Your Dog’s Friend (YDF) offers a variety of classes at our training center at 12221 Parklawn Drive in Rockville, MD. Click here for our class schedule. We also recommend the following positive trainers and veterinary behaviorists (in the last section). Trainers’ locations are listed, but many serve multiple areas in the region. Check descriptions for those details.
Maryland – Beltway & Surrounding Areas
Laughing Dog Academy
Sarah Stoycos, KPA-CTP
Rockville & other parts of Montgomery County, MD,
northwest DC & parts of Northern VA; classes in Rockville, MD
Private training, behavior consultations, and day training, while you’re at work. Teaches at Your Dog’s Friend.
Small & Tall Dog Training
Rockville & other parts of Montgomery County and
southern Frederick County, MD; classes in Rockville, MD
Private training. Discounts available for recently adopted dogs. Special interest in fearful dogs and therapy dog training. Teaches at Your Dog’s Friend. Licensed Family Paws Educator.
Melissa Dilla, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
Potomac, Rockville, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Kensington,
Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, MD and surrounding areas;
classes in Rockville, MD
Private training, behavior consultations, day training, and service dog task training. Fear-Free Certified and Certified Service Dog Coach. Can help with many dog sports and therapy dog prep. Teaches at Your Dog’s Friend.
Rewards Dog Training
Joyce Loebig, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA
Takoma Park & other parts of Montgomery and Prince Georges
counties, MD and Washington, DC; classes in Rockville, MD
Private training, behavior consultations, and day training. Teaches at Your Dog’s Friend.
Rollins Family Dog Training
Rachel Rollins, KPA-CTP
Bethesda, Rockville & Chevy Chase, MD
and parts of northwest DC
In-home private training for individuals and families.
Jackie Moyano, CPDT-KA, PMCT, SAPro
Silver Spring & other parts of MD, Northern
VA, and DC; classes in Wheaton, MD & DC
In-home and day training. Teaches group classes at Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington, DC and Georgia Crossing Vet Center in Wheaton, MD.
Come When Called Dog Training
Alfhild Winder, CPDT-KA
Bethesda & within 25 miles of Bethesda, MD;
classes in Olney and Rockville, MD
301-928-6606 or 301-229-2302
Private training for behavior issues. Puppy and basic classes in Olney.
4 On the Floor Dog Training
Kelly Citrin, CPDT-KA
Potomac, Rockville, Bethesda & throughout Montgomery County
301-529-6206 or 301-664-4434
Private at-home training, behavior consultations, and day training. Group classes for puppies through adults in Potomac, Rockville & Gaithersburg. Also, CGC and Therapy Dog Prep, Agility, Growly 2.0, Cultured & Confident. Teaches Montgomery County classes for National Capital Therapy Dogs.
High Five Dog Training
Gabriela Hubbard, CBCC-KA CPDT-KA
Silver Spring & other parts of Montgomery and Prince Georges
counties, MD and DC
In-home training from puppy to adult. Special interest in reactive “aggressive” dogs. Education for expectant parents and family focused training. Licensed Family Paws Educator & SAPro (Separation Anxiety) Trainer.
Dances with Dogs
Brittany Fulton, CTC
Silver Spring & other parts of Montgomery County, MD
and northwest DC; classes in Washington, DC
Private in-home training, behavior consultations, and in-home day training. Specialty in reactivity and aggression. Teaches Basic Manners and Reactive Dog at Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington, DC.
Jessica Lamb, CPDT-KA
Silver Spring & lower Montgomery County, MD
and parts of Washington, DC
Training and behavior consultations. Sleep Away and Day Camp for puppies 5 – 18 months old.
Pawz for Health
Janet Oquendo, CPDT-KA, CDBC
Silver Spring, Rockville, Kensington, Chevy Chase, MD
and surrounding areas
In-home dog and puppy training and behavior modification. Serves Silver Spring, Rockville, Kensington, Chevy Chase, and surrounding areas. One or two week puppy camps for 10 week to 5 month old puppies.
Foley’s Dog Training
E. Foley, CPDT-KA
Burtonsville, MD; classes in Rockville & Columbia, MD and DC
407-760-0645 (text preferred)
Private and small group Agility training outdoors in Burtonsville. Fearful dog rehab by appointment. Group agility classes at YDF & Humane Rescue Alliance (DC). Group rally classes at YDF & Coventry School (Columbia).
Angie Madden, CPDT-KA
Gaithersburg & other parts of Montgomery County and Howard
County, MD; classes in Highland, MD
Private in-home training and behavior consultations or day training while you’re at work. Group classes, including puppy socialization, manners, and Control Unleashed offered at Canine Humane Network in Highland, MD. Online classes and private are also available.
Pam Wanveer, Certified Advanced Tellington TTouch® Practitioner
Silver Spring, MD; classes in Rockville, MD
TTouch involves body work, wraps, and movement exercises. These methods can help dogs calm down, feel less anxious, or have greater mobility. Private sessions at Pam’s home in Silver Spring; group classes at YDF to learn and practice methods with your dog.
Maryland – Frederick & Surrounding Areas (including WV)
Beth Joy, CPDT-KA. PMCT
Mt Airy, MD
Puppy, manners, reactive, and activities classes. Board and Train. Private training and behavior modification in Frederick, Carroll, Howard, and Montgomery counties.
Chris Bevillard, CPDT-KA, ACDBC
Mt Airy, MD
Private, in-home training and behavior modification, including Canine Good Citizen Prep and testing, trick training, and manners. Serving 15 miles around Mt. Airy.
Canine Lifestyle Academy
Bethany Poese, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP
Union Bridge, MD
Training for everything from puppy socialization to reactivity and aggression. Virtual training, group classes, private one-on-one and day training in Frederick and Carroll counties. Puppy Day Camp, Board & Train, and regular boarding available. Union Bridge is a few minutes north of Libertytown in Frederick County.
Kim Yocklin, CPDT-KA
Classes, private training, and behavioral consultations at facility in Frederick. Puppy kindergarten; good manners; tricks and games.
FitHound Puppy & Dog Training
Cari Messick Reed, CPDT-KA
Private lessons & consultations in Frederick, as well as north to Thurmont and east to New Market. Group classes in Buckeystown: Puppy K, basic through advanced manners, Canine Good Citizen, Out & About, and Nose Work.
Pat Miller, CPDT-KA, CDBC
Fairplay, MD (near Hagerstown)
Puppy and adult training classes; short, specialty classes (polite greeting, recall, leash walking, targeting, and shaping); three-day Reactive Rover training camp. Private lessons for advanced training work or for behavior modification dealing with problem behaviors, including aggression. Apprentice and internship programs.
Happy Hound Dog Training
Jill Freifeld, CPDT-KA
Teaches classes at Peaceable Paws in Fairplay, MD. Private in-home training up to one hour from Hedgesville, West Virginia – generally Winchester, VA; Berkeley Springs, WVA; Martinsburg, WVA; Hagerstown, MD and areas near these towns.
Maryland – Prince Georges; Baltimore, Annapolis & Eastern MD
Clicker Savvy Canines
Joanne Pazmino, KPA-CTP
College Park, MD
Private, in-home training and behavior consultations in Prince George’s and surrounding counties (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Howard & Montgomery). Puppy, Fundamental, Problem Solving, and Behavior Modification Packages are available.
Jody Broughton, CPDT-KA
In-home training, behavior consultations, and classes. Puppy consultations to help you prepare for your new puppy or handle your current puppy’s behaviors. Classes include Puppy Socialization, Basic, and Sniffer classes in Laurel. Private lessons in Prince Georges, Montgomery, Howard, and Anne Arundel counties.
Tanja Owe, MS, Companion Animal Behavior Analysis & Counseling
Group classes – puppy, basic, reactive, recall, and loose-leash walking – in Greenbelt. Behavior consultations in Prince Georges County, including Bowie, College Park, Greenbelt, and Laurel.
Coventry School for Dogs & Their People
Elisabeth Catalano, CPDT-KA, CDBC
Vincent Catalano, CNWI, CPDT-KA, CDBC
Group classes for puppies, manners, dog-reactive dogs, and sports (Agility, Rally, Nose Work, Freestyle, and others). Private on-site and in-home training and behavior consultations. Educational seminars. Doggie day camp & boarding.
My Fantastic Friend
Jessica Ring, CPDT-KA, CTC, PCBC-A, PMCT, SA Pro Trainer
Ellicott City, MD
Semi-private group classes and private in-home classes for puppies, basics and tricks. Behavior consultations for problems including separation anxiety. Day training in Howard County and surrounding areas. Online training options available for classes and consultations.
WiggleButts Dog Training
Tammy Tucker, CPDT-KA, CNWI, CTDI
Group classes offered in Howard and Carroll counties, MD: Puppy Kindergarten, Manners, Nose Work, Therapy Dog Readiness, CGC Prep, and Tricks. Private lessons available at training locations in West Friendship and Eldersburg.
Canine Humane Network
Classes, private training, and behavior consults in Howard County. Group classes include puppy and basic, CGC Prep, and classes for reactive and easily distracted dogs.
Dog Ears and Paws
Debbie Winkler, CPDT-KA, CABC
Owings Mills, MD
Classes at the training facility in Owings Mills: Puppy Kindergarten; basic to advanced obedience; CGC; Agility. Training for assistance and therapy dogs. Private training at Owings Mills location or in home (Baltimore and Carroll counties). Behavior counseling and modification for anxiety disorder; experience with serious aggression cases. Apprenticeships and internships available. Debbie Winkler is considered an expert in dog behavior who has testified in court and teaches animal behavior at Kutztown University.
You Silly Dog
Alisa Peters, CPDT-KA
Group classes, including Puppy Basics, Basic Skills, Polite Greetings, and Tricks and Games. In-home lessons in Baltimore.
Oscar Winning Behavior
Amie Glasgow, ACDBC, CSAT, FSG-I
Specializes in separation anxiety, multi-pet issues, aggressive dogs, and cat training. On location in Randallstown; in your home in western Baltimore County, Baltimore city, and parts of Carroll or Howard counties; as well as online for most issues. Email for information on a free separation anxiety consult.
Dog Crazy Lady
Laurie Corak, CPDT-KA
Private training for puppies and dogs in the Baltimore metro area, including socialization, manners, fear, anxiety, and aggression. Puppy Day Camp and Puppy Sleepaway Camp available.
Maryland SPCA Behavior & Training
410-235-8826, ext 151
Little Star Puppy & Puppy Socials; All Star Canine; Reactive Rover; CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Prep. One-on-one coaching. Telephone and email advice.
Maria Montgomery, CPDT-KSA
Private training. Skilled and experienced with basic for puppies and dogs, dog reactivity, and therapy dog prep. Serving Harford, Baltimore and Cecil counties. Teaches classes at Maryland SPCA in Baltimore.
Pawsitive Behavior Solutions
Rachel Ash, CTC, CPDT-KA, SAPro
Perry Hall, MD
Specializes in the prevention and treatment of fear and aggression, including dog to dog, stranger danger, and separation anxiety. Puppy options are focused on the prevention of fear-based behavior. Currently teaches reactive rover, separation anxiety information sessions, and puppy classes at the Maryland SPCA. Serves Perry Hall and surrounding Baltimore area.
The Canine Clique
Debbie Shepardson, ABCDT
Private training and behavior consultations in the Greater Baltimore area (Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford, Howard, and Carroll counties). Packages available for basic obedience and common behavior problems.
Dog Only Knows Behavior & Training
Alexis Bond, CPDT-KA, PMCT
Private lessons in Crownsville, MD facility including puppy foundation and basic skills; behavior modification, including anxiety, fear, reactivity, and resource guarding. In home training available in Anne Arundel County. Group classes available at Beechnut Kennels in Edgewater.
Humane Canine Training
Phyllis Saroff, CPDT-KA, PMCT
Private lessons and behavior modification in the Annapolis area. Group classes at Happy Tails in Crownsville.
Sue Sarubin, CBCC-KA,CPDT-KA, PMCT
Serves Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline, Kent, and Queen Anne counties. In-home puppy, basic and intermediate training. Day training while you’re out. Behavior consultations and training, including separation distress, fear and aggressive behaviors.
Calvert Dog Academy
Elizabeth Ashley, CTC
Prince Frederick, MD
Day training for your dog while you’re at work or private coaching for the owner who wants to learn dog training techniques. Serves Southern Maryland including Calvert County, Charles County, and Saint Mary’s County.
Kathy Forthman, CPDT-KA
Forest Hill, MD
Classes include Puppy Right Start, Basic and Intermediate Obedience/CGC Prep. Private, in-home training and behavior modification within 25 miles of Forest Hill (located in Harford County).
Dog Latin Dog Training
Beth Mullen, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
Christina Folkers, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA
Peyton Winter, CPDT-KA
Justine Bendickson, KPA-CTP
Private, in-home training and behavior modification in Washington, DC and close-in suburbs. Puppy and leash manners classes at Kenwood Hospital and at Bone Jour in Bethesda, MD.
Paw Prints University
Lindsey Paige, CPDT-KA
In-home and walk & train day training programs In DC, Takoma Park, Chevy Chase, and Silver Spring.
On-demand videos and digital courses available. Specializes in loose-leash walking, nutrition’s affect on behavior, and families with young children. Fear-free certified, dog and cat nutrition consultant, Family Paws Parent Educator (projected Jan, 2022).
LianaFit Canine Conditioning
Private training, outdoor group classes, Canine Good Citizen tests, and canine fitness in Washington, DC and surrounding areas. Can help with obedience, behavior modification, and many dog sports.
Harlow School for Dogs
Kimmie Harlow, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA
In-home training & behavior counseling, puppy training, & training walk packages. Virtual consultations available. Serves all of DC and Montgomery County.
School of Dogs
Hedda Garland, CPDT-KA, PMCT, KPA-CTP
Private training for manners, behavior issues, therapy and assistance dogs. Works in DC, Takoma Park, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Kensington, Rockville, Potomac, and Silver Spring. Offers Dogs & Storks program for expecting and adopting parents. Teaches children’s classes and camp at YDF. Licensed Family Paws Educator.
Savvy City Dog
Michelle Yue, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
Online dog training community (where clients can get support and connect); on-demand courses (watch what you’re interested in); live zoom classes; one-on-one virtual behavior help. Private lessons in DC and close-in Maryland.
Training and behavior consultations in Washington DC, Alexandria and Arlington. Puppy manners, adolescent tuneups, worried anxious dog behavior modification, tricks, nosework and more. Follow us for dog training tips on Instagram @DogTrained.
Well Done Charlie
Toni Clarke, CTC, VSA-CDT, CSAT
Private, in-home dog training and behavior modification. Serving Capitol Hill and the Washington, DC metro area. All issues, but with a special focus on helping anxious dogs deal with the noise and bustle of the city.
Phi Beta K-9 School for Dogs
Penelope Brown, CPDT-KA
Private training in DC, parts of MD (Silver Spring, Takoma Park , some of Bethesda), and parts of VA. Pet dog training; behavior modification; reactive dogs, some aggression.
Andrea Merryman, CTC, VSA-CDT
Private training and behavior modification in your home or at the Humane Rescue Alliance training center. Manners, fear, reactivity, dog/dog issues. Serves DC metro area, including parts of Maryland and northern VA.
Humane Rescue Alliance
(formerly Washington Animal Rescue League & Washington Humane Society)
Oglethorpe St, NW & New York Ave, NE
Manners, based on the CLASS program (www.mydoghasclass.com) and reactive dog classes.
Jennifer Thomas, KPA-CTP
Private training and behavior modification in DC through WOOFS! Dog Training. Contact through WOOFS! in the Northern VA section below, or directly through the contact information listed above.
Marnie Montgomery, PMCT4, CPDT-KA
Certified Tellington TTouch® Practitioner
Private training, behavior consultations, Tellington TTouch® in Fairfax and Loudoun, VA and Montgomery County, MD. Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, reactive dog class, and other special interest group classes offered at Seneca Hill Animal Hospital in Great Falls, VA, Catoctin Pet Eats and Treats in Leesburg, VA, and seasonally at other locations in Loudoun County and surrounding areas. Co-teaches the online and on-site Reactive Dog classes and Connection, Cooperation, and Control classes for YDF.
JW Dog Training
Juliana DeWillems, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CDBC
Cynthia Robertson KPA CTP, CPDT-K
Kayleigh Sullivan CPDT-KA
Kat Heckert KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, Fear Free Certified
Miranda Hitchcock CPDT-KA
Private training for everything from new puppies or adopted dogs, to fear, reactivity, and aggression cases. Offering virtual coaching and in-person lessons. Service area is mainly Northern Virginia – Arlington, Falls Church, Tysons, McLean, Great Falls – but some limited in-person availability for NW DC.
Laura Sharkey, KPA-CTP
Arlington, Ballston & Shirlington
Puppy, obedience, Nose Work, Rally, and agility classes. Private lessons, aggression consultations, board & train, day care & day school.
All About Dogs
Annandale, Woodbridge, & Springfield
Family-dog training classes plus Rowdy Rover, shy dog, exercise, and puppy socialization classes. Dogs advance through classes by levels. Private training and behavioral counseling available in surrounding areas.
Fur-Get Me Not
Levels system used for puppy and obedience training, so dogs can progress at their own rate; class attendance is flexible. Specialty classes: dog-reactive, people-reactive, confidence building, and impulse control. One-session training workshops; Nose Work (beginning – advanced); free puppy socials. Private training sessions and day training while the dog is in day care.
Eager Beagle Dog Training
Karen Baragona, CPDT-KA
Private in-home and day training (while you’re out). Problem solving for various behavior issues. Helping parents develop safe, happy interactions between dogs and babies/toddlers/young children. Eager Beagle donates 25% of training fees to shelters and rescues.
Positive Dog Solutions
Vivian Leven, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KSA
Jackie Maffucci, CPDT-KSA
Dog behavior consulting, including serious cases; court evaluations and expert witness services; mediation over animal related disputes. Serving the DC metro area and beyond.
Wholistic Hound Academy
Sandy Modell, CPDT-KA
Group classes, including puppy & basic manners, dog sports, advanced training, and more. Private lessons in Northern VA, either in-home or at their training center.
Lead With Fun
Jennifer Pennington, CPDT-KA, CDBC
Group classes, puppy day camp, agility, private in-home dog training and behavior consultations.
HOPE (Helping Owners of Pets through Education)
Private training and behavior counseling in Northern VA and Washington, DC, with a special interest in fearful dogs. Help for owners who are rehoming their dogs due to behavioral problems. Learn to groom your dog classes.
C & C Pals
Carole Peeler, CPDT-KA, CDBC
Basic, advanced obedience & Nose Work classes. Field trips for practice in real-life settings. Private in-home behavioral consultation & training in the DC area.
Companion Animal Behavior
Yody Blass, MA, certified by the National Association of Animal Behaviorists
Pamela Uncles, M.Ed, CDBC
In-home consultations for pet behavior problems in Northern VA and surrounding metro DC area. Help with issues like aggression, anxiety, fears and phobias, housetraining, and introducing new pets and children to existing pets.
Ts Dog Training
In-home training in Loudoun County and surrounding areas. Behavior problems, Puppy Home School, Basic Manners and Obedience, preparation for CGC (Canine Good Citizen) test.
Head of the Class
Lisa Marino, PMCT, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP,
also a certified separation anxiety trainer
Private “home school” lessons and behavior modification packages in Winchester, Stephenson, Stephens City and surrounding areas. Group classes at several locations in Winchester. Basic, puppy classes, CGC and Pet Partners training and testing, Tricks, Treibball, Rally, as well as online separation anxiety behavioral modification training.
Roni Campbell, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA
Service dog coaching and continuing education to keep skills sharp. Private in-home manners programs for pet dogs and puppies. Serving Gainesville, Haymarket, Manassas, Warrenton, Centreville, Chantilly, Ashburn, and surrounding Northern VA areas. Help with puppy selection. Classes for puppy socialization, CGC skills test preparation.
Bridget Taber, CDPT-KA
In-home private training in Northern Virginia, parts of Maryland and West Virginia. Also teaches open enrollment Puppy Kindergarten, Elementary and Intermediate Manners, Out On The Town, AKC Tricks, and Canine Good Citizen classes at her training center in Hillsboro, VA.
Best Friends Forever Pet Services
Laurie Scible, CPDT-KA
Stuart’s Draft, VA
410-867-3742 or 410-279-6338
In-home manners training and behavior modification in Stuart’s Draft, Waynesboro, Staunton and surrounding area. Will help families choose their pet and then introduce their new “family member”to the rest of the household.
Separation Anxiety and Beyond
Tracy Krulik, CTC, CSAT (Certified Separation Anxiety trainer)
lives in Ashburn, Va, but works remotely
Separation Anxiety training: Stop the barking, howling, frantic running, peeing, destruction, and injuries when you’re not home with your dog. This private training is done remotely; so, it’s possible to work with your dog no matter where you live. Also runs a mentor program to train trainers to work with separation anxiety dogs.
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A number of trainers, not on our recommended list, will use the title “behaviorist” without appropriate credentials or experience. The behaviorists listed below are either veterinarians who specialize in behavior issues and can prescribe medication or an Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (ACAAB).
However, our recommended trainers can all give you advice and guidance on behavior issues. You may want to meet with a trainer first to decide if you need to see a behaviorist. Also check our handouts under “behavior issues” for an overview of many of the problems you may be facing.
Maryland-Virginia Veterinary Behavior Consulting
Dr. Marsha Reich, DVM, DACVB
Board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behavior. In-home consults.
Behavior Solutions for Pets
Dr. Leslie Sinn, DVM, DACVB, CPDT-KA
Ashburn, VA, or in-home for VA residents.
Board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behavior, as well as a certified trainer
Animal Behavior Wellness Center
Dr. Amy Pike, DVM, DACVB
Meaghan Ropski, DVM – Veterinary Behavior Resident
Christine Michaud,CTC, PMCT, CPDT-KA
Jessey Scheip, KPA-CTP
Juliet Purll, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA
Kayla Frazier, BS, Psychology
Lisa Decker, LVT
Dr. Pike is Board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behavior – Behavioral assessments are currently being conducted at the Animal Behavior Wellness Center in Fairfax VA. Training assessment, on-site training, reactive dog classes and puppy socialization classes iwith certified trainers. In-home training in parts of northern VA. Pet selection counseling, workshops, and community education.
Veterinary Behavior Resident
Atlantic Veterinary Behavior
Dr. Meghan Connolly, DVM
In-home and phone consultations with a veterinarian specializing in behavior. Works in Montgomery County, MD and surrounding areas.