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Diamonds in the Ruff

Behavior Consults and Private Lessons

We have several trainers on staff who also have their own businesses, offering behavior consults, day training, and private lessons.  If your dog has a behavior problem and you need assistance, they can help!   These training and behavior consultants are experienced and you can trust that they will use only positive methods to help you solve your training and behavior issues.   Contact them directly to set up an appointment 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. Error-less 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 helped us so much! He was committed, to helping our young, hyper, and obsessive dog live a better life. We learned a ton, our dog loved him, he put so much care into our private sessions, and the price is beyond reasonable. I wish we had gone to him when we first got our dog! 10/10 recommend a private session." - Elizabeth, 5-star Google review

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, sighthounds and cats, his specialty is helping families navigate the challenges of raising a puppy or dog in a busy household with children and other animals, helping build healthy communication and repair relationships that have gone awry.  Travis is often accompanied by his lovely helper dog Lili, a Silken Windhound, 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

Please note:  Amy currently has limited availability and is accepting new clients for her waitlist. Email is the quickest way to get added to her waitlist.

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Taryn Winegardner,
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.

International Dog Parkour Association Certified Instructor and Evaluator

AKC Evaluator (CGC, CGCA, CGCU, Tricks)

AKC FIT Dog Level 3 Instructor

AKC Fetch Judge

she is ready to help you polish your skills. Do you want to try your hand at Tricks and Parkour 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


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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Arielle Dykes

Diamonds in the Ruff

New Level Connection


Building the Canine-Human Connection


Arielle is available to schedule 1:1 private lessons help you with basic skills, manners, and help you find solutions for your dog's behavior problems.

Arielle and her husband are owned by two dogs who are the same breed, but very different personalities.  Fernie is a petite little Rat Terrier who is shy and worried and Louis is a larger, athletic Decker Rat Terrier who is bold and scrappy.  Arielle brings a flexibility and deep toolbox to her ability to help our students.  Her dogs have taught her much about the need for adjusting approaches based on temperament and individual needs. 

Arielle's teaching skills go beyond teaching dog classes.  She is also a ski instructor during the winter months on Mt. Spokane.  She is finishing her studies and qualifications to sit for the exam to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer.

Contact Arielle at


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Michelle Brady, CPDT-KA

Diamonds in the Ruff

Pawsitive Pups, LLC


Michelle is available for private training sessions to help you and your dog develop a loving and respectful relationship that benefits both ends of the leash. Whether it’s a new puppy or an older rescue Michelle will help you navigate the nuances of communication, management, and training that gives you a solid foundation to grow upon.


Do you want a bombproof therapy dog, an active hiking companion, or a well-adjusted family member? Michelle will help you achieve your goals with fun games and interactive exercises that keep you smiling and your dog’s tail wagging. Each session is tailored with you and your dog’s needs in mind.  Michelle is also an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator.


Sessions can be held in your home, at Diamonds in the Ruff’s studio or field, or at a local park. Wherever you and your dog are the most comfortable. 


Contact Michelle by email or text at

(509) 903-8191 (text only)

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.

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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.

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Animal Behavior Clinic - Dr. Chris Pachel, , DVM, DACVB, CABC

Portland, Oregon


The Animal Behavior Clinic, LLC is a veterinary behavioral referral practice that has been in operation in Portland since 1997. It is the only practice in Oregon that combines the knowledge of a Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist with active general practitioners to provide multidimensional diagnostic assessments for dogs and cats exhibiting behavior concerns. The advanced training and certification attained by our veterinarians – from Board Certification to Masters in Zoology – ensures that your dog or cat will receive the highest level of care and expertise. Our clinicians are committed to providing your family with the best solutions available for your pet’s behavioral challenges. They are uniquely trained to address behavioral problems, as well as underlying medical conditions that may either cause or contribute to an inappropriate behavior, to ensure your pet is receiving well-rounded care.

Phone: (503) 236-7833
Facsimile: (503) 252-6481


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

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