TRAINERS AND BEHAVIORISTS

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 Lu's Labs' standards for positive reinforcement training methods. Force free, 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 now requires adopters to choose from our extensive list.  We recommend that adopters speak with the trainers and discuss the needs of their dogs, or what they hope to accomplish during training, prior to signing up for classes.  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.

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. 

Should you ever feel 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 simply leave the class.

Once you have made a choice of trainer / facility from the approved list below, please fill out the Trainer Approval Submission Form below and submit.

For more information on finding the right trainer for you, and questions to ask, when you are interviewing a trainer visit the websites below. American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB):

https://avsab.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/How_to_Choose_a_Trainer_AVSAB.pdf

Association Of Professional Dog Trainers:

https://apdt.com/resource-center/how-to-choose-a-dog-trainer/

Click the + button to view the drop down options and details.


Trainer Approval Submission Form

Choose a trainer from the list below pertaining to your geographical area and click the submit button to send your choice to the Lu's Labs VP of Education and Training for approval.

Name *
Name
Enter Dog name as provided in contract
Provide the trainer information from the list below.

Both Petco and PetSmart classes** are approved by Lu's Labs. (** see note below) They use positive methods for dog training.  Their trainers are trained in-house through a mentor program.  Most are not certified professional dog trainers (CPDTs) and their skills vary from store to store.  The classes are fine for basic skills.  However, if you have a dog with a specific behavior problem(s), or you have specific training goals in mind, a better choice might be a private trainer or facility.  It is also suggested that you ask to visit a class prior to signing up to check out the class size and how the instructor handles the class and to see if both the humans and the dogs are having fun.  As  recommended above:

Should you ever feel 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 simply leave the class.

**PETCO / PETSMART CLASSES ARE NOT APPROPRIATE FOR LL PUPPIES UNLESS THEY HAVE THEIR FULL COMPLEMENT OF VACCINES AT ABOUT 16 WEEKS AND THE VET AGREES THAT THE VACCINES ARE EFFECTIVE.  VACCINES CAN TAKE 5-10 DAYS TO BECOME EFFECTIVE.


DELAWARE

+ DELAWARE

Pawsitively Fabulous, LLC

Nancy Weller

Lewes, DE

https://pawsitivelyfabulous.com/#

Positive Results Dog Training

Nancy Fitzgerald

Wilmington

http://www.positiveresultsdogtraining.com/home

MARYLAND

+ ANNAPOLIS

Best Friends Forever Pet Services

Laurie Scible

Crofton, MD

http://www.bffpetservices.com/

Positively Dogs

Lindsey Reese CPDT-KA, CKO

Annapolis area

https://positively-dogs.com/

Toad Hollow Dog Training

Margie Dowsett

Davidsonville, MD

https://sites.google.com/site/toadhollowpositivedog/

yTiny Pets

Alexis Bond

Annapolis, MD

https://www.ytinypets.com/

+ BALTIMORE

Oscar Winning Behavior

Amie Glasgow

Baltimore, MD

http://oscarwinningbehavior.com/

You Silly Dog LLC

Alisa Peters

Baltimore, MD

http://www.yousillydog.com/

+ BALTIMORE COUNTY

Canines At Training

Diane Sammarco and Wendy Zabicki

Reisterstown

http://www.petexperts.info/home.html

Crystal Clear Dog Training, LLC

Dara Crystal

Owings Mills, MD

http://www.crystalcleardogtraining.com/?page_id=49

Dog Crazy Lady

Tanzi Leary

Owing Mills, MD

https://www.dogcrazylady.com/

Maryland SPCA

Baltimore City

http://www.mdspca.org/programs/behavior/

The Canine Clique

Debbie Shepardson

Reisterstown, MD

http://www.thecanineclique.com/

+ EASTERN SHORE

Pawsitive Fit

Susan Sarubin

Easton, MD

http://www.pawsitivefit.com/index.html

Dogs Behaving Better

Lisa Benshoff

Easton, MD

https://www.dogsbehavingbetter.com/

+ FREDERICK

Canine Character, LLC

Kim Yocklin

http://www.caninecharacter.com/

FitHound

Cari Reed

Walkersville, MD

https://www.fithound.com/

Smart Dog University

Laurie Luck

Frederick, MD

https://smartdoguniversity.com/

+ HAGERSTOWN

Atta Pup!

Laura Nalven

Hagerstown, MD

https://www.attapuptraining.com/

Be Pawsitive

Karol Kennedy

Hagerstown, MD

http://www.bpwsitv.com/

4 Legged Friends Pet Service

Katie Ervin

Hagerstown, MD

http://www.4-leggedfriendspetservices.com/

Happy Hound Training

Jill Freifeld

Hedgesville, WV

https://www.happyhoundtraining.com/

Peaceable Paws

Pat MiIller

Fairplay, MD

https://peaceablepaws.com/

+ HARFORD COUNTY

Polite Pooches Positive Dog Training

Kathy Forthman, Lead Trainer -CPDT-KA

Forest Hill, MD

http://www.politepooches.com/

Terrapin K9 Academy

Theresa Frounfelker

Bel Air, MD

http://terrapin-k9.com/

+ HOWARD/CARROLL/PG COUNTY

Canine Lifestyle Academy

Meghan Burton

Eldersburg, MD

http://caninelifestyleacademy.com/

Coventry School for Dogs

Several Certified Trainers

Columbia, MD 21046

http://www.thecoventryschool.com/

Humane Domain

Debbie Winkler

Marriottsville, MD

https://humanedomain.net/

My Fantastic Friend

Jessica Ring

Ellicott City, MD

http://www.myfantasticfriend.com/

My K9 Buddy

Marta Coursey

Westminster, MD

https://www.myk9buddy.net/welcome.html

Social Tailwaggers

Jody Broughton

Laurel, MD

http://socialtailwaggers.com/about-us/

Unleashed Joy

Beth Joy

Woodstock, MD

http://www.unleashedjoy.com/

+ MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Capitol Area Dog Training and Behavior Consulting

Dianna Stearns

Germantown

http://www.capitoltrainingandbehavior.com/

Come When Called

Alfhild (Al) Winder

Bethesda, MD

http://www.comewhencalled.com

Helping Pets Behave

Mary Huntsberry

Gaithersburg

https://www.helpingpetsbehave.com/

Laughing Dog Academy

Sarah Stoycos

Rockville, MD

http://www.laughingdogacademy.com/

Pawz for Health

Janet Oquendo

Potomac

https://www.pawzforhealth.net/

Rewards Dog Training

Joyce Loebig

Takoma Park, MD

http://www.rewardsdogtraining.com/index.html

Small and Tall Dog Training

Lisa Arant

Rockville, MD

http://www.smallandtalldogtraining.com/

Train My Dog and Me

Sam Matlick

Rockville, MD

http://www.smallandtalldogtraining.com/

Your Dog’s Friend (non profit)

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."

Rockville, MD

https://yourdogsfriend.org/

Wiggle Butts Dog Training

Tammy Tucker

Gaithersburg, MD

http://www.wigglebuttsdog.com/

+ SALISBURY/OCEAN CITY

Smart Pups Canny Canine In Training

Amanda Abresch

Fruitland, MD

http://www.yoursmartpup.com/

+ SOUTHERN MARYLAND

Best Buddy Dog Trainer, LLC

Jeff Causby

Chesapeake Beach, MD

https://www.bestbuddydogtrainer.com/

Diana's Pet Care

Diana Miller

Hughsville, MD

http://www.dianaspetcare.com/

Dogboy Dog Training

Brian Markowich

Leonardtown, MD

https://www.dogboytraining.com/

K-9 Divine

Rachel Jones

Newburg, MD

http://k-9divine.com/

Right on cue Dog Training, LLC

Kelsey Parsons

Hollywood, MD

http://www.rightoncuek9.com

Think Like a Dog

Donna M Poudrier

Lexington Park, MD

http://www.thinklikeadog.us/

NORTH CAROLINA

+ NORTH CAROLINA

Bark Lodge

Melissa Tiedemann

Piedmont Triad

http://www.barklodge.com/

Dog-Gone Fun: Daycare, Training and Boarding

Jan Wilson

Kernersville

https://doggonefunnc.com/training/introduction-to-training/

Dulcey Trimble Dog Training

Dulcey Trimble

Greensboro

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Dulcey-Trimble-Dog-Training-481120331910351/about/?ref=page_internal

Positive Foundations

Meghan Prague

Kernersville,

https://www.pawsitivefoundations.com

PENNSYLVANIA

+ HARRISBURG, GETTYSBURG AREA

Diane the Dog Trainer

Diane Petroski

Hanover, PA

http://dianethedogtrainer.com/

Faithful Companion

Bonnie Hess

Lancaster

http://faithful-companion.com/

Good Dog Rising

Ann Withun

Carlisle, PA

http://gooddogrising.com/GDRDogTraininginCarlislePA.html

+ PITTSBURG

Pawsitive Reactions

Debby McMullen

Pittsburg, PA

https://www.pawsitivereactions.com/

Success Just Clicks

Tena Parker

Pittsburg, PA

https://www.successjustclicks.com/about-sjc/

North Pittsburgh Animal Behavior

Beth McGonigal

N Pittsburg, PA

http://www.northpittsburghanimalbehavior.com/

+ PHILADELPHIA

Your Manerly Mutt

Michelle Frumento

Lower Chester County, PA

http://www.yourmannerlymutt.com/index.php?id=10

 VIRGINIA

+ ALEXANDRIA, ARLINGTON, FALLS CHURCH, SPRINGFIELD

C&C Pals

Carol Peeler

Falls Church, VA

http://www.positivek9training.com/

Core Canine

April Chillari

Alexandria, VA

https://www.corecanine.com/

Dog Trained

Gwen Podulka, Founder and Owner

Alexandria, VA

http://www.dogtrained.com/

Eager Beagle Dog Training

Karen Baragona

Alexandria, VA

https://eagerbeagledogtraining.com/

Fur-Get-Me-Not

Several CPDTs on staff

Arlington, VA

http://www.furgetmenot.com/

Kissable Canine

Lisa Tudor

Springfield, VA

http://kissablecanine.com/

Lucky Labs Dog Training

Dolores Murray

Alexandria, VA

https://luckylabsdogtraining.com/

Positive Dog Solutions

Vivian Leven, Jackie Maffucci

Alexandria, VA

https://www.positivedogsolutions.com/

Sundogs Canine Consultation and Training

Peggy Bowers

https://www.sundogscct.com/

Wholistic Hound

Sandy Modell

Alexandria, VA

https://www.wholistichound.com/

Woofs! Dog Training Center

2 locations with various trainers

Shirlington & Ballston

http://www.woofsdogtraining.com/

+ FAIRFAX, PRINCE WILLIAM, FAUQUIER COUNTIES

A Dog's World

Teresa Hanula

Fairfax, VA

http://onedogatatime.com/

Affectionate Pet Care

Amy Mercandante, owner

Fairfax, VA

http://affectionatepetcare.com/

Do Rite Doggie Training

Renee Amodeo

Vienna

https://www.doritedoggie.com/

Family Dog Training

Christine Michaud

Located in Fairfax Station

http://familydogtrainingllc.com/

Dog Tranquility

Colleen Dermott

Northern Virginia

https://dogtranquility.com/

Joyful Dog LLC

Marnie Montgomery, owner

Reston, VA

https://joyfuldogllc.com/

K9ology

Charlotte Wagner

Warrenton, VA

https://www.k9ologyva.com/

Lead With Fun Dog Training

Jennifer Pennington, owner

Serving Northern Virginia

http://www.leadwithfun.com/

Rudy's Friends

Anne Davis

Fairfax, VA

https://rudysfriendsdogtraining.com/

Walking with a Friend

Roni Campbell

Gainesville, VA

http://www.walkingwithafriend.com/about

West Wind Dog Training

Karen Peak

Dale City/Woodbridge, VA

http://www.westwinddogtraining.com/

+ DUMFRIES, WOODBRIDGE, STAFFORD

All About Dogs

Woodbridge, VA 22191

Annandale, Springfield and Woodbridge

http://www.allaboutdogsinc.com/store/index.php

Commonwealth Pet Care

Alexander Bonilla

Lake Ridge, VA

http://commonwealthpets.com/

Dogs Think

Leslie Burgard DeFusco

Stafford area

http://www.dogsthink.com/

K9 + Plus Pet Services LLC

Jessica

Woodbridge, VA

http://www.k9pluspetservices.com/

+ FREDERICKSBURG

Ask Dr. Caryn

Caryn Self Sullivan

Fredericksburg, VA

http://www.askdrcaryn.com/

Paws of Change Training & Behavior

Melissa Chow

Federicksburg, VA

http://www.pawsofchange.com/

Pup'n Iron

Laurie Williams, Owner

Fredericksburg, VA

https://www.pupniron.com/

+ HARRISONBURG/CHARLOTTESVILLE

Canine Campus

Deven Gaston

Charlottesville, VA

http://caninecampus.wpengine.com/

The Successful Mix, LLC

Karen Mast

Harrisonburg, VA

http://www.thesuccessfulmix.com/index.htm

+ ROANOKE/BLACKSBURG

Barks Burg Dogs

Stephanie O'Connell Wilcke

Blacksburg, VA

http://barksburgdogs.com/index.html

Field of Dreams

Karen Hough

Vinton, VA

http://fieldofdreamsk9.com/

+ RICHMOND

Fuzzy Logic Dog Training

Melissa Krieldler

Beaverdam, VA

https://www.fuzzylogicdogtraining.com/

Great Day Dog Training

Eileen Holst

Richmond, VA

http://www.greatdaydogtraining.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

Honest to Dog

Michelle Mullins

Glen Allen, VA

http://www.honesttodogrva.com/

K9 Tutor

Joyce Sobey

Richmond, serving Central Virginia

http://www.k9tutorva.com/

Kaizen Pet Training & Behavior

Janet Velenovsky

Montpelier, VA

http://www.velenovsky.com/

Paws Plus Training LLC

Janie Simmons

Glen Allen, VA

http://www.pawsplustraining.com/

Richmond SPCA

Trainers listed are all CPDTs:

Sarah Babcock, Alisha Fritz, Jackie Laubacher, Cassandra Haurath, Lauren Almond

Richmond, VA

https://www.richmondspca.org/page.aspx?pid=305

Yellow Brick Dogs

Lulu Clark

Richmond, VA

http://www.yellowbrickdogs.com/

2Speak Dog

Jennifer Kyzer, Master Trainer and Behavior Specialist

Henrico, VA

http://www.2speakdog.com/

+ WILLIAMSBURG

Colonial Dog School

Nancy Merrell

Williamsburg, VA

http://www.colonialdogschool.com/

Paw Behavior LLC

Diana J Marahrens

Williamsburg, VA

http://pawbehavior.com/

+ LOUDOUN COUNTY/PURCELLVILLE/WINCHESTER

Head of the Class

Lisa Marino

Winchester, VA

https://www.headoftheclassdogtrainingllc.com/

Hearts in Harmony

Hamilton, VA

https://www.heartsinharmonyllc.com/

Mica Dog Training

Nancy Liebhaber

Purcellville, VA

https://www.micadogtraining.com/

Pawsome Pups Dog Training

Bridget Taber

Purcelville, VA

http://pawsomepupsdogtraining.com/

+ TIDEWATER

Applause for Educated Paws

Nancy Cronce

Virginia Beach

http://applause4educatedpaws.com

Freak on a Leash

Andrea Max

Virginia Beach

https://freakonaleashdogtraining.com

Playful Pups and Performance Training

Deborah Lankford

Virginia Beach, VA

http://www.playfulpupstraining.com/

Poised Pups LLC

Dawn Kalinowski

Norfolk, VA

http://dawnkalinowski.thedogtrainer.org/?SiteID=5775&PageID=23985

South Paw Pet Services

Shari Strader

Norfolk, VA

http://southpawpetservices.com/

The Freckled Paw LLC

Crystal Partain

Virginia Beach, VA

http://www.thefreckledpaw.com/

WASHINGTON, DC

+ DC

Behavior United

DC Metro Area

Jackie Moyano

https://behaviorunited.com/

Canine Train Track

Laura Colleton

Washington DC and surrounding DC Metro area

http://caninetraintracks.com/

Happy Pack Dog Training

Helene Jorgenson

Washington, DC

http://www.happypackdc.com/

School of Dogs

Hedda Garland

Washington, DC

http://www.schoolofdogs.com/

Spot On Training

Toni Woods, owner

Chelsea Shanline

Washington, DC

https://www.spotondogtrainingdc.com/