Dog Training

As a Fear Free certified hospital, Fairhaven Veterinary Hospital follows the guidelines of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior and only recommends evidence based, positive reinforcement training. Whatcom and Skagit county are home to many wonderful trainers who share our commitment to fostering the best possible life for our canine friends. Here is a list of Bellingham-based, certified professional dog trainers using a positive, force-free approach:

Embarking Dogs- Amber Todd, CPDT-KA, UW-AAB

Tails-a-Wagging- Angie, LVT, Certificate Applied Animal Behavior

The Dog Guy- Michael Nichols, BA, CPDT-KA

Nosey Dog Training- Sarah, Certified K9 Nose Work

Confident Canine- Siw Lea, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA, UW-AAB, Fear Free Certified Trainer

Clever Canine- Celeste Patten CTC, CPDT-KA (Separation Anxiety focus)

The Pawsitive Pooch- Nea

First Friends- Jen Walker, CTC, APHE, FPPE, KPA CTP

Dogwell Behavior and Training- Erin Truchan, Dip CBST, LVT, CPDT-KA, FDM (Separation Anxiety focus)


*CPDT-KA: Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed: Comprehensive certification exam and 300 hours of dog training experience.

*KPA-CTP: Karen Pryor Academy, Certified Training Partner: Graduate of the Dog Trainer Professional Program, demonstrating a high level of technical knowledge and hands on skill both training canines and teaching people.

*LVT: Licensed Veterinary Technician: 2-4 year college program and national board exam

*UW-AAB: University of Washington, 9-month PT Applied Animal Behavior Certificate

*CTC: Certificate in Training and Counseling, Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers

*APHE: Association of Professional Humane Educators

*FPPE: Family Paws Parent Educator

*Dip CBST: Diploma in Canine Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute

*FDM: Family Dog Mediator