Diamonds in the Ruff

Behavior Consults and Private Lessons

If your dog has a behavior problem and you need assistance, we can help!   Our training and behavior consultants are available to  meet with you, assess your situation and design a training or behavior modification plan to suit your individual needs.

Private lessons are the perfect training choice for young puppies whose vaccination series has not been completed and are too young to attend a group class. These great trainers are ready to provide helpful support and advice for first-time dog owners to help you get off on the right paw. Get a head start on training, socialization & puppy issues. Errorless management from day one can set the stage for success!

From Basic Training to In-depth Behavior Modification? We can help!
Bad manners.  Jumping on guests.  Chewing on the kids.  House training.  Door dashing.  Counter thieving.
Barking.  Destruction.  Fearful behavior.  Problems between housemates. 

"Travis is wonderful -- so knowledgeable, helpful, and reassuring...what a wonderful experience!"   - Dorie M.

Travis Byrnes, CPDT-KA
Diamonds in the Ruff

Travis provides private training lessons and behavior consults in your home or at the training studio.  He enjoys helping new puppy owners and adoptive families get off on the right paw with their new friends.  He has a special way with shy and fearful dogs and inspires confidence in his human clients, too.  He can help you understand your dog, and help your dog understand you.

As a parent of three children, his specialty is helping families navigate the challenges of raising a puppy or dog in a busy household with children, helping build healthy communication and repair relationships that have gone awry. 

Travis is often accompanied by his lovely helper dog Lili, who helps work with dogs who are fearful, reactive, or over-excited.

Do you need an evaluation to determine if a group class is right for you?   Do you need a make-up session for a missed class, or supplemental help on your training lessons?  Call Travis!


Travis will help you establish basic skills, manners and socialization for your young puppy or older dog as well as in-depth solutions for common behavior problems.  

Contact Travis at 509-710-7697 or  email 

Amy Barker, CPDT-KA
Diamonds in the Ruff

Amy offers private consults, lessons & customized day training packages for anyone looking for a little more help with their puppy or dog. She is passionate and dedicated to making the relationship with your dog resilient and joyful. Amy’s training style focuses on play, exercise & training to help you and your dog live the best life together. She is skilled at interpreting behavior and can help you truly understand things from your dog’s perspective. Whether you are working with a new puppy, wild adolescent, reactive or worried dog, or out of control dog; she is here to help and bring things back in balance within your family.

Amy owns Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile and combines her knowledge of holistic health and nutrition with her behavioral expertise. She offers consultations at Diamonds in the Ruff and at Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile on the South Hill or in your private residence.  Amy firmly believes every animal and situation is unique and deserves respect, kindness & humility for every family member involved, not just the dog.


Contact Amy at 509-209-1413 or email her at

Dakota Eckenroth
Diamonds in the Ruff

Dakota offers pre-class evaluations, behavior consultations, private training lessons, and packages based on the needs of your unique dog and household.


Dakota is passionate about helping people understand the dog in front of them and creating a happy, healthy, and enjoyable relationship. Every person and dog learns differently. We need to let go of our assumptions of who we think our pets are and who we want them to be. Instead, embrace them for who they actually are and all they can be,  Dakota believes that understanding why a dog is struggling or behaving a certain way is the key to achieving training success. 

Have you added a new dog or puppy to your family - maybe your very first dog?  Dakota is happy to help! With personal experience in bringing out the best in shy and nervous shelter dogs and redirecting reactive dogs, she can help guide you through whatever you're experiencing. 

Are you interested in creative ways to keep your smart dog busy? Eager to build a better recall? Looking to build confidence in your wallflower? Dakota can help! 

Contact Dakota via email

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Taryn Winegardner, CPDT-KA
Diamonds in the Ruff
Love, Hope, Dogs

Taryn's training philosophy is centered on building relationships and clear communication through kind training that is designed to be effective and mutually enjoyable. She is passionate about building solid foundations based on teamwork and trust for pet, sport, and working dogs. She is professionally certified and enthusiastically continuing her own education in order to apply current training methods that are tailored to each individual dog and family. Taryn also understands many challenges that dogs and trainers who are differently abled may face, and can customize each team's training plan to set up both dog and handler for success.

Taryn is an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator and she is ready to help you polish your skills so you  can pass the CGC test.  Do you want to try your hand at Tricks titles?  Contact Taryn!


While Taryn meets many of her clients at the Diamonds in the Ruff training studio, her home base is in Idaho, so she is available to help clients in CDA and surrounding areas, too!

Contact Taryn at


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Consultants may meet you at the training studio or your home. 
Contact them directly for their rates and to schedule an appointment.

"Diamonds helped me train Charlie from being out of control, attacking my cat, running away, wouldn't look me in the eye, aggressive.... to visiting a terminally ill friend at Sacred Heart, and bringing a few smiles to a grieving family. Without your influence, she wouldn't have passed her Canine Good Citizens test, and become the sweetheart she is today. You do INCREDIBLE work. Thank you. <3 Renee & Charlie"

Additional Local Resources You Can Trust.   Veterinary Medical Support.
Reactivity.  Aggression.  Anxiety related issues.  Phobias.  Compulsive behavior.
Diamonds in the Ruff will only recommend trainers and caretakers that we know to be force-free - people we would trust our with our own animals.

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Christine Armstrong, CPDT-KSA - CBCC-KA
Farpoints Farm

CPDT-KSA  is a certified trainer - both knowledge and skills assessed and CBCC-KA is a certified behavior consultant canine - knowledge assessed.  Chris offers behavior consultations at her training facility or your home., from basic manners to the most difficult behavior challenges.  Chris is a Force-Free trainer who follows scientifically valid training methods and force free philosophy.  Here are some  thoughts from the CCPDT web site on selecting a trainer:  "A couple of things should raise a  red flag in your assessment.   If the trainer focuses on a model of  dominance and submission-using language like "dominant" and "alpha"  --   or uses primarily punishment based methods, that trainer doesn't meet  the standards of science-based training."

To schedule a consult with Chris, call 509-951-0768 or email

 Dr. Megan Cathey DVM
Gentle Veterinary Services
Dr. Megan Cathey is a  small animal veterinarian with a special interest in the behavior and welfare of dogs and cats.  She has taken additional training in this area, and has been providing behavior consults for several years.  As a veterinarian, she is able to evaluate, diagnose, develop, and implement a treatment plan for behavior problems for your pet.  She is also able to prescribe medications if necessary.  Dr. Cathey treats problems including separation anxiety, aggression, house-soiling, fears/phobias, compulsive disorders, and cognitive dysfunction of aging.  Consultations will include written treatment plans and follow-up.

Dr. Megan Bauer DVM
Latah Creek Animal Hospital

Dr. Megan Bauer is a graduate of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  She is a small animal general practitioner with a special interest in behavioral medicine, especially canine anxiety, canine cognitive decline, and feline behavior.  In addition, she is Fear Free Certified, which means she is passionate about reducing fear during veterinary visits and has taken a course on providing gentle restraint, a calming environment, and (if necessary) anti-anxiolytic medications to keep your pets calm during their veterinary visits.  
Contact Megan at 509-462-7387 or email

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) is a membership-only organization of veterinarians and persons holding a PhD in animal behavior or a related field. It does not confer upon its members any qualifications or presuppose a level of expertise in the field of animal behavior. Behavior consultants are members of AVSAB listed as a courtesy to help pet owners find professionals interested in dealing with behavior problems.

Also check out the Force-Free Trainers of the Northwest list.