360 LLC

Leighann Chandler

11743 Dry River Court

Reston, VA 20191


Private & Group Training

Classes held at Deepwood Vet Clinic in Centreville, VA


The Animal’s House

20789 Great Falls Plaza, #170

Sterling, VA 20165


Group classes, Doggie Daycare, Boarding

The Animal’s House works with Lu’s Labs foster dogs.


Walking with a Friend

Roni Campbell

Gainesville, VA 20155


Private & Group Training

Roni also does home boarding for current clients


Dumfries, Woodbridge, Stafford


All About Dogs

14885 Persistence Drive

Woodbridge, VA 22191


Private and Group Training

3 locations:  Annandale, Springfield and Woodbridge

Commonwealth Pet Care

Alexander Bonilla 

Lake Ridge, VA


Private training, dog walking, doggie daycare and boarding


Dogs Think

Leslie Burgard DeFusco

Stafford area

Private Training, Behavior assessments


Leslie has worked with a LL adopter with great success. 


K9 + Plus Pet Services LLC


Woodbridge, VA


Private Training






Ask Dr. Caryn

Caryn Self Sullivan

Fredericksburg, VA

Serving Spotsylvania and other areas


Contact form online

Private training, Behavior assessments


Paws of Change Training & Behavior

Melissa Chow

Federicksburg, VA


Classes at Dogtopia

4272 Plank Road

Private & Group Training, Behavior Assessments


PT Dog Training

Paula Thomas

Fredericksburg, VA


Private & Group Training

Group Classes held at White Oak Animal Hospital



Laurie Williams, Owner

Private and Group Training

21 Perchwood Drive

Unit 111

Fredericksburg, VA 22405

Located between Fredericksburg and Stafford


Recommended by one of our volunteers.



K9 Tutor

Joyce Sobey

Richmond, serving Central Virginia


Private Training


Kaizen Pet Training & Behavior

Janet Velenovsky

Montpelier, VA 23192


Private & Group Training, Certified Behaviorist

Also works with cats


Paws Plus Training LLC

Janie Simmons

Glen Allen, VA


Private & Group Training

In home behavioral consultations, nosework & agility



Richmond SPCA

2519 Hermitage Road   

Richmond, VA 23229


Trainers listed are all CPDTs: 

Sarah Babcock

Alisha Fritz

Jackie Laubacher

Cassandra Haurath

Lauren Almond


2Speak Dog

Jennifer Kyzer, Master Trainer and Behavior Specialist

7320 Capehart Road

Henrico, VA 23294


Private & Group Training



Colonial Dog School

Nancy Merrell

Long Hill Road

Williamsburg, VA 


Private & Group Training


Paw Behavior LLC

Diana J Marahrens

Williamsburg, VA 


Private training only 


Purcellville / Winchester


Head of the Class

Lisa Marino

Winchester, VA


Private and Group Training


Mica Dog Training

Nancy Liebhaber

Purcellville, VA

Fill out a form online

Private & Group Training


Pawsome Pups Dog Training

Bridget Taber

14878 Cider Mill Road

Purcelville, VA 20132


Private & Group Training



South Paw Pet Services

Shari Strader

Norfolk, VA


Private & Group Training ; Pet Sitting, Dog Walking


The Freckled Paw LLC

Crystal Partain

Virginia Beach, VA


Private & Group Training


Washington, DC

Canine Train Track

Laura Colleton

Washington DC and surrounding DC Metro area


Private Training

Click on About and then Positive Training Philosophy


Good Dog DC LLC

Michelle Yue

Washington, DC


Private Training, Certified Behavior Consultant


Happy Pack Dog Training

Helene Jorgenson

Washington DC, Brookland


Private Training, Certified Behavior Consultant


School of Dogs

Hedda Garland

PO Box 5935 Washington, DC


Private & Group Training


Spot On Training

Toni Woods, owner

Chelsea Shanline

508 H Street NE

Washington, DC 20003


Private & Group Training