Trainers & Behaviorists

Pugh Zoo Rescue is providing this list of trainers as a courtesy to our adopters.  To the best of our knowledge the trainers and training facilities listed here use positive reinforcement training methods. Force free, rewards-based, positive reinforcement teaches a dog using kind, humane methods as opposed to averse techniques. Averse techniques use physical force and confrontational methods.

It is the responsibility of each adopter to check out the websites of the trainers or training facilities before signing up. Adopters can ask to visit a facility and / or ask to observe a class. The dog training industry is not regulated by any type of certification or schooling. 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. Pugh Zoo assumes no liability for results or experiences with anyone listed here. 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.

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)

Association Of Professional Dog Trainers

Both Petco and PetSmart classes** 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 would be a private trainer or facility.  We 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.  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.



Pawsitively Fabulous, LLC

Nancy Weller in Lewes, DE

Positive Results Dog Training

Nancy Fitzgerald in Wilmington, DE


Annapolis Area

Positively Dogs

Lindsey Reese CPDT-KA, CKO in Annapolis area

Toad Hollow Dog Training

Margie Dowsett in Davidsonville, MD

yTiny Pets

Alexis Bond in Annapolis, MD


Maryland SPCA

Baltimore City

Oscar Winning Behavior

Amie Glasgow in Baltimore, MD

You Silly Dog LLC

Alisa Peters in Baltimore, MD

Baltimore County

Canines At Training

Diane Sammarco and Wendy Zabicki in Reisterstown

Crystal Clear Dog Training, LLC

Dara Crystal in Owings Mills, MD

Dog Crazy Lady

Tanzi Leary in Owing Mills, MD

Humane Domain

Owings Mills/Marriottsville

The Canine Clique

Debbie Shepardson in Reisterstown, MD

Carroll County

Canine Lifestyle Academy

Meghan Burton in Eldersburg, MD

My K9 Buddy

Marta Coursey in Westminster, MD

Train My Dog and Me

Sam Matlick in Mount Airy, MD

Eastern Shore

Pawsitive Fit

Susan Sarubin in Easton, MD

Dogs Behaving Better

Lisa Benshoff in Easton, MD

Smart Pups Canny Canine In Training

Amanda Abresch in Fruitland, MD


Canine Character, LLC

Kim Yocklin


Cari Reed in Walkersville, MD

Smart Dog University

Laurie Luck in Frederick, MD

Hagerstown & Surrounding

Atta Pup!

Laura Nalven in Hagerstown, MD

Be Pawsitive

Karol Kennedy in Hagerstown, MD

4 Legged Friends Pet Service

Katie Ervin in Hagerstown, MD

Happy Hound Training

Jill Freifeld in Hedgesville, WV

Peaceable Paws

Pat MiIller in Fairplay, MD

Harford County

Polite Pooches Positive Dog Training

Kathy Forthman, Lead Trainer -CPDT-KA

Forest Hill, MD

Terrapin K9 Academy

Theresa Frounfelker in Bel Air, MD

Howard County

Coventry School for Dogs

Columbia, MD

My Fantastic Friend

Jessica Ring in Ellicott City, MD

Unleashed Joy

Beth Joy in Woodstock, MD

Montgomery County

Behavior United

Jackie Moyano in DC Metro Area

Capitol Area Dog Training and Behavior Consulting

Dianna Stearns in Germantown

Come When Called

Alfhild (Al) Winder in Bethesda, MD

Helping Pets Behave

Mary Huntsberry in Gaithersburg

Laughing Dog Academy

Sarah Stoycos in Rockville, MD

Pawz for Health

Janet Oquendo in Potomac

Rewards Dog Training

Joyce Loebig in Takoma Park, MD

Small and Tall Dog Training

Lisa Arant in Rockville, MD

Your Dog’s Friend (non profit)

Group Classes in Rockville, MD

Wiggle Butts Dog Training

Tammy Tucker in Gaithersburg, MD

Southern Maryland

Best Buddy Dog Trainer, LLC

Jeff Causby in Chesapeake Beach, MD

Calvert Dog Academy

Elizabeth Ashley in Prince Frederick, MD

Diana's Pet Care

Diana Miller in Hughsville, MD

Dogboy Dog Training

Brian Markowich in Leonardtown, MD

K-9 Divine

Rachel Jones in Newburg, MD

Right on cue Dog Training, LLC

Kelsey Parsons in Hollywood, MD

Think Like a Dog

Donna M Poudrier in Lexington Park, MD


Harrisburg Area

Diane the Dog Trainer

Diane Petroski in Hanover, PA

Faithful Companion

Bonnie Hess in Lancaster

Good Dog Rising

Ann Withun in Carlisle, PA


Pawsitive Reactions

Debby McMullen in Pittsburg, PA

Success Just Clicks

Tena Parker in Pittsburg, PA

North Pittsburgh Animal Behavior

Beth McGonigal in Pittsburg, PA


Your Manerly Mutt

Michelle Frumento Lower Chester County, PA